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A Bi-Weekly Podcast Guest-starring Mental Health Experts & Professionals, hosted by Dr. Sheryl Ziegler.

Conversations intended to reduce stress, depression, anxiety and prevent burnout.

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler is a psychotherapist, speaker, frequent media contributor, and author of Mommy Burnout™. Dr. Z believes that in order to truly address today's mental health crisis, we need to create community and solutions around all aspects of our lives that affect anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

Most Recent Episodes

January 5, 2021

Carrie Dorr is a Successful Entrepreneur, the former founder and CEO of Pure Barre, Health + Wellness Expert, Seasoned Franchisor, Authentic + Engaging Speaker, Wife, Mom of 3 and Philanthropist. Her background started as a professional dancer, choreographer and law school graduate.

In 2001, she started Pure Barre I believe out of the basement of her home, and eventually out of mine and it went on to become a highly successful franchise.

Most recently she has created a 2 workout Methods- O44 METHOD + O44 BARRE + an at-home BOX.  

It’s $39/month for 8 new workouts.  

November 17, 2020

W. Brad Johnson is the author of Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace, the first practical, research-based guide for how to be a male ally to women in the workplace. Filled with firsthand accounts from both men and women, and tips for getting started, the book shows how men can partner with their female colleagues to advance women’s leadership and equality by breaking ingrained gender stereotypes, overcoming unconscious biases, developing and supporting the talented women around them, and creating productive and respectful working relationships with women.

Brad is a professor of psychology in the Dept. of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the US Naval Academy and a faculty associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

October 20, 2020

Lydia Rueger is a writer and editor for Colorado Parent magazine. After many years of writing children’s books on the side, she has released her first picture book, Victor and the Vroom, about a regular car with a not-so-regular engine, based on her son’s diagnosis of ADHD. Victor learns that yes, his engine was built exactly the way it was supposed to be built, and also yes, there are many things he can do to help make the most of his powerful engine.

October 6, 2020

Shannon Brescher Shea is devoted to telling authentic stories about green living and parenting. She’s the author of the environmental parenting advice book Growing Sustainable Together: Practical Resources to Raise Kind, Engaged, Resilient Children and writes the parenting blog We’ll Eat You Up, We Love You So. After receiving a master’s degree from Oxford University in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy, she worked for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Department of Energy. She biked from New York City to Washington D.C. to raise money for climate change advocacy, protested the Keystone XL pipeline when she was pregnant, and led family community bike rides.

Shea has bylines in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, Sierra Magazine, Scary Mommy, and Romper. She lives in the Washington D.C. suburbs with her husband and two kids.

September 22, 2020

When Women Vote is a new book from Stephanie Donner and Amber McReynolds that highlights the challenges Americans, particularly women, face when trying to vote in the current voting system, and the amazing things that happen with reform. They make the case for further voting reform and for removing bias in the voting process by sharing stories and experiences of women voters and leaders throughout the United States, and discuss what that entails on this week’s podcast.
 
Stephanie Donner has spent her career devoted to the development of women and girls. She currently serves as Sr. Advisor for the Equality Initiative at the National Vote at Home Institute. She served as Governor Hickenlooper’s Chief Legal Counsel and then went on to be Chief Legal and People Officer for Galvanize, a technology education company with eight campuses across the United States. Stephanie founded the Galvanize Foundation, a 501(c)3) that exists to increase access to tech careers for women and people of color and was recognized as 9NEWS Leader of the Year in 2017 for those efforts.   
 
Amber McReynolds (pictured) is one of the country’s leading experts on election administration and policy. During her career, she has proven that designing pro-voter policies, voter-centric processes, and implementing technical innovations will improve the voting experience for all voters. Amber is now the CEO for the National Vote At Home Institute and is the former Director of Elections for Denver, CO. During her time in Denver, the elections office was transformed into a national and international award-winning election office. Amber was also recognized as a 2018 Top Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine for her transformational work to improve the voting experience.

September 9, 2020

Parenting youth athletes by providing strategies to help ease pressure and anxiety- by America’s most decorated soccer player of all time, Christie Pearce Rampone and Dr. Keane a neuropsychologist have written a book called Be All In: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life
 
Christie Pearce Rampone is the most decorated American professional soccer player of all time. She has played in five FIFA Women’s World Cups, winning in 1999 and 2015. In addition, she is a four-time Olympian and a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Currently, Pearce Rampone is an active speaker, coach, and sports commentator. She is a sports mom of two girls, and has coached professional, high school and club soccer teams, as well as youth basketball teams.
 
Dr. Kristine Keane, Psy.D. is a neuropsychologist who has been working with professional athletes, physicians, and mental health clinicians for the past twenty years. Dr. Keane is the owner, developer, and clinical director of two multi-specialty neuropsychological private practices and a Clinical Director of the Neuroscience Concussion Program at Hackensack Meridian Health. She is also the sports mom of two boys and a girl, who play soccer, basketball, and run track.

August 26, 2020

With 40 years of experience in emergency services leadership and over 600 authored articles, “Super-Charge Your Stress Management in the Age of COVID-19” is Taigman’s second book. The techniques in his book are distilled from practices Taigman has been teaching since analyzing the factors that minimized post-traumatic stress disorder among those who had worked during 9/11. 
 
Mike’s expertise includes stress management, resilience, EMS street survival, patient-centered leadership, and effective quality and performance improvement. He teaches Improvement Science as an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco and an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
 
Sascha Liebowitz is a writer and author of Living Every Minute of It, a blog about living each day with patience, tolerance, kindness, and love towards oneself and others. A former New York lawyer, she now lives in California focused on family, writing, and being of service to others. She holds a BA from Columbia College and a JD from NYU.

June 24, 2020

Dr. Bruce Perry is the senior fellow of the Child Trauma Academy. A major activity of the CTA is to translate emerging findings about the human brain and child development into practical implications for the ways we nurture, protect, enrich, educate and heal children. This model has been discussed as optimal for promoting social change in our current complex world. Solving problems which involve parenting, education, the law, child protection systems, mental health, law enforcement and a host of related systems across every professional discipline is challenging. In response to this challenge, Dr. Perry and his team have created a collaborative, interdisciplinary virtual Center of Excellence to address the needs of high needs, high risk children.
 
Dr. Perry is a psychiatrist who holds an MD and PhD. His accomplishments are vast and numerous but to highlight some they include: best selling author the book The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog, faculty member, research professor, Chief of Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Medical Director. He has attended or held positions at Baylor, University of Chicago Medicine, Northwestern, Amherst, Stanford and Yale.
 
His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children such as the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999), the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), and the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings (2012) and more.

May 27, 2020

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. Over her 15-plus-year career, she’s helped thousands of leaders become more self-aware and successful.
 
With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Tasha is the principal of The Eurich Group, a boutique executive development firm that helps companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100—succeed by improving the effectiveness of their leaders and teams. She does executive coaching, executive team development, and leadership and high potential development programs. 
 
Thinkers50 has named her one of the top 30 emerging management thinkers in the world and a top 50 World Leader in Coaching, and she ranked #13 on the GlobalGurus list of organizational culture experts. 

May 13, 2020

Dr. Sharon Saline a clinical psychologist in private practice in Massachusetts who is a top expert in how ADHD, learning disabilities and mental health issues affect children, teens and families. 
 
Dr. Saline has worked extensively with schools on mental health issues in the classroom, interpreting psychological evaluations and improving teacher/parent communication.  
 
Her unique perspective, namely growing up in a household with a sibling who wrestled with untreated ADHD, combined with decades of clinical expertise, assists her in guiding families from the maze of emotions, conflict and stress toward successful dialog, interventions and connection.  

April 29, 2020

Sheryl Gould is a Parenting Expert and author who has been coaching moms for over 15 years. 
 
She is the founder of Moms of Tweens and Teens, an international organization supporting moms to grow in their self-awareness, become more effective parents, and build stronger connections with their adolescents and families. 
 
Recently, she has written a book, SOS: A technology guide book for parents of teens and tweens, and due out this summer, You’re Not Crazy, You’re Not A Bad Parent, and No Your Teen Really Doesn’t Hate You.

April 14, 2020

Everything isn’t terrible.
 
Dr. Kathleen Smith is a licensed therapist and author of the book, Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down.
 
She is a graduate of both George Washington University and Harvard University and she’s written for popular websites. Kathleen runs her own private therapy practice in Washington, DC, and is the host of the TV show Family Matters.

April 1, 2020

Dr. Aditya Nagrath is a visionary leader on a mission to change the way that the world teaches mathematics. He graduated from the University of Denver with a dual major in Mathematics and Computer Science, while working full time as a software developer. After a decade at the University, Dr. Nagrath founded Elephant Head Software where he led a team of engineers to bring over 35 different product lines with over 50 different applications to market.
 
 
In 2016, Dr. Nagrath co-founded Elephant Learning in order to transform America’s education system. Three out of 4 students are not proficient at High School Mathematics, leading to 69% of STEM majors switching to a major with less math. 

March 16, 2020

Ryan Harris played offensive tackle on the Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos champion team and is taking his life lessons to offer insights, inspiration and practical tools to help others overcome uncertainties to accomplish their goals. He endured nine surgeries over a ten year NFL career and shares how he did it in his book,Mindset for Mastery: An NFL Champions Guide to Reaching Your Greatness.

March 2, 2020

Lizi is a psychotherapist and life coach who is a Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Facilitator and Case Consultant. Lizi translated the Daring Greatly™ and Rising Strong™ curricula into Spanish and Hebrew. She also leads parenting and Daring Greatly Workshops in Denver, Colorado.
 

February 18, 2020

Aimee Sullivan, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the University of Colorado Johnson Depression Center. She provides evidence-based psychotherapy to youth and adults with mood and anxiety symptoms, with a special emphasis on treating bipolar disorders. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with Dr. David Miklowitz at the University of Colorado Boulder, and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at UCLA. She specializes in the use of Dr. Miklowitz’s Family-Focused Treatment (FFT) for adolescents and adults with bipolar disorder, and youth at high risk for bipolar disorder. She has assisted with the completion of nationally-funded randomized controlled trials investigating the use of FFT, and served as a lead study psychologist for four years on these projects.
 
 

February 4, 2020

Dr. Justin Trosclair D.C. has been creating a difference in people’s lives since 2007. He was in private practice for 7 years in Denver, CO.
 
After he sold Performance Chiropractic, he spent 5 years in Yunnan Province China working as a foreign expert chiropractor in a hospital setting. That experience gave him the opportunity to learn how to integrate his specialty with the other departments of the hospital, all while communicating to patients and staff alike with the help of a translator.
 
Currently (2020) he is in Cologne, Germany at the Intellispine am Neumarkt clinic. Dr. Justin is working alongside Heilpraktiker who deliver the manual therapy and acupuncture.
 
 

January 22, 2020

Suzanne Falter is a writer and speaker who after losing her 22 year old daughter, Teal, in 2012, shifted her life significantly as she found her own way back to joy, peace and balance. Today, Suzanne helps those who are suffering from trauma, grief, and burnout to find wholeness and fulfillment again.
 

December 18, 2019

Tiffany Dufu is the author of the book, Drop the Ball and the founder of The Cru, a peer coaching platform for women. Tiffany says that she is on the planet to advance women and girls. She was named as one of 19 “women who are leading the way” in the Huffington Post amongst luminaries such as Hillary Clinton and Diane Sawyer. She is a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, a sought after speaker on women’s leadership, and has presented at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, MAKERS and TEDxWomen.
 
 

November 20, 2019

Andy Seth is a serial entrepreneur, author, and music producer who has founded nine successful businesses, helped thousands of individuals break the cycle of poverty, and raised millions through his charitable endeavors. He serves as the Trustees Chairman for Minds Matter, is a Governor’s Fellow, and is a master diver.
 
Andy has been featured by national media outlets and has won numerous awards including “Forty Under 40” and “Top 25 Most Influential in Colorado.”
 
But things weren’t always so cush. Until the age of 14, Andy lived in a Los Angeles motel with his sister and parents. He was an entrepreneur from the jump, launching his first business at the age of thirteen while earning full-ride scholarships to Culver Military Academy and Boston College.
 
He’s a husband and father and on any given day you’ll find him meditating, volunteering, and running the nation’s first digital agency founded with an apprenticeship program, Flow.
 
 

November 6, 2019

Dr. Katie Richardson is a pediatrician who sits on the board of a nonprofit called Bright by Text. BBT is a text messaging platform that provides quality information and trusted resources to parents and caregivers of children prenatal to 8. Available in English and Spanish; the messages are comprised of research-based content from Bright by Three and partners such as PBS, Vroom, and Sesame Street.

 

 
 

October 23, 2019

Nicole Jon Sievers is an activist, speaker, author, educator, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and mother of five boys. In 2011, Nicole founded the non-profit Stand For Courage bullying-prevention program. SFC’s student-led, school-based, and community activation offers one ultimate goal: disrupt and end the cycle of bullying by celebrating stand-up bystanders with the support of media recognition and luminary partners. The school pilot program was recognized with an American Psychological Association Visionary.
 
Her book, It’s Your Mind: Own It! offers neuroscience-based information and exercises for teens. It won an Indie Excellence book-of-the-year award in psychology. The One and Only You!, Nicole’s forthcoming book, is a middle school version of It’s Your Mind!: Own It! She is also a producer in the upcoming IndieFlix documentary film, The Upstanders.

 

 
 

October 9, 2019

Eve Rodsky is a Harvard Law School attorney. After working in foundation management at J.P. Morgan, she founded the Philanthropy Advisory Group to advise families and charitable foundations on the best practices. Eve was raised by a single mom in New York City and now lives in LA with her husband and their three children. Fair Play is her debut book that started from a text and some tears almost 8 years ago!

 

 
 

September 25, 2019

Caroline Maguire is the author of the book Why Will No One Play With Me? She is a passionate personal coach, author, teacher, and speaker whose work has inspired important conversations about social skills in elementary and middle schools across the U.S. She specializes in children who have autism, ADHD, LD, executive function or social skills deficits. She says her dedication, passion, and efforts are a direct result of her own struggles to fit in as a child with ADHD and dyslexia.

 

 
 

September 11, 2019

Jack is a high school student and the founder of Detach. He has a mission to help other teens break free from digital dependency and addiction. He considers the impact that technology addiction has on his generation a social epidemic and wants to save his generation! Jack believes that he can help bridge the gap between parents and kids to develop healthy screen habits and better digital balance.

 
 

August 28, 2019

 
Sarah is a sleep consultant based in Mountain View, CA who empowers parents teach their little ones to sleep, and become the loving, attached, well-rested parents they want to be. Sarah offers home and virtual consultations and has online classes for newborns and babies 4 to 24 months.

July 31, 2019

Amy is a Leadership Parenting Coach, Author, and Speaker who writes about intentional parenting and family life on her blog www.AmyCarney.com as well as for various freelance print and online outlets. 
 
Amy started her company, Parent on Purpose, to create content, products, and events to better equip and empower moms and dads during the 18-year journey of full-time parenthood. She and her husband of 21 years, Keith, are parents to 17-year-old triplet sons, a 16-year-old daughter, and a newly adopted 12-year-old son out of the Arizona foster care system.
 

July 17, 2019

Aristea Brady Smith is an Emmy award winning anchor in Denver, CO. She worked as a reporter and weekend morning anchor at KUSA several years ago before leaving for Minnesota. She is a Colorado native who was born and raised in Englewood. Brady has a large extended family in Colorado, where they operate a ranch and where she spent summers herding cattle and sheep before pursuing her career in journalism.
 
Prior to becoming Fox 31 News anchor, Brady has been an anchor/reporter in Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Lexington. Brady is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, where she doubled majored in broadcast journalism and legal studies.
 
 

July 3, 2019

Dr. Fraga specializes in women’s health and wellness, focusing on reproductive and maternal mental health concerns, such as postpartum depression and anxiety. In her work, she helps clients explore and understand the many identity transitions that pregnancy and new motherhood can bring.

June 19, 2019

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler sits down with Stephanie Sikora, founder of Life Made Simple, LLC., a professional organization company. She is a life systems expert, speaker, and author of simplified.: A Real-Life Guide to Organizing Your Space and Saving Your Sanity. Sheryl and Stephanie talk about the best ways to simplify now.
 
Stephanie helps people decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away. She also helps simplify routines in your home and life and how to create simple systems to keep your home and life running smoothly.

June 5, 2019

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler discusses all things authentic with Molly Grantham, News Anchor for WBTV News and Author of Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom. Sheryl and Molly touch on how to be the same, wonderful, authentic person you are in your day-to-day life as you are in your professional life.
 
Molly Grantham is an Emmy award winning journalist in Charlotte, NC. She is the founder of Molly’s Kids, a non-profit organization for children with cancer. Molly did a TEDx talk called The Real We Are.

May 22, 2019

In the second episode of this series, Dr. Sheryl Ziegler continues the conversation on Loving Bravely with Dr. Alexandra Solomon, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and author of Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want. Sheryl and Alexandra hone in on how to teach your little ones to love bravely too.
 
Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University and a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition to writing articles and chapters for leading academic journals and books in the field of marriage and family, she is the author of the book Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want (New Harbinger, 2017).

May 8, 2019

To kick off this series, Dr. Ziegler invites Dr. Alexandra Solomon, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, and author of Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want, for an in-depth conversation on how loving bravely can open you up to better mental health.
 
Dr. Alexandra H. Solomon is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University and a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University. In addition to writing articles and chapters for leading academic journals and books in the field of marriage and family, she is the author of the book Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want (New Harbinger, 2017).

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