The Healing Place Podcast – Justin Caffrey – a Parent’s Grief; the Vagus Nerve, and Training with the Yamabushi

After losing his son 10 years ago he turned to Eastern Psychology | Philosophy | Neuroscience. Justin has become a recognised expert on the Vagus Nerve, the autonomic nervous system, and how Eastern traditions have recognised the importance of these key physiological repossess for thousands of years.

I am so very grateful for the opportunity to learn from Justin Caffrey’s deep wisdom. Justin is a recognized thought leader in mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing. Please join us as we discuss:

  • Justin’s insights on the Vagus nerve
  • his philosophies on grief and the impact of the trauma of losing a child
  • who are the Yamabushi of Japan and how did he train with them
  • his transition into studying Buddhist meditation practices
  • and so much more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also catch soundbites of our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“A proven multi-business entrepreneur in differing sectors and countries, who built and sold regulated companies with seven figure exits.

A Certified Investment Fund / Hedge Fund Director and Private Equity Professional. He also holds a Masters in Mindfulness-Based Interventions from the prestigious University College Dublin.

All Ireland All Star Thought Leader in Personal Development in 2019 & 2020.

After losing his son 10 years ago he turned to Eastern Psychology | Philosophy | Neuroscience. Justin has become a recognised expert on the Vagus Nerve, the autonomic nervous system, and how Eastern traditions have recognised the importance of these key physiological repossess for thousands of years.

His research is a rich combination of Western neuroscience, Eastern philosophy, mindfulness and his own hard earned life experiences.

Justin swims in cold water all year round, fasts daily for 19-hours, eats a plant based diet and meditates each morning at 5am. He is one of only a handful of Westerners to have completed the gruelling Master Training with the Yamabushi in the remote mountains of Shonai, in Japan.

When you leave the extremes of private equity and hedge-funds for Buddhism, you can expect some exciting outcomes.

Having built routine and structure within his own lifestyle, Justin provides advice and guidance on sleep, intermittent fasting, cold water, the Vagus nerve, meditation practice and mind/body connection.

Justin’s YouTube Channel on the Vagus Nerve, PTSD and recovery, has been watched by over 175,000 people globally. His channel receives 3,000 views a day.  He is a regular contributor to media, TV and podcasts.”

** Visit Justin’s website: https://www.justincaffrey.com/Peace,

Teri

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The Healing Place Podcast: Brett Weiss – Creating a World in Which Every Child Has Access to a Better Education

Such a beautiful and inspiration conversation with Brett Weiss, founder and director of the Weiss Scholarship Foundation – providing education to children in Kenya. Please join us as we discuss:

  • Brett’s insights on creating access to better education
  • his philosophies on poverty and its impact on children’s education globally
  • what he means by “Just give them a hug . . . and the rest will be easy”
  • the mission of the Weiss Scholarship Foundation
  • and so much more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also catch soundbites of our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

Brett Weiss spent twenty-three years in the software business, four years running a social services organization and eighteen years as a high school social studies teacher.  In 2009 he made a volunteer trip to Kenya and spent most of three weeks in the tiny village of Dago.  Little did he know then that these kind and hard- working people would become a major part of his life.  In 2012 he created the Weiss Scholarship Foundation.  In 2017 Brett “retired” so he could devote full time to this work.

Brett created the Weiss Scholarship Foundation to give HOPE in a village where there was little hope.  Six trips later 79 children from this village have been awarded scholarships.  Our program sends children to high school and then to either university or vocational school.  So far, we have 13 students at vocational schools and 9 attending university.  This is a village where few have ever gone to high school.  A key rule of our foundation is all money is divided equally between boys and girls. We do much more than just pay school fees.  We have staff on the ground that make sure our students are fully supported so they can be successful. 

Brett wrote a book about this work called, “Just Give Them A Hug…And The Rest Is Easy”.  He looks forward to sharing this great story with you.  We believe that we can create a world where every child gets a great education.

This foundation has grown a lot since Brett last spoke to the club and looks forward to sharing the story with you.  We have built a great business model and are now looking to scale the model so we can help many more children.

Brett and his wife Christine are the parents of two and grandparents of two.

** Visit Brett’s website: https://weissscholarshipfoundation.org/To donate:  People can go to the website (www.weissscholarshipfoundation.org) and click on GIVE to donate.  You can also donate via Venmo: @weisssf  Cash App: $weisssf  or mail a check to the address 415 W. Jackson Avenue | Naperville, IL 60540. To purchase a copy of Brett’s book, “Just Give Them A Hug…And The Rest Will Be Easy” (all royalties go to the foundation): https://www.amazon.com/s?k=just+give+them+a+hug&ref=nb_sb_noss

 Peace,

Teri

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The Healing Place Podcast – Jondi Whitis – Energy Psychology, Tapping with Kids, & EFT Tools

Such an insightful, passionate, inspiring, and hope-filled conversation I engaged in with Jondi Whitis, MTOT, NYC. Please join us as we discuss:

  • energy psychology
  • EFT, TFT, and TTT approaches to healing
  • her two upcoming book releases, including Compassion in Action: Emotional First-Aid for Children
  • along with her two books, EFT Training for Mastery and How to Be a Great Detective
  • a practice tapping session
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“JONDI WHITIS lives and works in New York City using a handful of tried and true techniques to help others achieve their goals, and overcome challenges, fears and doubts to become their personal best. As she likes to say, “My best tools are warmth, honesty, humor and intuition, harnessed to my years of study and experience with people of all walks. I believe the willingness to listen, be of service and celebrate each soul I meet with joy and gratitude is at the heart of my success.”

An Accredited, Certified Advanced Practitioner and Master Trainer of Trainers for the most popular Energy Psychology protocol, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Jondi holds credentials from all the top EFT groups, and sits on the Training Board of the original, global EFT association, EFTinternational. This organization, originally called AAMET, is a registered educational charity and leader in standards for accredited, professional EFT training. She has a BA in Psychology and is a former Teaching Artist in NYC public schools for the largest educational grant holder, LEAP.

Jondi is well-known for her years of streaming podcasts on EFTRadio & BlogTalkRadio. A founder of TapFest, the first Intentional global community site, TappingStar, which focuses upon children, and founder of the collaborative community of US energy workers, Spring Energy Event, now in its 8th year.

She continues to develop integrative EFT workshops for all kinds of groups – kids, parents, trauma, veterans, and healthcare professionals. Each month you’ll find her sharing transformational techniques; an integration specialist, Jondi delights in sharing knowledge and experience with both licensed health professionals, avid wellcare workers and caregivers of all kinds.

She welcomes anyone to try the loving, affirming results of EFT by contacting her here: Jondi@EFT4Results.com or www.JondiWhitis.com”

Learn more about Jondi and her mission at:

www.JondiWhitis.com

Peace to you all!

Teri

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Book Launch Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unicornshadows/

The Healing Place Podcast – Andrea Hummel: Improv Workshops, Mediation, Trauma Recovery, & Resolving Miscommunication

I feel honored to have had the priviledge of sitting down with Andrea Hummel as she shares her passion for mediation, improv workshops, trauma recovery, and resolving miscommunications. Please join us as we discuss:

  • the role of Improv for Peace in conflict resolution
  • using mediation tools for processing unresolved trauma
  • self-care
  • resolving miscommunication
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

Andrea C Hummel is trained in multicultural diversity, mediation and trauma recovery. She holds a Masters in applied anthropology from American University, with post-graduate studies in intercultural conflict mediation.  She’s trained in ShadowWork and Multi-Track Diplomacy, and holds a theory certification in TSM psychodrama for post-traumatic growth.

In 1991 Andrea founded a consulting firm specializing in cultural diversity and human relations consulting; and was an adjunct faculty member at University of Florida and Manatee Community College.  Initially her focus was on preventing conflict; now it’s on resolving it. She’s the developer of the cutting-edge I4P (Improv for Peace) method for helping individuals and communities increase empathy, decrease miscommunication and create alternate endings to historical conflict.  No stranger to staying focused during crisis, she was in the Middle East during the 1990 Kuwaiti oil crisis, Guatemala during the 1995 refugee persecutions, and Greece during the 2015 refugee crisis.

Co-author of the Amazon #1 best-seller Pathways to Vibrant Health, she’s working on a self-help book for trauma recovery with Dr Kate Hudgins. She was recently honored with the 2020 Innovators Award from ASGPP, for bringing psychodrama and action methods to a wider audience.

Past clients include: Micosukee Tribe of Indians, Recover! Charlottesville, US Navy STRICOM, AmeriCorps, Equifax, Children’s Board of Hillsborough Co., City of Richmond, City of Charlottesville, Eckerd College and University of Tampa.

Learn more about Andrea and her mission at:

www.improvforpeace.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/improvforpeace

https://www.facebook.com/andrea.hummelcorella

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreahummel/

Peace to you all!

Teri

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Book Launch Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unicornshadows/

The Healing Place Podcast – Diane Petrella, MSW: Food Addiction & Sexual Abuse; Ho’oponopono Hawaiian Healing; & Meditation

Super excited to celebrate the 100th episode of The Healing Place Podcast with Diane Petrella, a licensed therapist who works with sexual abuse survivors who struggle with emotional eating, weight, and body image concerns. Thank you, Diane, for joining me to discuss:

  • her role as a licensed therapist helping clients with sexual abuse history
  • food addiction as a result of childhood trauma
  • adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and hypervigilance
  • self-protective mechanisms
  • Ho’oponopono Hawaiian healing technique
  • meditation
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on Pandora, iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“Diane Petrella, MSW is a licensed psychotherapist and life coach specializing in mind-body-spirit approaches to self-growth, healing, and weight loss. Early in her career she co-founded the first child sexual abuse treatment program in Rhode Island and for many years routinely testified in court as an expert witness in the area of child and adult sexual assault and post-traumatic stress. She has 30 years experience working with sexual abuse survivors to help them overcome trauma and reclaim a loving and respectful connection with their bodies.”

Learn more about Diane and her mission at:

dianepetrella.com

On that page there’s a sign-up on the upper right to download Diane’s free eBook, Shed Your Pounds of Protection, but here’s another link just for that sign-up: https://dianepetrella.com/shed-your-pounds-of-protection-2/

Use discount/promo code for Diane’s two audio programs: Heal

Peace to you all!

Teri

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When Grandma Celebrates Sobriety

As many of you know, I host the internationally downloaded Healing Place Podcast. I do my own editing using a fairly easy software, Wondershare Filmora, and can usually work through any hiccups found in the recordings. However, I ran into a snag last week when my own audio feed was scrambled. I had no idea during the recording process and only discovered the problem when I started editing. Needless to say, I discovered I am not a sound engineer.

That left me scrambling for a solution for the upcoming Friday podcast release. I could bump up the remaining recorded interviews, but one of them was a celebration of podcast episode number 100! That nixed that idea. I happened to be running around with my eighty-four year old mother the day after discovering my recording dilemma when the idea hit me to record an impromptu Facebook Live interview with her.

A little history might help.

I have described my mom as that cute little Gizmo character from the movie, Gremlins. She is sweet and cute and an angel on earth.

When sober.

But add vodka . . . and just like those Mogwai in the movie, Gremlins, if they eat after midnight, all hell breaks loose. My mom would transform into a cruel, at-times violent and suicidal addict. I experienced flashbacks during EMDR Therapy of waking as a child to find my blank-eyed mother standing over me with a butcher knife in her hand. She denies such acts to this day.

I was the “good girl” in our family. Living a life of co-dependency, searching for my mother’s love and approval most often when she was drinking, and always there to clean up the mess alongside my younger sister. That is until July, 2019. I answered my sister’s phone call as I stood atop a mountain resort in Estes Park, Colorado. Hundreds of miles from home. In that moment, as I was informed of another hospitalization of my mom, brought on by a drinking binge carried out with the intent to die, that I reached my tipping point.

Hit a wall.

Broke the poor camel’s back with that last straw.

Said to the universe with zero hesitation . . .

I

AM

DONE.

I walked away from my elderly mother in that moment. And did not speak to her for the next three months. And it hurt my soul to do so. I cried. I shook off Catholic guilt. Yet I stayed firm. And as each day passed, I became more determined in my resolve to give her the space she needed to save herself. It was time for her to clean up her own mess and face those long-avoided demons of her own childhood.

She called me in October. I answered. And I’m not sure why I took the call that time. Something compelled me to do so. She was sober. Happy. And looking for resolution in our relationship. I was more than willing to honor her needs and give her a chance, yet again.

This past Christmas she asked if she could skip our traditional family gathering. I asked her if she was afraid she’d be triggered to crave alcohol and she admitted, yes. I, again, honored her needs and we changed our family plans. Instead we surprised her with a quick ten minute visit to her place which left her smiling and grateful.

Now here we are . . . six months in. She continues to celebrate her sobriety. As do I.

When grandma, or in our case GJ, celebrates sobriety, we share it with the world!

Unicorn Shadows Book Launch Team Update

Just checking in with an update . . .
One of my newfound friends, whom I connected with on The Healing Place Podcast, is now going to be my kick-in-the-ass book-writing guru! She has written 2 amazing books on trauma-recovery, is currently writing a 3rd, has recently joined the board of directors for a trauma agency, is an in-demand speaker, and is just an all around trauma-recovery rock star. Thank you, Janyne McConnaughey, Author (see bio below).


The podcast continues to blossom. It is amazing on so many levels. Please come join us on the Facebook page for inspiration and hope-infused posts!

  • It’s now been downloaded in 51 countries (just added one today)
  • 2,160 followers on the podcast Facebook page
  • I have another fabulous line-up of guests already booked into spring of 2020
  • The YouTube channel numbers are growing
  • The audio formats are expanding: Deezer, Listen Notes, Podbay, Chartable, MyTuner, and Google Podcasts as well as original outlets of iTunes, Spotify, and Blubrry

I’ve been invited for a return speaking engagement at Tristate Trauma Network fall conference for 2020. I’ll have to fly back in to Cincy from our new home in South Carolina, but I’m honored to do so!
I continue to write my monthly Hope for Healing Newsletter. You can subscribe or read past issues at https://mailchi.mp/e1b9b19ffba2/hope-for-healing-newsletter-november-2019
I also continue to write my Unicorn Shadows blog and blog pieces on ACEsConnection! https://www.acesconnection.com/member/teri.wellbrock

Finally . . . Sammie’s back is still injured, but she is improving every day. We have started a new therapy with her and it seems to be helping. We’ve also started weening her off of her pain meds and reducing the steroids. I am hoping she will be back to her therapy dog volunteer work at Terrace Park Elementary School next week. Sweetest dog ever!

Sammie: The Doodle with the Noodle

Janyne’s bio:

Janyne McConnaughey, Ph.D., retired from a forty-year career in education while healing from the attachment wounding and trauma she experienced as a child. During therapy, she wrote her way to healing and now is redeeming her story by helping others to understand the lifelong effects of childhood trauma and insecure attachment.

Along with Brave: A Personal Story of Healing Childhood Trauma, and the companion book, Jeannie’s Brave Childhood: Behavior and Healing through the Lens of Attachment and Trauma; her next book (working title), A BRAVE Life: A Personal Story of Survival, Resilience, Hope and Faith after Childhood Trauma is scheduled for publication in 2019. Janyne is also working on several future books dealing with specific trauma and attachment-related topics.Janyne serves on the Board of Directors for the Attachment and Trauma Network (ATN) and is a frequent guest blogger for the organization. She also blogs at her own website (Janyne.org), and for other organizations addressing trauma and attachment. Janyne shares her story to help others understand trauma and give hope for healing at conferences, as a participant on mental health panels, at universities, and through podcasts and interviews.

Janyne enjoys living in and exploring the Seattle area with her husband, Scott, children, and grandchildren. Her favorite activity is to follow her GPS to “green spaces” along the coast of Puget Sound.

The Healing Place Podcast – Andrea Winkler: Gender Responsive Substance Use Disorder Treatment & Trauma Informed Care

Thank you, Andrea Winkler, practice-based trainer and Duke Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic mental health assessment and psychotherapy provider, for joining me on the podcast to discuss:

  • her work with women in addiction recovery
  • trauma-informed philosophies
  • training and consultation services
  • trauma responses in the medical field
  • her personal journey into trauma-recovery work
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“Andrea Winkler, MSW, LCSW, LCAS has emerged as an engaging and informative practice-based trainer. She maintains a full-time caseload at the Duke Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic where she provides mental health assessment and psychotherapy. Her passion for trauma and gender related issues began early in her academic experience at James Madison University, and continued throughout her MSW program at UNC Chapel Hill. Completion of UNC’s Certificate in Substance Abuse Studies provided additional specialization in a population for whom trauma is a primary co-occurring feature. Andrea has developed training and consultation services that support the practical application of gender responsive substance use disorder treatment and trauma-informed care into medical, educational, intellectual/developmental disabilities, mental health, and substance use treatment fields.”

Learn more about Andrea and her mission at: 

Andrea Winkler, LCSW, LCAS

Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Specialist

Duke AHEC Trainer and Consultant

919-660-0528 office Andrea.winkler@duke.edu

LinkedIn Profile:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrea-winkler-lcsw-lcas-4221788/

Peace to you all!

Teri

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Book Launch Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unicornshadows/

The Healing Place Podcast – Heather Ferri: Healing, Health, Happiness

I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to engage in such an enlightening and hope-filled conversation with transformational speaker and master healer, Heather Ferri. Join us as we discuss:

  • her book Victim to Victory: Healing Generational Abuse from My Bloodline
  • Kundalini Yoga
  • the healing powers of Kangen Water©
  • her personal story of triumph over trauma
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“Heather Ferri is the author of Victim to Victory: Healing Generational Abuse from My Bloodline. She works globally as a resilience and motivational speaker, and master healer.  She spent a decade as a professional Broadway performer and created a Guinness Book of World Records for 16 continuous turns in tap shoes. Heather’s history of childhood abuse caught up with her as she began to have chronic pain, auto-immune symptoms, panic attacks, and eventually severe  PTSD. Heather experienced a spiritual awakening that led her to two eastern sciences that not only saved her life but shifted her profession and mission. Now she is a guide for those suffering with pain and is masterful at customizing programs that heal.”

Learn more about Heather and her mission at: 

Interested in an online program or private coaching: https://healingpain.solutions/
Interested in hiring her for speaking and employee programs: https://www.heatherferri.com/

Peace to you all!
Teri

Hope for Healing Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/741bdf08d718/hope-for-healing-newsletter-may-2019

Book Launch Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unicornshadows/

The Healing Place Podcast – Lorna Minewiser, PhD: Transformational Coaching

What a beautiful connection with a compassionate soul as I sat with Lorna Minewiser, PhD to discuss such topics as:

  • energy psychology and energy coaching
  • the benefits of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) in trauma recovery
  • her own personal story of triumph over a phobia
  • the work being done globally to aid healing
  • and more!

Welcome to The Healing Place Podcast! I am your host, Teri Wellbrock. You can listen in on iTunesBlubrrySpotify, Deezer, Google Podcasts, Podbean, and more, or directly on my website at www.teriwellbrock.com/podcasts/. You can also watch our insightful interview on YouTube.

Bio:

“Lorna Minewiser is a Coach who is passionate about sharing what she has learned over the last 30 years. In 1988 she went back to college after more than 20 years of being a housewife, mother, realtor and volunteer. She finished her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 1992, her license as a Counselor in 1995, and her PhD in Psychology in 2001. She became fascinated with alternative systems of learning and healing while she was in her PhD program at Saybrook Graduate School and has been learning about and practicing them ever since.

Although she was a Licensed Professional Counselor for 15 years she prefers to work as a Coach and has done so since 2002.

She has taught Energy Psychology classes in Clinton Township, MI, Charlotte, NC, Sacramento, CA  and through teleclasses and webcasts.  In 2006 she received the Certified Energy Health Practitioner designation  from the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.(ACEP)

In personal  coaching sessions she might use EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) or Touch and Breathe, Healing Codes, Emotion Codes,Body Code, Energy Medicine techniques, or something else that could help you make the changes you want in your life.

She has taught high school, college, and teacher continuing education classes. Her PhD dissertation “Eliciting Mental Models: Images of teaching and learning” has been published and she has had several articles published as well. In the spring of 2008 she conducted a research project on using EFT to reduce Test Anxiety. She was chair of the ACEP research subcommittee on EFT for Research. Recently she participated in the Veteran Stress Research Project. Lorna has co-authored an article about the replication project and has a case study article published.”

Learn more about Lorna and her mission at:  https://coachminewiser.com/

Peace to you all!
Teri

Hope for Healing Newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/741bdf08d718/hope-for-healing-newsletter-may-2019

Book Launch Team: https://www.facebook.com/groups/unicornshadows/