36 episodes

Hello and welcome to The Soul Stories Podcast!
Soul Stories curates space for difficult conversation and create connection through dialogue, storytelling, and creative expression. We host live events, workshops and a podcast! Check us out at soulstoriesdenver.com for more information.

For the podcast, you will hear vulnerable, intimate, and unfiltered interviews with leaders, artists and change-makers in which they share personal stories on meaningful topics. Our guests provide insights on how to follow your passion, build more equitable communities, and live an emotionally and mentally healthier life.

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The Soul Stories Podcast Daniel Mazur, Kamga Tchassa

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 29 Ratings

Hello and welcome to The Soul Stories Podcast!
Soul Stories curates space for difficult conversation and create connection through dialogue, storytelling, and creative expression. We host live events, workshops and a podcast! Check us out at soulstoriesdenver.com for more information.

For the podcast, you will hear vulnerable, intimate, and unfiltered interviews with leaders, artists and change-makers in which they share personal stories on meaningful topics. Our guests provide insights on how to follow your passion, build more equitable communities, and live an emotionally and mentally healthier life.

If you like what we do and want to support, check us out at Patreon.com/soulstoriesdenver.com

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    Fighting to Live with John McDermott

    Fighting to Live with John McDermott

    Note: Since this podcast was recorded, John now identifies as non-binary and professionally uses the pronouns "they / them" and personally uses all pronouns. In drag, they only go by "she".
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    John McDermott is the Bodycare Manager at Natural Grocers and a good friend of mine with a gigantic heart. John shares in-depth about their mental health journey and diagnoses. They have been hospitalized eight times and have what is called chronic suicidal ideation. Trigger warning: John discusses multiple suicide attempts. They showcase an incredible amount of strength and ability to persevere throughout this conversation. This episode is equal parts heavy and fun. We end up talking about boxing, masculinity, identity and John's new passion for dressing in drag. I was really grateful to witness a story as powerful as this one and hope you have a similar experience.
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    For more from John, check out their event, The Love and Hope Drag show, which will be streamed on Facebook live at 11:00 AM on February 14th, 2021. It’ll feature Ximena Latinx, Jessica L’Whore, Bella C Le Cher, Simon Paul, Celeste Brooks, Betty Sparkles, Lola Fierce, and Patricia Del Rosario. 
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    3:29 - Suicide in our country
    11:33 - John's attempts and their love for others
    17:16 - Experiencing a Mental Health Hospital
    25:12 - Planning for a downward spiral
    30:01 - "Seeing myself as worth it and deserving a life"
    35:47 - Boxing and privilege
    43:21 - White privilege and mental health co-existing
    51:20 - Borderline Personality Disorder
    58:36 - John's fluid identity and reckoning with masculinity
    1:05:49 - Living in Alaska
    1:11:09 - Pursuing the feminine 
    1:16:22 - Discovering drag

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    • 1 hr 23 min
    The Healing Process with My Therapist, Gabriel De Oliveira Duarte

    The Healing Process with My Therapist, Gabriel De Oliveira Duarte

    Gabriel is a Brazilian therapist and an incredibly warm, meditative and introspective person. This is a really special episode because he is my current therapist. And we dig deep into the therapeutic process. I talk about what I'm working through and Gabe shares intimate stories that really illuminate how beautiful and challenging healing can be. We talk about being triggered, childhood wounds, and strategies that we use even when they don't serve us. This conversation is informative and insightful. It feels like you are sitting down for coffee with a good friend. I had a good time and I believe you will too!
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    To contact Gabriel, you can find him at gabrieldeoliveiraduarte@gmail.com 
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    1:14 - Gabriel's work and his wounds
    14:21 - Introduction to Danny and Gabriel's therapeutic relationship
    16:59 - Triggers: an opportunity for healing
    18:56 - What prevents us from facing painful truths?
    24:50 - Owning your own projection as a therapist
    27:53 - Danny and Gabriel's boundaries
    34:00 - Gabriel's body-based process with Danny and everyone else
    42:09 - Abandonment and childhood fear
    46:00 - Getting in touch with your heart - Gabriel and his brother
    53:19 - One woman's incredible journey to set boundaries
    59:39 - Why should we pursue healing? 

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    De-stigmatizing Mental Health with Marisa Gullicksrud, LCSW

    De-stigmatizing Mental Health with Marisa Gullicksrud, LCSW

    Marisa Gullicksrud is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the State Clinical Director of Child First. I'm so excited that she is leading off our first episode of this season. She has been a mentor to me, is a leader in the Denver community and is an overall shining light of a person. In this episode she shares her experiences with depression and opens up about close family members she lost. We talked about the balance of human centered vulnerability and rigorous academic training in therapy. Marisa sheds light on why the mental health system is so challenging to navigate and how important it is that we de-stigmatize seeking help. I had a blast talking with her and hope you enjoy this one. Here is our episode!
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    1:44 - Marisa's journey to mental health work
    12:32 - When the color drained from her life
    19:40 - Self-discovery and purpose
    23:20 - Working through shame and valuing vulnerability
    29:15 - The challenges of accessing quality mental health care
    33:23 - What does quality mental health care look like?
    43:04 - The importance of creating vulnerable and empowering dialogue 
    46:22 - "I was only able to stand up because other people were lifting me up"
    50:36 - How to take the first step to get help
    53:23 - Finding the right therapist and resources to do so
    56:08 - The Colorado mental health crisis
    58:40 - How mental health and the conversation needs to evolve
    1:04:30 - Hope for the future

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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Season 5 Trailer - Mental Health & Healing

    Season 5 Trailer - Mental Health & Healing

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    • 3 min
    The Nuances of Immigration with Femi Nassi and Kamga Tchassa

    The Nuances of Immigration with Femi Nassi and Kamga Tchassa

    Olufemi Nassi is an author, poet, and host of The In-Betweeners Podcast. Kamga Tchassa is a poet, writer, and multi-format content creator. In this special three-way conversation, Femi and Kamga share the nuances, complexities and challenges that come with immigrating to America. It's one of those conversations that will open your eyes and expand your perspective. I had a lot of fun in this conversation and I think you will thoroughly enjoy it. Here is our episode
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    For more from Femi:
    Her book, Ji Sokee: https://www.amazon.com/Ji-Sokee-Awakening-Femi-Nassi/dp/2376120241
    The Inbetweeners Podcast: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/1vigv4LkTBCUuDYx06Oy9z iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-in-betweeners-podcast/id1504104900
    Instagram: https://instagram.com/femiche_
    Website: https://feminassi.com/
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    For more from Kamga:
    Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/tchassakamga Medium : https://medium.com/@tchassakamga
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    6:56 - Femi's introduction to the U.S.
    11:34 - Kamga's introduction to the U.S.
    16:54 - Adjusting to an Individualistic culture
    23:29 - American racism from an African's perspactive
    27:28 - Having to constantly explain their identities
    34:30 - The expectations and assumptions of family back home
    37:38 - Discovering their own identities
    42:10 - Mental health and understanding loneliness
    50:28 - The dark side of African collectivism
    58:43 - Self-expression and making an impact through writing 
    105:48 - What's next for Kamga and Femi
    1:14:08 - How to find their creative work


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    • 1 hr 21 min
    How Violin Vigils for Elijah McClain Spread Nationally

    How Violin Vigils for Elijah McClain Spread Nationally

    A special episode of The Soul Stories Podcast styled a la "This American Life". We explore how a peaceful protest turned violent sparked a national movement.
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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29 Ratings

29 Ratings

nikkieg1983 ,

Authentic

What a great podcast! This is the type of conversation we should all strive for; instead of looking for differences we should start with all we have in common (humanness) which this podcast embodies. From there we can learn from this podcast examples on living this messy life from one human to another. Bravo on your mission, Soul Stories!

Appletk ,

This podcast is so raw

I appreciate the content being discussed on this podcast. The deep conversations about major issues that are often swept under the rug. We need to be having these conversations and start shining a light on them. Thank you for being part of these necessary dialogues.

cb4denver ,

Justice for Elijah

This special episode really helps tell the story of not only the violin vigils but why people are calling for dismantling and reworking the system of policing. Thank you for putting it together!

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