Calm, Cool and Connected Podcast

Autism is defined as “a developmental disorder of variable severity that is characterized by difficulty in social interaction and communication and by restricted or repetitive patterns of thought and behavior.” Research says that right now 1 in every 54 children is diagnosed with Autism, and that number is continually on the rise. On this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected- Dr. Fedrick is joined by Thomas Henley, an Autism and Mental Health Advocate.
It goes without saying that the pandemic has had a huge impact on the overall populations’ mental health. Human interaction and physical activity are both ways to stay mentally healthy.
As we  enter the third calendar year affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the mental health cultures of companies across the globe are taking a significant hit. Whether from isolation due to working from home or anxiety concerning returning to the office, many employees are struggling  and employers are faced with the challenge of caring for their employees in impactful ways.
In the mental health world new terms come and go, but sometimes the way professionals think about certain conditions changes, too. You may have heard the term "neurodivergent," but did you know that mental health professionals are beginning to change the way they view differences in brain processes?
The idea of a bouquet of flowers brightening someones day is one thing, but what if flowers could be used as an effective remedy for a variety of problems?
We're all familiar with the term "identity crisis," but many of us haven't considered that we've spent our entire lives in one big identity crisis. Concepts of identity are fragile and susceptible to unhealthy bases, whether that be connected to finances, physical ability, or appearance. So how does one reconnect to healthy, authentic forms of identity?
All journeys of self-improve and transformation are bound to hit some snags. It's easy to fall into the trap of self-sabotage and walk back any progress you've made. So how do you work through the inevitable setbacks or self-sabotage tendencies?
Therapy is an invaluable tool, but what do you do when you need some advice or perspective between sessions? The Journal That Talks Back answers that question with an interactive coaching experience that's always there to lend you the professional support you need.
It's easy to have a  limited idea of what therapy looks like, but today's episode is a welcome reminder that there are many forms of therapy to choose from. Group therapy, for instance, offers a variety of benefits traditional one-on-one therapy can't. Joining Dr. Fedrick for this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected is Brittany Johnson, LPC, from the Western Tidewater Community Services Board. Brittany is the Program Director for the State Opioid Response program where she oversees group sessions. She is here to talk to Dr. Fedrick about the benefits of her work in the program as well as the unique benefits of group therapy.
Creating a productive and healthy work environment is a challenge even during normal times. How do you create a thriving workplace when many are still working from home and still dealing with the ramifications from Covid-19? The answer might be surprisingly simple: meditation. Joining this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected is Meris Gebhardt, Founder of Opulent Mindfulness. She is here to share how her experience in sales and personal history of anxiety led to her founding a company to bring mindfulness to the corporate world.

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