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More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.

Building Psychological Strength April Seifert

    • Mental Health

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.

    Mindfulness Through Music with Cheryl B. Engelhardt

    Mindfulness Through Music with Cheryl B. Engelhardt

    This week is a first on the podcast. This week I’m speaking with a Julliard-trained music composer. 
    What does that have to do with psychological strength you ask? 
    Well, in addition to being a talented musician, Cheryl B. Engelhardt suffered from monthly panic attacks that would leave her exhausted for days. After learning about the power of a morning routine including gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation, Cheryl decided to use her talents to help others. 
    She created her new album “Luminary” as a way to help other people become more present and mindful. This beautiful album of piano and ambient music will help you focus and attain a state of flow. 
    As a special gift, Cheryl agreed to allow us to include a full track from her album at the end of this episode. Stay until the end to hear the song “Earthshine.” 
    Relevant Links: http://www.iamaluminary.com/ Episode 147 – Ariel Garten - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness and Meditation  Episode 143– Steve Hayes – How to Liberate Your Mind  Episode 149 – Sarah McVanel - The Power of Recognition and Acknowledgement  Link to April’s favorite journal, The Self Journal 

    • 58 min
    Become a Better Leader by Building Psychological Strength with Noelle Cordeaux

    Become a Better Leader by Building Psychological Strength with Noelle Cordeaux

    Have you ever thought about all of the ways you show up as a leader in your life?  
    Think about it.  
    The most obvious is probably a leadership position at work or in your company. But, how about in your relationships outside of work? How about as a parent? How about as a romantic partner? 
    All of these aspects of our lives, and even more than those I mentioned, involve elements of leadership, which is why I am so excited about this week’s episode. 
    This week we are speaking with Noelle Cordeaux, CEO and founder of JRNI (pronounced “Journey”). Noelle is an expert in the ways in which Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching intersect to help people show up in a more effective way.  
    She holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive & Professional Coaching, and her graduate studies include a Masters in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality. 
    During our interview we talk about: 
    The history of the field of Positive Psychology. The history of the field of coaching.  Specifically, we have a deep discussion about the booming coaching industry and the difference between:   Scientific coach practitioners  Informed coach practitioners  Pop Psychology practitioners   We talk about leadership & the important way our nervous and endocrine systems are involved in our effectiveness.  And Noelle highlights countless actionable steps we can take right now to be more effective in our next interactions.   One thing I don’t want you to miss are a set of key reflective questions Noelle urges us to ask ourselves: 
    Is that a fact or a feeling?  What’s the outcome that you’re looking for?  Is this something you want to give your time and energy to right now?  Will this matter in 1 year from now?  This episode is meaty. You might want to grab a pen and a journal for it. I know I took away so much value from Noelle’s expertise, and I hope you will too! 
    Relevant Links:  Flourish (Positive Psychology book by Martin Seligman) 

    • 44 min
    0155 | The Single Most Important Factor Driving Psychological Well-Being with Peter Montoya

    0155 | The Single Most Important Factor Driving Psychological Well-Being with Peter Montoya

    If you had to guess what the single, most important factor is in determining your psychological well-being, what would you guess? 
    Turns out, it’s social connection and personal relationships. 
    Our connections to other people and our social interactions with them are an incredibly protective and powerful factor in developing psychological strength, and this week, and that’s why we’re covering it on this week’s episode. 
    This week, we’re talking with Peter Montoya, the CEO of ThriveUnion. ThriveUnion is an organization that is committed to helping people go from meaningless isolation to purposeful belonging. Through their in-person, weekly meet-ups to their Life School, they’re arming people with the information they need to truly thrive in their lives. 
    Can you see why I’m so excited?! 
    We get into such valuable, actionable information in this episode. Including:  
    The difference between high intensity & low intensity relationships and the degree to which we need each of them. This will blow your mind. What are symbolic substitutes, and how are they influencing our ability to form real social connection?  What boundaries truly are and more importantly, how to enforce them in a way that strengthens your relationships.  The toxicity of being passive-aggressive and what to do instead.   I know you’re going to get so much value out of this impactful conversation with Peter Montoya! 

    • 50 min
    0154 | How to Build Psychological Strength Through Parenting with Karen Cassiday

    0154 | How to Build Psychological Strength Through Parenting with Karen Cassiday

    Hey, parents out there, this week’s episode is one you won’t want to miss.  
    During a challenging time with your child, have you ever questioned yourself and wondered whether you were doing the right thing? Wondered whether it is better to engage with my child in this moment or ignore them? Wondered whether you’re causing psychological problems or distress when your child is crying or screaming at the top of their lungs.  
    This week’s episode is for you.  
    This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Karen Cassiday, Clinical Psychologist, former President of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and expert in the area of building psychological strength in children.  
    In this episode, we get into some really valuable conversations about: 
    What is the role / responsibility of a parent versus that of the child?   The importance of directing yourself toward raising a kid who is a competent adult who can live without you.  Why “happy is not a good goal.”   The difference between self-esteem and self-worth  The science behind temper tantrums and how to handle them.   I know you’ll get so much value from this conversation with Karen Cassiday! 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    0153 | How to EMBODY Psychological Strength with Josh Trent

    0153 | How to EMBODY Psychological Strength with Josh Trent

    This week on the podcast, we're talking to a kindred spirit. Josh Trent is the founder of Wellness Force, a movement to help people improve their lives by helping them find physical and mental intelligence.
    Here's the thing. Not only does Josh advocate learning about important topics like gratitude, meditation, mindfulness, the subconscious mind, and decision fatigue, but he advocates embodying this knowledge.
    Showing up everyday with the intention of living this wisdom. Putting it into practice, and truly reaping the benefits of it.
    Incredible, huh?
    In my interview with Josh, we hit so many valuable topics, such as:
    The importance of testing and experimentation and how it can lead you toward building the life you want. The power of gratitude Cultivating emotional intelligence Avoiding decision fatigue What the negativity bias is and where it comes from The link between the impostor syndrome and the "spotlight effect" Not only that, but Josh offers up an actionable set of tips about how you can begin to steer your life into alignment, with one simple action: a monthly emotional inventory.
    You aren't going to want to miss this valuable and courageous conversation with Josh Trent!

    • 51 min
    0152 | How Psychological Strength Helped Me Give a TEDx Talk

    0152 | How Psychological Strength Helped Me Give a TEDx Talk

    Watch my TEDx Talk here!
    Join a webinar here!
    If you've been following me at Peak Mind or on social media, you likely know that I recently fulfilled a life-long goal by giving a TEDx Talk. It was an absolutely thrilling day, but there was a long road of hard work, unexpected issues, and tremendous self-doubt to get there.
    On today's podcast, I want to take you behind the scenes to talk you through my journey.
    Here's the thing: It's so easy to look at the final product of a journey like that and assume that the person just breezed right through the process. It couldn't be further from the truth!
    Rather, my journey from application to final talk was one that required me to use every ounce of psychological strength I've built over the years, and I want to point out how it came into play.
    I hope by sharing my experience, you gain some practical knowledge about how to move forward in difficult times using some of the techniques that I used. I also hope this episode gives you the motivation and permission to chase after your own giant goals!
    If I can do it, anyone can. You've got this!

    • 29 min

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I want to be April when I grow up

April has truly got it all. She is a brilliant host with a personable take on things that are near and dear to our hearts. It was a pleasure to speak with her and see that she is the real deal. I am a fan for life.

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My “go to” podcast

Building Psychological Strength podcast never disappoints. Even if the topic doesn’t seem totally on point, I ALWAYS take something away that I can put into practice immediately. April is a great interviewer who focuses in on drawing out actionable items. We talk so much about physical strength.....it’s time we realized that there are some simple things we can do to create psychological strength. Kudos to April and her team.

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April is AMAZING!

April is an amazing interviewer who knows how to get the best out of every guest. She’s kind, thoughtful and wicked smart. One of my favorite podcasters ever. 😊

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