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Our biggest lessons in life come from imperfect moments. That is why “well, not perfect” is an honest yet encouraging phrase often heard inside Audrey Grunst's therapy practice, Simply Bee. Everyday we face messy, difficult and real life problems and striving for growth rather than perfection is the healthiest mindset to have.

On this podcast, you will hear experts share their personal and professional experiences that aim to inspire and humble listeners to examine their own mindset through a therapeutic lens that only a mental health expert can offer.

Join us and learn how our guests are breaking stigmas, raising awareness, providing support—and overall taking action to make this world a more mental health inclusive place, despite the process being…well, not perfect.

Well, Not Perfect Audrey Grunst

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Our biggest lessons in life come from imperfect moments. That is why “well, not perfect” is an honest yet encouraging phrase often heard inside Audrey Grunst's therapy practice, Simply Bee. Everyday we face messy, difficult and real life problems and striving for growth rather than perfection is the healthiest mindset to have.

On this podcast, you will hear experts share their personal and professional experiences that aim to inspire and humble listeners to examine their own mindset through a therapeutic lens that only a mental health expert can offer.

Join us and learn how our guests are breaking stigmas, raising awareness, providing support—and overall taking action to make this world a more mental health inclusive place, despite the process being…well, not perfect.

    The Inspiring Story of March Fourth and The Woman Behind It: Meet Kitty Brandtner

    The Inspiring Story of March Fourth and The Woman Behind It: Meet Kitty Brandtner

    Today for our last episode of this season on Well, Not Perfect, I have a timely and important episode for you. 
     
    In response to many recent events involving gun violence, today’s guest Kitty Brandtner went to social media with one thing to say: “You messed with the wrong mom.” 
     
    The events following are nothing but heroic and nearly impossible. Kitty, who is a working mom of three kids under 5, became the lead activist for March Fourth in the span of just a few days. She and an amazing group of volunteers started March Fourth two days after the tragic Highland Park shooting on the Fourth of July. The mission behind this organization is simple: to federally ban assault weapons and to do it right now.
     
    In today’s episode you will learn:
    Who the woman is behind March Fourth  How you too can have the tenacity to do the seemingly impossible What to do, if or when, you get called to join a social movement that lives close to your heart.   
    And before we get into the episode, I just want to remind everyone that these conversations can be uncomfortable and triggering. I recommend you take your time to listen and understand your reaction to this conversation and seek out local resources if you want to get involved. Also, if you feel overwhelmed after listening to this episode, take a break, do some self-care and be gentle on yourself. 
     
    With that being said, welcome to the final episode of Season 3 of Well, Not Perfect. 
     
    To connect with Kitty and March Fourth, and other resources mentioned in this episode, you can find them at:
    Website: www.wemarchfourth.org/ Instagram: @march_fourth_ Ways to act now: www.wemarchfourth.org/actnow

    • 26 min
    Burn Out Prevention For Young Athletes With Kelly Oberle

    Burn Out Prevention For Young Athletes With Kelly Oberle

    Welcome back to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.
     
    Today I got to sit down with Kelly Oberle, and I was immediately struck by all the things we have in common.
     
    Kelly is a leadership development coach and founder of Access Human Potential, an emotional intelligence and performance enhancement organization working with corporations, schools, and athletic teams. 
     
    Kelly and I both come from a background playing a collegiate sport that inspired us to help athletes with the mental side of their game. The work she is doing to develop the whole athlete and make system-level changes is so valuable for coaches, parents and players alike. 
     
    Listen in to hear about all the ways she is helping people build upon their strengths and stay connected to joy.
     
    In this episode, you will learn: 
    How positive psychology can benefit athletes, coaches, and parents; The importance of knowing your “why’; and How to prevent burnout and breed confidence in athletes  
    Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.
     
    To connect with Kelly & Access Human Potential, you can find her at:
    Website: www.accesshumanpotential.com/ Instagram: @access_human_potential Facebook/Twitter: @ahpnow LinkedIn: Access Human Potential

    • 53 min
    Letting Go Of Fear, Avoidance & What If’s with OCD Expert Dr. Patrick McGrath

    Letting Go Of Fear, Avoidance & What If’s with OCD Expert Dr. Patrick McGrath

    Hello again and welcome back to Well, Not Perfect. 
     
    I had an absolute blast putting on my clinical hat with our guest today. 
     
    Dr. McGrath currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for NOCD, an app-based platform for the treatment of OCD. He leads their teletherapy services across the world. He is also a Lead Psychologist at Ascension Illinois Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital, where he opened Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospital, and Residential Treatment Programs for Anxiety Disorders, School Refusal, and OCD. 
     
    I’ve known Dr. McGrath for years and it was a privilege to get to pick his brain on this episode. He shares with us some of the exciting developments in the treatment of OCD and other anxiety disorders as well as some of the most interesting cases he’s dealt with in his career. 
     
    There was an empowering golden thread throughout our conversation that I think is important for every listener to hear: that we as humans really are more capable of overcoming our fears than we may think.
     
    In today’s episode you will learn: 
    The evolution of therapeutic treatments, including Exposure Response Prevention; Strategies for supporting a loved one who struggles with an anxiety disorder; and Why it's crucial for us to be okay with short term emotional discomfort in order to benefit in the long term  
    Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.
     
    To connect with Dr. McGrath & NOCD, you can find him at: 
    Website: www.nocd.com Books: “Don’t Try Harder, Try Different” & “The OCD Answer Book” LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-mcgrath-37b981/ Study on the Effectiveness of Virtual ERP: https://www.treatmyocd.com/blog/could-virtual-erp-be-the-new-standard-of-treatment-for-ocd

    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Truth About Influence, Asking For Help & Saying No With Professor Vanessa Bohns

    The Truth About Influence, Asking For Help & Saying No With Professor Vanessa Bohns

    Welcome back to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.
     
    Today I have Vanessa Bohns on the show and let me tell you, this was one of the most thought provoking conversations I’ve had on this podcast to date. 
     
    Vanessa is a social psychologist and a professor of organizational behavior at Cornell University. She holds a PhD in Psychology from Columbia University and an AB from Brown University. Professor Bohns is an expert on social influence, compliance, and consent; and investigates why it’s so hard to say no. Her research has been published in top academic journals in psychology, management, and law. And her first book You Have More Influence Than You Think was published in September. 
     
    I found my conversation with Professor Bohns to be absolutely fascinating on both a personal and professional level. Her insights helped me understand a lot about myself and the people around me.
     
    In this episode you will learn:
    Why so many of us struggle to say no; Biases that influence the way we see the world and how the world sees us; and Why we tend to be harder on ourselves than others are on us.  
    Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.
     
    To connect with Professor Bohns, you can find her at: 
    Twitter & Instagram: @profbohns Website: https://www.vanessabohns.com/ Her book ‘You Have More Influence Than You Think’: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1324005718/  

    • 1 hr
    Operationalizing Your Growth & Success With Green Beret Nick Lavery

    Operationalizing Your Growth & Success With Green Beret Nick Lavery

    Hello & welcome back to another episode of Well, Not Perfect. 
     
    Today’s guest is someone who knows first hand what it’s like to overcome a seemingly impossible challenge. 
     
    Nick Lavery is an active-duty member of The United States Army Special Forces. In 2013, on Nick's second combat rotation to Afghanistan, he and his Detachment fell victim to an insider attack ultimately resulting in the loss of his leg. Following a year of surgeries and recovery, he returned to his Detachment and was deployed once again. Nick is considered the first Special Forces operator to return to combat as an above-the-knee amputee and I was honored to hear his story.
     
    This episode gives listeners an in depth look into the mindset Nick relies on to continuously achieve his goals. His story and outlook on life are testament to the power of committing to your purpose and developing a strong sense of self. 
     
    Nick’s perseverance, humility, and intelligence were evident to me throughout our conversation. I know that you will walk away feeling inspired by his attitude and motivated to prioritize your own growth, too. 
     
    In this episode, you will learn:
     
    How to compare yourself to others with gratitude instead of self-pity; How to become more systematic about achieving your goals; and How to let go of distractions and focus on what truly matters most to you.  
    Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect.
     
    To connect with Nick, you can find him at:
    Website: http://www.machinenick.com Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKNVniNJKTYRZpTmfyJJjtA Instagram: @nick.machine.lavery Book: Objective Secure  

    • 52 min
    Raising Awareness on Men's Mental Health with Eric Stevenson

    Raising Awareness on Men's Mental Health with Eric Stevenson

    Welcome back to another episode of Well, Not Perfect. 
     
    This week I got to sit down with fellow Simply Bee clinician Eric Stevenson. Eric is a licensed professional counselor and certified mental performance coach. He specializes in working with adolescents, young adults, and athletes, helping them with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, perfectionism and life transitions.
     
    I wanted to have Eric on the show today to talk specifically about the issue of men’s mental health. This is an issue that deserves a lot of attentionbecause suicide rates among men are on the rise and there is still a strong stigma around seeking treatment.
     
    Since joining my practice 2 years ago, Eric has seen a lot of our male clients and has great insight on common trends that we’re seeing today. 
     
    Listen in to hear what he has to say about these issues and what parents and clinicians can do to provide support.
     
    Common issues that we see amongst male clients in our office How parents can help their kids make effective behavioral changes; and  Coping strategies to help teens combat negative thoughts and emotions.  
    Welcome to another episode of Well, Not Perfect!
     
    To learn more about Eric, you can find his bio on our website: https://www.simplybeecounseling.net/meettheteam

    • 31 min

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