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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist, Burnout Prevention Consultant and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator interviews guests to discuss holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy, counseling, coaching and healing sessions. Be a fly on the wall as therapists discuss the practice of psy…

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C


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    350: Burnout As A Trauma Response - With Kelly Higdon + Miranda Palmer

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 43:51


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C welcomes back guests Kelly Higdon and Miranda Palmer, therapists and coaches who help therapists in private practice build businesses they don't need to recover from. Today's conversation was focused on burnout. Kelly and Miranda explained how burnout mirrors a trauma response. They talked about burnout as a systemic issue rather than a personal failure.    Host Laura shared about her decision to stop working with clients in this episode, which was recorded in June, 2022. Listen in to this conversation which includes: How burnout might not be obvious to you, but people around you probably realize it; How we live within a system that is oppressive to the individual, and those who suffer with burnout are simply trying hard to do a good job; Self advocacy as a therapist; Using your body as a guide; Discerning intuition from fear and more! SPECIAL OFFER FOR THERAPY CHAT LISTENERS!   Kelly + Miranda's Business School For Therapists is open for enrollment now! Save $125 off the registration fee using Therapy Chat's affiliate link!    Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you also to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Start a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat and when you do, you'll also get your first month free when you sign up!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in October for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join Therapy Chat host Laura Reagan and a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    349: Borderline Personality Disorder + Developmental Trauma with Dr. Janina Fisher

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 45:05


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews a very special guest, Dr. Janina Fisher! Laura has admired Janina Fisher's work for years. In this conversation you will hear Janina discuss the relationship between complex trauma and the Borderline Personality Disorder diagnosis, as well as how her training method, Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) can heal attachment and trauma wounds. Whether or not you're a therapist, you won't want to miss this important and interesting discussion!   Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation. Dr. Fisher is the author of 'Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation' (2017), 'Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists' (2021), and 'The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart' (2022). She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.  ResourcesDr. Janina Fisher's website - www.janinafisher.com   Buy Janina Fisher's Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors book on Amazon here.   Buy Janina Fisher's Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists on Amazon here.   Special offer for therapists: Attend a free webinar presented by Dr. Janina Fisher on October 7, 2022. In this live webinar, Healing the Shame of our Fragmented Selves, Janina will address helping clients who struggle with shame and self-loathing.  As a special gift, when you register for the free webinar, you'll also get access to two one-hour trainings from Dr. Fisher so you can learn the foundation of her Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment model right away:  Healing the Fragmented Self After Trauma. Understanding trauma-related fragmentation as a survival response is vital to all therapists working with victims of abuse, domestic violence, or even combat. Stabilizing the Unstable. Dr. Fisher shows you how to work with severely traumatized individuals with self-destructive and addictive behaviors, eating disorders, and suicidality. You will gain critical  insights into working with these clients and feel more confident knowing how to serve them. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in October for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    348: What Is Embodiment + How Do We Do It? With Dr. Raja Selvam

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 50:08


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! We often talk about embodiment, and connecting with emotion held in the body; but what does it actually mean and how do we do it? This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Dr. Raja Selvam, PhD, a licensed clinical psychologist who is the developer of Integral Somatic Psychology (ISP), a therapeutic approach based on affective neuroscience and emerging scientific paradigms of embodied cognition, emotion, and behavior in cognitive psychology to improve cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, and spiritual outcomes in all therapy modalities. Earlier this year, Dr. Selvam's book, "Embodying Emotions: A Method for Improving Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Outcomes" was released this year.    Dr. Selvam is also a senior trainer in Dr. Peter Levine's Somatic Experiencing (SE) Professional Trauma Training Program. He has taught for twenty-five years in nearly as many countries in North and South Americas, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the Far East . His work is informed by older body psychotherapy systems of Reichian Therapy and Bioenergetic Analysis, newer body psychotherapy systems of Bodynamic Analysis and Somatic Experiencing, and bodywork systems of Postural Integration and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. His work is also inspired by Jungian and archetypal psychologies, Kleinian and intersubjective schools of psychoanalysis, affective neuroscience, quantum physics, yoga, Polarity Therapy, and Advaita Vedanta (a spiritual psychology from India). Dr. Selvam's work also draws upon his clinical psychology PhD dissertation on Advaita Vedanta and Jungian psychology, based on which he has published an article titled “Jung and Consciousness,” in the international analytical psychology journal Spring in 2013. He did trauma outreach work in India in 2005–2006 with survivors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, based on which he has published an outcome study titled “Somatic Therapy Treatment Effects with Tsunami Survivors,” in the journal Traumatology in 2008. Dr. Selvam's work is also inspired by the work he did in Sri Lanka in 2011–2013 with survivors of war, violence, loss, and displacement, and with mental health professionals engaged in treating them, after Sri Lanka's thirty-year civil war ended in 2009.    Resources Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in October for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    347: Healing Sexual Trauma With Yoga - With Zabie Yamaski

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 48:39


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat!  In today's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Zahabiya "Zabie" Yamasaki, who is a survivor, an advocate and a teacher who is deeply passionate about helping survivors find healing after experiencing sexual violence. She offers courses, trainings and her newest offerings, her book with companion card deck. Zabie's kind and compassionate nature comes through in this interview, which we hope you will find valuable.   Zabie Yamasaki, M.Ed., RYT is the Founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga. Zabie has trained thousands of yoga instructors and mental health professionals and her trauma-informed yoga program and curriculum for survivors is now being implemented at over 25 colleges campuses and agencies including the University of California (UC) system, Stanford, USC, University of Notre Dame, and Johns Hopkins University. Zabie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Social Behavior and Education at the UC Irvine and completed her graduate degree in Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs at The George Washington University. Her work has been highlighted on CNN, NBC, KTLA 5, and The Huffington Post. Her book: Trauma-Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault published by W. W. Norton & Company was released on 1/11/2022.   And more fabulous interviews are coming throughout the next few months...stay tuned for a wonderful surprise that we can reveal soon! If you're not already a subscriber, please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so you won't miss a thing!   Resources   Find Zabie's book, Trauma Sensitive Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Practices for Healing & Teaching with Compassion on Amazon here.   For more information on what Zabie offers, including her trauma-informed yoga courses, and speaking offerings, visit her website: http://www.zabieyamasaki.com/ Follow Zabie on Instagram here.    Go here to find the episodes of Therapy Chat with Nityda Gessel, RYT, LCSW, that were mentioned today. Bringing Yoga Therapy Into A Talk Therapy Practice and  Trauma-Informed Practice and Scope. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you also to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists - get on the waiting list for TTN membership here!   LAURA REAGAN & ERIKA SHERSHUN'S HEALING SEXUAL TRAUMA COURSE COMING 9/13/22:   Listen to episode 305 with Erika Shershun, LMFT here.    Get on the interest list for the Healing Sexual Trauma Course that opens for registration 9/13 here, and receive a free e-book, "The Many Ways to Ground," as a gift from Erika.    When you join the list, or if you are already on Laura's mailing list, you will be notified when registration opens - SOON!! - for our 6 month online Healing Sexual Trauma course.   Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    346: Holistic Ways To Improve Self-Care With Chris Mcdonald

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 53:52


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This month we resume new episodes after a summer that seemed to fly by! In today's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews a returning guest who was last on the show in 2019. Today's guest is Chris McDonald, LMHCS! Chris generously agreed to join the Trauma Therapist Network community to share some experiential holistic self-care practices last month, and our members loved what she shared with us.    Today you'll hear Chris speak about incorporating holistic self-care practices into your life, and how these methods can help us get back into our bodies when we are feeling disconnected from ourselves.   Chris McDonald is a Holistic Licensed Therapist, 200 hour registered yoga teacher and holistic provider in Garner, NC. She is also host to the Holistic Counseling Podcast. She specializes in treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma and grief in young adults experiencing life transitions. She integrates yoga, mindfulness, meditation and Brainspotting into treatment.   Chris also offers Therapy for Therapists and published the book “Holistic Self-Care for Counselors.” She launched The Holistic Counseling Podcast in April 2021 to help Mental Health Therapists learn how to integrate holistic strategies into treatment and how to build a Holistic Counseling Practice. Her favorite holistic daily routines include yoga and meditation.   We hope you'll enjoy listening to this week's episode! Looking ahead, we are very excited about what's coming up this month! Next week's episode features Zabie Yamasaki, whose book "Trauma Informed Yoga for Survivors of Sexual Assault," was released earlier this year. This was another beautiful conversation of a subject that both Zabie and Laura care deeply about - sexual trauma. Be sure to look for that episode next week!    And more fabulous interviews are coming throughout the next few months...stay tuned for a wonderful surprise that we can reveal soon! If you're not already a subscriber, please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so you won't miss a thing!   Resources   Find Chris McDonald's book, Self Care for the Counselor - A Holistic Guide for Helping Professionals on Amazon here   Listen to Chris's first interview on Therapy Chat here. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you also to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists - get on the waiting list for TTN membership here!   HEALING SEXUAL TRAUMA COURSE COMING 9/13/22:   Listen to episode 305 with Erika Shershun, LMFT here.    Get on the interest list for the Healing Sexual Trauma Course that opens for registration 9/13 here, and receive a free e-book, "The Many Ways to Ground," as a gift from Erika.    When you join the list, or if you are already on Laura's mailing list, you will be notified when registration opens - SOON!! - for our 6 month online Healing Sexual Trauma course. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    345: Coming Back From Secondary Traumatic Stress + Burnout with Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 45:40


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This month we have been talking about self care and secondary traumatic stress/burnout. Today host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits an interview from 2016 with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, who is the author of the classic bestseller, "Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others," and a newer book, "The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the long haul." She also has a fabulous TED Talk entitled "Beyond the Cliff." See below for links to these resources.    In this episode you'll hear the two Lauras discussing trauma exposure, an occupational hazard for those in the helping professions and something that has affected many of us who are caregivers, even if that is not what we do for work. You'll hear about how to come back from secondary traumatic stress, vicarious trauma and burnout. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky shares what helped her when she reached the point of knowing she needed a break from trauma work. Whether you are there, or wanting to prevent getting to that point, you will find hope and resources for healing in this episode.   Resources for this episode:   Trauma Stewardship: An everyday guide to caring for self while caring for others   The Age of Overwhelm: Strategies for the long haul   TED Talk: Beyond the Cliff Trauma Stewardship Institute   Check out Laura van Dernoot Lipsky's new podcast, Future Tripping! Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in July for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join  Also, my coach and friend (and prior Therapy Chat guest) Keri Nola has opened the doors to her Abundance Activator community for a limited time. Sign up here and enter the code Therapychat to receive a special offer only for Therapy Chat listeners!   Also, after many requests from listeners, Erika Shershun, LMFT and I are co-creating a course on Healing Sexual Trauma which is intended for release in September, 2022. Get on the interest list here and receive a free copy of Erika's e-book, The Many Ways to Ground, which will teach you several somatically-oriented practices to get grounded. We will make sure to let you know when the course is on sale!  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    344: Vicarious Trauma And Helping Professionals

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 29:02


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! Continuing the theme of tending to our own needs, today's topic is one that's important to therapy professionals and to first responders, too. To anyone who works with people who are suffering, Vicarious Trauma is important.   Host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a past episode in which she speaks about Secondary Traumatic Stress and Vicarious Trauma after attending a workshop on this topic by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky, the author of Trauma Stewardship. This week is Part 1 and next week, in part 2, we will hear from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky herself! Here's what you'll hear in this episode: The terms Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stress are interchangeable. Therapists bear witness to the traumatic stories of clients and are affected by them. The nature of therapy work requires empathy; it's honorable, brave, and important work intended to make the world a better place. There are small ways to lessen the impact of trauma, by mindfully checking in with yourself and using positive coping methods. As a therapist, how much are you “numbing?” We discuss examples. Laura recommends spending 12-60 minutes each day, for six days a week, working out to the degree of breaking a sweat. We owe it to the people we help to take care of our Vicarious Trauma, and regular exercise is one way to do that. Isolation is common in trauma work, because we feel like “nobody understands.” The American Counseling Association lists several signs of Vicarious Trauma, including: Having difficulty talking about feelings Feeling diminished joy Feeling trapped by work Limited range of emotions Exaggerated startle reflex Hopelessness Trouble sleeping Exhaustion Conflict with other staff Trouble with intimacy Feeling withdrawn and isolated Impatience, apathy A change in worldview What can you do to make a difference? Practice mindfulness Exercise (12-60 min. several days each week) Cultivate connection with yourself and others Enrich your life by doing things you love, apart from work Make meaning Resources: ACA Fact Sheet on Vicarious Trauma Trauma Stewardship by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky Trauma Stewardship Institute Laura van Dernoot Lipsky's newest book, The Age of Overwhelm Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! Thank you to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. It's the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Registration opens in October for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join  Also, my coach and friend (and prior Therapy Chat guest) Keri Nola has opened the doors to her Abundance Activator community for a limited time. Sign up here and enter the code Therapychat to receive a special offer only for Therapy Chat listeners!   Also, after many requests from listeners, Erika Shershun, LMFT and I are co-creating a course on Healing Sexual Trauma which is intended for release in September, 2022. Get on the interest list here and receive a free copy of Erika's e-book, The Many Ways to Ground, which will teach you several somatically-oriented practices to get grounded. We will make sure to let you know when the course is on sale!  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    343: Learning To Tend To Your Own Needs - With Mara Glatzel

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 38:10


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a conversation with an incredible healer and coach. Today's guest is Mara Glatzel, MSW. She is an intuitive guide and energy healer for women who facilitates daily conversations about intention, truth, and celebration. A creative leader, Mara is expert at living in her own skin with grace and ease. At the core of her work is the desire to live a well-intentioned life, which means more joy, grit, and vibrant imperfection to spare. She is MY kind of person—how about you? Her website makes you feel warm, glittery, and nurturing, and her writings and programs are truly inspiring. Want to learn more? Join us! What you'll hear in this episode: Mara works with women who want to live with more intention and responsibility. She likes to take nebulous concepts that are hidden in layers and break them down into tangible, relatable pieces. Mara's work isn't like other therapies or focused on symptoms, but is based on self-love and self-compassion. Mara found this niche after finding herself “not fitting into” the standard therapy role. She knows what it means to struggle with body image, fears, and trusting yourself. When we sacrifice ourselves in order to “belong” to the world around us, then loneliness is the result. You can have all the “right” things happening in your life, and be MISERABLE! Mara's writing background flows perfectly into her intimate newsletter offerings, which happens to be her very favorite place to write! Mara is gifted in being able to take about difficult topics in ways that people can receive them. Her newsletter features the unusual option, “Click here if you want me to read this to you.” People love it! “Why aren't there MORE spaces in which people are lovingly spoken to?” Mara offers several programs throughout the year, many of which Laura enjoys participating in.  Mara's podcast, "Needy," is for anyone who struggles to acknowledge their own needs. Check it out here! Resources Find everything Mara Glatzel offers at her website here. Join me for a FREE AVAIYA Summit on Toxic Shame & Codependency! This starts August 15, 2022 and I will be presenting with my colleague and friend, prior Therapy Chat guest Erika Shershun, LMFT on how toxic shame shows up in our body. We will guide you through a practice to work with shame held in the body. Register here for free access!   Also, my coach and friend (and prior Therapy Chat guest) Keri Nola has opened the doors to her Abundance Activator community for a limited time. Sign up here and enter the code Therapychat to receive a special offer only for Therapy Chat listeners!   Lastly, after many requests from listeners, Erika and I are co-creating a course on Healing Sexual Trauma which is intended for release in September, 2022. Get on the interest list here and receive a free copy of Erika's e-book, The Many Ways to Ground, which will teach you several somatically-oriented practices to get grounded. We will make sure to let you know when the course is on sale!  Thank you to The Receptionist for iPad for sponsoring this week's episode. The Receptionist for iPad is the highest-rated digital check-in software for therapy offices and behavioral health clinics, used by thousands of practitioners across the country. Sign up for a 14-day free trial of The Receptionist for iPad by going to www.thereceptionist.com/therapychat  and when you do, you'll also receive a twenty five dollar Amazon gift card. Thank you also to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration is now closed for for Trauma Therapist Network membership but you can join the waiting list! We are a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists who gather for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here: https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    342: Micro Self-Care For Helping Professionals with Ashley Davis Bush

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 58:57


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits an episode from 2016 on a very important subject - self care for helping professionals! Ashley Davis Bush, LICSW is a psychotherapist in private practice in southern New Hampshire with over 30 years' experience.  Ashley has written several self-help books, including Transcending Loss and Simple Self-Care for Therapists. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has some great tips to share with us today about improving our relationships to self-care. Join us! What you'll hear in this episode: Ashley loves her work and counts it a privilege to be part of peoples' lives. Her private practice is in her home, and it's “a fun job, watching life unfold in front of you.” Even the simple choice of working from home can be a self-care choice. Ashley's work focuses on grief, couples, and anxiety, but self-care is a common thread that is woven into her work with all clients. Ashley says that much of her practice patterns itself after her books. Her most recent book introduces the idea of “micro self-care.” “Macro self-care”practices are the big things that we normally think of regarding self-care, but micro practices are short, simple things that can be done in 1-2 minutes. Ashley focuses on self-care to avoid burnout, which she categorizes as “little b” and “BIG B” types of burnout. “little b” burnout is when you are exhausted at the end of the day or week. You may need a good night's rest or a few days off to regenerate and recover. “BIG B” burnout is when you need to leave the field because you can't take it anymore. Ashley addresses “vicarious trauma,” in that ALL therapists do some sort of trauma work. Personal and professional experience can cloud the lens with which we see the world, but life's pains are a constant trauma. Ashley explains self-care vs. self-violence: when you don't take care of yourself, then you're doing harm (violence) to yourself. Mindfulness leads to grounding, bringing us into this moment right now. Ashley shares her Tibetan bell practice to help bring clients into mindfulness. She recommends using micro self-care practices at the beginning, middle, and end of your day. Ashley's book lists 40-50 suggestions as to how to scale down macro self-care practices into small micro practices. Making the transformation from macro to micro self-care practices requires thinking creatively, but shouldn't be overwhelming. Neuroplasticity is the science that show the brain can change in response to repetitive behaviors. You can rewire your brain to be more peaceful! When your brain is rewired, then your default setting comes to a place of gratitude and feeling good. Ashley's three takeaways: Have a basic plan for 3 micro self-care practices each day. Sleep 8-9 hours each night so you aren't tired during the day. Prioritize self-care, and you'll soon realize that you can't live without it! Be aware of the seasons of life, but regardless of the season, you can fit in micro self-care every da   Find Ashley at www.ashleydavisbush.com. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.   Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists - join the TTN community and receive weekly support in live video calls. www.go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/register Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    341: Interpersonal Neurobiology And Understanding With The Mind with Dr Daniel Siegel

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 48:31


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week's episode is replay of a fascinating conversation with someone who needs no introduction. Dr. Dan Siegel is this week's guest, and he explains the concept of interpersonal neurobiology, the nature of the mind, integration and “Mwe”. Personally, I think a "Mwe" consciousness is more crucial than ever right now. He shares his story of becoming interested in the brain and the mind beginning in college, and continuing through his medical school training. He explains his disappointment at discovering in medical school in the late 1980's that there did not seem to be a science of the mind that psychiatry was using to inform mental health work. He wanted to understand both how the body functions and how our mental lives play a part in keeping us alive. He explains that interpersonal neurobiology is not a branch of neurobiology, but a framework combining many disciplines including the mental health fields of psychology, psychiatry, counseling, social work, as well as sociology, philosophy, quantum physics, math and others to answer the question “what is the mind?” He explains that he has interviewed over 100,000 people and none of them had ever had any training in what the mind is, which is a real gap in knowledge considering that we in the mental health field are working in the mind. That is what our work is. He tells us that the mind is where the self comes from; then discusses what the mind is, why it exists, where is it, what's its function. Dan argues we need to understand the mind to understand all of these questions. He discusses this in depth in his new book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, which is coming out in Fall of 2016. He notes that the field called Philosophy of mind discourages asking what is the mind. Psychiatry doesn't have a definition of the mind. Psychology doesn't have a definition and says it's a useful placeholder. What is a healthy mind? What's a healthy thought? Some topics Dan discusses in this episode: Mind is not only emotions in this definition. It includes emotions, feelings, anything you can be subjectively aware of. In Dan's definition, consciousness, subjective experience and information processing are the 3 parts of the mind. He talks about how he noticed that what we call mental health disorders fit into a pattern of chaos and rigidity. In probability theory of math there was an area of study which related to this which states that a complex system has three characteristics: It's open to influences from outside of self; capable of being chaotic and it's non-linear. It's a self organizing, embodied and relational process. This answer comes from math. He explains that in mental health, integration defines health. He states that the best definition of mental health is that the system is Flexible, Adaptive, Coherent, Energized and Stable (FACES). Where attention goes, neural firing flows, neural connection grows Dan talks about how therapists can use these concepts to help clients live happier and more fulfilling lives, not just lives of being free from mental health symptoms. We had a very thought-provoking discussion and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Resources Wheel of Awareness practice Mindsight The Mindful Therapist Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology The Developing Mind Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human Dan Siegel's website Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes, now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration is opening for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training and get a beautiful therapist directory listing to help clients find your practice and learn about how you work.  Sign up here: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/register! Hurry, time is running out! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    340: Integrative Mental Health In Therapy Practice with Dr James Lake

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 32:07


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits an interview with James Lake, MD, an integrative psychiatrist in California who has authored several books, including 2009's Integrative Mental Health: A Therapist's Handbook. Dr. Lake is a leader in the field of integrative mental health, as you will hear in this interview.   After our recent episodes with Dr. Aimie Apigian, Dr. Jodie Skillicorn and Dr. Leslie Korn, it seemed fitting to take a step back and replay the interview with Dr. James Lake to lay a foundation for understanding integrative mental health and how Master's-level clinicians can use it in our practices. Dr. Lake discusses how he uses complementary and alternative medicine (“CAM”) in his clinical practice, and how Master's-level therapists can use integrative methods in their practices, within their scope of practice. He discusses use of supplements in psychotherapy practice, collaboration with alternative and complementary practitioners as well as allopathic medicine physicians as well. He shares information on his E-book series on integrative mental health and how practitioners can use it.  Resources mentioned in this episode: American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine website: http://www.intpsychiatry.com/ International Network for Integrative Mental Health website: https://inimh.org/ Find Dr. Lake's e-book series here: http://theintegrativementalhealthsolution.com  Dr. Lake's website: http://progressivepsychiatry.com Trauma Therapist Network: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes, now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration is now open to those who are on the waiting list, and will re-open for everyone later this month, for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training. You'll also receive a beautiful Trauma Therapist Network directory profile listing when you join. Get on the waiting list now and you'll be sent a registration link! Sign up here: https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/join Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    339: Holistic Nutrition + Herbal Healing In Therapy with Dr Leslie Korn

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 41:23


    This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a past interview with guest Dr. Leslie Korn, who has been interviewed previously on the show. You might remember that last week we heard a replay of the interview with Dr. Jodie Skillicorn, a holistic and integrative psychiatrist. If you liked that conversation, you'll want to listen to this! In our interview, you'll hear Leslie speak about using integrative nutrition, including herbs, for optimal emotional and physical wellbeing. She is the author of 9 books, including her most recent book, Natural Woman.   Leslie E Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC, is a renowned integrative medicine clinician and educator specializing in the use of nutritional, herbal, and culinary medicine for the treatment of trauma and emotional and chronic physical illness. She completed her graduate education in psychiatry and public health at Harvard Medical School and her life training in the jungles of Mexico, where she lived and worked alongside local healers for more than 25 years.  Leslie introduced somatic therapies for complex trauma patients in outpatient psychiatry at Harvard Medical School in 1985. She is the author of nine books including, Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body,, the seminal book on the body and complex trauma, Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health; The Good Mood Kitchen; and her most recent book, Natural Woman: Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life. She was a Fulbright Scholar and an NIH-funded scientist in mind-body medicine. She is also the director of the Center for Traditional Medicine, a project of cwis.org. Resources Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes, now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, join the waiting list for Trauma Therapist Network membership! Registration is open NOW only to the waiting list and opens later this month for everyone else. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training. You'll also receive a beautiful Trauma Therapist Network directory profile listing when you join. Sign up here: https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/joinwaitlist.  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    338: Holistic Psychiatry with Dr. Jodie Skillicorn

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 42:30


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In today's episode, you will hear a replay from 2020, where host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Dr. Jodie Skillicorn, a holistic psychiatrist and author of the book, "Healing Depression Without Medication: a psychiatrist's guide to balancing mind, body and soul". Jodie explains how trauma plays a role in many psychiatric symptoms and how she works with her patients using medications as a last resort. Tune in for an interesting and thought-provoking discussion! Dr. Jodie Skillicorn is an osteopathic physician board certified in Psychiatry and a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She integrates conventional medical training with evidence-based holistic methods that include breathwork, meditation, yoga, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Mind-Body Medicine, nutrition, exercise, nature, and auricular acupuncture at her private practice in Stow, Ohio. Resources Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes, now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in July for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training. You'll also receive a beautiful Trauma Therapist Network directory profile listing when you join. Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here: https://go.traumatherapistnetwork.com/joinwaitlist.  Waitlist members will receive early access next week!  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    337: Understanding How Trauma Affects Our Biology with Dr. Aimie Apigian

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 52:40


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, our conversation about trauma and health continues as host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Dr. Aimie Apigian, a functional medicine doctor, about the biology of trauma and how this piece is often omitted from trauma treatment. She explains why healing is incomplete without the physiology of trauma being addressed, describes what is happening in the body when someone is in a chronic state of freeze, and shares information about her upcoming Annual Biology of Trauma Summit featuring Dr. Gabor Maté (featured in last week's episode) and many other experts in the field of functional medicine and the physiology of trauma. Dr. Aimie is a Double Board-Certified Medical Physician in both Preventive and Addiction Medicine and holds Double Masters Degrees in Biochemistry and in Public Health. She is the leading medical expert on addressing stored trauma in the body through her signature model and methodology, The Biology of Trauma™: a new lens that courageously uplevels the old methods of trauma work and medicine by reverse-engineering trauma's effects on the nervous system and body on a cellular level. Dr. Aimie specializes in trauma, attachment and addictions after having personal experience in foster parenting, adopting and then having her own health issues that were a result of childhood and life experiences. In addition to her medical studies that have included Functional Medicine Certification, she has sought out trauma therapy training since 2015. Dr. Aimie founded a Nonprofit called Family Challenge Camps, and developed and ran weekend intensives for families with children who have experienced attachment trauma. She is currently the founder and CEO of Trauma Healing Accelerated, where she bridges the two worlds of Functional Medicine and Trauma Therapy with a mission to help adults accelerate the healing journey by addressing The Biology of Trauma™ that keeps stored trauma stuck in the body, mind and spirit. Her Providers' Certification Course teaches providers to do the same for their clients. Resources:  Dr. Aimie's website: www.traumahealingaccelerated.com Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in July for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/wait-list/  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    336: The Stress-Health Connection with Dr. Gabor Maté

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 46:39


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! As we continue our exploration of the mind-body connection in trauma recovery, we have another episode on this topic. In today's podcast host Laura Reagan revisits an earlier episode speaking to Dr. Gabor Maté. Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner. As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages. For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver's Supervised Injection Site. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research, Dr. Maté is a sought-after speaker and teacher, regularly addressing health professionals, educators, and lay audiences throughout North America. Dr. Maté explains the connection between childhood traumatic stress at any point in development - even in utero - and mental and physical health and well-being. Beyond a discussion of ACES, he describes the causes of illness and how trauma fits in. Did you know that ADD/ADHD, MS, Prostate cancer, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and many other diseases, as well as addictions of all kinds are linked to trauma? Gabor's books, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Scattered, and When the Body Says No go into depth with the research to support his assertions. Resources https://drgabormate.com https://www.compassion4addiction.org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66cYcSak6nE (Ted Talk) Article Dr. Maté referenced: "An Integrated Scientific Framework for Child Survival and Early Childhood Development" from Pediatrics, February 2012, Vol 129, Issue 2. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in July for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/wait-list/  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    335: Chronic Illness & The Brain - With Donna Jackson Nakazawa

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 52:48


    On today's episode host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C speaks to Donna Jackson Nakazawa about her forthcoming book, The Angel and The Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine.  Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award-winning journalist and internationally-recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology, and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in ways that help those with chronic conditions find healing. She is the author of six books, including her most recent book, The Angel and The Assassin: The Tiny Brain Cell That Changed the Course of Medicine (Random House/Ballantine, January 2020), which illuminates the newly-understood role of microglia – an elusive type of brain cell capable of Jekyll and Hyde behavior. When triggered, microglia can morph into destroyers and take down synapses, causing depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer's. But under the right circumstances, they can be angelic healers, repairing the brain in ways that can help alleviate symptoms and prevent disease. Hailed as “riveting,” “stunning,” and “visionary,” The Angel and the Assassin elucidates the biological basis behind the mind-body connection and offers us a radically reconceived picture of human health. Donna's other books include Childhood Disrupted: How Your Biography Becomes Your Biology, and How You Can Heal (Atria / Simon & Schuster, 2015), The Last Best Cure (Hudson Street Press / Penguin, 2013), The Autoimmune Epidemic (Touchstone / Simon & Schuster, 2009), and Does Anybody Else Look Like Me? A Parent's Guide to Raising Multicultural Children (Perseus, 2003). Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Health Affairs, Aeon, More, Parenting, AARP Magazine, Glamour, and elsewhere. She blogs for Psychology Today and HuffPost. In addition to her work as a science journalist, Donna has been a keynote speaker at numerous universities, conferences and hospitals. Her keynote lectures include the 2019 Care Plus Annual Conference, 2018 Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Conference, 2018 Golisano Children's Hospital Annual Pediatric Conference, 2017 Royal Society of Medicine SIRPA Conference on Chronic Pain and Emotion, 2017 Learning and the Brain Conference, 2016 Johns Hopkins Conference on Trauma-Informed Healing, and the 2012 International Congress on Autoimmunity. She has appeared on The Today Show, National Public Radio, NBC News, and ABC News. Resources Learn more about Donna Jackson Nakazawa here: https://donnajacksonnakazawa.com  Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in July for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/wait-list/  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    334: Understanding Toxic Masculinity with Dr. Ronald Levant and Shana Pryor

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 58:09


    In the US, violence is a major problem. We hear news stories about mass shootings, war, and sexual and domestic violence daily. Last week in episode 333, therapist and author Terry Real talked about how patriarchal conditioning limits those who are socialized as male in their emotional expression.  In today's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a prior interview with the co-authors of "The Tough Standard: The hard truths about masculinity and violence," Dr. Ronald Levant and Shana Pryor. In this conversation you'll learn about the construct of masculinity and how it impinges upon men and others, contributing to violent behavior.  Ronald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at The University of Akron; Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Division 51; and two-term Editor of APA Division 51's quarterly journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinities. He has developed and evaluated a number of measures designed to assess a variety of gender constructs. Dr. Levant's signature contribution has been in establishing the empirical foundation for the “Normative Male Alexithymia” hypothesis. In addition, he developed Alexithymia Reduction Treatment (ART), a brief psychoeducational intervention designed to remediate normative male alexithymia in order to prepare men to engage more fully in psychotherapy. This is his 19th book. Shana Pryor, MA, is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. She has spent the majority of her career focusing on men, masculinity and sexual trauma. Resources Learn more about their work and find a book excerpt at: www.thetoughstandard.com.  Find The Tough Standard here.   Listen to last week's episode or read a transcript here.  Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes, now featuring E-prescribe. Use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Therapists, registration opens in July for Trauma Therapist Network membership. Join a compassionate and skilled group of trauma therapists for weekly calls focused on Self Care, Case Consultation, Q&A and Training.  Get on the waiting list now to be the first to know when registration opens! Sign up here: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/wait-list/  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    333: Building Connected Relationships With Terry Real

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 47:26


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C speaks with internally recognized speaker, author and therapist Terrence Real. Terry Real is the author of several books, including the classic "I Don't Want To Talk About It: Overcoming the secret legacy of men's depression," as well as his newest book, released in June 2022. His new book is entitled, "Us: Getting past you and me to build a more loving relationship."    In this conversation, Terry sheds light on how the patriarchy influences gender roles within relationships and the harm that is done when individuals are put into boxes limiting their expression. He talks about some of the ways his books and his method, Relational Life Therapy (RLT) help those who are socialized as male access emotional intimacy for deeper, more connected relationships with their partners. He is open about the emotional legacy of trauma and abuse and its impact so couples can recognize what stands in the way of vulnerability within relationships. This was a beautiful and inspiring conversation which will make you think and give you hope. Learn more about Terry Real's work including his books, workshops, consultation, intensives and trainings through his website: www.terryreal.com Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Visit Trauma Therapist Network today to learn about trauma and find a therapist who can help. Therapists - registration for Trauma Therapist Network membership will be opening up in Summer 2022. Click here to get on the waiting list! You'll be the first to know when registration is opening and receive early bird offers! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    332: Exploring Animal Assisted Psychotherapy with Philip Tedeschi

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2022 45:21


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! If you listened to the past two weeks' episodes about equine-assisted psychotherapy, you might be wondering why and how Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is effective. Today's guest will help you understand. Philip Tedeschi is the founder of the Human-Animal Connection program of the School of Social Work at University of Denver. He is the Director Emeritus now, and when this interview took place, he was the founder and Director. Philip's passion for connection with animals really comes through in our conversation. This conversation focuses on connection with animals and nature for a better world. Find inspiration for all of the ways healing can happen by listening to today's episode. Resources Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Visit Trauma Therapist Network today to learn about trauma and find a therapist who can help. Therapists - registration for Trauma Therapist Network membership will be opening up in Summer 2022. Click here to get on the waiting list! You'll be the first to know when registration is opening and receive early bird offers! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    331: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy + The New Clinician with Julia Alexander

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2022 35:59


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a conversation from a few years ago with Julia Alexander, MSW (now LCSW). At the time this was recorded, Julia was a new MSW starting her career in clinical work although she had years of experience in the field - and the pasture. As an equine-assisted psychotherapist, Julia shared how she was using Natural Lifemanship in her clinical practice then, and the vulnerability of finding her way as a clinician. Stay tuned for a future episode with Julia, where she will update us on what she is doing now.    Resources   Learn more about Julia at her website: julia alexander counseling.com   Read the blog post Mary Sue McCarthy wrote for Trauma Therapist Network here.    Listen to Episode 329 with Mary Sue McCarthy here. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Visit Trauma Therapist Network today to learn about trauma and find a therapist who can help. Therapists - registration for Trauma Therapist Network membership will be opening up in Summer 2022. Click here to get on the waiting list! You'll be the first to know when registration is opening and receive early bird offers! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio   

    330: How I Found Heart + Soul Connection In A Barn

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2022 25:18


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C shares an experience from several years ago when she first felt the magic of interacting with horses in a therapeutic environment. As you listen to this vulnerable recounting of what it felt like for her, you may get a feel for how powerful equine work can be. Taking talking out of psychotherapy allows for a different level of relational attunement. If you missed last week's interview with Mary Sue McCarthy, be sure to check it out for more specifics on how and why equine assisted psychotherapy is so effective at helping us connect with ourselves and other beings. This month we will continue the theme of exploring equine-assisted psychotherapy and relationships with upcoming episodes about Natural Lifemanship and Animal Assisted Therapy. Then next month you'll hear our interview with internationally known couples therapy expert and author Terry Real. Resources Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    329: The Magic Of Trauma-Focused Equine-assisted Psychotherapy with Mary Sure Mccarthy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2022 38:59


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Mary Sue McCarthy, LCPC. Mary Sue is a trauma therapist in Hunt Valley, Maryland who has a talk therapy/EMDR practice as well as a second practice solely for Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Therapy (TF-EAP). Mary shares how she fell in love with this way of working, how it is different from talk therapy, and how TF-EAP is attachment work. She discusses how experientially practicing risking connection and detaching with connection allows her clients to practice relational boundaries in the session.   Mary Sue McCarthy, LCPC, NCC, is a second level Natural Lifemanship practitioner working toward her final certification. In private practice in Hunt Valley, Maryland, Mary Sue welcomes clients 25 years and older for support with recovery from trauma and related symptoms including addictions, depression, social isolation and “feeling stuck.” She is a Maryland Registered and Board Approved Clinical Supervisor and is available for consultation with therapists seeking to start their own TF-EAP practices.  She can be reached at ms@marysuemccarthy.com or 410-979-7744. Her website is: www.marysuemccarthy.com.   Learn more about TF-EAP by reading Mary Sue's guest blog post on Trauma Therapist Network. Learn more about Mary Sue's work here.   Learn more about Natural Lifemanship here. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available.

    328: Repairing Broken Family Relationships with Laura Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2022 49:00


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Laura Davis about the complexity of repairing broken family relationships.   Laura Davis is the author of The Burning Light of Two Stars, the story of her loving, tumultuous relationship with her mother, and six other non-fiction books. Her first book, The Courage to Heal, paved the way for hundreds of thousands of women to heal from the trauma of sexual abuse. Becoming the Parent You Want to Be helped parents develop a vision for the families they want to create. I Thought We'd Never Speak Again: The Road from Estrangement to Reconciliation taught the skills of reconciliation and peace building, one relationship at a time.   Laura's new memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story is the riveting story of her embattled relationship with her mother Temme, their determination to love one another, and the dramatic and surprising collision course they ended up on at the end of Temme's life. For the millions of readers of Laura's first book, The Courage to Heal, The Burning Light of Two Stars is both prequel and sequel, revealing in page-turning, intimate detail how Laura reconciled with the mother who betrayed her, and came to care for her in her final days.   Resources http://www.lauradavis.net/bibliotherapy You can also read the first five chapters of The Burning Light of Two Stars here: http://www.lauradavis.net/chapters Laura has also created a free customized discussion guide for use in therapy and in support groups, with clients dealing with estranged relationships, grief and loss, Alzheimer's and end-of-life, long-term healing from trauma, and death and dying. You can access the guide and information on bulk ordering here. https://lauradavis.net/therapychat Direct links to buy The Burning Light of Two Stars: Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954854161 amzn.com/B08XZMFH46 Independent Bookstores: Get Signed Copies Through Bookshop Santa Cruz: https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/burning-light-two-stars-get-it-signed Bookshop.org: https://bookshop.org/books/the-burning-light-of-two-stars-a-mother-daughter-story-9781954854161/9781954854161 Want to Order Internationally with Free Worldwide Delivery? https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Burning-Light-of-Two-Stars-Laura-Davis/9781954854161 Audiobook version of The Burning Light of Two Stars (Laura is the narrator): On Audible: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Burning-Light-of-Two-Stars-Audiobook/B09G8WJQP7 And on Libro.fm for independent stores: https://libro.fm/audiobooks/9781950144471 Find Laura Davis on social media at: Facebook: https://facebook.com/thewritersjourney Instagram: https://instagram.com/laurasaridavis Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    327: Bioenergetic Therapy with Laurie Ure

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 47:22


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Laurie Ure, LICSW, who is a clinical social worker and Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Massachusetts. Laurie explained what Bioenergetics is, how she uses it in her work, and guided Laura through a practice. You'll learn about energetic boundaries and using Bioenergetics in therapy through this fascinating discussion.    Laurie Ure, LICSW, has practiced as a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist in Gloucester, MA, for over 25 years. She trains bioenergetic therapists in the U.S. and internationally. In addition, she leads workshops, speaks, plans conferences, and writes about topics related to bioenergetic analysis. Her involvement with this approach began in 1986 as a client of a bioenergetic therapist. She has studied with Alexander Lowen, M.D., founder of bioenergetic analysis, and has directed the Massachusetts Society for Bioenergetic Analysis.    Laurie has also taught at Salem State College School of Social Work. She publishes articles on the blog of Psychotherapy Networker, in the NASW Focus magazine, on Medium, in the Elephant Journal, in WomanBeeWell magazine, and on the blog of her website at www.laurieure.com. Currently, she is writing a book about the bioenergetic approach to treating depression. In addition to her work, she enjoys traveling, swimming, walking her dog, and kayaking.   Resources You can find her on Instagram: https://instagram.com/laurieure Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurie_ure Facebook: https://facebook.com/LaurieUreLICSW Medium: https://medium.com/laurieure and LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/laurie-ure-7487a429/   Visit Laurie's website at www.laurieure.com,  Learn more about the North American/New Zealand Institutes for Bioenergetic Analysis at www.nanziba.com and  Visit the International Institute for Bioenergetic Analysis www.bioenergetic-therapy.com Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.   Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    326: Therapeutic Gaming And Nerd Culture with Charlene Macpherson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2022 49:29


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C speaks with friend and colleague Charlene MacPherson, LCSW-C about Charlene's work bringing therapeutic gaming to adults in Linthicum, Maryland.   Laura and Charlene discuss how embracing one's authentic self as a therapist helps clients who are looking for what is unique about us to feel seen and understood in therapy settings. Charlene talks about her journey to acceptance as a self-proclaimed nerd and how she learned to embrace her gifts and use them to help her clients. This is a beautiful conversation that will inspire you to embrace the parts of you that might be hidden when wearing your therapist hat. Additionally, Charlene talks about how Role Playing Games can be used therapeutically and what a therapeutic RPG looks like.   Self-proclaimed nerd and licensed psychotherapist, Charlene MacPherson uses nerd culture to create a safe and fun environment to explore the therapy process. She's also a mother, wife, Lutheran, podcaster, and owner of Nerd Adventure Therapy 2.0 (NAT20). Charlene's been playing Role Playing games for 15 years and Game Mastering for 3 years. She's been in the mental health field as a Licensed Certified Social Worker- Clinical for 12 years. Charlene offers Therapeutically Applied Role Playing Game social skills therapy groups for adults age 25 and up as a part of her therapy services in Linthicum, Maryland. She's a certified Therapeutic Game Master in the Game to Grow method of TTRPG therapy. She's also in the process of completing certification with Geek Therapeutics. And she has a podcast called Mental Health Quest which is about demystifying and destigmatizing therapy.   Resources:   Find NAT20Therapy on Facebook and Twitter Check out Charlene's website here! (it's very cool)   Find Charlene's podcast, Mental Health Quest, here. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    325: Navigating The Legal System As A Survivor with Kaytee Gillis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 66:21


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week's episode is about a sensitive topic - finding safety via the legal system following domestic violence and stalking. If this topic hits close to home for you, please take care of yourself while listening.   Today host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Kaytee Gillis, LCSW, a Louisiana-based psychotherapist, advocate and author. Her recent book, "Invisible Bruises - How A Better Understanding of the Patterns of Domestic Violence Can Help Survivors Navigate the Legal System" is out now. In this conversation, Laura and Kaytee discuss the limitations of protective orders, what therapists need to know about supporting survivors of relationship violence and how survivors can get help. Kaytee talks about some of the specific barriers LGBTQ+ survivors face when navigating the legal system for protection.    Kaytee Gillis, LCSW-BACS, is a psychotherapist, advocate, and author with a passion for working with survivors of family trauma and the LGBTQ+ community. She received her BA in psychology from Clark University, and her Master's from Tulane, where she focused on sexuality and promoting effective and accurate sex education in Louisiana schools. Her work focuses on assisting survivors of psychological abuse, stalking, and other non-physical forms of domestic violence and family trauma, and assisting survivors with navigating the legal system to receive protection. Her recent book, Invisible Bruises: How a Better Understanding of the Patterns of Domestic Violence Can Help Survivors Navigate the Legal System, sheds light on the ways that the legal system can perpetuate the cycle of domestic violence by failing to recognize patterns that would otherwise hold perpetrators accountable and protect survivors. Gillis provides training on recognizing patterns of domestic violence and family dysfunction, treating the aftermath of abuse and trauma, and helping survivors move forward.   Resources:   Find Kaytee's blog on Psychology Today here.   Find the Invisible Bruises book here.   Get in touch with Kaytee via her website: www.kaytlyngillislcsw.com    Access the National Domestic Violence Hotline online or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) if someone may be monitoring your online activity. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.  Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    324: Developing A Healthy Relationship With Money with Lindsay Bryan-Podvin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 57:02


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Lindsay Bryan-Podvin about understanding and improving our relationship with money. Money is such a taboo in American culture, our capitalist economy and consumerist culture ensure that money is on everyone's mind all the time, but we don't talk about it nearly enough. Like so many taboo subjects, we feel like we should be "good with money," but we receive many conflicting messages about our relationship with money from family, friends, upbringing and culture. Lindsay demystifies money and helps clients (including therapist clients!) to become more comfortable addressing their financial anxiety issues. Listen to this conversation in which Lindsay makes having a positive money mindset sound easy, and tells us how to get started on that path!  Lindsay Bryan-Podvin (she/her) is a biracial financial therapist, podcast host, speaker, and author of the book "The Financial Anxiety Solution." In her therapy practice, Mind Money Balance, she uses shame-free financial therapy to help people get their minds and money in balance. She's expanded her services to help private practice therapists with their money mindset, sustainable pricing, and authentic marketing so they can include financial self-care in their work. She lives with her partner and their dog on the traditional land of the Fox, Peoria, Potawatomi, and Anishinabe Waki peoples also known as Michigan. Resources Take Lindsay's quiz to learn more about your relationship with money at www.mindmoneybalance.com/quiz  Buy Lindsay's book The Financial Anxiety Solution Follow Lindsay on Instagram @mindmoneybalance See everything Lindsay has to offer - therapy, training, courses and more -  at: www.mindmoneybalance.com! Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.   Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    323: Supporting Your Child's Gender Identity with Tavi Hawn

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 55:36


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Tavi Hawn, LCSW-C about their newest book (January 2022), The Gender Identity Guide for Parents- Compassionate Advice to Help Your Child Be Their Most Authentic Self. This was an interesting and important conversation. Tavi is a wonderful teacher who guides a discussion about supporting children around their gender identity that is compassionate and vulnerable. You'll enjoy this thought-provoking conversation about children's gender identity and parenting. Tavi (pronounced Tah-vee) Hawn is a Southern lover of books, music, dance, a dog named Scully, cat named Lionel, a spider loving scientist, and a baby named Waya (pronounced Wah-hya) (Wolf). Tavi is a multi-racial, Two Spirit person who currently is the founder of a group therapy and consulting practice in Maryland, as well as serving as faculty on the Indian Country Paths (Re)Membered ECHO project and as a therapist with Native American Lifelines. In the past Tavi was co-founder of a multi-racial LGBTQ+ holistic wellness collaborative in NC and co-founder of a nonprofit summer camp for queer and trans youth and youth of queer and trans parents. They have written 2 books: Cultural Awareness in Therapy with Trans, Two Spirit, and Gender Non Conforming Adults and Older People and their recent book: The Gender Identity Guide for Parents- Compassionate Advice to Help Your Child Be Their Most Authentic Self. Tavi holds Master's degrees in Theological Studies and Social Work but their best education has been life experience and learning under elders, trans and Two Spirit healers, and transformative justice movement workers. Tavi provides consulting and training services to organizations and individuals on a variety of topics and hopes that this leads to more affirming environments everywhere for their community members. Resources Get in touch with Tavi via their website here. Find Hawn Therapy and Consulting on Facebook here. Find Hawn Therapy and Consulting on Instagram here. Tavi Hawn's Photo Credit: Chris Jay. Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy.  And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free.   Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes.  Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes!  This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available.

    322: Rhythm + Our Nervous Systems With Music Therapist May Benattar

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 19, 2022 76:03


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan interviews returning guest Maya Benattar, a music therapist practising in NYC. Maya's first interview on Therapy Chat was in 2017 and we're grateful that she agreed to return for this conversation to talk about rhythm and how it shows up in our lives. Listen to this fascinating discussion of how Maya uses rhythm in her work with clients! Maya Benattar, MA, MT-BC, LCAT is a music therapist and psychotherapist in private practice in Midtown Manhattan and online throughout NY state. Her specialties include anxiety, developmental/intergenerational trauma and highly sensitive people (HSP). In addition to her clinical work, Maya offers supervision/consultation for other therapists, provides professional development and wellness workshops, and offers restorative workshops for helpers and healers. Maya received her master's degree from New York University, and has completed extensive postgraduate training in vocal psychotherapy, creative arts therapies in trauma treatment, and music and imagery. Resources www.mayabenattar.com Thank you to TherapyNotes for sponsoring this week's episode! TherapyNotes makes billing, scheduling, notetaking, and telehealth incredibly easy. And now, for all you prescribers out there, TherapyNotes is proudly introducing E-prescribe! Find out what more than 100,000 mental health professionals already know, and try TherapyNotes for 2 months, absolutely free. Try it today with no strings attached, and see why everyone is switching to TherapyNotes. Now featuring E-prescribe. Click here or use promo code "chat" at www.therapynotes.com to receive 2 FREE months of TherapyNotes! This episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Learn about trauma, connect with resources and find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. We believe that trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    321: Trauma Attachment + Sensory Informed Parenting with Dr Mona Delahooke

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 46:30


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C welcomes back a returning guest, Dr. Mona Delahooke. Mona has a new book out this year called "Brain-Body  Parenting: How to stop managing behavior and start raising joyful, resilient kids".  Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist with a passion for supporting families and children. She has worked widely with multi- disciplinary teams in the area of developmental and emotional differences for over 20 years. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation and is a trainer and consultant to schools, public/private agencies and parents. Her blog and award winning book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children's Behavioral Challenges explains a new neurodevelopmental approach to childhood challenges for therapists, parents and teachers. Resources Learn more at: www.monadelahooke.com Listen to her previous Therapy Chat interview here. Thank you to Trauma Therapist Network for sponsoring this week's episode. Learn about trauma and find help at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com.  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    320: Nurses' Mental Health + Burnout with Christiana Miller-Martinez

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2022 56:33


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this week's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Christina Miller-Martinez, LMFT about nurses' mental health and burnout. We have all heard about the strain the current pandemic has placed on healthcare providers, and here on Therapy Chat we have covered the topic of physician burnout and suicide in the past couple of years. Today, Christina and Laura discuss how nurses tend to cope with their emotions and what nurses and therapists need to know about nurses and other healthcare providers' mental health and burnout. Christina Miller-Martinez is a licensed marriage and family therapist working in Palo Alto, California. She graduated from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2014 with a Master's degree in Somatics. She is a long time yoga practitioner and works with integrating current information on neuroscience with the ancient wisdom of eastern concepts of mind and body to aid in healing trauma. Christina is part of the Pacific team of A Good Place Therapy: https://www.agoodplacetherapy.com/christina. Thank you to Trauma Therapist Network for sponsoring this week's episode! Trauma Therapist Network is a website dedicated to learning about trauma and connecting to resources and help. Trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available. Find a trauma therapist near you at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com. Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    319: Identifying + Assessing Dissociation In Complex Trauma Work With Dr Deborah Korn

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2022 50:09


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Dr. Deborah Korn. Deborah L. Korn, PsyD maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA and is a faculty member at the Trauma Research Foundation and the EMDR Institute. She is also the former Clinical Director of the Women's Trauma Programs at Charter Brookside and Charles River Hospitals and a past board member of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Korn has authored or coauthored numerous articles and chapters focused on EMDR therapy, including comprehensive reviews of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD.  She is an EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)-approved consultant and also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect and complex traumatic stress disorders. She is the co-author of Every Memory Deserves Respect—a 2021 book about trauma, recovery, and EMDR therapy written for the layperson. This is a fascinating conversation between two trauma therapists that covers the following topics: The importance of assessing for dissociation in preparation for EMDR work with clients; HOW Dr. Korn assesses for dissociation - what that means and what instruments and clinical skills she uses; How clinicians can help clients understand the process of EMDR. Resources Dr. Korn generously provided a number of resources for listeners, which can be found with Episode 319 on Trauma Therapist Network. Dr. Deborah Korn's book website: www.EveryMemoryDeservesRespect.com Find it on Amazon Dr. Deborah Korn's Cape Cod Institute course in Summer 2022, Treating Complex Trauma: Optimal Integration of Treatment Models: https://www.cape.org/courses-1/korn-optimal-integration. This week's episode is sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Therapists, reconnect to your joy as a trauma therapist. Join TTN and you'll get a beautiful therapist directory profile listing along with 4 calls per month focused on training, self care, Q&A, and case consultation. Join before 2/28/22 here!  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    318: Easing The Burdens Of Caregiving When Your Loved One Has Dementia with Jill Johnson-Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2022 43:45


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, a clinical social worker who owns Central Counseling Services in Southern California. Jill is the author of several books on grief, including most recently, "The Rebellious Widow," in which she shares some of her own personal story as well as her clinical experiences in facing grief and loss. Jill trains therapists in working with grief, and she is also very knowledgeable in other information about end of life, including dementia. She returns for part 2 of the conversation that started last week in Episode 317. In today's discussion, Jill went into more depth about how loved ones and caregivers can ease the process of transitioning from this life by having difficult conversations with the dying person or the person with dementia. She speaks about some of the common issues that cause unneeded conflict when family members are dealing with a sick or dying loved one and how they can be eased or avoided altogether. Resources Find Jill's book, including the option to read the first chapter for free, at: www.therebelliouswidow.com   Learn more about Jill's counseling services at: www.centralcounselingservices.com  Visit Jill's website for a ton of resources for learning about grief, dementia, her books, her trainings and so much more: www.jilljohnsonyoung.com Other Resources: This week's episode is sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network, a website focused on teaching people what trauma is, how it shows up in our lives and where to find help; because trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com Therapists, during the month of February you can join Trauma Therapist Network and you will receive: - [ ] Trauma Therapist Directory listing which tells clients specifically how you work with trauma, what types of trauma you help with, and what methods you use. Begins immediately. Then, beginning in March: - [ ] Monthly Group Case Consultation calls with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C - [ ] Monthly Training Workshops with Laura Reagan and other trainers - [ ] Monthly group Self Care calls with Laura Reagan - [ ] Monthly Q&A calls with Laura Reagan and other experts To join go to: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    317: Facing A Loved One's End Of Life Or Dementia with Jill Johnson-Young

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 63:25


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Jill Johnson-Young, LCSW, a clinical social worker who owns Central Counseling Services in Southern California. Jill is the author of several books on grief, including most recently, "The Rebellious Widow," in which she shares some of her own personal story as well as her clinical experiences in facing grief and loss. Jill trains therapists in working with grief, and she is also very knowledgeable in other information about end of life, including dementia.  In this episode you'll hear Jill share some of her personal story of becoming a widow twice before the age of 50, and her lived experiences of taking care of loved ones with various types of dementia. Jill explains that there are 12 different types of dementia, and they can have different origins, symptoms and presentations. She discusses the various types of dementia and offers resources for learning more and getting support when you or someone you love has dementia.  Jill will return with Part Two next week for more discussion about what to do when someone you love has dementia to make the process of caregiving and preparing for end of life less challenging. Resources Find Jill's book, including the option to read the first chapter for free, at: www.therebelliouswidow.com   Learn more about Jill's counseling services at: www.centralcounselingservices.com  Visit Jill's website for a ton of resources for learning about grief, dementia, her books, her trainings and so much more: www.jilljohnsonyoung.com This week's episode is sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network, a website focused on teaching people what trauma is, how it shows up in our lives and where to find help; because trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com.  Therapists, during the month of February you can join Trauma Therapist Network and you will receive: - [ ] Trauma Therapist Directory listing which tells clients specifically how you work with trauma, what types of trauma you help with, and what methods you use. Begins immediately. Then, beginning in March: - [ ] Monthly Group Case Consultation calls with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C - [ ] Monthly Training Workshops with Laura Reagan and other trainers - [ ] Monthly group Self Care calls with Laura Reagan - [ ] Monthly Q&A calls with Laura Reagan and other experts To join go to: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    316: Transracial + International Adoption + Brainspotting with Brooke Randolph

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2022 59:08


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Brooke Randolph, LMHC. Brooke shares the wisdom gained in her years of working with adoptive families as well as her personal experience of being an adoptive parent. In this interview she and Laura talk about many of the ways children and families can be affected by transracial and international adoption, and what therapists, families and adoptees need to know. Brooke also discusses her use of Brainspotting in her work. Laura shares a reader's message about their reaction to Episode 304 with Amy Sugeno on attachment and adoption.  Brooke Randolph, LMHC, is founder and director of Counseling at The Green House, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her specialties are Adoption Therapy & developmental trauma, Brainspotting, and relationships. She is a Certified Brainspotting Consultant & Speciality Trainer, Coordinator of Brainspotting Indy, and Member of the Midwest Brainspotting Institute. Brooke is also a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She is the author of The Bully Book: A Workbook for Kids Coping with Bullies (2016), The Loss Book: A Workbook for Kids Coping with Loss (2017), The Choice Book: A Workbook for Kids Making Choices (2019), a contributing author to Adoption Therapy: Perspectives from Clients and Clinicians on Processing and Healing Post-Adoption Issues (2014), and the organizing editor of It's Not About You: Understanding Adoptee Search, Reunion, & Open Adoption (2017). She has also authored adoption education materials for parents and therapists. Brooke adopted an older child internationally as a single woman through a pilot program, which she considers one of the most difficult and most rewarding things she has ever done. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops throughout North America on a variety of topics. Brooke is passionate about promoting excellence in therapy and helping to encourage, equip, and empower individuals and couples toward more whole-hearted living and conscious relationships. Resources: Brooke's practice website: https://brooke-randolph.com/ Find Brooke's books here: https://brooke-randolph.com/author-brooke/ This week's episode is sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network, a website focused on teaching people what trauma is, how it shows up in our lives and where to find help; because trauma is real, healing is possible and help is available at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com.  Therapists, during the month of February you can join Trauma Therapist Network and you will receive: - [ ] Trauma Therapist Directory listing which tells clients specifically how you work with trauma, what types of trauma you help with, and what methods you use. Begins immediately. Then, beginning in March: - [ ] Monthly Group Case Consultation calls with Laura Reagan, LCSW-C - [ ] Monthly Training Workshops with Laura Reagan and other trainers - [ ] Monthly group Self Care calls with Laura Reagan - [ ] Monthly Q&A calls with Laura Reagan and other experts To join go to: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    315: Children's Mental Health + Barriers To Access with Dr. Nicole Christian Brathwaite

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2022 42:33


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD of Array Behavioral Care. Dr. Nicole is a child and adult psychiatrist in Massachusetts and provides education, consultation and coaching on mental health, trauma and the impact of race and culture on mental health.  Nicole Christian-Brathwaite, MD is a double board-certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Christian-Brathwaite received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed her adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Mclean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate. She is the founder and CEO of Well Minds Psychiatry and Consulting Company, which provides psychiatric and therapeutic treatment as well as education, consultation and coaching on mental health and trauma, wellness and self-care, implicit bias and understanding mental illness in children of color.  Dr. Christian-Brathwaite has written numerous articles for scientific or medical publications and frequently speaks about the impact trauma, race and culture have on mental health. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Post-Partum Depression Fund of Massachusetts and Families for Depression Awareness and is the Disparities Lead for the COVID-19 Action Coalition of Massachusetts. In this interview, you will hear Dr. Nicole and Laura talking about: Why children are struggling even more than usual in this time - the Fall season of 2021 when the show was recorded, as well as during this period of history. How racial trauma and other traumatic experiences of marginalization, violence, oppression, discrimination are affecting children on top of the stress of living during a pandemic and the individual and family stressors that were present prior to the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deficit of treatment options available in the United States's overtaxed mental health systems. Specific actions parents and teachers can take to support children who are impacted by trauma, including racial trauma. How Array Behavioral Health telepsychiatry can fill in some of the gaps in treatment availability and access. Resources:  Dr. Nicole Christian-Brathwaite's website: www.arraybc.com  Phone number for help with accessing services: 1-800-442-8938 Thank you to SuperBill for sponsoring this week's episode!  SuperBill is free for therapists, and your clients can use the code THERAPYCHAT to get a free month of the service. Also, you can earn $100 for every therapist you refer. Learn more at www.thesuperbill.com! This week's episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network.  Therapists, join by 1/31/22 and lock in the lowest membership rate. You'll have a beautiful listing for your practice that helps trauma survivors find you so they can receive the right kind of help for their particular need. And you'll have access to additional support coming soon!   Starting in March 2022, 4 monthly calls are added to the membership at the original Founding Member rate if you join by January 31, 2022. After February 1 the membership price goes up to $97 per month (still a steal for all the content!) so this is your chance to get the lowest pricing that will be offered for the lifetime of your membership! Join now at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    314: Complicated Grief + Nature Therapy with Dr. Nyasha Grayman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2022 40:05


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews psychotherapist, author, consultant, coach and professor Dr. Nyasha Grayman. Dr. Grayman is the author of Seasonal Therapeutic Encounters with Nature Journal: 52 Experiences for Baltimoreans. Dr. Grayman specializes in helping African Americans who are grieving sudden, traumatic losses of someone important to them. In this conversation you'll hear: Why nature is helpful in healing from traumatic and complicated grief. How Dr. Grayman structures her therapy work with African American clients who are grieving due to sudden or violent death of someone they care about. Why she wrote her book in a journal format. How others can create similar books to hers. Dr. Nyasha Grayman is a licensed psychotherapist in Maryland, USA with certifications in grief counseling, trauma treatment, and telemental health. She holds a BA from Spelman College, an MA in Counseling from New York University, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology, also from New York University. Dr. Grayman has a boutique practice, Wisdom Counseling - Baltimore LLC, where she specializes in working with bereaved African American adults. She is also Associate Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at a Baltimore, Maryland area college. Resources Dr. Grayman's website is here. Follow Dr. Grayman on Instagram here. Find Dr. Grayman's book on Amazon here. Thank you to SuperBill for sponsoring this week's episode! SuperBill is free for therapists, and your clients can use the code THERAPYCHAT to get a free month of the service. Also, you can earn $100 for every therapist you refer. Learn more at www.thesuperbill.com! This week's episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Therapists, join by 1/31/22 and lock in the lowest membership rate. You'll have a beautiful listing for your practice that helps trauma survivors find you so they can receive the right kind of help for their particular need. And you'll have access to additional support coming soon!   Starting in March 2022, 4 monthly calls are added to the membership at the original Founding Member rate if you join by January 31, 2022. After February 1 the membership price goes up so this is your chance to get the lowest pricing that will be offered for the lifetime of your membership! Join now at www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    313: Narcissistic Abuse with Brenda Stephens

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2022 59:00


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews therapist Brenda Stephens, LPCC, who is the author of two books on narcissistic abuse: Healing from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter's Recovery Guide; and The Narcissism Recovery Workbook: Skills for Healing from Emotional Abuse. In this episode you will hear Laura and Brenda discuss: What Narcissistic Abuse is What therapists need to know about Narcissistic Abuse How surviving this type of abuse affects us during childhood and as adults The process of healing from Narcissistic Abuse Brenda Stephens is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Diego, CA. She works exclusively with those seeking help in resolving their experienced trauma. Brenda specializes in working with those who have been in relationships with narcissists and are recovering from the emotional, and sometimes physical, wounds they have endured in their relationships. Brenda has been working with this population for several years and is providing groups, workshops, and trainings in order to make this topic more known and understood by practitioners and survivors of narcissistic abuse, alike. With the use of EMDR, parts work, and an understanding of Structural Dissociation, Ms Stephens is able to help those suffering with symptoms of trauma, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Ms. Stephens is the founder and owner of Stephens Therapy Associates which consists of eighteen therapists who have been trained by her to offer support, guidance, and a path toward healing for survivors of narcissistic abuse. She recently completed a three year term as Board Member and Secretary for the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) and continues to offer support on panels and trainings offered by CALPCC. Ms. Stephens is the author of the books "Healing from Narcissistic Mothers: A Daughter's Recovery Guide" and "The Narcissism Recovery Workbook: Skills for Healing from Emotional Abuse." These books are designed to help people understand what narcissistic relationships look like and how to recover from them. Brenda offers trainings to other therapists in recognizing and working with this population which is woefully underserved. She holds a Master's in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Resources Learn more about Brenda's work with survivors of Narcissistic Abuse at: www.narctrauma.com.  Washington state residents wanting to work with Brenda can visit the therapy website at: www.stephenstherapy.com Thank you to SuperBill for sponsoring this week's episode! SuperBill is free for therapists, and your clients can use the code THERAPYCHAT to get a free month of the service. Also, you can earn $100 for every therapist you refer. Learn more at thesuperbill.com! This week's episode is also sponsored by Trauma Therapist Network. Therapists, join now and lock in the lowest membership rate. You'll have a beautiful listing for your practice that helps trauma survivors find you so they can receive the right kind of help for their particular need. Starting in March 2022, 4 monthly calls are added to the membership at the original Founding Member rate if you join by February 28, 2022. After March 1 the membership price goes up so this is your chance to get the lowest pricing that will be offered for the lifetime of your membership! Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    312: Finding Your Authentic Self As A Child Of Emotionally Immature Parents with Dr Lindsay Gibson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 51:14


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this first episode of 2022 Laura welcomes guest Dr. Lindsay Gibson, author of several books, including most recently, "Self Care for Children of Emotionally Immature Parents." Laura and Lindsay had a fascinating conversation about how emotionally immature parents - those whose emotional/attachment needs weren't met by their own parents - can affect their children's development. Lindsay explains identity formation in fascinating detail. Listen to this compassionate and eye-opening conversation about the pain of growing up with emotionally immature parents, how having emotionally immature parents can interfere with connecting to your authentic self, and how to move forward if this is your story. Lindsay C. Gibson, Psy.D. holds both a Masters and Doctoral Degree in clinical psychology. She has been a psychotherapist for over thirty years, working in diverse settings such as the Juvenile Court system, community mental health, psychiatric hospitals, group practice, and solo practice. During her career in psychological testing, doing literally thousands of evaluations of children and adults, Dr. Gibson was uniquely in demand for her ability to understand people from a developmental perspective. Dr. Gibson is also a gifted teacher and public speaker and has offered training on multiple topics to other mental health professionals throughout her career. She has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Virginia Consortium Program for Clinical Psychology, leading doctoral student workshops and independent study classes. Dr. Gibson is the author of four books: Who You Were Meant to Be, Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, Recovering from Emotionally Immature Parents, and Self-Care for Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents. Since its publication in 2015, her second book has been a repeated Amazon #1 bestseller in several categories and has been translated into seventeen languages. She has also writes a monthly column on Well-Being for Tidewater Family magazine. Dr. Gibson lives and works in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Resources Learn more about Dr. Lindsay Gibson at her website: www.drlindsaygibson.com  Thank you to this week's sponsor, TheSuperBill.com! Therapists: If your practice doesn't accept insurance, go to thesuperbill.com to get started with SuperBill, a service that can help your clients get reimbursed. The next time a potential client asks if you accept insurance, let them know that you partner with SuperBill to help your clients effortlessly receive reimbursement. Your clients can get a free month of service with the promo code "THERAPYCHAT" and don't forget, you can receive $100 for each therapist you refer! Thank you also to Trauma Therapist Network for sponsoring this week's episode. Trauma therapists - clients with trauma are searching for specialized therapy related to their specific needs. Let them know you're out there! Now is your chance to lock in Founding Member pricing and receive all the perks of membership at the lowest price! Founding Members pay only $33/month for the duration of their membership and receive: A dynamic, beautiful therapist listing page that highlights all of your skills and areas of specialization while helping trauma survivors find you so they can get the therapy they're looking for! Your page is customizable with links to articles you've written, videos, photos, and more! Quarterly open-ended community calls starting in January 2022. Beginning March 1, 2022 all members are invited to participate in 4 weekly live calls focused on: training in specific topics related to trauma; case consultation; self-care and member Q&A. All but the case consultation calls will be recorded and become part of a library accessible for current and future members. Founding Member pricing ends January 31, 2022 so don't wait to lock in your best price and receive all of the goodies! Starting February 1, 2022 the price of membership increases to $97/month and registration will close on 2/28/22. After that, the price will go up again and anyone who wants to join will be added to a waiting list with the $97/month price locked in when next registration opportunity opens - likely mid-summer 2022. Sign up at: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio 

    311: Exploring The Other Side Of Self Compassion with Dr. Kristin Neff

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 34:57


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a previous interview with Dr. Kristin Neff, the researcher and author who has made the concept of Self Compassion familiar to the mainstream. In this interview from earlier in 2021, Dr. Neff explains how women can use the "Mama Bear" energy of Fierce Self Compassion to set boundaries and be kind to themselves and others from a place of authenticity. This is a great episode to listen to as we transition to a new year. Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies onbself-compassion almost twenty years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, she is author of the book Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself. In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, she has developed an empirically supported training program called Mindful Self-Compassion, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. They co-authored the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook and Teaching the Mindful Self-Compassion Program: A Guide for Professionals. Her newest work focuses on how to balance self-acceptance with the courage to make needed change. In June 2021, she will publish Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.  Resources Sharon's website: https://www.livewellwithsharonmartin.com/ If you're a therapist specializing in trauma, join the Trauma Therapist Network while Founding Member pricing is still available and lock in the lowest price!  Clients with trauma are looking for the specialized services you offer. Sign up at: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Thank you to this week's sponsors! Thank you to Sunset Lake CBD for sponsoring this week's episode! Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.  Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farmworkers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company. Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com.  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    310: Thriving During The Holiday Season with Sharon Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 45:55


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a previous interview with Sharon Martin, LCSW on surviving and thriving during the holidays, especially if your family relationships are "complicated."  Sharon Martin, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in codependency recovery with an online practice serving California residents. For the past 20 years, she's been helping perfectionists and people-pleasers overcome self-doubt and shame, embrace their imperfections, learn to set boundaries, and reclaim their self-worth. Sharon writes the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook. Resources Sharon's website: https://www.livewellwithsharonmartin.com/ If you're a therapist specializing in trauma, join the Trauma Therapist Network while Founding Member pricing is still available and lock in the lowest price!  Clients with trauma are looking for the specialized services you offer. Sign up at: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Thank you to this week's sponsors! Thank you to Sunset Lake CBD for sponsoring this week's episode! Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.  Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farmworkers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company. Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com.  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    309: Perfectionism - Stop Being So Hard On Yourself! With Sharon Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 45:22


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a previous interview with Sharon Martin, LCSW on perfectionism. We often don't even realize that we're holding ourselves to impossibly high expectations. This issue especially comes up around the holidays when we tend to put pressure on ourselves to create a perfect experience that is more of a fantasy than reality.  Sharon Martin, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in codependency recovery with an online practice serving California residents. For the past 20 years, she's been helping perfectionists and people-pleasers overcome self-doubt and shame, embrace their imperfections, learn to set boundaries, and reclaim their self-worth. Sharon writes the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook. Resources Sharon's website: https://www.livewellwithsharonmartin.com/ If you're a therapist specializing in trauma, join the Trauma Therapist Network while Founding Member pricing is still available and lock in the lowest price!  Clients with trauma are looking for the specialized services you offer. Sign up at: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Thank you to this week's sponsors! Thank you to Sunset Lake CBD for sponsoring this week's episode! Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.  Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farmworkers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company. Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com.  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    308: Understanding Family Dynamics with Sharon Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 60:47


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits a previous interview with Sharon Martin, LCSW on the dynamics of dysfunctional families. While we are in the thick of the holiday season, this episode will resonate for many of us. Identifying what healthy family dynamics look like can be very helpful since we all grow up thinking the way our family does things is "the way it is" even if it really didn't work well for us. Combined with the information Sharon shared in her interview last week, this week's episode will be helpful for getting through the holidays.  Sharon Martin, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in codependency recovery with an online practice serving California residents. For the past 20 years, she's been helping perfectionists and people-pleasers overcome self-doubt and shame, embrace their imperfections, learn to set boundaries, and reclaim their self-worth. Sharon writes the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook. Resources Sharon's website: https://www.livewellwithsharonmartin.com/ If you're a therapist specializing in trauma, join the Trauma Therapist Network while Founding Member pricing is still available and lock in the lowest price!  Clients with trauma are looking for the specialized services you offer. Sign up at: https://traumatherapistnetwork.com/therapist-submission-form/ Thank you to this week's sponsors! Thank you to Sunset Lake CBD for sponsoring this week's episode! Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.  Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farmworkers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company. Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com.  Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    307: Setting Boundaries with Sharon Martin

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 44:20


    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week's episode is timely as the holiday season is in full swing. In today's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Sharon Martin, LCSW about setting boundaries.  Sharon Martin, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in codependency recovery with an online practice serving California residents. For the past 20 years, she's been helping perfectionists and people-pleasers overcome self-doubt and shame, embrace their imperfections, learn to set boundaries, and reclaim their self-worth. Sharon writes the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook. Resources Sharon's website: https://www.livewellwithsharonmartin.com/ Thank you to this week's sponsors! Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer