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

February 26, 2024 60 mins
Black History/Pride/ Celebration Returning guest Jubi Arriola-Headley and I chat about their new book of Poetry Bound. We discuss the work and motivation/stories behind this collection of poems. We read several of them, and I hope you share them. Links https://www.justjubi.com https://www.instagram.com/jubijustjubi/ Bound https://www.perseabooks.com/bound
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Black History/Pride/Celebraton I chat once again with David Archer, MSW, MFT, and Author about their other 2 books Racial Truma Recovery and Black Meditation. As find out that 5th book is on it's way to the world too. Please listen and share Links: https://archertherapy.com/links/ Black Meditation https://www.marcusbooks.com/book/9781777450441 Racial Trauma Recovery https://www.marcusbooks.com/book/9781777450472
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Black History/Pride/Celebration I chat with Dxtr Spits, Spoken Word Artist, Entrepreneur, and Creator of #How Men Cry. We talk about Black Men's mental health and expression. How #How Men Cry can support men. Dxtr also share several piece of their work on their life experience. Please listen and share with the men in your life. Links: https://howmencry.com/ https://www.instagram.com/dxtr_spits/ https://www.facebook....
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Black History/Pride/ Celebration I chat with Dr. Damon Silas, about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). We focus on what it is, how it works, and we demo it. This demo is focus for Black, LGBT, and Men who are seeking to their best selves. So please listen and share. Links:  https://damonsilaspsychology.com From Mourning To Knight: Overcoming Loss https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07949YRGS?ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_rSgqzbJEWMN1C&t...
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Black History/Pride/Celebration Month Replaying. I had always felt this episode would have been good for February. So we're going to replay this one. Please enjoy my chat with Aaron Johnson who is a co-founder of Holistic Resistance and Grief to Action. We discuss the subject of being Chronically Under Touched, and most especially for Black Men. Since the events of the Pandemic Lockdown, the subject of physical connect and touch ...
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I chat this time with Pam Punzalan, who I had chance to finally meet at Big Bad Con 2023. Pam is a Writier and Lead Editor on a numerous Table Top Roleplaying Games, The Executive Director of Dames Making Games of Toronto, Queer Advocate, and Gamer. We talk about their work on Blades in the Dark: Dagger Isles, as well as their work in bring more marginalized voice to the gaming world through their nonprofit and the venue of Big Bad...
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I chat with Logan Boese, who is an Actor, Writer, and Story Guide for the Table Top RolePlaying Game (TTRPG) Coyote and Crow. We discuss the game, Native America stories and ethos around stories. As well as the stories and drives that come up while playing TTRPGs and story telling in a none western centric focus. We as always discuss mental health too. So listen, explore, and share. Links: Logan Boese https://www.loganboese.com ...
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I chat once again with Author and Illustrator Ajuan Mance. About their new illustrated children's book What Brothas do all day...?. We does the inspiration about the book, their journey and experience as an Illustrator with an Academic background, and the nature of art in Black community. And this book makes an nice gift for the holidays. So listen and share Link: https://www.ajuanmance.com https://www.kirkusreviews.com/bo...
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I chat with Kelly Baker, LMFT about her work at Onyx Trauma Healing Center, ExpresArte Cultural Wellness Collective, and Brainspotting. Especially their work at ExpresArte, which helps in the training and support for BIPOC Therapist entering the field. We talk about the challenges and support this program faces. As well as the organization that help support this program in in California. Listen, and share Links: https://www....
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I chat with David Archer: MSW, MFT, Psychotherapist, and Author. We discuss 2 of his books Anti-Racist Psychotherapy and his Afrofuturistic book Black Mountain. We explore what motived each one, how they can help, and enjoy of our shared enjoy of mental health, anime, and Afrofuturism. Listen, enjoy, think, and share. Links https://archertherapy.com www.archertherapy.com/links https://www.linkedin.com/in/archertherapy/ https...
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November 22, 2023 60 mins
In this Special program: Dr. Mercedes Samudio discuss the MCU movie The Marvels. From the lens of BIPOC, Mental Health Professionals, and Blerds. We try not to give spoilers, but some slip in. As well as some the other various genres that have overlaps with what we experienced. But thing I strongly suggest, go look at it with your own eyes. Links: http://shameproofparenting.com
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I chat with Brain Ragas, is the Director of the SF Aids Foundation program Black Brothers Esteem. Which services Queer Blackman with community and those who are living with HIV. We talk about this type of work, the need for it, and a number of the challenges facing Queer Black men in the San Franscisco, Ca. Listen and share. Link: https://www.sfaf.org/programs/black-health/
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Special Program In this Special Program, I chat with Richard Ruane. Chief Editor on the Table Top Roleplaying Game (TTRPG), Moonlight on Roseville Beach. We discuss the game, its creation and influences, Hammer films, Queer Culture and History, the Kickstarter, and working with Symphony Entertainment. Listen, Share, and support the Kickstarter. Links Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/r-rook/moonlight-on-rosev...
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I get the blessed and delightful chance to talk with London Carlisle. Who is an actor of stage, and audio drama. They are an avid gamer of Table Top Games, both as a player and Gamesmaster. With that work on stage there are trained in stage combat, and most especially Katana, via the Samurai Sword Soul theatre company. We talk about their upcoming D&D in a Castle in April 2024. As well as being an actor and Blerd in the TTRPG space...
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I chat with fellow Mental Health Profession and friend Dr. Eric DitzMedrud. We talk about his new book The Better Man: A guide to consent, Stronger Relationships, and Hotter Sex. In our discuss we talk about Connect, Repression, Trauma, and Play. As well as the Myth and Realities around mental health. Check it out and share. Links: @DrEricFitz Author Landing Page: https://www.drericfitz.com/the-better-man Amazon: https:...
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Content Warning: Death, Death of child, Stillbirth In this Special Programing, Yuvelca Magdalena joins us again to discuss their new book The Stillbirth Prevention Advocate. We discuss the stigma around Stillbirth, how it is handled, and what we can do more about. We discuss Trauma language and the invisible web of grief that connects them. Links: https://www.facebook.com/yuvelca.reyes.7 https://www.instagram.com/doulaon...
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I chat with Regina Faridnia, LCSW- is a Brainspotting trainer/consultant, EMDR trained, Mindfulness/Mind Body Medicine trained & a Somatic Experiencing Practioner (SEP).She has experience working:First/Second Responders, addiction (over 20 yrs experience), complex/developmental trauma, Historical/Intergenerational Trauma as well as adoption. We discuss working in this these many areas, as well their own Brainspotting course, Ech...
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In this Special Program I TheraBlerd Out once more with Mercedes Samudio, LCSW & Coach. We discuss the Netflix, Comedy-Horror movie They Cloned Tyrone. We try our best not to spoil the movie, as we discuss the mental health elements we see in the movie. So get your popcorn and enjoy. Links http://shameproofparenting.com
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I chat with Drexwell Seymour, Author, Businessmen, Motivational Speaker, and Money Literacy teacher. We discussed he life growing up in Turks &Caicos, and the journey to find his purpose in Life. Which centered in the his work with Money, and his work with Money Literacy. We also discuss the relationship with money that we all have and don't realize is an expression of our Mental Health Links: www.drexwellseymour.com seemoredr...
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September 11, 2023 60 mins
In this Special Program I chat with Viktor Kerney. Who is the Co Editor of the Black Queer Anthology We Belong, produced in connection to Stack Deck Press and Prism Comics. The other Co editor is William o. Tyler. Their crowdfunding campaign is present on Zoop ( https://zoop.gg/c/webelong ). We discuss the creation of this anthology what goes into making a project like this and the messages with in it. So please Listen, Share, and ...
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