ReConceive Podcasts

Although change can be scary, we grow the most when we have to change paradigms. ReConceive is all about expanding how we think and freeing us to imagine new things. We bring together groups of professionals to talk about healing and evolution, recovery from trauma, and the many ways we move toward feeling better and contributing our unique gifts to the world. As educators, coaches, and helping professionals, we see the growth potential in all of us. ReConceive blends psychology, theology, fitness, and allied health disciplines to reimagine the self, parenting, work, and relationships.

The Psychotherapy in Everything Podcast

Sometimes exercise class provides the best therapy; and new thoughts create automatic physical change. This ReConceive series features Deborah Cox, psychologist, Shauna Smith-Yates, fitness instructor, and Melissa Sundwall, therapist. We delve into the many overlapping aspects of healing the body/mind from trauma and we interview experts in therapeutic change from spiritual, artistic, neuro-muscular, life-coaching, exercise, and trauma-recovery fields.

 

ReConceive Podcast: BodyMind Therapy and Love

All One Thing: Body, Mind, Love

Since its inception, psychology claims to be the study of the mind. Sounds true, right? Medicine claims the study of the body and how it can be healed through substances and surgery. Psychology takes the other stuff, the stuff of thoughts, learning, emotions, and relationships. This separation keeps us out of each other’s turf: physicians (and massage therapists and chiropractors, etc., etc.) and mental health therapists get licensed to do entirely different things.

Yet, most of us know this isn’t completely true to experience. We go to our hairdressers and talk about our relationships. We take a cardio class and leave the studio feeling energized and hopeful. Sometimes we go to our M.D.s to talk about depression and get pills that will help the mood problem. We get bodywork (e.g., massage, reflexology) and let go of anxiety. And sometimes, we go to our mental health therapists when we can’t lose weight to get hypnosis or a behavior plan that will affect our whole bodily experience.

All One Therapy

Most of us understand, on some level, that helpers and healers cross over each other’s territories, and that the best help often blends our experience so we can feel how body equals mind. No true separation exists between the feeling in my gut and the thoughts “in my brain.” Those images, emotions, and narratives running through all the time happen in all parts of my body, not just the top fifth of it. All of me responds, all of the time.

The most skilled therapist coaches us to remember it’s all one thing. And the most helpful therapy reminds us to love because love never ends. When we were little kids, we knew this, but as we grew up, we forgot.We love with our whole being: body, mind, spirit. So, how would you feel if your psychologist said, let’s get on the floor and stretch? Let’s bounce on the mini tramp! These activities allow us to notice our bodies, change our brains, experience love.

Psychology + Bodywork = Body Psychotherapy

My work evolves constantly. Right now, I’m learning about the neuromuscular aspects of emotion from my colleague, Tracy Maxfield. Tracy blends several modalities into his emotion-focused body work. Some call him a wizard. I call him a body psychotherapist. He gets emotion and love unstuck through an intuitive read of the body and where it stores the energy of traumatic experiences. As I observe the impact he has on my clients, I see my work as just a fraction of the psychotherapy whole.

Good therapy helps you learn and rewire brain connections. And learning requires movement in the body (I just learned this). Tracy quotes Albert Einstein, “Nothing happens until something moves.” We move on a micro-level as we talk, but we also need to, deliberately, bend, stretch, turn, reach, and hop if we want to achieve the most benefit of our very changeable brains. I wrote, here, about this body care as it applies to those of us who do therapy.

Watch for more on this bodymind therapy. Tracy and I, along with several experts in therapy, coaching, writing, and spirituality launch a new ReConceive podcast series soon. We focus on LOVE and how love changes the body, changes the entire human system, and makes life worth living.

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Episode 14: Interview with Dr. Micki PulleyKing

This episode focused on spirituality and healing from the perspective of our friend, Micki Pulleyking. https://www.missouristate.edu/relst/mpulleyking.aspx Topics Differences between religion and spirituality. https://blog.mindvalley.com/religion-and-spirituality/?utm_source=google_blog Religion as Plurality (many Christianities; many Islams) Functional definitions of religion: Marx, deRomero, MLK, Buber; all point to a function that religion performs in society Religion is a state of being […]

Episode 1: Hungry for Healing – The Rise of Therapy

Hungry for Healing: The Rise of Therapy Notes for Episode One, Hungry for Healing: The Rise of Therapy 1. More people are now getting into psychotherapy than in previous years. (But addiction treatment is still not accessible). https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201509170900 2. Addiction Research: Lack of positive emotional connection with others makes us more vulnerable to addictive behavior.

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