Podcast Episodes

Advanced Biohacking: Eliminating Psychiatric Symptoms With Microbiome – HPP 31

Dr. Chris Lowry explores his cutting-edge research on the interplay between the diversity of microbiome in the gut and mental and physical health. He is currently researching an injectable form of M. vaccae, which can act as an inflammatory reducing agent in the body, in turn, reducing symptoms in conditions such as PTSD. He points out how living in overly-sterilized nations reduces our exposure to “old friends” and what this means for the future of our health.

Due to a decrease in exposure to a diversity of microbiome found in soil, plants and animals, people’s overall physical and mental health are compromised. Often, medicine addresses illness in a reactive manner without treating the underlying condition. Psychiatric symptoms are no different. One place that is often overlooked is the gut and its interplay with the mind. Dr. Lowry is going to explore this interplay, as well as offer some tips on how to address this issue in a simple manner.

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Jungle Medicine: A Cautionary Tale About Ayahuasca – HPP 30

Keith Kurlander reveals his personal story about drinking the psychedelic Ayahuasca in Ayahuasca churches in the US and abroad. He explores why the use of this medicine is gaining traction across the world, but also the cautions of where things can go wrong. Keith will describe how this “medicine” potentiates both healing and illness in the individual user through the mechanisms of presence and dissociation.

This is the second episode on the use of Ayahuasca. As a psychedelic, Ayahuasca use is spreading rapidly, and, therefore as clinicians it is important to have a basic understanding of its implications. The concept of presence and dissociation is often overlooked when discussing the use of psychedelics. One way in which psychedelics act is by dissociating the user from their baseline associations with reality. In this manner, dissociation can expose the user to aspects of their subconscious that are normally obscure.

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3 Productivity Hacks That Changed My Life – HPP 29

Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, goes into the details of 3 productivity habits that transformed his productivity and mindset. These relatively simple practices are fairly easy to put into place and can literally change the way you practice counseling, grow your business, and achieve stable mindsets for a highly productive day.

Productivity and efficiency are often terms that show up in corporate America or the coaching culture. Rarely, do we discuss these terms in therapy circles in regards to mood stability and mental health. However, productivity habits when done “right” often minimize negative coping patterns that result in addictions, dependencies and mood fluctuations. When productivity is defined as engaging in tasks that are most meaningful and purposeful we can “hack” our behaviors to optimize our brain to stay on task in a clear and balanced way.

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How Therapists Break the Fee Ceiling by Becoming Coaches – HPP 28

Keith Kurlander, CEO of Higher Practice, talks about his experience of working with therapists across the world and why there is a fee ceiling in private practice. He discusses why many therapists choose to also pursue a career in coaching as a way to no longer have a fee ceiling that often doesn’t reflect the value of their services.

Coaching is a natural extension of therapy. It offers many techniques to getting short-term results with clients that are sometimes difficult to achieve with depth psychotherapy and even CBT models. In addition, high performers often gravitate toward coaches over therapists to achieve their goals in areas of their life such as career, finances, relationships, and mental and physical well-being.

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The Brain Science That Shows Why Spiritual Seekers Often Have Trauma – HPP 27

In this episode, Ted Usatynski talks shop about the overlap between spirituality and trauma. Many seekers often describe themselves as having adverse childhood experiences, as well as more acute traumatic experiences. However, they also describe having a natural aptitude for peak mystical experiences and non-ordinary states of consciousness. Ted is going to explain the brain science about why this overlap exists and what we can learn from such a mysterious confluence.

Ted will also discuss dissociation, trance, non-ordinary states and the brain science behind it all. He will break down how different areas of the brain gets activated during these events and why many trauma survivors have a propensity for the spiritual realms.

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