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Dr. Anna Baranowsky is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, CEO of the Traumatology Institute, Founder and President of the Board at Trauma Practice. She is the author of two books on trauma, numerous courses to help train professionals in trauma mental health and the developer of the Trauma Recovery Program for Self-Guided trauma care. She works with trauma survivors and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on post-traumatic growth and recovery.

Through her work she believes that when we share, dialogue and feel supported, it provides a powerful foundation for forward movement in our understanding and the care needed. In her own words "I have found that the most profound changes occur when a person truly feels heard and understood - I like to think of it as deeply BEARING WITNESS to life evolving. We can feel incredibly stuck when we live with our fears, stressors and troubles in isolation."

Dr.Baranowsky is the host of the Bear Psychology Show, focusing on bearing witness to Evolving Mood, Mind, Health. Her talks revolve around recovery, relationships, work and life adventures.

She is dedicated to assisting organizations and health professionals who help trauma survivors to ensure a trauma informed lens of care can grow in community health networks. With that vision in 1998, the Traumatology Institute Canada (TIC) was established. TIC has trained thousands of individuals nationally and internationally.

Dr. Baranowsky serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management. She has published in the area of Post-Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).

Copyright:  Dr. Anna Baranowsky, 2020

Bear Psychology Podcast Dr. Anna Baranowsky

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Dr. Anna Baranowsky is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist, CEO of the Traumatology Institute, Founder and President of the Board at Trauma Practice. She is the author of two books on trauma, numerous courses to help train professionals in trauma mental health and the developer of the Trauma Recovery Program for Self-Guided trauma care. She works with trauma survivors and those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on post-traumatic growth and recovery.

Through her work she believes that when we share, dialogue and feel supported, it provides a powerful foundation for forward movement in our understanding and the care needed. In her own words "I have found that the most profound changes occur when a person truly feels heard and understood - I like to think of it as deeply BEARING WITNESS to life evolving. We can feel incredibly stuck when we live with our fears, stressors and troubles in isolation."

Dr.Baranowsky is the host of the Bear Psychology Show, focusing on bearing witness to Evolving Mood, Mind, Health. Her talks revolve around recovery, relationships, work and life adventures.

She is dedicated to assisting organizations and health professionals who help trauma survivors to ensure a trauma informed lens of care can grow in community health networks. With that vision in 1998, the Traumatology Institute Canada (TIC) was established. TIC has trained thousands of individuals nationally and internationally.

Dr. Baranowsky serves on the board of directors of the Academy of Traumatology and is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress through the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is recognized by The National Center for Crisis Management. She has published in the area of Post-Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue, and therapeutic relationships (the Silencing Response).

Copyright:  Dr. Anna Baranowsky, 2020

    Untangle from Toxic People

    Untangle from Toxic People

    Growing up with emotionally immature or self-centered parents can mean that your emotional needs were either disregarded or unmet. As a result, you may struggle with feelings of betrayal, abandonment, rage, or loneliness. Although you may work hard to become the person you want to be, your old wounds might re-ignite at any time, especially if your are reminded of vulnerable childhood feelings.
    Dr. Gibson, is an CEN expert and the author of “Disentangling from Emotionally Immature People: Avoid Emotional Traps, Stand Up for Your Self, and Transform Your Relationships as an Adult Child of Emotionally Immature Parents”.
    Dr. Lindsay Gibson explains that adult children of an emotionally immature parents may be particularly vulnerable to other emotionally immature people (EIP) in life. She uses her years of experience to teach us how avoid common EIP traps, build confidence, and stand strong in the face of emotional immaturity.
    Listen to the conversation with Dr. Lindsay Gibson as we explore how to change your perspective on complex relationships, comprehend how EIPs work, and defend your own rights without feeling guilty, ashamed, or afraid.
    Dr. Lindsay Gibson is clinical psychologist, author, and assistant professor with a passion for human conflict and helping others develop long-lasting, meaningful relationships. Dr. Gibson has wrote a number of books including the best-selling “Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting or Self-Involved Parents”. It has sold over 100,000 copies, been translated into 14 languages, and has helped thousands of people reverse their toxic psychological legacy and reclaim their lives.
    In her new book, Dr. Gibson offers practical advice to help readers handle interactions with anyone who struggles with emotional immaturity in their lives (whether dealing with others or working through one’s own behaviors). This hands-on guide includes helpful analyses and insights into the most typical problems that children of emotionally immature individuals encounter, as well as helpful advice on how to create boundaries and build stronger bonds with others. Dr. Gibson explains that establishing a happy life means learning how to manage challenging conversations with EIPs, comprehend their reactions, and improve your connections in the process.
    If you are interested in more information about how to stop compensating for others’ behavior and put your needs first, this podcast is for you.
    Links & Resources: To purchase Dr. Gibson’s book “Disentangling from Emotionally Immature People”: https://www.amazon.ca/Disentangling-Emotionally-Immature-People-Relationships-ebook/dp/B0B6NWDMJ6 For more information about Dr. Gibson: https://catalogue.pesi.com.au/speaker/lindsay-gibson-346187/18 Materials to Reference: 4 signs that a parent is emotionally immature:  https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/mental-wealth/202111/4-signs-parent-is-emotionally-immature Characteristics of the Emotionally Immature: https://care-clinics.com/7-characteristics-of-emotionally-immature-people/ How to Spot Emotional Immaturity: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-pulse-mental-health/202203/spotting-emotional-immaturity-in-high-conflict-personalities  

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    Creating Better Relationship Boundaries

    Creating Better Relationship Boundaries

    If you are interested in learning how to assert yourself in the workplace, navigate tumultuous family dynamics, or establish boundaries in romantic relationships, this show is for you.  Boundaries are the invisible lines that define the limits of our emotional and physical space, safeguarding our well-being and preserving our sense of self. Yet, for many, setting and maintaining boundaries can be a daunting task, fraught with uncertainty and discomfort. In her book, "Setting Boundaries That Stick" Juliane Taylor Shore offers a beacon of hope for those seeking to cultivate healthier relationships and reclaim their personal power. Through the lens of neurobiology, Shore illuminates the intricacies of boundary-setting, providing readers with practical tools to rewire their brains and foster a profound sense of safety, connection, and empowerment.
    Listen to our conversation with therapist & author Juliane Taylor Shore as we discuss how to embark on our own transformative journeys towards greater self-compassion, authenticity, and empowerment.
    Juliane Taylor Shore is a renowned expert in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, with a passion for empowering individuals to lead fulfilling and authentic lives. As a licensed therapist and educator, Shore brings a wealth of clinical experience and academic insight to her work. With a focus on integrating cutting-edge research with practical strategies, she has become a trusted voice in the realm of mental health and personal development.
    Juliane Shore’s book focuses on guiding readers to rewire brains to establish and maintain healthy boundaries using the latest findings in neuroscience. From understanding the physiological mechanisms underlying boundary violations to implementing effective communication techniques, Shore offers a comprehensive roadmap for transforming relationships and reclaiming agency over one's life. The book contains engaging anecdotes, practical exercises, and even action based advice to empower readers to cultivate greater self-awareness, assertiveness, and emotional resilience.
    Listen to our conversation with Juliane Taylor Shore as we discuss the importance of honoring our own needs and values in a world where boundaries are often overlooked.
    Links & Resources: For more information about Shore’s book visit: https://www.julianetaylorshore.com/book Learn more about Juliane Taylor Shore: https://www.julianetaylorshore.com/about To purchase the book visit: https://www.amazon.ca/Setting-Boundaries-that-Stick-Neurobiology-ebook/dp/B0BTSC8CRK


    Materials to Reference: Juliane Shore’s Workshops: https://www.julianetaylorshore.com/clear-is-kind Learn more about Shore’s training for therapists: https://www.julianetaylorshore.com/trainings-for-therapists

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    How your past hurts you today

    How your past hurts you today

    Relationships rule our inner world. Understanding how you feel and think about your relationships helps you become more accepting and then more peaceful. You can develop an appreciation for other people's perspectives and stop assigning blame on others. Dr. Jacqueline Heller’s book “Yesterday Never Sleeps: How Integrating Life's Current and Past Connections Improves Our Well-Being” draws upon decades of clinical experience to create a powerful and more positive inner narrative. Her unique combination of neuroscience, memoirs of her life as a child of Holocaust survivors, and patient histories involving a range of psychological ills and trauma help readers to make sense of their own histories and forge a better future.
    Listen to our conversation with physician & author Dr. Jacqueline Heller as we discuss how to befriend and understand our inner mind, open a pathway to curiosity, improve relationships, empathy, and intimacy.
    Dr. Jacqueline Heller is a physician, board certified in psychiatry and neurology, psychoanalyst, and bestselling author. She brings a wealth of knowledge of over 40 years of psychiatry practice, assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences within the David Geffen School of Medicine. Having recently retired from her medical practice, she now focuses on passing down her knowledge to psychiatrists in training and the general public alike.
    Dr. Heller’s book focuses on the learnable skill of self-reflection and how it helps you link emotions to past events and patterns of behaviour. Her book emphasizes how knowing and understanding the story behind our feelings can help soothe and regulate emotions before you react. She also explains how your miraculous brain – creates new neural connections when you take the time to reflect and this helps you improve emotional health and your thought processes.
    Listen to our conversation with Dr. Jackie Heller as we discuss lifelong inner talk (i.e., good, bad, and ugly). We will focus on strategies for gaining wisdom, love, and kindness, and helping to break cycle of old trauma in driving your life.
    If you are interested in learning about how integrate your past to better your future, this podcast is for you.
    Links & Resources: For more information about Dr. Heller’s book visit: https://jacquelineheller.com/books/yesterday-never-sleeps/ Learn more about Dr. Jacqueline Heller: https://jacquelineheller.com/about/ To purchase the book visit: https://www.amazon.com/Yesterday-Never-Sleeps-Integrating-Connections/dp/B0C1MBVKYJ Materials to Reference: Heller’s other interviews and talks: https://jacquelineheller.com/talks-interviews/ Heller’s Articles: https://jacquelineheller.com/other-writing/

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    Dangerous People in Powerful places

    Dangerous People in Powerful places

    Disconnected People in positions of power make the world more dangerous for everyone – Bear Psychology Radio hosted by Dr. Anna Baranowsky with guest Dr. Steve Taylor. Disconnected people have the tendency to gravitate toward power.  When Disconnected people rule in positions of power societies trend toward patriarchal, hierarchical and warlike. In contrast, societies with connected leaders trend toward egalitarian, democracy and peace.
    Although most people have a deep need to be connected, life events/upbringing and trauma exposure can interfere in this profound human characteristic.  A person’s “goodness” and capacity for compassion often results from connection, whereas cruelty often originates from a feeling of being cut off from others.
    Dr. Steve Taylor, author of “DisConnected: The Roots of Human Cruelty and How Connection Can Heal the World”, teaches us about the consequences of disconnection, how connection ultimately shapes us as a society, and how it can even change us as people.
    Listen to the conversation with Dr. Steve Taylor as we explore the benefits of being interconnected unpack how valuable human connection is to us all in this complex world.
    Links & Resources: Dr. Taylor’s book review: https://tinyurl.com/3b2ewhfs Purchase Dr. Taylor’s book: https://tinyurl.com/mvp52h4h Information about Dr. Taylor’s Books: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/books/disconnected/ Materials to Reference: More of Dr. Taylor’s Radio Appearances and videos: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/videos/ Information about Dr. Steve Taylor: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/about-steve-taylor/ Events with Steve Taylor: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/events/ Online programs with Steve Taylor: https://www.stevenmtaylor.com/online-courses/

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    Why your coping skills stop working

    Why your coping skills stop working

    Experiencing stressful or traumatic experiences during childhood leads us to develop certain coping mechanisms to get us through. While these strategies might have helped us feel secure when younger, they often fail us in adulthood. Richard Brouillette’s book “Your Coping Skills Aren't Working: How to Break Free from the Habits that Once Helped You But Now Hold You Back” offers an evidence-based guide using multiple therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), schema therapy, and attachment theory to help readers leave behind unhelpful coping strategies that keep us stuck in self-sabotaging cycles.
    Listen to our conversation with social worker & author Richard Brouillette as we discuss how to break free from habits that keep you from realizing your full potential. Also, learn to leave behind damaging childhood experiences and dysfunctional coping mechanisms.
    Brouillette is a Social Worker and a schema therapist. He focuses on helping creatives, professionals, and business owners who have reached a performance plateau and want to reduce anxiety, find fulfillment, and strengthen bonds with others. He is also a trauma therapist with experience treating survivors of war. Brouillette was involved in a program in New York City aimed at supporting individuals' creativity and motivation while engaged in achieving exciting community goals.
    “Your Coping Skills Aren’t Working” focuses on identifying your unhealthy coping mechanisms acquired earlier in life; understand the reasons behind them; discover how to break negative behavior patterns that prevent you from leading a happy life. Along with learning how to develop clarity, stability, and confidence in oneself, it also teaches the reader effective techniques for giving voice to your unfulfilled preferences, vision and desires.
    If you are interested in learning about how to not let your past need determine your future, this podcast is for you.
    Links & Resources: For more information about Brouillette’s book visit: https://www.self-talk-therapy.com/book Learn more about Richard Brouillette: https://www.self-talk-therapy.com/about Read book reviews on good reads: https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/61414139 Materials to Reference: Richard Brouillette’s Blog: https://www.self-talk-therapy.com/blog Learn more about Schema therapy: https://www.self-talk-therapy.com/18-schemas  

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    Muslim Loving Peace and looking to a better future

    Muslim Loving Peace and looking to a better future

    Raheel Raza, a Muslim Canadian born in Pakistan, migrated to Canada in 1988, has a unique perspective on what is happening right now in the Israel-Hamas war and her reflections on misinformation and what Peace would take.  She has visited Israel 13 times in the 16 years. In her National Post Article “I'm a Muslim and I love Israel. Here's why” published in February 2023, Raza details what she has learned about hate and antisemitism, it’s prevalence in Arab Muslim countries, her hope for Peace and the struggles of supporting Israel at this time.
    Listen to our conversation with journalist & author Raheel Raza as we talk about her unique understanding of the current Israel-Hamas conflict, with the perspective as a Muslim Canadian Journalist in Canada.
    Raheel Raza has publications in major newspapers in Canada and appearances on International media outlets like CNN, BBC, Fox News and CBC. She is considered an activist for human rights, a prolific author, supporter of women’s issues and an International public speaker. She also sits on the board of directors for Muslims facing Tomorrow and The Council of Muslims against Antisemitism (CMAA).
    Raheel Raza has published numerous books including “Their Jihad...Not My Jihad!: A Muslim Canadian Woman Speaks Out” which offers Raza’s insight, opinions and solutions to restoring dignity and respect to Muslims living in the West and “How Can You Possibly be a Muslim Feminist?” where Raza utilizes common sense, a dash of humor and the Qur’an itself to combat against the misogynic barbarism in so many Islamic cultures.
    Listen to our conversation with Raheel Raza as we discuss her opinions on extremism, radicalization, and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
    If you are interested in learning more about Raheel Raza’s story, this podcast is for you.
    Links & Resources: Review Raza’s National Post article:  https://nationalpost.com/opinion/im-a-muslim-and-i-love-israel-heres-why For more information on Raheel Raza: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raheel_Raza Links to Raza’s other publications:  https://raheelraza.com/media/ Raheel Raza’s Book “Their Jihad, Not My Jihad!”:  https://www.amazon.ca/Their-Jihad-Not-My-Canadian/dp/0973508728/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=raheel+raza&qid=1599398777&sr=8-3 Materials to Reference: Hamas Ideology Explained: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2023/10/hamas-covenant-israel-attack-war-genocide/675602/ The Decolonization Narrative: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2023/10/decolonization-narrative-dangerous-and-false/675799/  

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