We're two NYC based therapists, who on the surface, could not be more different. Rachel is a type A, obsessed runner and Jor-El is mindfulness expert who is all about slowing down. Somehow, we became friends and business partners - and we make it work! We're here to give you an inside look into all things wellness by sharing our own journeys, providing expertise and insights on relevant topics, and making mental health accessible. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, and we’ll learn something new. Join us as we fulfill our goal of helping you live your best life - whatever that looks like for you.
Handling Conflict in Intimate Relationships
Do you think that you handle conflict well in your relationship? Maybe have some areas in which you’d like to improve? Don’t worry, we’ve got you!
Also: do you know where the phrase “piggyback” come from?!
Tune in as licensed therapist Rachel and Jor-El offer some helpful feedback on navigating conflict when you can’t necessarily create a lot of distance. We hope this helps!
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Looking to the Future & Having Tough COVID Conversations
As an increasing number of people get vaccinated against COVID-19 and time charges on, we are getting closer to the next chapter in navigating the coronavirus pandemic. How do you manage conversations around boundaries and challenge yourself, and others, when appropriate?
Therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo weigh in on these tricky times with some things to consider as you move forward. We hope it helps you practice greater self-awareness, identify ways to share, and better communicate with those around you.
You can view the current CDC recommendations for fully vaccinated people at this link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html
Busting Myths about Mental Illness & Violence
Unfortunately, mental health has been in the news recently as many have tried to make sense of the high profile gun violence in Atlanta and Boulder. Listen in as therapists Jor-El and Rachel explain why that conversation is problematic and how we should be exploring the relationship between mental illness and violence (among other things…).
Please join the conversation with us on Instagram and Twitter at @vivawellnessnyc. We’d love to hear from you about this episode and what other topics you’d like to see covered on the podcast!
Getting Back to Normal
For most of us we’ve spent a year (or more) living with the pandemic of COVID-19. As more people get vaccinated and things start to open up for more in-person services how do we get back to “normal”?
Mental health counselors Rachel and Jor-El share some thoughts on how you might think about getting to a new normal in this new world and how to manage some of your thoughts and anxieties about it. Tune in to the latest episode and join the conversation with us on Instagram and Twitter at @vivawellnessnyc. Enjoy!
How to Embrace Failure & Move Forward
What role does fear of failure play in your life?
Unfortunately, failure is a part of life. By understanding what we’re really scared of when it comes to failure, we can learn how resilient we can be. Tune into our latest episode to hear licensed therapists Rachel and Jor-El explore what failure means and some practical things to consider in facing down our fears and anxieties about not succeeding.
Join Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Instagram and Twitter at @vivawellnessnyc. We look forward to hearing from you!
Stuck Like Glue
Wanting to move forward on your goals and not feeling the motivation to do so is an uncomfortable feeling. There are many reasons why we might get stuck in these moments and we’re here to help!
Tune in to our latest episode as licensed therapists Rachel Gersten and Jor-El Caraballo discuss being stuck and offer up some ideas on how to get un-stuck too. What helps you find motivation when you can’t power through? Feel free to share your thoughts with us on Instagram and Twitter at @vivawellnessnyc. We look forward to your thoughts.
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How to Fight Self-Sabotage
This podcast has been immensely helpful during the pandemic. The hosts cover a vast array of topics that you can revisit wherever you are at in your life at the present moment. Honest conversations and reflections. Thank you both for reminding me my mental health must be a priority.
Smart advice from experts who get it
I’m predisposed to appreciate therapy—it’s gotten me through some tough times!—and these episodes are like a booster shot for my well-being. (I appreciate them even more because I’m a runner too, so I love that they’ll reference the sport or have running-related guests—though of course, it’s applicable to everyone, regardless of whether you consider yourself an athlete.) And, it’s given me so much perspective on how to relate to others (ep 38 on how to know when to help someone else, for instance, is a must-listen). Thanks for this gift to the world.
Interesting & real discussions
I love that the podcasts are on topics that aren’t always being explored in the mainstream, or will offer a unique take on current health/wellness trends. From entrepreneurship to therapy myths to nutrition, there’s a range of topics and always something interesting to discuss.