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Join psychotherapist Tom Parkes as he has meaningful conversations to help you build mental flexibility. Each episode will explore topics related to psychology, mental health, and creativity. With an open mind and a sense of curiosity these conversations will help you better understand yourself, others, and the world around you.
 
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With the chaos of the past few years, it’s no wonder that self-help has become so popular. In 2019 alone, there were over 85,253 unique international standard book numbers (ISBNs). This is nearly three-times the number in 2013! However, this wide availability of self-help resources includes many that are not rooted in scientific evidence. Over the …
 
In this episode of the Sketchnote Army Podcast, I talk with Eleanor Beer, a Graphic Facilitator and Illustrator near Cardiff, United Kingdom. Hear Eleanor’s origin story of how she came into the visualization space as well as the challenges she overcame during pandemic by adding digital graphic facilitation to her analog work. Sponsored by the Sket…
 
My guest today is Brenton. Brenton is a Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Nurse who served 9 years in the US Army as a Combat Medic. He is now an advocate for the needs of the transgender community. Brenton is a personal friend going back to Elementary school and was graciously willing to share his story of understanding his identity and navigating th…
 
Worried your kid is an asshole? Or that he or she is well on the road to becoming an asshole? You’re not alone. Bad behavior (read: assholery) is no fun to be around, let alone to parent around. In this episode of POTC, Yael and Melinda Wenner Moyer, author of How to Raise Kids Who Aren’t Assholes, discuss what kinds of behavior to be concerned abo…
 
We kick off season 10 with talented illustrator and creative leader, Alejo Porras! Alejo is creative lead at The Sketch Effect, a company that offers graphic recording and explainer videos. He’s a trained and talented illustrator and also works as an artist coach, helping artists reclaim their joy in art. He shares stories about his work at The Ske…
 
Parental relationships are the cornerstone of mental health and well-being for children. However, parents often find it challenging to connect and engage in meaningful conversations with their children. Dr. William Stixrud and Ned Johnson, co-authors of What Do You Say?, are experts in child development and education. In this episode of POTC, Diana…
 
I have great guest interviews for your listening pleasure, including: Alejo Porras Eleanor Beer Dario Paniagua Ari Alvarez Rasagy Sharma Josie Dee Matt Ragland Sheena Mays Ben Norris Mister Maikel Mina Legend Marc Gutman Ahn Bui I think you are going to LOVE season 10! New episodes start next week Monday, September 6th, 2021 with Alejo Porras, so k…
 
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is frequently used as an adjective to describe fastidious or punctilious behavior. Far from this usage, OCD can have long-lasting detrimental effects on quality of life and is currently one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented mental illnesses affecting us today. Vulnerable populations such as children ca…
 
My guest today is Jessica Lahey. Jessica is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence. Over twenty years, Jess has taught every grade from sixth to twelfth in both public and…
 
At the beginning of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, the Once-ler says, “I meant no harm. I most truly did not. But I had to grow bigger. So bigger I got.” Biggering, it turns out, is the default setting for most of us. For years, Leidy Klotz, author of Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less, has studied how we transform things from how they are to how we wa…
 
In recent years, mindfulness has become a buzzword in Western culture. A recent study by the CDC found that mindfulness was the fastest growing trend in complementary healthcare, and more than merely a buzzword, mindfulness is currently a multibillion dollar industry. Deirdre Fay, author of Becoming Safely Embodied, has dedicated her career to expl…
 
The Olympic Games provide excellent examples of people under pressure. This pressure has led to some inspiring wins, and one can only imagine the pride parents of Olympic medalists must have when watching their child succeed. However, pressure can also negatively impact one’s performance – leading to disappointment, anxiety, and hopelessness. In th…
 
When it comes to serious illness, we might assume that medical treatment is where it’s at. And of course, when it comes to medical illness, medical treatment is central. But research also shows that talk therapy can help improve health, extend life, and make it easier to tolerate many of the challenges of illness. On today’s episode of POTC, Yael a…
 
My guest today is Dr. Jud Brewer. Dr. Jud is a New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, addiction psychiatrist, and thought leader in the field of habit change. He is the Director of Research and Innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, where he also serves as an associate professor. He is the executive medical director of be…
 
The World Health Organization includes burnout in its International Classification of Diseases and defines it as work-induced stress leading to exhaustion and cynicism. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of burnout, you might try many things to get rid of them. For example, you might try engaging in large amounts of rest, meditation, or rel…
 
An interesting trope exists among super-heroines. Their powers often involve invisibility. From the Invisible Woman (Susan Storm) of the Fantastic Four to Invisigirl (Violet Parr) of the Incredibles, the examples are nearly endless. In the real world, women are often expected to do the majority of “invisible” domestic and emotional work. This impor…
 
My guest today is Debbie Sorensen, PhD. Debbie is a psychologist in private practice in Denver, Colorado, and a part-time Clinical Research Psychologist at the Rocky Mountain VA MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. She co-created and co-hosts the popular psychology podcast Psychologists Off the Clock. Further, she is a co-author of the book ACT Daily Jou…
 
Children and their parents have struggled mightily with mental health during the pandemic. Now, in this new phase of the pandemic, we are beginning to rebuild and re-envision our lives with bravery and resilience. Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting child expert recognized for her soluti…
 
In 2020, the global market for anti-aging products was estimated at US$52.5 Billion and is projected to reach US$83.2 Billion by 2027. Some of this market is certainly due to ageism, pseudoscience, and harmful marketing practices. However, ideas around aging (and the way it’s portrayed in media and marketing) seem to be changing for the better, and…
 
For many years now, college students have been experiencing a mental health crisis. The events of the past year have only worsened this crisis, and according to experts, it’s not getting better. Transitioning from adolescence into adulthood while simultaneously transitioning from high-school to university living is never going to be easy, but that …
 
Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, teaching us that compassion involves kindness, mindfulness and common humanity. In her new book, Fierce Self-Compassion, Kristin explores the balance between tender self-compassion and action oriented self-compassion. “Sometimes compassion means standing up, saying, ‘no, you are tr…
 
My guest today is Robyn D. Walser, Ph.D. is the Director of TL Consultation Services, Associate Director at the National Center for PTSD and is Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains an international training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Walser is an expert in Accep…
 
As co-hosts, this podcast has provided many opportunities to interview incredibly high-achieving people. Our line-up has included authors, designers, artists, academics, scientists, doctors, lawyers, CEO’s, and more! We’ve had these individuals on the show to discuss topics such as humans' yearning to belong, steps we can take to begin mending raci…
 
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