Saul Rosenthal, PhD

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST

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Guest: Diane Grimard Wilson, LCPC
Read what Diane writes about pivoting in your work life during these challenging times.
Diane talks about Dearborn Denim as an example of a company that made a major pivot due to the coronavirus, and found success.
Link to the show: Episode 12

Saul: Across the world, pandemic-related restrictions are starting to lift. That means plenty of people are going back to work, but work has changed, perhaps forever. Many jobs have disappeared, and people are finding themselves suddenly unemployed. Other jobs may have unexpectedly different expectations. Before this spring, few people thought that grocery jobs would be in the front line of a pandemic. With all of the changes, it isn’t surprising that more people are reporting significant anxiety related to work, both about the safety of their jobs and about whether their jobs will continue to exist. Many of my clients are talking more about their work anxieties. They’re afraid to go into work but also afraid they’ll get fired if they complain or don’t go in. Others are suddenly finding that their jobs no longer exist. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, and this is Life in the Time of Corona.

Welcome to episode 12 of this podcast. Today, we’re talking with Diane Wilson, a licensed clinical professional counselor, career counselor, and executive coach. She has recently written about career pivoting during the time of the coronavirus, and I was curious to hear what she has to say as more and more people return to a very different and quickly changing workforce. Diane specializes in using neuroscience to help her clients achieve peak performance. She is frequently interviewed for print, television, and radio about optimizing our careers and making the most out of work transitions. She’s also the author of Back in Control: How to Stay Sane, Productive, and Inspired in Your Career Transition. Diane, welcome to Life in the Time of Corona.

Diane: Thank you, happy to be here. 

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August 3rd, 2020

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Guest: Becki Lauzon, CRC
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Link to the show: Episode 11

Saul: Welcome to episode 11 of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane and the strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist.

In the United States, spring has now turned into summer. Normally this is time of significant transitions. Students finish school, graduates get ready to start university or new jobs, families plan summer holidays. This year is very different. With the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all been staying in place as we figure out what comes next. Finally restrictions are beginning to lift and we are emerging now into a new world of uncertainty.

Now all of these things got me to thinking about transitions. We are all transitioning to a new normal while trying to figure out what that even means. I really wonder about the young people who are supposed to be starting new jobs or new schools in the next few months. Before the pandemic, that was challenging enough. Now I can’t even imagine what it means.

To help us figure it out we’re joined by Becki Lauzon. She’s a certified rehabilitation counselor and endorsed as a transition specialist through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts. For almost 20 years she has worked with young people to help them succeed as they enter higher education and the workforce. She is currently counselor at the Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents program. Becki, thank you so much for joining us today.

Becki: Thank you for having me.

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July 15th, 2020

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Guest: Dr. Sophie Bellenis
Links of Interest:
NESCA Neuropsychology & Education Services
SPARK study on COVID-19 and Autism
Link to Show: Episode 10

Saul: Welcome to Episode 10 of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I am Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist.

Although most states are now lifting at least some of the restrictions brought on by Covid-19 life has not gone back to the way it was before the pandemic and it may never get there. Adapting to ever-changing health demands along with the uncertainty about our futures is difficult for all of us. It might be even harder for people who are on the autism spectrum, or who have difficulties with executive functions like attention, focus and self-regulation. These are people who often rely on outside structure, routine, and support programs. Nowadays, those supports are almost certainly limited, if not gone altogether. What can be done to help these individuals thrive with so much disruption in their lives?

Today we are joined by Dr. Sophie Bellenis, an occupational therapist who specializes in education and functional life skills for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum. She manages the Real Life Skills Program at the Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents Practice, which specializes in neuropsychological testing and integrative treatment. She also works for nonprofits bringing services to children in Tanzania, East Africa. Sophie works to help young people succeed as they transition into higher education or employment. Sophie, thank you so much for joining us today.

Sophie: Thank you for having me.

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July 14th, 2020

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Guest: Dr. Kelly Wawrzyniak
Links of Interest: Tufts Craniofacial Pain Center
Link to Show: Episode 9

Saul: Welcome to episode nine of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist.

After many weeks the day-to-day impact of the pandemic remains. Travel is limited, businesses remain closed or restricted, workers may be laid off or at home. Among those who are particularly affected are people with chronic pain and illness. Without access to ongoing treatment, conditions and lives worsen. In episode three of this podcast we talk with Dr. Katie Fleishman about chronic pain and illness in children. Today we focus on adults. According to the CDC, more than 20% of adults in the United States experience chronic pain. It costs hundreds of billions of dollars in medical care, disability and lost productivity.

Today we are joined by Dr. Kelly Wawrzyniak, a health psychologist who specializes in treating chronic pain. Currently she splits her time between private practice and the Craniofacial Pain Center at Tufts School of Dental Medicine, where she works with patients with temporomandibular joint disorders, chronic facial pain, headaches, and sleep apnea. Kelly, thanks so much for joining us today.

Kelly: Thank you for having me. This has certainly been a challenging time for so many patients and just people in my life that I talk to. I’m glad you’re doing podcast.

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June 9th, 2020

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Guest: Meghan Gardner
Links of Interest: Guardian Adventures
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Link to Show: Episode 8

Saul: Welcome to episode eight of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a Developmental and Clinical Health Psychologist.

Summer is coming. Usually that means summer camp for millions of children. According to the American Camp Association, camp is a $15 billion industry in the United States with more than 14,000 camps, one-and-a-half million employees, and more than 14 million people attending. Not this year. Parents, whatever else they’re doing, even more than usual need a safe and engaging experience for the children once school is done. Some camps are transitioning online. On the face of it, that sounds about as far away from summer camp as we can get.

Today we’re going to talk with somebody who can tell us why online camp is much more than a poor substitution. Meghan Gardner is the founder and CEO of Guardian Adventures in Burlington, Massachusetts. Guardian Adventures runs year-round classes, events and camps that use indirect storytelling to help kids learn, build confidence, make friends, but mostly have fun. Meghan has been developing STEM educational programs for over 20 years for organizations all over the world. Guardian Adventures developed and is licensing an online summer camp platform.

My child has been participating in Guardian Adventures for five years and I’m constantly impressed by their ability to engage and support the children they serve. With the pandemic, Guardian adventures shifted all of their programming online. That move intrigued me because, honestly, I don’t quite understand how it can work, especially the summer camp. Meghan is here to tell us how they are pulling it off.

Meghan thank you so much for joining us today.

Meghan: My pleasure, Saul, thank you for having me on.

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May 28th, 2020

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Guest: Heather Goldstone, PhD
Links of Interest: Woods Hole Research Center
More on climate change in the era of COVID-19
Link to Show: Episode 7

Saul: Welcome to episode seven of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I am Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. For the first few episodes of this podcast, we’ve mainly focused on mental health and interpersonal topics like stress management and parenting. However, the impact of the pandemic is much broader. Massive changes range from our day-to-day lives through national and international policy. The global nature of this pandemic shares similarities with other worldwide crises. You may have seen some of the growing number of analyses considering parallels between the coronavirus and climate change.

Today we are joined by an individual who can help us make sense of it. Dr. Heather Goldstone earned her PhD in Ocean Science from MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. After 10 years as a research scientist, she pursued a career as a journalist. Her work has appeared in local Massachusetts and national venues, and she hosted Living Lab Radio on WCAI, the NPR station covering the Cape Cod area. The show drew together science, culture, and our everyday lives. She continues doing this as Chief of Communication for Woods Hole Research Center. Heather, thank you so much for joining us today.

Heather: My pleasure.

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May 19th, 2020

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Guest: Tim Schuettge, LICSW, MPH
Link to Show: Episode 6

Saul: Welcome to episode six of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I am Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. According to Education Week, at the end of April schools are closed for 55.1 million students in the United States. That is 97% of children who attend school. For most youth in this country schools educate and provide guidance during the longest period of rapid development in our lifetimes. What does it mean when that structure suddenly disappears? How do parents and families make up for the loss when their day-to-day lives are also upended.

Today, we are joined by Tim Schuettge, who has master’s degrees in social work and public health. He is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Tim was one of the first social workers to be embedded in a pediatric primary care practice which is where I first met him. He consults with Boston Children’s Hospital psychiatry outpatient service and maintains a private practice in Canton and Newton, Massachusetts. Tim, thanks so much for joining us today.

Tim: Thank you.

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May 19th, 2020

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Link to Show: Episode 5: Parenting Young Children
Guest: Stephanie Marcucci
Link of Interest: Jackson Walnut Park Schools

SAUL: Welcome to episode five of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. Many of us have suddenly found ourselves struggling with all sorts of new demands. We may be working either at home or out in the riskier world. We also have to suddenly parent children who are at home all day and we have to oversee their schooling. The clients I work with are reporting all sorts of school experiences. Some have almost full days of online classes. Others are emailed a set of assignments. Whatever your child’s school is doing, all of us, parents and kids, are suddenly in a strange new world.

Our guest today, Stephanie Marcucci, is a mom of three children, two eight-year-olds and a four-year-old. She is also the head of Walnut Park Montessori School which is part of the Jackson Walnut Park School in Newton, Massachusetts. She previously spent 18 years as a teacher at Walnut Park, including a few of those years as one of my daughter’s teachers. Stephanie’s two daughters are graduates of Walnut Park and her son currently attends. As a full-time working mother and an educator, I know Stephanie can help us as we’re trying to parent and educate our children during this pandemic. Thank you so much for joining us today.

STEPHANIE: Thanks for having me, Saul. It’s so nice to see you and to talk with you. We’ve known each other for a long time, although we haven’t seen each other for a long time. I feel like I have known you my whole life, so it’s wonderful to talk with you again.

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May 5th, 2020

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Link to Show: Episode 4: Taking Care of Your Relationship
Guest: Dr. David Helfand and Anna Helfand

SAUL: Welcome to episode four of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in these strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. Many of the clients I work with are married or in committed relationships. Since the start of the pandemic I’ve been hearing about changes in the relationships. Some talk about feeling more easily irritated by their partners, others talk about feeling closer. It led me to wonder about the relationship effects of sheltering in place, concern about the coronavirus, suddenly living with children who aren’t in school, and worrying about a spouse who might be working as a medical provider, a grocery clerk, or in some other job that requires daily contact with lots of people. Today we are joined by a couple who can help us figure it all out.

Dr. David Helfand is a relationship and relaxation psychologist, certified yoga instructor, neurofeedback practitioner, and neuro-meditation instructor. He started his practice, LifeWise, to work with individuals, couples and families experiencing negative effects of chronic stress. He runs couples retreats and focuses on holistically improving the health of each person and their relationship. His wife and partner is Anna Helfand. Anna has a master’s degree in counseling from Boston College and is a licensed mental health counselor. She worked for several years in an outreach mental health program north of Boston, and now at the Triumph Center with children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in the parent-child interaction and parenting support. Welcome to both of you.

ANNA: Thank you.

DAVID: Thank you, it’s great to be here.

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May 4th, 2020

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Link to Show: Episode 3: Parenting Kids With Chronic Illness
Guest: Dr. Katie Fleischman
Link of interest: Dr. Fleischman talks about The Virtual Hope Box, a terrific stress management app available free for iOS and Android.

SAUL ROSENTHAL:    Welcome to episode three of Life in the Time of Corona, a podcast exploring the many ways to stay healthy and sane in the strange times. I’m Dr. Saul Rosenthal, a developmental and clinical health psychologist. In the last episode we talked with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge about parenting when everybody is stressed out due to the restrictions we’re all living with. But what if your child has a chronic medical condition like pain or diabetes. Dr. Katie Fleischman works currently in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Enhancement in the role psychologist for the Balance and Vestibular Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Katie is a pediatric pain psychologist that specializes in the assessment, management, and study of chronic pain and vestibular conditions in children and adolescents using a combination of cognitive behavior therapy and biofeedback techniques. She is an instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Harvard Medical School and has presented extensively on the topics of pediatric pain, migraines, postconcussion syndrome and chronic dizziness as well as other medical and co-occurring mental health conditions at numerous institutions and conferences. She was previously with the Headache Clinic in the Department of Neurology here at Boston Children’s Hospital. Katie, welcome, and thanks so much for joining us today.

KATIE FLEISCHMAN:                 Thank you for having me.

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April 27th, 2020

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