Straight Talk About Mental Health with Karen Muranko

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Straight Talk About Mental Health features guests who will be discussing the many options available to assist people in achieving mental wellness. In addition to traditional treatments and techniques, Energy Psychology Techniques such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique and alternative treatments will be discussed. Karen and her guests wish to enlighten people living with a mental health disorder and offer support and encouragement.

Episode Date
Seven Years of Recovery Part II 1:00 p.m. PT
Maggie Bryant has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 1976. She specializes in relationships, (including lack of relationships), anxiety and sex addiction.  She gives workshops teaching women to communicate effectively with men, based on original material from her book-in-progress. She also teaches The Artist’s Way.Maggie received special training in Past-Life Regression Therapy from the Professional Institute for Regression Therapy. Past-life work, breathwork, energy psychology, hypnosis and imagery are a few of her therapeutic tools. In addition to relieving symptoms, her work seeks to honor and expand each client's spiritual life and relationship with the natural world.Maggie is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.
Jun 01, 2009
No Calls Please Seven Years of Recovery A Look Back
June will mark seven years since I started my road to recovery. I imagine that many you feel as I did. Once I took the meds, all my panic days would soon end. Not true. The hard work came when I had to uncover the layers of what brought me to anxiety in the first place. I've asked Joy to help me tell my story so the listeners can hear from her lips about my ups and downs, my highs and lows and my commitment to doing what it takes to continue to grow as a person, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Joy Carroll is a Healing Intuitive located in Old Town Pasadena, California. For those of you who don't live in the area, Joy does phone work as she does not need to be physically present with her client to offer her wonderful and varied services. Joy uses a variety of modalities to help people. Please visit her website for more information.
May 16, 2009
May 2, 2009 Renee Heimerman Author, Speaker and Coach Replays 5-9. No Calls.
Author, Speaker and Coach, Renee Heimerman, has released her Ten-Week Program for eliminating feelings of depression, Snap Out of It! A Guided Program to Ending Feelings of Depression. This is the prequel to her much-anticipated book Snap Out of It!. Renee suffered from depression for over 30 years and re-invented herself by using the techniques she talks about in her ten-week program. With the help of her therapist, she was able to get off of all medications and literally change the chemical balance within her body so that medications were no longer necessary. Through a change in thought process, Renee has gone from someone who felt lonely, unsuccessful and unenergized to someone who is happy, fulfilled and bursting with energy. Her mission is to help people worldwide learn how they can do this for themselves.
May 02, 2009
Living Balanced in Mind, Body and Spirit April 18, 2009
Dr. Lisa Cooney, LMFT is a master clinician, an international facilitator, inspirational speaker, licensed psychotherapist, coast to coast Radio Show Host.
Apr 18, 2009
April 4, 2009 Women of Color and Mental Health Issues SHOW REPLAYS APR. 11 NO CALLS PLEASE
Dr. Gina L. Moore-Sanders has a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the University of California, at San Diego and a M.S. from San Diego State University. Her graduate and post-doctoral studies have focused on cardiovascular research where she has several publications. In 2008, she was horrified to see many other women like herself suffering from mental anguish posting their mental angst online only to be ridiculed and humiliated! In fact, while she searched for safe zones expressing her own issue where she encountered racism among the posters! She chose to not engage in justifying her cultural identity online! Rather than lament about when a website would be available for women like her, Dr. Moore-Sanders concluded that it would be best to found Ariafya LLC for women of color who suffer dearly by extending a "life line" and a "place of refuge" for mental relief. From her deacon board training at Christ United Presbyterian Church in San Diego, California and Madrona Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington, she was taught how to be of "empathy and devoid of judgment" in order to help others in pain.
Apr 04, 2009
Create Vibrant Health and Design the Life of Your Dreams! Show replays March 28 No Calls Please
Audiences and clients have described Dr. Susan Biali, an award-winning medical doctor, media wellness expert, author, life coach, speaker and flamenco dancer, as ?passionate, real, and powerful?. Formerly a sick, depressed (and anxious!) Emergency Medicine resident, Dr. Biali took back her own life and health by learning how to balance her life, listen to her body, and create a life truly worth living. Today, Dr. Biali, who also has a degree in Dietetics, teaches others how to discover themselves, create vibrant health, and design the life of their dreams. Frequently featured in media across North America, Dr. Biali is the weekly wellness expert for the national television program The Daily, and is currently developing her own television show with a team of producers. She has appeared on MSNBC and The Good Life Network, and was even invited to perform flamenco dance for E!Entertainment Television. Her opinions have appeared in Self, Fitness, and Hello! magazines, and she writes two national magazine columns on "Living Well". Dr. Biali?s upcoming book, Your Prescription for Life: Seven Steps to Extraordinary Health & Happiness, will be released in January 2010 by New York?s Beaufort Books.
Mar 21, 2009
Unbreak Your Health! A Unique Guide to Complimentary and Alternative Treatments Show replays March 14. No calls Please.
Necessity really is the mother of invention. When the Mayo Clinic didn?t have a cure for Alan's health problems he turned to complementary and alternative therapies. It was hard for him to believe that modern medical science didn?t have the answer to every problem, but Alan is living proof that mainstream medicine has limits. For our listeners who have only experienced conventional techniques and treatments, Alan will share his personal experiences and open you up to the wonders of Complimentary and Alternative Techniques for both physical and emotional disorders.
Mar 07, 2009
February 21 A Guide to Self Development Show replays Feb. 28. No Calls.
As the Founder of the National Association of Divorce for Women and Children, Joanie's passion is to help women during and after divorce to be the best they can be as well as become role models for their children and community. Joanie is also the Divorce Specialist for the National Association of Baby Boomer Women. Joanie became a successful business owner of a True Value Hardware store at the age of twenty five. After eighteen years in the retail arena, she embarked on a professional career as a speaker, author, business/personal coach specializing in divorce, Certified Behavior Specialist, and a Certified Laughter Leader. Joanie speaks around the country and her diverse clientele is in the retail, health care, non-profit sector, and education industries. She is also the author of Rising to the Top, A Guide to Self Development.
Feb 21, 2009
SAVE Suicide Voices of Education Show replays Feb. 14 No calls Please
SAVE - Suicide Voices of Education?s mission is to prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide. SAVE is one of only 10 national agencies in the country to be solely dedicated to the prevention of suicide. Since 1989, through our small staff and 215 volunteers providing over 5,444 hours of volunteer service in 2007 alone, we have developed a respected organization in the field of suicide prevention. Using a public health model, SAVE?s public awareness campaigns, community-based education and resources have been preventing suicide nationally for nearly 20 years.
Feb 07, 2009
Mat Zo, Holistic Comedian
Mat Zo, the Unleavened One, is a holistic comedian, rascal, absurdity guru and author. Assisting others to laugh is his passion. Mat Zo first appeared on the spiritual scene in 2003 and has performed throughout the United States. His work is a blend of humor and actual spiritual teachings. The main goal is to spur insight, expand awareness, laugh and have a good time. Mat Zo is the author of the book, The Rascal?s Guide to Enlightenment: How to Become Enlightened on a Budget by Taking a Course in the Power of the Celestial Shmecret Prophecy Duh Mat Zo Code Now, a lighthearted satire on spirituality and self help.
Jan 24, 2009
Speaking Out about Depression Show re-runs Jan. 17 No Calls Please
I think many people feel sympathy for someone living with a mental health disorder especially someone who decides that death by suicide is their only option. Personally, I feel that God and the angels are waiting even before their death to accept this person who just couldn?t take a life filled with pain any longer. As someone who considered death by suicide I get it. What people might not see is how the family, friends and loved ones are dealing with this. We talked about this on my last show and will talk about it again with the Gallagher family. Today my guests are Kristen and Katelyn, John?s children and his wife Patricia. The Gallagher family speaks out about depression and how it affected their family when John Gallagher jumped from a building in an attempt to end his life.
Jan 10, 2009
Aila Accad The De-Stress Expert Show replays Jan. 3 No calls please
Aila Accad, "The De-Stress Expert" is an RN, Professional Speaker, Trainer, Author and Well-Being Coach, who raised two children while building a consulting and training business, LifeQuest International. Through research and recovering from her own stress crisis, she was on a mission to discover and create powerful tools to help her clients get rid of stress. She is here to share the many benefits The Emotional Freedom Technique has to offer for people living with Anxiety Disorder.
Dec 27, 2008
Bipolar Disorder and Suicide Survivors Show replays 12/20. No calls please.
Why KSF was formed Karla's seven-year struggle with bipolar disorder began when she was 19. It culminated with her suicide at age 26. In her memory, the Smith family continues her commitment to help other families face these challenges. The Karla Smith Foundation, founded by Tom, her father, Fran, her mother, and Kevin, her twin brother, is an avenue to share family experiences which similarly impact thousands of others. Purpose of KSF With support groups, peer-to-peer coaching, education programs, and awareness events, the KSF helps bring balance into lives that are affected by people with mental illness or suicide of a loved one. About Our Slogan ? Hope For a Balanced Life Mental illness and suicide create an imbalance in the emotional, mental, spiritual, and behavioral lives of the family and friends of someone with mental illness as well as suicide survivors. Most often the family and friends are confused, empty, and frustrated by the behavior of their loved one. Their life balance is gone, and they see little hope for a ?normal? life.
Dec 13, 2008
Melanie McGhee, L.C.S.W. Show replays Nov. 29. No calls.
MELANIE MCGHEE is the award-winning author of An Illumined Life, A Personal Yearly Retreat and Reflection Guide and founder of Melanie brings 25 years of experience to her work as a psychotherapist, personal coach, speaker, and author. She is also one of the columnists in the new Glow Project Magazine. Melanie draws on a plethora of skills to bring out the best in people. Her ability to listen with depth empowers people to explore options and align their choices with what matters most to them. With her assistance, people free themselves from the muck that can make life a struggle. They learn to take delight in who they are and say "YES" to living more fully.
Nov 22, 2008
The Basics of Homeopathy
Lauri Grossman is a licensed Chiropractor and Homeopath. She is a graduate of Cornell University, the New England School of Homeopathy and the prestigious Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in Berkeley, California. Her quest for knowledge has taken her to Greece to meet with George Vithoulkas and to study with Indian and English homeopaths, Rajan Sankaran and Jeremy Scher. Dr. Grossman developed the curriculum in homeopathy and teaches in the holistic departments of the graduate schools at New York University, the College of New Rochelle and the New York Chiropractic College. Known and respected as an expert in integrative care, Dr. Grossman has taught at Sloan Kettering-Memorial Hospital, the Hospital for Special Surgery and Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Grossman will be Chair of the Department of Medicine and Humanistic Studies at the American Medical College of Homeopathy slated to open in Arizona in 2009.
Oct 27, 2008
Susan Gale from A Place of Light
Susan Gale is currently one of three owners of the spiritual center, A Place of Light, located in central Massachusetts. All of her adult life has been spent as a teacher, principal and director, working with children and their families through schools and children's programs. Co-author of Psychic Children and Soulful Parenting, she currently offers classes to adults, teens and younger children as well as private sessions to help them understand their intuitive abilities and gain more control and benefit from them. A Place of Light is a center dedicated to the support of intuitive children (Indigo, Crystal, etc.) and their families as well as intuitive adults. What we offer you is a place where you can speak freely to a listening ear about your children's experiences, your frustrations with labels such as ADHD, ADD, austistic and other DSM labels, as well as your joys and concerns. If your child is afraid to go to sleep at night because of what is seen or if your child refuses to enter certain areas of your home or other places you might visit, we can help. It is our belief that many behaviors that are labeled as being mental illnesses are actually manifestations of intuitive abilities.
Oct 11, 2008
Kemp L. Smeal, MA, MFT
In my private therapy and counseling practice, I provide a safe, caring, confidential space for individuals and couples to deal with the concerns, confusions, struggles, and questions that need to be expressed, sorted out, and resolved. My personal and professional knowledge of gay psychosocial issues and developmental milestones of gay men enhances my ability to understand, support, and care for the gay men I serve. Bachelor of Music Degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Member of the American Guild of Organists
Sep 27, 2008
Ted A. Moreno Certified Hypnotherapist
Ted A. Moreno is a Certified Hypnotherapist in his 5th year of practice with locations in South Pasadena and Covina, California. He is an Honors Graduate and Director?s Award recipient of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute, the nation?s first accredited college of hypnotherapy. In addition to his certification as a hypnotherapist, he also holds certifications as a practitioner of NLP, and as a Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator. Ted?s mission is to empower his clients to be the cause of their personal transformation in their lives for greater health, happiness and fulfillment by using the tool of hypnosis. Whether it?s career success, smoking cessation, weight management, or letting go of fear and anxiety, hypnotherapy can help. Ted?s believes in "Changing Minds One Thought At A Time".
Sep 20, 2008
Ankur Saraiya, M.D. Sept. 13, 2008
Dr. Ankur Saraiya is a Board Certified psychiatrist who obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology from Harvard University, attended medical school at Columbia University, and completed a residency in general psychiatry also at Columbia and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Saraiya went on to complete a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at New York University and Bellevue Hospital and is also Board Certified in Forensic Psychiatry. Dr. Saraiya?s long standing interests include the integration of multiple modes of treatment for the treatment of mental illness and the promotion of physical and mental health. Dr. Saraiya is an Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University. He has a private practice in Manhattan and serves as a supervisor of young psychiatrists training in Columbia?s residency. Recently, Dr. Saraiya co-authored a question and answer review for Medscape that was distributed at the national meeting of the American Psychiatric Association. He has lectured on the management of the suicidal patient at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and will be quoted in an upcoming article in Men?s Health magazine. Dr. Saraiya is currently working on a book analyzing the psychological obstacles that interfere with individuals in making positive changes in their health habits.
Sep 13, 2008
Robin Hill, Master Results Coach
Robin Hill is a masterful practitioner of the psychology of wealth and accelerated personal achievement. Robin is a man whose purpose in life is to inspire people to their greatness through his clarity of mind and sensitivity to their needs. As a life long seeker, Robin has sought to find the simplest ways for individuals to change from unproductive behavior to achieving spectacular results. As a graduate of the Christopher Howard series of trainings, Robin is Certified as a Trainer and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, (NLP), and Neurological Repatterning, Certified Master of Ericksonian Hypnosis, Certified Master Results Coach and Certified Reiki Master.
Aug 16, 2008
Straight Talk About Mental Health Sat. Aug. 2nd 1:00 - 2:00 PST
In 2000 Dr. Nunez developed, and now teaches, the 3-D Chiropractic Technique (3-DCT). This technique involves manipulation of the structures of the body with no twisting, popping, or cracking. Many patients prefer this method that are uncomfortable with conventional manipulative techniques. Dr. Nunez is part of "Team Muranko" and he has helped me greatly in eliminating physical pain brought on by an emotional issue. His kind spirit and genuine concern for his patients makes him a valued member of my Team.
Aug 02, 2008
The ABCs of Nutrition and Supplementation for Mental Health
Dr. Nancy Mullan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Tufts University School of Medicine. She studied Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. After coming to Los Angeles, Dr. Mullan joined the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was a Clinical Instructor at the UCLA School of Medicine. She earned Psychoanalytic Certification from the Psychoanalytic Center of California. In 1989 she began to practice Nutritional Medicine. She taught in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles. Currently, Dr. Mullan is practicing Nutritional Medicine and Psychiatry in Burbank, California, treating children on the Autism Spectrum and adults with physiologically based emotional disorders.
Jul 19, 2008
This week I will be sharing more of my story about living with Panic Disorder and my six year journey of recovery. By sharing my story I hope that just one listener is encouraged to Take Charge of Their Mental Health and begin their own journey of recovery It is my belief that when a person finds their own team, techniques and proper therapy that they too can achieve mental wellness and peace of mind.
Jul 05, 2008
The Courage of Fearless Thinking
Michael Price has led an interestingly varied and inspiring life. He has enjoyed the benefits and experiences of several separate and diverse careers, each of which presented its own set of extreme challenges including: Professional Baseball Player, College Baseball Coach, Police Officer, Insurance Fraud Investigator, Private Investigator and Trainer / Teacher / Consultant In each profession, Michael was the one that others came to for direction and advice. Early on, he discovered that he possessed the unique ability to identify the core issues of the vast majority of the situations people presented to him. Over time this skill, coupled with his own personal drive to live up to his highest potential, led Michael to the development of ?The Courage of Fearless Thinking.? HOW ?THE COURAGE OF FEARLESS THINKING? BEGAN. The seeds of ?The Courage of Fearless Thinking? program took root when Michael was in high school. Over many years of hardship, experience, and study, those seeds began to germinate. During that time, Michael often worked with individuals endowed with very large egos, yet still did not live up to their potential. These were people who had terrific physical and mental talents yet strove to blame others for their own lack of achievement. They could have, and most definitely should have been leaders, but instead, were apathetic or to the extreme, bullies.
Jun 21, 2008
Straight Talk About Mental Health June 7, 2008 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. PST
Tammi L. Morgan is the author of the book Emerging Butterfly: Finding Life Beyond Anxiety Disorders due to be released this summer of 2008. She writes from her own experiences as a fellow anxiety survivor of over twenty years. Because of her personal background with Agoraphobia and panic attacks she desires to reach out to others with anxiety disorders and let them know they are not alone and that hope and help is available. Most importantly she wants to encourage others to reach beneath the layers of anxiety and find again, or maybe for the first time, the unique and special person they are within. Her adage: ?Anxiety is not who you are, it?s what you have?.
Jun 07, 2008
Straight Talk About Mental Health
With over a decade of experience in holistic medicine, Dr. Meg Haworth, Transpersonal Psychologist, guides people to heal their lives one choice at a time. She uses a combination of energy medicine, intuitive psychotherapy and mind/body techniques to help her clients realize their greatness and make their best contribution to the world. She is the author of the workbook series "Become Who You Are: The Stages of Spiritual Transformation", and "Done With Dairy Giving Up Gluten: 14 Days to Delicious and Healthy You", Co-Author of "Inspiration to Realization: Volume III" and numerous published articles.
May 24, 2008
Alternative Techniques for Anxiety
Since 1994 Joy has helped people heal their bodies and align themselves on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels so they are in harmony with their higher purpose. She uses a wide variety of techniques, but the unifying theme in all of her work is the conviction that the intelligence of nature always provides simple and natural ways to heal our bodies, minds, emotions, and spirits. She believes that the health of individuals, communities, and our planet can all be improved with common sense and respect for nature's simple and elegant wisdom. She believes in an intelligent, conscious and interactive world in which everything communicates for the purpose of a greater good and collective health. This means our own bodies can talk to us. This means our pets can talk to us. This means we can heal the planet if we can begin to heal ourselves.
May 10, 2008
Dr. Lynne Freeman has specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders for over twenty years. She is the author of, Panic Free: Eliminate Anxiety/Panic Attacks Without Drugs and Take Control of Your Life. She maintains her private practice in Sherman Oaks, California where she has earned a reputation for successfully treating even the most resistant cases of anxiety disorders. Dr. Freeman lectures extensively to psychotherapists, colleges and universities, and has been a frequent guest on both radio and television.
Apr 26, 2008
Straight Talk About Mental Health
Maggie Bryant has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1976. She specializes in relationship counseling, (including lack of relationships), anxiety other mental health disorders. She finds that therapy goes faster when her clients are also working with a holistic healer. She gives workshops for women on communicating effectively with men, based on original material from her book-in-progress. She also teaches The Artist?s Way class once a year. Maggie received special training in Past-Life Regression Therapy from the Professional Institute for Regression Therapy. Past-Life Work, Breath Work, Energy Psychology, Hypnosis and Imagery are a few of the tools she incorporates while working with her clients. Maggie can be reached at
Apr 12, 2008