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About Dr. B Dr. Cristi Bundukamara, Ed.D., PMHNP has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner since 2000, gaining extensive experience over the last several decades. Her medical career began as an Army Medic before attending nursing school and receiving a master’s degree as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Florida International University (FIU). She went on to receive a doctorate in Education at Nova Southeastern University. From there, she launched the first Mentally STRONG Clinic in Colora ...
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In this raw and candid episode of Dr. B's YouTube series, Dr. B sits down with Donna Carlson, an executive and author, to dive deep into the complexities of self-worth, professional challenges, and personal growth. Donna opens up about her journey of self-discovery, from grappling with feelings of inadequacy rooted in childhood experiences to navig…
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FREE CHOICE OPPORTUNITY DOWNLOAD: Feelings Log https://mailchi.mp/mentallystrong/feelingslog In this insightful episode of "Understanding and Conquering Depression," Dr. B shares invaluable guidance for navigating the complexities of depression. Emphasizing the personalized nature of this condition, Dr. B explores the biochemical, psychosocial, and…
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FREE Choice Opportunity Worksheet Download: Evaluate Triggers https://mailchi.mp/fe589fc1af88/hh60s65nqp Drawing from personal experiences of grief, trauma, and injustice, Dr.B shares compelling insights into how triggers can affect individuals differently. By categorizing triggers based on their origins, such as grief, trauma, negative self-talk, …
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In this profoundly moving episode of "Heartstrings & Healing," Dr. B sits down with Suzanne, a woman navigating the complex waves of grief after the loss of her beloved mother. Set against the backdrop of her mother's final days in an English hospital, Suzanne shares a raw, intimate narrative of love, loss, and the tangled emotions that accompany s…
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🔗🧠💪FREE E-BOOK - How to Be Mentally STRONG https://mailchi.mp/mentallystrong/howtobementallystrong Join Dr. B, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and grief expert, as she shares her personal journey and professional insights into the complex world of grief, hospice care, and the heart-wrenching experience of losing a spouse. 👨‍⚕️ From Expertise to Pe…
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Dr. Faust Ruggiero : https://www.faustruggiero.com/ 🧠💪FREE E-BOOK - How to Be Mentally STRONG https://mailchi.mp/mentallystrong/howtobementallystrong Have you ever wondered what drives someone to dedicate their life to empowering others? Join Dr. B, your host, and guide on the path to self-discovery, as she sits down with the inspiring Dr. Faust Ru…
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re you tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Dr. B shares practical strategies to declutter your mind, navigate emotional extremes, and transform your thinking into organized, empowering choices. Drawing from her own journey of overcoming grief and trauma, Dr. B provides valuable insights to help you embark on a lifelong path towards mental re…
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Join us for a powerful and inspiring conversation with Kelli Reinhardt, founder of BCC Evolution, a nonprofit dedicated to mental health and suicide awareness. In this interview with Dr. B, Kelli shares her deeply personal journey of loss and grief after her sister's tragic suicide, and how she transformed her pain into a purposeful mission to help…
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With remarkable vulnerability, Dr. B shares their journey towards healing, introducing the concept of "controlled grief" as a method of actively engaging with one's pain in a constructive manner. They offer insights into somatic practices and movement as transformative tools for releasing emotional burdens stored in the body. As the episode unfolds…
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Join Dr. B, as she delves into the complexities of inattention in her latest YouTube episode. In this insightful discussion, Dr. B addresses a concerning trend in clinical practice where individuals self-diagnose attention deficit disorder (ADD) or ADHD based on online assessments and seek stimulant medication treatment. Through personal anecdotes …
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Delve into Colonel Bob's remarkable journey spanning nearly 30 years of military service. From his commissioning during the Reagan era to deployments in various challenging environments, Colonel Bob shares insights into the values, camaraderie, and resilience that define the military experience. In this episode, Colonel Bob opens up about the evolu…
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In this captivating conversation, Dr. B and Jen Musa of Fox21 Colorado Springs Loving Living Local explore the profound impact of mindfulness on our mental well-being, personal growth, and overall quality of life. From practical tips to profound insights, they uncover the secrets to harnessing the power of mindfulness in today's fast-paced world. 🎙…
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Join Dr. B as she uncovers the hidden patterns of negative thinking and responses that often hinder our growth and achievement. Through relatable anecdotes and practical advice, Dr. B explores the profound impact of childhood experiences, trauma, and grief on our mental strength. She reveals how these internal barriers can shape our self-perception…
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In this insightful conversation, leadership expert Rebecca shares her journey and expertise in fostering a positive workplace culture. With over 13 years of experience in leadership roles, Rebecca delves into the importance of creating an environment where employees love coming to work every day. From her personal experiences as a single parent nav…
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Join us as Dr. B delves into the heart of the matter, exploring why so many of us grapple with feelings of inadequacy and "not being good enough." Drawing from her extensive experience and personal anecdotes, she sheds light on the origins of these beliefs, often stemming from childhood experiences and societal norms. In this thought-provoking disc…
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🌟 Join us for a candid and insightful conversation as we delve into the intricacies of the Mentally Strong Method. In this video, we explore the powerful process of identifying and organizing thoughts and emotions, with a particular focus on trauma and mental health. 👥 In this engaging discussion, we touch on various aspects, including childhood tr…
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🧠 Ever wondered why behavioral change feels like such a complex puzzle? I'll break it down for you, shedding light on the neurobiological intricacies and the role of grace in this transformative process. It's about more than just positive thinking—it's about understanding the intricate dance of habits and emotions. 🌈 👁️‍🗨 Walk with me through the c…
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Join us for an eye-opening and inspiring discussion with Dane Crampton, a licensed psychologist and co-founder of Status Code Four, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting first responders and their families. 🚑👩‍⚕️🚒 Dane, a retired paramedic with 25 years of experience, shares his personal journey from the frontlines of emergency response to becoming a…
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Join us for a heartfelt conversation with Kathy Sparnins grief specialist who shares her personal experiences, insights, and wisdom on navigating the complex terrain of grief. Personal Grief Journey: Kathy takes us on her own personal grief journey, highlighting pivotal losses that have shaped her unique approach to supporting others through the gr…
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In this emotionally charged episode of "Mentally Strong," we sit down with Christina Starkey, a grieving mother who shares her harrowing experience navigating the mental health care system while seeking help for her daughter. Join us as she recounts the heartbreaking day that changed her life forever and fueled her determination to advocate for bet…
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Join us as we embark on a mental health journey like no other. The mentally strong medical model is not your typical counseling experience; it's a transformative, educational adventure designed to empower you to master your mental well-being. [01:20] - What Sets Us Apart: In the mentally strong medical model, we embrace a psychoeducational counseli…
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Embark on a transformative journey with me, Dr. B, as I delve into holistic healing with therapist and coach Rachel Stiff. Explore the power of a systemic approach, the "both-and" mindset, and the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. Join me in uncovering Rachel's inspiring story, her passion for growth, and her vision to impact lives thro…
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In this heartfelt episode, Dr. B delves into the profound journey of coping with intense grief and trauma. Dr. B shares personal experiences and challenges the notion of external rescues, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and self-love in the healing process. Key Points: The Illusion of External Rescue: Reflecting on societal influences,…
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Have you ever felt lost in a maze of past hurts, anger, and grief? This video explores the powerful story of Tara navigating exactly that. It's a journey of facing shadows and finding light, of learning to forgive and embrace self-compassion. Key Takeaways: Aspiring to kindness and trust, despite past wounds. Unraveling the impact of family dynamic…
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❤️FREE Choice Opportunity Worksheet Download: Controlled Grief https://mailchi.mp/4740a1224b89/wiqfh8h3ff Join us in this emotional and insightful episode as Dr. B, candidly shares her journey through anticipatory grief. From decoding the complexities of grief to offering practical coping strategies, Dr. B's warm and relatable approach provides com…
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🌟 Join Dr. B in a compelling interview with Nathan Klotz, a dedicated mental health professional with a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In this insightful conversation, Nathan delves into his passion for specializing in trauma, substance use disorder, and personality disorders within Cluster B. 🔍 Nathan shares his personal journey, h…
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In this heartfelt episode, we explore the intricacies of supporting grieving mothers with compassion and sensitivity. Dr. B navigates the challenging terrain of conversations surrounding loss and grief, offering valuable insights on what to say and, perhaps more importantly, what to avoid. Supporting a grieving mother requires sensitivity and thoug…
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Dr. B welcomes Carmina Blasko LPC, a mental health counselor with over 10 years of experience, to discuss strategies for navigating the holiday season with grace, resilience, and joy. Carmina shares her insights on the importance of prioritizing self-care during the holidays, emphasizing the need to balance festive preparations with personal well-b…
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In this heartfelt and empowering podcast, Cristi Bundukamara shares a deeply personal journey of grief and the pursuit of gratitude in the face of unimaginable loss. With a story marked by the passing of three beloved children, the speaker offers genuine insights into the challenges of finding gratitude amid profound sorrow. Timestamps: 00:01 Intro…
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In this heartfelt podcast, join me on a journey of self-discovery and resilience as I, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, share my personal experiences with unimaginable pain and loss. Together, we'll explore how joy and pain can coexist and practical ways to find joy, even in the midst of grief and trauma. Key Points: - Understanding the choice of …
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Join Dr. Cristi Bundukamara in a heartfelt discussion about the complexities of grief and the journey towards healing. Drawing from personal experiences of losing three children over 17 years, Dr. Bundukamara challenges conventional grief theories and shares her insights on transforming pain into purpose. 🕰️ Timestamps: 00:00 Grief is Pain 01:21 Pa…
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Welcome to an enlightening and thought-provoking podcast conversation that will take you on a journey to happiness, self-discovery, and enhanced mental fitness. In this engaging discussion, Suzanne Faber and Cristi Bundukamara share their insights into the intricacies of the human psyche, exploring how a deeper understanding of concepts like inner …
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My son is dead. October 30th 2016, it's been 7 years. In this deeply moving video, we hear the heartfelt and harrowing journey of a mother who lost her beloved son, Reggie, seven years ago. October 30th marks the anniversary of his passing, and the pain remains as poignant as ever. Cristi Bundukamara, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, shares her he…
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Join Cristi Bundukamara, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, as she delves into the world of hypersomnolence, a condition where individuals experience excessive daytime sleepiness. Cristi provides valuable insights into how healthcare professionals can diagnose and differentiate hypersomnolence from other conditions. She emphasizes the importance of …
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In this heartfelt and informative podcast, Cristi Bundukamara, a psychiatric nurse practitioner and grief expert, shares her profound insights on the complex emotions and challenges associated with grief. She discusses the fight or flight response, self-love, and the importance of separating grief from trauma and negative thoughts. Cristi also expl…
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In this powerful podcast, Cristi Bundukamara, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with over 20 years of clinical experience, shares her personal journey through unimaginable tragedies and how she found mental strength. If you've ever asked yourself, "Why me?" during difficult times, this video is for you. Timestamps: 00:00 - Introduction: Exploring th…
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In this compelling street interview by Cristi Bundukamara, we delve deep into the heart-wrenching consequences of drunk driving and the profound grief it leaves behind. Every 39 minutes, someone in the United States loses their life to a drunk driver, and in this video, we explore the pain, anger, and lessons that follow such a tragic event. 🚨 Subs…
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❤️ FREE Choice Opportunity Worksheet DOWNLOAD use the link below: https://mailchi.mp/6a3776b7113d/kuz20ksdw4 Are you struggling with overwhelming anger during your grief journey? Join us as an expert in grief, who has personally navigated the loss of three children over 17 years, shares valuable insights on dealing with anger and its connection to …
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In this enlightening podcast, we're diving deep into a groundbreaking approach to emotional well-being: managing your emotional budget. Just like financial planning, understanding and optimizing the energy you invest in your emotions can lead to a happier, more balanced life. Join us as we explore the revolutionary insights shared by Dr. Cristi Bun…
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Are you avoiding everyone after a tragic loss? Is someone you love pushing you away, especially after losing a child? Join Dr. B, a psychiatric nurse with 20+ years of experience, in this YouTube video as she explores the complexities of grief and relationships. Dr. B, having endured the heartbreaking loss of three children under different circumst…
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Experience Dr. Cristi Bundukamara's profound journey as she grapples with the concept of truth amidst heartbreaking loss. In this captivating YouTube video , Dr. B shares her personal story, reflecting on the challenges of losing her children and questioning the existence of absolute truth. Raised by a liberal mother, Dr. B's perspective on right a…
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Did you know that 30% of adults report signs of insomnia and only 10% actually meet the DSM-5-TR criteria? Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. If you're struggling to get a good night's sleep, it's important to understand what insomnia is and how it can impact your health and well-being. In this video, we'…
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Dr. B sheds light on the challenges of self-care. She understands that taking care of ourselves can be tough when we have so many other responsibilities to juggle. Drawing from her own personal journey, Dr. B shares how she neglected her own well-being for a staggering 17 years while prioritizing the needs of her children, especially those with hea…
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Are you curious about elimination disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated? In this video, psychiatric nurse practitioner Dr. B continues her series on demystifying the DSM, discussing the three types of elimination disorders: enuresis, encopresis, and other specific elimination disorders. She explains the criteria for diagnosing these diso…
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In this video, Dr. B, emphasizes the importance of seeking professional help when feeling like hurting oneself in any way, including suicidal thoughts. Dr. B talks about the difference between choice and depression, and how professional treatment can help people in distress. She emphasizes the need for people to make a personal promise to themselve…
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In this episode, we will be discussing Binge Eating Disorder and how it differs from other types of eating disorders. Binge Eating Disorder is characterized by recurring binge episodes with a lack of control but without any compensatory behaviors. It's important to note that being overweight does not necessarily mean one has Binge Eating Disorder. …
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One of the key insights Dr.B offers is the difference between fixing and healing grief. While fixing involves trying to make the pain go away entirely, healing is a more nuanced process that involves finding ways to process the pain and cherish the relationship with the lost loved one. Drawing on her own experience, Dr.B describes her "mentally str…
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Bulimia nervosa is a type of eating disorder that affects millions of people worldwide, yet is often shrouded in secrecy and shame. We'll explore the symptoms of bulimia nervosa, including recurring binge eating, feelings of lack of control, and compensatory behaviors such as vomiting, laxatives, or fasting. To be diagnosed with bulimia nervosa, th…
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Welcome to this insightful video on Anorexia Nervosa featuring Dr. B, an expert in the field of eating disorders. In this video, Dr. B will provide valuable information on the signs, symptoms, and treatment options for Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by a…
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