The Dr. Robin Zasio Show is the first radio program in the Sacramento region with a focus on mental health. Known for her work as a psychologist, author, and advocate for patients’ rights, this broadcast has been LIVE since February 2016. Dr. Zasio’s interest in the show stemmed from the lack of media attention promoting proper awareness into mental health issues and conditions that affect the general public, and the limited access to resources.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show covers mental health topics from depression, Bipolar Disorder, struggles with day to day anxiety, Post traumatic Stress Disorder, Attention-Deficit Disorder, Trichotillomania (hair pulling), Excoriation Disorder (skin picking), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder(SAD), Panic Disorder, Mindfulness, chemical dependency, Medication Education, Bullying, Perfectionism, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), anxiety in the workplace, balancing family/career, how to navigate your insurance company and understand your benefits, policy, and rights, and a variety of other issues and conditions.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show also features various medical conditions ranging from Downs Syndrome, pain management, Ushers Syndrome (Retinitis Pigmentosa, Blindness, Deafness, Deafblind), cancer, near death experiences, heart disease, diabetes, and others.
The shows format is to feature individuals who have unique expertise in an area which they provide educational information designed to help listeners better understand signs and symptoms of particular conditions, what treatment looks like, and where to access resources. All guests are strong advocates both in their community and for some, across the nation in their own passion to reach out. Many also have simply come to share how tragedy has struck their lives, and how they have been able to triumph and thus, leading to their own advocacy.
The theme of The Dr. Robin Zasio Show is that Mental Health Matters. Dr. Zasio’s passion is to help listeners become more empowered to take charge, reach out, and nurture both the mind and the body collectively.
All shows will be featured below. If there is a particular topic that has not yet been discussed, contact Dr. Zasio directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call The Anxiety Treatment Center at 916.366.0647, Ext. 4
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Brian McPeak
Finding The Right Help. Brian McPeak will share his struggles in finding the right treatment, the devastating consequences, and how his life changed once he did.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Jeff Bell
The Impact of Stigma with Guest Jeff Bell. Stigma frequently prevents people from seeking treatment. As a result, countless people suffer from mental health issues unnecessarily. Guest Jeff Bell, co-anchor for KCBS Radio in San Francisco and Author of Rewind, Replay, Repeat and When in Doubt, Make Belief, has become an established leading authority on adversity and the impact of stigma. He will share his struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and how his fear halted his efforts to seek help.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Daniel Rockers
The Struggles of Pain Management and What You Can Do. Pain affects all of us at some point in our lives. For some it can be minimal and for others, chronic. Guest, Dr. Daniel Rockers, is a leading expert in the treatment of pain management, neuropsychology, and the mind-body connection. He will share the impact pain can have both psychologically and physiologically on the body and what can be done to ease the impact.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Aziz, Ph.D
How to Make 2016 the Best Year Ever! Do you want 2016 to be different than 2015? Do you want to break through to greater levels of confidence, dating and relationship success, career advancement, income, and success? That’s what 2016 is all about. Join Dr. Aziz, Ph.D., author of 5 Steps to Unleash Your Inner Confidence in this powerful episode that will guide you through a process to make 2016 the year that everything changed.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dorothy Breininger
Tips to Declutter Your Home that are Fast and Easy. Making decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of is never an easy task and one that most of us tend to put on the back burner. Where to put items, how to dispose of unwanted items, and finding the time can also prove to be challenging. Dorothy Breininger is the Country’s Leading Organizing Expert and contributer to Dr. Zasio’s book The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Healthier, Happier, Uncluttered Life, will be joining us. She will share tips to help organize those cluttered drawers and rooms that are fast and easy. She will also introduce strategies to make the process less daunting and even something to have fun with.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Laura Nasatir, MD
The Role of Medications in the Treatment of Mental Health. When people begin to experience mental health symptoms, often times they will start with making an appointment with their primary care physian, not knowing what else to do. Along those same lines, it is common that medications are prescribed without any recommendation for therapy to address the specific symptoms they are concerned about. Dr. Laura Nasatir, MD, who is double Board Certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will join us to discuss the role of medications when treating mental health symptoms, when it is appropriate to prescribe, and what to expect in the course of treatment.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Lana Janey
How to Fight Depression and Reclaim Your Life. Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions affecting individuals in the community. The statistics are both alarming and rising. A common misunderstood condition, Lana Janey will be joining us to discuss how her life spired out of control after she was side blinded by her own depression, giving us a direct look at how it can impact ones life and common barriers that contribute to why individuals avoid seeking help.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Lisa Ford-Berry
The Tragic Consequences of Bullying. One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year. 64% percent of children who were bullied did not report it and only 36 percent reported the bullying. Lisa Ford-Berry will appear in studio to share the story of her son, who tragically took his life after being bullied at school, and the behind the scenes cover up that occurred to prevent the details of what truly happened from being revealed.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Tracy Roulet
Successful Strategies to Balance Your Career, Family, and Personal Life. For whatever reason, life just seems to get more complicated as the years pass by. Perhaps we do it to ourselves or perhaps, it’s just a sign of the times. Our Guests, Dr. Tracy Roulet, Psychologist and mom of 4, and husband Kyle, Financial Advisor and dad of 4, will talk about how they are able to balance their careers and family life, while still maintaining balance in other areas of their lives.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Rebecca Alexander
Ushers Syndrome and What You Should Know. Usher syndrome is a condition characterized by hearing loss or deafness and progressive vision loss. My guest, Rebecca Alexander will be joining me LIVE from New York to share her compelling journey which began at 12 years old and years later, to be told that she would be blind by the time she was 30. Currently working as a psychologist and traveling the Country to share her story, Rebecca will talk about this condition, signs to look out for, her incredible optimism, and how advocacy has changed her life.Rebecca will join me to share her story of bravery, how she was able to turn fear into inspiration, and more importantly, raise awareness through advocacy about this rare condition. She works as a psychotherapist in private practice, tours as a speaker, and has written a memoir called Not Fade Away.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Shelley Balla-Hawkins
How to Cultivate a Life of Meaning, Purpose, and Joy. Feeling depleted, as if your tank is low and you have little to give to yourself and others? So busy focusing on everyone else that you no longer recognize yourself? Feeling stuck with no clear idea of where to go or how to feel better? At a life transition and want to make a healthy, lasting change to live your best life? My guest, Shelley Balla-Hawkins, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, who specializes in wellness, connection and creativity, will help you to overcome some of these challenges and help you to cultivate a life of meaning, purpose and joy.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Raheel Khan, D.O.
Inpatient or Outpatient? Medications or Therapy? Understanding the Differences in Levels of Treatment and How to Access the Right Resources. Do you or a loved one struggle with mental health issues, but are not sure where to turn? Have you wondered if you should see a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or medical doctor for the symptoms you are experiencing? Are you confused about what these providers offer and are not sure where to get the answers your looking for? Dr. Raheel Khan, D.O., is a board certified psychiatrist with a special interest in psychosomatic medicine and will appear LIVE to answer these questions for you. He is a Chief Psychiatrist at Sutter Center for Psychiatry in Sacramento, CA, and is on the faculty of the UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine as an assistant professor of psychosomatic medicine.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Robert Villanueva
Bipolar Disorder~ The Tragic Consequences When Not Treated Properly. Bipolar Disorder is a form of a mood disorder that affects 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6% of the U.S. population. People with bipolar disorder experience unusually intense emotional states that occur in distinct periods called “mood episodes.” Each mood episode represents a drastic change from a person’s usual mood and behavior. An overly joyful or overexcited state is called a manic episode, and an extremely sad or hopeless state is called depression. Robert Villanueva, national speaker & trainer for The National Alliance on Mental Illness, will share how his life was severely disrupted with the initial misdiagnoses of depression, which had led to the loss of his career, end of his tenure as a head high school wrestling coach, loss of his home, and the dissolution of his family. Homeless, jobless, and dependent on the charity of others, he was on the brink of suicide. Robert somehow managed to lean on his faith and started on the long road to recovery through education about severe mental illness & peer support.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Courtney Rhea Riviero
Eating Disorders: Understanding Signs, Symptoms, and Effective Treatment Modalities. Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year in the United States. Often misunderstood as a fad, phase, or lifestyle choice, these conditions can cause abnormally slow heart rate and low blood pressure, heart failure, reduction of bone density (osteoporosis, muscle loss and weakness, severe dehydration, and kidney failure. Courtney Rhea Riviero, from Eating Recovery Center, will discuss the various forms of eating disorders, what the initial signs and symptoms, effective treatment modalities, and how to access help.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Scott Granet, LMFT
The Devastating Effects of Body Dysmorphic Disorder. Most of us have something that we don’t like about our appearance. It may be that our lips are too thin, ears too big, skin too light, or feet too wide. And while we might be bothered by some of these aspects that we would like to change, we don’t necessarily focus on the them throughout the day to the point that they interfere with our ability to focus on work, education, and other important aspects of our lives. But people who have Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) think about their perceived flaws for hours each day. My guest, Scott Granet, LMFT, is both a therapist who treats BDD and also one who has suffered from this condition. Join me a in a candid conversation about what BDD looks like, how it is treated, and where you can get help.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Canessa
OCD: Treatment, Challenges, and Triumphs. OCD is the most common anxiety disorder among US Americans and has devastating consequences if not treated properly. The reality is that few therapists have the training and expertise in Exposure and Response Prevention, which is the frontline treatment modality for this condition. Affecting individuals at all ages, my guest Canessa, developed symptoms at a very young age and through her courage and bravery to enter into treatment, was able to overcome her symptoms. Canessa will share her journey which includes her challenges, struggles, and triumphs.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Jason Murphey, Psy.D
Mindfulness: The Art of Being Present and Learning to Let Go. Today’s society seems to be bringing more and more demands that cause people to become stressed, worried, anxious, and overwhelmed. Getting lost in all that life brings seems to be a more common response than letting go, being in the moment, and focusing on the present and what is in front of you. This concept, which called mindfulness, is a powerful experience that many people are neither aware of or know how to practice. Join my guest, Dr. Jason Murphey, Psy.D., who will share core components of mindfulness, how it can be used to let go of worry, and appreciate all that life has to bring when we can experience the wonders of being in the moment.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Jennifer Raikes
Hair Pulling: The Misunderstood Condition. Hair pulling, otherwise known as Trichotillomania, is a far more common condition than many people realize. Affecting approximately 2.5 million Americans, many people do not realize that this is a very serious mental health issue that can have a devastating impact on ones life. Often times misunderstood, many people will misinterpret the behavior or minimize it with the hope that it will simply go away. My guest, Jennifer Raikes, Executive Director of The Trichotillomania Learning Center, has first hand experience as someone who has struggled as a child with this condition, as well as speaking Nationally on how to access help. Join us for an intimate discussion on how to better understand what a Trichotillomania looks like and successful treatment strategies.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Joanna Jullien
Taming the Family Dynamics. Kids are more anxious and prone to mental health problems as mobile connectivity ushers into our hearts and minds the adult issues of isolation, bullying, addictions and exploitation. In this networked, global culture of devices and apps that hypes fear emotion, we and our children will be needing to secure fresh starts for ourselves. And while we do not have control over our children’s thoughts and actions, nor the technology – we do have control over our own hearts and minds and the family culture which is how by faith we exercise our inherent authority to engage the intellect and will of youth and build trust. My Guest, Joanna Jullien, will share strategies that include an overview of the threats and opportunities of mobile connectivity, and impact on family life; communication as engagement, not lecturing; elements of family culture; exercises to navigate your own beliefs and fears; assessment of age appropriate use of apps and devices; guidance to establish cyber rites of passage; and tips for formulating house rules as empowerment.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Matthew Volzer, LMFT
The Management and Treatment of Anger. Anger is a positive and useful emotion, if it is expressed appropriately. The long-term physical effects of uncontrolled anger include increased anxiety, high blood pressure and headaches. My guest Matthew Volzer is a therapist specializing in the treatment and management of anger, and will discuss the cycle of anger, impact both psychologically and physically on the body, and successful strategies to get your anger under control.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Aziz, Ph.D
Social Anxiety. Effective Treatment Strategies for Successful Recovery. Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is the 2nd most common anxiety disorder among U.S. Americans. Paralyzed by fears of what others are thinking about them, this condition can have a dramatic impact on one’s self-confidence and ability to make decisions about education, career, and social interactions. My guest this week Dr. Aziz, Ph.D., knows first hand about the devastating impact that social anxiety can have on one’s life. From total isolation and fear, to married with children and a therapist specializing in this condition, Dr. Aziz will offer inspiring hope and inspiration for those who are looking for help and words of encouragement.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Bridgette Raes
Have you ever thought about whether what you wear affects your mood? In turn, what about whether our mood affects what you wear? Between color, style, or texture, researchers are suggesting that our clothing not only says something about us as individuals but that also, it can affect how we feel and even our performance. Join my guest Bridgette Raes who will talk about this very subject, and give helpful tips and advice to help you learn more about the influence that our clothing can have on us.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show.
Have you ever tried to find a therapist without success for the issues you are looking for help with? Have you struggled with your insurance company to cover treatment services? Have you wondered what the different licensures mean? Today, on the Dr. Robin Zasio Show, these questions and more will be answered.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Roberto Rodriquez, MA
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is marked by clear biological changes as well as psychological symptoms. It is complicated by the fact that people with PTSD may often develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, and problems with memory and cognition. This disorder can cause impairment in a person’s ability to function in social, educational, and other aspects of one’s life. My guest, Roberto Rodriquez, MA and co-author of Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men, will discuss how to recognize trauma, signs and symptoms, and a new, innovative model to help men cope with trauma.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Brad Bulla
Drunk Driving: One of the Top Ten Killers in The US. Every day in America, 27 people die as a result of drunk driving crashes. 50-70 percent of those who are arrested for drunk drinking will drive under the influence again and the rate of drunk driving is highest among 26 to 29 year olds. Jedidiah Bulla, a professional bluegrass musician, died after he was thrown for a car at 100 miles per hour at the hands of a drunk driver. His father, Brad Bulla, has turned his family’s loss into advocacy by educating people about drunk driving and advocating for victims of violent crimes. Join us as we have a candid discussion about the impact drunk driving has on families and the community at large, important facts that you should know about drinking and driving, and what can be done to reduce the risk of this very dangerous behavior.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Paula Carrasquillo
Abusive Relationships: How to Recognize the Warning Signs and What You Can Do. Many people don’t realize they are in an abusive relationship until they are in so deep that they don’t know what to do. The emotional impact can lead to depression, isolation, post traumatic stress, and substance abuse problems. The physical effects can cause fatigue, headaches, digestive, and other harmful consequences. My guest, Paula Carrasquillo, is an expert on this topic due to the devastating effects she experienced being in an abusive relationship herself. After finding her way out, she developed a career to help others struggling with similar circumstances. Whether a friendship, coworker, personal relationship or other, learn about the signs of what these relationships can look like, what you can do to escape them, and how to get help.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Kevin Phillips, Ph.D
How Sexual Addiction (and any addiction) Undermines Healthy Intimacy. It is estimated that nearly 12 million people in the United States suffer from sex addiction. Usually one engages in compulsive sexual behavior to cope, self-medicate, or escape from emotional or psychological pain as a result of loneliness, boredom, stress, anxiety, depression, anger, or abuse and neglect. Casual viewing of pornography, for example, does not start as an obsession, but rather a way to self-medicate from the stresses of life. Because of powerful effects on the brain, casual viewing can easily turn into a destructive addiction. Kevin Phillips, an ordained minister, will discuss how addiction can reap havoc in relationships, what can be done to prevent it from happening, and defines the five essential elements of healthy intimacy.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Helene Van Sant-Klein, LMFT, LPCC
How to Live a More Joyful and Fulfilling Life and Not Let the Past Hold You Back. Are you struggling with negative thinking patterns or perceptions that are holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life? Do you feel stuck with situations from the past and have a desire to better understand how to resolve some of these challenges? And, do you want to experience a more meaningful and fulfilling life? My guest, Helene Van Sant-Klein is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor who specializes in hypnotherapy, somatic archaeology, and heart centered therapy and maintains a private practice in Fair Oaks, CA. As a wonderful and positive addition to her practice, Helene brings her dog, Lucy with her to work. She will help all of us understand how her techniques will help you to resolve how to overcome some of the challenges that might be holding you back in life and move forward to experiencing the joy and happiness you deserve.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Tina Swithin
How to Navigate the Devastating Process of Divorce. The divorce rate in the United States is the highest in the world. Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce. Sixty-seven percent of all second marriages end in divorce. The psychological impact on those going through the divorce and that of their children can cause anxiety, depression, and impairment in work, school, and other important areas of one’s life. My guest, Tina Swithin, suffered through a very high-conflict divorce and has chosen to assume the title of survivor versus victim. She has become an advocate for change in the Family Court System after seeing the flaws first-hand. Tina believes that the courts have lost sight of their primary focus, which should be the best interest of the child and instead, are focusing too heavily on mothers’ rights and fathers’ rights. Tina is working to raise awareness of the issues in the Family Court System and to educate the general public. Join us as we talk about ways to navigate high-conflict relationships and how to take care of yourself during these difficult times.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Eben Alexander
Near-death experiences, or NDEs, are controversial. Thousands of people have had them, but many in the scientific community have argued that they are impossible. Dr. Eben Alexander was one of those people. A highly trained neurosurgeon who had operated on thousands of brains in the course of his career, Alexander knew that what people of faith call the “soul” is really a product of brain chemistry. NDEs, he would have been the first to explain, might feel real to the people having them, but in truth they are simply fantasies produced by brains under extreme stress. Then came the day when Dr. Alexander’s own brain was attacked by an extremely rare illness. The part of the brain that controls thought and emotion—and in essence makes us human—shut down completely. For seven days Alexander lay in a hospital bed in a deep coma. Then, as his doctors weighed the possibility of stopping treatment, Alexander’s eyes opened. He had come back.Dr. Alexander’s recovery is by all accounts a medical miracle. But the real miracle of his story lies elsewhere. While his body lay in coma, Alexander journeyed beyond this world and encountered an angelic being who guided him into the deepest realms of super-physical existence. There he met, and spoke with, the Divine source of the universe itself. This story sounds like the wild and wonderful imaginings of a skilled fantasy writer. But it is not fantasy. Before Alexander underwent his journey, he could not reconcile his knowledge of neuroscience with any belief in heaven, God, or the soul.This story would be remarkable no matter who it happened to. That it happened to Dr. Alexander makes it revolutionary. No scientist or person of faith will be able to ignore it.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal
Turning Tragedy in Triumph: One Man’s Journey of Inspiration. Have you ever felt that nothing in your life is going well and you can’t catch a break? Do you feel that no matter where you turn there’s just lemons being thrown at you? Have you ever felt that things have just gone so wrong that you don’t foresee coming back?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, tomorrow’s show is for you. My guest, Chrisfino Kenyatta Leal, can attest to being able to relate to all the questions I just mentioned however, with a bit of a twist: he was at one point incarcerated with a life sentence! He is someone who has been able to rise above falling into the depths of despair and through his own determination, motivation, and desire to create the best life possible, has turned tragedy into triumph.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Stacy Bare
The Return from War; The Devastation and Recovery. We hear so much about the war in the news. However, if we are not connected to someone who has actually served, all we know is what we hear. While we can try to relate, we can only imagine what it must be like. Join my guest Stacy Bare, who will reveal the devastating impact that war can have on one’s life. Between depression, suicidal ideation, and substance abuse, it nearly killed him. Through the support of his loves ones, Stacy was able to rise to the top, and he will share how he was able to turn his tragedy into triumph.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Ruth
Grief and loss is never easy to manage, at any point in life. One loss, heartache. Two, painful. But three, unbearable. Join my guest Ruth who lost two of her sons and her husband in the very home she and her family lived in. Unable to cope, she turned to hoarding behaviors as a way to distract against her unbearable pain. Ruth reached out to the HOARDERS show and with the help of an expert crew, she was able to reclaim her life. She will share her story and offer advice for others who may have experienced loss themselves.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Michael Joseph Ferguson
Understanding ADD and ADHD, Impact, and Treatment. ADHD is a common behavioral disorder that affects about 10% of school-age children. Boys are about three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with it, though it’s not yet understood why. Without proper treatment, the impact can have devastating consequences on school, work and relationships, and can continue into adulthood. Michael Joseph Ferguson is an adult ADD/ADHD life coach, and has studied the effects of nutrition and exercise on brain chemistry for over a decade. He is the creator of a life coaching system designed specifically for adults with ADD/ADHD and author of The Drummer and The Great Mountain and will share helpful tips to recognize these disorders and effective treatment modalities.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Temple Grandin. Ph.D.
Understanding Autism Through the Lens of Temple Grandin. Autism is a broad term and diagnosis that is highly misunderstood. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is now the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes has been brought to the screen. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special “The Woman Who Thinks Like a Cow”, ABC’s Primetime Live, The Today Show, Larry King Live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.. Among numerous other recognitions by media, Bravo Cable did a half-hour show on her life, and she was featured in the best-selling book, Anthropologist from Mars. She will share insight into the importance of early detection of Autism can what can be done to help both children and adults suffering from this condition.
The Dr. Robin Zasio Show. Guest, Dr. Russ Harris
This is the final episode of The Dr. Robin Zasio Show and world renowned Dr. Russ Harris will join me from Australia and share his insights into how the way in which many people try to find happiness ends up making them miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. He will share techniques of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, a revolutionary new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values, he will help listeners to help better understand how to reduce stress and worry, how to handle painful feelings and thoughts, more effectively break self-defeating habits, overcome insecurity and self-doubt, and work to create a rich, full, and meaningful life.
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