The Shek Check

The Shek Check

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The self-awareness podcast inspiring you to check yourself so you wreck yourself a little bit less.


Music: The Original Mental Health Advocate
Jan 21 • 11 min
Perhaps the lyrics are giving us a name to emotions we haven’t named yet. Perhaps the music empowers us to look at how we view ourselves, or how we view others. Perhaps it brings us perspective on a current situation. Perhaps the open struggle of a…
Shifts that Shape with Guest Tasha Jackson
Jan 14 • 40 min
Do our experiences shape us, or do the shifts we take from those experiences shape us? Or do they both? Part two of my conversation with Therapist and Author Tasha Jackson explores that using both of our own lived experiences. Her own journey of healing…
Swiping Right with Guest Tasha Jackson
Jan 7 • 29 min
Social media and dating apps give us a wonderful new way to connect with people from around the world. It can also isolate us we scroll and swipe through information and people at a faster speed. We can blame and celebrate all of that, or we can move with…
Redefining Hope
Dec 27, 2019 • 8 min
​What if….hope was not a magical thing outside of us that we had to find, that we had to hold on to, that we could lose? What if…hope is something we unknowingly practice everyday? What if…hope lived in our daily actions? What if…hope lived in the choices…
The Myth of Self-Diagnosis
Dec 19, 2019 • 14 min
While “self-diagnosis” is literally impossible, a totally made up nonsensical phrase and nothing. The thoughts that form within us when we digest, attach and fixate on things we might look up are very real. This episode explores those thoughts, the…
Checkin’ Psychological Health & The Military with Guest Matt Thompson
Dec 10, 2019 • 68 min
When looking to address the topic of psychological health and the military, I wanted different perspectives. I wanted to understand it from someone who has experienced it first hand and I wanted someone who works in the mental health field. I got both…
The Curious Case For Authenticity
Dec 5, 2019 • 8 min
Authenticity Vs. Fauxthenticity. A curious case indeed. Authentic (adj)- Not false or imitation Fauxthentic (adj)- An appearance of Authentic Authenticity comes up a lot, we are craving it more and more. We want it in our daily lives, in our…
Understanding Gratitude
Nov 24, 2019 • 8 min
Do we understand Gratitude (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/gratitude) ? The feeling. During the holiday season, gratitude comes up a lot. More than any other time of year. We get asked those questions, “What are you thankful for?” “What are you…
Checkin’ Hypnotherapy with Guest Jesse Lyon LMHC
Nov 18, 2019 • 44 min
Hypnotherapy, Psychoanalysis, and Disney Princess’. Those three words and concepts are the best overview of my chat with Licensed Mental Health Counselor Jesse Lyon. The Shek Check loves to explore the different modalities that exist in Therapy and…
What Lies Beneath: Procrastination
Oct 3, 2019 • 11 min
“What lies beneath” will provide me more answers than throwing “fixes” on what the surface is showing. It becomes dangerous to label ourselves (or others) based on behaviors (or pattern of behaviors). I personally can understand how that can become a…
Build Upon the Narrative
Sep 18, 2019 • 5 min
The quote “Rewrite your story” has been popping up all over my social media. Is trying to change your past trending? Is it really that healthy? In my own personal opinion, it is the furthest thing from growth and healing possible. It is the furthest thing…
Beyond Surviving: 3 Years Later
Sep 5, 2019 • 13 min
September 5, 2016 marks a huge turning point in my life, even though that was the day I took the actions to no longer have life. The key words being “Turning Point”. There is hope at our darkest times, even though it is hard to see. It’s not a blind hope,…
Checkin’ Beyond The Bipolar with Guest Matthew Breuer
Aug 30, 2019 • 47 min
Matthew Breuer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco, California. Like me, he knows first hand what it is like to live with Bipolar Disorder. Matthew uses his own lived experiences with Bipolar Disorder and his studies of Integral…
Checkin’ Body, Mind & Breath with Guest Eddie Ulm
Aug 22, 2019 • 33 min
Episode 46- Checkin’ Body, Mind & Breath – Guest Eddie Ulm BSc CMT SEP The body and mind connection is undeniable, it exists in one place. When it comes to treatment of our body and our mind, we tend to create a disconnect. Even when we speak about it, we…
Checkin’ Our Political Trauma with Guest Dr. Bryan Harnsberger
Aug 14, 2019 • 44 min
In this episode, Dr. Bryan Harnsberger joins the chat to talk about our political climate and how it is affecting our Mental Health. Both collectively as society, and of course as individuals. Since our Mental Health is how we think, feel and behave. To…
Checkin’ The Transparent Misfit
Aug 9, 2019 • 35 min
“Blessed are the weird people: Poets, Misfits, Writers, Mystics, Painters, Troubadours, for they teach us to see the world through different eyes” – Jacob Nordby James Tucker is an artist and the owner of Aesthetic Union- a letterpress print shop…
Snuggling Uncertainty
Aug 1, 2019 • 7 min
What would happen if we challenged ourselves to snuggle with uncertainty? We fear it, we avoid it, we struggle more because we are clinging so hard to an idea of certainty. When really, the only certainty through our lives is uncertainty. I believe we get…
Checkin’ Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
Jul 26, 2019 • 41 min
This week’s episode is brought to you by the letters ACT. What does that stand for? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Psychotherapist Greg Bodin (who is an absolute delight) joins us this week to talk about this type of Psychotherapy that is getting more…
Shiftin’ Self Care
Jul 18, 2019 • 7 min
The ways we market and promote Self-Care needs to change. There is a heavy focus on self-care from the outside in, which is totally legitimate. I think our focus needs to shift, not ignore. We see more and more focus turn to our Mental Health, which needs…
Checkin’ OCD in Context
Jul 12, 2019 • 41 min
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder where people experience unwanted repeating thoughts, feelings, images, or sensations. Engaging in behaviors or mental acts in response. While we have a lot of misconceptions on Mental Health…
Bonus: Old Dogs Learn New Tricks
Jul 9, 2019 • 5 min
This week’s quick self-check Shek Check, is dissolving the idea that “Old dogs can’t learn new tricks”. So I know something I got in the habit of doing, (and actively trying to stop) is placing limiting beliefs on others. “This is how they are, they will…
Checkin’ The Power of a Voice
Jul 5, 2019 • 48 min
A single voice can reach out to all those who sit in silence, and it holds that power. It is sometimes weird to say that when someone uses their voice to break down societal barriers, that it gives others permission to do the same. Afterall, we are all…
Bonus: (de)Serving You
Jul 2, 2019 • 5 min
“Sometimes it is you who isn’t giving you what you deserve” – We talk so much about how much we deserve, from others. We think so much about how much we deserve, from others. We get caught up in the emotions and actions that are born from that. Affecting…
Checkin’ Pride
Jun 19, 2019 • 15 min
Pride is defined as a quality or state of being proud. As a delight or elation arising from an act. That is what is celebrated every June for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community. Taking pride in standing up against discrimination,…
Checkin’ The Shame
Jun 12, 2019 • 33 min
Checkin’ the shame this week. Shame is real and it pops up in our lives in ways we may not fully realize. It forms from many different places. Perhaps its beliefs we grew up with, perhaps it is from events that have gone down in our lives, perhaps it has…
Checkin’ Our Allies
Jun 5, 2019 • 55 min
Our Allies stand by us, they support us, they fight with us, and they fight for us. Allies are important for all of us, and especially for any marginalized community. Since, it is LGBT Pride Month and I am a proud gay man, I celebrate a pride I did not…
Checkin’ Building Brain Waves
May 29, 2019 • 28 min
Mindfulness and Meditation have become extremely potent in caring for my Mental Health. However, with its popularity there are growing misconceptions that actually miss the point of how it is utilized. Something my guest today addresses openly on his…
Checkin’ #KeepTalkingMH
May 22, 2019 • 41 min
Community is such an important thing in this world, and social media does make it easier for us to form those communities. Forming friendships from around the world, understanding people and topics we may not have been open to before. Ultimately, feeling…
Checkin’ Behind The Smile
May 8, 2019 • 23 min
In aid of the Mental Health Charity MIND the “Behind The Smile” Art Exhibition was born from the mind and paintbrushes of Artist Toby Brown. This week’s guest. Toby, with his own mental health struggles and journey, decided to help open the conversation…
Checkin’ Religious Trauma Recovery
May 1, 2019 • 47 min
Religious Trauma Syndrome is a result of chronic abuses of extremist religions and impact of severing one’s connection with one’s faith. Comparable to a combination of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (C-PTSD) My guest today, Andrew…
Checkin’ Inner Transformation
Apr 24, 2019 • 43 min
“The idea of facing myself naked, without the trappings of the world seemed unbearable” – Felipe Zimmer However, that is what Felipe did. What followed was a journey of consciousness and inner transformation. Choosing to face all the judgements, thoughts…
Checkin’ Psychology & The Stars
Apr 17, 2019 • 30 min
“Growing up, I always had this desire to learn more about something beyond. Find a pattern that understood the fragments of the world and put it back into a better puzzle of understanding of myself and the reflection of everything that we are” – Kyle…
Checkin’ Identity with Guest Dr. J Rodriguez
Apr 10, 2019 • 58 min
In this episode, what is explored is our identities. As a society we cling to fixed identities, because it feels safe and confined. Easy to understand. However, what is more natural is fluid personality. That battle between the two becomes a new battle…
Checkin’ “What We’re Meant For”
Apr 3, 2019 • 21 min
Art & film is an incredible way to connect and kick start conversations surround Mental Health. It is a conversation for all ages. It is also a conversation that the 2D Animated Short “What We’re Meant For” is aiming to inspire. I got to talk with the…
Checkin’ Addiction & Recovery with Guest Sam Morris
Mar 27, 2019 • 43 min
“Wherever you go, there you are” – Jon Kabat-Zinn There are many ways we can find to run away. Run away from a situation, from a relationship, from a setting but essentially from ourselves. We can literally pick ourselves up and move, we can cut people…
Checkin’ Perceptions with Guest Lawson Patterson
Mar 19, 2019 • 45 min
The word “healing” when it comes to Mental Health, is a bit misleading to me. Especially if you look at it in terms of our physical health. We think of a wound being smoothed over. We think, two pieces being mended back together. I’ve started to look at…
“Checkin’ Anxiety” with Guest Ryan Light
Mar 13, 2019 • 49 min
Ryan Light is an athlete, blogger and coach. Having struggled with general anxiety,panic disorder and OCD Ryan knows first hand how it feels to live with this struggle on a daily basis. As he takes his journey he now inspires people to find their own way…
Episode 22: Circle of Judgement
Feb 25, 2019 • 7 min
In a world where we scream “Dont judge me”, yet we go on judging. Judging others and ourselves. When do we choose, individually, to start living by example? When do we choose to break that Circle of Judgement? Follow Erez and The Shek Check on Social…
Episode 21: Special Guests Kyle Thomas & Kenyth Mogan
Feb 15, 2019 • 56 min
Originally Aired on Blog Talk Radio on February 14 2019 Valentine’s Day can be hard when you are single, so why not talk about it. The Shek Check is joined by two incredible guests for this panel discussion about love, relationships, and self love.…
Episode 20: Special Guest Charles Minguez
Feb 1, 2019 • 57 min
Originally aired live on the Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio. January 31, 2019 Charles is a contributing writer for The Good Men Project, his mental health story has been published on PsychCentral, and he’s also a Peer Support Facilitator with the…
Episode 19: Special Guest Dr. Risa Stein
Jan 25, 2019 • 60 min
Originally aired Live with Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio January 24, 2019 Risa Stein, Ph.D., is a clinical pediatric health psychologist. She currently serves on the editorial board for The Journal of Evolution and Health, and frequently reviews…
Episode 18: Special Guest Christopher Rivas
Jan 18, 2019 • 53 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio. January 17, 2019 Speaking with Christopher Rivas is a breath of fresh awareness. He is a 2018 Ariane De Rothschild Social Entrepreneurship fellow. He’s a two-time Moth winner, published…
Episode 17: Special Guest Michael Pipich LMFT & Author of “Owning Bipolar”
Jan 14, 2019 • 62 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Network on Blog Talk Radio. January 10, 2019. Michael Pipich is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Founder of The Bipolar Network and Author of “Owning Bipolar: How Patients and Families Can Take Control of…
Episode 16: Special Guest Rami Bayaa
Jan 5, 2019 • 59 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Radio on Blog Talk Radio. January 3, 2019 Rami Bayaa wanted to create a way for conversations to spark around Health issues, wanted to empower patients, and raise awareness around chronic illness’ and disorders. So he…
Episode 15: Justin Birckbichler
Dec 29, 2018 • 61 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Radio on Blog Talk Radio. December 27, 2018 Ending 2018 with a man that proves that real Superheroes only need one ball. Joined by Justin Birckbichler, a Testicular Cancer Survivor & Men’s Health Activist. Featured in…
Episode 14: Guest Erika Reva
Dec 29, 2018 • 60 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Radio on Blog Talk Radio December 20, 2018 The Shek Check was joined by We In Me Podcast Host Erika Reva. Speaking openly on the effects of Trauma and living with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Her Podcast “The We in…
Episode 13: Robbie Millward
Dec 14, 2018 • 63 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Radio on Blog Talk Radio December 6 , 2018 Father, Veteran, Mental Health Blogger & Mental Health Speaker Robbie Millward joined us to talk about life and life with Anxiety, Depression and PTSD. A must listen. Become…
Episode 12: Guest Anthony Caputo
Dec 14, 2018 • 63 min
Actor and Anxiety Coach Anthony Caputo joins us to talk about how his experiences have influenced his life, and how he’s turned it into helping others. If you are listening on Apple Podcasts, please make sure to leave a rating & review. Comments or…
Episode 11: Special Guest Brandon Leland
Dec 1, 2018 • 57 min
Originally Aired Live on Left of Str8 Radio on Blog Talk Radio November 29, 2018 Joined by Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Artist and Producer Brandon Leland from the band “Till I Fall”. Brandon shares his journey living with depression and anxiety, and how…
Episode 10: The Label Liability
Oct 25, 2018 • 7 min
The labels other people put on us is one thing, the labels we accept or give ourselves….they hurt us just as much. You can help support The Shek Check grow by visiting anchor.fm/The-Shek-Check Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 9: Boundary Care
Oct 17, 2018 • 8 min
This episode is brought to you by the letter “B”. As in Boundaries. It’s not just about setting them up and expecting them to always hold. We also have to know that….well listen to the episode and you will find how that sentence completes itself. If you…
Episode 8: Fashionatomy with Guest Rami Bayaa
Oct 12, 2018 • 15 min
When it comes to our health, the more we spark conversations about it the better off we all are. That is what Rami Bayaa is doing with his originally designed medically themed jewelry. Check out our interview and his designs on the Fashionatomy website…
Episode 7: Words are Not Enough
Sep 28, 2018 • 7 min
Just because words are not enough, is not saying words do not matter. It is saying, we are missing a major connection with them when it regards our personal growth, our mental health, and our authenticity. Become a supporter of this podcast:…
Episode 6: Self-Awareness Superpowers with Transformational Life Coach Jil Applegate
Aug 30, 2018 • 11 min
Self-Awareness is a super power that is the base of how we can transform, heal, and grow in life. Transformational Coach Jil Applegate joins The Shek Check for this chat. Learn more about Jil and Applecore Coaching right here: My website is:…
Episode 5: Therapist Chris Morandi- Therapist Unplugged
Aug 23, 2018 • 14 min
The Shek Check pops into the mind of Therapist Chris Morandi. Talking about life “behind the scenes” of working in Mental Health and the importance of therapy. Also delving into the importance of learning emotional language for the care of our Mental…
Episode 4: With Guest Singer-Songwriter Michael Nanna
Aug 17, 2018 • 20 min
Talking Survival, Mental Health & Music with Singer Songwriter Michael Nanna. You can buy Michael’s latest Album “Karmic Clutter” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/karmic-clutter/1391970978 Learn more about Michael and get in touch with him…
Episode 3: In Security
Aug 7, 2018 • 7 min
Our insecurities live in us, so let’s talk about how validation from outside sources won’t bring any long term security. Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-shek-check/support This podcast is sponsored by Anchor
Episode 2: Survivor Culture with Guest Cole
Aug 2, 2018 • 16 min
The Shek Check talks with the Founder of #SurvivorCulture. Learn more (and join) this inclusive movement on Twitter: @SthrnSurvivors @SCFounderDavid. Use the #SurvivorCulture hashtag to find some community and download their Twibbon to show support right…
Episode 1: Mother Stigma
Jul 28, 2018 • 8 min
Why The Shek Check feels that the base definition of Mental Health is the one that gives birth to the stigma of Mental Health Conditions and the Illness’ Become a supporter of this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-shek-check/support This podcast is…