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Wouldn't it be great to tap into the minds of top professionals for insights on improving your emotional and physical well-being?



I'm Jeff Fine, a psychotherapist, fitness coach, and nutritionist, and I launched this podcast to share the latest thinking and best practices with everyone interested in bringing positive change to their lives.



In each episode, I interview a professional from a different discipline such as psychotherapists, fitness pros, acupuncturists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, and physical therapists. We discuss tools and strategies that can help you overcome whatever obstacles are preventing you from enjoying your life and creating your best self.



Listeners who want to find out more can visit my website https://mytotalself.com/

The TotalSelf Considered The TotalSelf Considered

    • Mental Health
    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

Wouldn't it be great to tap into the minds of top professionals for insights on improving your emotional and physical well-being?



I'm Jeff Fine, a psychotherapist, fitness coach, and nutritionist, and I launched this podcast to share the latest thinking and best practices with everyone interested in bringing positive change to their lives.



In each episode, I interview a professional from a different discipline such as psychotherapists, fitness pros, acupuncturists, nutritionists, psychiatrists, and physical therapists. We discuss tools and strategies that can help you overcome whatever obstacles are preventing you from enjoying your life and creating your best self.



Listeners who want to find out more can visit my website https://mytotalself.com/

    Medical Marijuana: What You Need To Know

    Medical Marijuana: What You Need To Know

    In this episode of The Total Self Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Sang Choi, the pharmacist in charge and director of the downstate region medical marijuana dispensary in New York. Jeff and Sang discuss the long lasting impact of the predominantly ill.

    • 48 min
    Talking About Sex: Complicated, Uncomfortable, Necessary

    Talking About Sex: Complicated, Uncomfortable, Necessary

    In this episode of The Total Self Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Zoya Simakhodskaya, a psychotherapist specializing in couples therapy and sexual relationships. An experienced therapist, instructor, and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) practitioner, Zoya brings her insights from many years of working with couples and educating therapists about the importance of addressing sexual issues in relationships. Jeff and Zoya discuss what goes into a healthy, satisfying sex life and why people avoid talking about sex. Together, they break down common patterns that lead to issues in sexual relationships, and the personal, social and cultural factors that complicate the issues, and share some advice for couples who may be struggling.

    • 40 min
    Yoga: An Effective Yet Underrated Treatment For Injuries And Chronic Pain

    Yoga: An Effective Yet Underrated Treatment For Injuries And Chronic Pain

    When we’re injured we want answers. We want someone to tell us what is wrong and what to do about it. Yet all too often, people in pain find themselves on the medical merry-go-round. They go to multiple doctors and other providers only to find that their pain remains unchanged or worsens. And because pain causes not just physical but also emotional suffering (hopelessness, despair, and frustration), sometimes people stop trying to find new ways to heal.

    The good news is that yoga, though familiar to many in our culture but rarely viewed as a viable modality to treat and manage injuries and pain, may be just what the doctor didn’t order!

    The Key to Safe and Effective Fitness Programming for 40-60 Year Olds (and everyone else!): Physical Literacy and Mindset

    The Key to Safe and Effective Fitness Programming for 40-60 Year Olds (and everyone else!): Physical Literacy and Mindset

    The number of options when deciding what to include in your exercise program can get overwhelming: functional movement, body weight exercises, strength training, cardio, yoga, pilates, crossfit… As a result,

    • 42 min
    The Anatomy of a Couple’s Fight: Triggers, Perceptions, Actions, and the Unspoken Softer Feelings Underneath

    The Anatomy of a Couple’s Fight: Triggers, Perceptions, Actions, and the Unspoken Softer Feelings Underneath

    Why do so many couples fight about the same things over and over? What are the obstacles to sending clear emotional signals that allow partners to respond to each other with empathy and compassion? How can partners learn to work together to defeat the common enemy in their relationship, the negative cycle?

    In this episode of The Total Self Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Wendy Tomkiel, a certified EFT therapist and supervisor who is also trained in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy), and ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy). Wendy and Jeff breakdown the anatomy of a couple’s fight, by explaining the primal wiring that all humans have, and the ways attachment needs shape our reactions to each other. Through typical examples of negative cycles, they pinpoint how EFT helps couples slow down enough to see their own movements in a cycle, and access more options when they start to fall into old patterns.

    Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Practical Solutions

    Back Pain: Symptoms, Causes, Practical Solutions

    In this episode of the TotalSelf Considered, Jeff Fine interviews Erika Muraski, physical therapist extra-ordinaire. Erika was a competitive ice-skater until she had a career ending injury. She had always wanted to be a physical therapist and the experience of getting hurt and having to give up the sport she loved has made her highly attuned and compassionate to the needs of her patients.



    Jeff and Erika discuss back pain and treatment approaches from multiple perspectives: first, Erika explains the physical structure of the spine and surrounding soft tissue, and the related “mechanical” issues or imbalances that can lead to back pain. After going over the symptoms of various types of back pain, and when one should seek medical attention, Jeff and Erika delve into the impact of lifestyle factors, particularly the role that our sedentary lifestyles and stress have for so many of us experiencing back pain.



    There’s an overwhelming amount of recommendations out there to reduce back pain – core strengthening, zero drop shoes, standing desks, stretching, ice, heat, doing more, doing less, laser therapy – but which of these actually help? Listen to the episode to find out.

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