Podcast

041: Battling Burnout with Brain Sensing Headphones – Vital Neuro

Matt and Debbie chat with Alex Doman, author, entrepreneur and founder of Vital Neuro

This episode is packed and includes:

  • Alex’s family background in brain wellness and helping people realize their full potential
  • Alex’s research in therapeutic music and the profound influence it had
  • The evolving mission of Vital Neuro to help people reach their greatest potential and find homeostasis and mental wellbeing through the power of music and technology
  • More about Vial Neuro and their product that reads brain activity in real time and sends personalized music to you and the benefits it has over time
  • What’s in store for Vital Neuro in the next year and when the product will go to market
  • Learn more about Vital Neuro: https://vitalneuro.com/

040: Proven Results of Ketamine-Assisted Therapy – Dr. Jennifer Dore

In this episode, Matt and Sarah chat with Dr. Jennifer Dore, a board certificated psychiatrist specializing in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology

Some of the topics discussed on the podcast include:

  • Her journey from being a general surgeon to psychiatry
  • Starting a private practice at the end of her physiatry residency to allow for more creativity to help people where they were as opposed to following a standard algorithm
  • Noticing the limitation of tools for people who were still stuck which led her down a path to ketamine assisted therapy
  • Writing the first published paper on ketamine assisted therapy
  • The history of ketamine
  • Preparing clients for the ketamine experience and the integration process

039: A Waiting Room that Doesn’t Suck – Paul Gilmartin

Matt and Debbie interview Paul Gilmartin, comedian and host of The Mental Illness Happy Hour podcast. This is our longest episode to date, some of the topics discussed include:

  • Paul’s experience hosting Dinner and a Movie + his struggles with addiction
  • Paul’s focus on being successful and never feeling like he succeeded
  • The impact of his podcast and hearing his peers talk about mental illness and struggle
  • Paul’s hobby of making furniture
  • This episode includes sensitive topics and adult language
  • Listen today and give us your thoughts

038: Athletics, Anxiety, and the World Stage: Missy Franklin

In this episode, Matt and Sarah sit down with five-time Olympic Gold-Medalist Missy Franklin. They discuss the challenges she faced as an elite athlete and public figure while grappling with depression and anxiety, authentically representing herself and meeting the incredibly high expectations of the World’s most accomplished athletes.

036: Back to School 2020: Safe Return or Fall Fiasco?

In this episode, Matt turns the podcast over to NMHIC’s interns, Lena Schneck and Zach Smith. They interview Elissa Wolf-Tinnsman, a highschool teacher in the Denver Area about some of the implications around returning to school this fall. Concerns about COVID-19 and adjusting curricula for a more inclusive education are addressed.

035: Family Focused Therapy – a Novel Approach for Preventative Mental Health Care

Matt and Debbie sit down with Christopher Schneck and Aimee Sullivan to discuss their findings while implementing an exciting new approach to the treatment of bipolar disorder: Family Focused Therapy! Family Focused Therapy is a psychoeducational approach to treating bipolar disorder. Amy and Chris explain the three pillars of the treatment: communication skill training, problem solving, and early prevention. In addition to sharing their own work and research with the treatment, Amy, Chris, and Matt discuss the mental health impacts of the pandemic and how FFT has adapted. 

034: Holistic Psychiatry and Artistic Healing – Seven Healing Stars and Lumonics

Matt and Nima meet with Dr. Jomar Suarez, the founder and Executive Director of 7 Healing Stars, and Barry Raphael, the archivist of the Lumonics School of Light art. 7 Healing Stars presents a holistic way of looking at mental health through recognizing that well-being relies on nutrition, sustainability, education, health, arts, spirituality and community. By gathering a collective of artists, healers, and musicians, 7 Healing Stars has built a sustainable approach to building health, wellness, and community across the world. Barry and Dr. Suarez describe the benefits of art and creativity for mental health and discuss how autistic clients interact and benefit from the school. 

033: Software as a Medical Device: Limbix

In this episode, Matt and Debbie meet with Ben Lewis and John Sockell of Limbix to discuss their digital therapeutics products to help adolescents deal with depression. Ben and John explain Limbix Spark: an FDA-approved digital therapeutic app that is designed to support adolescents with depression. Increasingly, they explain how Limbix is actively creating prescription digital therapeutics (PDTs) to enable doctors to prescribe digital, evidence-based, therapeutic interventions for adolescent mental health. 

032: Meaningful Outreach via SMS: Jared Wigdor of Bright-By-Text

In this episode, recorded in the studio prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Matt and Lauren sit down with Jared Wigdor, vice president and chief development officer for Bright By Text, a text-based outreach model to help guide parents through early parenting. Jared, Matt, and Lauren discuss the challenges of child development and the pressure that is put on parents to raise a healthy, intelligent, and empathetic child. Bright By Text assists parents by providing various materials to encourage social-emotional learning, healthy lifestyle choices, and a coherent family environment

029: Being the Change – Brooke and Brian Griese on Helping Families Navigate Grief and Loss

Matt and Sarah speak with Brian and Brooke Griese, founders of Judi’s House, a community center for families experiencing loss, with a direct focus on childhood bereavement. Brian, a former NFL player, 1998 Super Bowl champion, and son of Football Hall-of-Famer Bob Griese, lost his mother at a young age. Brooke decided at a young age to become a child psychologist. Together, they are making incredible strides for science-backed and community-oriented improvements to the way kids and their families deal with grief and loss.

026: The Mental Health of a City with Wes Williams

In this episode, recorded prior to the COVID-19 Outbreak, Matt and Sarah Boland sit down with Wes Williams, the Chief Information Officer of the Mental Health Center of Denver to talk about their innovative approach to community mental health, via their Digital Front Door, Human-Focused Design, and meeting the need Denver’s population in whatever way they can, including haircuts.

021: Take Out Therapy: An Open Chat About Telehealth in the time of COVID-19

Matt has a remote meeting with Mimi McFaul, Debbie Boeldt and Gwen Gaumond from NMHIC. All three guests are telehealth experts, and they discuss the ins and outs of online therapy, paying particular attention to it’s increased prevalence during the COVID-19 crisis.

Thank you for listening! Here are some helpful guidelines for therapists hoping to provide services via video session during the COVID pandemic. Remember to always read Terms of Service and Business Associate Agreements prior to provision of services. Thank you for continuing to provide excellent support to the people you serve as therapists. Continue to check back with the Crazed podcast and on the NMHIC web page for further guidance and support during this challenging time.

Reference blog post for National Association of Social Work NASW, American Counseling Association ACA, and American Psychological Association APA guidelines regarding ethical guidelines for tele-therapy: http://mentalhealthinnovation.org/blog-post/tips-for-therapists-conducting-teletherapy-in-response-to-covid-19-recommendations/?preview=true&_thumbnail_id=1655

CMS – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services directive announced March 6 expanding tele-therapy: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/president-trump-expands-telehealth-benefits-medicare-beneficiaries-during-covid-19-outbreak

Simple Practice free to new users for 30 days, embedded tele-therapy: https://secure.simplepractice.com/users/sign_up

Zoom tips for educators, events and security: https://zoom.us/docs/en-us/covid19.html

017: Evolving Residency Training in Psychiatry with Ronil Shah and Zach Demko

In this episode, Matt chats with two Psychiatry residents here at the University of Colorado who are leading a pilot study with OxfordVR and examining what the real world implementation would look like to run a VR clinic. They discuss the often skeptical side clinicians have of technology assisted therapy and how tools such as VR can help take the burden off the therapist and in turn, increase the case load that a clinician can carry.

016: Can Technology Help Improve the Lives of Older Adults?

With a large gap in training for those working with the elderly, Sharon Lipford and Steve Goldberg discuss Engage with, a highly interactive training designed to increase awareness and develop skills necessary to engage in healthy, caring relationships with older adults and how technology is helping maximize resources for training nationally.

006: Noah Robinson – VR and Addiction Recovery, Finding Yourself Online

In this episode, hosts Matt and Debbie interview Noah Robinson, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University who is exploring how VR can be used to treat addiction. He talks about how games like VRChat can help people become who they want to be, and his own experience navigating depression by turning to online communities. This is the second episode our team recorded at the VR Voice conference in Tucson Arizona.

005: Ba, Be, Bi, Bo, Bu – Elizabeth McMahon Sings Opera, Treats Anxiety with VR

In this episode, Matt and Debbie interview Elizabeth McMahon, a psychologist who opened a private practice after over 30 years at Kaiser Permanante. She’s one of the first therapists to adopt Virtual Reality as a method for treatment of anxiety, phobias and other behavior health conditions. Elizabeth and Debbie are working on a book about the clinical applications of VR, which will be available soon!

004: Dama Dipayana on Autism, Elephants, and being a Renaissance Woman

For this episode, Matt, Rick and Debbie interview Dama Dipayana, a partner here at the Center and true renaissance woman. Topics range from her video production company, Be Frank, to her new project Manatee, an app designed to provide an AI Companion and therapy for kids with behavioral disorders, to her time in Sri Lanka providing care for elephants, to her experience as a female entrepreneur in tech and finance.

002: New Models for Mental Health Care with Walter Greenleaf (Part 1)

In this episode, Matt and Rick interview Dr. Walter Greenleaf, a distinguished Stanford scholar and internationally recognized pioneer in the field of digital medicine. Viewed as a founder and leading force in the use of VR for behavioral therapy, Walter pops the hood on VR, and its potential as a scaleable solution for mental health care.

This episode was recorded in front of a live audience at CU Denver’s Downtown Campus. This recording took place at the TEDxMileHigh Adventure event as a followup to Matt’s TED Talk.