Mental Health Quest: The therapists office and beyond!
MHQ Episode 13: Eating Disorders. Special Expert Guest Stephanie Sarmiento.

MHQ Episode 13: Eating Disorders. Special Expert Guest Stephanie Sarmiento.

October 23, 2022
Stephanie Sarmiento, MA, LMFT (she/her/hers)
Stephanie is dual licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor based in Southern California. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine GSEP and proudly serves her alma mater as an Adjunct Professor. She worked in Applied Behavior Analysis for five years before discovering her passion for working in trauma and addiction. She is a certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapist and yoga teacher, and incorporates her experiences in mind-body practices throughout her therapeutic work. Stephanie finds it especially important to explore the influence of the social injustices, intergenerationality, and cultural and socioeconomic complexities of the human experience to address a big picture perspective on her client's adversities. Her current work focuses on an integrative, collaborative approach that highlights her client's unique set of gifts to recovery, healing and self-agency. When she’s not connecting with family and friends, she connects back to herself by soaking up the sun, getting lost in books and new cities, and teaching her pup all the silliest tricks!
 

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! You can find her portfolio at natjonesdesigner.com

MHQ Episode 12: Autism. Special Expert Guest Aliyah Payne Clinical Specialist

MHQ Episode 12: Autism. Special Expert Guest Aliyah Payne Clinical Specialist

September 3, 2022

Aliyah is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Orange County currently finishing up her doctoral degree (PsyD). She enjoys supporting her clients in stepping into their power and taking back their autonomy from trauma saturated stories. She recently has been certified as an Autism disorder clinical Specialist. What inspired her to step into this work is that she recently discovered that she is autistic and has found so much healing and validation from acknowledging her neurodivergence and finding ways to gently support her mind and body in ways that actually work for her. She now is able to support her clients in a similar way and learn from them as Autistic individuals are all unique and always the expert of their own healing journey.

 

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! You can find her portfolio at natjonesdesigner.com

MHQ Episode 11: ADHD. Special Expert Guest Dr. Isaac Taitz

MHQ Episode 11: ADHD. Special Expert Guest Dr. Isaac Taitz

August 25, 2022

Dr. Isaac Y. Taitz is a clinical psychologist, published author, researcher, and speaker who treats a wide variety of issues, with specialties in sleep treatment and solution-focused therapy for patients of all ages. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and his B.S. with honors in Human Development from Cornell University. He treats patients struggling with depression, anxiety, inattention, impulsivity, pain, concussion, bereavement, relationships, and autism spectrum behaviors.

 

Dr. Taitz specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i; the gold standard for insomnia treatment), Imagery Rehearsal Therapy (empirically proven for nightmare reduction), and Lucid Dreaming Therapy (a new treatment using your awareness of being in a dream). 

 

Dr. Taitz uses solution-focused therapy to build on all clients’ strengths with empathy and occasionally humor. He connects with youth through their favorite media and pop culture to develop creative solutions for personal and interpersonal success. 

 

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! You can find her portfolio at natjonesdesigner.com

MHQ Episode 10: Borderline Personality Disorder. Special Expert Guest Dr. Nicole Hassler

MHQ Episode 10: Borderline Personality Disorder. Special Expert Guest Dr. Nicole Hassler

July 4, 2022

Quite fitting for the current times! Join Charlene MacPherson LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Nicole Hassler as we talk about borderline personality symptoms and treatments.

 

Dr. Hassler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist hailing from Buffalo, NY. She is trained in multiple therapy modalities, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Dr. Hassler received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Medalille College in December of 2018; however, has been treating patients since 2013 in various settings such as schools, psychiatric hospitals, private practices, and state and private agencies for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her focus is mainly on treating children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma; however, does work with adults struggling with similar disorders as well as personality disorders. Dr. Hassler identifies herself as a full-time geek whose heart has been claimed by all things Batman. In addition, she enjoys all things Marvel and has a penchant for building Lego. Dr. Hassler currently works in private practice incorporating all things geeky into her therapy. GO BILLS!!

 

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! You can find her portfolio at natjonesdesigner.com

 

MHQ Episode 9: What is Bipolar?  Special Expert Guest  Dr. Kristina Tyler Licensed Psychologist

MHQ Episode 9: What is Bipolar? Special Expert Guest Dr. Kristina Tyler Licensed Psychologist

May 22, 2022

In this episode, we cover what is Bipolar, what are the different types of Bipolar, what the best treatment is, as well as combat the stigma surrounding the diagnosis. Come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Kristina Tyler, Licensed Psychologist as we explore Bipolar symptoms and treatment. 

 

Dr. Kristina Tyler is licensed as a psychologist in California and in Texas. She works in full-time private practice, as both a clinical and a forensic psychologist.  Dr. Tyler’s forensic work includes testifying as an expert in child development, domestic violence, child abuse, immigration, and trauma issues. She provides mental health and risk assessments in various settings. She has presented nationally and internationally on several topics. She worked for 5 years managing crisis teams, conducting and overseeing suicide and homicide risk assessments. She has taught psychology classes at the college level for 25 years. She has served as the President of the Orange County Psychological Association, the Ethics Committee Chair, and the Legislative Advocacy Chair. She has conducted more than 3000 clinical and forensic mental health evaluations and also testifies as an expert in psychological testing. Dr. Tyler's clinical work primarily involves working with difficult populations such as children and adolescents with behavior disorders, self-harm behaviors, and chronic suicidality, however, her primary clinical specialization is bipolar disorder, with children and adolescents as well as adults.

 

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! You can find her portfolio at natjonesdesigner.com

 

Show Notes:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/104QExucDAujeDqmlFi0X5D4L2A9ht8IVG95dhbFbPOc/edit?usp=sharing

MHQ Episode 8: What is PTSD and what is the best treatment? Special Expert Guest Dr. Janina Scarlett

MHQ Episode 8: What is PTSD and what is the best treatment? Special Expert Guest Dr. Janina Scarlett

April 29, 2022

In this episode, we cover what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is and what the best treatment is. Come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Janina Scarlett, Licenced Clinical Psychologist where we get extra nerdy talking about Superhero Therapy and how it helps clients process PTSD!

 

Bio for Dr. Janina Scarlett: Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, author, TEDx speaker, and a full-time geek. A Ukrainian-born refugee, she survived Chernobyl radiation and persecution. She immigrated to the United States at the age of 12 with her family and later, inspired by the X-Men, developed Superhero Therapy to help patients with anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Scarlet is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award by the United Nations Association for her work on Superhero Therapy.  Her work has been featured on Yahoo, BBC, NPR, Sunday Times, CNN, CW, ABC, The New York Times, Forbes, and many other outlets. She regularly consults on books and television shows, including HBO’s The Young Justice. She was also portrayed as a comic book character in Gail Simone’s Seven Days graphic novel. Dr. Scarlet currently works at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Management in San Diego.

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! You can find her portfolio at natjonesdesigner.com

Show notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dCAf_oCDWpbv3ncbYRBiHAWyvC_v8OtUrL6vSMfLELo/edit?usp=sharing

MHQ Episode 7: What is anxiety and what treatment is available? Special Guest Dr. Yoni Sobin, Licenced Clinical Psychologist

MHQ Episode 7: What is anxiety and what treatment is available? Special Guest Dr. Yoni Sobin, Licenced Clinical Psychologist

March 20, 2022

Come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Yoni Sobin in on our conversation about Anxiety! We discuss what anxiety is, what it feels like, what the different types of anxiety are, and what treatment is available right now!

Get to know a little bit more about our special expert guest!

Dr. Sobin is a licensed Clinical Psychologist trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or science-talk for “let’s look at your unhelpful thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, and get you some more helpful ones.”   He received his doctoral degree from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in June of 2016 and has been providing care for patients since 2012. Dr. Sobin is a generalist, who focuses on treating Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tourette's/Tic Disorders, ADHD, and generalized anxiety. In his spare time, Dr. Sobin is an avid nerd and loves Lord of the Rings and all things Marvel and DC. He also goes by the moniker "The Nerd Therapist in New York City". You can find Dr. Sobin @nerd_therapist on Instagram, @NerdPsychology on Facebook, and @nerdtherapist on Twitch!

As always thank you to our Audio Editor Natalie Jones! 

 

Show Notes!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dCAf_oCDWpbv3ncbYRBiHAWyvC_v8OtUrL6vSMfLELo/edit?usp=sharing

MHQ Episode 6: What is Depression and what treatment is available? Special Guest Dr. Christine Lillja, PsyD

MHQ Episode 6: What is Depression and what treatment is available? Special Guest Dr. Christine Lillja, PsyD

February 13, 2022

In this episode, come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz, Registered Psychological Assistant, and special guest expert Dr. Christine Lillja, PsyD, and LMFT as we discuss what depression is and what current treatments are available!

Dr. Christine Lillja has lived in Orange County her entire life and loves the people and climate here. She is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, with expertise in trauma and severe depression. She has been married for 25 years and has two sons, ages 18 and 21, who keep her simultaneously young as well as turning her hair gray. In her spare time, she likes to play piano, write short stories/poetry, and take her 120-pound rescue dog for walks.

 

Show Notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OEE5BHXFv3KHOatNogj9_XGOOwyPlbiPkGGq0jAHDvk/edit?usp=sharing
MHQ Episode 5: Different levels of Care in Mental Health treatment

MHQ Episode 5: Different levels of Care in Mental Health treatment

November 28, 2021

Join Benjamin and Charlene on our voyage through different levels of therapeutic care! In this episode, we start with the least restrictive/lower levels of care and work our way up to the most restrictive/higher levels of care. We also cover some history about Mental Health Treatment in the USA!

MHQ Episode 4: How does therapy actually work?

MHQ Episode 4: How does therapy actually work?

October 24, 2021

Come join Charlene and Benjamin on our new episode on How therapy actually works! In this episode, we cover some common myths about therapy expectations(3:50), The ability to learn new things called Neuroplasticity (26:00), and why therapy feels is uncomfortable sometimes (37:10)!

 

And as promised NOTES!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1MGyitUBX27_0niNdtzeWJcdT6kTLEJUZnA6caaiRmd0/edit

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