Welcome to our unique mental health podcast! Licensed therapist, Juliet Kuehnle, uses humor and real talk to dive into the stories of interesting people you (want to) know. Of course there will be therapy tips (because, let's be serious, we all need them!), but mostly these conversations are a glimpse into the vulnerability of the people you might think "have it all together." We want to elevate and normalize the dialogue around mental health and erase the stigma so we can all own our humanness and maybe even proudly claim, "Yep, I go to therapy!" Subscribe and press play today!
What's Happened To You? - Vernisha Crawford (trauma informed CEO)
Vernisha Crawford is an entrepreneur who has overcome many obstacles. She has turned every challenge into an opportunity. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, a Master’s Degree in Leadership, and currently pursuing her PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Vernisha has found passion in helping others navigate life. Through her organization, Bringing You Excellence (BYE), Vernisha specializes in educating the community on systems change, trauma, mental health, resilience, and entrepreneurship.
In this episode, Vernisha and I talk about:
The mindset shift that happens when one is trauma-informed.
The fundamentals of trauma.
How Vernisha uses different identities to determine how she is going to help people.
Why setting boundaries is important.
Adapting to changes without sabotaging other parts of yourself.
Vernisha’s huge turning point.
The best part of self-care and how to incorporate it into your day-to-day.
The power of affirmations on someone that has experienced trauma.
… and so much more!
Therapy highlight: What are affirmations and do they really work?
Check out BYE: https://www.byellc.org/
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Reading is Freedom - Abbigail Glen (entrepreneur/bookstore owner)
Abbigail Glen’s plan was to start saving to open her own bookstore once she got out of debt. She resigned from her job as an HR professional to do just that, though it looked different than she imagined! We talk about how her pop-up bookstore came to be and what it has been like to be flexible in entrepreneurship. Abbi shares with us how her business fits in the context of her mental health journey.
We explore how reading and writing can be mental escapes and contribute to one's emotional wellness. Not only is the bookstore on a quest to provide its supporters with great books; but also create amazing lifestyle products made exclusively with readers, writers, and dreamers in mind. These are all great for coping with anxiety and depression!
Therapy highlight: What does happiness really mean? How do we find fulfillment in emotional wellness, psychological flexibility, and social and emotional skills?
Instagram: yepigototherapy and shelvesbookstore
Still We Rise
TW: sexual assault/rape
Today’s episode is a special one. First, because there is no guest and second, because it’s unscripted! Tune in to listen to my own story of trauma, the story behind my new tattoo, and about my personal relationship with Maya Angelou.
I hope this episode inspires you and reminds you that there is no shame in seeking help or going to therapy. I hope that you will reach out for support in regards to your big T and your little t traumas and everything in between...because you're not alone.
Bursts of JOY! - Lisa Dimino White (author/The Joy Seeker)
People are pretty darn amazing and too often don’t recognize their own greatness. Lisa Dimino White is on a mission to change that. With over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, and event management, Lisa now focuses on her passion — inspiring others to actively seek out and create more joy for themselves, their communities, and all of humankind. She does this through her speaking engagements, coaching programs, her recently released book Bursting with Happiness, and Bursting with Happiness: The Podcast.
Also known as The Joy Seeker, @lisadiminowhite joins us on the show to speak about accessing joy and how to meet ourselves right where we are when struggles make it difficult . She also highlights how introducing small bursts of joy into your life can help you to overcome potentially life-limiting and crippling fear. No matter what challenges you're faced with, there's always joy to be found - if you know where to look.
Therapy highlight: What is OCD? How not to let extreme cycles of obsessions and compulsions consume one's way of living or get in the way of one's values
Sun Counseling and Wellness
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Standing Strong & Knowing the Truth - Rachel Vindman (activist, wife of Ret. Lt. Col. Alex Vindman)
CW: loss of a child
Rachel Vindman has become a political activist. She co-hosts The Suburban Women Problem podcast by Red Wine and Blue. Oh, and her husband, Ret. Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, is the one who testified at Trump’s first impeachment hearing about what he heard in the call with the Ukrainian President. Rachel shares how her husband’s actions changed his career path and continues to cause scrutiny in their lives.
Rachel talks with us about the good, the bad, and the surprisingly wonderful things that happen with this kind of spotlight. We learn more - beyond the sensationalized facts - about what it truly FELT like to endure this. She talks about how deep grief and loss provides perspective and continues to set the tone for how she lives each day.
She credits the American people for propelling her willingness to show up just as she is, particularly over the last couple years. It’s a testament to staying true to one’s values and convictions no matter the cost or who you’re up against. You’ll be inspired by her honesty, fortitude, and positivity.
Therapy highlight: What is a trauma response? What to do when an emotional expression is incongruent from the actual feeling.
Sun Counseling and Wellness
The Suburban Women Problem
Here, RIght Matters
Feeling the Feels - Lauren Martin (Writer/Author)
Lauren Martin is the writer behind the popular Instagram account, Words of Women, which is dedicated to the growth and development of women. She also wrote a book called The Book of Moods in which she embraces vulnerability and provides observations into her own path to emotional wellness.
We talk about finding the right therapist, the validity of feelings, and finding ways to deal with changing moods. We also talk about yearning for more honesty around the loss of female friendships and the power of putting ourselves out there even if it brings discomfort.
Therapy highlight: Understanding emotions as data and more discussion on the grief of friendship loss.
Instagram: yepigototherapy and whoyoucallincrazypodcast and words_of_women
Sun Counseling and Wellness
Words of Women
Episode 26 Feeling all the feels
I loved this podcast. Lauren Martin’s complete honesty and transparency was so refreshing. She was very relatable and I can’t wait to read her book. I already follow her on IG! Juliet did a great job probing gently :) to get to the guts of the matter!
Accessible and thought-provoking
Terrific pod. Not too long, good questions that shape the conversations and allow listener to continue thinking on what was covered long after the closing. Thanks for doing this.
Fantastic podcast!! Fantastic info!! Fantastic host!! I want more.