19 episodes

State of Mind is hosted by Debra Sloss, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and features intimate conversations about mental health and wellness here on the central coast of California. Shows air monthly, on the first Sunday of the month from 6-7 PM on 90.7 FM KSQD in Santa Cruz. In each show, guests share their very personal stories and their clinical expertise on a specific mental health topic. So join us for new understandings, seeds of hope and learn about local resources.

State of Mind Debra Sloss

    • Social Sciences
    • 5.0, 8 Ratings

State of Mind is hosted by Debra Sloss, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and features intimate conversations about mental health and wellness here on the central coast of California. Shows air monthly, on the first Sunday of the month from 6-7 PM on 90.7 FM KSQD in Santa Cruz. In each show, guests share their very personal stories and their clinical expertise on a specific mental health topic. So join us for new understandings, seeds of hope and learn about local resources.

    STATE of MIND – Part I: Teens with Anxiety (19)

    STATE of MIND – Part I: Teens with Anxiety (19)

    Episode #19: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by college student Elena Shain and Santa Cruz psychologist Sheilah Siegel, Ph.D. to discuss the increasing prevalence of anxiety disorders in teens and young adults. Elena courageously shares her story of navigating severe anxiety since she was a young child, her placement in a residential treatment program at age 10, and how, together with her family, she has gained knowledge about herself and developed skills to better navigate her life. Elena also credits her psychiatric service dog Tucker with enabling her to better manage her anxiety symptoms and expand her world. Dr. Siegel helps us understand teen anxiety symptoms, shares tips from her clients, and offers resources. We also discuss the impacts the coronavirus pandemic is having on teens with pre-existing anxiety conditions. Part 1 of a two-show series on teens with anxiety. To learn more, tune in to next month’s show “Part 2: Parenting Teens with Anxiety.”

    • 57 min
    STATE of MIND – Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease (18)

    STATE of MIND – Mental Health Effects of Lyme Disease (18)

    Episode #18: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Judith Ain and Family Medicine Physician Assistant and Integrative Medicine Specialist Dr. Cynthia Quattro to discuss the tick-borne illness Lyme Disease and the mental health effects associated with it. Judith shares her personal story of trying to figure out what was happening as her health deteriorated and how she got diagnosed, sought treatment and learned to live with the long-term symptoms. Dr. Quattro offers information about the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease and how and where to get the illness accurately diagnosed. She also shares information about integrative treatment approaches.

    • 58 min
    STATE of MIND – Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 (17)

    STATE of MIND – Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19 (17)

    Episode #17: Debra Sloss is joined by Anastasia Baboulevich and psychotherapist Kara Bowman, LMFT to talk about ways to help those with mental health conditions cope with the COVID-19 outbreak. Anastasia shares how she is experiencing and dealing with the situation while trying to support her vulnerable mental health. Kara Bowman, LMFT offers helpful suggestions about ways to support one’s self and loved ones during these unprecedented times. Full of practical suggestions you can adopt right away, this show includes an extensive list of mental health resources, most of which are free.

    • 59 min
    STATE of MIND – Anorexia Nervosa: An Unconventional Recovery Story (16)

    STATE of MIND – Anorexia Nervosa: An Unconventional Recovery Story (16)

    Episode #16: Debra Sloss is joined by biomedical writer Evelyn Strauss and Psychotherapist Jeanne Willis, LMFT to talk about recovery from eating disorders, specifically, Anorexia Nervosa. Evelyn shares how she worked her way out of the physical and psychological manifestations of anorexia through a self-created and unconventional path. By facing her fear of being fat, she made lasting peace with food and her body. Jeanne, a psychotherapist who specializes in eating disorders, educates us about the types and prevalence of these conditions, dispels commonly held myths, discusses the types of treatments available, and shares resources to help support recovery.

    • 59 min
    STATE of MIND – Parenting Transgender Youth Remix (15)

    STATE of MIND – Parenting Transgender Youth Remix (15)

    Episode #15: In this STATE OF MIND episode Debra Sloss, LMFT is joined by parent advocate Heidi Korokowski and gender therapist Daniel Blumrosen, LMFT to talk about the unique and often challenging experience of parenting a transgender child, They discuss how to provide support for your loved one and where to find help and support for yourself. This show originally aired a year ago, when KSQD was in its first week of broadcasting. Because the topic is of such relevance in our community, we are re-broadcasting it.

    • 58 min
    STATE of MIND – Psychiatric Service Dogs (14)

    STATE of MIND – Psychiatric Service Dogs (14)

    Episode #14: Debra Sloss is joined by Rita & dog trainer Lori Katz to discuss the important roles that specially trained Psychiatric Service Dogs perform. These dogs help their owners with conditions like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and severe anxiety. Trained in obedience and task performance, and working in distracting public environments, these dogs perform tasks that enable their handler to function in ordinary ways that the non-disabled person might take for granted. Rita shares her experience of having had a psychiatric service dog and of training dogs for herself and her son. Lori, a longtime dog trainer, helps us understand how these dogs are trained, the kinds of services they can provide, and where and how someone might go about training or obtaining a psychiatric service dog. Lori also clarifies the differences between the increasingly popular “emotional support animal” and a psychiatric service dog. Joining us for the interview are Rita’s service dog in training, Momo, and Lori’s dog, Chopa.

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Jennna G. ,

Wonderful host, guests and content

This podcast offers an entertaining and educational lens on mental wellness. I learn something new every episode. Keep the episodes coming!

Ignatowski ,

A very good podcast

I learned (was reminded) of self care steps to take during the quarantine. I enjoyed listening to the 3 knowledgeable speakers.

EllenG--LMFT ,

Great show

As a clinician and a Santa Cruzian, I’m grateful that this show is educating our community.

Top Podcasts In Social Sciences