Transforming Pain into Purpose: The Launch of “Straight Outta Therapy”

Founder, Mind Dojo

Today, with a heart full of emotion and hope, I’m sharing something incredibly close to my soul: the launch of my new podcast, “Straight Outta Therapy.” This isn’t just another podcast; it’s a raw, unfiltered reflection of my journey through immense struggles, the darkest moments of my life, and ultimately, the creation of Mind Dojo.

My Story: From Darkness to Light

Growing up, I learned to bury my feelings. Vulnerability was never discussed in my family. My dad, like many from his generation, believed that emotions should be locked away, hidden from the world. This belief shaped much of my early life, convincing me that sharing my feelings was a sign of weakness. But over time, through immense pain and suffering, I discovered a different truth: vulnerability can be a source of immense power and strength.

This realization didn’t come easily. I battled severe anxiety and depression, and there were moments when the darkness was so overwhelming that I nearly ended my life. These harrowing times left deep scars, impacting every aspect of my existence, from my relationship with my mom to the bond with my wife and our three beautiful children: Harley Quinn, Ivy, and Lex.

Every day was a struggle, but through these struggles, I found a glimmer of hope. I sought help and discovered that by embracing my vulnerabilities, I could start to heal. This transformative journey inspired the birth of Mind Dojo.

The Birth of Mind Dojo

Mind Dojo was born from my deepest struggles and the desperate need for a higher level of treatment in a world plagued by stigma around mental health. Imagine a place where holistic and evidence-based healing come together to create a sanctuary for mental wellness—that’s Mind Dojo. It’s the phoenix that rose from the ashes of my mental health crash and burn, designed to help others find their path to healing.

Creating Mind Dojo was not something I could achieve alone. What began as a dream of a place that could truly help others became a reality through extensive research, collaboration with doctors, therapists, and mental health experts. Together, we built Mind Dojo on the highest standards, earning the prestigious Joint Commission Accreditation, a testament to our commitment to excellence and quality care.

Mind Dojo is different because it’s not just a mental health facility; it’s a place where every individual is seen, heard, and valued. Our approach combines the best of Eastern and Western medicine, ensuring that each person receives comprehensive care tailored to their unique needs. Whether through mindfulness practices, therapy, or innovative treatments, we strive to create an environment where healing and growth can flourish.

Why Mind Dojo Matters

Mind Dojo is a sanctuary for those seeking a holistic and integrative approach to mental wellness. Our mission is to provide a safe, nurturing space where individuals can heal and grow. With a team of dedicated professionals, we offer a unique blend of treatments that cater to the mind, body, and spirit.

From the depths of my own struggles, I envisioned a place where others could find hope and healing. Today, Mind Dojo stands as a beacon of that vision, helping countless individuals on their journey to mental wellness.

Introducing the “Straight Outta Therapy” Podcast

I invite you to join me on this journey through my new podcast, “Straight Outta Therapy,” where we break down the barriers around mental health with raw, unfiltered conversations. In the first episode, “Origin Story,” I share the highs and lows that led to the creation of Mind Dojo. It’s my hope that by sharing my story, I can help others feel less alone in theirs.

The first episode dives deep into my personal journey with mental health challenges and the inspiration behind creating Mind Dojo. This episode is raw and unfiltered, sharing the highs I’ve ridden in life and the lows that nearly ended it. I open up about the most vulnerable parts of my life, hoping to inspire and connect with anyone who may be facing similar battles.

Why This Podcast Matters

Talking about mental health isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. By being open and vulnerable, we can break down the stigma and build a community where everyone feels safe to share their struggles and triumphs. “Straight Outta Therapy” aims to revolutionize mental health care by sharing relevant and realistic experiences. Each episode will feature expert interviews, pop culture discussions, and compelling stories that aim to transform mental wellness.

What to Expect

In future episodes, you can look forward to hearing more about my own personal experiences and the stories of others who have been in the trenches of mental health crises. We’ll have a wide range of professionals giving their take on various aspects of mental health, from medical and therapeutic approaches to holistic treatments, policy discussions, and the general societal stigma around mental health. As a patient turned proprietor, I bring a unique perspective to these conversations, striving to create a platform where real, transformative mental wellness can be achieved.

Join the Conversation

I invite you to listen in, share your thoughts, and join this conversation. By sharing my journey, I hope to help others feel less alone in theirs. Ending the stigma around mental health starts with us, and together, we can create a community of support and understanding.

You can find the first episode, “Origin Story,” and all future episodes on or wherever you get your podcasts. Let’s break down barriers and build a brighter, more understanding world.

Thank you for your unwavering support and solidarity.


Embrace the journey,

Justin Lokay
Co-Founder, Mind Dojo

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