31 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. Ben Kohls, a licensed professional clinical counselor and counselor educator with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field.

The Well Mind Podcast Ben Kohls, PhD

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

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. Ben Kohls, a licensed professional clinical counselor and counselor educator with over 15 years of experience in the mental health field.

    Life and Breath: Reis Paluso

    Life and Breath: Reis Paluso

    My guest in this episode is a surfer, father, husband, entrepreneur, and expert in the practice of breath work and cold exposure. Relatably, Reis Paluso found himself caught up in the ever accelerating process and goals of building a life through his work, family, friendships, and favorite pastimes but was simultaneously losing a sense of balance and connectedness in his own life. Then he hit an inflection point and, in my conversation with Reis, he details the steps of the journey he embarked upon to unlock his mind-body connection through breath work practices. He first studied the Wim Hof method, which often combines specialized breathing techniques and intentional cold therapy practices. He speaks about some of the transformational experiences this study and practice led to and ultimately why he started the breathwork platform, Our Breath Collective. This is a first of its kind platform that offers live, online daily breathwork sessions, and a host of workshops, trainings, and retreats. Reis and I explore the connections between our breath, our mental health, and our wellness. Traditionally, people often associate breath practices with calming or relaxation based goals, but Reis explains how breath practices can also be a pathway to increasing energy, focus, and vitality. Breathwork has been a catalyst for change and growth in Reis’s life and his passion for this subject shines through in our discussion..

    Notes from Episode 31

    ourbreathcollective.com/wellmind/

    Use code WELLMIND at checkout for $10 off first month subscription

    instagram.com/ourbreathcollective

    instagram.com/reispaluso

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Facilitating Healing and Wellness: Dr. Luke Weber

    Facilitating Healing and Wellness: Dr. Luke Weber

    The Well Mind is a space for meaningful conversations about a broad range of wellness related topics, with a special emphasis on mental wellness. I’m your host Dr. Ben Kohls. Welcome to the podcast! It’s great to have you with me today. On a snowy January day here in Mankato, Dr Luke Weber joined me in the studio. Dr. Luke is an athlete, coach, provider or chiropractic care, and an all around good dude. It has been a while since I’ve been able to have someone in the studio with me and we had a great time. Dr. Luke speaks about his time as a collegiate diver and competing at a very high level. We talk about life on and off the board and how these experiences translate into his current role as a high school and college diving coach. Professionally, he is a business owner and provides chiropractic care through his practice at Kinetic Spine and Sport. We discuss our approaches to healing and helping, the interconnectedness of physical and mental pain and wellness, and how he sees himself as a facilitator. Here is my conversation with Dr. Luke in Episode 30 of the Well Mind Podcast, Facilitating Healing and Wellness.

    Notes from Episode 30

    Kinetic Spine and Sport: https://www.kinetic-chiro.com/

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kineticspinesport/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KineticChiro

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Facing Behavioral Addiction: Dr. Amanda Giordano

    Facing Behavioral Addiction: Dr. Amanda Giordano

    I recently read an article in Counseling Today entitled Six Steps for Addressing Behavioral Addictions in Clinical Work and knew immediately I needed to invite the author onto the podcast. Fast forward a few short weeks and I was able to sit down with Dr. Amanda Giordano and talk all about behavioral addiction. What is a behavioral addiction you may be wondering. Well most folks recognize gambling addiction as the behavioral addiction, but Amanda sheds light on this topic as we discuss gaming, social media, pornography, sex, food, and others as behaviors where addiction can manifest. We talk through the difference between high engagement and addiction, the importance of education and early intervention, how families with kids and teens can address behavioral addictions, what recovery from a behavior addiction looks like, and frankly way more than I can possibly include in this intro. Amanda is an amazing guest, she is so passionate about her field, and wants to raise awareness and educate people about this critical issue. She recently published a book of encyclopedic information on the topic of behavioral addiction for professionals doing clinical work. In the process, she interviewed numerous experts in the various fields of behavioral addiction and has been sharing this knowledge through regular articles in Psychology Today. I guarantee your knowledge and understanding of this topic is going to get a massive infusion of information.

    Notes from Episode 29

    A Clinical Guide to Treating Behavioral Addictions by Dr. Giordano: https://g.co/kgs/n88sVA

    Counseling Today Article: https://ct.counseling.org/2021/10/six-steps-for-addressing-behavioral-addictions-in-clinical-work/

    Psychology Today Resources: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/contributors/amanda-l-giordano-phd-lpc

    Dr. Giordano’s Author Facebook Page:https://www.facebook.com/amandaleegiordano/

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Human Flourishing: Dr. Michael Berg

    Human Flourishing: Dr. Michael Berg

    Welcome to the podcast! In this episode we venture back into the familiar theme of Vocation. This is a topic that has been featured on the Well Mind previously, but it’s one that is so relevant to our everyday life that we will likely continue to draw from this well repeatedly for deeper insights into ourselves and our relationships. My guest is a professor of apologetics, reverend, author, public speaker, and an all around interesting dude. I was first introduced to Dr. Berg through his recent book Vocation: The Setting for Human Flourishing, which we dive into in this conversation. I then heard him speak at a conference this past summer and got to chat with him there. He does some of his own podcasting too and was completely on board with coming on the Well Mind. Then of course the fall semester started and it took a while for us to reconnect, but we made it happen and I’m thrilled to share this conversation with you. We cover a lot of ground in our conversation-everything from what vocation is and why it’s important, to marriage, parenting, making sacrifices versus self-sacrificing, and how vocation truly is the setting for human flourishing..

    Notes from Episode 25

    Michael Berg: https://www.wlc.edu/faculty/Michael-Berg/

    1517: https://www.1517.org/contributors/michael-berg

    Vocation: The Setting for Human Flourishing: https://g.co/kgs/Vx4LXi

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Gird Up! Podcast Crossover

    Gird Up! Podcast Crossover

    Welcome to the first ever crossover episode between The Well Mind Podcast and Gird Up! Podcast. Charlie Ungemach is the host of the Gird Up! Podcast and invited me on the show to talk men and mental health. It was fun being on the other side of the table and getting to be a podcast guest! I give a brief introduction and Well Mind update and then I turn things over to Charlie. I hope you enjoy the conversation! Thanks for listening and Be Well!

    Link to Gird Up! Podcast homepage: https://www.girdupministries.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Stars in the Sky: Haylee Blauert & Jason Jaspersen

    Stars in the Sky: Haylee Blauert & Jason Jaspersen

    Welcome to a very special episode of the podcast. In addition to the typical audio format, there is also a video format available on YouTube. Listeners may enjoy checking out the video version, because we have included some visual images to accompany the discussion. You can find a link to the video version in the show notes below. My guests are Haylee Blauert and Jason Jaspersen. Haylee is the author of a new children’s book entitled Stars in the Sky and Jason Jaspersen is the illustrator. Both of them joined me in the studio to talk about the upcoming book, the journey they both walked over the past 3 plus years to share this story with the world, and the life and character of the man the book memorializes. This is not your typical children’s book, but a work of true literature and art. The book speaks to the importance of community and connection and faces the issues of mental health and grief and loss in a way that can help children and adults reflect on their own experiences. This is an important book and I hope that the next hour is as impactful for you as it was for me.

    Notes from Episode 26

    Purchase Stars in the Sky: coming soon...

    Stars in the Sky Video Podcast: https://youtu.be/9o_eD1LHlvc

    Gallery Display for Stars in the Sky: October 3 - October 27 at Ylvisaker Fine Arts Center

    Reception and Discussion Thursday, October 7 at 7:00pm (CST): https://blc.edu/event/gallery-display-stars-in-the-sky/

    Max Lucado: https://maxlucado.com/

    Kobi Yamada: https://g.co/kgs/jYb2AA

    The Well Mind Podcast email: thewellmind@blc.edu

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 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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