Mental Reality with Dr. Beach

Mental Reality with Dr. Beach

The ordinary madness and peculiar logic of the human mind ... Do you want to discover more about all things mental health? Meet Dr. Beach, a forensic psychiatrist who offers a unique perspective through stimulating real, raw, and thought-provoking conversations. From depression and anxiety to trauma and psychosis to the peculiar aspects of our personality that influence our behavior, Dr. Beach elevates our understanding of the human mind and expands the possibilities for a brighter future.


January 25, 2022 45 mins

Welcome to an extraordinary conversation on the latest and greatest frontier of unusual perceptual experiences. Meet Dr. Al Powers and Brittany Quagan, co-directors of the Yale COPE project (Control Over Perceptual Experiences) focused on research and potential interventions of those who experience it. Dr. Powers is a psychiatrist, neuroscientist, and Medical Director of the Prime Clinic, the psychosis and risk clinic at Yale Univ...

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Don't miss our first episode in season two. Dr. Beach goes all out, no apologies, and leaves nothing on the table in a conversation with the talented and humorous entertainer, insightful counselor, and author Henrietta Alves. This episode dives into topics from finance to mental illness, from the struggles in the entertainment industry to where and how you live, with valuable advice from Ms. Alves, author of "Good Lessons...

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December 29, 2020 58 mins

Let's all get muscle minded with Tyler Sarry, a fitness coach, wellness motivator, and mental health advocate. In this honest, educational, and inspiring episode, Tyler covers what is not typically known or seen on the surface, including why he first got into fitness; navigating learning challenges due to ADHD, and the physical and psychological highs and lows when he competed as a fitness model. This episode covers mindful ea...

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October 1, 2020 32 mins

Trauma Part 2 of 2 — So much covered in this episode! Dr. Beach and Dr. Sarah Wright, Psychologist, Sex Therapist and Author of Redefining Trauma: Understanding and Coping with a Cortisoaked Brain take us through the practical coping strategies including the importance of telling our traumatic stories; mindfulness; giving ourselves time and space to heal; the positive effects of healthy routines, intimacy and exercise, and the powe...

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September 10, 2020 38 mins

What is trauma? How does it impact the brain? To many, the word trauma brings to mind emergency rooms, combat, physical injury, or sexual assault. It's less likely to conjure up examples such as being a racial or sexual minority, enduring significant loss, or being a parent and working three jobs, and still find time to be human

Join Dr. Beach and Dr. Sarah Wright, Psychologist, Sex Therapist, and author of Trauma: ...

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In this follow-up episode, Dmitriy Gutkovich, mental health advocate and lived experience expert on hearing voices, and Dr. Beach cover concrete strategies to help those who are hearing voices that can negatively impact their happiness, attention, perceived abilities, and/or overall voice ecosystem. Recommended strategies include: learning how to create distance and not personalize voices; scheduling set time with voices; defining ...

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Wonder what it's like to hear voices? Dmitriy Gutkovich, mental health advocate and author of the new book, Life with Voices — A Guide for Harmony sits down with Dr. Beach to tell his own decade-long personal experience of hearing voices in preparation for the book launch. They discuss the myths and misconceptions much of society has regarding the topic and psychosis in general and how these biases cause further mental health ...

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Dr. Beach and Ian Twinn, PR Consultant, catch up to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted him from a mental health perspective. From a fast-paced lifestyle before the pandemic to living in a 7-week lockdown, alone in a small apartment in NYC, he describes the palpable therapeutic effects of visiting Dr. Beach in California where, for the first time, he truly realized just how isolated, lonely, depressed, and out-of-control...

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July 15, 2020 27 mins

Positive Psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, cultivate what is best within themselves, and enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Meet Douglas Hall, a successful Marketing Director, glassblower, travel aficionado, gay man, childhood Jehovah's witness, and sexual abuse survivor. In this in-depth discussion with Dr. Beach, Doug offers practical and concrete st...

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June 24, 2020 20 mins

In this eye-opening and educational conversation, Dr. Beach and Leah cover the critical areas that place people at risk of human exploitation. They discuss the grooming process, the different types of pimps, high-risk and vulnerable groups, psychological risk factors, and therapy and rehabilitation recommendations. Leah founded GRACE (Girls Rising Above Child Exploitation) — an ingredient she has discovered to be critical to recove...

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June 15, 2020 57 mins

RACISM (Part 2): The answer to the problem of racism is the commitment to its solutions. Armand King, author, activist, advocate, and motivational speaker describes his upbringing as a black man and how his life experiences have been colored by racism. He covers the associated fear of the police, terrorism, and the adverse impacts of intergenerational trauma, gross inequity, racial profiling, and extreme discrimination. He calls fo...

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June 12, 2020 35 mins

RACISM (Part 1): Now is the time to listen to this episode. Dr. Beach and Juanita Davis, music therapist, professional singer, and motivational speaker cover the history and causes of racism, how and why racism has become systemic, and what must be done to end this atrocity once and for all. They call on each and every one of us to think deeper, feel more, and act now.

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June 2, 2020 64 mins

Don't miss this replay of the Addiction and Recovery webinar with Dr. Beach, Forensic Psychiatrist and host of the podcast, Mental Reality with Dr. Beach and Scott Silverman, Crisis Coach, Care Navigator, CNN Hero, TED Talk Speaker, and 35-years sober. These experts teamed up to provide a truly insightful discussion on the practical keys to individualized treatment and recovery. They offered guidance for struggling families an...

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May 20, 2020 19 mins

Directly or indirectly, workplace bullying and harassment is experienced by almost all employees in the workplace!  In this episode, MaryEllen describes her own experience of workplace bullying and harassment, including the trauma and humiliation she endured. Learn about common bullying behaviors, signs of escalation, and the important role of control dynamics, along with practical advice in accessing help and strategies to recover...

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May 14, 2020 17 mins

Let's face it men — "manopause" can start to pop up any time after your 20s! Don't miss John's very open conversation about his own physical and mental health concerns that come with aging. He describes his physical and mental changes, adjustments to his lifestyle and diet, vanity, sexual performance concerns, and ageism in the workplace. John recognizes the importance of the mind-body connection and the be...

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May 14, 2020 24 mins

Dr. Lois Ligate describes the heart-wrenching details of her mother and sister's struggles with dementia and Alzheimer's disease while covering classic warning signs, stages, common causes, risk prevention interventions, and potential treatments. You can't help but sense her own fear when talking about the hereditary nature of the disease. She offers professional and learned advice on how best to navigate its risks a...

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LET'S BE PERFECTLY QUEER: HIV IS THE VIRUS; STIGMA IS THE DISEASE!  Dr. Beach and Randy Davis, HIV Activist, Sexual Health Coordinator, and TV Host discuss the changing face of HIV/AIDS since the 1980's. They explore the critical impacts of shame and homophobia, the physical advances in HIV science/medications and ongoing mental health and sexual risks. You don’t want to miss Randy’s incredibly courageous and inspirationa...

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April 29, 2020 63 mins

Addiction and recovery affects 100% of people. Scott Silverman, Crisis Coach, Care Navigator, CNN Hero and TED Talk Speaker shares his powerful life story with Dr. Beach, including his long period in the throes of addiction and depression, reaching rock-bottom, and almost ending his life. With 35 years of sobriety, Scott describes his life’s mission to help others, their families, and loved ones who are also hurting and desperate. ...

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April 26, 2020 24 mins

Forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Beach details the distinctions between each type, their primary motivations, important risk assessments and management. He takes you through high-profile case examples that leave you able to recognize them yourself. He also offers practical tips and strategies to reduce risk and assist potential victims in their safety planning.

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April 7, 2020 16 mins

Domestic Abuse (Part 2 of 2)

Don't miss this highly educational series intended for anyone who is currently suffering, at risk, or who knows someone impacted by domestic abuse. Dr. Beach and Pam, a domestic abuse counselor break down the three classic phases of the domestic abuse cycle. They offer concrete examples, describe how and why the cycle perpetuates itself, and provide practical tips to safely break the cycle...

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