CXMH
a podcast at the intersection of Christianity & mental health.

Episodes

57 - Why We Need Better Sleep (& How to Get It) (feat. Dr. Michael Scullin)

Hey, how’re you feeling today? Tired? Us too. This week, we’re joined by Dr. Michael Scullin (an expert in the connection between sleep & cognition) to talk about getting good sleep and how we’re not getting it. We talk about how lack of sleep impacts memory, driving, adolescents, college students, and tons more. Dr. Scullin also shares with us his top ten tips for getting better sleep!

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55 - CBT for Christians (feat. Dr. Michelle Pearce)

How are thoughts, emotions, and behaviors connected? What can we do about that? Can CBT be integrated with spiritual & religious beliefs? This week’s guest, Dr. Michelle Pearce, drops by to chat with us about all of this. She talks us through the basics of CBT as well as what the implications are for therapists, faith leaders, and individuals themselves.

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54 - Sexual Abuse by Faith Leaders (feat. Dr. David Pooler)

In this important episode, we talk with Dr. David Pooler, who has done extensive research talking with survivors of sexual abuse perpetrated by faith leaders. Dr. Pooler talks us through the survivors’ experiences within their churches (largely bad), as well as those survivors’ suggestions for preventing abuse, being prepared to respond, helping the victims find healing, and helping the congregation find healing.

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51 - Pilgrimage of a Soul (feat. Phileena Heuertz)

This week, we’re joined by Phileena Heuertz, co-founder of Gravity: A Center for Contemplative Activism, and author of Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life. In this episode, Phileena talks with us about her first book (one of Holly’s favorite books, which you’ll soon understand why!) and unpacks the seven stages of the spiritual journey. What are the seven stages and how do they map alongside a pilgrimage? You’ll have to listen to find out (and then pick up the book to read more)!

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49 - College Students & Creating Supportive Communities (feat. Dr. Gary Glass)

✏️📓👨‍🎓👩‍🎓 This week, we’re joined by Dr. Gary Glass to talk about college & university students’ mental health. We talk about current trends on college campuses, harmful paradigms impacting our students, and how various people (faculty, campus ministries, etc.) can help.

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46 - The Heartbeat & History of CXMH (feat. Robert Vore)

This one's getting a little meta, folks. When Holly first agreed to be the new cohost for CXMH, she asked if I would be willing to do an episode where she interviewed me about my vision for the show and how it came to be. I was caught somewhat off guard, and alternated between 'surely we've already done that' and 'no one would want to listen to that.' I eventually gave in, and that's what you'll hear in this episode.

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Summer Break 2018!

It's summertime! Like last year, I'll be taking the summer off from the show. In this short episode, I talk a little bit about the reasonings behind that, as well as give you some recommendations of things to read and listen to over the next few months!

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Recast - Suicide Prevention (feat. Dr. Jonathan Singer & Dr. Sherry Molock)

Folks, it's been a tough week. The deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain by suicide filled the headlines, and the CDC released a new report that suicide rates have been rising across the Unites States. As a result, I wanted to rebroadcast this episode from last year on Suicide Prevention for new listeners or long-time listeners who might find it helpful again.

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43 - Being Here, Building Community, & The Bachelor (feat. Hannah Brencher)

Happy Memorial Day! (go to counseling.) This week, Robert's back as your host to talk with Hannah Brencher, who you might remember from episode 14. Hannah talks about her latest book, the power of being here in a 'getting there' world, and how much her community mattered when she went through a hard season of depression. We also talk about old boyfriends, the Bachelor, and Hannah's process of finding community when she moved to Atlanta.

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42 - Everyday Grief & Learning to Feel Feelings (feat. Aundi Kolber)

This week, our guest host is trauma therapist Aundi Kolber! She talks about how grief is the bedrock of mental health, why smaller traumas & losses are still so important, what it means to really feel our feelings, and how learning how to respond honestly to smaller day-to-day moments sets the stage for encountering larger events.

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