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Genetics and Autism Spectrum Disorder: Dr. Dave Vigerust with MyGenetx

As we join Springbrook Behavioral Health for their annual conference Converge Autism with our podcast it was important to interview Dr. Dave Vigerust, Chief Science Officer of MyGenetx. Our Program Director, Melanie Vann, is intimately familiar with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She and Dr. Vigerust discuss the latest research regarding genetics testing and how MyGenetx is playing a role in Autism Spectrum Disorder research. Dr. Vigerust is a strategic scientist, consultant, teacher, and...


Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: The Sequel - FEAR II

Dr. Paul Meier - Best selling author, Psychiatrist, and founder of The Meier Clinics joins us for another round table discussion with Melanie Vann and Kristin Walker. This is a follow up show to our widely popular episode about FEAR. This time we discuss our personal fears and how we manage them - overcome them and some we are still working on!


Anger Anonymous: The Big Book On Anger Addiction with Dr. Dennis Ortman

One of our hosts most compelling and personal shows. Dr. Ortman and Kristin Walker have a lively back and forth discussion about how anger can destroy the very fabric of your life. We live in the most aggressive society on the planet. The frequency of road rage, bullying, and violent crimes testifies to the intensity of our aggressive urges. For many, their anger becomes like a drug which energizes, numbs, and possesses them. They become like “rageholics” or “grudgeholics” who feel powerless...


Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: FEAR

Join Dr. Paul Meier, Best Sellling Author, Psychiatrist, and founder of joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker to talk about FEAR. If you live in fear this will drive you further into mental illness and can be toxic for everyone involved in your life (especially YOU!). Dr. Meier brings his compassion and heart to this show right along with our hosts. Learn what a life in fear looks like, what is healthy fear, and how to get the help you need to stop living in a...


Special Needs Parents Navigating School Systems

Stephanie C. Holmes, MA, BCCC is a professional counselor and certified autism specialist, but her real credentials come from being the mother of an amazing Aspie (AS) teenage daughter. Stephanie's career focus changed in 2004 when her eldest daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (ASD). Her book Confessions of a Christian Counselor: How Infertility and Autism Grew my Faith was released in 2015. The book includes her personal story as well as an interview with Dr. Tony Attwood on...


It Only Hurts When I Can't Run: One Girl's Story with Gewanda J. Parker

Gewanda Johnson Parker shares her remarkable story of survival suffering physical and emotional abuse by a mother who really did care about her but was overpowered by her own demons and addictions. Molested and raped on more than one occasion, by men considered upright and pillars in the community. Yet through it all, her faith, spirituality and deep trust in God never wavered. Her incredible resilience, allowed a young girl, turned woman, to forgive those who hurt her and to reach out to...


The Institute for Transformational Thinking with Ora Nadrich

Ora Nadrich is the Founder and President of The Institute For Transformational Thinking. She is a Thought Coach and Mindfulness Meditation teacher, as well as the author of the groundbreaking book, Says Who? How One Simple Question Can Change the Way You Think Forever. From a very early age, Ora has been a seeker of knowledge, with a particular interest in discovering how our thoughts work. Her lifelong journey towards this inner awareness, along with her distinctive combination of intuition...


The Optimistic Food Addict - with Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D.

Join Dr. Christina Finanick Greer and our host Kristin Sunanta Walker as they discuss their shared journey on the road of food addiction. Christina Fisanick Greer, Ph.D. is a writer, researcher, teacher, and motivational speaker. She has been teaching college English for over 20 years and is the author of more than 30 books. After suffering from food addiction for more than 28 years, she entered recovery and never looked back. She founded a Facebook group for other food addicts in recovery,...


Trauma and the Reporting of Undocumented Abuse: Erica Weinstein, MEd, NCC, LCPC

Erica Weinstein wants to live in a world where people move freely & in synchronicity with others, breathe mindfully, & learn from books & experiences. As a well-grounded psychotherapist, she’s been practicing with members of the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan community for 20 years. Her blog posts are featured on Visiting Angels Home Care’s & Maryland Addictions & Recovery Center’s websites. When she’s not challenging folks’ perspectives, stretching their imaginations, or calming their...


A Mother's Grief: Depression and Addiction with Danielle Brewer

One of our hosts great friends, Danielle Brewer, joins host Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss her son's tragic battle with mental illness and substance use disorder. This is a very personal show but also transcendent and triumphant. Danielle advocates for those also struggling with family members in the throws of these issues. She also offers hope to everyone through the grieving process. An important show about the every day struggles families face when it comes to understanding and...


Mental Health & Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) with Brett Buchert

Join our host Kristin Sunanta Walker and cohost Helaina Hovitz, Journalist and Author of After 9/11: One Girl's Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning as they interview the CEO of MevPMDD. Brett Buchert has created an incredible platform and app for anyone dealing with Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. Brett is the mind and heart behind Me v PMDD, a symptom tracking app for anyone fighting through Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) that arose from her own decade long struggle with...


The Empowered Whistleblower: Dawn Marie Westmoreland on Bullying

Dawn Marie Westmoreland has always found her joy in inspiring, supporting, and empowering those who need it most. That joy has been reflected in her career and continues to be her driving force to this day. Dawn has also experienced workplace bullying and discrimination first-hand. In 2012, Dawn reported her former government agency to the Office of Special Counsel and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for prohibited personnel practices and retaliation. As a result, her managers...


Rebel Research Radio with Dr. Walker Ladd: Women Leading in Behavioral Science

Dr. Walker Ladd joins our host Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss her new podcast on MHNR Network, Rebel Research Radio. Dr. Ladd is the Associate University Research Chair for the Center for Health and Nursing Research at the University of Phoenix. She serves as a University Research Methodologist and Associate Professor of Qualitative Research Methods for the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Ladd has been a thought-leader in the field of maternal healthcare for...


Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Dissociative Identity Disorder

Dr. Paul Meier, best selling author, psychiatrist, and founder of Meier Clinics joins hosts Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss Dissociative Identity Disorder formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder. This complex disorder is difficult to diagnose and treat. Join our three hosts for another compelling discussion on Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier. Dissociative identity disorder (DID), also known as multiple personality disorder is a mental disorder...


Recovery From Childhood Emotional Neglect with Dr. Jonice Webb

Dr. Jonice Webb has been interviewed on NPR and over thirty radio shows across the United States and Canada about the topic of her book, Emotional Neglect, and has been quoted as a psychologist expert in the Chicago Tribune. She writes the popular Childhood Emotional Neglect Blog on Dr. Webb has been a licensed psychologist since 1991, and has worked in a variety of different settings over the course of her career, including a psychiatric emergency service and substance...


Men & Anxiety: How Has the #METOO Movement Affected Men?

Join some of our fantastic male podcasters and guests for another discussion on our Men & Anxiety series on the #METOO movement. Our host Kristin Sunanta Walker opens the discussion with some of her closest friends and colleagues to find out how men have been affected by what's going on in our society today. Joining the discussion are the following: Stephen Kavalkavich of Joseph Fusaro of Travis Pipes of Sam Webb of...


After Holiday Depression with Author Debi Gliori

Join illustrator and author Debi Gliori and our host Kristin Walker for a deep yet funny discussion about depression. A groundbreaking picture book, Night Shift, on depression with stunning illustrations. With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one's whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape - it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi's own experiences...


The Minds of Girls with Dr. Michael Gurian

Dr. Michael Gurian has studied and served children for thirty years. In The Wonder of Girls (2002), he presented a science-based approach to raising healthy and successful daughters. In The Minds of Girls, he pioneers new and intuitive approaches to health and wellness in all three important areas of girls’ development: nature, nurture, and culture. As many girls struggle with digital and social complexities in our families and in our communities, this book is timely, powerful, and...


Round Table Discussions with Dr. Paul Meier: Learned Helplessness

Dr. Paul Meier, psychiatrist, best selling author, and founder of The Meier Clinics joins Melanie Vann and Kristin Sunanta Walker to discuss Learned Helplessness. Learned helplessness is behavior typical of a human or an animal and occurs where the subject endures repeatedly painful or otherwise aversive stimuli which it is unable to escape or avoid. After such experience, the organism often fails to learn or accept "escape" or "avoidance" in new situations where such behavior would likely...


At the Edge of My Coping Skills: K. Thor Jensen on Diabetes and Mental Health

K. Thor Jensen is a writer and cartoonist living in the Pacific Northwest. He has contributed to dozens of prestigious outlets, including PCMag, Tested, Clickhole, and Game Informer. He is currently finishing his second graphic novel, Cloud Stories, which will be released in 2015. Follow him on Twitter @kthorjensen. He joins Melanie Vann to discuss caregiver burnout, diabetes, and his journey with mental health struggles.


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