Saul Rosenthal, PhD

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGIST

As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

Guest: Becki Lauzon, CRC
Read what Becki has to say about choosing a transition program, and watch her on Facebook Live. If you live in Massachusetts (or want a good model, here’s some information about transitioning and available transition services in Massachusetts.
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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As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

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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As part of this blog, I’m publishing the transcripts from my podcast. I hope you find them a useful adjunct to the show. Please listen, leave comments, and rate it on iTunes, Spotify, Google, or wherever you found it!

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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