Ep. 59 Coping with Covid

In This Episode

Steven Ball is a psychotherapist who did advocacy work during the early days of the HIV epidemic. He was a recent guest on the Big Mouth Pharmacist podcast speaking about the similarities between the HIV epidemic and COVID.

In this discussion he and Neal explore the emotional side of COVID19, offering a thoughtful conversation around how to best handle the complicated emotions we’re all experiencing.

Dr. Ball leads us through a guided meditation to help us acknowledge and work through these emotions, and he also addresses some of the key concerns most of us are feeling right now.

Topics Discussed

  • Mental fitness
  • Balancing the brain’s reactions to stress
  • Balancing self-care with care for others
  • Breathing techniques

All About Steven Ball

Dr. Ball has been working in the field of mental health for over 30 years.

During his career, he has integrated expertise in psychotherapy (MSW, PhD) and expressive art therapies (MA) to create a private practice that is equal parts men and women, straight and gay, and individuals and couples work.

He has taught in graduate programs in mental health, education and social work – the last ten years of which have been at both NYU and Hunter School of Social Work.

Over the decades, he has been a frequent speaker at conferences, and published his experiences and research in HIV prevention, developing groups for special populations, and couples therapy.

Steve is currently writing his second book, based on his research and practice experience with varied types of couples; an exploration of what gay couples can learn from straight couples and what straight couples can learn from gay couples as we evolve a vision of relationships for the 21st century.

Dr. Ball maintains offices in Greenwich Village and the Flatiron District, NYC


Dr. Neal Smoller, Holistic Pharmacist

About Neal Smoller

Dr. Neal Smoller, PharmD, is a licensed pharmacist: and owner of Village Apothecary, an independent pharmacy in the most famous small town in America—Woodstock, NY. He’s also the host of the popular wellness podcast, The Big Mouth Pharmacist.”


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