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Dr Karen Sherman, Psychologist, and Damian Vaughn, former NFL player, discuss Mental and Psychological Activities for Health.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Guests on the Holistic Health Show yesterday were Dr Karen Sherman and Damian Vaughn.

Karen is a New York licensed psychologist who has been in private practice for over 20 years and has authored or co-authored several books and appeared in media. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:

Damian Vaughn is a former NFL player, meditation expert, performance coach to professional athletes, founder of the Vaughn Center and PhD student in positive developmental psychology. More information was presented earlier on this site and can be found at:

Enjoy the interview below:

Dr Karen Sherman, Psychologist, and Damian Vaughn, Former NFL Player and Peak Performance Authority, Discuss Psychological and Mental Activities

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Dr Karen Sherman (left) and Damian Vaughn will be guests on the Holistic Health Show on Saturday.

Dr. Karen Sherman, a licensed psychologist in New York, has been in private practice 25 years. Her focus is on relationships/marriage and helping people achieve their greatest potential.

Karen is the author of Mindfulness and The Art of Choice: Transform Your Life which enables people to let go of conditioned responses and empower them to make their own choices; the co-author of Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It, and Make It Last; and a contributor to Your Mental Health Questions AnsweredThe Complete Marriage CounselorPower of PersistenceRecovering the Self, Vol. 2, #3,” and 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Vol. 2.

She writes for, and and is a relationship expert on  Karen also conducts workshops, teleseminars and speaking engagements. She’s a frequent guest on national radio and her expert opinion has appeared in numerous publications. Additionally, she was a former relationships expert on the Bo Griffin Morning Show, and a marriage expert on

Her memberships include American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, and Nassau County Psychological Association. She’s certified as a Nationally Board Certified Counselor and a National Family Life Educator and belongs to The National Registry for Marriage Friendly Therapists.

She serves in the undergraduate Psychology Dept. at CW Post University.

Her web site,, offers free newsletters and programs.

She and her husband have enjoyed over 35 years of marriage and have two daughters, a son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren.

Damian Vaughn is a widely recognized expert in the fields of peak performance, psychological wellbeing, and personal development. Combining his background as a former NFL athlete with extensive research on the mental aspects of performance, Damian’s work has helped countless individuals increase their intellectual sharpness, eliminate stress, and improve their career performance. Featured on the web, in print, and on the air, his media placements include The New York Times, Boston Globe, CIO Insight, ESPN,,, and The Holistic Success Show.

As a former NFL player for the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vaughn has honed his passion for athletics, business, and life in general through the study of the human psyche over the last fifteen years. At an early age, he began to experience what he calls “bliss consciousness” and the feeling of being in the zone. His quest for expanded awareness became an essential part of his journey when he discovered his undeniable passion for sports.

A walk-on to the Miami University of Ohio football team and the first person to be drafted into the NFL in ten years from his alma mater, during his career in the NFL Vaughn endured extreme psychological and physical challenges, which he was able to transcend. He became fascinated with the experience of being in the zone, and recorded details of each zone experience. By coupling his personal notes with Western psychology and Eastern contemplative literature, he began to develop a deeper understanding of this state.

Despite the debilitating injury that ended his career in the NFL, nothing could stand between Vaughn and success. After leaving his football career, Vaughn cofounded a countertop manufacturing company that quickly grew to a multimillion-dollar business. Next he founded Terra Mar Stone, an importer, wholesaler, and distributor of rare and exotic stone for commercial applications. Raising millions of dollars in private equity financing for his company, he soon achieved seven-figure numbers in gross revenues.

In addition to extensive training in interpersonal neurobiology from the Mindsight Institute at UCLA, Vaughn attended the Center of Consciousness Studies at the University of Arizona and also studied at the Chopra Center under the tutelage of Dr. Deepak Chopra and Dr. David Simon for over four years, becoming a Certified Teacher of Primordial Sound Meditation.

Vaughn has further been admitted into the prestigious PhD program in Positive Developmental Psychology, Neuroscience, and Flow Theory at Claremont Graduate University, where he will be mentored by Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (architect of Flow Theory and Father of Positive Psychology) beginning in the fall of 2011. He will continue and extend his research in Flow Theory and publish work in both academic and popular press.

The creation of the Vaughn Center is the realization of Vaughn dream and a sign of his commitment to the development of the athlete’s mind and body. Offering workshops and presentations, his coaching is meant to guide individuals toward realizing their deepest and fullest potential.

Possessing dual citizenship in Brazil and the United States, Vaughn is multilingual. Consequently he organized and implemented the first-ever international promotional event for the NFL, coinciding with ESPN’s Latin X Games in Brazil.