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Dr. Adriaan Louw, PT, PhD, joins Dr. Graham Taylor on this week’s episode of Behavioral Health Today to help us understand the relationship of pain, our brains, and how practicing mindfulness to change our experience with chronic pain. Pain is very complex; our brain is a big determiner in our pain experience. The best treatment involves an education process to influence the way that a patient thinks about pain. Adriaan shares about the work he’s doing to improve health through digital medicine with BehaVR and virtual reality programs to teach patients to understand their pain and become empowered and in control of their pain. For more information about Evidence in Motion, a seminar group to teach post-professional courses for healthcare providers, visit: you are a patient looking for more information, visit Orthopedic Physical Therapy Products: For more information on BehaVR’s Digital Medicine Platform, visit:
In our final episode of the 3-part series addressing sex trafficking and the work being done by Ho`ōla Nā Pua,  Joy Winquist, the director of programs at Ho`ōla Nā Pua joins the discussion with Dr. Graham Taylor. Joy is a clinical social worker advocating for counseling individuals with complex trauma survivors of child abuse, neglect, and trafficking survivors. Throughout this episode we get an understanding of what therapeutic care and a clinician's treatment look like for those coming through their program.  For more information about Ho`ōla Nā Pua visit: National Human Trafficking Hotline is (888) 373-7888 or visit: Bender visit: Thomas visit: Sue Johnson visit: Bruce Perry visit van der Kolk, MD visit Project visit
In the second episode of the 3-part series addressing sex trafficking and the work being done by Ho`ōla Nā Pua, Tim Hitchens, the Education Program Manager at Ho`ōla Nā Pua, talks with Behavioral Health Today about gateway traps and sex trafficking (those things that we may not realize, but are contributing to sex trafficking). Together Tim and Graham dispel myths and assumptions surrounding the belief system around sex trafficking and ask for us to be mindful of the impact of our actions. For more information about Ho`ōla Nā Pua visit: information about Shared Hope International visit: National Human Trafficking Hotline is (888) 373-7888 or visit: Project visit: Reframed visit: Katz visit: Abolition visit: Porter: A Call to Men visit:
The first in a 3-part series addressing sex trafficking and the work being done by Ho`ōla Nā Pua. Jessica Munoz, founder and president, and Tammy Bitanga, Community Outreach Coordinator, join Behavioral Health Today's Dr. Graham Taylor as leaders in the anti-trafficking movement in the Hawaiian Islands. Tammy shares her own story of survival and rise out of her circumstances of early childhood abuse and how it drives her to do the work with Ho`ōla Nā Pua. Today, Ho`ōla Nā Pua has developed their own crisis hotline, mentoring program, and developing Hawaii’s first residential treatment center for children who have been trafficked.The National Human Trafficking Hotline is: (888) 373-7888.If you are in Hawaii and you're looking for help: (808) 435-9555For more information about Ho`ōla Nā Pua visit more information about the CSE-it (See-It) Tool visit:
Humor shifts how we feel, think, act, and impacts our physiology and biochemistry. In this episode, Dr. Steven M. Sultanoff joins Dr. Graham Taylor to explain how humor can be incorporated in the therapeutic relationship to improve the bond between the therapist / client and as a tool for intervention within a therapeutic approach. Humor can be used as a way to unstick our thinking and disrupting painful feelings so we can be more confident in our ability to manage feelings.For more information:Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor visit: Society for Humor Studies visit: Steven Sultanoff and information about humor visit: CE course information on incorporating humor into psychotherapy visit:
In part two of Bold Parenting, Behavioral Health Today takes you behind the therapy door to demystify, and safely help people realize the benefits of treatment. Dr. Erin Elmore joins Dr. Graham Taylor again to talk about the types of clients, beginning steps of assessment, the therapeutic tools, and goal planning treatments for teens and families. Together Erin takes Graham through the full process of patient introduction, her approach to therapy, examples of a session and techniques used, and finally bringing the therapy to a close. The relationship between therapist and patient is a meaningful one and when other life issues or developmental tasks come up, meaningful treatment allows for future consideration. For general information on child therapy visit: www.apa.orgIf you would like to find a child therapist visit: more information for parenting tips visit: If you would like to learn more on Child Development and the Stages of Attachment, we suggest The Developing Mind by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel:
In part one of a two part series, Dr. Erin Elmore sets the foundation for Bold Parenting, a style of parenting that includes structure and warmth to raising your child. Together, Erin and Dr. Graham Taylor discuss the varying styles of parenting, the different types of child attachments, and the developmental stages of children. The goal of bold parenting is to provide a structure for your child with a clear and high expectations that are consistent, yet flexible so the child may contribute their thoughts and feelings.You can start today! There is no wrong time to begin this style of parenting. The research has shown children of Bold Parents to be self-reliant, academically successful, and well-behaved.If you would like to find a child therapist visit: you would like more information for parenting tips visit: you would like to learn more on Child Development and the Stages of Attachment, we suggest The Developing Mind by Dr. Daniel J. Siegel:
Author of The Psychology of Pandemics, Dr. Steven Taylor joins Dr. Graham Taylor in a discussion about the current and past pandemics. Dr. Steven Taylor outlines the patterns that occur from a global pandemic, identifies the warning signs of stress and the components of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for symptoms that linger past the COVID-19 Pandemic. Together they identify the issues occurring, possible solutions toward better awareness, and developing the resilience to get through this. Learn to identify the things we can control, seize those, and then the things that are out of our control will likely go much better.For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 visit: https://coronaphobia.orgFree use self-assessment test to identify the warning signs of stress caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, visit:
In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Dr. Kelly Posner, the author of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale. Suicide prevention requires finding those who are suffering. The symptoms of depression can lead to suicide and 50% of people who commit suicide have seen their primary care doctor the month before they die. If we can be testing for suicide ideology like we test for blood pressure, we can correctly help those in need. The Columbia Scale questions are prescriptive enough for non-professionals, but flexible enough for the mental health professional to administer it. Suicide is a problem of our shared humanity, but it can be preventable.For more information about The Columbia Scale/ Columbia Protocol:About the Scale: the Columbia Lighthouse Project:• About the Columbia Protocol App:- iOS: Android:
Dr. Kevin Bowman and Dr. Graham Taylor discuss the demand for student mental health services, the response from college universities, and a list of services offered to students to enhance their learning and reach their full potential. Most young students entering college for the first time are at a formative stage in life where several developmental tasks can occur. As a result, and of concern, college campuses are seeing an increase in severity of depression, suicidal ideation, and anxiety in their students.
In this episode, Stephanie Taylor, Ed.S, NCSP, Clinical Director for Psychoeducational services at PresenceLearning, joins Dr. Graham Taylor to talk about the successes of teletherapy in students’ lives. Psychoeducational services in a telehealth setting allow for better student access, making meaningful connections, present an engaging student environment, and bring awareness to mental health components that oftentimes do not get addressed in our education system. Presence Learning teletherapy software provides a need for psychology services for students nationwide.To learn more about Presence Learning visit: more information on teletherapy and telemental Health visit:
Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Allison Franklin, the Director of the CARES program at the SAFE Alliance. She is a nationally recognized survivor leader and subject matter expert on sex trafficking. In this episode, Allison shares her own story of survival and an understanding of the narratives of the men and women trapped in this trafficking experience. Together Allison and Graham identify the warning signs and symptoms for early detection and the misconceptions within sex trafficking. Seeking help can be difficult, but programs like the SAFE Alliance are available to intersect the complex needs of victims and offer hope to break the cycle they are in. For more information about Human Trafficking resources visit:SAFE Alliance: Support for those who have been trafficked: Trafficking Hotline: call 1(888) 373 -7888 or text “HELP” or “INFO” to 233733 available 24 hours, 7 days a weekPolaris Project: Hope International:
In this episode, Dr. Graham Taylor speaks with Dr. Kristen Wilkinson about the 'Sleeper Effect', its effects, and developing an understanding to be able to identify it early. Children experience a myriad of psychological effects when families divorce or separate, but there is a phenomenon many 'daughters of divorce' experience that causes depression, anxiety, lack of trust, and intimacy problems to occur later in life. These issues can be tied back to the trauma experience(s) from their adolescence, defined as “The Sleeper Effect”. If you are a daughter of divorce and would like to share your story, Dr. Kristen Wilkinson is collecting stories to give women an opportunity. To reflect on their experiences as daughters of divorce, to think about their unsuccessful, intimate relationships, their roller coaster of mental health issues.Please contribute by email: or by visiting: and click The Sleeper Effect in the navigation. 
In this episode, Dr. John Rekart joins Behavioral Health Today for a foundational discussion around how data can help us respond to mental health issues. Data management and collection of information cab be a helpful process for informing and shaping our understanding of mental health issues. Dr. Rekart talks about how to organize treatment approaches with the use of data and technology to create a discussion or to tell a story.  For more information about Cerner Technologies visit: COVID-19 information from Cerner and PsychHub visit:
Aaron Gani, CEO of BehaVR, joins Dr. Graham Taylor to discuss virtual reality in behavioral health. BehaVR is a digital medicine company that specializes in virtual experiences to improve mental health. BehaVR has created a multi-session crafted experience to help people connect their mind and the physiological response.  VR offers improved retention, engagement, and a unique approach to therapy, providing clinicians the ability to craft an experience that helps people develop an understanding of their disorder earlier.
In this episode Joshua and Nikki Taylor, both collegiate and professional athletes, speak with Dr. Graham Taylor on the psychology of being an athlete and the mindset of self-motivation, the perspective of failure, developing emotional muscle, and self-awareness. They talk about the sports psychology of an athlete’s mind, their unique thinking process and training one’s self to think and emotionally respond purposefully to events in their lives.
Dr. Erin Elmore joins Dr. Graham Taylor to discuss the trend among teens of juuling, vaping, and e-cigarettes. They discuss ways to talk to teenagers about the dangers of juuling and vaping. Both juuling, the smoking of nicotine, or vaping of THC or CBD, the main components of marijuana, are newer forms of drug use. Vaping has become popular amongst older teens and young adults and as parents, teachers, and mental health providers should be aware of the risks, addictions, and ways to talk about this with teens and help them make informed decisions.
Access to mental health services are at all-time highs and the need for mental health care is growing. Russ Glass, CEO of Ginger, joins Behavioral Health Today to discuss telemental health and how they are connecting the demand for mental health access with therapists who can help. Ginger offers mental health services 24/7 and integrates unique data driven insights to offer collaborative care of both the therapist and a behavioral health coach to best fit your personalized needs. This approach has helped people get healthy far faster and with less frequency to relapse into higher levels of care. For more information about Ginger and their telemental services, visit Free resources to help promote good mental health can be found at
In this episode of BHT, Kathleen Stengel, BCBA and CEO of NeurAbilites joins Dr. Graham Taylor in a discussion about the growing field of Behavior Analysis. Together they talk about the importance of observation and how objective measuring can help inform treatment; allowing people to better reach their potential. Kathleen shares her own experience as a BCBA and her work with people with autism.Learn more about NeurAbilites Healthcare at you have a mental health topic you would like Behavioral Health Today to cover? Submit it here. 
Natalie Liberman, LCSW, LMFT joins Dr. Graham Taylor in a fireside chat about Natalie’s amazing personal journey, her upbringing, and experiences with adversity that have shaped her life and how Natalie has incorporated them into her clinical practice. While we all come from different backgrounds and experiences, this episode is relatable and shares a message of resiliency that we can apply in our own personal and professional lives.Do you have a mental health topic you would like Behavioral Health Today to cover? Submit it here.
In this episode of BHT, Brandon J. Johnson joins Dr. Graham Taylor as an advocate for black mental health in a discussion around oppression, race, and mental health. Oppression is centered on the control of a group of people and it’s happening on multiple levels of power. Recent events remind us that racism isn’t over and that it is something trauma-based that’s etched into the psyche of our nation. We invite all to individually, and as a community, to look at this collective unconscious and to understand our behavior and the impact of oppression.For more information on black mental health:Change the conversation with BMHA: you would like resources for free virtual therapy, enrollments are opening at the Boris Al Henson Foundation: you would like more information on healing circles and sharing of stories:
Dr. Graham Taylor is joined by Dr. Keita Franklin, a national advisor and leader on suicide prevention. In this important episode Dr. Franklin shares her research and personal experiences with the complexity of suicide, its warning signs, and early intervention methods. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. We ask all our listeners to add the suicide crisis lifeline phone number into their phones and have it ready to help someone in need. Suicide Crisis Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.Do you have a mental health topic you would like Behavioral Health Today to cover? Submit it here.
Dr. Gerardo Rodriguez-Menendez and Dr. Graham Taylor discuss the topic of psychopharmacology. They tackle the topics of psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, as well as the study of psychopharmacology.
Dr. Graham Taylor and Natalie Liberman, MSW, LCSW; M.A, LMFT, discuss the difficult topic of suicide. They provide a deeper insight into this personal and societal issue with the intent of helping us all gain a greater understanding of what an individual contemplating suicide is potentially dealing with in their mental health.
In this episode, Behavioral Health Today producer Peter Fenger and Dr. Graham Taylor explore the meaning of Mental Health Month and some of the changes in mental health awareness and accessibility of services. Together Graham outlines ways you can take introductory steps to improve your mental health and resources for self-understanding and personal growth.For more introductory information visit: 
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Triad Behavioral Health
Podcast Status
Apr 20th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 15th, 2020
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