Assisting Clients in the Chronic Progression of Recovery
Guest: Michael Fagan
Michael Fagan is the Director of Second Spring Counseling, PLLC, in Asheville, NC which provides a variety of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. He facilitates individual and family therapy, a full range of DWI services and conducts weekly substance abuse groups. Michael is an active trainer, workshop leader, and clinical supervisor. Michael has a passion for using experiential therapies in various clinical settings to support positive transformations. “One may consciously understand the value of eliminating problematic emotions, thoughts or behaviors but unless the Subconscious Mind is reached, enduring change is unlikely. I address the underlying subconscious blocks to living a clear and free life.”
Advances in the Integration of Yoga and Mindfulness Practice in Addiction Recovery
Guest: Leslie J. Temme
Leslie J. Temme, PhD, LCSW, RYT, has worked in the field of addiction as a social worker and educator for 30 years. She has studied the benefits of meditation in a number of clinical settings in order to better understand what this practice brings to those in recovery and to help educate clinical professionals on how to identify which practices best address certain conditions. Leslie strives to embody what yoga and meditation have taught her and infuse this learning in her work with clients and students, and is currently a teacher at The Embodiment Center, offering Yoga for Recovery, Yoga Nidra and Alignment Based class. She works with The Cognitive Connection integrating mindfulness practices into outpatient addiction treatment services and offers Continuing Education Courses specifically geared to mental health professionals.
Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening
Guest: Phil Borges
For over 30 years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Phil’s documentary, CRAZYWISE, reveals a paradigm shift that is changing the way Western culture defines and treats “mental illness”. The film highlights a survivor-led movement demanding more choices from a mental health care system in crisis. Phil has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels, and regularly presents at universities, teaches workshops, and has spoken at multiple TED events.
Adverse Childhood Experiences and the Healing Potential of Yoga and Meditation
Guest: Jill Phoenix
Jill Phoenix has been a Yoga practitioner since 1998, and in 2016 completed the Teacher Training program and became certified though Yoga Alliance. “My love for Yoga and Meditation and to share this with others is what drives me. I volunteer regularly, teaching three classes a week at Asheville Community Yoga, as well as teaching private classes. I truly believe in the power of connection to the breath through the physical and mental practice, and it can not only help soothe people suffering from trauma or addiction, but it has the power to heal. I am a prime example of the power of this practice, battling anorexia as a young teenager and overcoming body image issues into my adult life. Yoga is my true passion and to bring this gift to as many people as possible is my path.”
Love, Family and Addiction
Guest: Monica LeBlanc
Monica LeBlanc is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) based in downtown Asheville. She is passionate about working with individuals that love someone struggling with addiction and couples. Monica also specializes in the Enneagram and provides training and workshops. “I work with women who are in relationships with someone who has an addiction. Sometimes this person is a family member, a partner, or a close friend, and no matter the relationship, the experience of it is often distressing. Therapy is a conversation where you get to be the expert and I get to hold the hope. My therapeutic style is inviting, heart centered, and at times, unconventional. I believe only in deep connection is where healing can occur.”
Slack-Librium Slackline and Mindfulness Education
Guest: Jesse Goldman
Slack-Librium is an educational organization founded by Jesse Goldman specializing in slackline and mindfulness programming for youth, with a mission to instill balance, physically, mentally, and emotionally, on an individual level and at our deeper cultural core. Its ultimate mission is to make this education accessible to everyone by integrating slackline and mindfulness education into the public school system. Prior to graduating from UNC-Asheville, he founded the student-run mindfulness club and created an annually recurring event called Mindfulness Festival. Jesse remains committed to teaching awareness-based education and working to develop and refine systems and structures that will help to cultivate a positive and healthy culture for generations to come.
Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness. . .Based on a Lie
Guest: Barbara Kimbrell
“Drunks, Monks and Mental Illness. . .Based on a Lie” is a novel by Barbara Kimbrell about the obstacles of addiction, having a dual mental health diagnosis, and the ongoing aftermath of sexual abuse. These three too often get up on hind legs and bare their teeth. The main character, Rachel, was brutally victimized by her red-headed monster, Ollie, and was afraid to come out from under her bed of fear. She continued to pile more and more blankets on that bed with unhealthy relationships, hard living, drugging and denial until finally she had the courage to crawl out from under that weight. That began her journey of recovery. This character’s life draws from some of the author’s own experiences with some creative twists and embellishments. Author Barbara resides in Asheville, NC, and currently works as a Masters-level clinician in the substance abuse arena locally.
Transforming the Ancestral Roots of Addiction
Guest: Daniel Foor
Daniel Foor, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology. He has led ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the United States since 2005. He is an initiate in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and different indigenous paths, including the older ways of his European ancestors. Daniel is a teacher and practitioner of practical animism who specializes in ancestral and family healing, and in helping folks learn to relate well with the rest of the natural world. “Training as a therapist, living in other societies, and immersion in different lineages of ritual work all inform my kind and non-dogmatic approach to ancestor and earth reverence.”
Project CARA: Supporting Moms Expecting Recovery in Pregnancy
Guests: Marie Gannon, Mel Ramage, Denise Weegar
Eddie and Margaret were joined by Marie Gannon, LCAS, LPC (Co-Founder of Project CARA), Mel Ramage, FNP (Clinical Director of Project CARA), and Denise Weegar, MA, LCAS (Director of Perinatal Health Partners and Co-Director of Insight Women’s Recovery Center), from MAHEC’s Project CARA: Care that Advocates Respect/Resiliency/Recovery for all. “Our mission is to decrease barriers and the stigma that prevent pregnant women with substance use disorders (addiction) to getting quality obstetrical care as well as access to the substance use treatment that they deserve.”
The 3 A’s of Recovery from Eating Disorder
Guest: Linda Reihs
Linda Reihs is actively involved in assisting others who are suffering from eating disorders and addictions, counseling and facilitating groups in South Florida for the past 40 years. Linda is well educated and holds two Masters Degrees, one in Education, the other in Information Studies. She is also certified in Administration and Supervision, and additionally Is Nationally Board Certified and holds a Masters Addictions Counselor certification since 1992. Linda is also the author of The Adventures of Maddy Morphis, a children’s book that creates awareness for young children.
The Role of Applied Neuroscience in Addiction Recovery
Guest: Dr. Michael Trayford
Dr. Michael Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Founder/Director of Innovation at APEX Brain Centers in Asheville, NC. His vision is to empower individuals with brain injury and adulthood learning and behavioral issues to Build Better Brains, and Live Better Lives. Dr. Trayford is a clinician, published journal author, international speaker, corporate consultant, and lifelong learner who has a passion for the outdoors, healthy eating, travel, and spending as much time with his family as possible. Dr. Trayford’s years in both multi-specialty and private clinical practices have given him the advantage of seeing a wide spectrum of disorders in clients of all ages.
NAMI Basics: Generating Hope for Parents Raising Kids with Behavioral Health Challenges
Guests: Share and Neil Friedman
NAMI Basics is a six-week educational program offering hope, practical advice, and emotional support for parents raising children (ages preschool to college) who have behavioral health challenges. “Individuals and families whose lives have been forever changed by mental illness are like trauma survivors. As NAMI Basics teachers with personal, lived experience, our goal is to serve as co-advocates who help to widen and utilize ‘the space between stimulus and response’ (from Viktor Frankl’s book, “Man’s Search for Meaning”), by educating, offering emotional support, and generating hope for the future.” Neil and Share Friedman are married, live in Asheville, and are both NAMI trained Family-to-Family and NAMI Basics course instructors.