The Shek Check

The Shek Check

Host Erez Shek (with guests from around the world) bring you all the ways to self-check yourself. Self-awareness starts with awareness and that is where we can all start together. Our growth, our self-improvement, our healing, our emotional health- it all comes when we become ready to face ourselves. When we face ourselves and we start checking ourselves- we wreck ourselves a little bit less. Let's get Shekked.... Show More

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October 22, 2020 36 min
How can you create and foster creativity in your life to strengthen your resiliency?  In this episode of The Shek Check, Erez sits down with David Monticalvo to discuss discovering where creativity lives inside of each of us and how we can cultivate our creativity to build resiliency.  David is a speaker and author who has gone through his own personal journey to re-awaken his creativity. He is here to discuss how to cultivate crea...
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October 15, 2020 10 min
In this episode, Erez highlights LGBTQ History month and the complexities of coming out of the closet- as well as what the future can look like with changed behaviors in our society.  What can we do to create inclusivity in our behaviors, language, schools and homes to develop space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer folk?  Learn more about LGBTQ History Month by visiting: https://lgbthistorymonth.com/ (https://lgbt...
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Continuing my chat with social action activist, educator and psychotherapist Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez. In Part I (https://theshekcheck.com/episodes/part-1-redefining-revolutionary-with-guest-dr-angelica-pinna-perez/) of our discussion we started taking a closer look at our understanding of racism and how it is built into our systems (internal and external). We continue that in part II, exploring topics of race in mental health care...
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Host Erez Shek sat down this week to speak with Dr. Angelica Pinna-Perez, a trauma aware and culturally affirming psychotherapist, educator and social action activist. She is the founder of The Cervitude Coalition 501(c)(3), a non-profit increasing access to quality holistic mental health care. A fierce advocate for equity in holistic mental health care, she centers anti-colonial re-imaginings in order to amplify its healing impact...
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September 16, 2020 38 min
What are trapped emotions? All our emotions affect our bodies in different ways and carry different energy within us. What happens when energy doesn't get to release the way it should? It does not just disappear or go away. It stays with us. It becomes trapped. How do trapped emotions show up in our bodies and our lives? How do we become aware of these trapped emotions? What can we do from (and with) that awareness? Guest David...
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September 9, 2020 47 min
Sitting down with Journalist and Filmmaker "A Childhood on Fire". (http://www.jasonhanasik.com/a-childhood-on-fire) “A Childhood on Fire” is a film about the father figures who violated Nick, the effects that abuse had on Nick’s sense of self and security, and the ways he is interrupting a cycle of violence so that his two boys thrive.While my conversation with Jason was focused on "A Childhood on Fire" and his pre...
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September 9, 2020 15 min
"What if forgiveness was more about processing, and less of a destination or a single act?" - (https://theshekcheck.com/aboutus/) Often we will be told to find forgiveness, or simply ask for forgiveness. However, nothing is as simple as a single moment, or a single act when it comes to our emotional health, our growth, our healing....our lives. "I'm Sorry" (https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUpXujarjk...
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September 9, 2020 11 min
Music and Musicians have been creating conversations around Mental and Emotional Health for decades. Creating conversations and communities of people who might not have met or spoken before. We can talk at people all we want, to educate and to bring awareness. We can plant those seeds, but we can never be sure people will choose to water them. What music and musicians do, is create a direct connection to a person. Perhaps we have ...
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September 9, 2020 40 min
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 done,...
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September 9, 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" by...
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September 9, 2020 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? You ca...
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September 9, 2020 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...
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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 by ...
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September 9, 2020 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. Which ma...
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September 9, 2020 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 unde...
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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 Hypnotherapy,...
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September 9, 2020 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) “Procrastinatio...
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September 9, 2020 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....
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September 9, 2020 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...
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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/int...
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