Jacqui Maguire is a clinical psychologist, science communicator, media contributor and marriage celebrant. Jacqui's reputation is founded on her ability to convert complex psychological theory and evidence into easily understood concepts and practical strategies. Mind Brew combines two of Jacqui's favourite things; talking psychology whilst drinking a perfectly brewed flat white; covering a range of topics to support personal wellbeing, optimise work and enhance relationships.
Children's wellbeing in Aotearoa
The New Zealand government have pledged that they want New Zealand to be the best place in the world for children and young people.. They have produced a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy that sets out a shared understanding of what children and young people need and want in order to be well, and what we can and should be doing to support them. It’s been formed to guide our government in improving the wellbeing of all children in New Zealand. Jacqui Maguire talks to the Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft to gain clarity on our countries progress.
Let food be thy medicine: Hippocrates. The relationship between mental health and nutrition.
What is the relationship between nutritional intake, gut health and our mental health?
Jacqui Maguire is joined by Professor Julia Rucklidge, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury, to pursue this fascinating and emerging area of mental health.
Julia was named in the top 100 Most Influential Women in New Zealand in 2018. Her interests are centred on the role of nutrition in the expression and treatment of mental illness, from ADHD to depression, to stress following natural disasters. Her 2014 TEDx talk has been viewed nearly 1.3 million times.
Julia leads the Mental Health and Nutrition Lab, whose aim is to find nutritional interventions that are effective in treating psychiatric/psychological illness. The Lab hosts free online courses, which you can check out here.
Julia has also just released a book ‘The Better Brain: How nutrition will help you overcome anxiety, depression, ADHD and stress’. This can be found online and in all good bookstores.
Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness with Shasta Nelson
Feeling disconnected is not a unique feeling, but it can be extremely harmful. Research continues to show that the most significant factor in longevity, mental health, disease prevention, and happiness is our relationships.
Jacqui Maguire speaks with Shasta Nelson about the whys and hows of meaningful and intimate friendships.
Shasta Nelson is a keynote speaker, author, and leading expert on friendship and healthy relationships at work. She is the author of three best-selling books: The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time, Friendships Don’t Just Happen! and Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness.
Clinical Psychologist Jacqui Maguire speaks to Shirley Pastiroff, author of The Mindful Parent.
In over-scheduled and frantic lives many parents have lost touch with their intuition around how to bring up their kids. Mindful parenting helps parents realise that their expertise to parent well is already within them, they just need to rediscover it.
This episode takes an incredibly complex but hugely important subject and turns that into simple tools we can all understand and apply.
Link to The Mindful Parent:
The End of Trauma
Jacqui Maguire speaks to George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University and Director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab.
In this episode, Jacqui and George discuss how human beings cope with loss, trauma and other forms of extreme adversity (e.g. COVID-19). Resilience, flexible coping, emotion, regulatory processes and grief are all discussed.
This is a fascinating listen that sheds light on the hope that most of us will be OK, no matter how big the challenge.
The Psychology of Euthanasia with Dr Miguel Ricou
On October 17th New Zealanders will hit the polls to vote on the End of Life Choice Act. If passed this referendum will represent a significant change to life, and how ends, as we currently know it. This episode features Dr Miguel Ricou, a Portuguese clinical psychologist that has specialist knowledge in ethics and euthanasia.
This episode has not been produced from the 'yes' or 'no' camp. It is a balanced discussion that raises key issues New Zealanders should clearly think through before they vote.
It's encouraged that you read through a summary of the Act before you listen to this episode: https://www.referendums.govt.nz/endoflifechoice/summary.html
Giving me the tools to thrive
I have just listened to your mindful parenting podcast Jacqui and I just want to say a big thank you. I found it really informative not just for parenting but for identifying how I am living the everyday and what I can do to change that for the positive and thrive. I really enjoyed your style of interviewing, distilling the information into understandable chunks, I had so many moments of saying ‘yes’ that’s how I am feeling. I have passed the parenting episode onto my girlfriends as I know they will find benefit too. Thanks so much.
I enjoy every podcast produced in Mindbrew. Each show is insightful and very very inspirational. I find that Jacqui Maquire asks the best question and her professional guests respond with answers that at times have the potential to be life changing. Sooo good!
Interesting, intelligent and refreshing dialogue
This was my first mindbrew podcast. Enjoyed it tremendously! Thank you Jacqui