What is Beyond Well?
Beyond Well with Sheila Hamilton is a podcast that recognizes the shared experience of the inner world—the commonality of depression (35 million people worldwide,) the unrelenting battle with anxiety (40 million Americans suffer from anxiety) and the likelihood that at some point, every one of us will need help in getting through the day.
Each episode fixes on a central theme— isolation, self-loathing, anxiety, or depression. We also explore the search for meaning and happiness, and we provide a different way of reclaiming balance in our lives. We want to give you the opportunity to relate, to laugh, and to begin gathering a few tools for your emotional toolbox.
What you’ll find at Beyond Well is people who care deeply about the world, the health of our friends and family, and the strength of our community. We talk with artists, authors, musicians and people with lived experience about what it means to be human in an age of angst. The show is hosted by journalist and author Sheila Hamilton, who has reported and written on the topic of wellness for more than a decade, and Dr.’s Jenna LeJeune and Jim Polo.
Here's a little more information about us.
Sheila Hamilton is the host of Beyond Well, a five-time Emmy award winning journalist, radio host, and the author of two mental health related books, All the Things We Never Knew, Chasing the Chaos of Mental Illness and Sheila’s debut novel due out in 2020.
Sheila is a passionate suicide prevention advocate and a nationally recognized speaker for American Program Bureau. She was awarded the Judy Cushing Celebrating Life Award in 2018, and was voted Portland’s favorite radio personality in 2016. She co-hosted the highly-rated Kink morning show for more than a decade.
Dr. Jim Polo
Dr. James Polo joins the team at Beyond Well, with a background as a general physician, as a child psychiatrist, and as a general psychiatrist. Dr. Polo brings over 20 years of experience and previously served as Chief Medical Officer and senior psychiatric physician for Western State Hospital in Washington.
He led development and oversight of psychiatric services in various military hospitals, served at the Pentagon as the Health Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Army. He helped orchestrate complex care delivery for a children’s health care network in Washington state.
Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D.
Jenna LeJeune, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and President and co-founder of Portland Psychotherapy Clinic, Research and Training Center in Portland, Oregon. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Values in Therapy: A Clinician’s Guide to Helping Clients Explore Values, Increase Psychological Flexibility, and Live a More Meaningful Life. Jenna is also a peer-reviewed ACT trainer and provides ACT trainings to professionals around the world.
Dr. Rhonda Wells-Wilbon LCSW-C, LICSW
Dr. Rhonda has been a social work educator for 25 years teaching at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. level. She is an author, psychotherapist, trainer, and holistic wellness coach. She has expertise working with adult survivors of sexual abuse and assault and financial planning. She is the mother of two young adult sons who are both in graduate school.
Marissa Alert, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Associate Director at Johns Hopkins
Dr. Alert is a licensed clinical psychologist and speaker who is passionate about making wellness accessible to everyone and helping individuals achieve lasting lifestyle changes. She has experience working with adults to help them better manage stress, improve their health habits, and live a life that is in line with their values.