Today’s Guest: Blanca Lucia Bergman is the founder of Mental Wellness for Artists (MWA), a community group of San Diego artists, mental health advocates, and arts leaders. She is also the founder of a local arts business, Art Unites, and co-lead vocalist in the band Poised In The Darkness.
Season 3, Episode 1
Today’s Guest: Daryl Chow, PhD, is based in Western Australia and works with a vibrant team of practitioners at the Henry Street Centre in the heart of Fremantle. He also returns to his home country, Singapore, to provide consultations and intensive therapy every few months. Meanwhile, he keeps busy with writing and conducting research, as well as trainings, clinical supervision, consultation, and mentoring.
He is a co-editor and contributing author of a recent book, The Write to Recovery: Personal Stories & Lessons About Recovery From Mental Health Concerns. He is also a senior associate and certified trainer for the International Center for Clinical Excellence (ICCE), which is a worldwide consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services.
As part of his PhD, he researched the area of development and practices of highly effective psychotherapists, alongside with his mentor and collaborator, Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. Together they are co-authoring a forthcoming book, Reach: Pushing Your Clinical Performance to the Next Level.
Season 2, Episode 7
Today’s Guest: Jamie Kohanyi is a licensed psychotherapist practicing in the state of California. She is a graduate of Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Counseling Psychology program, with an emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy. Her interest lies in the interplay between the unconscious, the body, and creativity, which began with her experience as a multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and graduate of Berklee College of Music. Singing was Jamie's primary therapeutic modality until she moved from New York City to California in her 20s to initiate studies at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and Sky Mountain Institute for the Expressive Arts. The following 20 years of education and experience lead to her current expertise in women with eating disorders, perinatal mental health, dreamwork, the expressive arts, and psychedelic psychotherapy. Jamie is currently pursuing a certificate in Jungian Psychology from the CG Jung Institute of Los Angeles. She is married to David Kohanyi, also a psychotherapist, and is a mother of three.
Season 2, Episode 5
Today’s Guest: Dr. Lee Stone, LCSW, PhD, has amassed over thirty years of experience in human services. Most recently, he served as Program Director and was quickly promoted to Executive Director of Freeport Pride, Inc./H.E.L.P. Services, Inc. He worked there for twelve years. The 501(c)3 organization was presented an award in 2019 by Nassau County, NY, for the exceptional services provided to the community. The organization had a unique approach in their substance use treatment, drug prevention, and youth services programs — music and performing arts were utilized as interventions.
Dr. Lee’s interest in using music as an intervention began when he was a middle school student; he developed entertainment programs at a local senior citizen center that had a positive impact on the residents’ well-being. During high school, he created the “Underground” magazine—which included interviews with up-and-coming heavy metal/thrash metal artists and critical reviews of their music. As a student at SUNY Old Westbury College, he co-hosted a talk/music radio show that featured current events and social commentary.
Dr. Lee has received awards and accolades in both music and social work. He is a two-time gold and platinum record award recipient for his music production work; he was also presented an award and given membership to LIU Post University’s Alpha Chi National College Honor Society for his service in the field of social work. Additionally, Dr. Lee was chosen as one of twelve PhD students in the United States to present his research at The Network for Social Work Management at Boston University. He has lectured for the students at Adelphi University, Hofstra University, Molloy College, and most recently, Lee was a guest panelist at The Kennedy Center’s Cultural Center.
Dr. Lee’s future plans include the development of a human service nonprofit organization in partnership with his wife Tanya Dunbar-Stone, MSED, LMSW (Adelphi ’15), and providing consultation work for existing human service organizations that are interested in reinforcing their sustainability. Dr. Lee is also in the progress of completing music for his partnership known as Poeartistry—a performance art ensemble that combines poetry, visual arts, and theater as social emotional learning tools.
Season 2, Episode 4
Today’s Guest: Davida Price is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Board Certified Music Therapist, and Certified Yoga Teacher. Davida is also fully trained in EMDR therapy. Davida has worked in both agency and private practice settings with children, teens, adults, and families in a variety of roles from primary therapist to program director. Davida combines Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, music therapy, energy psychology, shame resilience, mindfulness, creative arts, and body awareness from a trauma-informed point of view to target the needs of each client in a creative and comprehensive manner. Davida’s work using “Rock Therapy” with teens has been written about in the San Diego Reader and San Diego Women’s Magazine, and has been featured on About.com. Davida served on the San Diego Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists board of directors from 2011 to
2015. In 2006, Davida traveled to Gulu, Uganda, to help implement music therapy and music education programs in areas that had been affected by war. Davida likes to read, play music, draw, run, do yoga, and be with friends and family when not engaging in her passion of being a therapist.
Season 2, Episode 1
Today’s Guest: Brittani Williams is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Social Work Entrepreneur, Educator and Hip-Hop head. She received her Bachelor’s in Sociology from The University of Southern California and a Master’s in Social Work from The University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Originally from the San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles, she was immersed in the Underground Hip Hop Scene. Through Hip Hop she found connection, passion and identity, and she integrates this passion into her clinical work. Brittani has been in the Social Work field for over 8 years and has a wide variety of social work and therapeutic experiences. She has experience working with at-promise youth in community-based settings such as: group homes, residential care facilities and public-school settings in Southern California. In addition, she has supported individuals through addiction and trauma, along with other mental health challenges. Brittani also worked as a clinical supervisor, providing clinical supervision and consultation to pre-licensed therapists. During this time, she facilitated professional development and mandated trainings to school districts and non-profit agencies. Currently, Brittani is CEO of HEALmatic Group Practice in San Diego, CA and provides therapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. Brittani is also an Adjunct Professor and teaches Social Work courses to prepare future social workers to enter the field of mental health. In her free time, Brittani enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids, writing rhymes and contributing to the collective work of Hip Hop Therapy.
Season 1, Episode 10
Today’s Guest: Hallie Lincoln, LCSW, MFT, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist based in Denver, CO, and is a Co-Founder of Backline. Hallie is a clinician who uses a strengths-based, friendly, and inclusive approach to provide individual, couple, and family therapy to clients of all ages and from all walks of life. Before redirecting her efforts toward private practice, Hallie worked at various non-profits and has extensive experience with case management and client care coordination. Hallie has been exposed to the unique challenges and stressors faced by those in the music industry, first by way of her brother, who is a touring music industry professional. She also serves as the Director of Backline’s Case Management program and treats clients from the music industry in her private practice.
Season 1, Episode 8
Today’s guest: Ann Taylor McNiece is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Southern California. She comes from a family of creatives and loves using out-of-the-box methods to help people with different kinds of minds find success and healing. Ann hosts the Soul Grit Podcast, which covers faith and mental health. She is an extrovert who loves tacos and the beach.
Season 1, Episode 6
Today’s guest: Laura Kay is an award-winning operatic soprano and voice teacher based in New York City. She’s been seen on stages across the country in operas like Mozart’s “Die Zauberflote,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” and Verdi’s “La Traviata,” but her true love is modern American opera. She collaborates regularly with some of the most exciting composers in the U.S. to develop new works for the operatic and recital stages. As a recitalist, she’s known for her series introducing new compositions to audiences in unique ways, comparing them to mainstream works of stage and screen. As a teacher, she’s worked with students ranging from the seasoned professional to the first-time singer, and she holds positions on the faculties of NYU and Temple University. Her students have performed on Broadway, been featured on TV series, and have placed in competitions around the world. She holds degrees from Penn State University, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and NYU in operatic performance and vocal pedagogy. She also is currently pursuing her PhD in voice performance and pedagogy at NYU, where she’s focusing on teaching the whole student — bringing psychology into the voice studio.
Season 1, Episode 1
Today's Guest: Brian Zirngible, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a solo private practice in Burnsville, Minnesota. He is an actively working musician and performer based in the Twin Cities. His passion and specialty is helping other musicians and creative artists live more authentic and balanced lives. Brian's focus is on self-care, setting healthy boundaries, and turning pain into possibility. Clients find it helpful that he understands and is currently living with some of the unique challenges within the entertainment industry. Colleague Ernesto Segismundo Jr., LMFT, says this about Brian: "He is, in my opinion, a blend between David Bowie and the modern-day psychoanalyst."
Rachel Moore, LMFT, (she/her) is a singer, musician, writer, and the host of the Beyond Artist's Block podcast. She is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist based in San Diego, California. Rachel is certified in EMDR and trained in Brainspotting, and she focuses on working with creative clients, including writers, artists, and musicians.