Untying Knots: Minds and Souls Untethered

Untying Knots: Minds and Souls Untethered

A knot is a focus point in a rope. Multiple knots can shorten the length of rope. A knot can disrupt how a rope coils or uncoils. A knot can also be a place to provide a grip for climbing and holding something in place. Our lives can be full of knots that can be either helpful or unhelpful. The Untying Knots podcast is here to stimulate listeners by untying knots that hamper our understanding around mental health issues, and helping to find the knots that are there to help one climb or stop their fall. We focus on sharing information, education about mental health, psychotherapy and the practice of it from a Black-Indigenous-Person-of-Color lens. We interview people who work in the field of mental health. We discuss myths and realities about the field, and we talk with creatives on how mental health impacts the challenges they face, how they overcome these challenges, and how it helps them live an authentic empowered life.

Episodes

July 4, 2022 60 min
(Content Warning: Discussion of Sex Assault) This episode I talk with Spiritual Worker Luna Pantera, on the subject of Ancestor Lineage Healing and BIPOC Spirituality. She share with me her journey and story around sexual assault, and it's relationship to her working with Ancestral/Generational trauma. This includes how mental health and her spirituality interconnection is involved in her work of heal the Ancestor lines, as we...
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I chat with JUBI ARRIOLA-HEADLEY, is a Blacqueer poet, storyteller, and author of the poetry collection Original Kink. We discuss their poetry, creating, how they work is part of their mental health, and life as. Black Gay Men. Jubi share the opportunity they found, and there reality of publishing Poetry. As well as an idea about the direction of the new material they are developing. Myths and Realities of Mental health and Creati...
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Continuing this Pride month celebration, I chat with Creator and Artist, Sean Z. Marker. We discuss his journey of learning about himself as a man of color and his LGBT self. How his mother supported his desire to create art and address his need for therapy. Sean and I discuss what shapes and inspires his work and how he has evolved to create what he needs to see in the world. Additional how the Leather organization ONYX Men helped...
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Pride Month Celebration To celebrate Pride Month, we are switching away from our usual airing cycle, to being you more material around BIPOC Mental HEALTH and Life. Next up, I chat with Lida Vala, LMFT about her work with Trans Individuals around their Mental Health. Especially, her work in the area of Gender Based Complex Trauma. As well has her experience as a Trans, and BIPOC individual, of Persian Ancestry. We discuss Pride,...
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Pride Month Celebration To celebrate Pride Month, we are switching away from our usual airing cycle, to being you more material around BIPOC Mental HEALTH and Life. We start this off with Dr. Jonathan M. Lassiter, Co- author of Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation about LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving Research in the mental health field. Also why there is a lack of it. Dr. Lass...
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Demetrius and I have our Part 2 conversation. We caught up on the experience from the Harvests Festival. How the PSA are going. In addition the issue of the fatigue so many of us are having with the Pandemic. Where he is in his path being a father and how his role as a Cosplay role model has been expanding. Which also included some of the behind the scenes of ways Cosplayer's may be taken advantage of. Demetrius also explains ...
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I chat with friend and fellow Mental Health Professional and Pagan, Crystal Blanton, LCSW. We talk about the how mainstream beliefs and mental health interact, and what are the concerns for those who practice alternate beliefs system. Crystal talks about her activism work. We discussed the presence of Spirituality presence in mental health and some ways we can use the alternate beliefs to work with clients. This leads us to talk ab...
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In this episode, I chat with follow Brainspotter Dr. Paula Langford. We discuss what Brainspotting is, how Dr. Langford has be working to spread and create more access to it in agencies and the public, and how she has been using it with her work with NFL players. This includes touching on the Black Men's trauma and sports. We also discuss the presence of Spirituality and it's interrelationship with the work we do with Brain...
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I catch up and chat with my classmate Rhonda Nechanicky, MA, LMFT, MATP, BSN, RN, PHN. We discuss her experience working with families and well as children with neurodiversity, in the Redding, Ca area. Ms. Rhonda's talks about Parenting, with a focus on the concept of the child as a Gift in Black households and culture. Which connects us with issues around Generational Trauma & Healing. We also let our shared geek (Bleek)...
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I get to chat with Dr. Brandon Gamble, brother of Teri Gamble Ep.12. We discuss his experience in doing and providing psychology help and support to High school and College students, especially BIPOC students. In addition, how Dr. Gamble finds guidance for his work through his connect with the DC Comics's character John Stewart, a Green Lantern. Dr. Gamble explains his Doctorate of Educational Psycholoy. As well as how Dr. Li...
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For this episode I chat with Elizabeth Sanchez Arvizu about her efforts to build and provide more materials for geek mental health with her site Psychology for Geeks. We talk about her programs Re-frame & Re-enchant. What her experience as a Mexican-American Geek has been, and how she finds connection in it. Elizabeth and I talk about the stigmata around the identity of being geeks. And what it has been for us, and how it al...
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Welcome to the Special Episode section, this is the first of many more to come in the future. I speak with returning Guest, Tracy Gatlin-Monroy,LPC and first time guest Ben Yokoyama, LMFT. We discuss the subject of Intersectionality & Social Justice from a Brainspotting lens. Tracy give us insight to the formation of her training for Brainspotting: Intersectionality & Social Justice. Which Ben and I were part of her first...
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This episode I chat with Dr. Lonny J. Avi Brooks about Afrofuturism & Black Mental Health. We cover what is Afrofuturism, and where mental health has appear within and through the collective works that are part of the Afrofuture / Black Speculative Arts Movements. We also the discuss the attempts to erase the movements. Including how that of eraser theme has appeared in today. Including elements we see in Star Trek: Deep Space...
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I get to have wonderful chat with Teri Gamble about their experience as an Actor, Table Top Role Playing Gamer (TTRPG), and Blerd. Teri Gamble is a Black BIPOC actor who has starring opposite comedy greats America Ferrara on NBC's  SUPERSTORE, Ed O'Neill on ABC's MODERN FAMILY, Kat Dennings on DOLLFACE, and she has appeared in numerous stage theater productions and commercials. They are the co-host on several podcast s...
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I talk with the brillant and talented Marjorie Jean. We discussion how her practice, RAM Circle came into being. We explore the elements of Attachment and Generational Trauma. Marjorie shares her work and book called Esteem. We revisit the influence our Brainspotting training inspired in us, and her efforts to bring Brainspotting to Haiti, for healing. Marjorie Jean Owner and Lead Psychotherapist marjorie@ramcircle.com 301-6...
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Content warning...For this episode, Lorran Garrison returns for us to have that 1 on 1 chat. We discussed her recent panel at San Diego Comic Con 2021, called Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse the impact of living through COVID. We also talk about what she is encountering and seeing in working as a special needs School Psychologist. This leads us to discuss some of the experience we have as BIPOC people, school violence, bullying, th...
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I chat with Jewel Love, LMFT. Who has created an organization called Black Men Executive. Where their focus is on working with Black Men in the corporate world. Where one of the major issues Black Men Executive face is Loneliness. As well as dealing with black mental health in the corporate world. Come listen, absorb, and share. www.blackexecutivemen.com https://www.championsmentalhealth.com
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I chat with fellow Brainspotter, Alexis Overstreet about her training and work in Trauma and Tension Release Exercises (TRE). We talk about how they have used it to address Pandemic stress, the Brain-Body connections & Therapy, and mental health as a Person of Color. Alexis Overstreet @ https://metaspacecounseling.com
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Boonie and I continue our discussion on Neurodiversity and the collectiveness of the API culture. We are joined by Lorran Garrison, a School Psychologist, who is the author of Brainboy and Bob. Together we discuss the experience living and working with Neurodiversity, gaming, and API life & being. You can find Lorran's books about Brainboy and Bob here: www.littlebrainstorm.com. Additional information about the presentation...
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I chat with Boontarika (Boonie) Sripom about, video games are sources of joy and entertainment, yet still carry stigma and misunderstanding within families and relationships, our culture in general. It is its own subculture but people still feel pressured to choose between people or games, where conflict increases. There are so many benefits from gaming, things that can be overlooked. By being open and curious, we can learn to see...
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