Building Psychological Strength

More and more, people are seeing the benefits of building resilience, building confidence, building mental toughness and flexibility, and moving past fear and anxiety in their lives. April Seifert, Ph.D., hosts this powerful podcast that will help you build psychological strength through interviews and information from some of the world's leading experts in the fields of Psychology and Life Design. It's time to go beyond merely surviving. It's time to thrive! This podcast is brought to you by Peak Mind: The Center for Psychological Strength.
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Aug 5, 2020

"I’m so worried about the upcoming school year.” 

“I’m already struggling to be a good mom and a good employee. Now I have to be a good teacher too?!” 

“I have such high standards for myself. I’m afraid of my perfectionism as school starts again.” 

“I’m afraid for my health and for my child’s health.” 

“I feel like I’m choosing my job over my kid’s health.” 

Do any of these sound at all like the thoughts and feelings you’re having right now as the 2020 school year approaches? So many of us are facing such uncertain and difficult times as we attempt to figure out how to handle the school year as our country is still gripped by the COVID-19 epidemic.  

We’ve heard from you loud and clear that you are looking for psych strength resources to help you cope through this year, and that is precisely why we recorded this episode. 

This episode is NOT an episode to teach you “10 Quick Mindset Tips to Force Yourself to Think Positively” or “5 Ways to Fit it All In and Do It Perfectly.” 

This episode is grounded in reality. In the reality that many of us will be facing a very difficult school year.  

But, here’s the thing. While there are many circumstances that are outside of our control as the school year opens up, we do have control over a few things. How we react. The boundaries we set. What we choose to be important and how we focus on it. The way we treat ourselves in the process. 

This episode is for you if you’re looking for some psych strength building techniques to help you thrive through this school year. Thriving through adversity is a real thing. It doesn’t mean that you have an EASY time. It means that you grow as a person, even when times are tough. 

You can do this. We’re here to help. 

Please reach out to us if there is anything else we can do to support you as school reopens, and do share this episode with someone who needs it. 

Jul 29, 2020

One of the really cool things that Psychology has to offer is its ability to help us understand our own behavior.  

I mean, why is it that some behaviors or habits are relatively easy for us to adopt, while we struggle with others? Why do some behaviors feel more “authentic” to us, while others feel more fake?  

What underlies all of that? And, more importantly, how can we use it to our advantage? 

That is exactly what we’re talking about this week as we chat with Amy Bucher. Amy holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology and Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Harvard. She’s the author of the book “Engaged: Designing for Behavior Change,” and she is the go-to expert for how to use psychology in the design process. She uses her expertise in her role at the design firm Mad*Pow. 

I stumbled upon Amy and her work in a weekly behavioral design email I’m subscribed to, and I instantly knew I had to get her on the podcast. I knew she’d make a great guest, and wow did she deliver! 

In her episode we covered some amazing topics: 

  • How psychology informs the design process and how something called the self-determination theory helps explain our own behavior 
  • The myth between having “high or low” motivation, and what science tells us instead 
  • The role of authenticity in happiness  
  • How we can craft our life in alignment with who we really are in order to thrive through life’s ups and downs. 

I’m sure you can see why I’m so excited about this interview. I can’t wait for you to meet Amy Bucher! 

If you're interested in Amy's book, visit and enter the code PeakMind0720 to get 20% off! (Code expires 8/31/20, so hurry!)

Jul 22, 2020

Self-care is more than bubble baths and manicures, but unfortunately, most self-care content we see out there is missing important components. Arguably, they’re missing THE MOST IMPORTANT components.  

Today on the podcast, we’re diving into something we call The Self-Care Pyramid. Specifically, it’s the 3 key levels of self-care that you really need to have in order to support yourself as the asset that you are. Sadly, most self-care content only addresses one of these levels, and it’s typically the least important one.  

During this episode, we dive into: 

  • The 3 key levels of self-care and the distinct role each plays in supporting you at your best 
  • The role that life design plays in creating your unique self-care routine.  
  • The impact of basic necessities like sleep...and what happens when we don’t meet our basic needs (here is a link to the book ‘Why We Sleep’) 
  • Tips for creating a self-care routine. (Here is a link to The Self Journal, April’s go-to self-care tool) 

If there’s one thing we want you to take away it is this: You are such an asset to the people around you, and as an asset, you need to be protected. Self-care is one of the protective mechanisms you need to have around you to make sure you can show up and perform at the level you want to. Take care of yourself. 


During this episode, we announced the beta release of our signature psych strength building program, Ascend. We couldn’t be more excited to send this baby out into the world! 

As a beta program, we’re releasing it at the lowest price it will ever be. If you’ve ever considered doing something for yourself. To build your own psychological strength and resilience. To dive deep into understanding yourself. To design your life around YOU. This program is for you. 

Learn more at 

Jul 15, 2020

We’ve all been in the situation where someone, a boss, a co-worker, a partner, a friend, oversteps a boundary, we get frustrated, and we feel resentment toward that person begin to grow. 

The fact is, the way we interact in these interpersonal situations has incredible implications for so many aspects of our lives. It impacts the health of those relationships, it impacts our own sanity and wellbeing, and it impacts the way we show up for other people. 

Boundaries are important...but they’re not always easy to set. 

It’s this reason why we’re tackling this topic in today’s episode, and it’s this reason why we’ve included a bonus module in our new, flagship psych strength building program, Ascend, all about setting boundaries. 

Boundaries are one of the scaffolding elements that helps support you and the life you want to live.  

In this episode, we cover: 

  • What boundaries are (Ashley’s definition is spot-on!) 
  • The obvious and surprising reasons why they’re critical to set 
  • Why they’re so difficult for us to set 
  • And most importantly, how to use evidence-based psychological methods to help yourself move forward to set boundaries, even if you’re uncomfortable 

If you’re someone who is stretched thin and relied upon by other people, this is the episode for you! 


During this episode, we announced the beta release of our signature psych strength building program, Ascend. We couldn’t be more excited to send this baby out into the world! 

As a beta program, we’re releasing it at the lowest price it will ever be. If you’ve ever considered doing something for yourself. To build your own psychological strength and resilience. To dive deep into understanding yourself. To design your life around YOU. This program is for you. 

Learn more at 

Jul 8, 2020

I’m sure you’ve seen it. The pretty Instagram post that says, “You are not your thoughts.” Heck, we’ve even posted that exact post from the Peak Mind account! 

But, you might be wondering what that even means, and that’s what we’re diving into with this week’s episode of the podcast. 

You see, here’s the thing: our minds are thought-generating machines. It’s their jobs. Our minds sending us a constant slew of thoughts is as natural as our stomach growling when we’re hungry. 

But, many times, those thoughts feel “authentic.” They feel like they’re something we’ve intentionally decide or believe. They dictate our feelings and even our behaviors, even if it means we avoid doing something we really and truly want to do. 

In this episode of the podcast, we’re diving into the ways in which our minds generate thoughts. Times when those thoughts are helpful, and times when they aren’t.  

Finally, we talk about a set of tools and techniques you can begin using RIGHT NOW to start separating yourself from the thoughts that are unhelpful.  

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an aspect of your life that isn’t impacted by the processes we’re digging into in this episode. For that reason, I hope you’ll give this episode a listen and implement some of the techniques we describe.  

Your thoughts are separate from you, and you do not have to obey them, but it takes psychological strength.  


During this episode, we announced the beta release of our signature psych strength building program, Ascend. We couldn’t be more excited to send this baby out into the world! 

As a beta program, we’re releasing it at the lowest price it will ever be. If you’ve ever considered doing something for yourself. To build your own psychological strength and resilience. To dive deep into understanding yourself. To design your life around YOU. This program is for you. 

Learn more at 

Jul 1, 2020

Let’s take just a moment to review all of the people who rely on you in a given week.  

Your partner. Your kids. Your team at work. Your broader family. Your friends. That's a lot...and it can be overwhelming at times

You’ve probably seen the social media meme that says, “Self care isn’t selfish!” It’s typically written in some kind of flowy font on top of a photo of a woman in a bubble bath.  

But, for the number of times you’ve seen that meme, ‘liked’ that meme, nodded along with that meme, and even repeated that meme to other people in your life, do you actually practice it? 

When the rubber hits the road and you have to choose between showing up for someone else’s wants and needs when you’re maxed out and need a break, what do you choose? 

Time and time again, we see people forego their own needs to continue to deliver for, show up for, and take care of others, and it’s to their own detriment. 

In this episode, we’re tackling this head-on by addressing one fundamental truth: If so many people are relying on you, that means you’re a very important person in that equation. It means you’re an asset. And an asset is something that needs to be protected in order to retain its value.  

Let that sink in. 

You are the asset. 

Protect the asset. 

Consider this our battle-cry to achievers everywhere! If you play an important role in others’ lives, you need to protect yourself so that you can continue to show up the way you want to and the way they need you to.  

You are the asset. 


During this episode, we announced the beta release of our signature psych strength building program, Ascend. We couldn’t be more excited to send this baby out into the world!  

As a beta program, we’re releasing it at the lowest price it will ever be. If you’ve ever considered doing something for yourself. To build your own psychological strength and resilience. To dive deep into understanding yourself. To design your life around YOU. This program is for you. 

Learn more at  

Jun 24, 2020

Have you ever been frustrated by self-help gurus and other people who tell you to become your best self, focus on gratitude, and show up as the person you want to be....all the while, they’ve never faced a day of adversity in their lives? 

The thing is, gratitude is easy when life is easy. It’s easy to show up as our best when life is going well.  

But, the rubber hits the road when life gets tough and we have to put this information, tools, and techniques to work in difficult times. Today, we’re talking to a man who did just that. 

Michael Arterberry grew up in a very difficult set of circumstances. The son of an alcoholic father, Michael experienced incredible hardship. Poverty. Crime. Bad outside influences. His early days had all the makings of a life that goes down a bad path. 

But, at a very young age, Michael tapped into something POWERFUL: the legacy he wanted to leave behind and the life he wanted to build for his future kids and family. And, that powerful motivator helped him reinvent himself into the man he is today.  

During our conversation, we talk about: 

  • Being the driver of our own life, and the forces that are typically in the drivers’ seat for many of us 
  • Actionable activities you can do to take back your keys when you’re not in charge. 
  • How we can change our own identity & change the course of our lives through reinvention...and ways to do just that. 
  • The legacy he wants to leave for his family & why that is so impactful for all of us to think about 

You can find out more about Michael by visiting You can also learn about his organization the Youth Voices Center, check out his online course at, and read Michael’s book “Be Encouraged.” 

Jun 17, 2020

When someone asks you, “How are you feeling today?” How do you typically answer?  

If you’re like many of us, you answer with a simple, “Good.” But, that doesn’t convey nearly the entire story, does it? 

The fact is, we experience incredibly complex emotions, and our ability to recognize our own emotions and the emotions of others is called emotional intelligence, and it’s what we’re focusing on with this week’s guest. 

This week, we’re speaking with Dan Hill. He’s an internationally recognized expert on the role of emotions in politics, business, sports, and pop culture. He’s spoken to audiences in over 25 countries, and to capture and quantify emotions, Dan pioneered the use of facial coding (the analysis of facial expressions) with his company Sensory Logic. 

Dan is also the author of the book “Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook for Reading Others,” which we dive into during our conversation. 

We also talk about: 

  • What emotional intelligence is and how it relates to many facets of life 
  • Facial coding and the 23 different emotional markers on our faces.
  • The specificity we can get to when we label emotions. BTW, did you know there are SEVEN different types of anger? 
  • Finally, Dan gives us numerous examples of famous people and their “signature emotions” and how to recognize them in their expressions. 

This was such a fascinating conversation, particularly when you think about it from the context of how strongly it impacts our day-to-day lives. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Jun 10, 2020

Have you ever wondered how some of the best mental well-being apps came to be? Apps like Happify, Headspace, and Muse. How did they come to be, and how did they scale to the point that they’ve touched over 100 million people? 

Today we’re getting a little glimpse behind that curtain as we speak with Charlie Hartwell. Charlie is a partner within the influential investor group, Bridge Builders Collaborative. This group was the first to see, understand, and invest in startups within the consumer technological health market. They are now pioneers in the new arena of health and well-being centered around human consciousness. 

Charlie also works alongside his wife in the ShiftIt Institute, an organization aimed at raising the consciousness of the world.  

During our conversation we talk about: 

  • The importance of mental health and well-being and how the science behind it is becoming so much more available, making it an area that people are willing to invest their time and energy in. 
  • Charlie’s own personal story of aligning the work he’s doing to his strengths and value system 
  • What it means to “go deeper” and use his work to make a bigger, global impact 
  • The big reason why he invests in companies in the mental health and well-being space and what he’s trying to accomplish on a global scale 

This is such a valuable conversation as we think about the importance of the work we’re each doing in our own lives. It’s a testament to the importance of building psychological strength and practicing life design.  

Relevant Links: 

Jun 3, 2020

Today we’re going deep. Into the depths of our minds to talk about the fundamental processes that govern more of our behavior and more of the results and outcomes in our lives than we even realize. We’re sifting through the core of our psychological profiles that makes up the basis or the foundation for most of our lives. And we’re showing how this core, these fundamental processes, can be used to both better our lives and to navigate through some of the most difficult days that life will throw at us. 

Today, we’re speaking with Elizabeth BentonDuring our conversation, Elizabeth shares how she was depressed, deeply in debt, and obese. As a nutrition expert and educator who binged on junk food every time she put gas in her car, she felt like a fraud and a failure. Desperate to start her life, she decided to believe in her potential rather than her past. She lost 150 pounds, paid off $130,000, and remains debt-free as a successful entrepreneur. 

What I love most about this episode is that it wasn’t the surface level behaviors that needed to change first. It wasn’t about the food or the budget. Rather, to see changes manifest in those areas, Elizabeth had to focus on the core: her identity, her values, her mindset. By doing that, she saw how everything could change. 

Today, Elizabeth is the owner of Primal Potential. Through her platform of podcasts, coaching, and live events, she has fueled her deepest struggles into a burning passion to help people create transformations and live more fulfilled lives. 

I should also mention that Elizabeth very recently lost a child. She shares a bit about that experience in this conversation and how the same mindset techniques that helped her lose weight and get out of debt are the ones she’s relying on to get her through the most difficult time in her life.  

Please approach this episode with care. There is depth and value here, but we’re talking about real topics – difficult topics – topics that might be hard for some listeners to hear.  

May 27, 2020

There are a few topics that just feel….”yucky” to talk about sometimes, and money is one of them. 

Think about it, we don’t talk about how much money we make, nor do we ask other people how much money they make. We have a tough time asking for what we’re worth, or even knowing what we’re worth in the first place. 

We’ve all heard dozens of sayings that portray people who are trying to build wealth as greedy people.  

No wonder why this topic is so off-limits! 

Not today! Today, we’re speaking with Shannon Foreman, founder of Forethought PlanningShannon founded Forethought Planning with the dream to radically change how people consume their financial education and feel financially empowered! Shannon strongly believes that money is personal and the physical, mental, relational and financial aspects of your life need to work in harmony. 

In her personal time, Shannon enjoys fitness and personal development— self-care is a huge topic of conversation throughout the client experience at Forethought and Shannon wants to lead by example.  

In this episode, we dig into some of the core psychological principles that impact us when we make decisions about our financial future. Things like: 

  • The beliefs we have about money and where they came from 
  • Our self-identity and what that means for the goals we’re likely to set and achieve 
  • How fear and too much of a security net can actually make you less financially secure 
  • The importance of having a meaningful ‘why’ that drives your whole financial plan. 
  • How a true financial plan needs to encapsulate your physical, mental, and relational aspects of life as well. 

I hope you take away a new sense of empowerment from this episode! 

Relevant Links: 

May 20, 2020

Stop. Stop right now. Consider for a moment the opportunity that stands before each and every one of us. 

Life is about to go back to “normal” after COVID. We’re about to go back to our jobs, begin shopping, interacting, and living in a way that is closer to the way we lived before COVID.  

However, we’ve been through a formative experience, and if you’re like me, you’ve learned a few things over the past few months. 

There are things you want to change. 

Alignments to be made. 

You’re ready to live the next chapter of your life by DESIGN, and not by DEFAULT. 

Friends, the time is NOW to do just that, and this episode will help you do it. 

This episode is the audio from a recent workshop we hosted for the members of our Starter Pack. Specifically, we walked through a 60-minute, hands on exercise to align the next chapter of your life with your unique values system. 

Now this exercise is just scratching the surface of what Life Design can actually do, but it’ll get you a heck of a lot closer to an aligned life than if you leave it up to chance...which is what most people will do. 

Don’t live this next chapter of your life by default. Dig in. Do the work. And live this next chapter by DESIGN. 

Join the Peak Mind Starter Pack by visiting this link & you’ll find the module containing the download for this week’s episode. Follow along with us, and let us know what you’re going to do going forward! 

May 13, 2020

As many of us are either reemerging after the pandemic or contemplating what our lives will be like as we go “back to normal,” many of us are thinking through the aspects of our “normal” lives that are worth going back to. 

Yes, the situation we’ve all been through has been difficult. We’ve endured tremendous hardship as a globe, but this adversity has likely illuminated changes you want to make in your life as you move forward. 

Effectively making those changes requires knowing exactly what you want…and asking for it in an effective way. 

Because of this, I’m so excited to welcome AmyK Hutchens back to the podcast.  

AmyK is an international award-winning speaker, Amazon bestselling author, and has over 10 years’ experience training, coaching, and consulting. With over 75+ speaking events per year for some of the biggest global brands. AmyK travels the world helping leaders become Master Communicators so they can lead, innovate, sell, and collaborate more effectively. One. Conversation. At. A. Time. 

In this interview, AmyK shares some key phrases and tips to construct a more effective conversation to get what you want. She also dives deep into our worth and the value of stepping into and using our own voice. She gives a powerful lesson about the importance of going on a “conversation diet” in order to create a more beautiful life experience, and we follow it up with a quick conversation about her brand new book: “Get It! Five Steps to the Sex, Salary, Success You Want.”  

I’m thrilled to welcome AmyK back to the podcast to help us all as we transition into the next phase of our lives. 

May 6, 2020

Today’s episode is a deep one. We’re diving straight to the heart of a set of topics that are responsible for more suffering, stress, and anxiety in people’s lives than any others. 

Today we’re speaking with Dr. Nima Rahmany. Dr. Rahmany is a chiropractor turned educator whose goal is to help people locate, understand, and heal their own inner suffering and trauma so that they might live better and connect to others on a deeper level. 

In this episode we talk about: 

  • Radical responsibility and how we all must take 100% responsibility for 100% of the situations we find ourselves in 
  • Intergenerational suffering and the ways in which our past trauma and experience dictate the ways we relate to our children and other close relationships around us, perpetuating unhelpful patterns. 
  • The involuntary or unconscious way many of us live – So much of our life is spent on auto-pilot, and Dr. Rahmany gives us tactical tools for breaking that cycle 
  • Triggers – What they are, the role they serve in our lives, and how we can become “trigger proof.” 

You’re going to want to listen to this episode twice. There’s so much value in it. Please take this episode as a wake-up call to be an active driver of your own life.  

Relevant Links: 

Peak mind is currently offering bi-weekly (2 / week) psych strength building workshops absolutely FREE. Sign up for the Peak Mind Starter Pack get all the details about how you can join us and to access the replays from past calls. 

Apr 29, 2020

If you’re like me, you’re a “doer.” When something needs to be done, you do it. When someone needs help, you’re there. When you see something that can be improved, you’re on it. 

There’s a shadow side to all that “doing.” 

Many times, we take on more and more at our own expense. We feel obligated to tend to others’ needs at the expense of our own. We try to control and manage things that are in actuality not ours to control and manage.  

This is called “over-functioning,” and it’s one of the key topics we’re talking about in today’s episode. 

Today, we’re speaking with Mandy Barbee. Mandy is a hypnotherapist, the founder of Palladium Mind, and perhaps more importantly, a recovered over-functioner 

Mandy brings her personal transformation and her expertise to this episode to talk about a number of important topics that are likely influencing us right now: 

  • We talk about the committee of voices we all have in our mind that drives us to over-function 
  • We talk about self-sabotage. What causes it and how we can use it as input to move forward toward what we really want. 
  • We go in depth on the real role of self-care. It’s more than bubble baths and manicures 
  • And, finally, Mandy shares a free resource she’s put together just for us, which you can access here. 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stretched thin, this is the episode for you. 

Peak mind is currently offering bi-weekly (2 / week) psych strength building workshops absolutely FREE. Sign up for the Peak Mind Starter Pack at to get all the details about how you can join us and to access the replays from past calls.  

Apr 22, 2020

We’re in an unprecedented time of “social distancing.” Many of us are experiencing the effects of spending time away from family and friends, and loneliness is one feeling so many of us are having. 

Because of this, I’m thrilled to welcome Peter Montoya back to the podcast. Peter was actually with us for a past episode that you can access here. Peter is a best-selling author, a keynote speaker, and the CEO of Thrive Union. Most importantly for today’s conversation, he’s an expert on social connection. 

In this very candid conversation, we talk about some important topics and share our own personal experiences: 

  • The importance of social connection and how much we actually need 
  • The different levels of social connection and how they influence our well-being 
  • How we can meet our social needs during this time of “distancing” 
  • What the silver lining of the pandemic has been 

No matter what your circumstances, I want you to know that I’m thinking about you and this community often. Please don’t be a stranger. Reach out and let me know what other topics you’d like me to cover during this time. 

I’m here for you! 

Peak mind is currently offering bi-weekly (2 / week) psych strength building workshops absolutely FREE. Sign up for the Peak Mind Starter Pack get all the details about how you can join us and to access the replays from past calls. 

Apr 15, 2020

This episode was created for and is dedicated to our front-line healthcare workers.   

The responsibility you are being asked to shoulder amidst a time of incredible uncertainty and rapid change is overwhelming. We see you. We see the sacrifice you’re making. We can attempt to empathize with the emotional toll this must all be taking.   

When you play such an important role supporting others, it’s important that others support you. We support you. 

This week, I’m speaking with Lisa Wimberger, the founder of the Neuroscultping Institute. Lisa created neurosculpting using a combination of meditation and brain science to develop a hands-on technique that can reset and retrain your brain and your nervous system to down-regulate during times of stress. 

She originally created neurosculpting in 2007 to help first-responders cope with the incredible intensity of their jobs. Too many first-responders suffer emotional trauma and PTSD from simply doing their jobs, and the neurosculpting technique can help guard against that.  

You can see why I asked Lisa to join me for this special episode of Building Psychological Strength. I wanted to give our front-line medical professionals tools they can use to remain balanced during a time of excruciating pressure.   

During our conversation, we: 

  • Acknowledge the different situations healthcare workers are in and how stressful they all are, regardless of whether the “surge” has hit your area or not, 
  • We talk about what we can do as community members to support healthcare workers 
  • Lisa covers the role our nervous system is playing in this situation, including the way it is supposed to work, and the way it does work in a period of sustained stress. 
  • What healthcare workers can be doing to help down-regulate their nervous system during this time.  
  • Known ways you can tune your vagus nerve. 
  • The 3 keys to successful neuroplasticity 

This episode is packed with resources for everyone, but in particular, for front-line healthcare workers.  

We also highlighted a number of resources 

  • Peak mind is currently offering bi-weekly (2 / week) psych strength building workshops absolutely FREE. Sign up for the Peak Mind Starter Pack at to get all the details about how you can join us and to access the replays from past calls.  
  • Lisa’s original episode on the podcast where she dives in-depth into the neurosculpting approach 

Finally, Lisa announced the upcoming launch of her new neurosculpting app. Learn more at:  

Peak mind is currently offering bi-weekly (2 / week) psych strength building workshops absolutely FREE. Sign up for the Peak Mind Starter Pack at to get all the details about how you can join us and to access the replays from past calls. 

Apr 8, 2020

If you’re a parent, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these are very difficult times. During this global pandemic, parents are being asked to simultaneously do multiple different jobs at the same time, and the expectations and evaluations we’re placing on ourselves can be crushing. 

I recently stumbled upon a meme on Facebook, of all things, and I knew that I had to reach out to its author to ask her to come on the podcast.  

Here’s an excerpt from that meme: 

Working, parenting, and teaching are three different jobs that cannot be done at the same time. It’s not hard because you’re doing it wrong. It’s hard because it’s too much. Do the best you can. 

Such compassionate words that so many of us need to hear right now. Words written by this week’s guest, Dr. Emily King.  

Dr. Emily King is a Licensed Psychologist and Heath ServicesProvider in private practice in Raleigh, North Carolina. She specializesin working with children and adolescents with anxiety, ADHD, and AutismSpectrum Disorders. Dr. King received her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina atChapel Hill. 

In this episode we touch on: 

  • The importance of self-compassion in times like these 
  • How you can use anchor points in your routine to help everyone feel more comfortable where they’re at in their day 
  • The unique needs that kids might have during these times and how we can help them thrive through them. 
  • What self-care looks like and how we can cultivate it to help us show up as our best 
  • How to cultivate more compassionate, open communication with our partners and spouses during this intense time 

I know you’re going to appreciate this conversation with Dr. Emily King. Please share this with another parent who might need some compassion during this time. 

Peak mind is currently offering bi-weekly (2 / week) psych strength building workshops absolutely FREE. Sign up for the Peak Mind Starter Pack at to get all the details about how you can join us and to access the replays from past calls. 

Apr 1, 2020

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If you’re searching for tools and techniques to help you maintain resilience in the face of the uncertain times we’re in, this episode is for you. 

A few months back, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ariel Garten, mindfulness expert, and Founder of the company Muse. Muse makes a brain-sensing headband that helps people meditate more effectively. 

Through my connection with Ariel, I was able to get an interview with this week’s guest. Patricia Karpas is a former media executive, the Head of Content for Muse, and the founder of Meditation Studio, a 5-star meditation app. She’s with us this week to help us understand the power of mindfulness during uncertain times like these and, more importantly, to help us get started.  

During this episode we talk about: 

  • What mindfulness means in these uncertain times 
  • The benefits of meditation both now and in our normal lives 
  • How your breath serves as an anchor in times of panic and chaos 
  • The impact of meditation on the way your brain responds to threats 
  • The importance of a gratitude practice 

We also highlight a number of resources for you: 

I hope this episode serves as an actionable tool for you to cultivate a practice that will benefit you now and well into the future. Please share this with someone else who might benefit.

Mar 25, 2020

As we move through these uncertain times together, I want to do everything I can to help you build and maintain the psychological strength you’ll need to thrive through this adversity.  

We founded Peak Mind to help you navigate times exactly like this.  

Life is not always perfect. Sometimes gratitude is more difficult to find. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is do our best to remain calm and keep a balanced mindset. 

Psychological strength can help you do just that. 

This episode is the first of a series of episodes that I plan to do to help you navigate the complex thoughts and feelings that might be coming up as we face the coming weeks and months. 

In today’s episode, I discuss a few things: 

  • First, we discuss the brain science behind why we all feel so anxious as our day-to-day lives are so different from the way they once were. You are not alone in your feelings. They are very normal and quite natural and adaptive. 
  • I talk about how our natural response to uncertainty is to try to control our circumstances. This helps explain why we as a group have responded in some of the ways that we have (hello, toilet paper). 
  • Finally, I end with a hands-on exercise that you can do to help find a more grounded, centered, balanced mindset during times that you might feel anxious or worried. 

The fact of the matter is, there is a threat out there. The corona virus is real. However, I hope that the information and exercise in this episode helps you remain calm and centered, even as you move through a period of great uncertainty and change. 


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Mar 18, 2020

What if I told you that it is literally possible for you to choose the way you’re going to feel in nearly every situation in life? 

As it turns out, decades of research into the connection between thoughts and emotions shows us that it is, and we’re digging deep into it this week.  

This week, we’re speaking with Dr. Sasha Heinz. Dr. Heinz is a Developmental Psychologist and Life Coach, is an expert in Positive Psychology, lasting behavioral change, and the science of getting unstuck. She is a graduate of Harvard Universitya former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s Master of Applied Positive Psychology programa working mom, and she has lived life on the frontline of the battle with perfectionism. 

This episode is such a powerful one because it has the ability to change your day-to-day life experience. 

We dig into: 

  • The link between situations, thoughts, emotions, and actions, and the order in which they happen 
  • We talk about the importance of cultivating emotional fluency 
  • We dive DEEP into guilt and the sneaky ways our mind propagates it 
  • Then we talk about what to do to change all of that 

I’m so proud of myself because there were about a dozen rabbit holes I didn’t go down in this interview in the effort of keeping us focused. Rest assured, Dr. Heinz will be back for another episode soon. 

Until then, please enjoy this interview and think about how you might use the tips in this episode to help improve your own emotional experience. 

Mar 16, 2020

Unless you’ve been living so far off the grid that a global pandemic can’t reach you anyways, you’ve heard about the coronavirus. You’ve probably also been affected in some way. Events have been cancelled. Businesses and schools have closed or shifted to remote options. Supplies at grocery stores have sold out in places, and the stock market has plummeted.

With organizations like the WHO and CDC issuing the need for safety precautions and various levels of government calling various states of emergency, it’s hard not to worry…or worry that you’re not worrying enough.

For more than a decade, Ashley's day job as a clinical psychologist has been helping people learn to manage anxiety effectively. Because so many people are feeling anxiety and worry, we wanted to share a few tips to help you keep your cool while staying safe.

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Mar 11, 2020

Pop quiz! On a scale from 1-10, how uncomfortable does it make you feel to think about negotiating on your own behalf? 

Now, on a scale from 1-10, how uncomfortable does it make you feel to think about negotiating on someone else’s behalf?  

For a lot of us, the thought of asking for something for ourselves is TERRIFYING. The self-doubt kicks in so fast. “Am I being fair?” “Is my performance really worth that much?” “What if they think I’m difficult to work with?” 

So many of us have that experience, and that’s why we’re diving into the topic this week.  

This week we’re speaking with Ruzana Glaeser. co-founder of, a website aimed to empower women to ask on their own behalf.  

Ruzana has experience negotiating for manufacturing and retail companies, in the US and abroad, for large corporations as well as small privately held firms. She has a direct yet collaborative approach to negotiations, enjoys working with women and speaking about how women can find confidence to negotiate on their own behalf and succeed! 

During this interview, we talk about: 

  • What gender roles and stereotypes actually are and the role they play in negotiations 
  • Our fear of backlash and what to do about it
  • How to cultivate a sense of self-worth to help you be more confident in the size of your ask 
  • The amazing role men can play in your negotiation 
  • Actionable tips for prep, execution, follow-up 

I encourage you to take a broad view of how negotiation plays into your life. The tips and information in this episode can help you in your job, in your relationships, and in so many other facets of life.  

Mar 4, 2020

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Have you ever had to persist even though you wanted to give up?  

Have you ever had to admit to yourself that you have a limited capacity of energy or bandwidth and had to be strategic about how you spend your time and energy?  

Have you ever had to transition into a new identity and felt sadness at the identity and lifestyle you’re leaving behind? 

If you said ‘yes’ to any of those questions, this week’s interview is for you. This week, we’re speaking with Brian Weaver, entrepreneur, father, husband, and former elite amateur IronMan athlete. 

Brian spent years in the sport of IronManranking as high as No. 1 in the world for his class. He knows exactly what it feels like to have to persist when you want to quit. He intimately understands the strategy it takes to work within your limited amount of energy, and he’s masterful at setting up the strategies, systems, and supportive environments to help him achieve his goals. 

And we get to learn from him this week! 

In his episode, we cover: 

  • The strategic approach Brian took to create space in his busy life to compete in IronMan 
  • We talked about the importance of time management and a supportive network of people in helping you achieve your goals. 
  • He gives priceless advice on the importance of self-awareness and knowing where your strengths and weaknesses are so that you can strategically approach each of them. 
  • He also speaks in depth about how to manage your limited amount of energy in a given day using a brilliant metaphor about a book of matches. 
  • Finally, he talks about his experience as he has transitioned out of the sport and what it has meant to leave that identity behind.  

This episode is full of so much wisdom from someone who has competed at an elite level, and he breaks it all down to make it applicable to our daily lives.  

Feb 26, 2020

Some of you might know that I recently turned 40! Beyond the typical celebration, cake, and candles that come with any birthday, something stood out as unique about this one. 

The reactions of people around me when I told them the age I was turning. 

Some people were very positive. They wished me a “happy birthday,” and that was the end of it. 

But many people seemed conflicted about the number 40. Their reactions felt as though they knew that the number 40 means something for woman. An indication that I was growing old…and all that comes with that in our society. 

We’re digging right into the heart of that topic in this week’s episode with Stephanie RaffelockStephanie is an advocate for the positive potential of aging. She proves that women aren’t finished living their best lives at 50, 60 and beyond, but instead, hold to the promise to become the wise elders of our culture. Stephanie celebrates age and shows how it’s a privilege to grow old -- how every single day is a gift.  

We talk about some powerful topics in this episode: 

  • The importance of remaining relevant and making an impact throughout our entire lives 
  • Where we put our value as a person 
  • How we experience difficult emotions, and more importantly, the lessons they can teach us (you won’t want to miss this conversation) 
  • What it means to live life in a rapture of the experience 
  • The toxicity of the word “should,” and the underlying shame that fuels its impact 
  • What supporting other women really looks like 
  • And finally, the importance of asking yourself what kind of person you want to be remembered as and how you want to feel on your last day 

This is a deeply powerful episode. It’ll ask you to confront some of your biggest desires and fears as a human being, but in doing so, you’ll grow so much. I just know it. 

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