47 episodes

This podcast focuses on relevant topics pertaining to parenting and overall family wellness.

The Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast mainspringfamilywellness

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

This podcast focuses on relevant topics pertaining to parenting and overall family wellness.

    Episode 47: Overcoming Bullying with Andi Kay, Founder & Executive Director of Bloom Foundation

    Episode 47: Overcoming Bullying with Andi Kay, Founder & Executive Director of Bloom Foundation

    On Episode 47 of the Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast, Kristen & Jenna host a constructive conversation about bullying with Andi Kay, the Founder and Executive Director of Bloom Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping middle school and high school girls overcome bullying by providing recovery programs rich in social-emotional learning, self-care, and discovery. Andi shares with our audience her own personal journey with experiencing cyberbullying as a teen, how she came to start Bloom Foundation, the ever-evolving state of bullying today and offers some helpful emotional tools and resources in support of parents with children experiencing bullying.

     

    02:38

    [Andi describes her firsthand experience with bullying as a child]

     

    04:21

    [Andi talks about the emergence of cyberbullying as part of her experience and describes the emotional impact on her wellbeing and the beginning of her recovery]

     

    06:34

    [Andi explains what inspired her to start her anti-bullying organization]

     

    08:29

    [Andi defines the term bullying]

     

    08:57

    [Jenna and Andi dive deeper into what is and what is not bullying]

     

    12:04

    [Kristen leads the conversation on the parental scenario if your child is the aggressor and not the recipient]

     

    14:21

    [Andi shares the importance of defining and identifying bullying but the emotional difficulty of being able to do so given that is a spectrum of aggression]  

     

    15:33

    [Andi shares a Bloom Foundation participant’s letter to herself after going through the program]

     

    18:46

    [Jenna, Kristen and Andi discuss the role of social media in the evolving world of cyberbullying]

     

    21:23

    [Andi gives an overview of programs available at Bloom Foundation]

     

    24:04

    [Andi provides some thoughtful support around parenting a bullied child]

     

    28:08

    [Andi offers some thoughts around finding alternative places of “belonging” to counter a bullying experience]

     

    28:34

    [Jenna & Kristen reflect on the activities they participated in as adolescents that really helped shape their perspective on self and belonging]

     

    32:31

    [Jenna, Kristen & Andi discuss the idea of “finding your tribe” and the definition of friendship as it supports children’s upbringing and adolescent years]

     

    35:16

    [Andi shares on how to find Bloom Foundation for resources to support someone experiencing bullying]

     

    GUEST: Andi Kay



    After experiencing cyberbullying firsthand in 2009, Andi researched bullying during her studies at the University of California, Irvine. For over 10 years, Andi has studied bullying and its impact on both children and teenagers. In 2017, Andi founded Bloom Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that provides social-emotional learning programs to girls experiencing bullying. The mission of Bloom Foundation is to help middle school and high school girls grow through challenges by building emotional resilience and overcoming bullying so that they can bloom with confidence as leaders of the community. Andi currently serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Bloom Foundation.

     

    Connect with Bloom Foundation:

    Website: Bloom Foundation

    Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Mainspring Family Wellness:

    Website: Mainspring Family Wellness

    Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Kristen & Jenna:

    Kristen: LinkedIn

    Jenna: LinkedIn

    • 37 min
    Episode 46: Cereset, How a Balanced Brain Can Improve Your Life

    Episode 46: Cereset, How a Balanced Brain Can Improve Your Life

    On episode 46 of the Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast, Christopher Tansey, the owner of Cereset Costa Mesa, sits down with Jenna and Kristen to talk about Cereset, the technology that helped both himself and his father overcome traumatic brain injuries and ultimately achieve a balanced brain for an improved quality of life.

     

    Episode 46

    Cereset, How a Balanced Brain Can Improve Your Life

     

    02:12

    [Christopher talks about the brain trauma that his father endured as well as the surgery he had to remove a cyst in his brain, and how those two events led father and son to seek alternative modalities for improved cognitive functions]

     

    04:48

    [Christopher shares about prior treatments that relied heavily on medication]

     

    05:43

    [Christopher describes his cognitive functions post cyst removal surgery]

     

    06:32

    [Christopher discusses his reliance on medication and what prompted him to seek Cereset technology]

     

    08:53

    [Christopher explains the science behind Cereset technology]

     

    10:13

    [Christopher talks about how the technology was developed by someone who also experienced traumatic brain injury]

     

    10:48

    [Christopher provides some statistical framework around the effectiveness of the sessions]

     

    11:45

    [Christopher describes the conditions that might prompt patients to seek Cereset]

     

    12:56

    [Jenna talks about her own experience with Cereset sessions and her own personal findings]

     

    14:35

    [Christopher dives deeper into how a Cereset session can impact your brain]

     

    15:24

    [Christopher gives a little background on the difference between Cereset technology and Neurofeedback]

     

    16:08

    [Christopher talks a little about a “balanced” brain, what that means]

     

    16:52

    [Christopher provides more background on the science behind the sessions]

     

    18:26

    [Christopher shares a couple of success stories he’s facilitated with Cereset and the impact the technology has on better sleep]

     

    21:22

    [Christopher highlights some key features regarding Cereset’s natural, non-invasive approach at balancing the brain]

     

    22:16

    [Where to find Christopher and Cereset Costa Mesa]

     

    GUEST: Christopher Tansey

    Owner of Cereset Costa Mesa



    Connect with Christopher Tansey

    LinkedIn: Christopher Tansey

     

    Connect with Cereset

    Website: Cereset

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Mainspring Family Wellness:

    Website: Mainspring Family Wellness

    Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Kristen & Jenna:

    Kristen: LinkedIn

    Jenna: LinkedIn

     

    This podcast is for educational purposes only. This podcast is not a substitute for professional care by a doctor or other qualified medical professional. This podcast is provided on the understanding that it does not constitute medical or other professional advice or services. If you are looking for help on your journey, seek out a qualified medical practitioner.

     

     

     

    • 24 min
    Episode 45: Men & Marriage, The Other Half of the Conversation

    Episode 45: Men & Marriage, The Other Half of the Conversation

    Episode 45 of the Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast is a riveting discussion around men and marriage with Quentin Hafner, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Newport Beach, and the particular challenges of a modern marriage from a male perspective.  The conversation touches upon the impact of a traditional male upbringing, cultural depictions of men, gender differences in communication styles, and the presence of shame in marriage and fatherhood.

     

    Episode 45

    Men & Marriage, The Other Half of the Conversation

     

    02:29

    [About Quentin Hafner, his personal life and his work as a licensed marriage and family therapist]

     

    03:49

    [Explanation on common challenges men face in marriages]

     

    06:08

    [Discussion on the generational evolution of what it means to be a husband]

     

    10:28

    [Discussion on the role of gender biases as it relates to a marriage]

     

    12:51

    [Discussion around communication styles and the difficulty men have connecting with spouses on an emotional level]

     

    15:50

    [Discussion on male archetypes present in communication styles]

     

    17:14

    [Discussion around distraction as a coping mechanism and the lack of emotional learning in childhood]

     

    18:06

    [Definition of the term “high-value husband”]

     

    20:09

    [More conversation around the gender divide within communication styles and how to work around those differences]

     

    23:05

    [Discussion on vulnerability as a conduit for connection and more productive conversations]

     

    27:18

    [Conversation around the presence of shame in men when it comes to parenting and relationships]

     

    30:27

    [Discussion on conversation dynamics and tools for effective communication]

     

    32:16

    [Conversation on how the culture of men is depicted in public arenas and the media]

     

    37:05

    [Conversation around the need to be more thoughtful about the current societal pressures of being a man]

     

    39:43

    [Promotion of Quentin’s subscription services for men, a therapy resource for men]

     

    41:57

    [Conversation close with Quentin]

     

    42:34

    [Summary of takeaways with Jenna & Kristen]

     

    GUEST: Quentin Hafner



    Quentin Hafner is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Orange County, CA where he specializes in helping people find solutions to life's challenges that result in more personal & professional fulfillment. In particular, Quentin loves working with men in the context of couples therapy to help them discover their hidden potential to be better Dads & better Husbands.

    In 2018, Quentin wrote and published an Amazon.com #1 best-selling marriage book Black Belt Husbands to help husbands solve challenges in their marriages.

    Quentin is happily married and a father of two young boys, Levi & Samuel. In his spare time, he trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, loves to surf, go camping, and trail running in the most incredible nature preserves in Orange County.

     

    Connect with Quentin Hafner:

    Website: Quentin Hafner

    Website: Black Belt Husbands

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Mainspring Family Wellness:

    Website: Mainspring Family Wellness

    Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Kristen & Jenna:

    Kristen: LinkedIn

    Jenna: LinkedIn

    • 45 min
    Episode 44: Nonprofit Spotlight featuring Sabrina Rivera, Executive Director of the Orange County Justice Fund

    Episode 44: Nonprofit Spotlight featuring Sabrina Rivera, Executive Director of the Orange County Justice Fund

    Episode 44 of the Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast is a thoughtful conversation about the plight of detained immigrants in Orange County as part of our Nonprofit Spotlight Series. Jenna & Kristen talk to Sabrina Rivera, the Executive Director of the Orange County Justice Fund (OCJF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering transformative change in the immigration system to assist the most vulnerable immigrants and refugees in Orange County, impacted by detention and deportation. Since the organization’s inception in 2017, OCJF has provided funds to secure the release of 66 detained immigrants and provided bond recipients with legal representation, due process rights, and services for community re-integration.

     

    Episode 44

    Nonprofit Spotlight featuring Sabrina Rivera, Executive Director of the Orange County Justice Fund:

     

    02:41

    [About Sabrina Rivera, how Sabrina got involved with the Orange County Justice Fund]

     

    03:58

    [About the Orange County Justice Fund, its inception, mission and services provided]

     

    08:29

    [Discussion around the adults and children currently detained]

     

    10:11

    [Circumstances under which children are separated from their parents in detention]

     

    14:09

    [Stories of people under detention and facing deportation]

     

    16:30

    [Description of conditions at local detention facilities]

     

    20:41

    [A specific case of a woman from El Salvador seeking asylum after facing years of abuse with OCJF’s assistance]

     

    28:19

    [Discussion around the current influx of Ukrainian refugees and the United States’ response]

     

    29:06

    [Discussion around systemic issues that impact government reform]

     

    33:45

    [Discussion around mental health issues for those in detention and their families]

     

    36:30

    [Sabrina’s own immigration journey culminating in her involvement in immigration reform]

     

    37:59

    [Promotion of OCJF’s upcoming fundraiser and how listeners can get involved]

     

    GUEST: Sabrina Rivera



    Sabrina Rivera is the Executive Director for the Orange County Justice Fund (OCJF), an organization dedicated to generating support for transformative change in the immigration legal system and reaching the most vulnerable impacted by immigration detention and deportation. Ms. Rivera is formerly the supervising attorney at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) for the California State University (CSU) Project which provides immigration legal services to eight CSU campuses in Southern California in affirmative and removal defense cases. Before CARECEN, Ms. Rivera served as the staff attorney at Western State College of Law’s (WSCL) Immigration Clinic in Irvine where she directly represented clients in a range of matters, including deportation defense, humanitarian visas for survivors of violence, citizenship, and asylum. She also supervised and mentored law students enrolled in the Immigration Clinic on cases and community-based education initiatives throughout Orange County. Ms. Rivera is a former Adjunct Lecturer at UC Irvine Law Immigrant Rights Clinic and served as Adjunct Faculty at WSCL for six years, where she taught a lawyering skills class. She is the former chair of the Orange County Bar Association’s Immigration Section. She received her JD from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and her BA in Chicana/o Studies and Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

     

    Connect with the Orange County Justice Fund:

    Website: Orange County Justice Fund

    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Mainspring Family Wellness:

    Website: Mainspring Family Wellness

    Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn

     

    Connect with Kristen & Jenna:

    Kristen: LinkedIn

    Jenna: LinkedIn

    • 43 min
    Episode 43: Addiction & Recovery, One Family’s Journey to Wellness

    Episode 43: Addiction & Recovery, One Family’s Journey to Wellness

    Jaana Woodbury joins us on this very special episode of the Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast where Jaana details her first-hand account of how she and her family persevered from drug addiction to recovery and wellness with the intervention of loved ones.  She also shares with Jenna and Kristen about the impact of her addiction on her young child and how her daughter accompanied her on the road to recovery.

     

    Special Guest:   



    GUEST: Jaana Woodbury, CADC-I, CCAR

    Jaana Woodbury can be noted for her philanthropy and advocacy work in raising awareness towards addiction and mental health issues. Specifically, Jaana was part of an effort to shed light on family systems in addiction. Her family was featured on Sesame Street's, "Parental Addiction" series, which received a Daytime Emmy for best short film. Jaana has also been featured in publications for sharing her knowledge and work in the treatment industry.

    Today, she serves as Community Outreach for The District Recovery, an outpatient program in Huntington Beach, CA and as Director of Communications for The Red Songbird Foundation. Jaana is also a junior board member for Shatterproof and sits as board Vice President for CASA (California Alliance for State Advocacy). For enjoyment, Jaana loves spending time with her family, reading, hiking and going to church.

    Instagram: @jaanawoodbury        

     

    For more information about the District Recovery Program:

    https://www.thedistrictrecovery.com/

    Instagram: @thedistrictrecoverycommunity

    • 43 min
    Podcast 42: Reiki, An Alternative Modality for Healing

    Podcast 42: Reiki, An Alternative Modality for Healing

    Jennifer Skiver joins the Mainspring Family Wellness Podcast to demystify Reiki, an alternative healing modality that promotes relaxation, reduces stress and anxiety through the delivery of energy to the body. Reiki is a safe, gentle, non-invasive form of natural hands-on energy-based healing intended to improve a person's health and wellness through the enhancement of flow and balance. Jen, along with Mainspring's own Executive Director, Kristen Perlmutter, each share how they came into this particular art of healing and their calling towards becoming certified Reiki Masters. They discuss and provide first-hand testimonials and experiences on how Reiki has benefited their lives and the people they treat.

     

    Special Guest:   

    Jennifer Skiver, HHP (Holistic Health Professional)



    Jennifer has studied many areas of holistic wellness. She holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi, a Masters in Nutrition and a Doctorate in Holistic Health. She completed her 300-hour Experienced Yoga Teacher credential and Reiki Master attunement. Her experience in and passion for the connection of spirituality and healing provides a unique opportunity for her to offer others the same healing. A mom of two boys and a California transplant of nearly two decades, Jen has established a wealth of resources and knowledge to support her own journey back to health and works diligently to lead others to find their own way back to healing.

     

    Interested in Reiki?  

    Book a session at Mainspring Family Wellness by emailing info@mainspringfamilywellness.com

     



     
     


     


     



     

    • 30 min

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