Episodes

Jan. 25, 2023

Ep 26- Talking about Substance Abuse with Joey Pagano

Kathy and Shayna are joined by Joey Pagano, author, therapist, professor, licensed social worker and recovering addict. Joey talks about his own history of addiction, his recovery and his commitment to helping other people st...

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Jan. 11, 2023

Ep 25- Stressed out? Smell something about it

Shayna and Kathy are back from vacation and jumping back into the series on the 5 senses. On this episode they talk about scent. You get to hear Kathy geek out about one of her favorite topics. Learn about some …

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Dec. 14, 2022

Ep 24- I can see clearly now- How the sense of sight impacts mood.

We continuing our series on using the five senses to help regulate our mood and help us heal. We are joined by Franchesca Lastra Vicente, a board certified art therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and by Matt Gwalt...

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Nov. 30, 2022

Ep 23- The healing power of touch

For the second episode in our series on using our senses to help us emotionally regulate, we are joined by Melody Granzow. Melody is a licensed clinical social worker, registered 500 hour yoga instructor, and social work prof...

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Nov. 16, 2022

Ep 22- You need to calm down- using sound and music to help with emot…

Creating soothing sensory experiences are an integral part of developing individualized coping skills and self-care. This is the first in our series on our senses and we talk about sound and music. Shayna and Kathy welcome 3 ...

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Oct. 31, 2022

Ep 21- Cosplay with JV Hampton-VanSant

Very special Halloween bonus episode with JV Hampton-VanSant, podcaster, voice actor, maker, geek, where we chat about cosplay! We had so much fun chatting. **Kathy apparently had some technical difficulties so her audio isn'...

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Oct. 26, 2022

Ep 20- Time to dig in to some Creepy Pasta

Shayna and Kathy love creepy pastas. Creepy pastas are horror related stories that bounce around the the internet. They are short, fiction (or are they?), and are often created by anonymous writers. They are amazing. Shayna a...

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Oct. 19, 2022

Ep 19- The mental health benefits of horror movies

Believe it or not, there is research that suggests that consuming horror content may actually be beneficial for some people with anxiety or a history of trauma. Shayna and Kathy are joined by fellow horror enthusiasts, Domo a...

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Oct. 12, 2022

Ep 18- It's Pumpkin Spice Latte Season, so lets chat about Stephen Ki…

Shayna and Kathy are joined by Nyeisha Brown (aka The Book Babe) to chat about our love of all things Stephen King. We talk about how reading has impacted all of our lives and get into specifics about some of …

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Oct. 5, 2022

Ep 17- Memento Mori with Lucy Fitzgerald

Memento Mori is Latin for "Remember that you must die," and is an artistic or symbolic reminder to live life to the fullest because we all must die. Shayna and Kathy are joined by Lucy Fitzgerald of the Wine and …

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Sept. 21, 2022

Ep 16- Talking Sports with Megan Logan

Shayna and Kathy are joined by best selling author and therapist, Megan Logan, to chat about the mental health benefits and pitfalls of participation in sports, particularly in youth and collegiate levels. But don't you worry...

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Sept. 7, 2022

Ep 15- She-Hulk- Anger and Grief and Breaking the 4th Wall

SPOILER ALERT FOR EPISODE 1 OF SHE-HULK on Disney+. Shayna and Kathy explore all things anger while also chatting about the new She-Hulk tv series. We explore stigma around anger, how people manage anger differently, and some...

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Aug. 24, 2022

Ep 14- Jamey Stegmaier chats about designing board games, Stonemaier …

Kathy and Shayna talk with Ryan (our editor and also the love of Shayna's life) about Stonemaier Games. You may recognize some of the games, such as Tapestry, Viticulture, Wingspan and Scythe. Shayna and Ryan are board game f...

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Aug. 10, 2022

Ep 13- Don't forget to pack your bagpipes on this D&D adventure

This episode is a little different. Shayna decided that she wants to try her hand at being a Dungeon Master and she helps Kathy (a total D&D newbie) create a Dungeons and Dragons character. What does this have to do …

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July 31, 2022

Ep 12 Harry Potter and the Bonus Episode

Join us for this bonus episode for Harry Potter's birthday. We talk about trauma and identity and floating baby head tattoos. In honor of Harry's birthday, please consider donating to organizations fighting for rights of tran...

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July 27, 2022

Ep. 11 Chatting with Sam from Autism Rocks and Rolls

Shayna and Kathy are joined by Sam Mitchell. Sam has autism and runs his own podcast called, Autism Rocks and Rolls. He was diagnosed at the age of 4, and today at 20 years old, is a well-known podcaster, entrepreneur, …

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July 13, 2022

Ep 10- The mental health benefits of video games- YES, really!!!

Arnelle (Shayna's bestie) and Matt (Kathy's husband) join Shayna and Kathy to talk video games. Matt and Kathy bring the Gen X perspective, and Shayna and Arnelle weigh in as Millennials. And believe it or not, there are some...

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June 29, 2022

Ep 9- Learning how to be a person: Queer Representation in YA literat…

To round out Pride Month Shayna and Kathy are joined by Shelby Bouck to discuss queer representation in Young Adult Literature. Shelby has a Masters degree in library and information science is a voracious reader and is obses...

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June 15, 2022

Ep 8- Bisexual African Penguins and LGBTQ+ representation in media.

Trigger warning- discussion of homophobia, suicidal ideation Shayna and Kathy and joined by Carly and Rachel to talk LGBTQ+ representation in media. In honor of Pride Month and in the face of increasing anti-LGBTQ+ legislatio...

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June 1, 2022

Ep 7- If every porkchop were perfect, we wouldn’t have hotdogs! -A St…

This episode contains mild spoilers for Steven Universe. Shayna and Kathy are joined by Arnelle and Ana to discuss the optimism, pain and wonder of Steven Universe. It is quite the roller coaster. Silly at times, heartfelt, ...

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May 18, 2022

Ep. 6 A Whole New World- exploring the culture and mental health bene…

We talk about one of Shayna's favorite topics- BOARD GAMES! These aren't your mom's board games (but those are fun too). Michael, co-owner of Armada Games in Tampa, FL, joins us to discuss the rich and diverse world of board …

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May 13, 2022

BONUS Friday the 13th Episode- Superstitions

Shayna and Kathy are joined by their friend, Manami, for this very special bonus episode all about Superstitions. We explore historical and cultural aspects of superstitions, OCD and anxiety. If you listen carefully when Shay...

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May 4, 2022

May the 4th Be With You- Star Wars and Trauma and Hope

SPOILER ALERT for the movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Today Shayna and Kathy are joined by Rachel to discuss why Jyn Erso, the protagonist of Rogue One, resonates so much with her. We discuss trauma and apathy and …

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April 20, 2022

Ep 3- Hairy, Stinky and Cringey- Let's talk Turning Red

SPOILER ALERT for the movie, Turning Red. Today Kathy and Shayna are joined by Pylynn, a licensed mental health counselor who specializing in working with children who have experienced trauma. We discuss puberty, familial rel...

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