Connecting with industry leaders and professionals in various areas of the workforce to learn about and address the mental health needs they see in their areas of work, and also to educate the general public about mental health and resources available to them. Our goal is to engage, educate, identify, and discuss mental health and the gaps in services and knowledge relating to the mental health field.
Lauren with Breonna Kerley on Being a Social Work Graduate Student
Breonna Kerley works in the Intake and UR department at Connections Wellness Group as a Care Coordinator for the PHP/IOP program at the Denton location. While working at Connections, Breonna is also pursuing a Master’s in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration at the University of Houston. Lauren and Breonna discuss what makes Social Work different from different licensures as well as similarities. This episode aims to break down the different helping professions and provide a new perspective.
Lauren with Javeria Yousuf on the Transition to Counseling after Graduate School
Javeria Yousuf, LPC - Associate, is a PHP/IOP program therapist for general mental health for adults at Connections Wellness Group in Denton, Texas. Javeria attended Texas Woman's University where Lauren is currently pursuing her Masters. Javeria and Lauren discuss the transition of being a new professional in the field after graduating. Javeria has experience working with adolescents and adults in individual and group settings. Being early in her career, she is passionate about building on her knowledge and experience to best serve as an effective and compassionate clinician.
*Supervised by Lindsay Webster, Ph.D., LPC-S
Lauren with Annalicia Olave on Being Multifaceted
Lauren and Annalicia both are interested in creative pursuits and decided to have a conversation about being multifaceted. Annalicia Olave is a Patient Account Specialist at Connections Wellness Group but plans on going to graduate school to be a mental health provider. This conversation aims to remove barriers that others and ourselves may place on roles so we can be our most free selves.
Lauren with Dr. Green on Addiction Psychiatry
Dr. Green, MD, FASAM, ABPN, ABPN originally trained in Anesthesiology, but after confronting his own addiction issues in 2004 decided to train in Psychiatry and dedicate himself to helping those who struggle with addiction and co-occurring mental illness. Dr. Green is Board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and has worked in addiction treatment in the DFW for the last 11 years. Lauren and Dr. Green discuss different aspects of addiction psychiatry like cannabis use, adolescent rates, and how parents can talk to their teens.
Lauren with Linsey Schafer on Suicide Prevention & Awareness
Linsey Schafer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker currently serving as a Clinical Liaison at Connections Wellness Group. Prior to joining the Connections team, Linsey’s work primarily focused on providing individual, group, and crisis mental health support in public school, and educational non-profit settings. She holds an MSSW from the University of Texas at Arlington and is a Doctorate of Social Work student at the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science at the University of Louisville. Lauren and Linsey discuss the importance of talking about difficult topics like suicide. Linsey shares practical tips and signs to look out for.
*This topic might be triggering for some. Call or text the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline if you are in danger.
Lauren with Daja Phillips on Graduate School for Counseling
Daja Phillips and Lauren Sepulvador are both current graduate students at Texas Woman's University in the Counseling and Development Program in the Clinical Mental Health Track. They discuss the path to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). This episode aims to provide experience for anyone interested in becoming a counselor, inform others of all of the training required, or for any licensed clinicians to celebrate being done with grad school.
A MUST listen
Thank you for creating this safe space, I love listening to every episode!!! I’ve picked up on so many gems already. You’re amazing Lauren, literally the best host ever!