The Finding My Psych Podcast

The Finding My Psych Podcast

Deepen your understanding of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine, a model for improved mental health through evidence-based clinical practice and research. Each week we bring you engaging commentary and interviews designed to help you navigate the complicated nature of sustainable personal transformation. Welcome to our community of support and self-discovery. Learn more at findingmypsych.com... Show More

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September 10, 2020 80 min
"Be ready for that golden moment." Defining The Problem In today's show, special guest, Tamara Randall and I start our discussion by reviewing the current experience of those suffering from addiction in Vancouver British Columbia, and where services fall short. There is no doubt that the recovery journey starts well before the individual indicates readiness. Grabbing that, 'golden moment' when someon...
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"I hit my wall, spoke to it, and then knuckled down." Understanding My Psychological Crisis In today's episode, I share the details of my experience going through a psychological crisis as I reach a personal inflection point regarding COVID19. In short, I hit the, 'positivity wall.' I no longer am able to put on a smile in an effort to push on through my day. Most notably, I have lost motivation...
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"Forget about your time! It's about the friends you made." Your First Race Overview In today's fourth installment in a four part series on running, we focus on considerations as you prepare for your final goal, race day! We review various 'buckets' of preparation, followed by a brief statement about our new normal and virtual events. Types of Race Day Prep There are three types of preparati...
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"Focus on intensity and consistency." Today's Episode (028) In the third of this four part podcast series on running, we dive into the various types of runs to put into your training plans. We also provide a brief overview of the, "Maximum Aerobic Function" method by Dr. Phil Maffetone. Training Types We cover five types of running to consider as part of your training plan leading to your first ...
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"The turtle always wins the race!" Preparing For Your First Effort In the first running series episode last week, we discussed the benefits of running, gear, and goal setting. In the second instalment of our four part series, we walk you through what is needed for your first run. In order for you to be successful, we believe that sustainability and physiological adaptation (consistency over time) is key. The ...
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"Fitness is all about adaptation!" Episode Overview Physical fitness is one of several critical factors for improving wellness from the perspective of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine. In the first of a four part series on running, we discuss how to incorporate running as one part of a lifestyle transformation plan. If you are new to running, or coming back to it after many years, today's episod...
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"It comes down to personal choice." Why Finding My Psych Promotes a Plant-Based Lifestyle In today's episode we discuss the rationale for why the Finding My Psych brand promotes a plant-based lifestyle. It is important to emphasize that plant-based living is a personal choice that is not easy to make. In particular, we support plant-based living from a Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine persp...
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"The first thing you do to start your day, sets the tone for the rest of your day." Liz Garrett, Plant-Based Power Coach Vegan Athletics - Returning To Your Base In today's show, Liz Garett, the Plant-Based Power Coach, and I connect to discuss our return to vegan athletics. The journey to wellness has many ups and downs. Knowing that it has been two years since our lest discussion about our personal athletic...
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"There will be a day when we no longer have to stand in line." Emerging From Disaster - Entering Recovery Mode In today's episode, we discuss the current state of the COVID19 pandemic as we officially start recovery mode. Society has been rattled, lives lost, and the pathway forward is uncertain. Nevertheless, we persevere, even when the news is dominated by reports of death and the chaos created by Donald T...
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"Health Psychology is naturally in alignment with a plant-based diet - There is no room for the anti-vaccination movement" Finding My Psych Takes a Stand At Finding My Psych, we promote a plant-based diet as part of a holistic approach to wellness. We in no way want to be associated with such fringe perspectives as the anti-vaccination movement. The anti-vaccination movement is attempting to align itself with ...
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"One foot in front of the other..." Reflecting and Planning for the New Year Each year is an opportunity to ask ourselves powerful questions about where we have been and what we plan to do moving forward. It is important to have a framework that guides our self-reflection in a proactive way. In today's episode, we review twenty prompts suggested by Andrea Drugay, UX writer and manager at DropBox. We cover...
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"Don't let obligation turn into perpetual self-sacrifice." Physical and Emotional Health Slump Starting in November, people experience a significant downgrade in both their physical and emotional wellbeing. This health slump, if not managed appropriately, can feel impossibly difficult to emerge from after the holiday season passes. How we manage this downgrade is key. In today's episode, we provide me...
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"I fear for those living in fear and isolation from the cost of being who God designed them to be." Celebrating Pride Month With Gratitude This is one of my favourite times of the year. Not only is June the month that I was born, it is also LGBTQ2 Pride Month. Starting now, a series of celebrations kicks off acknowledging progress made possible by strong advocacy within communities and governments around the wor...
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"Care about the process more - Everyone else is obsessed with the outcome." Tim Van Orden Interviews Jerod Killick In today's episode, Tim Van Orden returns to interview Jerod Killick, creator of the Finding My Psych website and podcast. Tim and Jerod engage in a free flowing conversation about personal transformation and engaging others in the work they do promoting wellness. Jerod's Views on Process ...
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"It's a dopamine yoyo driven by anxiety and feelings of being completely alone." Facebook Depression - It's Real! In today's show, we discuss the occurrence of depressive symptoms seen in active Facebook users. While we believe that social media, in general, has caused broad negative effects on society, Facebook users are particularly at increased susceptibility for experiencing mood difficulty. W...
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"The hardest thing is that I only feel bad about not feeling bad." Today's Episode - Loss is Complicated! There is no cookie cutter approach to dealing with loss. Whether you are someone who recently experienced the death of a family member, or a therapist working with individuals through the bereavement process, how we take this journey is complicated. There is no clear pathway or destination. Bereaveme...
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"Food is about nurturing our connection with others." Today's Episode - Weight Loss Culture The holidays are approaching fast!  That means that tens of thousands of post holiday guilt ridden individuals will join a gym soon.  However, most will only attend a handful of times, regardless of the ongoing monthly payments in honour of the contract for the remainder of the year.  What I find even more entertaining is that m...
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"What you choose to forget comes back in disguise" Today's Show On Sexual Trauma In our previous episode, "Sexual Abuse Trauma, Clinical Insights and Observations," we discussed the effects of sexual abuse, especially in settings permissive (and therefore complicit) to the trauma.  Listeners have been asking for details about the therapeutic process when working with trauma.  Today, we deliver. It is importan...
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"Federal legalization of marijuana comes with some consequences." It's Obligatory Episode on Marijuana The Finding My Psych production team is trying something new!  In celebration of our 13th show since launching in May this year, we are testing an alternative show format.  But, don't worry, we wont drift too far off our regular path! As you know, we typically promote content encouraging wellness through skills a...
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"Harm Reduction is a public health policy, not a form of treatment." In Today's Episode Wow!  Already up to episode number 12!  In our discussion today, I start by addressing two listener questions about the relationship between of Positive Psychology and Behavioural Medicine.  I then cover my personal brush with panic this week, followed by a review of the changes I have seen in the field of addictions treatment over ...
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