6-27-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity

Dr. Marie Vorsino, VP of Intervention Programs at Parents and Children Together (PACT) shares with Beth-Ann about the challenges PACT’s clients and families are experiencing, how they have responded as an organization and how their community is rising in support. Marie also talks about some of the ways individuals and families can support their own mental health.
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6-20-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #11

In Episode 11 of From Anxiety to Clarity, Beth-Ann circles back to our first guest, Dr. Martin Johnson, founder of the Hawaii Center for Psychology, to discuss the idea of a “new normal” and how people are experiencing the changes to their lives brought about by the pandemic.
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6-13-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #10

In our tenth episode of From Anxiety to Clarity, Dr. Hannah Preston-Pita, clinical psychologist and CEO of Big Island Substance Abuse Council, joins Beth-Ann as we get an in the life with COVID-19 view from Hawaii Island.
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6-6-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #9

Dr. Phyllis Horner, a business psychologist, lends her expertise to this week’s episode discussing the issues businesses and individuals face as our economy reopens. What does it mean in this environment to be “an employer of choice” and how can employers support the mental health needs of their employees through their remote work policies? Data supports decreasing employee overwhelm and more reasonable workloads as we go forward.
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5-30-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #8

Dr. Alexander Bivens joins Beth-Ann from Kauai to talk about suicide prevention, risk factors we can look at as a community and how each individual can be the person who saves a life. Along the way he shares some of his observations as a practicing clinical psychologist serving the Kauai community.
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5-23-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #7

Dr. Denis Mee-Lee, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine and Medical Director and Principal Investigator of Valden Medical has worn many hats in Hawaii’s behavioral health sector. In relation to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, he shares with us his relatively recent perspective on whole health and the benefit to all aspects of our health when we don’t separate it into parts but look at how everything works together. He discusses with Beth-Ann how this approach improves our immune system, better prepares us for physical and mental challenges and how he practices it in his own life.
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5-16-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #6

The COVID-19 pandemic has created enormous unforeseen challenges for individuals and families, causing not only difficulty and discomfort but also trauma that younger generations have not lived through before. How can we learn from the experiences of previous generations and grow from the pain? Dr. Eduardo Jones, Director of Behavioral Health at Sutter Health Kahi Mohala, joins Beth-Ann to talk about “post-traumatic growth” and the opportunities we have to redefine our priorities and sustain meaningful change in our lives.
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5-10-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #5

As Hawaii allows residents to move about more freely, soon low risk, safety-modified businesses will reopen to help restart the local economy. Even so, many residents face post lockdown and financial anxiety, especially for the great numbers of unemployed. If there’s a positive note in any of this, it’s that it has become easier and more acceptable to talk about mental health. In this episode, Kumi MacDonald, the Executive Director of the Hawaii chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) joins Beth-Ann.
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5-1-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #4

230 thousand unemployment claims have been filed since the start of lockdown. Many people left without jobs and some working from home are taking relief into their own hands buying low cost priced beers and spiked seltzers. In this episode, Beth -Ann talks with Heather Pierucki, the former Director of Behavioral Health at Helping Hands Hawaii, now consulting full time for her own company, ChangeWorks, about substance use in the COVID-19 era.
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4-25-2020 From Anxiety to Clarity Episode #3

Children and teens are feeling the impact of Hawaii’s stay at home order no less than adults. In a deeply charged environment, old routines have upended, morphing into constrained, new ones. How can parents and guardians best help their kids? Dr. Adam Coles is a child psychiatrist with the State of Hawaii’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division and clinical director of the Maui Family Guidance Center. He joins Beth-Ann in this episode with his take on supporting the needs of children and teens in a COVID world.
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