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Broadcast from the Ministry of Mindwaves in the Kingdom of Pod… this is Comcastro. Hosted by Maximus Groves and co-hosted by Matthew Queen and Evan Fowler, the Comcastro podcast gets the full picture from our culture's thought leaders while cutting through the barriers that shape and prevent communication. Artists, entrepreneurs, filmmakers, startup founders, chefs, politicians, technologists, top podcasts, and more. Executive Producer: Demi Pietchell Newell.
 
Welcome to Simply Jenna! My name is Jenna Fortinski and I am a Registered Psychologist and the owner of Simply Counselling Services in Calgary Alberta. My goal for this podcast is to bring you something different in the field of psychology, mental health and wellbeing. In this podcast, you will hear real-life scenarios that you can relate to both at home and in your work. I will offer you simple, effective tools and strategies to use to navigate these situations that so many of us encounter. ...
 
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Is it possible for psychology and spirituality to coexist? The lines blur when a person seeks spiritual support; which often looks like counselling. Evan shares his perspective on navigating this boundary, as a Pastor. This conversation spurs some of our reflections about the pandemic. It goes without saying, life has been challenging. We explore a…
 
Everyone struggles with mental health at some point in their lives. And while conversations surrounding mental health are becoming more normalized in society, there is still a long way to go in regards to support, advocacy, and ending stigmas. Unfortunately, that lack of support and advocacy leads to many people falling through the cracks until the…
 
What does “taking action” mean to you? For this 12-year-old, it means filling a need when you see it and bringing awareness to causes that you’re passionate about. With a heart for service, Hadley Gray has made it her focus to help her community through fundraisers and awareness campaigns for several different organizations, causes, and charities t…
 
When we’re young and planning out the rest of our lives, we sort of do it with this naive assumption that everything will go exactly according to plan. And then when it doesn’t, our world seems to fall apart. We blame ourselves for not working hard enough or for not being good enough. But the truth is we just need to be more flexible and willing to…
 
Timing is everything. This can be the case for seeking, receiving, and maintaining mental health support. Having been in the Hurt Locker, Vince shares how being in the right place, at the right time, ultimately changed his life, by choosing to accept the offer of help. Vince is now armed with a toolbox of strategies and skills to navigate those ine…
 
We are all human. And even though we each have our differences, we all share at least one thing in common. We will all face challenges, shortcomings, and trials in our lives. That’s the beauty of the human experience. And if we embrace it instead of trying to force each other into neat little boxes, beautiful things are possible. Gilda Evans joins …
 
People are complicated. That’s putting it lightly, but it’s true. We don’t always make the best decisions and sometimes even work against our own best interests. Fortunately, people are also always capable of change. Today’s guest is Matt Nelson, and he believes that everybody has good in them. Yes, even your high school bullies. And he believes th…
 
Change is always difficult, especially when it’s a lot of change happening quickly and all at once. It’s uncomfortable, and it is pretty scary not knowing what’s coming next. However, it is still possible to keep moving forward and looking to the future if we just believe in ourselves and trust that we can do it. In the midst of Covid lockdown, you…
 
Even when you have the means to have it all (money, fame, and time to do the things you love), at the end of the day, you are still human. Hollywood actor, Ignacio Serricchio, shared his human story with us. We talked about embracing the unknown, educating ourselves on mental health as a fundamental step to breaking the stigma, and being open-minde…
 
“Who would you be if you didn’t know who you were?” Vince Fowler joins me on this episode of the podcast asking some real thought-provoking questions. He sheds some light on how our identities drive our behaviors, influences our decisions, and gives us forward momentum towards our goals. Knowing what we want our future identity to be gives us the o…
 
When you look at your future, what do you see? Do you envision yourself achieving your goals, or repeating past mistakes? Today’s guest is Psychic Medium Judy, and she believes that when we know better things are in store for us, we aim for and achieve those things. Our perception shapes our reality, and our beliefs and experiences shape our percep…
 
Still wondering what occupational therapy means? No, it is not about helping you find a job…. But it can help you do your job… better. Listen in as we chat with Louise, Occupational Therapist (OT) at Simply Counselling Services. She shares her views on the importance of having a holistic view of health and how, at the end of the day, she really is …
 
We can be our own worst enemy sometimes. Some days we just don’t feel motivated, and sometimes we let fear and lack of confidence keep us from going outside our comfort zone. But how well is this really serving you? It’s time to step up to bat for yourself. Jahaan Blake joins me on this episode of the podcast to talk about showing up, even when it …
 
We all experience trials and different tragedies in our lives. Unfortunately, many of them are unforeseen, so typically we are ill-prepared for them when they happen. Many find it difficult to stay motivated during times of uncertainty. Today’s guest, Maggie Lam, is here to tell her personal story of not only persevering through tragedy, but using …
 
Recovery from any type of addiction is difficult. And while there are many awesome addiction recovery programs out there, what works for everyone else might not work for you. That doesn’t mean you are doomed to continue on the same path forever. Recovery isn’t one size fits all. You may have to break out of the box to forge a way to your recovery. …
 
Many people fit into the role of “caregiver”, such as parents, children, and leaders. But something that all different types of caregivers tend to have in common is that they are so focused on caring for others that they stop caring for themselves in the process. You have your own journey and your own story as a caregiver, and it is not selfish to …
 
“There’s got to be something better than this.” How many times have you told yourself this? Whether about work, school, relationships, or general frustrations with your life? These negative feelings of anger and despair might seem discouraging to you, but Karen Styles joins me on the podcast today to share why they shouldn’t be. What you’re seeing …
 
The youth of today are our future, so investing in them is one of the biggest ways to create a collective change for tomorrow. But, we know that to continue guiding our kids towards a better future, we have to evolve the way we connect with, teach, and support them. That’s why today I’m joined by Dr. Maureen O’Shaughnessy, an education activist wor…
 
Our perception of the world is the lens we look through due to our past experiences, both personally and evolutionarily. This is why we often find it difficult to have a positive outlook after we experience trauma, such as grief, unless we are intentional about lifting ourselves up. Being a hopeful person doesn't mean you never have moments where y…
 
“You are what you eat” gets taken to the next level today as I’m joined by Natalie D’Adamo to discuss “clean” eating. What does it mean, and why should we consider it? As Natalie says, the food we eat is what makes us, so we need to fuel our bodies to function the way they’re supposed to. If you’re feeling down, lost, or disconnected from yourself,…
 
Are you living your life to fit the expectations of others, or are you living it for yourself, your joy, and your passions? Feeling obligated to live up to the expectations and demands of those around you is a mindset that so many people fall victim to. Scott Blasken joins me on the podcast today to share how he was able to break free from that and…
 
Can a statement have two truths? Is everything black and white? Can you repair a concerning attachment? Najwa shares how DBT group therapy can support people struggling with impulsiveness, high-risk behaviours, mood swings, relationship and intimacy issues, suicidal thoughts and behaviours, identity confusion, as well as thoughts, behaviours and em…
 
Do you have a relationship with your neighbors? Likely, you know a couple of them, and maybe even say hello in passing, without actually having a connection with them. But it wasn’t that long ago that people really depended on their neighbours and immediate communities for support in daily life. Community advocate Evan Spencer joins me on the podca…
 
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Chiropractic care is often seen as cracking backs to help relieve pain. And while that can be true, that is only a small part of what a chiropractor can really do. Dr. Madelyn Plett joins the podcast today to shed light on how chiropractic care has evolved over the years and how it truly contributes to your holistic wellbeing. Called to her career …
 
We went live on Instagram! If you missed tuning in on July 19th, here is the audio from the live session. With guests Bryce and Tyler from our previous episodes, we discuss divorce, men's mental health and mental health in the oil and gas industry here in Calgary. Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesimplyjennapodcast/ Facebook: www.…
 
If you were asked to write down a story from your life, what would you write? If you just thought, “I don’t have any stories to share”, you’re wrong. We all have moments from our lives that are worth writing down and sharing. Stories are emotion. Our stories build who we are. And, as today’s guest teaches, our stories connect us to hope. Not only h…
 
Are you a parent? Do you have a teen? This episode is packed with tips and strategies to manage both of these situations. Psychiatrist Dr. Nneka shares her wisdom on how to connect with your teen, how parents need to give themselves more credit, and the impact of social media on our teens. Listen in to hear tips and strategies from both Dr. Nneka a…
 
You know that there is an end in sight, but you don’t know what it looks like. Or... do you? No, you can’t see into the future, but as today’s guest teaches, you can create a vision of the future you desire, and guide your life in that direction. Taher Dawoodi joins the podcast today to talk about intention, resilience, and compassion as you craft …
 
If you live in Calgary, it is likely that you have heard his voice on the radio. Matt was kind enough to share about his personal struggle with addiction and mental health. Join us as we hear what it was like to be in the thick of the addiction, what going to a recovery centre is really like and how he continues to fight the battle of addiction eve…
 
Is it possible to have a playbook for how to tackle depression? After reading Zack's book, we were convinced! We knew it was a perfect fit for further conversation. In this episode, we chat about some key strategies from his book, his experience of depression, and his journey to seeking support. You can download his book here Follow us: Instagram: …
 
Many believe that joy is something that certain people are just born with, or that it is a feeling only afforded to the privileged. Today’s guest firmly disagrees and has made it her mission to help everyone find the spots of joy in their lives. Leona deVinne joins us today to share how she found joy during times of immense trauma and difficulty, a…
 
The mullet is back! Maybe it should have never left. At 360 Energy Liability Management, they love the classic hairstyle for it;s class, attitude and important message it represents for the company. Using this message to raise awareness about the critical conversation on mental health, they have started a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the C…
 
We all have dreams and goals we are motivated to achieve. But sometimes when we finally achieve those goals, we find they don’t align with what we actually want in life. Maybe your priorities changed or the lifestyle just doesn’t end up meeting your needs. How can you move forward from that? This is something today’s guest is all too familiar with.…
 
Trauma can take many forms. Veterans and frontline workers (like the police) face indescribable events. But, how do we treat it? Dr. Rob Tanguay speaks about the incredibly innovative treatments being offered through: The Newly Institute. But, that's not all - we also talk about: the state of the public health care system in Canada and what we can …
 
Your mental and physical well-being is like a big tree with many branches. There are so many moving parts that all work together to help us feel healthy and whole. Vitamins, medicine, therapy, massage and more help to support you in different ways. So, when looking at the big picture of your well-being, what is supporting your spiritual wellness an…
 
Whether you care for someone you love or you do it as a profession, we've faced some of our greatest challenges in this pandemic. As caregivers, we often forget about our own health. This episode is just for you, caregivers! We chat with Registered Psychologist Liane about self-care and caregiver burnout. Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram…
 
Long-time listeners of this podcast know that addiction is a topic close to my heart. It’s also very misunderstood. Addiction doesn’t discriminate. No matter your walk of life or your standing in society, you are susceptible to it and its effects. But today’s guest is here to tell us that it doesn’t have to be this way. Your life and habits can be …
 
We are still here with you! Do the tips in the last episode of pursuing happiness still matter? What should you be focused on now? Why do we feel the way we do? Listen to this episode and find out! Follow us: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesimplyjennapodcast/ Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesimplyjennapodcast LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.c…
 
Creating a future better than today doesn’t come without its own set of obstacles. You can’t make change without raising awareness and making the right connections, but it’s hard to know where to get started. Darby Young joins us today to discuss how she’s been breaking barriers while working to create a Universally Accessible world. Darby knew the…
 
Life can throw you many curveballs. Jess has mastered the art of knowing and accepting that there is no predictability in life. Listen in as Jess shares how she bravely overcomes her fear of seeking mental health support to ultimately change her life for the better. If you would like to share your story of Breaking the Stigma please connect with us…
 
Many of us have dreams that we want to pursue- traveling, performing, making a big move or changing careers- but there is something holding us back. There’s a voice in our head that says, “Now isn’t a good time for that. It’s not practical. Just wait a little longer.” What is something you’ve wanted to do that you haven’t yet? For today’s guest, it…
 
Kelly Hrudey. Need we say more? Former NHL goalie of 15 years, current “Hockey Night in Canada” broadcaster, and most humble, gracious and kind man. We had the absolute honour to chat with Kelly about his mental health struggles, and his journey to “inner peace”. We highly recommend you read his book, “Calling the Shots: Ups, Downs and Rebounds – M…
 
There is possibly no hope more potent than one that promises to give you back something you thought you had lost. And that’s something Dr. Tim Saltys, our guest this week, specializes in. As a chiropractic neurologist, he has helped people regain not only the function of their limbs but also their hope. As someone who swore never to be a chiropract…
 
Lauren stands as a great example of how seeds of action can slowly plant themselves into our lives which then bloom into the initiatives we take to pay forward to those around us. This is how Lauren became the first anonymous kidney donor in Calgary when she donated her kidney to a total stranger. Join us as we talk about action, hope, and resilien…
 
“Hope is just enough light to illuminate the path you’re on so you don’t have to sit in complete darkness.” The goal of our guest this week is to make sure that everyone has a sense of meaning and purpose when they take their last breath. Josephine Tite works with the elderly who live in home facilities to make their time there as meaningful as the…
 
Infertility, parenting children with mental health diagnoses and struggling with her own mental health, Tiffany shares her story with us in this episode. We talk about the realness of mom guilt, how she found the right counsellor for her and how she is working hard to break the stigma through her own podcast - Hard Beautiful Journey. To hear more a…
 
Trigger Warning: This week’s podcast contains mentions of sex-trafficking, domestic abuse, along with mentions of oppression and possession of women. If that is something that causes you distress or you are not currently in the state of mind for that at the moment, take your time listening to this week’s episode! When you feel ready and prepared, w…
 
Finding purpose in life is a journey, some may even call it an...amazing race? Well, this week’s guest is no stranger to races or to hope! From her parents’ story of seeking refuge after the Vietnam War to the 5-weeks that changed her life, Hung has found hope through her trials and tribulations. Join us as we dig deep into finding a purpose-filled…
 
Who doesn’t have bad days? Whether it’s a stressful week, a bad day, or just overwhelming anxiety it can get pretty hard to stay hopeful. Well, our guest this week may have a way of changing the way we look at the stressors in our lives as he teaches us what it means to be “zen” and what it means to conduct healthy introspection! Join us as Dan Tri…
 
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