Music Therapy with Jessica Risker
Episode 49: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with guest therapist Malory Dahl

Episode 49: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) with guest therapist Malory Dahl

November 24, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy I interview therapist Malory Dahl of Chicago Counseling Center about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Malory does an incredible job of sharing the symptoms of SAD, why some people experience SAD, ways to treat SAD at home, when to see a therapist for SAD, and how to differentiate SAD from generalized depression or COVID related mood changes.

Learn more about Malory: https://www.instagram.com/malorydahlwellness/

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Episode 47: Interview with Brianna Tong of Cordoba

Episode 47: Interview with Brianna Tong of Cordoba

November 17, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, Brianna Tong of Chicago band Cordoba talks about Cordoba’s new album "Specter", music and activism, dealing with the uncertainty of the pandemic, feeling pressure to be creative during quarantine, how she’s been coping through all this, and more!

Listen to Cordoba: https://cordoba.bandcamp.com/

Episode 46: Interview with Angel Marcloid of Fire-Toolz

Episode 46: Interview with Angel Marcloid of Fire-Toolz

November 10, 2020

In this interview, I talk with Angel Marcloid aka Fire-Toolz! Angel talks about making her music into a career, getting salty on Twitter, her experiences in therapy, Eckhart Tolle and other spiritual teachings, how she’s coping during the pandemic, and more!

 

Fire-Toolz: https://fire-toolz.bandcamp.com/

Episode 45: Interview with Isabel Cristina of Half Gringa

Episode 45: Interview with Isabel Cristina of Half Gringa

October 3, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, I talk with Isabel Cristina of Half Gringa! Izzy talks about her new album, touring, not thinking too far in the future about her career, how her artistic practice is changing this year, the ways she approaches songwriting, what she finds helpful about therapy, how she uses CBT techniques and mindfulness to challenge negative thoughts, and more!

 

Listen to Half Gringa: https://www.halfgringa.com/

 

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Episode 43: Interview with Roy Kinsey

Episode 43: Interview with Roy Kinsey

September 19, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, Roy Kinsey talks about his work as a librarian in Humboldt Park,  finishing a new album earlier this year and how the pandemic affected the release, how his identity and productivity are intertwined, his creativity the past few months, his thoughts on substance use and addiction during quarantine, and much more!

Episode 42: Interview with Mick Fansler of The Curls

Episode 42: Interview with Mick Fansler of The Curls

September 12, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, I talk with Mick Fansler of The Curls.  Mick talks about his current daily life during quarantine, social media and anxiety, how the quarantine has shifted his relationship with his music career, ambition, what it’s like to be in a band with his wife, what keeps him moving forward during the quarantine, and more!

 

Listen to The Curls: https://thecurls.bandcamp.com/

Episode 41: Interview with Jake Acosta of Lake Paradise Records

Episode 41: Interview with Jake Acosta of Lake Paradise Records

September 9, 2020

In this episode, Jake Acosta of Lake Paradise Records takes us on a ride of thoughts and feelings and plays a Silver Jews song and gives us a tour of his setup. I play a new song "I Miss You My Friends".  And more! We had fun!!

Lake Paradise Records: https://lakeparadiserecords.bandcamp.com/

Listen to my music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qyxydosK6a3Z52stGG32K

Visit my website: http://jessicarisker.com

Jessica Risker is a musician based in Chicago, IL and a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).

 

Episode 40: Interview with Sarah Jane Quillin of Desert Liminal

Episode 40: Interview with Sarah Jane Quillin of Desert Liminal

September 5, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, I talk with Sarah Jane Quillin of Desert Liminal. Sarah talks about playing her biggest show ever at the beginning of this year, sitting on a completed album, her dual paths of research biologist and musician, talks about how gut bacteria can impact our behavior and moods, what she misses about the Chicago DIY scene, her comedy show Casual Agony at Cafe Mustache, and more!!

Listen to Desert Liminal: https://desertliminal.bandcamp.com/

Listen to my music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qyxydosK6a3Z52stGG32K

Visit my website: http://jessicarisker.com

Jessica Risker is a musician based in Chicago, IL and a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).

 

Episode 39: Interview with Natalie Chami of TALsounds

Episode 39: Interview with Natalie Chami of TALsounds

August 22, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, I talk with Natalie Chami of TALsounds. She shares what it’s like to be a music teacher for CPS during the pandemic, her feelings on making money as a independent musician and performer, her personal experience with therapy and anxiety, why she feels it’s best to work on music every day, and more!!

 

This conversation originally aired via Instagram Live on August 22, 2020.  Please excuse the poor sound quality during my song, due to Instagram's compression.  

Learn more about TALsounds:  http://talsounds.com

Listen to my music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qyxydosK6a3Z52stGG32K

Visit my website: http://jessicarisker.com

Jessica Risker is a musician based in Chicago, IL and a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).

 

 

 

 

Episode 38: Interview with Sullivan Davis of The Hideout Chicago

Episode 38: Interview with Sullivan Davis of The Hideout Chicago

August 15, 2020

In this episode of Music Therapy, I talk with Sullivan Davis of The Hideout Chicago, a well-respected music venue located between the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods of Chicago. Sullivan shares what steps The Hideout is taking to survive the pandemic, the impact quarantine has on agents and booking agencies, what makes the Chicago music scene unique, how to support The Hideout, and more!

 

Listen to my music on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1qyxydosK6a3Z52stGG32K

Visit my website: http://jessicarisker.com

Jessica Risker is a musician based in Chicago, IL and a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC).

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