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.
Dr. Gabor Maté on Trauma, Addiction, and Healing
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Gabor Maté, retired physician, author, and world renowned educator. Dr. Maté has more than 20 years experience in family practice and palliative care. He has worked for more than a decade at the Portland Hotel in downtown East Side Vancouver with patients who suffer from mental illness and addiction.
He is a world renowned expert in trauma, addiction, child development, psychedelics, and the relationship between stress and illness. He is the best selling author of four books like When the Body Says No and The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, for which he won the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. And he is currently finishing his fifth book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture due out in April 2022. His works have been translated into more than 25 languages. And he also offers online video courses including Wholehearted's Healing Trauma and Addictions.
His work now centres around educating the public on the impact of trauma and human development and training therapists in Compassionate Inquiry. Compassionate Inquiry is a therapeutic method developed by Dr. Maté whose focus is on helping the patient to “recognize the unconscious dynamics that run their lives and how to liberate themselves from them.” He also just released The Wisdom of Trauma on June 8th, 2021, a movie about his life’s work.
Dr. Maté and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- Gabor’s personal history with trauma
- How traumatic experiences affect human development
- The effects of trauma and stress during pregnancy and childhood on human development
- How children adapt to trauma
- The relationship between modern society, parenting, and child development
- The wisdom of trauma
- The definition of addiction
- His view of the problems with the disease model approach to addiction
- His non-pathologizing approach to understanding and treating addiction
- The link between trauma and physical illness
- The role of psychedelics in healing trauma
- What he is optimistic about
Emotion and Transformation with Dr. Les Greenberg
“The best way to change an emotion is with another emotion.”
In this episode of the Mindspace podcast, Dr. Joe speaks with Dr. Les Greenberg, a world renowned psychotherapist and researcher. He is one of the creators of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and professor at York University in Toronto. EFT centres around utilizing emotion to transform emotion. It is a different approach from the current major schools of psychotherapy like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. He is also the founder and director of the Emotion-Focused Therapy clinic where he provides therapy for individuals and couples and trains therapists in EFT.
Dr. Greenberg is the author of 17 books like Changing Emotion With Emotion and Emotion-Focused Counselling in Action. And he has published over 100 scientific papers and has written over 80 book chapters.
Dr. Les Greenberg and Dr. Joe spoke about:
- The role of emotions in our lives and how they’re implicated in mental health problems
- How to transform emotions
- How his background as an engineer influences his work as a psychologist and researcher
- Chair work
- The role of the therapist in EFT
- How EFT is different from other experiential therapies
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
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.