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Hosted by Joel Blackstock and Alice Hawley, the Taproot therapy podcasts discusses trauma and depth psychology and the implications of psychology on art and design. We dabble in neuroscience, brain based medicine, Jungian psychology, and various modes of artistic expression and healing.

Based in Birmingham Alabama, Taproot Therapy Collective is the premiere providers of therapy for severe and complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. We provide EMDR, brainspotting, Emotional Transformation Therapy ETT, gestalt, parts based, depth psychology, somatic, and, jungian therapy as well as QEEG, brain mapping and neurostimulation.

Website: https://gettherapybirmingham.com/

Taproot Therapy Collective
2025 Shady Crest Drive | Hoover, Alabama 35216
Phone: (205) 598-6471
Fax: (205) 634-3647
Email: Admin@GetTherapyBirmingham.com

The resources, videos and podcasts on our site and social media are no substitute for mental health treatment. Please find a qualified mental health provider and contact emergency services in your area in the event of an emergency to a provider in your area. Our number and email are only for scheduling at Taproot Therapy Collective are not monitored consistently and not a reliable resource for emergency services.

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    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

Hosted by Joel Blackstock and Alice Hawley, the Taproot therapy podcasts discusses trauma and depth psychology and the implications of psychology on art and design. We dabble in neuroscience, brain based medicine, Jungian psychology, and various modes of artistic expression and healing.

Based in Birmingham Alabama, Taproot Therapy Collective is the premiere providers of therapy for severe and complex trauma, PTSD, anxiety and depression. We provide EMDR, brainspotting, Emotional Transformation Therapy ETT, gestalt, parts based, depth psychology, somatic, and, jungian therapy as well as QEEG, brain mapping and neurostimulation.

Website: https://gettherapybirmingham.com/

Taproot Therapy Collective
2025 Shady Crest Drive | Hoover, Alabama 35216
Phone: (205) 598-6471
Fax: (205) 634-3647
Email: Admin@GetTherapyBirmingham.com

The resources, videos and podcasts on our site and social media are no substitute for mental health treatment. Please find a qualified mental health provider and contact emergency services in your area in the event of an emergency to a provider in your area. Our number and email are only for scheduling at Taproot Therapy Collective are not monitored consistently and not a reliable resource for emergency services.

    👨‍⚕️James Waites on Physician and Healthcare Burnout

    👨‍⚕️James Waites on Physician and Healthcare Burnout

    Schedule with James here: https://gettherapybirmingham.com/james-waites-counselling-for-mds-physician-burnout/
     
    See James on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/james-david-waites-hoover-al/1279130
    In this podcast episode, we sit down with James Waites, a Birmingham-based mental health professional who specializes in helping physicians, healthcare workers, and executives overcome burnout and complex trauma. James shares his unique perspective on the challenges faced by these professionals and offers practical strategies for improving mental well-being and resilience.
    Our conversation with James Waites  delves into the systemic issues within the healthcare industry that contribute to burnout and compassion fatigue among medical professionals, including excessive paperwork, insurance hurdles, and bureaucratic red tape.
    Throughout the episode, James explains his unique approach to helping clients cope with burnout. He emphasizes the importance of recognizing and processing symptoms, redefining passion, setting healthy boundaries, and redirecting energy. The discussion also touches on the complex underlying factors that often contribute to high achievement and burnout, such as childhood trauma, ADHD, and complex PTSD.
    James shares his plans to incorporate cutting-edge techniques like brain spotting and systemic trauma therapy into his practice to better serve his clients. The conversation also explores the challenges of treating children in dysfunctional family systems, the role of spirituality in therapy, and the subjective elements of psychology that are crucial but difficult to quantify.
    Don't forget to subscribe to our podcast for more engaging discussions on mental health, personal growth, and well-being. You can also find us on YouTube, where we share exclusive content and in-depth interviews with experts in the field.
     
    The Toll of High-Stress Careers:
    James discusses the immense pressure that physicians and executives face in their demanding roles. He highlights how long hours, complex responsibilities, and the need to anticipate and analyze complex systems can lead to burnout, fatigue, and mental health challenges. James shares stories from his experience working with clients across various sectors of healthcare and business administration, providing insight into the unique struggles they face.
    A Holistic Approach to Care:
    James outlines his dual-pronged approach to helping clients combat burnout and improve overall well-being. He explains how he combines evidence-based mental health interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness practices, with practical solutions tailored to the specific contexts of medicine and business operations. James emphasizes the importance of addressing systemic factors that contribute to burnout, in addition to providing individual support and symptom management.
    Trauma-Informed Care for Complex Cases:
    The conversation delves into James's extensive training and experience in treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders. He discusses how unresolved traumatic experiences can manifest in dissociative symptoms, even among high-powered executives and healthcare professionals. James explains his trauma-informed approach, which includes creating a safe, validating space for patients to process traumatic memories and develop internal communication and collaboration between dissociated parts.
    Serving the Birmingham Community:
    As a Birmingham native and graduate of the University of Alabama, James has been dedicated to serving the local community's mental health needs since 2015. He shares his passion for helping young adults, couples, academics, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers overcome complex trauma and combat burnout. James reflects on his experience working with med students, residents, social workers, and front-line staff at UAB Hospital, and how this has shaped his compassionate, client-centered approach.
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    • 1 hr 57 min
    ⚚ Wounding the Healer with Brittainy Lindsey

    ⚚ Wounding the Healer with Brittainy Lindsey

    Join Brittainy's substack here: https://substack.com/@brittainy
    We Talk with with Brittainy Lindsey, a former therapist turned mental health writer, about the systemic issues plaguing the mental healthcare industry. They discuss the challenges faced by therapists, from inadequate training and lack of mentorship to exploitative practices and unsustainable working conditions. Brittany shares her experiences and insights on how these problems impact both therapists and patients, and offers ideas for potential solutions. Joel also shares his own efforts to create a more equitable and sustainable model for mental health practices through his collectively-owned clinic, Taproot Therapy. They explore the importance of empowering therapists, fostering collaboration, and staying curious about innovative treatment approaches like brain-based therapies. While acknowledging the darkness in the industry, Brittany emphasizes the need for hope and the potential for positive change if mental health professionals can unite and advocate for better systems. She encourages listeners to stay passionate and keep shining a light on the fixable problems in mental healthcare. 
     
    find more resources @ https://gettherapybirmingham.com/
     
    #MentalHealthcare #TherapistBurnout #SystemicIssues #InnovativeTherapies #BrainBasedTherapy #EmpoweringTherapists #CollectivelyOwned #SustainablePractices #MentalHealthAdvocacy #TherapistTraining #Mentorship #EthicalPractice #HopeForChange #UniteForMentalHealth #TaprootTherapyPodcast Chapter Markers: 00:00:00 Intro 00:02:27 Brittany's background as a therapist 00:09:11 Challenges for early career therapists 00:18:30 Flaws in the mental healthcare system 00:30:32 Therapist exploitation and burnout 00:40:46 Innovative therapy approaches 00:44:53 Taproot Therapy's collective ownership model 00:52:56 Unethical practices and lack of oversight 00:57:57 The need for curiosity and collaboration 01:00:20 Brittany's hopes for the mental health field 01:04:04 Encouraging the next generation of therapists

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Taproot Therapy Collective Podcast Promo

    Taproot Therapy Collective Podcast Promo

    This is an clip from our Cults and Conspiracy Theories series that is only uploaded so that podcast libraries, like Spotify and iTunes, can use a clip of the podcast trailer.
    For more info on the podcast visit: https://gettherapybirmingham.com

    • 10 min
    ☯️Cults, Conspiracies, and the Quest for Meaning: A Psychological Perspective

    ☯️Cults, Conspiracies, and the Quest for Meaning: A Psychological Perspective

    The episode emphasizes the importance of addressing systemic issues that contribute to the rise of cults and conspiracy theories, rather than simply dismissing adherents as crazy or stupid. By understanding the psychological inevitability of these phenomena, we can work towards creating a society that fosters authentic growth and actualization. 🌱
    Cults replace authenticity with false promises, exploiting members' time, sexuality, and resources 🎭
    Conspiracy movements provide a false sense of agency and empowerment, driving people to take action based on unverified beliefs 🕵️‍♂️
    Charismatic cult leaders often exhibit symptoms of temporal lobe epilepsy, such as hyper-religiosity, hypergraphia, and altered sexual behavior 🧠
    Cults and conspiracy theories thrive when society fails to provide pathways to self-actualization, economic stability, and a hopeful future 📉
    Intuition and the unconscious play a significant role in the appeal of these movements, as people seek meaning and purpose beyond the rational mind 🔮
    #CultPsychology #ConspiracyTheories #SelfActualization #UnconciousMind #SystemicIssues #TemporalLobeEpilepsy #CharismaticLeaders #FalseEmpowerment #IntuitionAndMeaning #AuthenticGrowth #PodcastInsights #MentalHealthAwareness #SocialCommentary #PersonalDevelopment #HumanPotential

    • 46 min
    🛕James Maffie on Aztec Philosophy, Mythology and Metaphysics

    🛕James Maffie on Aztec Philosophy, Mythology and Metaphysics

    Read More of Dr. Maffie's work on Aztec Culture Here: https://gettherapybirmingham.com/interview-with-james-maffie-on-aztec-philosophy-mythology-metaphysics/
     
    Watch The video Interview Here: https://youtu.be/v01RnqA-yHk
     
    Dr. James Maffie, author of "Aztec Philosophy," shared his insights into the complex and fascinating world of Aztec metaphysics. Dr. Maffie explained that the Aztec worldview centers around the concept of "teotl," a constant energy in motion that permeates all aspects of the universe. This energy manifests in three primary patterns: "olin" (bouncing, oscillating motion), "malinalli" (spiraling, twisting motion), and "nepantla" (back-and-forth, weaving motion).
    These patterns are evident in various facets of Aztec culture, from art and architecture to rituals and social interactions. Dr. Maffie emphasized that understanding these fundamental concepts is crucial to grasping the Aztec perspective on the interconnectedness of all things.
    One of the key points discussed in the interview was the role of sacrifice in Aztec culture. Dr. Maffie clarified that sacrifice was not merely a means of appeasing the gods, but rather a way for the Aztecs to participate in the cyclical process of life and death. This understanding of sacrifice as a necessary part of the cosmic balance sheds light on the Aztec worldview and their relationship with the divine.
    Dr. Maffie also touched on the importance of spoken words and the use of psychotropic substances in Aztec spiritual practices. The Aztecs believed in the power of language to transmit life energy and communicate with divine forces. Additionally, the use of substances such as peyote and Jameson weed facilitated oracular conversations with the gods, allowing the Aztecs to seek guidance and enlist the cooperation of other-than-human persons in their endeavors.
    Throughout the interview, Dr. Maffie provided a wealth of information on Aztec philosophy, dispelling misconceptions and offering a nuanced understanding of their worldview. He also shared details about his upcoming works, which will explore topics such as the Aztec skull rack as a cosmic maize field and the living nature of images in Aztec codices.
    This interview serves as an excellent introduction to the complex and often misunderstood world of Aztec philosophy. Dr. Maffie's expertise and engaging explanations make the subject accessible to a wide audience, inviting readers to delve deeper into this fascinating aspect of Mesoamerican culture.
    #AztecPhilosophy #JamesMaffie #Teotl #AztecMetaphysics #Olin #Malinalli #Nepantla #AztecCulture #AztecArt #AztecArchitecture #AztecRituals #AztecSacrifice #LifeAndDeath #CosmicBalance #AztecWorldview

    • 1 hr 7 min
    🪞🔀When the Inner World Mirrors the Outer; with Julian Walker of the Conspirituality Podcast♻️

    🪞🔀When the Inner World Mirrors the Outer; with Julian Walker of the Conspirituality Podcast♻️

    Explore Julian Walker’s Work:


    Conspirituality Podcast - A comprehensive exploration of the nexus between conspiracy theories and spirituality.
    Julian Walker on Medium - Articles and essays on cult dynamics, New Age spirituality, and the science of yoga and meditation.
    Freedom Becomes You - Walker’s personal project focusing on the intersections of yoga, science, and personal growth.

    The art work behind Mr. Walker was made by Benjamin Cziller @ https://www.saatchiart.com/cziller


















    https://gettherapybirmingham.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

DME_Ski ,

Very Good Podcast With David Tacey

I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of the podcasts as I’ve only listened to #33 with Joel and David Tacey. What a wonderful discussion between the two men. My only problem with it was the constant cutting off of Joel of David. In many instances, I wish Joel would have let David speak more fully then made his comments afterwards. Joel is very well read, highly intelligent and very deep. I did love his points, comments, etc. Just less cutting off when someone is speaking. Thanks.

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