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.
Black Men In The Helping Professions
On episode 51, we are joined by Michael Love and Nathan Klein. Michael is a counselor at Irvine City College. Nathan is a counselor at San Diego City College and a private practice clinician. We discussed the need for more men and particularly black men in the helping professions, their experiences being black male counselors, and the value that men bring to the counseling and mental profession.
#50 Living with Estrangement
On our 50th episode, we were joined by Seth Johnson to talk about estrangement and her organization Together Estranged. She shared about her story and difficult life events which resulted in her own personal experience of estrangement. She created Together Estranged to provide support and services to adults who have become estranged from their families. We talk about mental health, healing, and various circumstances related to estrangement.
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.