Managing Mental Health
with Liz Fedrick, PhD
Dr. Fedrick specializes in working with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, attachment, grief and loss, life transitions, and personal improvement (including motivation & self-esteem).
Dr. Fedrick is also a professor at Grand Canyon University where she teaches behavioral health and psychology. She also co-hosts a YouTube and podcast channel, Evolve Counseling, geared towards parenting and other various mental health topics and serves as host of our sister show, Calm, Cool, and Connected. Dr. Fedrick presents mental health talks throughout her community, as well as authors mental health articles for various media outlets.
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Alexis: Hello, thank you for tuning in to this segment of we are living healthy a few years ago. It would have been taboo to talk about mental health, but now you see to hear about it from your newscasters, from celebrities, even down to your family members, which is why I'm really excited about our guest, who is Dr.
Elizabeth Frederick. And we are going to talk all about. Hi. Hello, how are you doing Elizabeth? Good. How are you, Alexis? Good to see you. It's good to see you as well. I actually love what you do. Could you please tell our listeners and our viewers a little bit about what your background is in mental
Dr. Fedrick: health?
Sure, absolutely. So I am a mental health therapist. I am a licensed professional counselor in Arizona. I own two private practices here, one in Gilbert and one in the Phoenix area. And we see all range of, from kids to teens, to adults. We do couples, we do group work. And I [00:01:00] personally specialize in doing.
Adult work. So couples relationship, attachment styles. That's, that's the specialty that I do.
Alexis: Okay. As I mentioned earlier, once upon a time, it wasn't as popular or it wasn't trending to talk about mental health, but it is now, do you have any opinions on why there's been an increase of that and it hasn't been benefited?
Dr. Fedrick: Yes, so absolutely it's increased exponentially and I really credit that to social media actually. And so there is just so much trending constantly on social media. So many people putting out great information. Some questionable information. So be careful with that, check your sources. But definitely we're, we're getting it through there.
And then also a lot of celebrities, as you said, they're really grasping this concept of the importance of our mental health and how that influences. As holistically, so how that influences all areas of our life. And so really that, that knew what kind of like the [00:02:00] motto is mental health is health.
And so it's a huge component of our wellbeing. Yes.
Alexis: And what do you consider it to be mentally healthy? When we think about being physically fit, you think about your blood pressure. You think about your weight, you think about, you know, are you on the obesity scale? Where are you physically healthy? What would you say?
It looks like to be mentally healthy? What are those components?
Dr. Fedrick: Yeah, that's a great question because you're right. There are a lot of. Clear markers when it comes to physical health. There's a lot of quantifiable data when we're checking in on our physical health and when with our mental health, it's not as clear, it's not as concise.
And it's also very unique. For most all individuals. And so how we really assess for somebody's mental health as we check in on their mood state. So how do they feel from day to day? Are they feeling low? Do they have issues with sleep or with appetite? Kind of like the cloud over their head feeling.
Those are more the depressive symptoms, lack of motivation, lack of energy. And then the symptoms of [00:03:00] anxiety would include feeling really stressed out, worried all the time. Overthinking. Being consumed obsessing about things. And so when those symptoms exist, we would consider that a concern with someone's mental health.
And so to assert that somebody is mentally healthy, it would be really that they you know, it's not impeding upon their daily functioning and that they're able to go through life without feeling a lot of those big signs.
Alexis: Yes. Well, I'm a huge advocate for mental health. I had hair piss for years, so I'm just saying that I love it.
But what I found from talking to friends and family, one of the misconception is that you just get a therapist, you go to your sessions and you're good. And I wanted to know if you could speak on. Your first therapist is not always the one for you and how you actually go about finding one that is a good match so that people don't get defeated.
If they go to one of their, like, I don't like you. Yes.
Dr. Fedrick: I actually love that you bring that up because that's a topic I [00:04:00] discussed with a lot of my clients, or even that I really suggest for my. To tell clients when they're calling and just schedule that, finding the right therapist, I compare it to dating.
So you're going to feel out different situations. You're going to go, you're going to meet, you're going to see if the, if you click, if you vibe and if you don't. I always suggest move it along to the next person because the therapeutic relationship. So really that therapeutic Alliance is one of the most crucial and foundational aspects of effective therapy.
And so if you don't feel connected to your therapist, if you don't feel like you can trust your therapist or relate to your therapist you're going to have a really hard time being open and honest and getting out of it, what you need. And so great point to that. If, if it doesn't click. Move along. Try someone else keep going until you really have that connection.
Alexis: Yes. And I cannot go without mentioning you were also the host of one of our sister shows, which is calm. Cool and [00:05:00] connected. Could you tell us a little bit about that?
Dr. Fedrick: Yeah. So I love hosting calm, cool, and connected. We talk about all things, mental health we talk about from more of the traditional therapies to now alternative different different ways that your mental health is impacted.
And so we talk about different. Theoretical foundations. We talk about meditation and physical health and physical training and how just all of that is tied together and impacts your mental health. So what I really love about that show is that each episode is really unique and we're bringing to our audience just really out of the, box ideas, quite frankly.
Alexis: Yes, it's absolutely fabulous. So if you're listening to us today, be sure to go check out calm, cool, and connected at some point. But on the subject with mental. A lot of times people don't understand how, what are the benefits? For example, again, referencing physical health. If you per se have high blood pressure, you take high blood pressure [00:06:00] medicine.
These could be some of the benefits when it comes down to mental health. If you have anxiety or if you have depression and you talk to a therapist, can you tell people what it might look like on the other side after talking about it? Because when, when you're in it, you don't know.
Dr. Fedrick: Right. And so from the benefits perspective of it.
So when we do treatment planning, we talk a lot about working to decrease these symptoms of anxiety and depression and to manage them more effectively. And so some outcomes of speaking with a mental health professional and doing that work is that there is a decrease in the low moods or the lack of energy.
There's a decrease in how appetite or sleep is impacted. You get to start functioning. In a healthier, more effective way from day to day. And the other aspect of it, as well as you learn how to manage it more effectively. So when the symptoms do come up, you learn the skills you learn. You have a toolkit so that you can handle those situations and you don't feel so desperate inadequacy.[00:07:00]
Alexis: I absolutely love the toolkit thing as far as having the right tools and identifying it. I know that it seems like I said on television, in the news everywhere on Facebook, on social media, that depression and anxiety is on the rise. Do you feel as if it's on the rise, is it the same? And it's just being, having.
Dr. Fedrick: I think probably both would be true. I think that would be a, both an type of situation that I do think it's on the rise, especially with the pandemic, we cannot, you know, minimize or negate the impact of COVID on mental health. So that has been a big aspect of this over the last couple of years. The quarantine, the isolation, the fear, the anxieties around it that has certainly led to a surge in mental health concerns.
But then to your point, it's also just a lot more commonly talked about. And so we get on social media and we see it on TV. And so it is really, probably a really good timing [00:08:00] for it to be talked about more often. And for it to be more widely accepted during this really scary and uncertain time.
Alexis: Yes. Thank you so much, Liz, you always have the best information and I love that we're able to talk openly about mental health and its benefits.
So for anybody listening, it is not taboo. If you need to talk to somebody, it's completely normal. Matter of fact, it's probably cool.
Cool, Liz, for those who want to stay connected with you, ask you questions, where can they find. Sure. So my
Dr. Fedrick: website is evolve counseling, a z.com or you can find me on Instagram at Dr. Elizabeth. Bedrick
Alexis: awesome. Thank you so much. Thank you, Alexa. Well, that's it for this segment. We are living healthy. Thank you for everybody who tuned in.
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