In a recent podcast (episode #315), I spoke with UCLA doctoral student Stephanie Keeney Parks about healthcare disparities in America, managing autism, changing the mental healthcare landscape, advice for parents with autistic children, and more!

Based on her own experiences as a mother to an autistic child, Stephanie decided to focus her anthropological research on autism and mental healthcare in America at UCLA, focusing on racial disparities in American healthcare.

Disability doesn’t just happen in the home. It happens at church, at swimming lessons, at school, at the grocery store and so on. It is all the time, everywhere. The…

In a recent podcast (episode #314), I talked about how over-explaining and over-sharing can be trauma responses, and how they impact the way we function.

I decided to speak about this topic because of the many responses I got to a social media post I recently put up: “Over-explaining is a common trauma response for those who were often made to feel at fault as a child. At one point, the desire to people-please provided safety. But, please know, what happened is not your fault, and it’s not your job to regulate other people’s emotional states.”

Over-explaining means describing something…

In a recent podcast (episode #313), I spoke with Mikhalia Peterson, top podcast host and daughter of scholar and best-selling author Jordan B. Peterson, about her experiences with chronic mental and physical health issues like Lyme disease, junior rheumatoid arthritis, extreme depression and chronic pain, how food can heal the mind and body, why we all need to learn good mind management techniques, the importance of being an advocate for your own health, and so much more!

Mikhalia has had to deal with a number of serious health issues since she was young. She has lived with a lot of…

In a recent podcast (episode #312), I spoke about how to respond in a healthy way when people don’t respond well to you taking ownership of your mental health and life.

I put up this post on social media the other day:“You were never hard to love. You were just getting harder to manipulate & control. You were getting better at honoring your boundaries”. Based on the great responses and questions, I decided this is something that needs to be discussed in a podcast!

As you start to heal and prioritize your mental health, you may notice people reacting negatively…

In a recent podcast (episode #311), I interviewed award-winning OB-GYN, best-selling author and woman’s health expert Dr. Sherry Ross about the relationship between sexual health and mental health, the importance of healthy attitudes towards sex, how sex is good for your brain, and more!

Sexual health is not something we should be hiding. It is something we should be open and honest about, because it plays such an important role in our lives AND mental wellbeing. As Dr. Sherry points out, our sexual health is often a barometer for our mental health.

Desire is the most important thing when it…

Recalling happy memories is good for your health in general. As I discussed in a recent podcast (episode #310), thinking about good times is like a physical insurance policy in the brain, which, when times get tough, helps support your mental and physical health.

The warm feeling of wellbeing that washes over you when you recall all the fun, joy and excitement you have experienced isn’t just in your head. It’s in your brainwaves and brain chemicals, and it even impacts the telomeres in your DNA!

Besides the intellectual stimulation, the activity of recalling the happy thoughts, which bring with…

In a recent podcast (episode #309), I spoke with bestselling author, former pro athlete, lifestyle entrepreneur and host of The School of Greatness Lewis Howes about the importance of peace and clarity in life, the hard process of healing trauma, the importance of coaching and therapy, the importance of teaching children about mental health, and so much more!

As a young child, Lewis found his emotions challenging to deal with, and he used sports as a way to manage how he felt. He learnt about consistency, discipline, working with a team, overcoming losses and more. Yet, he felt something was…

In a recent podcast (#308), I explained the difference between thoughts and memories, as this is a question I get a lot — there seems to be quite a bit of confusion surrounding the topic!

We experience events and circumstances all the time — this is what it means to be immersed in life. We respond and react to events all day long and sort them into experiences while we sleep. This is what I call our “mind-in-action”, which makes a product: a thought.

In a recent podcast (episode #307), I spoke to celebrity chef, certified nutritionist and Reiki master Serena Poon on dealing with cancer, managing multiple health struggles, and the power of being intuitive when it comes to our mental and physical wellbeing.

As a celebrity chef, Serena built a list of private clients and introduced dietary, health and wellness planning into her classic fine dining services. The result was the creation of what Serena calls “culinary alchemy”, which is the practice of combining intuitive energetic techniques with guidance and education on functional and spiritual nutrition, thereby integrating how food affects our…

In a recent podcast (episode #306), I spoke about what brain waves are, why they are important and how we can balance our brain waves to improve our mind and brain health.

Our brain waves are active all the time because the brain is always active. The brain is active 24/7, 7 days a week!

Our brain waves change in terms of how they move through the brain, which is based on what we are thinking, doing and feeling. When slower brain waves are dominant, we often feel tired, slow, sluggish, or dreamy, and are not able to process information…

Dr. Caroline Leaf

Mental health expert. I have spent the last 30+ years researching ways to help people manage mental health issues in school, work, and life:

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