Get inspired and stay motivated with insights from health professionals, mindfulness teachers, scientists, business leaders, artists, and peak performers. Join Montreal psychologist Dr. Joe Flanders in his long-form discussions of the science and practice of well-being with well-known thought-leaders. Joe stays grounded in evidence-based practices, while exploring innovative and controversial trends in the well-being space. The conversations are unscripted and real so you’ll get accessible explanations of cutting-edge ideas as well as the personal backstories behind them. Get some Mindspace.
Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Dr. Kyle Greenway
"We have to design treatments that are fully biological, psychological, and sociological at their core. Psychedelics represent that, and psychiatry has started to take notice."
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Kyle Greenway. Dr. Greenway is a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill University. He runs a clinic in Montreal where he and his team treats patients using ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.
His work centres around the intersection of biology, psychology, and sociology for the treatment of his patients. And he has a deep understanding of why psychedelics are so effective in the treatment of many mental illnesses.
Dr. Greenway and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- How psychedelics differ from other psychiatric treatments and why they appear to be so effective
- The role of psychotherapy in psychedelic treatments
- The potential mechanisms in the therapeutic actions of psychedelic treatments
- The importance of integration therapy after a psychedelic experience
- How ketamine-assisted psychotherapy actually works
Creating a Mindful Culture at Work with Michael Bunting
“Mindfulness is both gift and challenge at the same time.”
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Michael Bunting. Michael is a business leadership consultant with a focus on mindfulness in the workplace. He is the founder of The Mindful Leader, an online resource for developing mindful leadership skills and WorkSmart Australia, a leadership consultancy.
His consulting work focuses on cultural transformation in organizations with mindfulness training at the core of his services. He has worked with companies like Novartis Pharma, Qantas, Hilton Hotels, and Rio Tinto. He is also the author of The Mindful Leader, A Practical Guide to Mindfulness Meditation, and a contributor to Extraordinary Leadership.
Michael and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- The importance of mindfulness and changing the culture at organizations
- How mindfulness consulting actually works
- How to bring mindfulness into the workplace with ethics and integrity
- Leaders’ role in creating culture the promotes mental health and well-being
- The importance of honesty and respect in an organization’s health
- The most important characteristics of great leaders
- The connection between mindfulness, self-awareness, and behavioural change
- How organizations should approach remote work
The Chemistry of Connection with Dr. Julie Holland
“When a couple takes MDMA, they throw the ledger out the window, and they dig down to the core issues.”
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Julie Holland. Dr. Holland is a psychiatrist specializing in psychopharmacology. She is the author of five books including Good Chemistry, Moody Bitches, and Weekends at Belleview, and she is the editor of Ecstasy: The Complete Guide. She has been featured on CNN, Fox, Good Morning America, and the Today Show as a mental health expert and has a private practice in New York.
She has a long history as an advocate for the safe and therapeutic use of psychedelics and cannabis and is a medical monitor of two studies organized by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
Dr. Holland and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- The role of the parasympathetic nervous system
- The benefits of connecting to ourselves and how to do it
- The role of mindfulness and psychedelics in accessing parasympathetic states and connecting to ourselves
- Why connecting to other is essential for health and well-being
- The power of MDMA to promote healing through connection with others
- How psychedelics can contribute collective healing around ongoing traumas such as the pandemic, climate change, political polarization, etc.
- How to navigate the more challenging aspect of internet relationships and the role that oxytocin plays in that
- The future of psychedelic medicine
Back-to-School Anxiety During the Pandemic with Dr. Tamara Soles
"As we shift to going back to school during this pandemic, there is an opportunity for everybody to ask, 'what do you have control over in your life?'"
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Tamara Soles. Tamara is a psychologist specializing in child mental health and well-being. Her practice focuses primarily on coaching parents on how to best support their children in developing resilience. She is the founder and director of The Secure Child clinic, which provides therapy for children, coaching for parents, and workshops and classes. Her website DrTamaraSoles.com has lots of useful content for parents as well as links to her podcast, This Hour Has 50 Minutes.
Dr. Soles and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- The challenges associated with back-to-school in general
- The unique challenges of back-to-school during the pandemic
- How Tamara helps parents cope with the anxiety through meaning-making
- The impact of government and school board safety plans
- Early warning signs of distress that parents and teachers should be looking out for
- Tamara’s best strategies to navigate back to school anxiety
- How to think about supporting and disciplining a child in difficult moments
Mindfulness to Meaning with Professor Norman Farb
“Choosing the meanings that are consistent with the life that we would ideally like to live is the heart of the Mindfulness-to-Meaning Theory.”
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Professor Norman Farb. He is a professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. He’s best known for his research on the neuroscience of mindfulness meditation. He studies the mental habits that determine our sense of well-being. He is also a co-founder of the Mindfulness-to-Meaning Theory (MMT). MMT hypothesizes that the reason why mindfulness is effective is because over the long term it can change the foundational interpretations or meanings that we have about ourselves, the world, and the future.
Dr. Farb and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- How mindfulness meditation changes our sense of self and how this plays out in the brain
- Our brain’s default mode network and its role in well-being
- The importance of balancing routine and creativity
- The role of mindfulness in helping us break out of rigid ways of thinking and being
- The meaning and relevance of Eudaimonic well-being
- And how psychedelics fit into all of this
Love, Attachment, and Couples Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson
"Relationships are the keystone of our lives. They are as important to us as our next breath."
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Sue Johnson. Sue is a pioneer in the field of couples therapy. Alongside Dr. Les Greenberg, Dr. Johnson developed emotionally focused couples and family therapy (EFT), which is a couples therapy based on the newest research surrounding relationships: attachment theory. She is also the author of many books like Hold Me Tight, Created for Connection, and Love Sense and is the founder of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), which offers training to therapists in EFT.
Dr. Johnson and Dr. Joe spoke about:
What is emotionally focused couples and family therapy (EFT)?
What is attachment theory?
The importance of building a securely attached relationship rather than focusing on communication skills over emotions
How we are bonding mammals
The 3 factors that define the quality of intimate relationships
The 5 stages that an EFT therapist guides their clients through
The differences between EFT and more conventional therapies
The state of the modern world and EFT’s perspective on it
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Amazing guests by Joe and interviewing skills, covering a wonderful range of well-being topics supporting increased self-awareness and self-management in our busy and challenging times
Great guests on this podcast and Dr. Joe has a good vibe. The conversation is always moving in a new direction with challenging questions. The result is a comprehensive view of a subject focused on mental health but delivering much more.
I just discovered this podcast and its great. Joe has fantastic guests and he interviews them very smoothly, guiding along the conversation while keeping them on track. It seems like all the questions that pop to my mind they end up talking about. Looking froward to more listening.