Alyson Schafer, Leanne Matlow & Michele Viner
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This week on Finding Your Bliss, we have a show devoted to back-to-school and parenting kids of all ages. Life Coach and Bliss Expert Judy Librach is joined by Parenting Expert Alyson Schafer! Alyson is an internationally acclaimed parenting expert, bestselling author and national media personality. Armed with years of research and clinical experience, Alyson presents concepts from ‘depth psychology’ on stages all over the world. Alyson is able to break down complex ideas and present them in ways that are easy for parents to understand and implement. Parents seek solutions and Alyson’s forte is delivering up actionable tactics that arm parents with the skills and confidence they need to face modern life challenges. Using humour and relatable storytelling, she provides a fresh and positive understanding of family dynamics. “The end goal is to raise resilient, caring and capable kids – and have fun along the way!” -Alyson Schafer Hand selected as a presenter at the inaugural TEDxKids in Belgium, she is now a three-time TEDx presenter, and author of three bestselling parenting books with Harper Collins Canada: “Breaking the Good Mom Myth”, “Honey, I Wrecked the Kids”, and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, each of which have been translated into multiple languages: Russian, Korean, Bulgarian and Turkish. Media loves Alyson (including all of us at Finding Your Bliss on Zoomer Radio)! She is the resident parenting expert with weekly segments on several national TV outlets and is often quoted in such notable publications such as Cosmopolitan, Real Simple, Parent Magazine, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post, Huffpost Parents and more. Besides guest appearances, Alyson also created and hosts TV’s “The Parenting Show” and the popular podcast “Parenting The Adlerian Way”. Brands call on Alyson for her insights into family life. She has worked with such notables as Bank of Montreal, L’Oreal, Huggies, Kijiji, Kellogg’s, Ronald McDonald House, Earth Rangers, Facebook, Labatts and more. Also on the program, we have Leanne Matlow and Michele Viner, here to talk about Mental Health Empowerment Day! Leanne Matlow is a cognitive behavioural therapy counsellor with a private practice specializing in anxiety for children and adolescents. She is trained as a teacher and guidance counsellor, with a Master’s from Toronto’s Institute of Child Study, OISE and certificates in CBT from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia. Discovering the prevalence of anxiety issues in the classroom setting and their regular misdiagnosis as academic concerns, Leanne has become a mental health advocate who speaks regularly about anxiety in the classroom to parent and teacher groups. Leanne founded and organizes the annual Mental Health Empowerment Day symposium to increase the understanding of parents and those who work with children and youth, regarding mental health issues. She is also the author of a wonderful book called “Thinking About Thoughts”. Leanne is the 2019 Inspiration Award Winner for the Women of Action of the Israel Cancer Research Fund and was the Co-Chair of the UJA Campaign for 2021. Michele Viner, Vice Chair of Mental Health Empowerment Day, is a parent who has lived experience with mental health issues and has become an advocate. She is also a writer who has written for publications such as Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Today’s Parent. Currently, she is writing about the topic of mental health and wellness through her blog, A Little Wordy on Substack, and through her book, "A Few Words About Mental Health". She lends her expertise to Mental Health Empowerment Day to help spread the word, educate, and work to eradicate stigma. For more on Finding Your Bliss, you can follow us @theblissminute on Instagram and Facebook. Or you can visit our online magazine at findingyourbliss.com and take one step closer to finding your bliss. Listen live every Saturday at 1pm on Zoomer Radio
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