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Break the Chains, Find Your Flame is a complimentary podcast to the Promethean Project, a nonprofit wellness center. Our goal is to break the chains that bind, and help others find their potential/flame.
Our Podcast highlights these same ideals and thoughts, and serves to bring insightful interviews from people who have broken free, and live to their fullest potential. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steven-opalenik/support

Break The Chains, Find Your Flame Steven Opalenik

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Break the Chains, Find Your Flame is a complimentary podcast to the Promethean Project, a nonprofit wellness center. Our goal is to break the chains that bind, and help others find their potential/flame.
Our Podcast highlights these same ideals and thoughts, and serves to bring insightful interviews from people who have broken free, and live to their fullest potential. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steven-opalenik/support

    Episode 59: How To Think - Marvin Quinones

    Episode 59: How To Think - Marvin Quinones

    Marvin is a Holyoke resident, teacher, musician, and dharma practitioner.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Stigma Is Curable: I Am Here- Stigmas, Myths, and Biases of Suicide - Ysabel Garcia

    Stigma Is Curable: I Am Here- Stigmas, Myths, and Biases of Suicide - Ysabel Garcia

    A suicide prevention and social justice educator, Ysabel Garcia founded Estoy Aqui, an initiative that focuses on the sociocultural factors contributing to suicide risk in Latino/Latinx and Black communities via training, dialogue, and outreach. Garcia’s experience as a first-generation Dominican immigrant, as well as her lived experience as a former psychiatric patient, has influenced her work to dismantle the myths and sanism surrounding mental health and suicide. Garcia regularly collaborates with the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and the United Suicide Survivors International Council. Additionally, she often advocates for community care alternatives and peer support methods as viable resources for mental health support. Specifically, her outreach program, La Cultura Sana, offers skills-based dialogues addressing suicide and mental health to key figures in the Latino/x and Black community that provide emotional support as part of their day-to-day work or social roles.

    Lastly, Garcia serves as a Western Massachusetts Training Consortium board member, Hampden County Health Improvement Plan Behavioral Health Domain member, Suicide Prevention Resource Center Lived Experience Advisory Committee member, and Springfield Youth Mental Health Coalition member. She works in Nipmuc and Pocumtuc Land, known as Western Massachusetts, and holds a master’s degree in public health.


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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Stigma Is Curable: Sexism- Societal & Individual Biases - Dr Priya Pandit

    Stigma Is Curable: Sexism- Societal & Individual Biases - Dr Priya Pandit

    Dr. Pandit is a Licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York, currently working with patients in skilled nursing, subacute rehab, and assisted living facilities engaging patients in individual psychotherapy, as well as psychological and cognitive assessments. She earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2016. She completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Pace University, Westchester Campus, Counseling and Personal Development Center in 2017; and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center in 2016. Dr Pandit's prior experiences have included college counseling, community mental health, in-home behavioral management, and outpatient hospital settings. She is extremely passionate about the intersectionality of mental health and diversity and inclusion.


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Stigma Is Curable: Systemic and Racial Barriers to Mental Health - Whitney Dodds, LMHC, LPC

    Stigma Is Curable: Systemic and Racial Barriers to Mental Health - Whitney Dodds, LMHC, LPC

    Whitney Dodds is the founder of Wellness for the Culture, a mental health practice in Springfield, MA. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as well as a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from American International College. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Connecticut and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts.

    Whitney is passionate about the well-being of people. Her approach is tailor-made to encourage engagement, within communities, all the while dismantling the cultural stigma that hinders black and brown people from receiving treatment.

    Check out the work she is doing, and her amazing blog at:

    https://wellnessfortheculture.com/


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    • 55 min
    Stigma Is Curable: Risk, Resilience, and So Much More - Trans and Nonbinary Mental Health and Wellbeing - Dr. Sebastian Barr

    Stigma Is Curable: Risk, Resilience, and So Much More - Trans and Nonbinary Mental Health and Wellbeing - Dr. Sebastian Barr

    Dr Barr has nearly a decade of experience as a therapist and is fortunate to have trained with many brilliant and respected clinicians. His PhD is in Counseling Psychology, from University of Louisville, where he received in-depth academic and clinical training on mental health, psychosocial development, the process of psychotherapy, and more; and engaged in research on a variety of aspects of psychology and human experience. He completed three additional years of advanced clinical training as a health service psychologist and psychotherapist at Cambridge Health Alliance under the auspices of Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry. He opened his private consulting practice in 2020 and his private psychotherapy practice in 2021.



    Check out his services and more about his background at:

    https://www.drsebastianbarr.com/




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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Episode 58: Embracing Our Differences - Dr. Priya Pandit

    Episode 58: Embracing Our Differences - Dr. Priya Pandit

    Dr. Pandit is a Licensed psychologist in Connecticut and New York, currently working with patients in skilled nursing, subacute rehab, and assisted living facilities engaging patients in individual psychotherapy, as well as psychological and cognitive assessments. She earned her doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2016. She completed my post-doctoral fellowship at the Pace University, Westchester Campus, Counseling and Personal Development Center in 2017; and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the SUNY Oneonta Counseling Center in 2016. Dr Pandit's prior experiences have included college counseling, community mental health, in-home behavioral management, and outpatient hospital settings. She is extremely passionate about the intersectionality of mental health and diversity and inclusion.



    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7588752/


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    • 56 min

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