“Character is fate.” – Heraclitus
United we stand. Divided we fall.
The United States is becoming an increasingly divided country with each day that goes by. The idea of what American culture and values are changes, depending on where you are on the party line.
In this episode, Michael Gellert discusses the newly-revised edition of his compelling book, The Fate of America, which explores the national character of the United States against the backdrop of its history, popular culture, and media.
Listen in as Michael explores the development of the American heroic ideal; how it reflects the nation’s aspiration towards greatness and its sense of identity; as well as its connection to the country’s deepening divisions; increase in societal challenges; and erosion of vital institutions.
Take a listen to learn about citizen- and enemy-oriented heroism; where you’re located among these ideals; and what is being called upon us now.
About Michael Gellert:
Michael Gellert is a Jungian analyst, practicing in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA. He was formerly the Director of Training at the C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles, where he is currently a research instructor. He’s also a humanities professor at Vanier College, Montreal, and a lecturer at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Michael has a Master’s degree in religious studies and social work and studied with Marshall McLuhan at the University of Toronto. He’s a mental health consultant for the University of Southern California and TIME Magazine.
Some Questions I Ask:
- What is America’s national character? What does that reveal about challenges we face? (4:13)
- Can you share about the Principles of Youth and Authority? (19:44)
- How has America’s heroic ideal gone awry? (33:37)
- What does the death-rebirth cycle mean for moving forward in America? (46:46)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- What the different types of heroism in America are. (6:30)
- What happens when society loses sight of citizen-oriented heroism. (15:28)
- Why the divide of the Spirits of Youth and Authority brings out the worst in both sides. (23:03)
- How division dehumanizes the “Other.” (28:46)
- America’s addiction to innocence (37:58)
- The individual’s responsibility in relation to participating in society. (49:06)
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In celebration of Father’s Day, Women In- Depth is looking back at some of our previous episodes focusing on men and masculinity.
Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, the Executive Director of the Jung Center in Houston, spoke with me about what it means to be a father and how the presence, or lack thereof, of a father influences one’s life.
James Hollis, PhD, a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C., joined us to discuss why it’s important to share the secrets of men; the pressure men face from being evaluated by their ability to produce; and how men long for a positive connection with their fathers.
Boysen Hodgson is the Communications and Marketing Director for the ManKind Project USA, a nonprofit mentoring and training organization that offers powerful opportunities for men’s personal growth at any stage of life. He talked with me about the meaning of masculinity, why it matters, and why the biggest journey a man can take is the 18 inches from his brain to his heart.
“It is across racial lines, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, and the like. This is not a phenomenon that just occurs to a certain person that looks and dresses and behaves a certain way.”
When everything builds up inside, managing emotions can oftentimes feel impossible.
As children grow, oftentimes there’s no one to teach them how to manage their emotions. For those with the trait of high sensitivity and/or those who experienced trauma, sometimes the way that they learn to cope, manage, or maintain their overwhelming emotions is through self-harm.
Self-harm is a subject that is riddled with misconceptions and negative judgments. In this episode, I talk with Vena Wilson about why people self-harm, and together we dispel some of those myths.
Vena deepens our understanding as to why women engage in this type of coping mechanism. She also shares her insights into what causes the emotional state that pushes individuals into self-harming tendencies, and what to do when someone you love struggles with this topic.
Take a listen to learn how to identify self-harm, support a loved one, or spark the healing process for yourself.
About Vena Wilson:
Vena Wilson is a licensed clinical social worker who provides psychotherapy services to children, teenagers, and adults. She is the owner and operator of Honey Bee Behavioral Health. She works to assist individuals and families in creating healthy, adaptive, and well-functioning relationships. With this, Vena also helps clients see their concerns through a different lens: she provides information on how trauma effects the functioning of various parts of the brain. She teaches strategies that allow them to take suicide and self-harm off the table as an option to release overwhelming emotions.
Some Questions I Ask:
- How did you come to work with women who self-harm? (3:48)
- What happens that causes this emotional state? (17:40)
- What other myths or misconceptions are there around self-harm? (25:10)
- What are ways to support a loved one who self-harms? (28:52)
- What words of wisdom would you share with someone who self-harms? (33:04)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- What self-harm looks like. (7:06)
- How emotional deregulation affects the brain and presents itself in day-to-day life. (12:26)
- About the trait of high-sensitivity and how it manifests itself. (21:08)
- What to do and not to do when a loved one discloses that they self-harm. (29:11)
- How to choose a therapist that will fit your specific needs. (34:21)
“Mythology and storytelling are age-old methods of passing along wisdom, sharing experience, and explaining or teaching about life.” (8:29)
Learning to trust your intuition, feelings, and dreams is a powerful experience.
With all the stories and lessons told to children today, our society does not seem to support the notion that women should learn to trust their intuition. This is a meaningful lesson for any woman, whether she’s a Maiden, Mother, or Crone. This is a lesson that is truly universal.
In this episode, I talk with Janet Lucy about her new children’s book Mermaid Dreams. This book encompasses many missing lessons from today’s children’s literature, while also depicting the connection between mother and daughter. Janet also tells the powerful story of goddesses and how goddess mythology illuminated her ideas within the book.
Take a listen to learn Janet’s new book Mermaid Dreams and how this story passes along universal wisdom to women.
About Janet Lucy:
Janet Lucy is an award-winning writer and poet, most notably the book Moon Mother, Moon Daughter: Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University. She’s also the founder and director of Women’s Creative Network, which is a consulting business utilizing intuitive, creative, and professional development through writing. She is passionate about the connection between mothers and daughters and how mythologies and stories coincide with the universal truths that women experience.
Some Questions I Ask:
- What inspired you to write Mermaid Dreams? (3:14)
- What is the significance of the Mermaid to you? (7:17)
- How does the story in Mermaid Dreams depicts the connection between mother and daughter? (12:46)
- What coming-of-age concepts does Mermaid Dreams address? (14:15)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- About the story of the African goddess Yemaya. (9:12)
- How the power to change your dreams coincides with the power you have over your psyche. (15:03)
- How Janet’s book teaches children to go within themselves and learn to trust their inner voice. (18:00)
- How Janet’s books apply to all women. (20:54)
- How women’s internalized beliefs can manifest into the basis of fear. (25:15)
“We all have blind spots. We all have pitfalls and life terms. Part of the therapy process is about gaining insight and awareness of what those traps and what those lenses are and seeing that this is a recurrent theme that happens for you in your life.” (24:49)
Some people look like they truly have it all. Great job, great family, and the drive to keep moving toward success.
Oftentimes, in those who look like they have it all together, they are actually coping with a personality trait called rejection sensitivity. On the surface, rejection sensitivity looks like intrinsic motivation and perfectionism. The deeper you go, rejection sensitivity looks like isolation, anxiety, and intensity.
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Jared DeFife about rejection sensitivity. Together, we talk about where this personality trait originates, what it looks like, and how people can work with rejection sensitivity rather than allowing it to have control over every action and relationships. Jared also shares insight into the role that rejection sensitivity plays in his own life, and why blending insight and awareness of this trait is essential to learning to thrive professionally and interpersonally.
Take a listen to learn about how to turn rejection sensitivity into a superpower-like trait and improve the lens through which you see the world along the way.
About Dr. Jared DeFife:
Dr. Jared DeFife is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He’s also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Behavioral Science at the Emory University School of Medicine. Jared is passionate about helping “intense” people integrate interpersonal and personality-focused therapies drawing from schema-focused and mentalization-based therapies into their lives.
Some Questions I Ask:
- What is rejection sensitivity? (3:34)
- How does rejection sensitivity show up in a personality? (7:35)
- How can someone determine if they have rejection sensitivity? (19:47)
- How can someone work with rejection sensitivity rather than let it take over their lives? (23:06)
- How can people learn more about this trait? (35:37)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How people develop rejection sensitivity. (5:16)
- Why high rejection sensitivity often gets mislabeled as narcissism. (13:43)
- How rejection sensitivity differs from high sensitivity. (22:30)
- How schema therapy approaches taking action on high rejection sensitivity. (28:44)
- How rejection sensitivity exposes various modes within the personality. (31:00)
“Safety primes neuroplasticity: a sense that as you move through this, you’re okay and you’re safe.”
When was the last time that you experienced letdown, hurt, or even a traumatic event?
How did you rebuild yourself and your life after the event?
A significant part of the human condition is experiencing negativity in our environment, then that energy infiltrates itself into the brain. Brains tend to have a negativity bias. This means that one negative response from another person has more power over our minds than all the positive interactions within that same relationship. Whenever this happens, life and relationships must be rebuilt, no matter how small or large the damage was.
This is resilience. While resilience is largely an innate skill, it’s still possible to build it and strengthen it through various exercises and strategies.
In this episode, Linda Graham talks about how to build and strengthen resilience. She shares some deep insight into the wiring and functioning of the brain when stimulated with negativity, and how to learn to bounce back. Linda also shares how therapists and non-therapists alike can implement various strategies, mindsets, and somatic tools to refine the skill of resilience as well.
Take a listen to Linda’s thoughtful and practical strategies, tips, and tools to bouncing back into life.
About Linda Graham:
Linda Graham is a psychotherapist and award-winning author. She is passionate about guiding people on reliable paths of personal growth, self-transformation, and building relationships. Her professional specialty areas include helping reverse the impact of stress and trauma, cultivate mindful awareness, and ultimately recover a sense of resilience. Within her private practice, she integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology into her international trainings on resilience and wellbeing.
Some Questions I Ask:
- How would you define resilience? (4:59)
- How does our brain’s capacity to respond to stressors become derailed? (6:53)
- Why is it difficult to develop resilience? (12:00)
- How can we address the brain’s negativity bias? (19:05)
- What are the 3 Levels of Disruption, and 5 Intelligences? (21:20)
- Where should someone start with finding relief and building resilience? (27:10)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- Why individuals respond differently to the same stressors. (4:23)
- Where an individual’s resilience originates and how to install new circuitry that increases the capacity for resilience. (7:22)
- How resilience is strengthened through post-traumatic growth. (15:41)
- How somatic tools help calm the mind and enter back into a space of resilience. (17:10)
- How practicing positivity shifts the functioning of the brain into more receptivity and resilience. (19:14)
- What therapists can integrate into their practices from Linda’s book. (29:13)
How do you respond to the word trauma?
Sometimes, those who experienced trauma reject even the term itself. Instead of acknowledging it and starting the healing process, survivors often minimize their experiences. When this happens, sometimes both healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms are normalized for them, as well.
Childhood trauma is specifically difficult to deal with and conquer the lasting effects of. It’s oftentimes buried deep within and oftentimes has a silencing effect on the person and they grow into adulthood. This world of silence inhibits their behavior, mindset, and various aspects of life.
This is where therapy is needed. Even if the trauma happened 20 or more years ago, it’s never too late to heal. You can always take steps toward healing that trauma no matter how long ago it was.
In this episode, I talk with Amy Van Slambrook, MA, LMHC. She shares some deep insight into the specific behaviors and tendencies that survivors demonstrate, how to identify them, and how a partner may be able to assist in the healing process. She also shares some beautiful, impactful words of wisdom for any survivors listening to this podcast today.
Take a listen to Amy’s moving story and take one step closer toward breaking the silence.
About Amy Van Slambrook
Amy Van Slambrook is a licensed psychotherapist, certified life and workplace coach, experienced consultant, and writer. She is passionate about the work she does and compassionately interacts with her clients.
Amy has overcome significant hurdles in her life—her own journey and healing from real life struggles, wounds, and trauma. She was able to spark the healing process in herself through the best training ground available. This experience is one that solidified her vocational calling: to help others—especially women and couples—experience freedom, heal and gain the power from their past.
Some Questions I Ask:
- How were you drawn to this work? (3:13)
- Could you share a couple of examples of what trauma looks like? (21:07)
- What can you see or hear that demonstrates how trauma is impacting relationships? (29:40)
- How can the partner of a trauma survivor love and support their partner? (36:29)
- What words of wisdom do you have to offer trauma survivors? (40:22)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- Why trauma survivors minimize experience and normalize their coping behaviors and experiences. (7:25)
- How childhood trauma ripples to affect adult relationships and behaviors. (12:03)
- How trauma reveals itself in the body rather than through language. (14:50)
- Why trauma survivors are generally calm in crises situations. (18:18)
- Why survivors get stuck in a cycle of trauma. (26:13)
- How men often suffer in silence as a result of childhood abuse. (39:36)
“As human beings, we are meant for connection.”
I see you.
I believe you.
Sometimes, those are the exact words that survivors of sexual assault and violence need to hear. Genuinely affirming a survivor’s experiences, feelings, and responses are the first steps to entering into a space that the survivor has never let anyone else into before.
Oftentimes, those who experience trauma seem to have lost touch. Sometimes they appear checked out, forget to eat, and even lose their spatial awareness. On the other end of the spectrum, some survivors become hypervigilant and notice everything: the way someone holds himself when he walks into a room, small changes in expression or energy, and anything else.
In this episode, Robert Cox talks about this subject. He provides insight into the various responses that survivors have to their environment and new relationships. Robert discusses the importance of sitting in that vulnerable space with a survivor, listening to them, and helping them rewire their brains back to a healthy state.
Take a listen to learn more about how Robert Cox uses somatic exercises and active listening skills to help trauma survivors begin living once again.
About Robert Cox, LPC:
Robert Cox is a licensed professional counselor in Missouri and owner of Life Recovery Counseling. He specializes in trauma, addictions, and autism. He works extensively with survivors of sexual abuse, trafficking, and childhood trauma. One of his main focuses, too, is mindfulness training to help patients create their own pathways to emotionally regulate through the difficult processes of trauma recovery.
Some Questions I Ask:
• How did you start working in the area of sexual abuse, trauma, and trafficking? (2:07)
• What are we talking about when it comes to sexual assault and violence? (3:55)
• How does someone begin to heal broken connections in their brain caused by trauma? What’s the process? (8:12)
• What impact does previous trauma have on those close to the survivor? (14:14)
• What is a trauma bond? (20:33)
• How can someone help a loved one who’s survived sexual abuse and violence? (23:57)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
• Why Robert enjoys sitting with someone in a broken space. (2:22)
• Why trauma causes lasting damage and what it sometimes looks like. (4:00)
• How Robert’s own trauma has helped him become a good therapist. (5:34)
• About the difference between hypervigilant and hypovigilant as a result of trauma. (7:45)
• How mindfulness can heal connections within the brain. (8:22)
• Why self-care and somatic practices are essential to healing from trauma. (12:30)
• About the process of attunement and mindfulness can help with coregulation and enhance relationships between couples. (16:14)
“The feminine is about the connection among all things.”
Where are you in life? Where are you headed?
Traditionally, there have been four faces of femininity: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. These archetypes define the feminine mindset: wants, needs, and what is required for fulfillment.
Our culture places a certain value on each of these stages. Oftentimes, this value is based on desirability rather than one’s personal desires. Traditionally, femininity is overwhelmingly undervalued. Now, that’s beginning to change.
In this episode, I talk with Dr. Anita Johnston. She breaks down all three of these archetypes and adds in a fourth: the Queen. Anita explains each stage, what it means, and even includes some of her own personal experiences within each stage. Together, we discuss the social value placed on each individual stage, and how those values are swiftly transforming today.
Take a listen to learn more about the true value in your past, present, and future self in relation to your sacred femininity.
About Dr. Anita Johnston:
Anita Johnston is a clinical psychologist and a certified eating disorder specialist and supervisor. She has done some incredible work in the field of women’s issues and eating disorders for the last 35 years. In Guam, where she was raised, she experienced life in a matriarchal culture. She experienced the power and value of femininity, which shaped her worldview and desire to help others.
Currently, Dr. Anita Johnston is the clinical director of Ai Pono Hawaii Eating Disorder programs. She is also co-creator of The Light of the Moon Café, which is a series of online, interactive courses, women support circles, and soul hunger workshops. Additionally, she is also the author of the bestselling book Eating in the Light of the Moon.
Some Questions I Ask:
• What drew you to focus on and create the four faces of the sacred feminine? (3:53)
• What do you mean by the sacred feminine, divine feminine, and psyche? (5:09)
• What exactly are the four faces? (10:52)
• How do the roles of the Maiden and the Mother interplay? (19:34)
• What do healthy and unhealthy displays of the Mother archetype look like? (23:58)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
• About Anita’s childhood within a matriarchal culture. (4:04)
• How the feminine archetypal energy crosses culture and time. (5:26)
• Why awareness can lead to valuing feminine archetypes. (10:22)
• How archetypes are demonstrated through fairy tales and in reality. (11:01)
• About the Maiden, Mother, Queen, and Crone archetypes. (13:46)
• How the flipping priority of desires to desirability impacts self-esteem. (15:45)
• About the struggle of balancing your own needs with another’s needs. (19:52)
• Why the Queen seeks to fulfill the soul. (29:56)
• How the Crone functions as a bridge between the material and spiritual worlds. (34:53)
In this episode of Women In-Depth Dr. Viado speaks with Gary Alexander about the experience of therapy through the lens of depth psychology. Gary shares how he was drawn to depth psychology; how it informs his life and the work he does with clients. He also explains how symptoms are not necessarily the problems we think they are, but messengers from psyche (soul).
Gary Alexander has been practicing psychotherapy for over 15 years. He has a BA in Psychology and MS in Counseling from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and completed his doctoral course work at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Originally from Las Vegas, Gary now practices full time in Portland, Oregon. He also teaches graduate counseling students and supervises post-graduate counseling interns. Gary works with a wide array of issues for individuals and couples, infidelity, chemical and behavior addictions, co-dependency and the health and development of the sexual minority community.
To keep up with Gary:
In this Episode Dr. Viado and Gary Alexander Discuss:
- Therapy and Depth Psychology.
- Growing from our unconscious self.
- Symptoms as a starting point, not as the problem.
- Working within the unknown and learning how to be in the space of uncertainty.
- What is involved in a depth psychotherapy session Importance of “no preconceptions” with clients.
"The way I can get love is by being what other people need me to be. Being the good girl. Being the one that is quiet, the one that is well behaved…”
Welcome to this week’s episode of Women In Depth! Today we speak with Dr. Ashlee Greer, who is gracing us with a second visit after appearing on episode 76. In this episode Dr. Greer enlightens us to the idea of control and co-dependency; something she believes about 80% of our culture, particularly women, suffer from.
Dr. Greer teaches highly-sensitive, empathetic women to live a “hell yes!” life. Her clients learn that the hero they’ve been waiting for is them. We can change. And beyond these ideas, she teaches her clients about boundaries, sacrifice, expectations, and soon in her new book she discusses “affectionate non-attachment.”
Ashlee Greer has her Ph.D. in psychology, is powerfully psychic, and has over a decade of experience helping hundreds of people transform to feeling passionate, vibrant, fulfilled, and joyful.
To keep up with Dr. Ashlee Greer:
The No Bullshit Guide To Life by Dr. Ashlee Greer
In this Episode, Dr. Viado and Dr. Greer Discuss:
- Understanding ourselves and how we use control and need to learn sacrifice.
- Avoiding true intimacy.
- Being comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.
- Invalidation of our emotions.
- Learning to trust ourselves and intuition.
- Boundaries and our expectations
“Romantic relationships above all other forms of relationships seems to be where the deepest and most intense struggle presents itself.”
For our Valentine’s Day episode, we have our 100th episode guest back again: Dr. Stacey Shelby!
In this episode, Dr. Stacey Shelby describes the psychology of romantic love from a depth psychological perspective. Using the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche as a lens for understanding the meaning and purpose of romantic love, she describes how Psyche’s experiences parallel our own responses to romantic love; and deepen our understanding of how the inevitable challenges of romantic love summon us into intimate relationship with our inner selves.
Dr. Stacey Shelby is an author, speaker, educator and depth psychotherapist. She holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She teaches the psychology of romantic love at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
Dr. Shelby works with adults in various stages of personal transformation online and in person out of a thriving clinical practice in Squamish, British Columbia. She specializes in the symbolic language of the soul and aims to honor the soul as it presents itself in the lived experience of daily life.
To Keep up with Dr. Stacey Shelby:
In this podcast, Dr. Viado and Dr. Stacey Shelby discuss:
- The myth of Eros and Psyche.
- How to understand the internal and external struggles within love.
- Benefits of forgiveness.
- Projection and soul remembrance.
- Making suffering more endurable.
“I think a lot of times part of the reason we’re able to self-sabotage so easily is we really don’t own our goals. We don’t really own that picture of what we want our life to look like. We kind of keep it vague. As a result, we can’t really create that process to make changes because we don’t give ourselves any sort of timeline or specific picture of what we’re working towards.”
This week’s episode of Women In-Depth we speak with Nicole Liloia, Business Coach and Strategist enlightening us on the career, business and life burnout so many women deal with on a constant basis. We have unknowingly become experts at sabotaging ourselves; whether in our careers, or personal lives. We will discuss several ways we sabotage, how to notice it and what to do in response to create a richer and more fulfilled life.
Nicole Liloia earned her Master’s in Social Work at Columbia University before beginning a career in the non-profit sector. Nicole is both a life coach and a trained therapist. Now her passions are helping women entrepreneurs make more money and achieve their goals.
Nicole began this path after a volunteer trip to Venezuela after suffering from burnout in her 9-5. Upon coming home Nicole began working at various part-time jobs and ended up starting her own practice only to fall back into the rigid 9-5 lifestyle she was trying to escape. She realized her own self-sabotage with this repetition and decided that she wanted to help other women entrepreneurs stop wasting time and start making more money.
When Nicole is not busy helping her clients end their self-sabotaging ways she enjoys entrepreneurship, making women wealthier, Apothic Wines, and a good Taco Tuesday!
To keep up with Nicole Liloia:
Assess Align Action: The Boss Guide to Goal Getting by Nicole Liloia
In this Episode, Dr. Viado and Nicole Liloia discuss:
- Self-sabotage; procrastination, shiny-object syndrome, overwhelm and being busy.
- Patterns and how to learn and grow from them.
- Setting clear goals.
- Putting plans into action.
“We all are so different and it’s normal to be different. It’s just a matter of finding the ways that help you optimize your sexual desire and have a sexual relationship that you want to have.”
Many women experience diminished or decreased sex drive at one point or another in their lives. However sex-negativity from our backgrounds, media, and society, can make these challenges difficult to discuss.
With over half the population experiencing some version of sexual dissatisfaction, we can acknowledge that frank discussions surrounding sex and intimacy have the potential to drastically improve our overall well-being.
Dr. Nazanin Moali has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego in biology and psychology, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University.
She specializes in working with couples and individuals struggling with issues of sex and intimacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Sexology in which she introduces listeners to the most intriguing findings in the psychology of sex. She practices out of Torrance, California.
In This Episode, Dr. Viado and Dr. Moali Discuss:
- Why one might seek a sex therapist
- Mindfulness and its influence on our sex lives
- Brakes and Accelerators: the dual control model of sexuality
- Self-image in sex
“We become women of all seasons.”
Our culture often associates negativity with aging. We dread what may come with age, despite mounting evidence that our worse fears are less likely than we think. Dr. Susan Stewart began examining this contradiction after encountering some rather heartening messages in myths, folktales, psychology, and gerontology that just encourage us to embrace and even look forward to the winter of our lives. Join Dr. Viado this week as she and Dr. Stewart discuss negative cultural messaging; the different dimensions of aging; and our lives in review.
Dr. Susan Stewart has been a Professor of Psychology for over thirty years (now emerita) at Sonoma State University, and is a retired therapist and a grandmother to four. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the age 26 and was a Marriage and Family Therapist for many years.
Her exploration of aging began in 2000 as she immersed herself into the myths and folktales after a series of encounters with the word crone. In place of the wicked and ugly portrayals she expected to find, she discovered some very inspiring old women.
She was compelled to share her discoveries after finding that gerontologists, psychologists, neuroscientists, and others were describing similar discoveries in late life development. She began to spread the word about the under-appreciated gifts of age in her classes, papers, presentations, and workshops. On the eve of turning 70, she completed Winter’s Graces: The Surprising Gifts of Later Life in which she weaves together folktales, themes from the world’s wisdom and spiritual traditions, current findings in gerontology and other fields, stories of her own and those of other older women, and characters of film - all of which reflect late-life qualities like contentment, agelessness, simplicity, and fierceness.
In This Episode, Dr. Viado and Dr. Susan Stewart Discuss:
● The True Story of the Crone
● The Winter of Life
● The Role of Elders in American Culture
● Changes in the Perception of Chronological Age
“To move toward that more wild feminine nature within the culture, and within our own psyches, and within the world...that wild feminine, it is so paradoxical and so confusing and it doesn’t want to be pursuing clarity and definition, it represents the opposite of that. It’s not an easy movement toward anything that represents that more lunar or feminine consciousness because it does mean a movement toward the uncertain and the unknown. It takes courage, a lot of courage.”
For the 100th episode of Women In Depth, we’ve returned to our roots in a discussion with Dr. Stacey Shelby about the wild woman archetype and her bewildering and beautiful manifestation in our lives.
Dr. Stacey Shelby is an author, speaker, educator and depth psychotherapist. She holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a specialization in Jungian and Archetypal Studies. She teaches the psychology of romantic love at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. Dr. Shelby works with adults in various stages of personal transformation online and in person out of a thriving clinical practice in Squamish, British Columbia. She specializes in the symbolic language of the soul and aims to honor the soul as it presents itself in the lived experience of daily life.
In this podcast, Dr. Viado and Dr. Shelby discuss:
- The manifestation of the Wild Woman archetype
- Recovering what feels lost
- Navigating confusing changes in relationships and sexuality
- Marrying opposite archetypes within our psyche in pursuit of balance
“Of course we want pain to end, absolutely, but paradoxically, the fastest way to get through this is to get through it, is to be in it, to be with it...What we want to do is imagine that pain has a positive purpose, that there’s a reason that pain has shown up. It’s trying to show us something and in a sense, really, it’s a signal and it’s a messenger whether it’s emotional or physical, but it’s part of us trying to ask for help, it’s part of us - in this sense, it’s the feeling of us trying to heal something. It’s that part of us that says ‘I need help, I’m out of whack here, I’m out of balance, you need to pay attention to me.’”
11.2% of American adults experience some form of pain, often at severe levels every day and have for the previous three months. A 2006 survey from the American Pain Foundation found that the vast majority of pain sufferers feel they have no control over their pain, that it severely impacts their quality of life, while 77% of the participants surveyed reported feeling depressed. Chronic pain can cause both mental health struggles, trouble in interpersonal relationships and feelings of powerlessness or and loss of identity.
When Sarah Anne Shockley was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, her entire life changed. Due to acute, chronic pain, she found herself fighting and enduring every day for years. What began as a battle became a journey of understanding and redefining pain for in the hopes of healing and ultimately living a fuller life. Sarah is the author of The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom For Living With and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain. She has been a columnist for Pain News Network and is a regular contributor to The Mighty. Sarah is a multiple award-winning producer and director of educational films, including Dancing From The Inside Out. She has also worked in high-tech management, as a corporate trainer, and teaching undergraduate and graduate business administration. She currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In This Podcast, Dr. Viado and Sarah Shockley Discuss:
- Sarah’s experience with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Experiencing pain in a pain avoidant society
- Changing our mindset to sit beside pain
- Viewing pain like a wounded animal
- How to support a loved one in pain
“It’s really about approaching ourselves with love and compassion and approaching the stuff with love and compassion. It’s not the enemy. There’s nothing wrong with the stuff, it’s just getting real with ourselves and going ‘Do I want to keep carrying this? Is it time?’”
In a culture that simultaneously prioritizes materialism and organization, our accumulated belongings can become unmanageable.
As she confronted stagnant energy in the form of her own clutter, Michael Spencer unearthed a new, soulful approach to the flourishing minimalism movement. Using her background as a mental health counselor, Michael developed and founded Let’s Purify, an online service dedicated to purifying our living spaces, personal energy, and the planet. Let’s Purify helps people release attachment to accumulated belongings and experience greater freedom.
In this podcast, Dr. Viado and Michael Spencer discuss:
- The five components of home energy purification
- The difference between “purging” and energy purification
- Confronting sentimental objects and objects we feel we should be sentimental about
- Getting honest with ourselves about attachments to our objects
“I have a body but I am also more than my body and you know, there’s this whole other rich world inside of me called the soul.”
Jodie Gale’s work surrounding bodies and food began long before her training as a soul-centered psychotherapist, counselor and eating disorder therapist. Jodie’s path stems from her own recovery from bulimia, addiction and childhood interpersonal trauma.
These days, Jodie works with women seeking to recover from body image problems, yo-yo dieting, chronic dieting and eating disorders from a soulful and holistic perspective. Jodie holds a BA of Social Work from University of Sydney, an MA in Psychotherapy from Middlesex University, and an Eating Disorder Coach Certification from the Carolyn Costin Insitute. Jodie practices counseling, psychotherapy, clinical supervision and private practice business coaching out of the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia and offers sessions via Skype.
This week Jodie and Dr. Viado resume their conversation about disordered eating and recovery specifically through the lens of internal and external weight discrimination. To find more information about Jodie and her work, please see:
To listen to Jodie’s previous episode: Episode 9: Disordered Eating: A Search for Wholeness with Jodie Gale
“We have, at best, sort of this view of technology as a benign thing in our lives. And at best, this kind of projection on technology, that it’s really what makes or breaks modern life…Most people are floored once they really do the tally and become more aware of how incredibly engaged they are and how incredibly time-consuming their personal electronics are in their lives.”
As unique obstacles of modern times go, negotiating personal device use tops the list. The challenge becomes even more difficult as our children progress from early childhood into pre-teen and teen years and the issues of social media, video games and screen time escalate.
Dr. Anders Beier is the co-founder and COO of the London-based non-profit The Centre for Technology Awareness. He also holds an MA in counseling from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, CA and a Ph.D. in Jungian Studies from Saybrook University in San Francisco. He works with couples and individuals on treating depression, anxiety and life changes near Aspen, Colorado. This week Dr. Viado and Dr. Beier resume their discussion about technology, focusing specifically on navigating the complications of parenting in the information age; brain chemistry changes with technology use; and developing boundaries with personal devices for our kids and ourselves.
To listen to Dr. Beier’s last conversation with Dr. Viado please see Episode 28: The Shadow of Technology
To keep up with Dr. Anders Beier, please visit:
“We were really exploring that concept for ourselves, spending time alone, solitude, silence, stillness...that was the way to access that inner voice...It does feel that those two really do go hand and hand; that spending time alone is the way that we are able to get quiet enough and still enough to hear a true inner voice, our intuitive voice.”
Janet Lucy and Terri Allison started formulating the idea for their book Moon Mother, Moon Daughter almost twenty years ago, when their daughters were still young.
This week, the co-authors join Dr. Viado to discuss how their desire to share their own experiences of womanhood with their own daughters developed into the spiritually focused coming-of-age guide they jointly authored.
Terri Allison was a founder and executive director of Storyteller Children’s Center, an early care and education program for children from 18 months - 5 years old.
She is now an early childhood education consultant for Transition House, Santa Barbara school district, and other local preschools. In addition to a Multi-Subject Teaching Credential, she received a Post Graduate Certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts - Boston.
Janet Lucy is the founder and director of Women’s Creative Network. She facilitates creative and professional development through writing workshops. She is also the author of The Three Sunflowers, a children’s book for all ages.
Janet holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and a California Teaching Credential from UC Santa Barbara.
She offers individual consulting and counseling, weekly groups and international writing retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and Italy.
You can get in touch with Terri Allison at Terri@moonlitconsulting.org.
“Our relationships will mimic and reflect the relationship we had with our primary caregivers unless and until we become aware of what we’re doing.”
Allison Quadhammer, M.S., D.C. is living a fine life and she has some insight on how you might too. Allison’s exploration of her own chaotic childhood led her to a master's degree in communications (the basis of healthy relationships), a doctorate in chiropractic (the basis of healthy bodies) and advanced training in neurology (the basis of healthy minds). During her journey, she came to understand how our perceptions, influenced by any number of elements, color the way we see the world. Allison believes that in rethinking our distorted perceptions, we may accomplish clarity and attain a fine life. Join us this week as Allison shares her perspectives on a Fine Life, the fallibility of memory, toxic friendships and relationships, and the power of chiropractic work as it relates to working through trauma!
“I don’t know that we’re in a culture that supports a woman taking care of herself first, it’s really something that needs to be taught and I think probably the biggest thing that needs to be taught is self love and self compassion. I think we know how to be compassionate toward other people but I don’t think we know how to use compassion on ourselves, how to be kind to ourselves.”
Dr. Deb Butler is a board-certified chiropractor and acupuncturist, a certified nutritionist and master life and weight loss coach who helps women from all walks of life going through menopause end their struggle with weight. Dr. Deb Butler utilizes a blend of brain science, nutrition, physiology, life coaching and life lessons to help clients embrace real weight loss starting from the inside. Her personal experience with lifelong dieting and weight loss programs informs her refreshing approach to menopause.
When her lifelong struggle with her weight collided with the arrival of menopause, Dr. Deb realized how misguided her perception of both had been all along. Through research, courses and plenty of exploration, she has constructed a program to reframe how one views weight, balance and oneself. Join us this week as Dr. Deb shares how you can improve your weight and your life for good!
You can learn more about Dr. Deb Butler at:
“We have to be much more allowing of ourselves, allowing ourselves to try things out and make mistakes and that’s so crucial - Can we allow ourselves to make mistakes? And maybe use the mistakes to take us on a different journey?”
Emma Cameron could reasonably be describing talk therapy or the practice of our creative energy but she is actually talking about both. How do we recover our creativity? How does the disconnection happen in the first place? How can we benefit from the practice of creativity in therapy and our lives? Join us this week as Emma discusses the role of creativity and creation in our journey toward self discovery.
Emma Cameron is a registered Integrative Arts Psychotherapist based in Essex, England. She works in private practice and online with women who want to connect to their deepest creative self and heal from anxiety and trauma. Emma has a Masters degree in Integrative Art Psychotherapy and she is a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. Emma paints, draws and has been practicing art for many years. Through 2017 Emma’s work was featured in ‘Contemporary Masters from Britain’, an exhibition touring major art galleries in China; next year she will be exhibiting paintings in Poland and the UK.
“...A universal path, a divine feminine path and...a universal quest for adventure, for transformation, for self discovery.” This is how award- winning writer, teacher and consultant Janet Lucy, M.A defines the heroine’s journey. But why does it matter? In what stages does it occur and how can we identify them? Join us as Janet elaborates on the heroine’s journey, discovering one’s inner voice and courageously pursuing the path inward.
As the founder and director of Women’s Creative Network, Janet facilitates creative and professional development through writing workshops. She is also the author of The Three Sunflowers, a children’s book for all ages and the co-author of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter ~ Myths and Rituals That Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age. Janet holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and a California Teaching Credential from UC Santa Barbara. She offers individual consulting and counseling, weekly groups and international writing retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Peru and Italy.
Look up for an upcoming episode of Women in Depth with Janet Lucy
Gina Abbeduto has been in the helping professions for the last 20 years, working as a psychotherapist and teaching psychology. Her work as a therapist revolves around the belief that clients are the experts in their own lives.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Law & Society from Purdue University in 1995, she completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Benedictine University in 1998.
Since that time, she has practiced in various settings, including a psychiatric hospital, community mental health center, partial hospitalization programs, and private practice. She also taught undergraduate psychology at Benedictine University and graduate psychology at Lewis University and facilitated training programs for Job Corps in Joliet, Illinois.
She has a private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she brings her expertise in effective, non-pathologizing models such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Internal Family Systems (IFS) Therapy - mindfulness-infused models which offer clients the gift of embracing the power to change and create new meaning in their lives.
Debra Oakland is a Courage Advocate, Writer, Joyful Experiences, and founder of Living in Courage Online – A Spiritual Oasis for Overcoming Life’s Biggest Challenges and author of Change Your Movie, Change Your Life: 7 Reel Concepts for Courageous Change.
Over a period of 4 years, Debra experienced multiple losses: she lost her 21-year-old son, her baby girl in the 8th month of pregnancy, both brothers, and her father. The loss experienced during this time was life-altering and illuminated a path forward that Debra never saw coming.
Debra’s work since that point has been to share her story of courage and strength. Showing people that in the midst of immense tragedy, there are silver linings, and we each have own path to fearlessness. By sharing experiences in and around courage, we have the opportunity to make a powerful difference in our lives.
Debra lives in Laguna Beach California with her husband and best friend, Cody.
Beth Luwandi Lofstrom, MA, LPC is a licensed psychotherapist and Life Coach in private practice in Cincinnati, Ohio. She works with couples and individuals experiencing betrayal, loss, and relationship tangles. Her Whole Human Theory (TM) suggests that a mindful approach to therapy is more dimensional than the mind/body connection and while relationships are dynamic, healing after infidelity, heartbreak, and complete existential crisis does not have to be complicated.
Beth invites clients to see themselves accurately, gain deep understanding, and practice unconditional acceptance on their way to healing. Her book, After the Affair: Healing for the Offender plots a course for the process. Written directly to the person in relationship who has strayed, the book is also helpful for the betrayed partner and for those hoping to help couples and individuals weather the storm.
Boysen Hodgson is the Communications and Marketing Director for the ManKind Project USA, a nonprofit mentoring and training organization that offers powerful opportunities for men’s personal growth at any stage of life.
Boysen has been facilitating men’s work for nearly a decade. He’s a co-founder of the Springfield Open Men’s Group, former Director for the New England ManKind Project Center, and author of “The New Macho,” a credo for the new masculine. Boysen has been featured in numerous radio programs and publications including a New Conversation with Men, Good Men Project, Dallas Voice, and the Sunday Times of London.
Boysen received his BA with Honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, after completing 2 years of Design coursework at Cornell University. He has been helping organizations and individuals design the change they wish to see in the world for 15 years. He’s a dedicated husband, a cyclist, and an urban homesteader.
Welcome to the Podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Ashlee Greer.
Ashlee teaches highly sensitive empathetic women to live a “hell yes!” life where they leave the shoulds behind. Her clients learn to live a passion-filled, turned-on, lit-up life where everything is possible, and to connect with their own intuitive genius.
She helps her clients stop prioritizing other people’s opinions; to give themselves permission to go after their own desires; to be deeply self-expressed, self-confident, and vibrant; and to release the limiting beliefs that have made them feel selfish or self-centered for putting themselves first in the past.
She has her Ph.D. in psychology, is powerfully psychic, and has over a decade of experience helping hundreds of people transform to feeling passionate, vibrant, fulfilled, and joyful.
Welcome to the Podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Rachna Patel, who has been practicing in the area of Medical Marijuana for half-a-decade now – since 2012.
She step-by-step walks patients through how to use medical marijuana for their specific medical condition without getting high off of it, without getting addicted to it, and without smoking it. She speaks from the experience of having treated thousands of patients and having thoroughly reviewed the medical research on marijuana.
She completed her medical studies at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (Vallejo, California) and her undergraduate studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois).
Welcome to the Podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Laura Beann, LCSW, a therapist specializing in Psycho-Shamanic Counseling.
Laura recognizes that there are unseen resources to assist in healing and helps client discover those resources; explore the material of dreams; and reconnect with lost parts of themselves.
Laura was nudged by her helping spirits to commit to a shamanic path when a powerful initiatory experience changed her life. Laura believes that accessing and befriending spirit guides provides empowerment and healing. Her own experience of shamanic healing led her to complete a three-year shamanic training and initiation.
Welcome to the Podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dalila Jusic-LaBerge, LMFT. Dalila specializes in working with accomplished women, who yearn for love but feel lost in romantic relationships. She helps them heal, connect to their own emotions, develop intuition, and be ready to connect on a deeper emotional level with loved ones.
Dalila is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with an MA degree in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Prior to her graduate work in clinical psychology, she attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she completed her BA in psychology and worked in research involving health psychology. She has been practicing in this field for over nine years.
Welcome to the Podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Marilyn Steele, PhD. Marilyn is a Jungian psychologist, author, speaker, and painter. Her work is dedicated to helping women access their wild feminine and return wild feminine power to the world.
Marilyn has worked with hundreds of patients and students in her 30 years as a Jungian psychotherapist and teacher, in their journeys of healing and learning - to connect with their wild souls to restore vitality, renew creativity, replenish joy.
As a writer and speaker, she has woven a new story of the Self from her thirty years of original research into women’s lives, feminist epistemology, new science, and Jungian archetypal psychology.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Robyn D'Angelo, LMFT, the founder of The Happy Couple Expert private practice in Orange County, California. Robyn helps frustrated and disconnected couples and singles learn to LOVE + BE LOVED, better. She walks them through how to connect deeply while creating space for fun.
Robyn is a relationship expert for couples and individuals and a California licensed Marriage + Family Therapist. She is a highly sensitive individual, devoted wife to a U.S. Navy veteran and childfree woman. After working in the fast-paced world of marketing for six years, she was ready for a change. After some deep soul-searching and following her inner compass, she was led into a Masters program in Marriage and Family Therapy in San Diego, CA.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Ginny Mills, a specialist in the field of addiction treatment who runs Parenting Through Addiction, the other PTA. An affordable, accessible, convenient online way for parents to learn about substance use and how to address it at all stages on the journey.
Ginny Mills is a Licensed Processional Counselor Supervisor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist . She is also a parent of a daughter in recovery, recovery advocate and believer that a full life in recovery can be a reality!
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Francie White, MS RD, an expert in the field of eating, exercise and body image disorders, both as a theorist and a practitioner. She is the co-founder of the Central Coast Treatment Center in San Louis Obispo and surrounding areas, where she recently created a brand new treatment program for Binge Eating Disorder and related overeating problems.
With a bachelors degree in Health Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara; a masters degree in Nutrition Science from the University of California at Davis; and a Registered Dietitian license, Francie began a large private practice with a physician in Santa Barbara, California in 1985. Francie combined forces with psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed therapists and social workers to cross-pollinate through multidisciplinary efforts and create the roots of what was then an emerging specialty – one which recognized the myriad of eating and exercise symptoms as messengers of the toxic climate of our time.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Sharon Martin, LCSW. Sharon is a licensed psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and media contributor on emotional health and relationships. Her psychotherapy practice in San Jose, CA specialises in helping individuals overcome codependency and perfectionism, and learn to accept and love themselves.
Sharon started her career as a psychotherapist working with the neediest members of our community -- those struggling with addiction, mental illness, homelessness, legal and family problems.
Welcome to the podcast! Today’s episode will be a little different, because I am not interviewing everyone else, it will just be me. I am delighted to share the top 6 Women In-Depth podcasts for binge and emotional eating, as put together in a blog post by my dear friend and colleague Jodie Gale.
Jodie has a private practice in Sydney, Australia and is a Soul-Centred Psychotherapist, Eating Psychology Specialist, and leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Jake Thiessen, PhD, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania.
Jake’s orientation to psychotherapy is existential and experiential. What that means is that he believes the most productive focus of therapy is on the here-and-now as opposed to the there-and-then. Granted, we are all, in many ways, the product of our history. As a result, it is often important to explore events from the past.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Melanie Greenberg PhD, who is a practicing psychologist, author, speaker, and life/business coach, with more than 20 years of experience as a clinician, professor, and researcher. A recognized expert on stress management, and health and relationship challenges, she draws on neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology in her work, blending science with mindful wisdom and heart-based compassion practices.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to welcome back Daniela Paolone, who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Westlake Village, CA. Daniela specializes in supporting people living with chronic pain, illness, anxiety, and depression. Their unique challenges aren’t understood by those who haven’t experienced these issues. She’s here to deepen our understanding and awareness, because many of us have loved ones who are facing these challenges.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Julie Bjelland, LMFT. Julie specializes in working with the highly sensitive person (HSP), anxiety, couple’s communication, self-esteem, and the LGBTQ community. Her passion and expertise is in neuroscience and determining how to successfully train the brain so people can live their best lives. Her most recent book Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions, has received beautiful reviews from world-renowned psychologists Tara Brach, PhD, Rick Hanson, PhD, and Ted Zeff, PhD.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Jonice Webb. Dr. Webb has been a licensed psychologist since 1991, and has worked in a variety of different settings over the course of her career, including psychiatric emergency and substance abuse programs. She has also been the director of several large outpatient clinics. For the past eight years, she has been enjoying her private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, specializing in the treatment of couples and families.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am very delighted to be joined by dreamer, writer, and artist Toko-pa Turner. Toko-pa was born in a farmhouse in Devon, England by a midwife to poet-parents. Because they liked the music saying it made, they named her after the Maori deity, Toko-pa, who is the “Parent of the Mist” according to the Maori creation myth. She came to Canada at the age of four, where her grandparents settled after the war in Poland, and was raised in a Sufi community in Montreal.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Ellis Edmunds, Psy.D. who is licensed psychologist in Oakland, California. Ellis spent much of his childhood playing board games, card games, and video games. As a graduate student, he became interested in using games in a therapeutic context. In his training, he focused on learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness and continues to practice ACT with his clients. He also continues to love games and plays them regularly.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I am joined by Anita Johnston, Ph.D. who is the Director of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii which she co-founded in 1982, and the Clinical Director and the Founder of the ‘Ai Pono Intensive Out-Patient Eating Disorders Programs in Honolulu and ‘Ai Pono Maui, a residential treatment facility in Maui. She is also Senior Clinical Consultant to EATFED intensive outpatient program in Sydney, Australia.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Susan Winter (Allowing Magnificence and Older Women/Younger Men). Susan is a bestselling author and relationship expert specializing in higher thinking for an evolving world. She writes, speaks and coaches on cutting-edge partnership models as well as traditional relationship challenges from a platform that fosters self-esteem and personal empowerment.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Venessa Rodriguez. Venessa is a certified holistic and integrative nutrition coach, practicing functional nutrition. That means she uses food as medicine and creates a roadmap to better digestion, more energy and healthy weight management that’s totally unique to YOU. Her path to integrative nutrition and holistic health began when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. That’s when she truly witnessed the healing power of nutritious foods and a well-balanced lifestyle. After 5 long years of treatments, triumphs, ups, and downs… she lost her beautiful mom Norma. It was the most difficult and transformative time in their lives, and it taught her more than she could ever imagine.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Anna Osborn, LMFT. Anna Osborn, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist and relationship specialist in Sacramento, California. Anna works with individuals and couples to restore connection, heal trust, improve communication and increase intimacy. Anna gets the privilege of seeing folks transform their relationships and begin to live a more happy, connected, and loving life.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Katie Ortlip, RN LCSW & Jahnna Beecham, authors of the book “Living with Dying: A Complete Guide for Caregivers.” Given there wasn’t a guidebook for death, Katie always wanted to write a sort of “Death for Dummies,” because it was sorely needed by her patients and their families. Being a writer, Jahnna said, “Let’s do it together.” It was at this time that Jahnna’s 90-year-old father was told his long-dormant prostate cancer had spread to his bones. She became his caregiver; Katie became his hospice social worker; and their writing journey began.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Dr. Sharon Cohen who is a Relationship and Love Consultant in Newport Beach, California. She specializes in rational communication strategies and the social dynamics of men and women. Her primary mission is to help women gain the skills to attract and keep long-lasting love. A sub-set of that mission is to get women inspired to attract the love they desire.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Lisa Marchiano, LCSW who is a Jungian analyst, writer, and mom. She has a private practice in Philadelphia, PA, and is on the faculty of the Philadelphia Jung Institute. Lisa has a particular fondness for fairy tales and what they can teach us about relating to our inner lives and leads workshops on fairy tales nationally. She enjoys running an online workshop for mothers that explores how being a mom can be a catalyst for personal growth. Lisa holds a BA in history from Brown University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She trained as an analyst with the Inter-Regional Society for Jungian Analysts.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC who is a therapist in Annapolis, Maryland. She works with people whose stress and anxiety overwhelm them, and they don’t know where to start and find it hard to ask for help. What prevents you from living your life with ease and purpose? Maybe you’re feeling stressed out, anxious, overwhelmed, and disconnected from yourself and the those you’re closest to. You’ve been able to manage your stress and anxiety by keeping busy, you’re always moving, but recently that just feels exhausting. You would like to know yourself better, to show up in your life in an authentic way, but you’re not sure how to do that.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by coach, author and artist, Ruth Bleakley-Thiessen. Ruth was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in the north of Germany. Before her life as a coach, she studied Communications Design and did freelance work as a designer, illustrator, artist and entrepreneur. She is the mother of three adult sons. After the birth of her third son, she experienced a “vegetative exhaustion” – which propelled her into a long search for herself, which has become an ongoing journey.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Bonet who is a certified hypnotherapist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Elizabeth Bonet helps people feel more emotionally stable, happier and more connected to their partner, friends, and loved ones of their choosing. No one wants to feel bad about themselves or their parenting. She helps you feel better and more stable about both. She specializes in hypnosis for a variety of problems and chronic conditions, such as if are you feeling overwhelmed or anxious, having physical symptoms due to psychological problems or trauma in your past, chronic pain, IBS and even if you just want to stop smoking.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Jocelyn Mercado, a transformational life coach, author, holistic health consultant, and environmentalist. She worked in finance and project management for over 15 years before taking the leap to leave the corporate world and begin her coaching and consulting career, and she has never looked back! Jocelyn has been studying indigenous wisdom, shamanic practices, and earth-based healing methods for years. She has experienced major life shifts that have led her to develop a life coaching method based on the following ideas: 1) we must heal ourselves first; and then 2) connect with others and help others to heal. In this way, we will find our innate power to change the world.
Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Galen Fous, MTP. Galen is considered one of America’s leading sex educators, psychotherapists & sex researchers on understanding the unconscious psychological dynamics of kink, fetish and D/s-BDSM sexuality. Galen is the author of two books: “Decoding Your Kink – Guide to Explore, Share and Enjoy Your Wildest Sexual Desires” and “The Sharp Edge of Love – Extreme Sex, Mythic Passion, Primal Intensity.” He regularly presents at sexuality related conferences, lectures at universities and grad schools on sex-positive topics, and has been interviewed in numerous media for his innovative views on conscious sexuality and the nature of fetish sexuality.
Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast! This week I’m delighted to be joined by Laurel Moll, who is a lifestyle writer, dancer, fitness instructor, and co-owner of the inspirational t-shirt company Golden Rhino.
She was born and raised in Florida and has also spent several years living and working in New York City. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, VitaMix Blog, Quiet Revolution, TinyBuddha, Mind Body Green, and more.
Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast. This week I’m delighted to be joined by psychotherapist Tiffany McClain, who speaks to me about the taboo subject of money, our feelings toward it and the importance for us to have boundaries and a sense of safety. For Tiffany, watching her parents level up was… interesting. In some ways, they equipped her mightily for success! In other ways – not so much. With a generation of poverty, violence and societal racism on one side of the equation and rigid, fundamentalist Christian conservatism on the other, she had a herculean cargo of doubt, insecurity, confusion, and mistrust all combined with a devastating fashion sense.
Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast. This week I’m delighted to be joined by Dr. Kat Kaeni about the issue of Maternal Mental Health, which is all about maternal mental health during conception, pregnancy, miscarriage or loss, birth and postpartum. Dr. Kat is a psychologist who helps her clients find ways out of suffering or confusion and into wellness.
People go to her psychotherapy practice when they are struggling with things in their life and want to feel better.
Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast! This week I’m delighted to be joined by Mia Quaglia who speaks to me about divorce, how to overcome it, ways in which to support others going through it, and what thriving can look like at this difficult time in a woman’s life. Mia started Divorce and Thrive after finding herself in a divorce situation after being married for 25 years. She felt lost and didn’t know where to turn, even as a therapist. Now she feels the need to help others with what they’re feeling. She also wants to walk them through steps that help them recover. Divorce and Thrive is for women that are in the process of going through their divorce, or have been divorced and are going through grief or the healing process.
Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast! I’m delighted to welcome back for her fourth appearance, Tamara Powell, LMHC. Tamara has previously appeared on the podcast in episode 10, episode 23 and episode 33 talking about spiritual abuse and navigating sexuality with spiritualty, but today she joins me to talk all about re-visioning relationships. Tamara is a psychotherapist, and life coach who practices in Pensacola, FL. Tamara’s practice focuses on those struggling with issues related to sexuality and spirituality, including abuse and trauma.
Welcome back to the Women In-Depth Podcast, my guest this week is Chonteau McElvin who has been described as modern day medicine woman. Chonteau wears many hats but her main reason for being on the planet is to assist in the awakening and remembrance that we are all connected and the time to step into our brilliance is now. In her early 20’s she received a vision and was told by Spirit that she was a teacher and healer of the old ways. This is when her modern day Shamanic training began. She completed her formal education as a Social Worker, followed in the footsteps of her father and became a Naturalist. At 20, her father taught her how to do self-hypnotism and she began to hone her skills as a Mindfulness Practition er, Folk Healer, and Herbalist.
Today my guest is James Hollis, Ph. D. Dr. Hollis was born in Springfield, Illinois, graduated from Manchester University in 1962 and Drew University in 1967. He taught Humanities for 26 years in various colleges and universities before retraining as a Jungian analyst at the Jung Institute of Zurich, Switzerland (1977-82). He is presently a licensed Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D.C. He served as Executive Director of the Jung Educational Center in Houston, Texas for many years and now is Executive Director of the Washington Jung Society. He is a retired Senior Training Analyst for the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, was first Director of Training of the Philadelphia Jung Institute, and is Vice-President Emeritus of the Philemon Foundation.
Welcome to the podcast. Today is going to be a bit different as I’m joined by, well, me! This is my first time hosting the podcast solo, and I am a little nervous, but I’m just going to go ahead and feel the fear and do it anyway – which is especially meaningful as coping with fear is what this episode is all about. For better or worse, fear is a primary motivator in our lives, whether we are consciously aware of this or not. I know this from experience and I see this in my practice, where many of the issues my clients struggle with are related to fear.
Today I’m joined by MeiMei Fox, a published author, co-author, ghostwriter, and freelance editor of hundreds of non-fiction health, wellness, spirituality, and psychology books, articles, and blogs, including the New York Times bestsellers “Bend, Not Break” with Ping Fu and “Fortytude” with Sarah Brokaw. Since July 2016, MeiMei has contributed five articles per month to Forbes as part of the Women@Forbes initiative. She writes about aligning your career with your life purpose, and profiles entrepreneurs and changemakers who can serve as role models to us all.
Today my guest is Sharon Cohen, Ph.D. Sharon is a Relationship and Love Consultant in Newport Beach, California. She specializes in communication strategies and the social dynamics of men and women. Her primary mission is to help women gain the skills to attract and keep long-lasting love. A sub-set of that mission is to get women inspired to attract the love they desire.
Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast, I’m delighted to welcome back Tamara Powell, LMHC. Tamara is a psychotherapist, and life coach who practices in Pensacola, FL. Tamara’s practice focuses on those struggling with issues related to sexuality and spirituality, including abuse and trauma. Tamara recently launched her own podcast “Undressing The Spirit” and in this episode, we discuss sexual taboos, the issue of shame and the relationship between sex and spirituality.
Today my guest is Dr. Cara Barker. Dr. Barker has spent over 40 years to supporting the process of Post Traumatic Growth, helping thousands of individuals transform their secret suffering into greater strength. Learn about Cara’s journey and be reminded that the process of disappointment and loss doesn’t end with acceptance; the stage of acceptance simply prepares us for deeper connection and collaboration with what helps us thrive. Her work, for close to half a century, focuses on what she calls “the Way of Soul,” aligning life with what nourishes body and soul. Join us to explore, and act upon, unexpected opportunities to love and be loved, and to create fuller enjoyment of life.
My guest on the podcast this week features Janeen Herskovitz. Janeen is a licensed mental health counselor in Florida and owner of Puzzle Peace Counseling, LLC. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Rowan University in New Jersey, (1995) and her Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University (2010). She is a trained as an EMDR Trauma Therapist and writes as a Topic Expert contributor on Autism Spectrum at goodtherapy.org. She has been married to her husband, Joe since 1995, and together, they have two teenage children.
My guest on the podcast this week features Coreen Haym. Coreen is a visiting faculty member in the Marriage and Family Therapy program, at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, teaching for UNLV since 2007. She has considerable experience presenting and instructing on clinical work with non-traditional families as well as sex therapy, sexual issues, crisis suicide risk assessment, language and diversity diagnosis, LGBTQ studies, kink friendly psychotherapy and gender & sexuality. She is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor with the AAMFT and is also a member of the American Counseling Association. Currently, Coreen is pursuing her Ph.D. in counselor education at Adam State University and is also a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada.
My guest on the podcast this week features Kim Hermanson, Ph.D. who is a transformative coach, author and shamanic intuitive who is known for her skill in quickly shifting people out of spiritual and psychological difficulties into a place of profound beauty, healing, and creative flow. A series of intense mystical experiences forcefully yanked her out of a conservative Midwest upbringing and profession as a corporate computer scientist and led her to develop Doorway sessions. Kim works with creatives, pioneers, visionaries and mystics to help them integrate their own experiences of non-ordinary reality and to connect with deep shamanic creative energies that urgently want to be expressed in our world. Kim currently serves as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute.
My guest on the podcast this week features Dr. Anders Beier, who is a depth-oriented (Jungian) psychotherapist and executive coach in private practice near Aspen, Colorado. Working with couples and individuals, he has extensive experience in treating depression, anxiety, and serious life changes, including grief/loss, divorce, and midlife crisis. He has ten years of clinical experience in various areas of mental health counseling and has done years of research in the emerging area of the psychological influences of technology.
My guest on the podcast this week features Kirsten Goffena, LPC, RPT, Kirsten is passionate about helping clients reach their full potential in life. She weaves playfulness into her work with clients of all ages and her therapy dog Luna's calm presence helps clients feel safe and relaxed. She helps individuals, children, and families reconnect to themselves and each other.
My guest on the podcast this week is Anne McCarthy Strauss. Anne has been writing since she penciled The Princeton Street News, a weekly report on the lives of her Long Island, New York neighbours, at age ten. Today, she is a versatile novelist, writer, interviewer, researcher, certified relationship coach, and public relations pro who focuses on shelter, alternative healthcare, technology and women’s fiction.
My guest this week features Krysta Dancy, MA, MFT. Krysta is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Roseville, California where she has been working with clients since 2005. In addition to her private practice, she is the Co-Director and Supervisor of a local counseling nonprofit (The Place Within) where she supervises interns on their path to licensure. The Place Within offers counseling on a sliding fee scale to those who might otherwise be unable to access counseling. She also has a blog and speaks for local groups on some of her favorite psychological topics. She also functions as a spokesperson for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) where she has been a member (and previous board member) since 2005.
My guest on the podcast this week is Dara Hoffman-Fox. Dara is a Licensed Professional Counselor and gender therapist in private practice who works with transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning individuals. She frequently serves as a resource on transgender issues for the media and is a prolific gender-identity thought leader whose articles and videos have empowered thousands worldwide. She provides educational resources through a blog (darahoffmanfox.com), YouTube channel, social media networks, trainings, and presentations, and is the author of You and Your Gender Identity: A Guide to Discovery.
Today my guest is Tamara Powell, Tamara is a psychotherapist, and life coach who practices in Pensacola, FL. Tamara’s practice focuses on those struggling with issues related to sexuality and spirituality, including abuse and trauma. Tamara first made her appearance on the podcast in episode 10. From that episode, there was a lot of feedback to get her back on the podcast to discuss further what spiritual abuse could really look like, how a person could become vulnerable to it and the long-term effects of experiencing spiritual abuse. To listen to Tamara’s first interview on spiritual abuse, click here.
Today’s show features, Sharon Martin. Sharon is a licensed therapist, counselor, and mental health and wellness writer based in San Jose, CA. She has spent 20 years providing counseling, therapy, and clinical supervision. Sharon has built a specialized private practice that reflects her belief that you matter and you can love yourself, heal, be empowered, speak your truth, and create a life you love. Listen for Sharon’s incredible insights on life, well-being and much more!
Today’s show features, Bethany Webster. Bethany is a writer, transformational coach, international speaker and what you could call a “midwife of the heart.” Her work is focused on helping women heal the “mother wound” so that they can step into their divine feminine power and potential. She coaches successful women on how to heal the mother wound so that they can make a quantum leap in their impact and leadership. Bethany is the author of the forthcoming book “Healing the Mother Wound: Move Beyond What Your Mother Never Gave You and Become the Woman You’re Meant to be.”
My guest today is Namrata Rindani McMahill, a couples and family therapist in private practice in San Diego. Nam is an advocate and champion for discarded, diagnosed, shamed, judged, and marginalized people. Her career spans 12 years, 2 continents, and multiple languages. Today’s topic is a sensitive one, but one that is important and relevant to so many; we’re talking about “the other woman.” Join us!
My guest today is Stacey Horn, a relationship coach and clinical hypnotist. Stacey has been a licensed clinical social worker for 25 years and has spent the last 7 years exploring the field of hypnosis in beautiful Eagle County, Colorado. Even though hypnotherapy has been used since the 1700’s, there are still many misconceptions, mysteries, and questions surrounding this therapy technique. Stacey is here to deepen our understanding of this technique that is used in various fields. Join us!
My guest today is Dr. Nicolle Zapien, a psychotherapist, certified sex therapist, and college professor from San Francisco. Our topic today is an important one because it affects so many people. We’re discussing the experience of infidelity in relationships. Join us!
My guest today is Rebecca Wong, a relationship therapist, consultant, and speaker. She’s also the creator of Connectfulness, a research-based practice encouraging people to explore and embrace every aspect of humanity. Today’s topic is the need to be seen, heard, understood, and accepted. It’s something we both fear and desire. Rebecca is launching a podcast very soon, and she currently lives in the Hudson Valley with her husband, daughters, and furry family members. Join us!
Welcome to a show about how to deal with the end of a relationship. My guest is Stephanie Macadaan, LMFT, who practices in Los Angeles. Her work focuses on couples and individuals who are healing from breakups and starting over. Stephanie runs a support group called Happily Ever After Divorce: Healing Support for Women. This conversation is relevant to almost everyone, because the end of a relationship is a universal experience that most people go through at some point in their lives. Join us now.
My guest today is Dr. Anne Goshen, a licensed psychotherapist in San Diego, CA. Anne’s work focuses on helping couples solve conflicts, rebuild trust, and reconnect. She also helps individuals improve relationships and cope with divorce. In addition to her private practice, Anne teaches graduate courses in marriage and family therapy. Today we’re discussing how to make the decision to stay in or leave a relationship. Join us!
Today’s show features my guest, Diann Wingert, a psychotherapist and life coach in Pasadena, CA. Diann specializes her counseling and coaching to help women approach change with mindfulness, neurobiology, positive psychology, and attachment theory. Have you faced the fear of change as you approach your mid-life years? Listen for Diann’s moving and inspiring insights!
My guest today is Erika Lopez, a psychotherapist in private practice in Houston, TX, who specializes in issues surrounding infertility. This topic is one that touches SO many lives, and Erika will help us understand why this is difficult to deal with and how friends and family can best offer help. Erika is married with a toddler daughter and has been a therapist for about three years. She offers workshops for parents and couples. Let’s jump into this topic with Erika!
My guest today is Renee Beck, a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Oakland, CA. Renee specializes in dreamwork and transpersonal therapy for alternative healers, inner seekers, and artists. She has been an approved clinical supervisor for the California Institute of Integral Studies and has supervised hundreds of beginning therapists working toward licensure.
My guest today is Dr. Jonice Webb, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Lexington, MA, specializing in work with couples and families. She has been featured on NPR and on many radio shows and online magazines. She’s here to deepen our understanding of what childhood emotional neglect (CEN) really is. It’s really about what DIDN’T happen, and even though it can be subtle and invisible, CEN has a tremendous impact on many individuals. Our conversation will cover how CEN shows up and how we can begin the healing process. Join us!
Welcome to this episode. My guest today is Tamara Powell, a psychotherapist and life coach who practices in Pensacola, FL. Tamara’s practice focuses on those struggling with issues related to sexuality and spirituality, including abuse and trauma. Many people don’t even realize that spiritual abuse exists; its potential to deeply wound those who experience […]
Welcome! My guest today is Jodie Gale, a soul-centered psychotherapist living among the beaches of northern Australia. She helps women who struggle with body image concerns, yo-yo dieting, chronic dieting, and eating disorders. These are issues that many, if not most, women encounter at some point. Jodie’s approach is from the perspective of wholeness, healing, […]
Welcome! My guest today is Keri Nola, an intuitive psychotherapist, best-selling author, and soul mentor for healing entrepreneurs worldwide. She has a thriving clinical practice focusing on holistic healing, and her practice has recently evolved to create virtual products, programs, and retreat experiences to support the sacred work of therapists and healers. Join us as […]
Welcome! My guest today is Dr. Agnes Wainman, a clinical psychologist in private practice in London, Ontario, Canada. Agnes’ practice focuses on working with burned out and overwhelmed women, new moms, and those struggling with infertility. Today we’re discussing qualities of strong, successful women, from the writings of Glennon Doyle Melton, the author of Carry […]
My guest today is Laura Reagan, a clinical social worker in private practice in the Baltimore area. Laura specializes in childhood emotional neglect and trauma. She is a board approved clinical supervisor, holds advanced certification in trauma therapy, and is a certified Daring Way facilitator. Laura hosts the Therapy Chat podcast, where she covers […]
Welcome! Today’s guest is Daniela Paolone, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Westlake Village, CA. Daniela specializes in supporting people living with chronic pain, illness, anxiety, and depression. Their unique challenges aren’t understood by those who haven’t experienced these issues. She’s here to deepen our understanding and awareness, because many of us […]
Welcome! My guest today is Shirani Pathak, an entrepreneur and holistic psychotherapist in San Jose, CA. Shirani is the founder and owner of The Relationship Center of Silicon Valley. As an educator, Shirani holds workshops and classes about the most important relationship of all—the one with ourselves. In addition, she does writing and coaching, formulating […]
Are you hurting or deceiving someone you love? Or has someone you loved betrayed you with an affair or sexual secrets and your heart is broken? Perhaps you have been struggling with depression or anxiety and don’t know where to turn. If so, you are not alone. Every person and couple stumbles at some point in their life and needs […]
Today we’re talking about relationship issues, especially when couples face infidelity and divorce. My guest is Alicia Taverner, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. Join us as Alicia shares her wisdom on these difficult topics. What you’ll hear in this episode: Why Alicia’s purpose in therapy has always been to help […]
Do you know what loneliness feels like? Loneliness may NOT be exactly what you think it is, but it probably affects more women around you than you realize. We’re talking with Sabrina Santa Clara, a Licensed Professional Counselor in Las Vegas. She is also the co-owner of the Center for Integrated Wellness, and her approach […]
Welcome to the Women in Depth podcast! Today’s show will be different than the others as I tell you what to expect for future shows. We will be cultivating conversation around the entire experience of being a woman, with all its different aspects. Thank you for beginning this journey with me! What you’ll hear in […]