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Noggin Notes Podcast

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Noggin Notes aims to educate and enrich your noggin about mental illness and wellness. Conversations range from factual and data-based to theoretical and idea-based. We welcome your input at or Noggin Notes is not intended as a substitute for profession… read more

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Podcast Episode: Asking For Help Reveals Strength, Not Weakness

September 21st, 2020


Today we welcome Mitch Berney from USA Rehab Centres. USA Rehab Centers is a national Database of Rehabilitation, Mental Health Providers and …

Podcast Episode: Who Am I? Self-Identity and Mental Health

September 14th, 2020


We are happy to introduce Alex Esquibel. Alex is a Marriage and Family therapist. He joins Jake on today's episode as they discuss his life as a father, husband and a therapist. The journey of identity and using your …

Podcast Episode: Building Young African Minds

September 7th, 2020

We are so grateful to welcome Nkembo, who is half Nigerian and half Angolan who is currently living and working in South Africa. He shares his story …

Podcast Episode: The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

August 31st, 2020

We are happy to have Zach Kumler on the show today. Zach helps connect veterans with jobs and also advocates and helps veterans with their mental …

Podcast Episode: Does the System Support Mental Health in the Black Community?

August 24th, 2020

We are so happy to introduce to you Diaz Dixon for our next feature for our Black Mental Health Matters Series. Diaz Dixon is the CEO of Eddy House, an intake and assessment facility for homeless and at-risk youth in …

Podcast Episode: Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

August 17th, 2020


As schools begin to open, this episode comes at the right time. We welcome Jami Curtis. She is a principal at Pine Crest Academy. They go deeper in …

Podcast Episode: The Power of Being Diverse and Unique

August 10th, 2020


We are excited for the first episode of the Black Mental Health Matter Series. We would like to introduce Dr. Danielle Busby. She is one of the Co …

Podcast Episode: What is Project ECHO?

August 3rd, 2020


Today we talk about geriatric care and Project Echo. We welcome Dr. Mordechai Lavi who is a medical doctor in Reno Nevada, who will speak more about this great project.


How the ECHO movement was started-

Podcast Episode: Veteran Suicide

July 27th, 2020


In todays episode we are joined by Dr. Matt Miller who has a PHD in psychology and the current director of Veterans Administration Suicide Prevention …

Podcast Episode: Making The World A Better Place

July 20th, 2020


In today's episode we have a truly inspiring guest. Today Jake chats with Danny Heinsohn. He is a brain cancer survior who is celebrating his 20th …

Podcast Episode: Social Media and Mental Health

July 13th, 2020


Today we welcome Kevin Berry. He works for Marketing Stable LLC, he and his team manage online social media accounts and websites and more. This was …

Podcast Episode: Vulnerability set me free from Shame and Guilt

July 6th, 2020


Today we welcome Loice Swisher. She is a emergency medical physician and she is very active in the suicide prevention community. She comes to us with an amazing story. We got to warn you it is pretty heart wrenching. We …

Podcast Episode: Are you living purposefully?

June 29th, 2020


We are so happy to invite back on our show Austin Byler. Austin was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 9th round of the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Nevada-Reno (Reno, NV) and the Arizona …

Podcast Episode: What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health

June 22nd, 2020


Today we are joined by Amy Hughes Lansing who is a Child Health psychologist. She helps kids and their parents learn healthy behaviours to improve …

Podcast Episode: I Will Hold The Hope

June 15th, 2020


In today's episode we are joined by a special guest. Jake sits down with Jay Zimmerman & Trey Miller who are ex military. They do amazing work in the veteran community and are with us today to discuss mental health, …

Podcast Episode: What You Feed Grows and What You Starve Dies

June 8th, 2020


In today's episode we are joined by a special guest. Jake sits down with Jon Ralston who founded and run the Nevada Independent. They both discuss the way we intake our news media and how we process all the information. 

Podcast Episode: Strength and Courage Through a Crisis

May 11th, 2020


We have the lovely pleasure of introducing Erica Hedman on our show and wow what an incredible individual. She has struggled with her mental health most of her life and has gone through and overcome the darkest parts of …

Podcast Episode: Mental health in young adults and youth with Dr Rebecca Syed Sheriff

April 27th, 2020


In todays episode we are joined by a special guest. 

Since graduated in medicine from Oxford University, Rebecca has worked as a clinician and …

Podcast Episode: Global Impact Starts with Local Action

March 23rd, 2020


In today's episode Jake welcomes Ann de Passos and they discuss the work she has been doing in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

Ann de Passos is the executive director for Routes to Resilience™ they are a …

Podcast Episode: Staying Balanced During Major Life Changes

March 9th, 2020


We are walking transitions. We chase the next thing, trying to fill this underlying void of “not enough.” We so desperately grasp at everything to stay the same, and when change comes, we are scared.

Fear exists with …

Podcast Episode: Reno Dad's with Mike McDowell

February 19th, 2020


In today's episode we are joined by a special guest. Jake sits down with Mike McDowell. Mike is a native Reno resident and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, with a degree in Journalism and Marketing. He is …

Podcast Episode: Walking Through Anger with Dr Christian Conte

February 10th, 2020


In today's episode we welcome back our good friend Dr. Christian Conte. Dr. Christian Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. A familiar …

Podcast Episode: Traditions within the Jewish Life

February 3rd, 2020


In today's we are joined by a very special guest. Jake speaks with Yehuda Remer, who is a Orthodox Jew, a member of the gun community who writes children books on firearms safety. This was a fun and very educational …

Podcast Episode: Homelessness and Addiction

January 27th, 2020


Today we are joined by two great Gentleman. We welcome Pat Cashell and Austin Pollard to our show. They discuss homelessness and addiction. 

Podcast Episode: Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

January 14th, 2020


Human trafficking is a crime that forcefully exploits women, men, and children. According to the United Nations, human trafficking affects every …

Podcast Episode: Achieving 'Growth Within'

December 30th, 2019


One of the most valuable outcomes from coaching people is that you also develop yourself in the process of coaching. It is the genuine passion and intention to grow others that spurs us on to transform ourselves. To …

Podcast Episode: Legally Drained: High Level of Stress in Legal Professionals

December 23rd, 2019


We can all get stressed at times. We all react differently to pressure and not all stress is bad it can be motivating. However, serious and prolonged …

Podcast Episode: Body Image, Eating Disorders and more

December 18th, 2019


In todays episode we had the lovely honor to have Kat Geiger on our show. She is a certified eating disorder specialist and owns and operates a local clinic called Thrive Wellness in Nevada.

Thrive Wellness of Reno is a …

Podcast Episode: Freedom, Bravery & Honor

November 25th, 2019


In today's episode Jack welcomes Kevin "KD" Dixie, where they discuss quite a few topics from mentorship, fatherhood, race relations and gun ownership.Kevin Dixie is the owner and operator of No Other Choice Firearms …

Podcast Episode: Are you thinking about suicide? How to stay safe and find treatment

November 18th, 2019


Many people consider committing suicide at some point in their lives. If you’re having suicidal thoughts, know that you’re not alone. You should also …

Podcast Episode: Some insights from an unexpected place

November 6th, 2019


Have you ever felt like you are just going through the motions of your day, not fully engaged with your life? In today’s episode Jake discusses a …

Podcast Episode: Let's End This - Domestic Violence

October 29th, 2019


Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior the purpose of which is to gain power and control over a spouse, …

Podcast Episode: Breaking the Silence of Domestic Violence

October 21st, 2019


Domestic violence is not physical violence alone. Domestic violence is any behavior the purpose of which is to gain power and control over a spouse, …

Podcast Episode: Domestic Violence

October 14th, 2019


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which first began in 1981 by the National Coalition against Domestic Violence as a Day of …

Podcast Episode: Let's Talk About Sex

September 23rd, 2019


In todays episode we have Alexandra Katehakis on our show. She is the Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in Los Angeles and the author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot, Healthy Sex While in Recovery from …

Podcast Episode: Bringing Joy Through Epik Pain

September 2nd, 2019


One of the most grateful decisions we have made was starting this podcast. We have met such incredible individuals that have gone through the darkest …

Podcast Episode: A Story of Growth, Change, and Learning

August 26th, 2019


Personal growth is the ongoing process of understanding and developing oneself in order to achieve one’s fullest potential. Personal development is a …

Podcast Episode: Couples vs Individual Therapy

August 19th, 2019


When problems threaten to swamp your marriage, that's a vital time to reach out for help.  At the same time, the kind of professional you go to for help makes a huge difference.If your purpose is to work on your …

Podcast Episode: The Girl With The Hoop Earings

August 12th, 2019


When you are committed to fulfilling your purpose, there is a way that it is going to be revealed to you.  Most of the time, your purpose is revealed …

Podcast Episode: A Peek into My Noggin: 100th Episode Special Edition

August 5th, 2019


As we hit this incredible milestone and look back on the path we have taken it is truly humbling. Humbling to who we have become through our own …

Podcast Episode: The Mind of A Clinician: Intimate View of Jake's Life

July 29th, 2019


We all know Jake as the co-founder of Zephyr Wellness and our favorite host on the Noggin Notes Podcast. For the past 2 years he has been interviewing many people from clinicians to individuals just sharing their …

Podcast Episode: Intersection of Guns and Mental Health

July 27th, 2019


We have a special episode for you today.

Walk the Talk America is breaking ground and we are proud to be assisting as mental health professionals …

Podcast Episode:...But, Have You Considered Therapy?

July 22nd, 2019


In today's episode we are joined by we are joined by Melanie Dyer. Melanie is a licensed professional counselor intern from Austin, Texas. She is also the host for her podcast ...But, Have You Considered Counseling?

Podcast Episode: Emotion Coaching: One of the Most Important Parenting Practices

July 8th, 2019


When our children get upset, most of us get upset too. If the child is angry at us, we feel defensive; like the child's feelings are unwarranted. If he's upset at something else, we want to make him feel better, to make …

Podcast Episode: Toxic Positivity vs Validation and Hope

July 1st, 2019


We have all seen toxic positivity in action, it’s those Instagram posts that say “Good vibes only” or “Just be positive.” These posts fail to recognize that we are meant to feel all emotions, “positive” and “negative”, …

Podcast Episode: A Vision With A Plan Can Change The World

June 24th, 2019


When you donate your time, skills, or money, you are generally doing it to make something better. Whether you help build a house, or provide library …

Podcast Episode: President Jake Wiskerchen and Marital Counseling

June 17th, 2019


Jake our podcast host, who is also the president of the Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional …

Podcast Episode: The Psychology of Money: Saving and Spending Habits

June 10th, 2019


In today’s episode we had the pleasure of having Adam Sikorski from Change Wealth Advisors, to talk about the psychology behind investing and …

Podcast Episode: Mental health Policy: Development Process and Content

June 3rd, 2019


People who live in conditions of social disadvantage are at greater risk of developing mental illness. Access to treatment in low-and middle income …

Podcast Episode: What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About How Therapy Actually Works

May 27th, 2019


Because of the many misconceptions about therapy, you may be reluctant to try it out. Even if you know the realities instead of the myths, you may feel nervous about trying it yourself. Overcoming that nervousness is …

Podcast Episode: Intimacy: The Art of Relationships

May 20th, 2019


This week we would like to reboot an episode that Jake had with guest Jesse Lott from Zephyr Wellness, to discuss deeper on the topic of Connection …

Podcast Episode: Dr. Michael McGee - Conquering Addiction with Love

May 13th, 2019


In todays episode we had the pleasure of having Dr. Michael McGee on our show. Dr. McGee graduated from Stanford and Harvard to dedicate 30 years of his life towards helping patients with all kinds of addiction. His …

Podcast Episode: Part II: What is Intuitive Eating?

May 6th, 2019


Did you know our food and mood are connected in many ways? On a molecular level, even our neurotransmitters, you know the “feel good” chemicals in …

Podcast Episode: What is Intuitive Eating?

April 29th, 2019


Intuitive eating is a way of eating that has nothing to do with diets, meal plans, discipline or willpower. It’s about getting back to your roots and learning to trust your body again. Here’s an overview of intuitive …

Podcast Episode: Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling

April 22nd, 2019


The main goal of all helping professions, including counselors, therapists and social workers, is to do no harm. Counselors build relationships of trust with their patients and therefore must be aware of their …

Podcast Episode: Boundaries: Protecting Your Emotional Space

April 15th, 2019


Boundary setting is an important, albeit difficult, part of self-care when a loved one is living with a mental illness. This may be harder and more …

Podcast Episode: Do I Have Bipolar Disorder?

April 8th, 2019


As we begin our mental illness series, we plan to bring you more information by breaking down each mental illness diagnosis. We begin our series with …

Podcast Episode: Mental Health & Guns

April 1st, 2019


In this episode Jake had the pleasure of chatting with Michael from Walk The Talk America. Jake and Michael talk in depths about the work he does and about guns and mental health.

What does guns and mental health have …

Podcast Episode: Emotions - How To Understand, Identify and Release Your Emotions

March 25th, 2019


It has been known that feelings are important aspect of our lives but the trouble is many of us have been brought up to ignore and override feelings. …

Podcast Episode: The Battle With Mental Health – Invisible Illness

March 18th, 2019


Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions disorders that affect your mood, thinking and behavior. Examples of mental illness include depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders …

Podcast Episode: Faux Outrage: Can It Be A Good Thing?

March 11th, 2019


Why is it that when we see another person suffering, some of us are able to instantly envision ourselves in the other person's place and feel sympathy for their pain while others remain indifferent and uncaring? …

Podcast Episode: A New Era of Health Care

March 4th, 2019


Community Health Alliance are teams that are diligent about providing a personal approach to health care. Their services include preventive medicine, dental services, behavioral health, women’s health, immunizations, …

Podcast Episode: Surf Therapy Offering Hope

February 25th, 2019


Anyone who has surfed knows that much more goes into this activity than the ability to spot a wave and stand on a board. Not only does this sport work the entire body through extensive paddling and balance, it also …

Podcast Episode: A Principle of Intentionality

February 18th, 2019


Intentionality is a conscious state of being in the present moment. One of the central elements of social cognition, and people's folk theory of mind …

Podcast Episode: Reaching Wellbeing With RunTalkRun

February 11th, 2019


We had the honor of having on our show an amazing lady. She is from the United Kingdom who has created a community that allows people to support people. In her words “I create spaces for people to feel ‘heard’.”

Podcast Episode: Finding Your Spiritual Life Path

February 4th, 2019


The meaning of life has been the query of humanity since ancient times. And still today we are no closer to knowing how to find our spiritual calling than they were! Spirituality is a broad concept with room for many …

Podcast Episode: Motivation: Psychological Factors Behind Behavior

January 28th, 2019


In today's episode we discuss motivation. It is defined as the process that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. Motivation is what causes you to act, whether it is getting a glass of water to …

Podcast Episode: Ethics in Therapy! How Is Your Therapist Treating You?

January 21st, 2019


In today's episode we go over ethics of clinicians in the mental health profession. We believe it is very important to become familiar with the basic …

Podcast Episode: Understanding Emotions Part V: Fear and Surprise

January 14th, 2019


Facial expression recognition is mediated by a distributed neural system in humans that involves multiple, bilateral regions. There are six basic …

Podcast Episode: Understanding Emotions Part IV: Disgust and Contempt

January 7th, 2019


In today's episode Jake breaks down the 4th part of Understanding Emotions. He discusses Disgust and Contempt.

Analyzing the contempt as an intergroup emotion, we suggest that contempt and anger are not built upon each …

Podcast Episode: Understanding Emotions Part III: Guilt and Shame

December 31st, 2018


In today's we discuss deeper into Guilt and Shame. Jake discusses potentially the unhealthy cycles of shame and guilt. We encourage you to think of instances in your life where you may be requiring deed based …

Podcast Episode: Baseball and Mental Illness

December 24th, 2018


In todays podcast episode, we discuss Baseball, Mental Health, CBD Oils and more. Jake is joined by the awesome Austin Byler who is a retired professional baseball player.

Austin was drafted by the Washington …

Podcast Episode: Understanding Emotions Part II: Excitement and Joy

December 17th, 2018


Jake discusses the emotions of Excitement and Joy. Happiness is a blurred emotion. It can mean different things to many people. Most of us will agree that happiness is an emotional state of well-being defined by …

Podcast Episode: Understanding Emotions Part I: Sadness and Anger

December 10th, 2018


Everyday frustrations, disappointments, work-life balance, financial stress or grief can cause an individual to feel sad. People are entitled to feel and express sadness. Yet sadness It’s an emotion that helps us …

Podcast Episode: The Function of Emotions: When and Why Emotions Help Us

December 3rd, 2018


Mental health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and …

Podcast Episode: How Oral Health Impacts Mental Health

November 26th, 2018


In todays episode Jake is joined by Dr. Demian Woyciehowsky who is a dentist doctor. They discuss on how oral health touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted.

So what does oral health have to do …

Podcast Episode: How to Communicate Without Being Defensive

November 19th, 2018


Defensiveness sends terrible signals. When you indulge in it, you’re likely to be seen as insecure, closed-minded and overly emotional. None of these …

Podcast Episode: The Dangers of Chaos Addiction

November 5th, 2018


Chaos is defined as disorganization, lack of coherence, disorder or dispersion. Whenever a human being is confronted with such situations, he/she develops defensive responses for action or attack. When we speak of …

Podcast Episode: Social-Emotional Learning: Why It Matters

October 29th, 2018


We know that social-emotional learning (SEL) empowers students with abilities that directly impact not only their academic lives, but their success …

Podcast Episode: Acts of Kindness

October 22nd, 2018


Kindness means a behavioral response of compassion and actions that are selfless, or a mindset that places compassion for others before one’s own interests. In performing the selfless act, a person may undercut their …

Podcast Episode: Overcoming Procrastination

October 15th, 2018


Everyone puts things off until the last minute sometimes, but procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and deliberately look for …

Podcast Episode Reboot: Shame/Guilt Part I

October 8th, 2018


Feelings of guilt and shame can be intense when we are depressed. Our perception of the past becomes skewed and these guilty and shameful feelings …

Podcast Episode: How Non-Attachment is the Key to a Happy Relationship & Life

October 1st, 2018


Non-attachment is a highly beneficial state of mind in all fields of life, and in our relationship with people, with possessions, and even with our own physical body.

Non-attachment is a state of mind that will help you …

Podcast Episode: The Essential Tips for Traveling with Kids

September 17th, 2018


Traveling with children is challenging, but a bit of forethought can help reduce parental stress. If your child is old enough, involve them in …

Podcast Episode: Why Couples Counselling?

September 10th, 2018


We all know romantic relationships are hard work. Like anything that is important to us we need to continuously work on it.

Marriage and family therapy is based on the idea that mental health issues and family problems …

Podcast Episode: School Counseling and Student Achievement: The Impact of School Counselors

September 3rd, 2018


In this episode Jake is joined by Katie Baskerville and Dana Livermont from Rapid City, South Dakota as they discuss school counseling and what …

Noggin Notes and SanoMind Episode: What is EMDR Therapy?

August 27th, 2018


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), whoa that is a mouthful! Have you heard of EMDR Therapy? As a therapeutic approach, EMDR is …

Podcast Episode: Young People, Mental Health and Sports

August 20th, 2018


In this episode Jake interview John Malcolm from SafeEmbrace, were they discuss their different outreach programs through prevention education in the …

Podcast Episode: Tracing the History of Stigma

August 13th, 2018


In this episode Jake discusses and takes us back in history, to understand how and why mental illness is stigmatized. 

Just like physical health, mental health has a significant impact on our well-being, and especially …

Podcast Episode: Surviving The Storm: Vicarious Trauma

August 6th, 2018


Vicarious trauma happens when we accumulate and carry the stories of trauma including images, sounds, and resonant details we have heard, which then …

Noggin Notes and SanoMind Episode: Breaking the Mental Health Stigma

July 30th, 2018


So what is this stigma we want to break? It is negative attitudes and beliefs towards people who have a mental health condition. It can lead to discrimination and those inflicted with a condition failing to seek or …

Podcast Episode Reboot: Content versus Process with special guest Jesse Lott

July 23rd, 2018


This week we would like to reboot an episode that Jake had with guest Jesse Lott from Zephyr Wellness, to discuss deeper on the topic of Content …

Podcast Episode 51:Seeking Authenticity

July 16th, 2018


We have all identified who we are and what our world is, whether we are aware of it or not. While our identity may seem static, objective, and given in truth it is fluid, subjective, and chosen.

Jake …

Podcast Episode 50: Refueling Your Engine: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

July 9th, 2018


It is important that you check in with yourself periodically. If you do not then you may not realize that things are changing or getting out of …

Podcast Episode 49: Projection Discussion

July 2nd, 2018


Projection: An automatic process whereby contents of one’s own unconscious are perceived to be in others.

Just as we tend to assume that the world is as we see it, we naïvely suppose that people are as we imagine them …

Podcast Episode 48: Immigration Stress

June 25th, 2018


Jake welcomes Carmen English, she is a immigration attorney in Reno Nevada. They discuss in depth how the process of immigration can affect an individual’s mental health.Stress is a major factor for all and it is …

Podcast Episode Reboot: Fear

June 18th, 2018


Shortly after posting the anxiety episode people asked about the roots of anxiety, which we often see as the emotion of fear. This week we see fit to …

Podcast Episode 47: Anxiety: 5 Tips to help Prioritize

June 11th, 2018


Everyone feels anxious now and then. In moderation, anxiety can help you stay alert, focused, and motivate you to solve problems. It’s a normal …

Podcast Episode 46: Male Sex Trafficking and Sex Abuse

June 4th, 2018


We had the honor of having on our show an extraordinary individual. Australian raised living in the USA, his life’s story has been so inspirational …

Podcast Episode 45: Why People Need Each Other Part II

May 28th, 2018


In the second part of the show, Jake and Dave Reid, who is a Marriage and Family Therapist at Zephyr Wellness, continue the discussion on the …

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