Dr. Susan LaCombe — Coping with Trauma, Emotionally Available Therapist, Somatic Models, Connection of Trauma with Nervous System, and Much More (#135)

People are not lazy,  a good chunk of it is that people are tired depleted on the inside

– Susan Lacombe

Dr. Susan Lacombe is a closet-rebel psychologist working through her fears, trying to make an imprint on the world for something she believes is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.  She was once very troubled—her trauma history had caught up to her early two clinical depressions before age 30.  She turned to therapy for an answer. Turned out to be the wrong solution—well for about 14 times Until . . . . . . around her 4th decade on this planet she found the right kind of therapy . . . or was it the right type of therapist? Tricky question.

The type of therapy her therapist used was a whole paradigm shift away from the others. It was a trauma-based somatic model. It not only made sense of her life, it suddenly became clear that the mental health field was approaching anxiety and depression with outdated methods. After a thousand clinical hours as a psychotherapist/psychologist and responding to hundreds of questions from people in therapy and seeing needless suffering, she wonders if we’re going about it all wrong.  

She believes that if we harness our energies to helping the unborn and later infant child, we’ll have far less issues with emotional dysregulation and with that, far lower rates of mental illness, anxiety, depression and related issues of abandonment, transference, authority issues and the like. She asks if we did that, could we change the trajectory of our trauma pattern as nations.

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  • Self-regulation therapy
  • Internal family systems
  • Two levels of talking therapy
  • Emotional available therapist
  • Why do we need therapy?
  • How to manage your emotions better
  • How psychotherapy changes the other person it’s through the nervous system of the therapist.
  • Health of the nervous system of the therapist
  • What does a trauma can do for a nervous system?
  • Why mindfulness can be hard for traumatized people in the beginning?
  • Setting up an agreement with the client before providing any tool in a therapy session
  • Practicing grounding technique
  • Flight exercise when mind is racing
  • What would you recommend to somebody to stop overthinking?
  • What challenges do you face when working with clients who are having anxiety problems, depression, stress
  • The right brain gives us purpose
  • and much more

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Scarlett Lewis on Horse-Riding, School Shootings, Nurturing Healing Love, Grieving the Loss, Choose Love Movement, and Much More (#134)

“We can’t always choose what happens to us, but we can take our personal power back and how we choose to respond”

– Scarlett

Scarlett Lewis is the mother of Jesse Lewis who was killed in his first grade classroom during the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 along with 19 classmates and 6 teachers and administrators in one of the worst school shootings in US history. She founded of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation in honor of Jesse and to spread a message he left on their kitchen chalkboard shortly before he died, Nurturing Healing Love, the formula for choosing love, and to promote social and emotional education in schools as well as a consistent message of compassion in our communities.

Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness. When she became a parent for the first time, Scarlett wrote and published a children’s book, Rose’s Foal. Following Jesse’s death, Scarlett wrote, “Nurturing Healing Love”, a story about her journey of turning personal tragedy into something that can positively impact the world. An artist and avid horsewoman, Scarlett lives on a small horse farm in Connecticut with her son and animals.

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  • How did you fall in love with the horses and living in a horse farm?
  • How to start learning horse riding?
  • Would do you say that being around the horses help you to stay calm, present and mindful?
  • What is difficult in maintaining the passion of horse riding?
  • How do you find the balance between being appreciative of what you already have versus striving for more and more in life?
  • Learned an important lesson that switched her out of operating from fear to operating out of love and it’s made all of the difference
  • Transitioning from a place of fear to passion
  • Grieving the loss
  • Taking responsibility and being part of the solution
  • Forgiving the shooter in the school shooting
  • There are reasons for every suffering
  • Anti-bullying programs
  • How to address the cause of the sufferings
  • Taking your personal power back through forgiveness
  • Gratitude can help you shift your lens of focus into a more positive place. You can only focus on one thought at a time
  • How to practice gratitude
  • Social and emotional intelligence learning for children
  • What would you say to any parent who might’ve lost their son due to any tragedy?
  • Thoughts on self-love and self-acceptance
  • and much more!

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Ruchika Sikri — Head of Well-being Learning Strategy at Google (#133)

“You may control people physically by force, but you won’t change their hearts and minds—that requires trust and friendship”

– Dalai Lama

Ruchika Sikri is the Head of Well Being Learning Programs and Strategy at Google. For over 20years, her daily meditation and yoga practice is grounded in increasing clarity in mind, purity in heart and sincerity in action. She believes these skills are increasingly needed to uplift humanity, build genuine connections and increase respect for our planet. Her goal is to bring secular and science based mindfulness and compassion learning to organizations and communities globally.

Ruchika has successfully architected several well-being and mindfulness programs for over120,000 employees at Google. She helped establish a self-sustaining culture where tens of thousands of Googlers regularly practice mindfulness for better well-being, healthier interpersonal relationships and sustainable high performance. She leads a passionate community of 350+ employees who volunteer their time to make this reach and impact possible at Google.

Outside of Google, Ruchika is a board member and advisor to several nonprofits that are involved in empowering women in shelters, supporting mental health of at-risk students and providing a safe home to orphaned children around the world. She is a mother to 2 loving kids and lives with her wonderful husband in Bay Area California.

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  • Living a life of meaning and purpose
  • About her childhood and the positive influence of her grandmother 
  • How she started mindfulness practice
  • Challenges from childhood
  • Motivation to do well to become more financially secure
  • Advice or any recommendation to somebody who is struggling right now or who may not know what is going to happen next
  • Hidden lessons in the suffering of life
  • On the philosophy of standing like a flagpole in the tough times
  • Facing challenges in the beginning of starting a meditation practice
  • Mediation is like the nectar you have to drink every day in order to really stay present with whatever may come and show up at day.
  • Mediation practice 
  • Morning routine
  • Conversations with children
  • Validating others emotions
  • Recognizing the full plate and taking responsibility 
  • Mindfulness adventure at Google
  • Googlers would call her lavender
  • G pause community at Google
  • and much more

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Dr. Ronald Siegel — Full Catastrophe Living, Escape vs Engagement, Restoring Moments of Sanity, Healthy Romantic Relationships, and Much More (#132)

“Mindfulness practices amplify experiences”

– Dr. Ron

Dr. Ron Siegel is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 35 years. He is a long-time student of mindfulness meditation and serve on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the faculties of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at the Cambridge Health Alliance and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He teaches internationally about mind-body medicine and the application of mindfulness and compassion practices in psychotherapy and other fields.

His clinical career has included working with low-income children and families, treating adults with chronic pain and other stress-related disorders, and providing mindfulness-oriented psychotherapy. He currently maintains a limited private clinical practice in Massachusetts.

Along with his colleagues, he has edited and written several books, including the critically acclaimed professional text, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition; a comprehensive guide for general audiences, The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems; the professional guides Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and a step-by-step self-treatment guide Back Sense, which integrates mindfulness practice, aggressive rehabilitation, and mind-body approaches to treat chronic back and neck pain. he has also created a number of courses for general audiences, including The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being produced by The Great Courses, and Healing Through Mindfulness: Effective Practices for Chronic Health Conditions, produced by Sounds True. He is a regular contributor to various professional publications, and am co-director of the annual Harvard Medical School Conference on Meditation and Psychotherapy.

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  • Started meditation in teenagers
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Use of substances for psychedelic assisted psychotherapy.
  • Did anybody in your family practice mindfulness when you were 16?
  • What was your parents’ reaction when they were found that you are into meditations and psychedelics?
  • Advice to 16 year old teenager to be experimenting with psychedelics
  • What have you gained from your meditation practice?
  • His heartbroken story at the age of 22
  • Silent meditation retreat
  • Full catastrophe living
  • Insight meditation society
  • Psychiatric facility
  • Practices for overwhelm and sadness
  • Misconceptions around mindfulness
  • Working with low-income children and families
  • Healthy romantic relationship
  • Escape vs engagement
  • Quality of our relationships
  • and much more!

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Dr. Dan Tomasulo — Learned Hopefulness, Science of Happiness and Hope, Cherishing Relationships, The Craft of Storytelling Writing, and Much More (#131)

“Hope is never further away than your thought”

– Dan

Dr. Dan Tomasulo as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression. He is the Academic Director and core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. He authors the daily column, Ask the Therapist, as well as the Learned Hopefulness blog for PsychCentral.com, and developed the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu. You can check out his blogs here.

His most recent book, Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity To Overcome Depression, is hailed as: “…the perfect recipe for fulfillment, joy, peace, and expansion of awareness.”  by Deepak Chopra, MD: Author of Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., author of Flourish, adds: “This is the best go-to book on how to use hope to relieve your depression.” 

His award-winning memoir, American Snake Pit  (2018) tells of the first experimental group home releasing inmates from America’s most notorious asylum, Willowbrook, and his screenplay for American Snake Pit has won 35international film festival awards. From this early work Dan developed Positive-Interactive-Behavioral Therapy (P-IBT), now the most widely used form of group therapy for people with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities.

Dan is certified as a trainer, educator, and practitioner by the American Board of Examiners in psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy and is the 2017 winner of the International Positive Psychology Association’s Avant-Garde Clinical Intervention competition for the Virtual Gratitude Visit (VGV) and the 2019 winner of the case study competition for his research using psycho-dramatic methods to deliver positive interventions. Dan’s passion is Positive Psychology. While traditional psychology focuses on our weaknesses, positive psychology focuses on our strengths, cultivating our best selves so we can lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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  • His struggle with depression
  • Depression from his marriage ending
  • On  traditional psychology to alleviate suffering
  • Traditional therapy
  • On his friendship with Joel Markowski and how they solve problems, and lessons learned in  40 years of friendship
  • Flow called autotelic
  • Advice to someone who doesn’t have that kind of long-term friendship?
  • Develop spiritual habits if you’re alone to begin with a meditation prayer
  • When you’re in a depression, it’s like looking through life with a dark screen
  • A morning search for gratitude
  • There’s a saying in meditation, there’s no such thing as a bad meditation.
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Dispositional mindfulness
  • Loving kindness meditation
  • Correlation between mindfulness, meditation and positive psychology according to you
  • How have you learned to be hopeful about things when life is not easy when there are challenging events
  • Risk assessment of the future
  • Positive psychology comes into play and then ask us to focus on things that we already have and focusing on our strengths.
  • The power of positivity to overcome depression
  • Cherishing or relationships
  • Dan’s relationship with her daughter
  • It wasn’t so much the children that needed the help, but it was their parents who were creating toxic or difficult environments
  • Creative non-fiction writing
  • The Art of story writing
  • Screenwriting craft
  • Compassion with people with disabilities
  • Story of a man Richie 
  • and much more!

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Kristi Roe — Lessons learned from 9/11, Creating Shared Meaning, Building Organizational Resilience, Handling Difficult Conversations, and Cultivating a Greater Sense of Purpose (#130)

The goal in life is to not relieve suffering, but rather to raise the bar for the human condition.

Kristi Roe: A visionary, seasoned Healthcare Experience Strategy Leader with demonstrated success in developing and working on quality, service improvement, and organizational resilience programs covering the hierarchy from top to bottom in an ever-changing clinical and HR environment. Proven background in formulating patient and teammate experience objectives, identifying areas of improvement by assessing and tracking performance, deploying patient and employee satisfaction statistics, and implementing optimized solutions that drive demonstrable outcomes.

Skilled in collaborating and influencing cross-functional teams, interacting with executives and serving people from all layers of society professionally, and fostering teams that support the transformation in an organization’s experience strategy. Consummate communicator; possess robust consultation, leadership, and time-management skills with proven expertise in enhancing the human experience (Patient, Provider, Teammate, and Volunteer experience) by defining vision and strategy and ensuring the implementation in line with the set objectives. 

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  • Experience in health care industry
  • Desire to work in the healthcare industry
  • First day of job experience on 9/11
  • Lessons from 9/11
  • Dark Moments from from 9/11
  • Handling difficult conversation with a colleague or a friend
  • Cultivate purpose and calling
  • Building resiliency in organizations
  • Cultivating influential leadership
  • Managing stress
  • Cultivating the practice of self-awareness
  • The process of journaling
  • Suffering in childhood
  • Sharing a story about the father’s emotional absence
  • Low grade depression
  • Asking others for help 
  • and much more!

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Dr. Maria Sirois — Overcoming Victim Mentality, Happiness in the Darkest Times, Finding Meaning in the Suffering, Lessons Learned from the Hospice Facility, and More (#129)

Live in life. Not around it. Not beside it.

– Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois is a master teacher, facilitator and author. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion and success. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit particularly when under chronic stress, during significant transitions, and/or feeling the shock of wholesale change. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, she brings a wealth of perspective from decades of study in the mind/body medicine and resilience disciplines. 

Maria is the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. Her home is in the Berkshire Mountains where she attempts on a daily basis to love her children well enough so that they too find a way to embrace the world with a grounded optimism and a sense of their own strengths. And on most days, she remembers to feed the cat.

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  • Morning routine
  • Guided imagery meditation
  • Recommendations to people who struggle with Meditation
  • Victimhood experience of getting married early in life
  • Practices to overcome victim mentality
  • Awakening at the age of 29
  • Open to the good within yourself and in life without denying or negating the bad
  • Business impact due to pandemic
  • Self care practices during pandemic
  • Nine short reflections
  • Courageous moment from a childhood
  • Graceful transition from becoming a spiritual leader
  • Find happiness in the darkest times
  • Poem by a woman named Rosemary
  • The art of losing
  • Death of brother at the age of 50
  • Find meaning in the suffering, loss and grief
  • Working with hospice organizations
  • Lessons from hospice facility
  • Conversations with family on resilience
  • Social Intelligence
  • Cultivating great moments
  • Accepting paradox enables us to grow
  • Characteristics of a non resilient human being
  • Correlation between resilience and mindfulness
  • Grounded optimism
  • and much more!

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Judi Miller — Healing Inherited Trauma from Ancestors, Forgiveness Recipe, Past Life Connections, 90 Seconds Rule, Reflections to Open Your Heart, and Much More (#128)

When we let go of the stories, the labels and the judgments, we experience everything through the eyes of love, where there is no separation

– Judi Miller

Judi Miller started her career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to excel in the world of corporate finance for some of the largest companies in the world. As a graduate of the Harvard Executive Leadership Program, she has been dedicated to personal development and helping others excel in a constantly changing environment.

Judi has worked with some of the world’s most spiritual visionaries and is trained in energy and ancestral clearing and is certified in The Energy Codes, Happy for No Reason, and The Passion Test.

Her journey has brought her numerous lessons around the nature of the creator, forgiveness and the trajectory each soul follows throughout the course of many lives. Today, sharing these lessons is an integral part of her mission. As a coach, speaker and author, she shares her relatable and heartfelt messages with others who want to awaken to their true greatness and experience lasting happiness.

Her book, Perfect: A Path to Love, Forgiveness & Transformation, is a four-time #1 Amazon bestseller and #1 international bestseller. It will inspire you to live a life filled with greater freedom, joy and happiness.

Judi’s book: Perfect: A Path to Love, Forgiveness and Transformation

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Topics we discuss

  • Fear of sexual assault
  • Surgery for hysterectomy
  • Inherit the pain and the trauma from our parents and our ancestors.
  • Give that younger version of ourselves a voice
  • Forgiveness prayer
  • N.E.S.T. practice
  • When in argument – grab another person by their nose.
  • Healing from the surgery
  • Create that sensation of love in any moment for ourselves.
  • A certified energy codes facilitator
  • Central channel breathing
  • Shocking past life connection to someone dear
  • Hypnosis of potential past life regression
  • Past life regression
  • Law of attraction
  • Transcendental meditation
  • Group meditation
  • Setting intention for other people
  • Reflections and exercises to help you open your own heart and access forgiveness
  • Shift toward spirituality
  • and much more!

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