Get to know the accomplished individuals who will present at the TEDxGreenville conference on April 8th! In this series, writer Jennifer Oladipo asks some compelling questions.
Marta Carvalhal is a licensed independent social worker who specializes in psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and borderline personality disorder.
What fascinates you most about the human mind?
The capacity to forgive and be resilient.
Where do you find inspiration?
Are you kidding me? Everywhere! That is the beauty of being focused, alert and having a purpose!
What was the last idea, big or small, that you thought was an idea worth sharing?
An idea I feel has great merit in sharing is the Judeo-Christian view of mindfulness. Some individuals are afraid of words such as meditation, relaxation, and mindfulness. By using the holistic approach and their view in spirituality, we can teach mindfulness.
I heard about TEDxGreenville through my students. Now my daughter and I are planning to participate in the monthly salons!
How does your work or art affect the way you see yourself?
I graduated from college in Brazil as a dentist. Working as a doctor of dental surgery, I did not feel like I was fulfilling my purpose in life. When I came to the US, I decided to become clinical therapist. My work is my calling, my mission, and my passion. I am always studying and trying to further my knowledge in social work.
What is your favorite TED talk and why?
One of my favorite talks is by Jill Bolte Taylor at a TEDxYouth event entitled The Neuroanatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain. In the first portion of the video she discusses three types of circuits, one of them being mindfulness. Mindfulness is part of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy—being aware of your surroundings and being in control. She then goes on to describe Cognitive Behavioral Therapy using a neuroscience approach! It is exciting that, through neuroscience, she validates a couple of cognitive behavioral approaches.
What is the next frontier for the human race?
Hopefully, re-learn how to fly a kite, and rediscover how to jump rope. Our children need to have a better balance among video games, texting, being “number one” and playing outside with friends.
For more information about Kaleidoscope speakers and performers, visit our 2016 presenter page, where extended bios are available. The April 8th event is sold out, but watch for details about our free live feed.