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Behavioral Health Today

Our podcast, Behavioral Health Today (a Triad Production), is designed to share unique and relevant topics occurring within our world and communities, and bring them a behavioral and mental health perspective.

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Every spring when the birds would sing, I would pray that you were okay. In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Arielle Spring. Arielle Spring is a living example of a phoenix rising. She began her life in an idyllic setting surrounded by loving parents and a sibling. She started to soar as a classical pianist and was mentored by a renowned piano teacher. Arielle’s life took a sudden turn in her sophomore year of high school when she experienced the first of a succession of traumas including sexual assault, the loss of her piano teacher, and becoming homeless.
Arielle began her ascent through hard work and dedication to discovering her true self. She took a job as a domestic violence crisis group facilitator which inspired her to create her own domestic violence support group. Arielle went on to become a certified professional life coach and health coach.
Arielle has discovered that her passion for music and design have spilled over into writing and books, publications and blogging are her current pursuit. Arielle is the author of the memoir titled When Birds Sing: My Journey from Trauma to Triumph detailing her journey through abuse to the moment when a conscious awakening prompted her to discover a power greater than herself.
Mindfulness develops attention, concentration and the ability to simply be present with little or no future orientation, past orientation or goal orientation—choosing to be a human being rather than a human doing. In this episode, Dr. Erin Elmore speaks with Julie Potiker. Julie Potiker is a mindfulness expert and the author of two books, Life Falls Apart, But You Don’t Have To: Mindful Methods for Staying Calm in the Midst of Chaos and SNAP! From Chaos to Calm, which was just published this year. Julie is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at University of California, San Diego and trained in Mindful Self-Compassion and Positive Neuroplasticity Training. Today, Julie shares these mindfulness techniques with the world through her books and her Mindful Methods for Life trainings.
Using OnePerfect’s innovative Shift App, 90% of surveyed users shifted toward a better state of mind using a ‘shift’ anytime. In this episode, Dr. Erin Elmore speaks with Dr. Sean Sullivan. Sean is a licensed psychologist and founder of OnePerfect, an on-demand wellness platform that delivers personalized mindset ’shifting’ experiences, called ‘Shifts’. Dr. Sullivan began his formal psychology education at Harvard University. He interned at the Center for Mindfulness and Science at the University of Massachusetts Medical School prior to completing a psychology residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, and postdoctoral training based at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Sullivan’s clinical research focuses on applying technology to improve mental health — particularly by teaching anyone how to shift their state of mind on demand. As a psychotherapist for over twenty years, he has written popular psychology books and articles and created digital mental health, wellness, and peak performance psychology courses, apps, tools, and a psychology stage show.
This episode resumes our conversation with Dr. Graham Taylor and his guests Todd Steinberg, Vanessa Steinberg, and Daniel Epstein from Komuso Design. In our last episode, we discussed the inspiration behind and design goals of The Shift breathing device, the history behind the name Komuso Design, the science and benefit of proper breathing, and the agency of control we gain from a device like The Shift. We’ll resume our talk today by discussing self-awareness and a foundation of wellbeing.