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Nopal Kweenz Podcast

We are 3 Latina Therapists, La Luna, La Rosa, and La Sirena, unpacking mental health issues in our community one episode at a time.

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Episode 3: Traditions & Transitions

Pongansen “El seatbelt”, pop in your headphones, or prop your feet up porque Nopal Kweenz are here rolling out episode Numero 3: Traditions and Transitions. In this discussion, we highlight the importance of weaving in traditional healing approaches such as faith, spirituality and family acceptance into therapy when serving our Latinx Communities. We also reflect on the challenges of setting boundaries in a Latinx familia during our own journeys of self-discovery. The Nopal Kweenz get real and talk about managing life when things are overwhelming and how we allow ourselves to take breaks to recharge. As always, we sign off with affirmations for our gente out there sharing in the struggles of balancing self-identity with family traditions and expectations.


1 Nov 2018

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Episode 14: There Is No Right Way To Be Latina, Latino, Or Latinx

In this episode, the Nopal Kweenz explore the many layers of Latinidad from a holistic lens. We get into the racial identity model, acculturation, and hear from listeners about their own experiences defining Latinidad. We explore the impact it has on how we build identity as Latinx individuals living in the United States and how this ties into our mental health. Our intention for this episode is to provide rich dialogue so that you walk away feeling validated and free to identify however you want! After all, there's no right way to be Latina, Latino, or Latinx. Do you, boo!


12 Mar 2020

Rank #2

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Episode 6: Tidying Up Your Mental Health

In this episode, we discuss how to emotionally de-clutter, inspired by the foundations of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Get ready to tidy up your mental health as we explore defense mechanisms and distorted thinking patterns that can negatively impact our family, social and work relationships. If you've been feeling an urge to do some cleansing of old habits to make room for a new you, join us in episode 6 to explore ways to increase your mental health and wellness!


28 Feb 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 15: Coping Through National Crisis

Hola Communidad! Episode 15 is here and we are dropping it Quarantine Style! Like all of you, Nopal Kweenz are staying in our casitas and doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe. This episode is all about learning how to Cope Through a National Crisis. We decided to create space for this conversation because we are all impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode, we honor the genuine feelings that people are experiencing, discuss how stress shows up in our bodies, and share how to take care of ourselves when things are uncertain. You all need to know... We are in this together! Here are some Mental Health Websites and Hotlines to check out: COVID19.CA.GOV Virusanxiety.com NAMI.org The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255)  Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741-741  SAMHSA Disaster Distress Line - 800-985-5990 The National Domestic Violence Hotline - 800-799-SAFE (7233) The National Sexual Assault Hotline - 800-656-HOPE (4673)

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30 Apr 2020

Rank #4

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Episode 7: Demystifying Mental Health Disorders

Episode 7 is here! Y’all ready? Our mission is to empower Latinx communities to take charge of their Mental Health, by spreading knowledge and awareness to topics that historically have been and are still taboo. In this episode, we break down Mental Health disorders that are not talked about enough. We focus on Major Depression, Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. If you are interested in gaining some insight and awareness on these topics, we invite you to grab your headphones and/or jump in our car and press play! Let’s get into it!


28 Mar 2019

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Episode 9: Let’s Get Real about ACE’s and PTSD

What are ACE’s? Adverse Childhood Experiences are events or circumstances that are present in the first 18 years of life such as abuse, neglect, and household challenges. ACE’s can have a significant impact on future outcomes of health, violence, victimization, and traumatization. In this episode, Nopal Kweenz provide insight into the ACE’s study that was done by Kaiser, the potential impact that ACE’s can have on our Latinx community, as well as take a deeper dive into PTSD, which is one of the potential negative outcomes of having adverse childhood experiences. Knowledge is power gente! Nopal Kweenz are here to educate our gente and put you up on some important game about ACE’s and PTSD!


30 May 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 10: Listener Questions

Can you believe it! We made it to episode 10! Nopal Kweenz would like to thank all of our listeners for the love and support that you have shown us this far. To show you all a token of our gratitude we have chosen to dedicate this episode to you! Tune in to hear us answer some of the questions that you all submitted. This was a super fun episode. We definitely enjoyed reading and answering your questions! Thank you all for participating.  Con mucho amor,  Nopal Kweenz


4 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 12: Life and Loss - Celebrating and Grieving Our Loved Ones

In this capítulo, we honor life and talk about the ways that we celebrate our loved ones who have passed away, from our perspectives in Salvadorian and Mexican culture. We share some personal stories about our experiences with life and loss, as well as discuss bereavement and the stages of grief.


5 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 13: Thriving and Surviving the Holidays

We are ending the year with 13 episodes in the books! Thank you all for the love and support. We have had a great year and truly enjoyed producing episodes for you all. To wrap it up we are ending the year with a fun episode focused on how to Thrive during the holiday season. We share some of our favorite memories, we honor our loved ones and we create a space to talk about mental health during this time. Grab a snack, some headphones o ponte el seatbelt this one is a fun one yall!


21 Dec 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 8: Can We Chill?

Episode 8 is here! We can’t believe we have made it this far! Grab a snack, some headphones or put on your seatbelt and take a ride with us. In this episode, we get into the pressures of living in a culture of “What’s next?”. We share our experiences and talk about how the “What’s next?” culture in the US impacts our own culture, as well as our relationships with our family, ourselves and our mental health.  


25 Apr 2019

Rank #10