Psychology America with Dr. Alexandra

Dr. Alexandra, Psychologist

With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages.  Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology and clinical psychopharmacology. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.
A Technique for Procrastinators and Avoiders:  the 30-20-10Dr. Malik Boykin on Black AmericaHome from College:  Advice for Parents and Students
In this show we discuss the push and pull between the budding independence of young adults in college and the task parents have of “letting go,” among other related topics, including: Self starting and procrastination tips for studentsComing back home:  sleep pattern differences and messy roomsDr. Shane Owens answers direct questions from some students about their current worriesGuest Dr. Shane Owens, PhD had a wonderful "dad voice" that I believe will comfort anyone interested in this topic.  Dr. Owens is a board-certified behavioral and cognitive psychologist dedicated to helping college students, young adults, and parents.  He has been serving campus mental health services at Farmingdale State College for many years and holds a private practice in Commack, New York.   Dr. Owens is frequently a contributor/speaker at professional conferences and is an editorial board member of Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health.This show is dedicated to internationalforgiveness.com where you can learn all about research that supports the mental and physical health benefits of forgiveness, practical steps on how to forgive and more.  I create this show out of love and a wish to freely share access to psychology.   To support the production costs of this show, please visit buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra.  If you choose to buy me a coffee for $3 you have the option to leave me a message with a comment, a show idea or just to say something nice!  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra)
Apr 2 2021
42 mins
OCD and “Sticky Thoughts”: How to Become Unstuck with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Are you narrowing your life by “managing” your worries and obsessions for a good portion of your day?   Listen to this episode while folding your laundry or doing your dishes and learn about:  What it’s like for people who experience “sticky” thoughts that don’t go awayHow feelings are like waves in the ocean . . . they come and go.  We can’t always control our feelings, but we can control how we respond to them.How to use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to live your deepest values while getting relief from “sticky thoughts” and compulsions from OCD and moreToday’s guest is psychologist Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona, known as “Dr. Z,” author of six books including Escaping the Emotional Roller Coaster, ACT for the Emotionally Sensitive and The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD: Unhook Yourself and Live Life to the Full.  Dr. Z has led over 140 workshops at national and international conferences and runs a private practice in San Francisco where she works with children through adults  that struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, and with managing their emotions.  Dr. Z is also the host of Playing it Safe Podcast -  learn more about her at www.thisisdoctorz.com.Click here or find Psychology America with Dr. Alexandra wherever you listen to podcasts.    I create these podcasts out of love and service - if you leave a rating on iTunes it helps to share the episodes with more people.    You can also help me with production costs by buying me a coffee and leaving me a personal comment, question or topic request!  Visit buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra)
Mar 8 2021
1 hr 7 mins
Taming Emotional Flare Ups with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)Obesity & Weight Loss: Circadian Rhythms, Depression, Bariatric Surgery and MoreEmotionally Intelligent Leadership
How do exceptional leaders use emotions to effectively lead and persuade?  Enjoy stories and new learning about these topics and more, including:  *  The EQ characteristics of outstanding leaders*  Authenticity versus strategically bringing in emotion*  Emotional contagion*  Daydreaming in the workplaceMy guests on this episode are Cary Cherniss and Cornelia Roche, authors of Leading with Feeling, Nine Strategies of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (2020), a book based on their in depth study of 25 outstanding leaders. Cary Cherniss, PhD was my dissertation chair at Rutgers, where he serves as Professor of Applied Psychology Emeritus.  Cary spent much of his professional life studying Emotional Intelligence and he has published seven books, including Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, and over 70 scholarly articles, many on this same topic.   Dr. Cherniss is the Director of the Emotional Intelligence Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.     Cornelia Roche, PsyD was a classmate of mine when I was in graduate school.  She is an organizational psychologist and management coach serving various types of organizations, including corporate settings, schools, small businesses and non profits. Cornelia has served the Emotional Intelligence Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations since its inception.  We are also joined in this episode by attorney (and my husband) Neill W. Clark, who always enhances the conversation with his wisdom and curiosity. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra)
Dec 11 2020
54 mins
Rehabilitating the “Forgotten People”: PrisonersAmerican Unity Radio Podcast (I'm the guest)Steven C. Hayes on Love and LossA Primer on LGBTQA+ and Transgender in AthleticsFinding the Beauty in Unexpected CircumstancesLiving Our Values with Tom RussoQuarantine: Mental Health for Adults and ChildrenThe Love and Psychology of DogsToddler Psychology and Postpartum Blues with Michelle Pievsky, PhDMind Your Microbiota (Gut Health and Mental Health)Narcissistic Personality DisorderGriefDiscuss Dementia
Did you know that most people with dementia don’t notice that they’ve had memory loss or personality changes?  It tends to be relatives and close friends that notice it and then encourage the individual to seek an evaluation. I learned from the guest on this episode that the “self awareness” part of the brain is likely to be one of the areas harmed by dementia!     In this episode, also learn: How do Dementia symptoms differ from normal aging?  How can one tell the difference between Dementia and depression?  What does research recommend on how to prevent dementia?What steps should you or family take once a Dementia diagnosis has been made?What is the latest technology on identifying Alzheimer’s Disease?What is it like for those caring for the Dementia patient?  The guest on today’s episode is Dr. Michelle Papka (www.thecrcnj.com, 973-850-4622), who has nearly 25 years' combined experience as a researcher and clinician specializing in the field of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. She practices as a neuropsychologist, psychotherapist, and researcher, and has served as the Principal Investigator on over 20 recent clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease, memory impairment, or mild cognitive impairment.She’s had numerous publications of her work and is an active public speaker, invited editor, grant reviewer, consultant, and committee member of multiple specialized organizations and publications in the field of aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra)
Oct 28 2019
42 mins