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With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages. Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology, cognitive behavioral psychology (CBT) and clinical psychopharmacology. Over the years she has helped many individuals, families and couples heal wounds and achieve greater peace and tranquility. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.

With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages. Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology, cognitive behavioral psychology (CBT) and clinical psychopharmacology. Over the years she has helped many individuals, families and couples heal wounds and achieve greater peace and tranquility. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.
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With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages. Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology, cognitive behavioral psychology (CBT) and clinical psychopharmacology. Over the years she has helped many individuals, families and couples heal wounds and achieve greater peace and tranquility. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.

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Episodes

Panaceas for a Panic Attack!

10/16/2019
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Your heart is racing, your hands are tingling, you can’t breathe and you wonder: “Is this a heart attack? Why does it feel like the world is crashing down on me?” In this episode learn: * What a panic attack is and is not * Evidence-based strategies for overcoming panic * The role of medication when treating panic disorder * The treatment approach for Tourette’s syndrome, a disorder related to motor and vocal tics, another expertise held by the episode guest. Expert guest for this...

Duration:00:38:34

Launching Children and Letting Go

9/5/2019
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Two days after my first baby Rebecca was born, as I held her, nursed her and loved her so much, I also mourned. . . knowing that one day I would need to let her go. Now she’s seventeen, lovely, and about to enter her senior year of high school. At the end of next summer she’ll be living at college. It’ll soon be the start of her launch, and her freedom. When she comes back, she’ll have already tasted independence like never before. . . In this episode on “Launching Children and Letting Go”...

Duration:00:30:45

Resilience, Overcoming and Fortitude with Heidi Keller, Ph.D.

6/27/2019
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Parents like myself would like to know that their children will “be okay” and bounce back should bad things happen to them, and tough times will inevitably happen in life. How can we build skills in ourselves and in our children to be able to “bounce back” and grow stronger from adversity? Expert guest Heidi Keller, PhD discusses resilience, how we can have more of it and how we can teach our children to have more of it. Dr. Keller, a clinical psychologist, has been diagnosed with Multiple...

Duration:00:46:55

Fatherhood and Identity

5/31/2019
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I am excited to share this episode with you not only because Kevin is a dear friend from college but because he is one of the most delightful and interesting people I know! Our conversation in this episode includes: Kevin Maillard (kevinmaillard.com) is Professor of Law at Syracuse University and a contributing editor to the New York Times. He specializes in Family Law, Constitutional Law, and popular culture. He also has written for The Atlantic and has provided on-air commentary to ABC...

Duration:01:14:23

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with Dr. Allen Weg

4/28/2019
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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is characterized by having a combination of obsessions (when you have repetitive persistent worries that are hard to dismiss) and compulsions or rituals (these provide temporary relief from obsessions). These obsessions and compulsions are very disruptive - disruptive enough to create problems in one’s relationships, work, school or general functioning. Do you think you have OCD or do you suspect a loved one or co-worker has it? Learn about the true...

Duration:01:03:38

Borderline Personality Disorder

3/28/2019
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Individuals identified as having Borderline Personality Disorder may show some or all of these symptoms: intense emotions, frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment, recurring conflict in relationships, impulsive or reckless behavior, self harm, chronic feelings of loneliness or boredom, frequent outbursts of anger, switching between loving someone and then hating them and suspiciousness about others. In this episode learn: What is Borderline Personality Disorder and how can we...

Duration:00:54:34

Replay of Virtue: Positive Psychology for Your Best Self with Robert McGrath

3/14/2019
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If you haven’t had a chance to hear this podcast episode I highly recommend it! Fascinating new learning from Robert McGrath, Ph.D. who just co-authored (with Ryan Niemiec) The Power of Character Strengths: Appreciate and Ignite Your Positive Personality (https://www.amazon.com/dp/0578434296/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_-xVFCb972S2HK), a book which teaches us about positive psychology while offering practical “how to” ideas for self improvement. The delightful conversation in this podcast offers...

Duration:00:46:47

For Couples: The Second Shift

2/27/2019
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You and your loved one have each had busy and full working days and you both feel mentally and physically tired. It’s now evening and you’re both home. At this point, who continues to “work?” Who is still seen moving around - getting things cleaned, getting things ready, cooking, and caring for the needs of the home and/or children? The time we spend working after working hours, which includes those evening times and weekend hours, is referred to as the “Second Shift,” a term coined by...

Duration:00:25:32

Facing the Unknown Part 1

1/31/2019
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Worry about the unknown can take up our precious time and energy. We may feel like the worry is going to help us control the outcome, but chances are constant worrying about the unknown is wasting our time! This podcast offers a few practical steps for productively dealing with the unknown so that we can instead turn our energy toward our more fulfilling, productive and meaningful commitments. Learn: * Why our brains assume the worst when facing the unknown * How repeated chronic stress...

Duration:00:20:42

How to Forgive: with Dr. Robert Enright

12/23/2018
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Forgiving isn’t excusing or forgetting; it is a decision that gives greater physical and psychological health to the forgiver. In this episode Dr. Enright provides profound insights into forgiveness including: * How and why forgiveness benefits the forgiver * Practical, proven steps on how to actually forgive * How to forgive after being betrayed by unfaithfulness * What five steps to take if you have been unfaithful * What to do when the person you need to forgive is yourself * How to...

Duration:00:58:21

Chronic Pain and the Brain with Dr. Jeff Axelbank

12/16/2018
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I’ve been experiencing chronic pain in my arm very recently which I attributed to overuse from playing tennis. This conversation got me really thinking about what this injury could mean on a deeper level. In this episode my expert guest and I explore: My guest for this episode, Dr. Jeff Axelbank, is a psychologist and expert on chronic pain. Dr. Axelbank is a recipient of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Psychologist of the Year Award and the Rutgers University Graduate...

Duration:00:44:20

Your Best Sleep! With Anna Urbaniak

12/3/2018
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In my podcast Episode 7 entitled “Commitment to Self Care and Self Care for Commitment” I discuss five life habits that I found helpful for taking care of my energy… because what good is free time if we have no energy within that free time to pursue our most meaningful commitments? One of the strategies I mentioned is to take care of my sleep through the principles of “sleep hygiene.” Since then listeners have asked for a podcast on this topic. My guest for this episode is Anna Urbaniak,...

Duration:00:35:49

Podcast 15. Staying Civil when Disagreeing over Politics: with Neill Clark

11/7/2018
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* Learn four ways to have a civil political discussion with someone with whom you disagree. * Learn how to talk politics when you and your family member are on opposites side of the political spectrum. * Learn what researchers have discovered about how terrorists think and how can this help us with our own heated discussions. * How does hate affect the brain? * Are love and hate opposite sides of the same coin? * Can the stress caused by disagreeing over politics get passed on to...

Duration:00:40:55

Staying Civil when Disagreeing over Politics: with Neill Clark

11/7/2018
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* Learn four ways to have a civil political discussion with someone with whom you disagree. * Learn how to talk politics when you and your family member are on opposites side of the political spectrum. * Learn what researchers have discovered about how terrorists think and how can this help us with our own heated discussions. * How does hate affect the brain? * Are love and hate opposite sides of the same coin? * Can the stress caused by disagreeing over politics get passed on to future...

Duration:00:40:55

Podcast 14. Virtue: with Robert McGrath, PhD

10/17/2018
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This was a delightful and interesting conversation with Dr. Robert McGrath, psychologist and author. Among other topics, we discuss: * What are the six virtues that religious and moral traditions across the planet have in common? * What have Dr. McGrath's studies of over one million people determined to be the “essential three” virtues? * What does it really take to be a good person? * What are the roles of courage, curiosity and humor? * What can Ben Franklin teach us about...

Duration:00:46:47

Virtue: with Robert McGrath, PhD

10/17/2018
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This was a delightful and interesting conversation with Dr. Robert McGrath, psychologist and author. Among other topics, we discuss: * What are the six virtues that religious and moral traditions across the planet have in common? * What have Dr. McGrath's studies of over one million people determined to be the “essential three” virtues? * What does it really take to be a good person? * What are the roles of courage, curiosity and humor? * What can Ben Franklin teach us about virtues? *...

Duration:00:46:47

Podcast 13. Psilocybin to Improve Mental Health: with Jennifer Campbell

10/8/2018
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Psilocybin, a hallucinogen derived from certain mushrooms, is receiving a lot of attention lately in the research community and Johns Hopkins University has just recommended that this compound be reclassified for medicinal use to treat depression, anxiety and to help people stop smoking. What is psilocybin and does it have lasting beneficial effects on depression and anxiety? How does it impact our brain? Learn more about the effect of psilocybin with guest Jennifer Campbell, MA. I met...

Duration:00:30:46

Psilocybin to Improve Mental Health: with Jennifer Campbell

10/8/2018
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Psilocybin, a hallucinogen derived from certain mushrooms, is receiving a lot of attention lately in the research community and Johns Hopkins University has just recommended that this compound be reclassified for medicinal use to treat depression, anxiety and to help people stop smoking. What is psilocybin and does it have lasting beneficial effects on depression and anxiety? How does it impact our brain? Learn more about the effect of psilocybin with guest Jennifer Campbell, MA. I met...

Duration:00:30:46

Podcast 12. Imposter Syndrome: with Lauren Todd, MS

9/13/2018
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The esteemed author and poet Maya Angelou once said: “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody , and they’re going to find me out.” Imposter Syndrome is when you feel like a phony, as if you are fooling others, and are afraid of being somehow exposed as someone who doesn’t really know what they are doing or talking about. Individuals with imposter syndrome have trouble attributing their success to their own...

Duration:00:22:56

Imposter Syndrome: with Lauren Todd

9/13/2018
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The esteemed author and poet Maya Angelou once said: “I have written eleven books, but each time I think, uh oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody , and they’re going to find me out.” Imposter Syndrome is when you feel like a phony, as if you are fooling others, and are afraid of being somehow exposed as someone who doesn’t really know what they are doing or talking about. Individuals with imposter syndrome have trouble attributing their success to their own...

Duration:00:22:56