Thinking Outside the Mental Health Box


We are seeing people today turning towards different modalities to treat their ailments, both physical and mental. The rise of Eastern practices like meditation and more holistic remedies like herbalism shows that there is demand for alternative methods.

One in four women are now on anti-anxiety medication and one in three people are overweight, yet the U.S. pays more for health care than any other country. It’s no wonder people are looking for different answers!

On today’s podcast, we sat down with Coach Ken Foxman. Educated and trained as a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Ken has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for over 28 years as both a clinician and an administrator.

He also has 20 years of experience as a personal trainer (with the biceps to prove it). Ken takes a unique approach with clients suffering from mental health issues by combining both his expertise in psychology and his experience as a personal trainer.

He has truly integrated the mind, body, spirit connection into this work with clients and he has seen some tremendous results throughout his career! This integration might be what the healthcare system in U.S. is missing.

Ken explains that the mind-body connection is where we hold trauma and rather than solely talking about it, which is what a typical therapy session would entail, Ken uses the combination of activity and talking to work through it. He also provides an environment and setting for clients where they feel relaxed and not judged.

In this interview, we discuss why you do not need to know at first the root issue of your mental/emotional problem. Getting to the root issue before you are physically and mentally ready to handle it may only cause more pain and suffering.

Ken takes the approach of setting up small action steps for clients to work through that will better their overall health and well-being first. Some of these modalities include regular exercise (which you would often do with him), eating right (adding in more plant based foods), and creating simple systems so that you set yourself up for success by creating micro goals vs. possible failure with larger goals.

Ken explains that when you start to take care of yourself, the unhealthy parts of you might start to resist. What happened to you in your past that caused your pain and trauma will sooner or later become clear because you are no longer feeding the illness.

When we are not taking care of ourselves, we are not feeding our true selves, we’re feeding the illness. By feeding yourself the right foods, drinking enough water, exercising and fully taking care of yourself, you are no longer feeding the unhealthy parts of you. He explains that you may start to piss off those parts and things will start to become clearer for you.

Through this approach of taking care of yourself first, you will become strong enough so that when the unhealthy part of you really starts to fight back, you win.

This is quite a unique approach in the mental health world which is often immediately going to the root cause of an issue and talking about it.

Ken describes that he is the action part of what a therapist might tell a client, so he can work perfectly in conjunction with typical therapy or can work wonders on his own.

As far as goal setting goes, Ken believes that we should be ultra-conscious of the goals that we create. We want to set up as many successes in our lives as possible and by setting a larger or potentially unrealistic goal, it can lead to a potential failure.

Create systems with micro goals or little habits that ensure you will be successful. Scale the goals way back and work your way up from there. This could mean putting your running shoes on and that’s it, if you are looking to exercise more. Then maybe it’s walking outside with your shoes on, from there maybe you add one minute of walking and so on.

Set yourself up for success rather than potential failure and focus on your successes to give you momentum and motivation to continue moving.

Ken is our mental health guru and we plan on speaking with him more in the future! There is so much to be gained from this podcast episode. Be sure to check it out on Google Play, iTunes, or Anchor.

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