The Shek Check

The Shek Check

The Shek Check brings you the self check fact check on how we think, feel, and behave. Our mental health. Shek yourself before you wreck yourself.... Show More

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Do our experiences shape us, or do the shifts we take from those experiences shape us? Or do they both? "I've looked at clouds from both sides now. From up and down..."- Episode 57: "Swipe Right" (https://theshekcheck.com/episodes/swiping-right-with-guest-tasha-jackson/) . There was a shift in our conversation that explored her own experiences and how they have shaped her, how they have shaped what she has d... Read more

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January 7, 2020 29 min

can we swipe right on ourselves toallow ourselves to swipe right on others. Therapist and Author Tasha Jackson joins me to talk about connecting in our social media age, dating in our social media age, and why we need to break down those thought barriers that keep us from swiping right. “Love is an essential part of life and a new love can open the door to personal growth in so many unexpected ways” - from "Master Dater" b... Read more

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December 27, 2019 8 min

​What if....hope was not a magical thing outside of us that we had to find, that we had to hold on to, that we could lose? What if...hope is something we unknowingly practice everyday?  What if...hope lived in our daily actions? What if...hope lived in the choices we make? What if...we redefined hope as something internal instead of external? Want to continue the conversation from this episode in a safe and open environment? Y... Read more

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December 19, 2019 14 min

While "self-diagnosis" is literally impossible, a totally made up nonsensical phrase and nothing. The thoughts that form within us when we digest, attach and fixate on things we might look up are very real. This episode explores those thoughts, the thought process and why we need to diffuse them. So, if we do need help, we can communicate that clearly...in the context of our body. Not a list of symptoms we look up or hear a... Read more

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When looking to address the topic of psychological health (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/theory-knowledge/201504/what-constitutes-psychological-health) and the military, I wanted different perspectives. I wanted to understand it from someone who has experienced it first hand and I wanted someone who works in the mental health field. I got both with this weeks guest, Matt Thompson. Matt is a Veteran who was so inspired ... Read more

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December 19, 2019 8 min

Authenticity Vs. Fauxthenticity. A curious case indeed. Authentic (adj)- Not false or imitation Fauxthentic (adj)- An appearance of Authentic Authenticity comes up a lot, we are craving it more and more. We want it in our daily lives, in our relationships, in our interactions, in our images, in the brands we buy, in the brands we sell, in the people we admire. What has become more popular though, is images of authenticity. Whic... Read more

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December 19, 2019 8 min

Do we understand Gratitude (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude) ? The feeling. During the holiday season, gratitude comes up a lot. More than any other time of year. We get asked those questions, "What are you thankful for?" "What are you feeling grateful for?" Sometimes our answers become rehearsed, scripted, or catered towards the people who around us. This episode explores the question, do we... Read more

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Jesse Lyon (https://lyoncounseling.care/) . The Shek Check (https://theshekcheck.com/)  loves to explore the different modalities that exist in Therapy and Psychology. Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are both modalities that I had never explored. Which is why I brought on Jesse Lyon LMHC of Lyon Counseling, (https://lyoncounseling.care/) and he does not disappoint. Jesse connected the dots for me between Psychoanalysis and Hypnother... Read more

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December 19, 2019 11 min

“What lies beneath” will provide me more answers than throwing “fixes” on what the surface is showing. It becomes dangerous to label ourselves (or others) based on behaviors (or pattern of behaviors). I personally can understand how that can become a self-fulfilling cycle on many levels, but this episode is focusing on just one: Procrastination (https://boingboing.net/2019/03/26/procrastination-is-an-emoti.html) “Procrastinati... Read more

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December 19, 2019 5 min

The quote “Rewrite your story” has been popping up all over my social media. Is trying to change your past trending? Is it really that healthy? In my own personal opinion, it is the furthest thing from growth and healing possible. It is the furthest thing from acceptance. It is the furthest thing from building from where we are right now. Which is how we choose to move. A focus on changing the past is a hard stop in our right now.... Read more

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December 19, 2019 13 min

September 5, 2016 marks a huge turning point in my life, even though that was the day I took the actions to no longer have life.  The key words being “Turning Point”. There is hope at our darkest times, even though it is hard to see. It’s not a blind hope, and it is full of work. However, the thing that is most important to know is that you are worth it. If you or someone you know is in danger of hurting themselves or others, ple... Read more

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Bipolar Disorder. (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bipolar-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20355955) Matthew uses his own lived experiences with Bipolar Disorder and his studies of Forest Bathing (http://www.shinrin-yoku.org/shinrin-yoku.html) and our own respective diagnoses’ of Bipolar Disorder, and so much more. Make sure you are following Matthew and Integral Counseling on  Instagram  (https://www.instagram.com... Read more

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Episode 46- Checkin’ Body, Mind & Breath – Guest Eddie Ulm BSc CMT SEP The body and mind connection is undeniable, it exists in one place. When it comes to treatment of our body and our mind, we tend to create a disconnect. Even when we speak about it, we will say our “Mental Health” or our “Physical Health”. Perhaps for some it makes sense to distance the two, but does it actually make sense? Should we be furthering that disc... Read more

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In this episode,  Dr. Bryan Harnsberger (https://www.bryanharnsberger.com/about) joins the chat to talk about our political climate and how it is affecting our Mental Health.  Both collectively as society, and of course as individuals. Since our Mental Health is how we think, feel and behave. To say that our feelings, our thoughts and our behaviors are not being impacted by the political energy around us would be false. Mental He... Read more

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December 19, 2019 35 min

“Blessed are the weird people: Poets, Misfits, Writers, Mystics, Painters, Troubadours, for they teach us to see the world through different eyes” –  Jacob Nordby (https://blessedaretheweird.com/jacob-nordby/) James Tucker is an artist and the owner of  Aesthetic Union- a letterpress print shop specializing in custom work and original editions. (https://www.theaestheticunion.com/) However, what James has created is more than tha... Read more

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December 19, 2019 7 min

What would happen if we challenged ourselves to snuggle with uncertainty? We fear it, we avoid it, we struggle more because we are clinging so hard to an idea of certainty. When really, the only certainty through our lives is uncertainty. I believe we get convinced of “certainty” from an early age. For many reasons we want the safety that certainty can paint for us. When really, this idea that influences so much in our life, is a ... Read more

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December 19, 2019 41 min

This week’s episode is brought to you by the letters ACT. What does that stand for? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Psychotherapist Greg Bodin (who is an absolute delight) joins us this week to talk about this type of Psychotherapy that is getting more attention these days, but is not new in any sense. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is action oriented and focuses on no longer avoiding ,denying, and struggling with our emoti... Read more

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December 19, 2019 7 min

The ways we market and promote Self-Care needs to change. There is a heavy focus on self-care from the outside in, which is totally legitimate. I think our focus needs to shift, not ignore. We see more and more focus turn to our Mental Health, which needs more than a bubble bath. More than what a pamper day can provide. In a world that is so based on the physical first, we are a world thirsty and desperate to take a shift in our f... Read more

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December 19, 2019 41 min

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) (https://iocdf.org/about-ocd/) is a mental disorder where people experience unwanted repeating thoughts, feelings, images, or sensations. Engaging in behaviors or mental acts in response. While we have a lot of misconceptions on Mental Health conditions and disorders, we can bring understanding when we combine knowledge with lived experiences. This week I am joined by  Catlin Palmer,  creator... Read more

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In this episode, what is explored is our identities. As a society we cling to fixed identities,  because it feels safe and confined. Easy to understand. However, what is more natural is fluid personality. That battle between the two becomes a new battle for us. We don’t always realize how we fight it in our daily lives, in our relationships with others and our relationship with ourselves. I came across Award Winning Communications... Read more

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