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Dear Family, is a love letter to our complicated families and achieving mental wellness meant to stop us from writing ourselves and our loved ones off. Join Rachel Steinman- a writer, educator, and mental health advocate, along with her inspirational guests to find community, healing, understanding, and compassion. Feel like you're eavesdropping on an intimate and raw conversation between close family members or best friends, who we all know is your chosen family anyway. Besides practical ad ...
 
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Yasmin Irfani is a Pakistani-Muslim-American woman who is passionate about speaking up about mental health awareness in her community. Growing up, she was told she was too emotional and sensitive which led her to believe she was broken. After all, South Asian girls like her did not speak up or express their emotions. Whether directly or indirectly …
 
Apply for Subconscious Self Mastery - my six-month-long group mentorship program beginning 10/25/20. Rob Starbuck is a Breathwork Facilitator and Artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Rob brings a unique and powerful energy to creating transformative breathwork journeys ranging in size from 10 - 300+ people in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, …
 
This week’s episode is with my dear friend and law school classmate, William Igbokwe. William is both an attorney and a performer in Portland, Oregon. He views his career in law as just a piece of the larger part of his life’s work as an advocate. In this interview, we discuss a wide range of issues (hence the lengthy title!) primarily related to t…
 
Jason Schneidman grew up on the beaches of Southern California surfing and seeking the fun, care-free lifestyle it offered. His partying continued into his thirties until his life unraveled completely when he found himself homeless and addicted to crack cocaine. Sixteen years ago, he knew he had to do something otherwise he’d end up in jail or dead…
 
Lisa Klein grew up in Michigan. When she was in college she got a call to come home because she was told her dad died from heart failure. Months later, her brother would take his life in the car in the garage and die by suicide which eventually she’d find out was the same way her dad and her grandmother had also died. She learned from her mother to…
 
John Lehr is a comedic performer, writer, and producer who works in television, film, and theater. He grew up in Kansas and made his way to Chicago for college. He began to substitute teach while moonlighting as an improvisational comic all the while abusing drugs and alcohol. He made his way to Los Angeles and got roles on TV shows like Friends an…
 
Apply for Subconscious Self Mastery - my six-month-long group mentorship program beginning 10/25/20. This week's episode is with a dear mentor and friend, Alexandra Roxo. Alexandra is an artist, writer, storyteller, and mentor and teacher for women. Her career has traversed genres, but always with a through-line of exploration of the female body an…
 
X. ARI is a singer-songwriter-artist and mental health advocate from Toronto currently living in Los Angeles. X. ARI comes from a family who has substance abuse and mental health issues. She herself has dealt with anxiety, depression, PTSD from psychosis, insomnia, sleep paralysis (a very interesting disorder which she will explain in this episode)…
 
Adam Frankel’s maternal grandparents survived the Holocaust and built new lives, with new names, in Connecticut. Although they tried to leave the horrors of their past behind, the pain they suffered crossed generational lines- a fact most apparent in the mental health of Adam’s mother. When Adam sat down with her to examine their family history in …
 
Terri Cheney was a successful entertainment lawyer who represented some of the biggest names in the business, like Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. All the while, she hid her mental illness and the slash marks on her wrist from a suicide attempt. She bravely started writing about her experience living with bipolar disorder after several horrific s…
 
Dani Shapiro is a national treasure and to anyone who loves memoir, she reigns supreme. Dani has a way with words and a way of moving you to stop everything and consider what it is that makes you who you are. I can honestly say she has been a guiding light for me when it comes to writing and podcasting. Her writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, e…
 
Oona Hanson is a parent coach who has been in education for over twenty years and supports parents of teens and tweens going through the rough stuff and challenges of life after her child dealt with an eating disorder. Passionate about helping parents raise kids who have a healthy relationship with food and their body, Oona writes and gives talks o…
 
Priscilla Molina is the voice of a new and diverse generation, someone we all need to pay attention to. Growing up, she frequently went to work with her parents who immigrated from Guatemala, doing homework while her mom cleaned houses or her father fixed someone’s leaky pipes. While some may have seen her parents as laborers, she saw leaders, insp…
 
Parenting is a 24-hour gig you don’t get paid for but at least it’s priceless!!! This solo-podcast is sure to boost your happiness and create a more blissful family life. We discuss things like: *Putting yourself first and being selfish *Being an open-book role model *Letting your kids be a little bit naughty *Discussing sad and tragic stories *Enc…
 
Tracy Hargen is a born and bred Southern girl. Even though she did a stint in New York and New Jersey after meeting her Yankee husband, she currently lives in Georgia. She finds it hilarious when her gigantic Harlequin Great Dane and her tiny black and white Chinese Crested run through her office when she’s on an important client call. Tracy has wo…
 
Today we have three generations of one amazing family, Barbara Bruner, a mother and grandmother, Dedan Bruner, a father and son, and Ella Bruner, a daughter and granddaughter. The Bruner’s are here today to discuss healthy single parenting and co-parenting and to dispel any myths about Black parenting while shining a light on the power and positivi…
 
You can't simply think about the roof over your head and instantly feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude. In this episode I share how I practice gratitude and live in a world of wonder, awe and curiosity. If you feel like your one of those people I mentioned towards the end of the episode, I'd love to hear from you. Get Your Free Mental Health To…
 
Dr. Daniel Amen is one of America’s leading psychiatrists and brain health experts. He has authored or coauthored 80 professional articles and more than 40 books, including New York Times mega-bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life and The End of Mental Illness. He has appeared on numerous television shows including Dr. Phil, Larry King, Dr…
 
Sam Vaknin is an expert in Narcissistic Personality Disorder through his clinical practice and lived experience. In this episode, Sam explains what narcissism means and where we see it in the world today. Self Righteousness. Glorifying Victimhood. Self Help Gurus. Coaches. God. Identity Politics. Mental Illness in the West. It's all in this episode…
 
This episode helps you realize what stigma truly is and why fear is behind so many of our decisions and how we act. Who else is more deserving to get help? Is someone out there more deserving to be happy than you? What's your excuse for not getting help? Let's stop pointing fingers. It's time to change - what are you waiting for? Get Your Free Ment…
 
This episode is simple but still made me cry as I spoke about depression. You are so unbelievably courageous to face the world if you have dealt with or are going through depression. I admire you and you have all of the empathy and compassion I could give. You win. You win. I hope you enjoy the exercise at the end, let's beat hearts together! Get Y…
 
Imagine eavesdropping on a mother and daughter’s most intimate, honest, and raw therapy session where they hash out the past and share family secrets in hopes of coming to a life-changing understanding. Also, imagine laughing at some truly wild and unbelievable stories. Imagine no further because this 50th Dear Family, podcast episode is all of tha…
 
Janice Hayes Kyser is a biracial woman who grew up with a front-row view of race relations. Born to a Black Alabaman father and to a White British mother, she saw firsthand how her mother’s White allyship educated others in the 60s and how her father was not treated as an equal in both the air force and in life in general. Janice adopted a Black so…
 
Have you really thought about the power of music? The kind of music you listen to can literally make or break an event, change thoughts and alter behaviour. Music holds so much therapeutic power it is unbelievable it's not talked about more often. Of all of the things I look forward to in life, I am always anchored by music and look forward to new …
 
“Mama!” we heard George Floyd call to a woman who died two years earlier, a sacred invocation, like a prayer invoking God’s presence because mothers are our first protectors. When George called for his Mama, he called on me too. After our newborn wails after inhaling its first breath, we exhale with relief. We instantly begin to consider their safe…
 
My name is Scott Ste Marie and I exist on this beautiful planet to help people take control of their mental health. Welcome to the Depression to Expression Podcast where we go beyond cringe self-care movements, mental health awareness and quick life hacks. You'll find experts interviewed in the field of psychology, psychiatry, naturopathic medicine…
 
Gregg Garfield is the owner of CardConnect E.V. and Chip In, a credit card processing company. His girlfriend, Anneliese Johnson (AJ) is a mother of two teenage daughters and a wealth manager. Gregg and AJ heartedly support the peaceful protests for Black Lives Matter, but they’re concerned about the spread of coronavirus as large groups stand elbo…
 
Pirie Jones Grossman was born and raised in South Texas. She grew up with a bipolar and schizophrenic mother who struggled with drugs and alcohol. When Pirie was just five years old, her mother put a gun to her head and was later institutionalized. Pirie developed a depth of self-loathing and a need to be loved that would follow her into multiple m…
 
Under state law, teenagers aren’t legally old enough to have sex, but that didn’t stop three teens, Luca Wheeler, Charlotte Sedaka, and Jed Siegel from forming a condom company and consent initiative called Condom With a Conversation. This amazing trio sourced a 100% FDA-approved condom and designed a package that includes questions encouraging a c…
 
Wally Lamb is the author of not one, but six New York Times best-selling novels that speak to generations of readers who recognize their own struggles within his characters. He was twice selected for Oprah’s Book Club with She’s Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, a current HBO limited series starring Mark Ruffalo as identical twin brothers, …
 
Dr Ahmed Hankir is a Psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Mental Health Research in association with Cambridge University (UK). Dr Hankir is author of 'The Wounded Healer' an anti-stigma program that traces his inspirational recovery journey from hopeless and suicidal 'service user' with mental illness to multi-award winning ps…
 
Elsa Mora is an artist and curator born and raised in Cuba. In her culture, mental illness is not a secret and she would know because she grew up surrounded by family members who had bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, autism, and alcoholism. Elsa moved to Los Angeles to pursue art in 2001 and then to Upstate New York with her husband and two child…
 
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore is the founder of the MISS Foundation and the Selah Carefarm. She is a professor at Arizona State University. Her area of expertise is traumatic death, specifically child death, and she is an acclaimed author and public speaker on this topic. She is herself a bereaved mother: her newborn daughter died on July 27, 1994, and tha…
 
ROBERT KOLKER’s book Hidden Valley Road is currently Oprah’s Book Club pick and already at the top of the New York Times Best Seller’s list. He’s also the bestselling author of Lost Girls, now a Netflix movie and named one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books and one of Publishers Weekly's Top Ten Books of 2013. As a journalist, his work has app…
 
Michael Anhorn is the Executive Director of the Canadian Mental Health Associations Vancouver-Fraser Branch. He has significant experience in disaster response, change management, not-for-profit governance, leadership development, government relations, program development & evaluation and policy development. Michael is passionate about helping peop…
 
Kira holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Montreal where she studies cannabis and mental health in youth, particularly in sexual minorities. Her work/passion is centred around creating connections between science, policy and advocacy. Kira furthers this work as the Chair of the national organization Canadian Students for Sen…
 
Covering everything from Syrian refugee camps to the Academy Awards, Frank is a 4-time Emmy-Award-Winning Journalist working mostly for ABC Network News and EXTRA TV. Frank's creative outlet for self-expression is on YouTube with a focus on spirituality, as well as the best and latest treatments in health and beauty. We speak about his spiritual pr…
 
Dr. Sam Fink is an internal medicine specialist in private practice in Tarzana, California. He’s currently treating patients with coronavirus and has been on the frontline of educating the public on COVID-19 on KTLA, CNN, FOX, and more. Dr. Fink’s daughter, Sarrica Fink is a registered nurse who practiced at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in LA. She’s …
 
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