The Heart of the Matter is a podcast that promotes self-care, healing and wellness through exploring internal well-being, relationships and connection to others, and social issues.
Dr. Ricky Pope - Reaching Back To Help Others
Dr. Ricky Pope is a psychologist at San Diego State University’s Counseling & Psychological Services.
Dr. Pope is an engaging speaker, with a calming voice, and joined THOTM to share his journey from dropping out of high school to becoming a psychologist.
He describes his early struggles in school, navigating higher education as an African American male, the positive impact of mentors, and his inspiration for wanting to help and heal others.
#48 Grief is the Price We Pay for Loving
In this episode, we speak with returning guest LMFT Tracy Gilmour-Nimoy. We discuss her pregnancy and infant loss, her grieving and healing process, and how that is shaping her therapeutic work. We also discuss Women's health and other topics that are sure to move you emotionally as we explore these tough topics that impact so many people. Be sure to check out our website for additional resources discussed in the episode. Heartofmatter.net
Rewind and Relax
For episode 47, we “rewind and relax” with some fun and introspective questions...also reflect on current events.
Surviving Hurricane Katrina...15 Years Later
This August marked the 15 year anniversary since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, leaving New Orleans in devastation. For episode 46, we talked with Willie Harris, who survived hurricane Katrina after 6 days of fighting for his life after the storm hit. He describes how he survived the elements, dealing with racism and trauma, rebuilding his life, and how this experience has shaped his perspective on our current social climate.
#45 Healing With Food and Culinary Therapy
In this episode we speak with Merceds Tiggs and Otesha Bremond about the intersection of cooking and mental health. We explore their business model of integrating therapy and healing through food and cooking. We talk about mindful cooking, and eating, as well as other practices relating to how we connect with our food, the process of preparation, and how that contributes to our mental health.
Healing Trauma...Mind, Body & Soul
Lisa McJunkin is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in working with trauma. She’s also an adjunct professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and co-founder of Enlightened Vibrations, where she provides therapeutic services. Lisa explains the various ways that traumatic stress impacts individuals. She also describes her holistic approach to healing trauma, integrating both eastern and western healing practices, that attend to the mind, body and spirit.