In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Amber Wood —licensed clinician specializing in functional and evolutionary medicine. Amber Wood is passionate about medicine that is natural, evidence-based, and effective. Her primary goal is to help restore vitality. Amber brings a wealth of knowledge as a clinician to both her personal life and her clients. When she became a mother, Amber decided it was much like being an extreme, endurance athlete. She learned the critical role...
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Tada Hozumi —body-centered therapist, coach, and group facilitator. Tada (them/they) is a genderqueer person of color of Japanese descent. They are certified as an expressive arts therapist and have also received teachings in dance movement therapy, qigong, somatic sex education, and authentic facilitation.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Kelly Brogan, MD—holistic women’s health psychiatrist, author of the NY Times Bestselling book, A Mind of Your Own, and co-editor of the landmark textbook, Integrative Therapies for Depression.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Dr. Michael Guy Thompson—clinical psychologist, educator, and student of the late R.D. Laing. Dr. Thompson moved to London in 1973 to work with R.D. Laing, where he also trained as a psychoanalyst. In 1980 he returned to San Francisco where he founded Free Association, a psychoanalytic salon devoted to integrating phenomenology and psychoanalysis.
The name Ian means "Gift from God." Bill-Ian was a Drala Master of the Crazy Wisdom Lineage, as well as a Sufi Mystic, Celtic Buddhist, Bipolar Human Being, and Best Friend. Please visit westernmountain.org, verticaltimeyoga.com, and transcendingmadness.com to receive blessings from the great work of Lord (Bill) Ian Vincent Scheffel. RIP 7/8/2018.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole reads from a recent article, "Reappropriating Bipolar Beyond Pathology," published on Mad in America's webzine, madinamerica.com. You can read the article here: https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/06/reappropriating-bipolar-beyond-pathology/
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Kiana Fitzgerald—music journalist, editor, editorial producer, and DJ. She's currently a staff writer for Complex, an award-winning, multimedia website that focuses on hip-hop music, culture, style, sports and sneakers. She attended Texas State University, where she received a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in new media. Before landing at Complex, she worked for NPR, and a small creative studio that focused on empowering...
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks to the recent news of Kanye West coming out as bipolar, especially amid so much political and cultural controversy. What are the implications for the rest of humanity? How do we relate to the complexity of Kanye West and ourselves? There is an opportunity emerging for us to explore a greater depth of understanding, both in our own psyches and the collective.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Sean Blackwell —YouTube sensation, author, retreat facilitator, and spiritual messenger. Since 2007, Sean Blackwell has been researching and teaching about the spiritual dimension and healing potential of bipolar disorder, through his YouTube channel, bipolarORwakingUP. His videos graphically illustrate subjects such as spiritual emergency, transpersonal psychology, and the evolution of consciousness, always demonstrating how these...
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Victoria Maxwell—mental health speaker, performer, and wellness warrior. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis, and for more than 17 years has been presenting keynotes and workshops on mental illness and recovery, creativity, wellness and self-care.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Kelli Foulkrod—licensed psychotherapist, yoga teacher, and healing arts practitioner located in Austin, Texas. For the past 16 years, Kelli has been working in the mental health field and practicing yoga and meditation. Kelli approaches mental health from a holistic lens, and incorporates the body, soul, and spirit into modalities for addressing human suffering.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Aubrey Good—Program Coordinator for the International Bipolar Foundation. Aubrey was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 18, and she hopes to use her experiences and knowledge to help bring awareness and education about bipolar disorder. Aubrey is particularly passionate about mental health reform in the criminal justice system and underserved communities. Her background in the United States military also motivates her to break down...
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Dr. Emma Bragdon—author, psychologist, and integrative mental health expert. Dr. Bragdon is the Founder and Executive Director of Integrative Mental Health for You. She has written extensively on topics of spirituality and mental health, including seven books. Dr. Bragdon provides lectures and trainings internationally, and is one of the preeminent leaders in the area of spiritual emergency and spiritual crisis.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Jeff Warren —writer and meditation teacher. Jeff is the author of The Head Trip, a travel guide to sleeping, dreaming and waking, and co-author of the current New York Times bestselling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How-to Book. He is also Founder and Chief Exploring Officer of The Consciousness Explorers Club, a nonprofit meditation adventure group in Toronto.
SparkTalks, dynamic presentations that share the wisdom of Naropa University’s alumni, will open your heart, broaden your perspective, and enliven your spirit. At age 18, Chris experienced what he thought was a spiritual awakening, only to be diagnosed with acute manic psychosis. After struggling for years amid an affinity for spiritual material and an aversion to psychopathology, he now finds refuge in Love, which holds space for it all.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Katie Mottram— author, speaker and producer, but most importantly, a peer experiencer. Having worked in the mental health system for 15 years, she experienced a spiritual awakening in 2012 which completely changed her view of “mental illness.”
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Mike Veny—America’s leading mental health speaker and a high-energy drum circle facilitator. Hear Mike talk about how he fights stigma in himself and throughout the country.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Phil Borges—esteemed human rights photographer and documentarian, and recent Director & Executive Producer of the film CRAZYWISE, which explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crisis into a positive transformative experience.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Dr. Elyn Saks—acclaimed scholar, mental health advocate, cancer survivor, psychiatric thriver, and best-selling author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.
In this episode of Waking Up Bipolar, Chris Cole speaks with Valerie Gangas—guide for highly sensitive people, speaker, and author of the Amazon bestseller Enlightenment Is Sexy: Every Woman’s Guide to a Magical Life.