“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)
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, MSW, 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 […]