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Mindset: The Guy Podcast Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW

Mindset: The Guy Podcast Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW

By Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW
Individual interviews of Men discussing some of their life's specific challenges telling us how they were able to overcome big, small, and everyday challenges. These challenges can often lead men into Anxiety or Depression.

My goal with this podcast is to help men better express their feelings and frustrations by listening to different men. Much too often men hold their feelings in and isolate themselves, drink too much, or show aggression. I hope you enjoy listening to these incredible men and their stories.

Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW
Therapy . . . but for GUYS
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Talk #18 Oralia “Lulu” Catalan, MSW, ASW, PPSC: A Leap of Faith.
Lulu is our 1st Female Guest on The Guys Podcast. She is a School Based Therapist in East Los Angeles. In this podcast, she discusses growing up undocumented and poor while having a father in an out of prison. Lulu shares how she overcame the odds and graduates from UCLA with a Bachelor’s decree in Sociology and then graduated from USC with a Master’s degree in Social Work. Lulu also explains how she was able to use empathy and understanding in order to forgive.
July 21, 2020
Why you Crying?- A Discussion about male emotions with W/Miguel Chavez, LCSW
Miguel Chavez, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Miguel has a private Practice in Whitter, CA as well as a YouTube channel ( His videos are related to things he has dealt with as a homeowner, his passion for electronics, and his love for food and grilling. His main purpose in making videos is to help other people learn something or solve a problem. In this video, we discuss male emotions and more specifically crying.
July 07, 2020
Talk #16 Joel Gutierrez: Modern Latino Masculinity
Joel Gutierrez is the Director of Chicano Latino Student Services. He has over 10 years of combined direct experience in student affairs, social services, and therapeutic settings. Mr. Gutierrez has a passion for cultural identity, mental health, and the empowerment of marginalized communities. Mr. Gutierrez s currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Culture from Chapman University. He earned his MSW from the University of Southern California and his B.A. from UC Davis. In this Podcast, we talked about modern Latino Masculinity.
June 29, 2020
Talk #15 Robb Kelly: Treating The Problem, Not The Symptoms.
Talk #15 Robb Kelly world-renowned addiction expert who believes in treating the problem, not the symptoms. He has worked for many years helping addicts and alcoholics to recover their lives from the disease of addiction. Dr. Kelly Dr. Kelly talks about his story of overcoming addiction and how he was able to develop a mindset to overcome his challenges to achieve his dreams and life goals.
June 19, 2020
Talk #14 Edgar "Namrok" Hernandez: Childhood Chaos
Edgar “Namrok” Hernandez is the host of Ed Namrok Podcast. The Ed Namrock Podcast covers hot topics and music reviews. Mindset Host, Ronnie Fernandez, and Edgar attended high school and played football together back in the late 90’s. In this Podcast, Edgar discusses growing up without a father and childhood abuse. He discusses how he was able to overcome his challenges to become the father, husband, and the man he is today.
June 12, 2020
Talk #13 Overcoming Challenges and Issues in the African American Community.
Eugene Durrah, LCSW, is a community organizer, advocate, program developer, and case manager. Eugene, discussed growing up in Compton California, overcoming challenges and issues in the African American community. I interviewed him on Ahmaud Arbery’s birthday and he discussed the impact of that.   I hope you learn some new things and get new perspective by listening to this interview.
June 06, 2020
Talk #12: The Power of Understanding and Finding Purpose
Miguel Chavez, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Miguel has a private Practice in Whitter, CA as well as a YouTube channel ( His videos are related to things he has dealt with as a homeowner, his passion for electronics, and his love for food and grilling. His main purpose in making videos is to help other people learn something or solve a problem. In the interview, we discussed Miguel’s challenges growing up in South Central, CA, with an older brother with mental illness and his personal experience with individual therapy.
June 06, 2020
Talk #11 Porn Addiction: The Addiction Nobody Wants to Talk About
Joshua Shea is the author of The Addiction Nobody Will Talk about: How I Let My Pornography Addiction Hurt People and Destroy Relationships and co-author of He’s a Porn Addict… Now What?. You can order Joshua's books on Joshua Shea seemingly had it all. A loving wife, two children, and a supportive extended family. However, life as he knew it came to a screeching halt when he was arrested on a charge of underage pornography possession in 2014. Shea was convicted and served six months in jail in early 2016. Following his arrest, he sought help and treatment through intense one-on-one therapy, group therapy, and inpatient rehab facilities. You can find tools for recovery at Joshua's site
January 13, 2020
Talk #10- Rotary Club: How Service Clubs can help men decrease loneliness.
Talk #10- Doug Baker, District Rotary Foundation Chair/ 2x District Governor Rotary club 520 International Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW Instagram: Ronniefernandezlcsw   Owner of Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW Clinical therapist  Specialize in Men’s Anxiety and Depression  Provides induvial Therapy (In-person and Online) Guest Doug Baker, District Rotary Foundation Chair/ 2x District Governor Rotary club 520 International
November 21, 2019
Talk #9- The "Coming out" Process: A process of understanding, accepting, and valuing sexual orientation/identity
Talk #9- Daniel G Lyman, LCSW, talks about his “coming out” process as a gay man. “Coming out” is a process of understanding, accepting, and valuing your sexual orientation/identity. It involves both exploring your identity and sharing your identity with others. Daniel also discusses his career expertise of helping people with anxiety, depression, and chronic pain to deal with the physical, emotional, and psychological factors associated with these obstacles. Daniel is a licensed psychotherapist and mental health coach, specializing in anxiety, depression, chronic pain (TMS, MBS, Central Sensitization, PPD, Amplified pain), sexuality and LGBTQ related issues. Based in Los Angeles, California, Daniel also offers Skype Coaching throughout the world. With thousands of hours of experience, and clients on 5 different continents, Daniel's training and experience can help you reach your goals, including reducing anxiety, overcoming depression, eliminating chronic pain, and much more.  This is an eye-opening discussion and I hope you learn a lot from it, like did. https//
November 04, 2019
Talk #8-A Different Way: A journey out of poverty, unstable home, and gang influence
Talk #8 Mr. Richard Cooks, ACSW is a Mental Health Specialist at Starview Behavioral Health Group. Mr. Cooks discussed his challenges such as poverty, unstable home life, and growing up in a gang influenced community. Mr. Cooks also discussed his journey from the Long Beach/ Compton area to earning is MSW at the University of Southern California. I hope you are inspired by this discussion about overcoming hard circumstances and creating opportunities for growth.
October 22, 2019
Talk #7-Father-Con: The importance of a father in a child's life.
Patrick Erlandson: Director of Father-con Conference in the prevention of human trafficking.  Website: Father-con 2019 November 9, 2019 9:00 am to 3:00pm @Warren High School 8141 De Palma St. Downey, CA 90241 Father-Con is a call to fathers, future fathers and father figures - to celebrate the significance of being a father, recognize the consequences of failing to be the father our children and community need us to be, and become aware of the very real dangers of human trafficking and predators that take advantage of any vulnerability our children may have due to absent, disengaged or abusive fathers and father figures in the home.  Fathers are key to ending human trafficking - as fathers take to heart the awesome power they have to protect, to provide wise example, and to ensure each child is nourished by his love to form an identity that is impregnable to those who seek to exploit.  We have an annual conference/conversation to provide information and resources to help fathers rise to the challenges and find the greatest fulfillment in being dedicated dads.
October 18, 2019
Talk #6 - My Daughter's Keeper: A father’s journey to be a part of his daughter's life.
Talk #6 Mark Winkler, is the author of the book, My Daughter's Keeper. This book is Mark's true story of his journey as a father to strive against mounting odds to be present in his daughter’s life. The story reveals the complexities of parenting as Mark wrestles with his past to face self-imposed challenges in order to transition to an open-hearted and dutiful father.  It was great talking to Mark and having him share his story of transformation to the father and the man he is today. My Daughter's keeper can be found on Amazon Email: Website:
September 09, 2019
Talk #5 - The Painful Recovery: A life long journey of healing from of broken neck
Talk #5 Nick Holt, LCSW’s areas of specialty include trauma, substance abuse, depression, suicide, and anxiety. He is a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist and Board-Certified Diplomate and enjoys helping clients through the journey of life. He has written for HuffPost and Vox Media and has been featured in In this Podcast, Nick opens up about breaking his neck as a teenager and his painful recovery. It was such an honor to have Nick share his story and display his emotional vulnerability during this podcast. He is an example of how men can communicate traumatic experiences and continue a life long journey of healing. 3 Quick Ways to Improve Your Mood What to do with Worry Mental Health: Part of a Balanced Lifestyle What Neil deGrasse Tyson Can Teach You About Mental Health 4 Lessons Homeless Veterans Have Taught Me
August 28, 2019
Talk #4 - The Heart Transplant: Navigating the healthcare system, going with your gut and the importance of relationships.
Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW / Clinical Therapist Therapy . . . but for GUYS Talk #4- John Lemucchi has been married for 37 years and is a father of three and a grandfather. At a routine physical, he was told that he was having a heart attack and needed to go to the nearest hospital. From that point on, John’s life changed. In this talk, John talks about navigating through the healthcare system, going with his gut feelings and the importance of relationships. Please listen, especially, if you had a life-changing event, feeling that you may be a burden to others and feelings of guilt. 
August 20, 2019
Talk #3 - An Early Start: Journey from a young father to a successful business owner
Ronnie Fernandez, LCSW / Clinical Therapist Therapy . . . but for GUYS Talk #3- Mayor Rick Rodriguez is the current Mayor of the City of Downey, CA. In this talk, Rick discusses his journey from becoming a young father to a business owner. He and his wife, Lupe, have seven children and they started two companies together.  He is the President, CEO, of RMI International, Inc., an international security company, and is also the Founder, CEO, of Living Tree Foundation that assists returning combat veterans.  Take time to listen to some inspiring words of hard work, a focused mindset, and faith.  
August 12, 2019
Talk #2 - A Baseball Journey: Alcohol, drugs and recovery
Talk #2 Mr. Darrell Jackson is a former professional baseball player that grew up in Compton, CA. He then went on to Arizona St. and then played baseball professionally for the Minnesota twins. Darrell is the Founder/President of 10-20 Club, Inc., in Downey, CA. The 10-20 Club, Inc., has provided support to thousands of youth throughout Los Angeles County and Orange County. It provides services to teens in support of local school districts, juvenile courts and juvenile probation by providing drug and alcohol interventions, anger management and community services and parenting classes. In this Podcast Talk, Mr. Jackson talks about his baseball journey, his struggle with drugs and alcohol, and how he was able to find recovery, making him the man he is today. I hope you enjoy this talk as much as I did. 
August 06, 2019
Talk #1 - The Plane Crash: Dealing with a family tragedy
In Talk #1, Dn. Mario A. Guerra talks about death and loss of family.  He discusses how he was able to deal with these situations through faith, and support from his wife Ann, and the power of forgiveness.  Mario A. Guerra was the Mayor of the city of Downey, CA,  from 2006-2014.  He is a Catholic clergy, business owner, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the U.S. Army, and Author of the book Embracing Change: An Immigrant Saga.  Dn. Mario and his wife Ann live in Downey, where they raised their five children and now have three grandchildren. You can learn more about him at
July 26, 2019