Kendra Snyder and Kayla Felten of Reclamation Collective join us on the podcast today for a very insightful conversation on mental health and religion. Reclamation Collective is an organization dedicated to holding space for folks navigating religious trauma, spiritual abuse, and reclamation.
Topics discussed include the impact of fundamentalism and indoctrination on thought patterns, red flags to look out for in organizations, toxic vulnerability, and setting boundaries with family.
Check out the incredible Reclamation Collective organization here. They are based in Minnesota but offer a number of support groups, workshops, and online resources digitally.
Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook as well!
Acacia Westwood provider Mei Ling Acevedo, LCSW joins us for a conversation on the role race, identity, and culture play in the therapeutic process. She talks about how these factors can impact therapy both from a client and therapist standpoint and the importance of sensitivity and inclusion when interacting with clients. She also shares her journey in becoming a therapist, from her background as a stage manager to getting her master's degree in social work in Puerto Rico!
Check out Mei's Acacia profile here!
Nick Koontz, LMFT joins us today on the podcast for a great discussion on the intersection of college athletics, masculinity, and mental health. Nick brings his expertise as a former student-athlete and current therapist for Acacia Telehealth/Reach. We talk about the connection to others that sports provide, get into an interesting conversation around toxic masculinity, how you can find identity through athletics.
Check out Nick's bio on the Acacia website here!
We are joined by Angelle Maua, founder of the Gender Phluid Collective. The Gender Phluid collective is a San Diego-based organization dedicated to providing support, resources, and advocacy to the BIPOC LGBTQ+ communities.
Angelle founded the Gender Phuild Collective after her son's transition when she noticed the need for BIPOC safe, confidential brave spaces for support in LGBTQIA+ communities of color. Her work mainly focuses on transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming communities to help ensure they have spaces to be 100% authentic and affirmed.
Our conversation touches on the founding and mission of the Gender Phluid Collective, barriers to mental health access, and how the Autistic BIPOC LGBTQIA+ community is underserved.
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Amina Mucciolo, @studiomucci on Instagram. She's a visual artist who is queer, Black, and on the autism spectrum, and an awesome advocate!
Can you love others without loving yourself? We are joined this week by Rudi Lion, LMFT for a conversation on self-kindness and internal reflection. Rudi (from Episode 14: Un/Healthy Relationships) shares her perspective as a therapist both at Acacia Isla Vista and in private practice. Tune in to learn how your relationship with yourself can impact others!
Today we discuss the origins and mission of Acacia Roots with Director Andrea Deuring! Acacia Roots provides grants to help low-income students cover insurance co-payments, coinsurance, deductibles, or other financial barriers that prevent them from accessing much-needed services. We want to disrupt inequality and give individuals the tools they need to grow into the people they want to be!
Donate and learn more at acaciacw.com/roots!
Join in our October campaign, Life is Wild on Instagram (@acacia_cw) or Facebook (@acaciacw).
What does it mean to exist as yourself within a pandemic? On this episode, we explore self-actualization, our anxieties, and how we are showing up - all while dealing with a very odd world around us. We are joined by Founder/CEO of the Mind + Body Initiative, Eike Daube, ACSW! Eike discusses her work as a wellness coach and the challenges she's experiencing working with clients through this time.
Check out the Mind + Body Initiative (mindbodyinitiative.org) and on Instagram (instagram.com/mindbody.initiative/). You can join Ekie's community by subscribing here.
How do you go from promising that you will NEVER set foot in a gym to teaching fitness classes? Jamiah Bennett talks about her journey to loving herself and her body through fitness, her experience with mental health, and what it's like to graduate college during a global pandemic. Also discussed are tips for getting started with a movement routine, creators to follow online, and what colleges can do to better serve students in mental health crises.
Learn about Jamiah at jamiahbennett.com!
Tune into Jamiah's Low-Impact, Full Body Workout, Wellness & Love webinar session here!
Check out Kaisafit and Danielle Gertner (One Minute Wiggle) on Instagram!
Why is it important to tell stories about mental health? Today on the podcast, we're joined by Payal and Ankur Kela of ReLyfe, who talk about their mission to help people share their stories. Topics covered include vulnerability, why friends are the first line of mental health defense, and how important coffee is to the creative process.
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Jess Rodriguez, Chief Business Officer of Acacia, is taking over Sincerely, Not Okay for another episode of the Acacia Spotlight, where we highlight the clinicians, staff, and programs that make Acacia what it is today. Today we will be discussing the journey of Jonathan Truong, Acacia's Talent Acquisition Specialist and resident beacon of hope, perseverance, and sunshine! Check out our spotlights at acaciacw.com/blog and watch Jonathan's live on our youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTEBZs8OUMNL4n7pCwRR6jA.