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Untying Knots: Minds and Souls Untethered

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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.

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.

Location:

United States

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep.30 Steven Barnes:Creator, Author,& Messages of Eightfold Path

9/26/2022
***Content Warning - Discussion of Suicide and Suicide topics*** My chat this time is with Steven Barnes. Who is a NY Times bestselling author of over 30 science fiction, horror, and suspense stories. We discuss one of his most recent works the Eightfold Path (currently available for purchase). The Eightfold Path is Stevens and Dr. Charles Johnson work of giving a modern lens on the classic Buddhist teaching, from a science fiction, horror, and suspense perspectives. This includes a...

Duration:00:53:25

Ep.29 Tananarive Due: Creator of Afrofuturism, Horror, & Writing

9/12/2022
I'm happy to share for the 1 year anniversary of Untying Knots, a chat with: Creator, Author, Screenwriter, and Lecturer Tananarive Due. We discussed the relationship between Afrofuturism, Horror, and Mental Health. As well as her works, specifically material from Ghost Summer. In addition we discuss the podcast that Tananarive and her husband Steven Barnes helm about writing in/for Hollywood and writing in general, called Lifewriting: Write for your life. Followed by our classic question...

Duration:00:54:51

Ep.28 Yuvelca M. Reyes: Birth&Death Doulaship, The force within

8/29/2022
I have a lovely chat with Yuvelca Magdalena Reyes, who is a full spectrum Birth and Death Doula. We discussed what is a Doula, and how is their work is involved in the process of Birth and Death. This includes the how Yuvelca, is now including Brainspotting into her work and what it has yielded. We also talk about the impact on Clinicians, of Compassion and Vicarious trauma of this work, how self care is viewed in this work, and how BIPOC identity is involved in this work as well. Of course...

Duration:00:51:47

Ep.27- Mercedes Samudio LCSW: Blerd's Generational Trauma Too...

8/15/2022
I Blerd (Black Nerd) out, with Mercedes Samudio, LCSW. We discussed how their work was selected to be part of Why Wakanda Matters, what term Oreo means and how it has impacted us both growing up as Blerd's. Mercedes and I discuss our varying connections and what they have meant for to see ourselves in the Nerd/Geek medias, especially Young Adult (YA). Where recognize some of the titles that are BIPOC centered. Which leads to a discuss of how Generational Trauma has appeared for us in the...

Duration:00:55:18

Ep.26 -Tiha Baker,APCC: Healing Practices via Livestream &Gaming

8/1/2022
This episode I chat with Tiha Baker, who is a Associate Professional Clinical Counselor (APCC), Life Coach, and Quasi gamer. Tiha shares their work of Livestreaming their time in nature and the healing and Life Hack works they bring to their viewers. We discussed the some of the stigma around gaming. As well the issue of Geeks culture in Black Culture and the difficulties of integrating it as part of Black Culture. As always the question of the Myths around mental health. Links: Tiha Baker,...

Duration:00:59:37

Ep.25 Bridgett Jeffries:Symphony of Horror, Cthulhu,& BIPOC TTRPG

7/18/2022
I get to chat with Entrepreneur, Streamer, Podcaster, and Horror genre/gamer Bridgett Jeffries. Bridgett is the CEO of Symphony Entertainment and shares what inspired her to start her business. We talk about her being a player on several Call of Cthulhu -Table Top Role Playing Games (TTRPGs), including how she land the spot in The Good Time Society's :The Calyx series. Which also connects to her work as one of the co-host of the Miskatonic University podcast. We also talk about the...

Duration:00:58:19

Ep.24 Luna Pantera: Working with Ancestor Lineage and Healing

7/4/2022
(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 well as the work she has done with others to heal their lines. We...

Duration:00:56:31

Ep23- Jubi Arriola-Headley : Blackqueer Poetry & Kink

6/27/2022
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 Creatives in the Black Culture. Jubi's Links: jubi@justjubi.com...

Duration:01:04:03

Ep.22 Sean Z. Maker: A Black, LGBT: Creator and Artist

6/20/2022
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 in finding acceptance in himself. As always we discuss the...

Duration:00:49:34

Ep.21 Lida Vala,LMFT: Gender Based Complex Trauma w/Trans Health

6/13/2022
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, how we use it survive and when it becomes maladaptive for our...

Duration:00:58:58

Ep.20 Dr. Jonathan M. Lassiter: LGBTQ/Same Gender Loving Research

6/6/2022
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. Lassiter and I explore the importance and need for Rest in Black...

Duration:00:56:10

Ep.19-Demetrius Holt aka Hellspawned Cosplay: Part-2 More Cosplay

5/23/2022
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 to me the situation of The Vanta Lords and the Council of Men vs....

Duration:01:01:27

Ep.18 Crystal Blanton, LCSW: Mental Health and Alternate Faith

5/9/2022
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 about generational trauma and healing. Including healing our...

Duration:00:56:24

Ep.17-Dr.Paula Langford:Everyday Brainspotting: Whatcha need

4/25/2022
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 Brainspotting. Unfortunately, we had a power outage, and which prevents us...

Duration:00:47:16

Ep. 16- Rhonda Nechanicky, MA, LMFT: Parenting-Gift of the Child

4/11/2022
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) joy as we discuss the mental health elements we see in the prime...

Duration:01:02:47

Ep.15- Dr.Brandon Gamble: Optimal in"Brightest day,Darkest night"

3/28/2022
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. Linda James Mayer's Optimal Psychology is woven into his work as...

Duration:00:50:38

Ep. 14 Elizabeth Sanchez Arvizu:Super Power Tool Kit & Psych Geek

3/14/2022
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 also helps us be in the world. We also discuss the myths and realities...

Duration:00:53:10

SP1: Intersectionality&Social Justice, Trainspotting W/Tracy&Ben

3/7/2022
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 training. Ben was inspired to continue this work and with the help of...

Duration:00:55:20

Ep.13-Dr. Lonny J. Avi Brooks: Afrofuturism & Black Mental Health

2/28/2022
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 Nine and Discovery. Dr. Brooks and I also talk about gaming as...

Duration:00:53:15

Ep.12- Teri Gamble: Being BIPOC Actor,TTRPG player, & Blerddom

2/14/2022
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 such Our Black History & Horror Movie Survival Guide. Teri also, is a player...

Duration:00:53:00