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Furkhan Dandia Therapist and Coach

I am a men's coach, therapist, group facilitator, podcaster and author. My journey began five years ago when I was going through a separation. I found myself alone and in a shame spiral that our culture and society covertly exert on people due to the perceived "failure" of a marriage. Unfortunately, I personalized that message which led me to fall deeper into a hole, causing me to surround myself with people that did not serve me and engage in substance abuse. While seeking therapy, I was not making the wholesale changes I needed.

As part of my experience with therapy, I realized that I am not alone in the challenges men my age experience (I separated at the age of 34/35). I realized I could be a voice for men like myself and offer support in this space. In the middle of the pandemic, I applied for a Master's degree in Psychology to become a therapist. This change was a significant shift for me as I worked in the corporate world as an engineer. Once I leaned into the space of supporting other men, I also started a podcast to normalize these difficult conversations and started a men's group a year later with the support of a friend.

I thought I was giving something back when I started the men's group. However, I quickly realized I was getting substantially more from the connections I built than I initially anticipated. It was also something I needed because I was going through another breakup.

At that point, I also realized that I had not taken the time to heal, and I was outsourcing my healing through romantic relationships, substances, material acquisitions and superficial relationships. I decided to step away from the outgoing lifestyle and started to focus on my healing which was another phase of evolution for me on my journey. Over the last year and a half, I have become mindful of the people I spend my time with. I have cleaned my lifestyle of substances, toxic environments and behaviours. I have focused on my sleep, my health and my knowledge. I have improved my spiritual relationship with myself, which was lacking the most over the past five years. This is the best I have felt.

As part of my solitude journey and to find myself again, I also released a book encapsulating my journey, which I hope to share with others. My book is titled: The Pursuit of Self-Love.

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Navigating Screen Time: Parenting In The Digital Age &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Navigating Screen Time: Parenting in the Digital Age

In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, former middle school teacher and author Emily Cherkin discusses the impact of technology and social media on children and adolescents. Emily shares her…

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, former middle school teacher and author Emily Cherkin discusses the impact of technology and social media on children and adolescents. Emily shares her observations from teaching, where she noticed that social media and digital technology significantly affected students' in-class relationships and communication skills. She highlights the importance of parental involvement, emphasizing open dialogue, modelling good tech behaviour, and building relationships. Emily also underscores the collective action required to create norms around technology u…

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From Tv Anchor To Psychedelic Guide: The Power Of Integration &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
From TV Anchor to Psychedelic Guide: The Power of Integration

In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, I welcome Leslie Draffin, a former TV news anchor turned somatic psychedelic guide. Leslie shares her profound journey of overcoming depression, anxiet…

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, I welcome Leslie Draffin, a former TV news anchor turned somatic psychedelic guide. Leslie shares her profound journey of overcoming depression, anxiety, and addiction through psychedelic medicine after conventional therapies and medications failed to address her core wounds. She discusses her history of shame and trauma stemming from early experiences and societal pressures and highlights the transformational power of psychedelic experiences in her healing process. The conversation delves into the importance of setting, dosage, and integration …

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Understanding The Role Of Consciousness In Mental Health &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Understanding the Role of Consciousness in Mental Health

In this episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, I welcome Dean Graves, a mental health counselor, author, and podcaster, to discuss the complex topic of consciousness. Dean shares his journey into me…

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, I welcome Dean Graves, a mental health counselor, author, and podcaster, to discuss the complex topic of consciousness. Dean shares his journey into meditation and how it led him to explore deeper aspects of consciousness and self-awareness. He discusses the concept of the 'hierophant' or false identity, the process of healing emotional baggage, and the pursuit of happiness through self-exploration. Dean also touches on the interplay between physical and metaphysical existence, the role of religion, and the spectrum of consciousness. The convers…

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Addressing The Teen Depression Epidemic &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Addressing the Teen Depression Epidemic

In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, Dr. Scott Kolbaba joins the host to discuss his extensive experience in treating depression, particularly among adolescent girls. Dr. Kolbaba highlight…

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, Dr. Scott Kolbaba joins the host to discuss his extensive experience in treating depression, particularly among adolescent girls. Dr. Kolbaba highlights his medical career, working at Northwestern Medicine's Adolescent Psych Unit, and his journey, which led him to write the book 'Clara's Magic Garden.' The conversation covers the importance of finding purpose as a critical element in treating and preventing depression, the impact of social media, academic pressure, and family dynamics on mental health, and practical advice for parents and guardi…

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You Can'T Eat Love: A Deep Dive &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
You Can't Eat Love: A Deep Dive

In this episode of EZ Conversations, I welcome Leslie Davis to discuss her journey of self-discovery and self-love, which began in 2015. Leslie shares her realization that the primary source of her st…

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In this episode of EZ Conversations, I welcome Leslie Davis to discuss her journey of self-discovery and self-love, which began in 2015. Leslie shares her realization that the primary source of her struggles was a lack of self-love. She now helps others find their best friend within themselves, emphasizing the importance of validating one's feelings. Leslie elaborates on the cultural conditioning that prevents people from prioritizing Self-Care. The conversation also delves into Leslie's loss of her mother, her struggles with food addiction, and how she learned to manage emotions. Leslie offer…

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The Psychology Of High Performance &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
The Psychology of High Performance

In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, Dr. Eddie O'Connor, a clinical sport performance psychologist, discusses his work with high achievers, including athletes, musicians, and business prof…

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations Podcast, Dr. Eddie O'Connor, a clinical sport performance psychologist, discusses his work with high achievers, including athletes, musicians, and business professionals. He addresses common issues such as performance anxiety, perfectionism, and the importance of having purpose in adversity. Dr. O'Connor explains the concept of 'pain with purpose' and emphasizes the necessity of embracing challenges and discomfort to achieve excellence. He also introduces accepting anxiety as a regular part of striving for high performance and the importance of focusing …

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The Synergy Of Mindset, Posture And Nutrition &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
The Synergy of Mindset, Posture and Nutrition

In this episode, I welcome Sylvain Mancuso, who shares his journey from France to Canada and the development of his osteopathy clinic in Moncton, New Brunswick. Sylvain, a former osteopath and physiot…

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In this episode, I welcome Sylvain Mancuso, who shares his journey from France to Canada and the development of his osteopathy clinic in Moncton, New Brunswick. Sylvain, a former osteopath and physiotherapist, discusses the importance of a holistic approach that combines osteopathy, chiropractic, massage therapy, and soft tissue expertise to treat patients. We delve into individual experiences that illustrate the effectiveness of looking at the root causes of pain rather than just symptoms. The conversation covers the integration of mindset, nutrition, and posture in patient care and highlight…

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Finding True Worth &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Finding True Worth

In this episode, Matt shares his journey from accidental entrepreneurship in 2017 to the discovery and healing of deep-seated childhood trauma. Struggling with anxiety and stress and even experiencing…

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In this episode, Matt shares his journey from accidental entrepreneurship in 2017 to the discovery and healing of deep-seated childhood trauma. Struggling with anxiety and stress and even experiencing panic attacks, Matt sought help and uncovered unresolved issues from his past that affected his self-worth. Despite growing his business to a million-dollar venture annually, he speaks about the struggles he faced growing up, including his contentious relationship with his father, being forced into sports, and feeling out of place due to his sensitivity and sexuality. Matt's story emphasizes the …

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Behind The Badge: A Daughter'S Tale Of Loss And Healing &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Behind the Badge: A Daughter's Tale of Loss and Healing

In this episode of EZ Conversations, Susan Snow shares her harrowing personal story. At 17, Susan's father, a Los Angeles police detective, was ambushed and murdered, a tragedy witnessed by her six-ye…

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In this episode of EZ Conversations, Susan Snow shares her harrowing personal story. At 17, Susan's father, a Los Angeles police detective, was ambushed and murdered, a tragedy witnessed by her six-year-old brother. She recounts the emotional aftermath, the lack of PTSD awareness in 1985, and how she coped with a difficult family dynamic, including her mother's alcoholism and their strained relationship. Susan's healing journey led her to write a book, which became a tool for her recovery and a way to offer hope to others in similar situations. She emphasizes the importance of empathy, forgive…

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The Trials And Tribulations Of Fatherhood &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
The Trials and Tribulations of Fatherhood

In this episode, Kirk Coburn discusses his journey as a father, focusing on the relationships with his sons and the lessons learned along the way. The conversation emphasizes the challenges and triump…

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In this episode, Kirk Coburn discusses his journey as a father, focusing on the relationships with his sons and the lessons learned along the way. The conversation emphasizes the challenges and triumphs of parenting, personal growth, mental health, and the importance of patience and understanding. Kirk shares poignant moments, such as his son's wrestling achievements, and delves into methods like neurofeedback therapy and breathing exercises to help manage his son's emotional regulation. Kirk and I highlight the significance of being role models, maintaining family balance, and the value of su…

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Chiropractic Care And The Spiritual Path &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Chiropractic Care and the Spiritual Path

In an enlightening episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, Dr. Lynnn shares her journey from suffering from scoliosis-related pain to discovering chiropractic as a profound, life-changing profession.…

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In an enlightening episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, Dr. Lynnn shares her journey from suffering from scoliosis-related pain to discovering chiropractic as a profound, life-changing profession. She discusses the philosophy of chiropractic, emphasizing the body's inner wisdom and natural healing capabilities. Dr. Lynn highlights the importance of mindset in overcoming chronic pain, dispelling misconceptions about chiropractic care, and underscores the holistic approach to health, combining physical adjustments with spiritual and mental alignment.The conversation explores the interconnect…

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From Adversity To Achievement: A Story Of Shadows And Light &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
From Adversity to Achievement: A Story of Shadows and Light

In this episode, Alan Lazaros shares his inspirational journey from overcoming early life adversities to finding fulfillment and success. He recounts his childhood marked by the loss of his biological…

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In this episode, Alan Lazaros shares his inspirational journey from overcoming early life adversities to finding fulfillment and success. He recounts his childhood marked by the loss of his biological father, a turbulent relationship with his stepfather, and financial struggles. Alan emphasizes the shift from external validation through achievements to internal fulfillment through personal development. He discusses his career progress from computer engineering to founding Next Level University, which focuses on helping others achieve balanced success in health, wealth, and love.Alan highlights…

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Supporting Trauma Survivors In Parenthood &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Supporting Trauma Survivors in Parenthood

In this episode, I sit with a holistic trauma recovery coach, Emily Cleghorn. Emily shares her journey of motherhood and managing childhood trauma triggers. She focuses on helping other trauma-survivi…

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In this episode, I sit with a holistic trauma recovery coach, Emily Cleghorn. Emily shares her journey of motherhood and managing childhood trauma triggers. She focuses on helping other trauma-surviving mothers heal while parenting. Emily discusses her work, including her online community, free Coaching program, and resources for healing. The conversation covers the challenges of postpartum depression, societal expectations, the importance of Self-Care, and the lack of support systems in Western societies. Emily emphasizes addressing trauma and creating supportive communities for new parents.E…

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Laughing Through The Pain: Frank King'S Inspirational Journey &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Laughing Through the Pain: Frank King's Inspirational Journey

Welcome to another episode of EZ Conversations with your host Furkhan Dandia. I was honoured to speak with the resilient Frank King in this week's episode. In this interview, Frank King, a professiona…

Welcome to another e…

Welcome to another episode of EZ Conversations with your host Furkhan Dandia. I was honoured to speak with the resilient Frank King in this week's episode. In this interview, Frank King, a professional comedian and former writer for Jay Leno, shares his journey from discovering his comedic talent in fourth grade to becoming a mental health speaker and advocate.He discusses his early career, including writing jokes for 'The Tonight Show,' his transition to corporate comedy, and his struggles during the financial crisis 2008. Frank delves deeply into his battles with major depressive disorder an…

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Gen Z, Mental Health And The Soul &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Gen Z, Mental Health and the Soul

Hey everyone, Furkhan Dandia here! In this episode of EZ Conversations, I'm thrilled to sit down with Jane Marie Auret, the insightful author of Screens in the Ego: A Meditation on Gen Z. Jane brings …

Hey everyone, Furkha…

Hey everyone, Furkhan Dandia here! In this episode of EZ Conversations, I'm thrilled to sit down with Jane Marie Auret, the insightful author of Screens in the Ego: A Meditation on Gen Z. Jane brings a unique perspective to the table, drawing from her rich experiences and deep reflections on modern mental health treatment.We dive into Jane's journey, starting with her eye-opening critiques of ineffective therapy methods she encountered personally. As someone who has worked as an RA and a youth specialist, Jane shares candidly about the glaring gaps in current mental health interventions and wh…

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Balancing Body, Mind, And Spirit: The Art Of Acupuncture &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Balancing Body, Mind, and Spirit: The Art of Acupuncture

Welcome to another insightful episode of the EZ Conversations podcast! I’m your host, Furkhan Dandia, and today, we have a truly remarkable guest: Dr. Alex Joannou. Dr. Joannou has had an incredible…

Welcome to another i…

Welcome to another insightful episode of the EZ Conversations podcast! I’m your host, Furkhan Dandia, and today, we have a truly remarkable guest: Dr. Alex Joannou. Dr. Joannou has had an incredible 45-year journey in the medical field, starting as a Western-trained doctor before experiencing a transformative shift to acupuncture and Chinese medicine.In this episode, Dr. Joannou shares his personal story of battling health issues that led him to explore alternative healing practices. He delves into how acupuncture can serve as a proactive approach to managing chronic problems. He reveals its…

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From Kabul To Triumph: A Tale Of Survival And Empowerment &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
From Kabul to Triumph: A Tale of Survival and Empowerment

Join me, Furkhan Dandia, in this poignant episode of EZ Conversations as I sit down with the remarkable Masuda Rahmati, a beacon of Resilience and hope in the face of adversity. Masuda shares her extr…

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Join me, Furkhan Dandia, in this poignant episode of EZ Conversations as I sit down with the remarkable Masuda Rahmati, a beacon of Resilience and hope in the face of adversity. Masuda shares her extraordinary journey from escaping the ravages of war in Afghanistan to becoming a tireless activist for change.In this deeply personal conversation, Masuda opens up about the challenges she faced navigating her identity and education in a new country, the United States. Despite the hurdles, she found solace and strength in her faith, unwavering determination, and the transformative power of self-dis…

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Breaking Free From Toxic Fitness Culture &Raquo; 10178478 1603746778549 F3037Cc4B1E93
Breaking Free from Toxic Fitness Culture

In this episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, guest Katie Bramlett, co-founder of WeShape, discusses the transformative journey from a traditional body transformation company to creating a fitness …

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In this episode of the EZ Conversations podcast, guest Katie Bramlett, co-founder of WeShape, discusses the transformative journey from a traditional body transformation company to creating a fitness app that focuses on movement rather than conventional weight loss metrics.Bramlett shares insights on the harmful effects of a toxic diet culture and the importance of self-love and acceptance over physical appearance. The dialogue delves into WeShape's unique aspects, including its approach to exercise that prioritizes biomechanics and sustainability and its four-pillar strategy encompassing move…

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