21 episodes

The primary focus of this podcast is to engage people in discussions about a broad range of topics related to wellness, with a special emphasis on mental wellness. It is my hope and intent that the topics and themes covered during this podcast will serve to promote and enrich your understanding and practice of wellness in your relationships, professional life, and your mind and body. I'm your host, Dr. Benjamin Kohls, a licensed professional clinical counselor and counselor educator with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field.

The Well Mind Podcast Benjamin Kohls, PhD

    • Health & Fitness
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The primary focus of this podcast is to engage people in discussions about a broad range of topics related to wellness, with a special emphasis on mental wellness. It is my hope and intent that the topics and themes covered during this podcast will serve to promote and enrich your understanding and practice of wellness in your relationships, professional life, and your mind and body. I'm your host, Dr. Benjamin Kohls, a licensed professional clinical counselor and counselor educator with over 13 years of experience in the mental health field.

    Redefining Balance: Jason Bowman

    Redefining Balance: Jason Bowman

    Please join me in welcoming Jason Bowman to the podcast. Jason is a yoga teacher, a meditation practitioner, an avid cyclist, speaker, and writer. He, along with his brother and elite athlete, Dylan Bowman, co-founded Pyllars. Pyllars takes a holistic approach to coaching running and endurance athletes by providing resources to support and promote physical fitness and emotional fitness. The Pyllars App launched at the beginning of 2021. Jason speaks about the genesis of Pyllars in our conversation and explains their goal of supporting athletes as they strive to reach their athletic potential, while also providing tools for maintaining a healthy and balanced internal environment. This is also the jumping off point for a rich exploration of how to cultivate balance in life. Jason brings a contemplative and philosophical stance to our discussion as we unpack a deeper understanding and practice of balance in life. Our conversation ranges from athletic goals, to the arts, to relationships, and our identity development. Jason is a fantastic guest and I’m thrilled to share this conversation with you.

    Notes from Episode 21

    Jason Bowman: http://www.jasonbowmanyoga.com/

    The Pyllars: https://www.pyllars.com/

    The Pyllars Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-pyllars-podcast-with-dylan-bowman/id1492327668

    Aldous Huxley: https://g.co/kgs/9vuxBi

    Switzerland by Nicole Krauss: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/21/switzerland

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Sharpening Your Mental Game: Amanda Cadwell

    Sharpening Your Mental Game: Amanda Cadwell

    Athletics, exercise, and physical health have made appearances in previous episodes. Specifically in episode 2 I talked with Benson Langat, who is an elite runner and therapist. Then in episodes 9 and 10, I talked with Zoe Rom, Associate Editor of Trail Runner Magazine and Lizzie Kasparek, registered dietician, respectively on running, body image, nutrition, and fitness. We wade back into these familiar waters again in this episode as I am joined by Amanda Cadwell. She is a professional mental health therapist with a specialization in sport and performance psychology. I love it when I am able to bring multiple passions into one conversation and that is exactly what Amanda and I were able to do throughout this chat. Amanda is an athlete herself, playing team sports throughout her youth, culminating with playing collegiate fastpitch softball. Now she is a coach for her daughters softball team and continues to push herself athletically through weightlifting. She recently completed her specialized training in sport psychology and has begun working with athletes to support their mental health and improve their performance. Amanda emphasizes the importance of focusing on purpose and process in sport and in life. She shares specific tools that she uses with athletes to manage the stress of performance and stay focused. Whether fitness and athletics occupy a large or small space in your life, Amanda shares many valuable insights and approaches to Sharpen Your Mental Game.

    Notes from Episode 20

    Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky https://g.co/kgs/uRVTG4

    Psychology in Sports Coaching by Adams Nicholls https://www.amazon.com/Psychology-Sports-Coaching-Theory-Practice/dp/1138701874 

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Practice of Forgiveness: Ed Frey

    The Practice of Forgiveness: Ed Frey

    Join me in welcoming Ed Frey to the Well Mind community. The Well Mind Podcast is a space for meaningful conversations about a broad range of wellness related topics. In this episode, that topic is forgiveness. Forgiveness is an incredibly important practice that supports our relational, emotional, and spiritual health. So if that’s the case, then why is it so hard for us to apply forgiveness after we’ve been hurt? And why do we struggle with persistent, harsh, and critical self-talk when we’ve messed up or fallen short. It often comes from a misunderstanding about what forgiveness is and what forgiveness isn’t. Throughout this conversation Ed beautifully articulates the work of forgiveness and reconciliation in our relationship with God, with one another, and within ourselves. Ed is a pastor and professional counselor and brings tremendous depth to the conversation. I had a great time with Ed in this episode and found his words to be of tremendous comfort and filled with grace. He has such a compassionate heart and it’s a joy to share this episode with you.

    Notes from Episode 19

    Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness by Harold Senkbeil: https://www.cph.org/p-305-Dying-to-Live-The-Power-of-Forgiveness.aspx

    Just Words by Jacob Preus: https://www.cph.org/p-359-Just-Words.aspx

    The Problem of Suffering by Gregory Schulz: https://g.co/kgs/SEnRie

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Building Teen Connections: Katelyn Bolte

    Building Teen Connections: Katelyn Bolte

    Katelyn Bolte joins me in episode 18 of The Well Mind Podcast. This is a conversation focused on adolescent mental health and parenting teens. Katelyn is a mental health counselor and the director of a day treatment program for adolescents. Katelyn was a wonderful guest. We cover a lot of ground during our discussion as we talk about schooling during the pandemic and the transition back into school. We also address the struggles that social isolation has amplified for our youth, emotional development during the teen years, and there is plenty of parenting focused talk throughout the conversation. This is a must listen for any parent of a teen or anyone that will have a teen in the near future. Katelyn understands the real challenges that teens and their families are facing and she shares a wealth of practical information that I hope you can integrate into the flow of your family life. More than anything Katelyn and I drive home the need for parents to cultivate connections with their teens during these critical years of life.
    Notes from Episode 19
    Dr. Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development: https://child.tcu.edu/karyn/#sthash.Vd4iCXE1.dpbs
    Empowered to Connect Training: https://empoweredtoconnect.org/training/
    Teen Line: https://teenlineonline.org/
    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Public Health as Mission: Dr. Jason Paltzer

    Public Health as Mission: Dr. Jason Paltzer

    In this episode, we venture into new territory. If you’ve listened to previous episodes, you know that much of our conversations on the podcast are focused on different aspects of personal wellness. I take us in a different direction with this one. I’ve invited epidemiologist and public health expert Dr. Jason Paltzer to join me for this conversation. Jason is a faculty at Baylor University in Waco, TX and has spent over 6 years working in public health in the country of Zambia. We talk about his work in faith based organizations serving communities in central Africa and his decision to pursue and develop research on public health in developing countries. We dive into the difficult issues of alcohol abuse and addiction from a public health perspective. Jason also shares his hope and vision for the development of an institute devoted to carrying out rigorous research to inform the community services being provided to support people in both urban and rural communities. I had a great time chatting with Jason and am so appreciative of the perspective he brings to understanding wellness through the lens of community health.

    Notes from Episode 17

    Dr. Jason Paltzer email: jpaltzer1@gmail.com

    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonpaltzer/

    Christian Journal for Global Health: www.CJGH.org

    Best Practices in Global Health Missions: www.bpghm.org

    Global CHE Network: www.chenetwork.org

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Reflections: Dr. Jennifer Londgren

    Reflections: Dr. Jennifer Londgren

    The Well Mind welcomes Dr. Jennifer Londgren back to the podcast for episode 16. I asked Jenna back into the studio to reflect back on the past year with me and talk through our experiences with a growth mindset. I selected a number of questions for us to work through in our discussion. The result is a very personal hour discussing themes and topics related to failure, gratitude, letting go, and setting purpose and intention for the future. Jenna is a wonderful human being, filled with passion, wisdom, and joy. She shares some timely insights on how to impact our lived experience by attending to our state, strategy, and story.

    Questions from Episode 16

    What is present for me now in this moment?

    What or who am I grateful for?

    What is meaningful for me now?

    What was challenging or painful for me in the past year?

    What personal values or sense of purpose have emerged in the past year?

    Over the past year, what have you let go of?

    How are you going to make the next year matter?

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

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14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Paul.H123! ,

Great Resource

Great resource for a teacher. It gives me new tools to understand and connect to my students. The episode with Dr. Paustian was definitely a standout. Well done and keep up the edifying work.

BossManZas ,

Thought Provoking

Really enjoyed the episode with Pastor Hein. I don’t love every guest of course, but this is great thinking and pondering material. Running makes a lot of appearances and maybe it’s the order I took the episodes in, but because it’s not an interest for me it became a little repetitive and the personality types began to wear on me a little. Overall, a very worthwhile use of your time and looking forward to more episodes as I’m only 6 or 7 in so far.

AdeKDonald ,

Soothing in many ways!

Dr. Kohls has great content and his voice is so soothing! Listening to this podcast is good for the ears, the mind, and the soul.

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