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Sacred Psychology: Season 3 Episode 9 with Joanna Charnas

Joanna Charnas

In this podversation:

  • The day Joanna woke up debilitatingly ill at age 19 which became a 17-year struggle to get properly diagnosed
  • Finding relief through meditation and other mindfulness and holistic health and wellness practices
  • The importance of maintaining an existential perspective rooted in gratitude
  • Learning to temper optimism with reality to best support clients and loved ones who are ill
  • Being willing to ask for help when needed
  • Check in on your strong friends
  • Why Joanna likes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy
  • We’re all in the closet about something
  • Why it’s hard for people, especially women, to assert themselves and ask for needs to be met
  • Owning your illness and not making others responsible for our needs
  • “My body may be out of control but I am in control of how I take care of it.”
  • “Your pain and suffering are real, but with time, effort, and perseverance, you can still have much happiness in your life.”
  • “Attitude is the king, queen, and sun god rolled into one. It’s the most important thing we bring to the challenges [we face].” 


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Meet Joanna Charnas:

Joanna Charnas authorJoanna Charnas has been a clinical social worker for thirty years and holds specialties in group therapy and chronic illness.

She blogged on the HuffPost Blog for two and a half years, and had been published on several other international websites, including before authoring two books herself: Living Well with Chronic Illness, and 100 Tips and Tools for Managing Chronic Illness.

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Meet Tamara Powell

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Tamara Powell, LMHC is a licensed therapist, university psychology instructor, and soul mentor for non-conformists. She is also a reiki master teacher known for integrating science and mysticism.

With specializations designed to quell existential angst and provoke the highest potential in each individual to achieve their true soul purpose, Tamara is passionate about holding sacred space for misfits and mystics.
If you’re interested in working with her, you can learn more about her services here.






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