Calm, Cool and Connected - The Guide Book to Peace of Mind

Somatic Therapy & Disney's Encanto

May 16, 2022 Calm, Cool and Connected Season 1 Episode 179
Calm, Cool and Connected - The Guide Book to Peace of Mind
Somatic Therapy & Disney's Encanto
Show Notes Transcript

Somatic Therapy/Encanto

Encanto is the newest Disney movie that has taken the world by storm.

On this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected- Dr. Liz talks to Yolanda Renteria. Yolanda is a trauma therapist who has gone viral on TikTok, for giving her (psychological) take on all of the characters from Encanto!

Key Takeaways from Liz’s chat with Yolanda:

• Hear about Yolanda’s background in the mental health field
• Learn about Somatic Therapy
• Find out how a typical session of Somatic Therapy goes
• Discover how she decided to make her now viral videos about each of the Encanto characters
• Hear how her videos have made an impact

All of this and more, on this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected.

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Dr. Liz: [00:00:00] Now more than ever. We have an opportunity to be a positive force in the world to help heal the divide, to treat each other and ourselves with respect. Well, there's so many tools out there from meditation to physical training, proper nutrition therapy, and so many others. We all need a little help navigating all the options.

Join us as we share in-depth information, insights and thought provoking discussions that will help answer your questions about how to stay calm, cool, and connected. During these times. Welcome to calm, cooling, connected your guidebook to peace of mind.

 Hello. Welcome to calm. Colin connected. I'm your host, Dr.

Elizabeth Bedrick and Canto is a new Disney movie. That's been getting a lot of buzz from the mental health. This is due to the undertones that are presented in the storyline. That a lot of people are finding really relatable. The movie's about a family who lives in a hidden charms place called in Canto and each child, except for one is given a unique type of power.

The movie showcases the impact of these powers on each child [00:01:00] and how they really process through it as a family, which is where a lot of these mental health undertones. Our next guest Yolanda renter. Maria is a somatic therapist. Who's been gaining popularity on social media with our mental health outlook and perspective on each character.

In this movie, Yolanda's here to talk with us today about somatic therapy, as well as the video she's been creating around and Canto and the mental health 

Yolanda: impact, how you all know.

I am excited to be here and to be talking about these topics that I'm so passionate about. Yes. And 

Dr. Liz: that's, we can tell from your videos that you are so passionate about it, and you're the perspective and the insights that you have around it. It's you just present them so beautifully. And it's, I know it's been very impactful for a lot of people.

Yolanda: Thank you. Thank you so much. 

Dr. Liz: So before we jump in, tell us a little bit about who you are outside of your videos and who you are as a mental health therapist. 

Yolanda: I have a lot of training and some medic work. I am trained in different [00:02:00] modalities. I began exploring the trauma field like four or five years ago, and it really changed the way that I sought therapy.

So it allowed me to begin exploring what is trauma, how it's stored in the body and be curious about how to help people process. 

Dr. Liz: Okay. And so what exactly for somatic therapy there there's different types and it's effective for different populations. Can you kind of break that down for us and help us to understand better, like 

Yolanda: who it's affective for?

Do you very honest. I think a lot of people have these, that idea that it's, for people who have PTSD and trauma symptoms, To be very honest, it can be helpful for everyone because it's not only about processing trauma, but also about adding more of the things that we would like to be in our lives. Be it be it, if we want to be more confident, more assertive, do the things that we want to do that we both had been afraid to do.[00:03:00]

There, there are reasons why we are not doing those things. And somatic therapy can be really helpful with that 

Dr. Liz: too. And so how does it work when somebody comes in and you first start, you know, they do the intake and you decided to use this approach. What does some of these initial stages look like for the somatic therapy?

Yolanda: So there are therapists who have, who are trained as a medic processing and can do therapy. And then there are people who are not therapies, not in the traditional way talk therapy. So the sessions can look different for each of them, for a sematic therapist that only does that. You go into the session.

Ask, what do you want to work on? There are people who just want to go over their entire path and see what are the things that happen in the past that you I'm still remembering are bothering me or who or the have left an imprint on my life. And then you can literally just do a session on that.[00:04:00]

Sometimes it might be, I have this memory that keeps coming up. I have flashbacks. I have. Chronic pain. I have, I want to be more assertive and you just work on that and process and the person is going to be going organically through the motions and you just guide the process. And then you, you see how their belief system starts changing during the session.

It really is an incredible process. And that will look a little bit different if you're in talk therapy too, because then you're talking about things and you get to decide what parts do you want to do? Some Medicare? 

Dr. Liz: Okay. And what are some of the benefits or the outcomes that you start to see for your clients through this work?

Yolanda: So, one of the things that happen a lot in talk therapy was that people would get stuck, right? Oh gosh. I know I have to do this. I know what to do, but then when I'm in that moment, Everything goes out the window. And then I just feel so guilty because I [00:05:00] know all of these things, I don't, I can't apply them.

And what happens is that there is a disconnect between the brain and the body and somatic therapies allow us to. The include those. So when you're, when we're in somebody's innocent medic session, we're actually doing both. What is, does it feel like in your body and what is happening in your thoughts and that connection where actually stimulated both with hemispheres of the brain so that people can make connections and start seeing things differently.

So in sessions, sometimes you will see those big shifts from. I am no one, I don't have any confidence to wildlife. There is confidence or I am capable. 

Dr. Liz: Right. And so with VAT, I mean, we know that there's the in DBT talks a lot about, you know, the logical side of the brain and the emotional side. And really merging them is where the magic happens.

And so it sounds like with the somatic therapy as well, [00:06:00] it is the merging of the, that emotional and the logical experience. 

Yolanda: Yes. Yes. Because if you've ever noticed, or I guess we don't talk enough about this, where if you're having an emotion, you're feeling it in the box. Sure with cognitive behavioral therapy, we talk about what are you thinking?

What are your thoughts around this? How, how can we change this? Right? And we know that thoughts make us feel a certain way. And those feelings create our actions. And that's that CBT model and with sematic is let's include the body. So when you're feeling this, let me know where you're feeling it in the body.


Dr. Liz: Such a powerful approach for sure. When we bring in that, those body sensations. So tell us about your, your videos with Encanto in terms of what even led you to start creating these videos and just tell us a little bit about that 

Yolanda: experience. Yes. You know, I never expected the videos [00:07:00] to blow up the way that they did.

So they were people DM-ing me and saying, Hey, have you watched in concert? Like, we would love your perspective on that. And you know, I was like, you know what, let me watch it. And so I did, and I watched it a few times because I really wanted to capture what it meant for me. And one of the things I tell people is it's going to be different for everyone because we are analyzing the movie.

According to what's going on internally, right through our own lens. So then I began to create videos and I decided to just do them all at once over the spinning thing, I was a three days because it really meant a lot for me as a Hispanic woman, to see an, a trauma therapist to see this created breaking generational cycles is so important for me.

So seeing that play out in the movie was a huge thing. Mm. 

Dr. Liz: Yes. And that's so powerful. What is the response been that you've received? Like what has been some of the comments and feedback that you've received on the. [00:08:00]

Yolanda: So many people felt connected with it. It allowed people to talk about their own experience and their own families to understand themselves better.

One of the things that I often get is, you know, this was happening in my family and I normalize that. I thought that's what people did and it wasn't until I began exploring it, that it made more sense that, Hey, this is not that healthy. And there were other people who are like, why are you analyzing a child's movie?

And to that, I want to say like the movie was created for that reason. The writers wanted people to make sense of this and the way that it makes sense to them. Yeah. There, I think, you know, with movies and cartoons and we're just beginning to have more connection than just seeing characters on the screen.

Dr. Liz: Absolutely. And that is so powerful how it was done. I've had so many clients come in and talk about it. And so many colleagues, you know, mental health therapists that are [00:09:00] also, and I love how you're saying that everyone viewed it through their own lens and even You know, to say it's just a child's movie, but teenagers were going to see it and they were relating to it.

And there was just so much connection there. It was really powerful for a lot of people. 

Yolanda: Yes. You know, and I know that there were, especially some people like Lisa and who people really connected through and. There's so much power and connecting to another person, another human being who has gone through experience, the experiences that you have, and then seeing an entire community speak up about it and say, Hey, this was me.

I went through that and now I'm struggling with. Yeah, cool. Powerful. It 

Dr. Liz: is so powerful and it just normalizes and creates conversation. Tell us where can our viewers find you and where can they find your videos as they're listening and wanting to go see 

Yolanda: them? I'm on tick-tock and Instagram as this is and [00:10:00] I am also on, on Twitter under this is Yolanda.

Dr. Liz: Okay. Perfect. So if you haven't seen her videos yet, go check them out. Very cool. Thank you so much for joining us today. 

Yolanda: Thank you for having me. 

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