A conversation with Paula Matlins about her daily struggle with OCD and panic, and how she is able to operate in the world through rules, medication, perseverance, and thinking about llamas.
A Live Forum for Courageous Conversations.
Safe Space is a show about subjects that are hard to talk about--a respectful forum for courageous conversations about difficult subjects in order to reduce stigma, provide education, offer hope and access to resources. It is a space for the in depth discussion of matters that touch hearts and yet feel risky to share; subjects that deserve, but rarely get, thoughtful consideration.
The topics on Safe Space often deal with the guests’ courage to accept difference in themselves, especially when they feel afraid or ashamed about that difference. Shame is a painful psychological and emotional experience, but it is also a cultural and political force. All acts of courage inspire others to take risks, to express themselves, to be themselves. Such acts have political force to stand up to silencing, to create change.
Each show attempts to name and acknowledge difficult feelings, and to honor those who have found their own way of putting them into perspective. Listening to Safe Space will introduce you to many who are daring to speak about what is true for them as they find a way to turn their deepest wounds or hidden struggles into a gift for others. Giving voice to the unspeakable is ultimately an act of generosity and courage that makes our world more hospitable and welcoming to the parts of each of us that feel vulnerable.
Psychotherapist Rob talks about his own anxiety, which creates in him an insatiable need to confess things to those around him, and which can also lead to debilitating panic attacks. He talks about the various therapies he’s tried, including two which have greatly reduced his anxiety in the past few years.
We start our new season and our new series on living with an anxiety disorder with a conversation with photographer John William Keedy. His new exhibition is called It’s Hardly Noticeable, in which each photograph depicts a different aspect of anxiety. John talks about the personal experiences that inform these photos, and the ways in which his anxiety has improved.
A collection of powerful moments from the lives of parents of children on the autism spectrum.
One of our storytellers, Helen, has a facebook group for mothers of children on the spectrum. They get together regularly for support and friendship. You can check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/quirkymoms
Psychotherapist Lindy Anton talks about the uncertainty and fear she and her husband have experienced as they’ve watched their 4-year-old son exhibit intermittent signs of autism.
A conversation with Susan Levin about her son Ben, who is now 11. She tells the story of discovering his autism, and talks about the ways she blamed herself for his difficulties. She then explains the techniques she used to develop a stronger bond with Ben, and how he has become more interactive and connected.
Ellen Jennings is the mother of a 19-year-old son with autism. She talks about the winding path that brought them to that diagnosis, about coping with judgment of her parenting, and about advocating for her son to get him the services he needs.
A conversation with David Finch, author of The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband, about how learning he has Aspergers helped him to stop blaming himself for the difficulties he had in relationships, and opened up a path to overcoming them.
In this conversation Temple Grandin vividly describes the various sensory ways that autistic people like herself experience the world differently from the ‘neurotypical’ majority. She also discusses a number of strategies to help autistic children reach their full potential.