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March 29, 2023

Evan & Tara Are Speaking - Being True to Yourself

Unpacked is a podcast exploring life as messy people. It’s conversations with counsellors, industry leaders, all storytellers discussing their experiences of being human. They talk about the strength that comes from big messy failures and vulnerable ...

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March 22, 2023

Kosha Is Speaking - Severe Anxiety

Hello, Listeners! Shailushi here... introducing you to this week's guest, my beloved co-host Kosha Carstens. Kosha has shared her diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) on our podcast. This week, I spoke to her in detail about her experien...

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March 15, 2023

Shailushi Is Speaking- Mental Wellbeing After Cancer

What happens when there is not a biochemical imbalance in our brains? No low dopamine or suboptimal serotonin to explain our mental health challenges? Yet, life keeps happening to us and the “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” rain down …

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March 8, 2023

We Are Speaking w/ Brittany Squillace About Grief

”We bereaved are not alone. We belong to the largest company in all the world--the company of those who have known suffering.” - Helen Keller There are few things as isolating as grief, both in death and non-death loss. But …

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March 1, 2023

Casey Is Speaking (More) - Part 2

“I literally put everything out there… My hope is for those that listen may hear it and not just feel sadness for this kid…but maybe you might hear yourself at times in it and feel a bit more connected…a bit …

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Feb. 27, 2023

Casey Is Speaking

To meet Casey now, you’d think this man has got it made - a great job, recently finished his college degree, living in Chicago, engaged to be married, has an awesome dog. And you would be right - things look …

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Feb. 14, 2023

Evander Beatty Is Speaking

“I am just a little OCD…” ”Stop being so OCD about it!” “I know what you mean, I can’t stand dirty dishes!!” Sound familiar? If it does, it’s probably because you have either heard it said or said it yourself, …

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Dec. 7, 2022

Eric Herrera Is Speaking

Eric Herrera was 19 years old when he entered the military. It was at the height of the war in Iraq, and Eric was deployed to Baghdad where he was a combat engineer trained to detect IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) …

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Oct. 19, 2022

Dawn Kezerle Is Speaking

This episode is POWERFUL. There is so much to say, and hardly the words to describe what is contained in this episode with Dawn. Dawn is an old friend of Kosha. They had a falling out and a separation of …

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Oct. 5, 2022

Shane Thrapp Is Speaking

We were blown away by this conversation with Shane Thrapp, our guest today in the Speaker’s Chair Shane has Adult ADHD, ASD and Social Anxiety. He shares with us what he knows about ADHD, how he coped with the trauma …

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Sept. 28, 2022

We Are Speaking w/ Scott Collins

Not all superheroes wear capes. Some wear slacks and a collared shirt during the school year, and scuba gear in the summer. So is the case with our guest on today’s episode of I Am Speaking w/ Expert Voices. Scott …

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Sept. 21, 2022

Amanda Is Speaking

According to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW): “School social workers are often called on to help students, families, and teachers address problems such as truancy, social withdrawal, overaggressive behaviors, rebelliousness, and the eff...

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Sept. 14, 2022

Jana Is Speaking

Most of us have seen a show meant for entertainment with a hypnotist. He hyponostizes someone from the audience, brings them up on stage and has then cluck like a chicken or bark like a dog. It’s entertaining to some, …

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Aug. 31, 2022

Louisa Is Speaking

Going to therapy can be difficult, scary and sometimes feel like one is opening Pandora’s Box. But it can also be liberating, healing and feel like someone is giving you the tools to live your best life After years of …

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Aug. 10, 2022

Jen Taylor Is Speaking

Every episode of I Am Speaking w/ Shailushi and Kosha is special. We love all of our guests. Without their openness and honesty and willingness to be vulnerable, our show would be two sisters just razzing each other and talking …

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Aug. 4, 2022

We Are Speaking w/ Dr. Tara C. Smith

Dr. Tara C. Smith is a gem. It’s that simple. She’s a gem. Her CV is not so simple. It’s stacked. Tara has a Bachelors in Biology from Yale, a PhD in Microbiology from University of Toledo, post-doc training in …

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July 27, 2022

Grant Hanson Is Speaking

“Motivation is not a cure for mental illness.” - Grant Hanson What happens when the dust settles? Addiction can be a whirlwind. There are an infinite number of ways that addiction can go, if left untreated it often can lead …

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July 20, 2022

Tatiana Rohner del Sordo Is Speaking

What does it take to effect change in our communities? It takes money, for sure. It takes resources, of course. And it takes people like Tatiana Rohner del Sordo. Tatiana is an immigrant from Colombia (she’s our third person of …

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July 13, 2022

Kate Frese Phillips Is Speaking

To hear Kate Frese Phillips talk about her life, and everything she’s been through, you might understand if she has resentment or anger or distrust. But to actually listen to her, you realize that she’s actually filled with resilience and …

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June 29, 2022

Sally Alter Is Speaking

What does it meant have Bipolar Disorder? Did you know there is more than one type? Did you know that you don't realize you are in a manic episode when you are in it? Did you know there was such …

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June 22, 2022

Karen Rothstein Pineda Is Speaking (About Therapy)

She is back for Season 4! I Am Speaking's Resident Therapist, Karen Rothstein Pineda, is here to talk some Therapy Basics. We talk about therapist credentialing, some important questions to ask yourself and your therapist, what might be going through …

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June 20, 2022

We Are Speaking w/ Anu Chouhan

Representation matters. Just ask Kosha’s daughter, when she discovered that a talented artist has *her name*. Our guest today on I Am Speaking with Expert Voices is the amazing Anu Chouhan. She’s an animator, illustrator and soon-to-be published author....

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June 15, 2022

Shailushi and Kosha Start Speaking (about Season 4)

Season 4 is upon us. We cannot believe it. Everyone at I Am Speaking w/ Shailushi and Kosha (and I Am Speaking w/ Expert Voices) is thrilled to embark on our second year of this podcast. Mental Health & Neurodiversity. …

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April 30, 2022

Amina Ahmed -Series of Birthday Surprises

Kosha here: Shailushi is my older sister and my best friend. She’s my mentor and my confidante. And a few years ago, we were told that she had cancer. And it was everywhere. And suddenly, my life imploded a little …

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