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November 13, 2019
Raissa speaks with Julia Basso on the many ways exercise supports physiological changes underlying well-being.  They also address ways to help support individuals' motivation to engage in more physical activity. For more about Julia, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
November 6, 2019
Allison speaks with Dr. Chaya Abrams, LPC, LAC, on Historical Trauma—trauma suffered by groups of people, often at the hands of other groups of people—and "companioning" as a counseling intervention for Historical Trauma Response. For more about Chaya, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
October 29, 2019
Dr. Megan Speciale interviews Dr. Margaret Nichols about her clinical experiences working with the kink/BDSM (bondage/discipline, Dominance/submission, and sadomasochism) community. For more on Margie, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
October 22, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Aaron J. Smith interviews New York Times Best Selling Author and award winning journalist Sebastian Junger on his time embedded with US troops in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan, coping with posttraumatic and transitional stress upon returning home, and how clinicians and researchers can support our Veterans in recreating a sense of meaning and connection in their post-military lives. For more on Sebastian, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
October 15, 2019
Mike speaks with Dr. Tahani Dari on what community-based participatory research is, embodying humility in the research process, and how CBPR helps bridge the researcher-to-practicioner gap. For more on Tahani, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
September 24, 2019
Mike reflects with Robyn Trippany Simmons, Meagan Thompson, and Hayley Rose on how their professional identities have evolved during the course of their studies and career. They discuss why professional identity is important, how it can be difficult to tease out how counseling is different from other helping professions, and what has been helpful as they grow in their identities as a counselors. For more on the interviewees, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
September 17, 2019
Priscilla speaks with Gary Kennedy on the subtly of ageism, gender bias and the accessibility of services, and addressing barriers to adequate care  for an aging population. For more on Gary, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
September 12, 2019
Mike speaks with Mark Hayward about how the language we use in counseling and psychology is created and offers ideas to critically engage the terminology embedded in our theories and work. For more on Mark, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
September 3, 2019
Raissa Miller and Chad Luke discuss recent advances in neuroscience that are relevant to counseling practice.  Chad highlights implications for counseling theory, ethics, and general clinical work. For more on Chad, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
August 27, 2019
Mike speaks with Kevin Hull on the use of games in counseling. They discuss the origin of Kevin’s interesting games and play, common objections and concerns about the use of technology in counseling from parents and counselors, and specific examples of integrating games and play in counseling from Kevin’s work. For more on Kevin, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept.
August 13, 2019
Priscilla speaks with Reggie Parker on his journey from a career in law enforcement and negotiation to becoming a counselor.  They discuss the relationship between law enforcement and mental health, acting listening on the streets, decelerating through empathy.  For more on Reggie, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit the show notes on our website. The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at paloaltou.edu/concept. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
August 6, 2019
Mike speaks with Donna Sheperis on the complications of using multiple acronyms to to describe our credentialing, honoring our professional developmental processes while not getting wrapped up in the titles, and letting those we work with guide how we speak about who we are and what we do as counselors. For more on Donna, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP137. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
July 30, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Smith interviews Duane France – a combat veteran, award winning counselor, author, and advocate for Veterans. Duane is the host of one of the most prolific Veterans mental health podcasts – the Headspace and Timing Podcast – and has published numerous books, including Combat Vet Don’t Mean Crazy: Veteran Mental Health in Post-Military Life (2018) and Head Space and Timing: Veteran Mental Health from a Combat Veteran Perspective (2018).  For more on Duane, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP136. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
July 23, 2019
Mike speaks with Drs. Loni Crumb and Shanita Brown about their recent article on mental health and counseling in rural, impoverished communities. For more on Loni and Shanita, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com
July 15, 2019
A conversation with Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang about the practical applications of affective neuroscience research related to learning and healthy functioning.   For more on Mary, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP134. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
July 9, 2019
A conversation with Dr. Howard Kirschenbaum on the life and work of Carl Rogers including Roger’s childhood and upbringings, the evolution of his ideas, and his lasting influence on the helping professions. For more on Howard, links from the conversation and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP133.
July 1, 2019
Priscilla speaks with Jerry Kiser on applying the work and theology of renowned thinker C.S. Lewis in the counseling process. For more on Jerry, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP132.
June 18, 2019
In this two-part series, Mike speaks with James Hansen on the early and turbulent development of the DSM, the lack of validity and reliability with DSM criteria and diagnoses, and what all this means for counselors and the counseling profession. For more on James, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-Ie.
June 13, 2019
In this two-part series, Mike speaks with James Hansen on the early and turbulent development of the DSM, the lack of validity and reliability with DSM criteria and diagnoses, and what all this means for counselors and the counseling profession. For more on James, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-I8.
June 5, 2019
A conversation with David Crawley on the intersection of counseling and spiritual direction through the lens of narrative therapy and Mikhail Bakhtin’s work and dialogic interaction. For more on David, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-HZ.
May 31, 2019
A conversation with Jess Smith, LPC, LAC on the impact of complementary therapies such as yoga, walking meditation, and Rolfing in treating trauma and counselor self-care. For more on Jess, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-HR.
May 22, 2019
Mike continues his conversation with Thom Field about the history of research in the social sciences, the upsides and pitfalls of post-positivism, and the origin of “evidence-based practice”. For more on Thom, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-HH. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
May 16, 2019
In this week's episode, Mike speaks with Thom Field about the history of research in the social sciences, the upsides and pitfalls of post-positivism, and the origin of “evidence-based practice.” Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
May 2, 2019
In today’s episode, Dr. Megan Speciale interviews Dr. Talal Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT, leading infidelity expert and marriage counselor on his approach to working with couples facing infidelity. Dr. Alsaleem tackles the common myths related to infidelity and discusses the foremost factors contributing to breaches in relational contracts. Following the approach outlined in his book, Dr. Alsaleem describes the important milestones and common clinical challenges of infidelity recovery. For more on Talal, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-Hr. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor
April 25, 2019
A conversation with Dr. Katherine M. Hermann-Turner on the history and development of relational cultural theory, RCT’s 8 core components, and what RCT looks like in practice. For more about Katherine, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP124.  Appreciate this resource?  Support The Thoughtful Counselor at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
April 17, 2019
A conversation with neuroscientist and author Dr. Alex Korb on the neuroscience of depression.  Dr. Korb discusses the complexity of depression from a brain-based lens and offers insights on small changes individuals can make to create an upward spiral towards improved mood and well-being.   For more about Alex, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/ep123. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
April 13, 2019
A conversation with Dr. Jenn Cook on what social class is, how social class bias influences the way we practice counseling, and how social class bias influences counselor education and the counseling profession as a whole.  For more about Jennifer, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-GG.
March 27, 2019
Mike speaks with Craig Cashwell on the history and development of spiritual bypass as a concept, how to approach bypass in clinical work, and where the intersections of spirituality, religion, and counseling might go in the 21st century. For more about Craig, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://bit.ly/ttc-ep121 Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.  
March 20, 2019
In this episode, Dr. Aaron Smith teams up with Dr. Megan Speciale to interview Harvard professor of psychiatry and best-selling author (Trauma and Recovery, Father-Daughter Incest) Judith Lewis Herman, MD, on the treatment of Military Sexual Trauma. Dr. Herman explicates her ideas on both the dialectics of trauma and her famous 3-stage postmodern feminist approach as applied to the treatment of Military Sexual Trauma. For more about Judith, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit bit.ly/ttc120. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
March 13, 2019
A conversation with Dr. David Nylund on the history and art of therapeutic letter writing. We discuss the emergence of letter writing in narrative therapy as an alternative to “traditional”notes and documentation, crafting letters that keep the conversation going, and new movements in how to use letter writing in therapeutic work. For more on David, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit bit.ly/ttc-119 Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor
March 8, 2019
Current installment of the Leader's Project: Eric Beeson In this episode, Dr. Allison Kramer interviews Dr. Gregory Moffatt about the impact of his self-disclosure of personal struggle in 2018's most popular Counseling Today article, "The Hurting Counselor," with a focus on Moffatt's Mantra: The professional counselor's ethical imperative to practice routine and crucial self-care. For more Gregory, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor
March 1, 2019
Current installment of the Leader's Project: Anna Flores Locke A conversation with Dr. Alyson Carr on (nearly) all you need to know when preparing to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). We discuss why the test is important and useful for counselors, the format of the exam, and concrete ideas to help you prepare. For more on Alyson, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor
February 22, 2019
Mike talks with Nicole Stargell and Matt Glowiak on connecting with our communities “beyond the couch.” We discuss the history of counselor community engagement, important considerations when starting out, and possible barriers to community outreach. For more on Nicole and Matt, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this interview visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com
February 14, 2019
In this week's collaboration with The Theory of Change Podcast, Alfredo Palacios and Dr. Fred Hanna discusses existential anxiety and its relevance to counselors. As a follow up to EP98 (Existentialism in Counseling) Alredo and Dr. Hanna take a deeper dive into existential philosophy and ways that one can overcome anxiety and experience the thrill of being alive. They discuss techniques and resources counselors can use to learn more about these ideas and incorporate them into their practice. The Theory of Change Podcast Episode 98: Existentialism in Counseling For more about Fred, links and references from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com
February 8, 2019
Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor A conversation with Dr. Howard Schubiner on the latest neuroscience approaches to understanding and treating chronic pain.  Dr. Schubiner's Mind Body Program emphasizes the way the unconscious brain and neural pathways (versus structural abnormalities) are the cause of most chronic pain and require a different approach to treatment than standard pharmacological and/or pain psychology frameworks.   For more about Dr. Schubiner, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit Make sure to check out: Theory of Change Podcast Leader's Project interview with Jared Rose
January 31, 2019
Check out the Leaders Project interview with Fred Gingrich In her first  segment with The Thoughtful Counselor, Dr. Priscilla Wilson interviews Dr. Kimberly Warfield about a class project involving student exploration and immersion into their communities to explore factors and resources that support or hinder the development of multicultural education. For more on Priscilla and Kimberly, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-CL. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor.
January 23, 2019
Current installment of the Leader's Project: Fred Gingrich Building on last week’s episode, Paul, Jesse, and Mike discuss the origins of The Ways Paradigm and expand on the ways of understanding, being, and intervening in relationship to spirituality and/or religion in the counseling process. For more on Paul and Jesse, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-BJ. Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor
January 16, 2019
A conversation with Jesse Fox and Paul Deal on the history of religion and spirituality in the US, using thick approaches to engage our clients religious and/or spiritual lives, and the possibility of true pluralism and hospitality in counseling relationships and the helping professions. For more on Jesse and Paul, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-Bs.
January 10, 2019
Support our work at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor   Dr. Aaron Smith interviews the prolific researcher, professor, and Army Ranger, best-selling author Colonel Dave Grossman on the psychological effects of combat and lawful-killing. Col. Grossman explicates his model of the Bulletproof Mind used to prepare mental health, military, and law enforcement professionals world-wide for working with combat-survivors. Col. Grossman also discusses how mental health professionals can help our nation’s warrior’s heal in the aftermath of combat (or in the aftermath of having taken a life). Finally, Col. Grossman outlines the strengths that Veterans and service people possess that mental health professionals should seek to make use of throughout the therapeutic process. For more on Dr. Grossman, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com
January 3, 2019
Support us at www.patreon.com/thethoughtfulcounselor A conversation with Victoria Kress on defining non-suicidal self-injury, meaning making, the ethics of autonomy, and creative interventions for practice. TO learn more about Victoria, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for the episode visit www.thethoughfulcounselor.com
November 29, 2018
The Thoughtful Counselor team reflects on the challenges of keeping a podcast going, ways our interviews have changed us, and what we are looking forward to in 2019.  
November 23, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Susan Branco on counselors’ experience of client-initiated microaggressions, ways to respond, and the need for greater ethical discernment and reflection in complex situations.   For more about Susan, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com
November 14, 2018
A conversation with Dr. James Coan about the research that led to the development of social baseline theory and about potential implications of the theory for clinical work. For more on Jim, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-ts.
November 7, 2018
Listener and self-proclaimed Thoughtful Counselor “groupie” Martin Timoney interviews Everett Worthington on defining humility, the relational nature of humility, and interventions to boost humility. For more on Everett and Martin, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-ti.
October 31, 2018
This week, Dr. Allison Kramer speaks with Professor David L. Prucha on the challenges parents and children face in the wake of divorce. Going beyond platitudes, Prucha offers concrete clinical suggestions on how counselors can help both parents and children to avoid the pitfalls of poor parenting, even in times of great emotional pain. For more on David, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-t9.
October 24, 2018
A conversation with Madeline Clark on the intersections of poverty, social class, and mental health, poverty beliefs among counselors, and how the counseling profession can chart a path forward. For more on Madeline, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-sY.
October 17, 2018
A conversation with Samara Stone on challenges to practice building in diverse communities, demystifying mental health services, and making a difference while trying to make a living. For more on Samara, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-sK.
October 11, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Kevin Doyle on the origins of the current opioid crisis in the United States, our collective struggle with pain, and what counselors can do at the systemic, community, and individual levels.  For more on Kevin, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-sx.
October 3, 2018
A conversation with Guy MacPherson, founder of The Trauma Therapy Project, on owning our own stories and histories, cultivating presence in our work, and is new cause in inner work for practitioners interested in trauma work. For more on Guy, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-sp.
September 27, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Jori Berger-Greenstein on what behavioral medicine is, the role of counselors in assessing medical symptoms, and navigating interdisciplinary collaboration (even when it’s frustrating). For more on Jori, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-sg.
September 19, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Alfredo Palacios on defining existentialism, some of the pillars of existential theory that are most helpful, and how we can incorporate existential ideas into counseling. For more on Alfredo, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-s5.
September 12, 2018
Over the past decade, the #MeToo movement has ushered mainstream awareness of the overwhelming occurrence of sexual abuse across all demographics of our society. In this episode, Dr. Megan Speciale will interview sexual trauma experts Wendy Maltz and Jimanekia Eborn on how to support survivors’ sexual wellness after abuse, including specific strategies that you can use with your clients and loved ones to support their process of healing. For more on the interviewees, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-rQ.
September 5, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Barbara Herlihy on the the counseling profession going international, how this changes the way we see boundaries, and safeguarding against the exportation of Eurocentric ideas. For more on Barbara, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-rA.
August 9, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Alexandra Katehakis about the psychobiological factors that contribute to and reinforce a compulsive drive toward sex for affective regulation, as well as relational approaches to assessment and treatment. For more on Alexandra, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-rg.
July 11, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Jane Joyce on navigating the ethics of incorporating spirituality and religion in a church-based counseling center. For more on Jane, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-r2.
July 4, 2018
A conversation with Aaron Smith on veteran mental health and wellness, making meaning of difficult and traumatic experiences, and the possibilities of post-traumatic growth. For more on Aaron, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-qH.
June 27, 2018
This week, Dr. Allison Kramer talks with Professor Mari Dias about her lifetime of experience working with end-of-life patients and bereaved clients in her family's mortuary, hospice settings, her private practice, and on the radio. For more on Mari, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-qu
June 20, 2018
A conversation with Jessica Smith on counselor self-care, preventing and recovering from burnout, and how to thrive personally and professionally in your practice. For more on Jessica, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-qi.
June 13, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Allison Harvey about the role of sleep on brain health, the basics of sleep biology, and research supported strategies for motivating and supporting improved sleep habits. For more on Allison, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-q8.
June 6, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Maelisa Hall on the ins and outs of documentation, how to do it well, and why it matters in the first place. For more on Maelisa, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
May 30, 2018
A conversation with Lynea Gillen about an innovative approach to working with children and teens that integrates physical yoga, mindfulness practice, and social-emotional learning (SEL) activities. Lynea highlights program themes, shares personal examples from her work, and offers insights into successful application of the approach. For more on Lynea, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
May 23, 2018
A conversation with Everett W. Painter on how people use tattoos to make meaning of traumatic experience and the implication for counseling practice. For more on Everett, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
May 16, 2018
This week, Dr. Megan Speciale talks to Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers about religion, values, and sexual wellness. The conversation unpacks the widespread experience of sexual shame: why we feel it, how it impacts our sexual health, and how we can use sex-positivity, body appreciation, and spirituality to overcome it. For more on Tina, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
May 9, 2018
The second conversation in a 2-part series with Kelly Coker and Tyler Kimbel on “multiple professional identity disorder,” barriers to advancing the counseling profession, international advocacy and how you can help grow the counseling profession. For more on Kelly and Tyler, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
May 3, 2018
The first conversation in a 2-part series with Kelly Coker and Tyler Kimbel on the origin and history of CACREP, the role of accreditation in the counseling profession, and where to go next. For more on Kelly and Tyler, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
April 26, 2018
Allison talks with Professor David L. Prucha about the unintended impacts of demonizing domestic violence perpetrators on their victims and tips for counselors working with violent offenders on how to approach this challenging population. For more on David, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
April 21, 2018
A conversation with Paul Fugelsang, founder and executive director of Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a non-profit organization that provides middle and lower-income level individuals, couples, families, and children with access to affordable psychotherapy and mental health education services.   For more on Paul, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
April 10, 2018
A conversation with Rob Reinhardt and Roy Huggins - hosts of the TherapyTech podcast and creators of Person-Centered Tech and Tame Your Practice - on the pearls and perils of using technology in counseling and what counselors are doing right (and wrong) when it comes to incorporating technology into our practice. For more on Rob and Roy, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit www.TheThoughtfulCounselor.com.
April 4, 2018
A conversation with Javier F. Casado Pérez on broaching privilege, critical multiculturalism, and encouraging radical wellness in our counseling practice. For more on Javier, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-nE.
March 29, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Leslie Korn about the impact of nutrition on mental health.  In this interview, Dr. Korn highlights good and bad foods for the brain, debunks commonly held nutritional beliefs, and provides practical suggestions for clinicians and clients alike.   For more on Leslie, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-nt.
March 21, 2018
A conversation with Zach Burns on how counselors are uniquely equipped to assist those struggling with homelessness and housing instability, community resources that can be drawn on, and stepping out of our traditional roles as counselors to meet the needs of our clients. For more on Zach, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-ne.
March 14, 2018
This week in the Sex Series, we talk to sex educator Sarah J. Swofford about how pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting can impact new parents’ sexual wellness. She discusses some of the common physical, emotional, and relational challenges experienced before and after pregnancy, and provides strategies for new parents looking for a path to sexual connection. For more on Sarah, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-n1.
February 28, 2018
Allison talks with Dr. Richard G. Deaner, Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at Augusta University, about the impact of Keeton v. Anderson-Wiley on the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and on the importance of not imposing personal values on clients in counseling. For more on Richard, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-mD.
February 21, 2018
Part 2 of an intriguing conversation with Susan Stuntzner and Angela MacDonald on the intersections of disability and forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience, barriers to these practices, and how we can work with our clients to cultivate each of these. For more on Susan and Angela, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-mr
February 17, 2018
The first of two conversations with Susan Stuntzner and Angela MacDonald on the intersections of disability and forgiveness, self-compassion, and resilience, barriers to these practices, and how we can work with our clients to cultivate each of these. For more on Susan and Angela, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-lj
February 8, 2018
A conversation with Gestalt therapist and trainer Jon Frew on the origins of Gestalt Therapy, shedding the image of Fritz Perls and empty chair work, and how Gestalt’s focus on health as opposed to pathology makes it uniquely suitable for the counseling profession. For more on Jon, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-kF.
February 1, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Craig Cashwell – a professor of Counseling and Human Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Fellow of the American Counseling Association – about the importance of integrating spirituality and religion into counseling practice and how to do it competently and ethically. For more on Craig, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-ky
January 24, 2018
A conversation with Dr. Priscilla G. Wilson on how children are socialized into ethnocentric monoculturalism, microagressions and systemic racism, and what counselors can do to make a difference.
January 17, 2018
A conversation with Dee Wagner about Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory. Dee provides easy to understand explanations of polyvagal theory and describes practical suggestions for applying the theory in clinical practice.
January 11, 2018
In this episode Mike talks with Susanne Slay-Westbrook – a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist with over 40 years of experience – about bringing respect into our counseling relationships and process.
January 3, 2018
In Episode 6 of the Sex Series Dr. Megan Speciale interviews social psychologist and award-winning book author, Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh on the Wheel of Context, a practical sexuality framework focusing on culture, community, and individual experience for educators, advocates, and researchers.
December 28, 2017
The Thoughtful Counselor Team reflects on the past year of podcasting - what we have learned, some of the challenges of running a podcast, and what we are looking forward to in 2018. For the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-iR
December 8, 2017
A conversation with Dr. Holly Forester- Miller on what has changed- and what has not- in the field of ethics and best practices in counseling between the 1996 publication of her Practitioner’s Guide and its 2016 update for the American Counseling Association. For more on Holly, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-iu.
December 1, 2017
A conversation with Dr. Priscilla G. Wilson – assistant professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies at Jacksonville State University in Alabama – on the different types of microaggressions in and outside of counseling, dilemmas that clients and counselors face, and reflections on the “golden rule” as a way forward. For more about Priscilla, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-ic
November 24, 2017
A conversation with Ray Barrett about counseling and telemental health covering the history of telemental health, navigating legal and ethical concerns, the process of informed consent and screen for fit, and pathways to credentialing. For more about Ray, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-hS
November 16, 2017
A conversation with Dr. Mark Woodford, Professor of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey, about ways neuroscience findings can be used to help counselors and clients better understand addictive brain states and recovery processes. For more about Mark, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-hf  
November 8, 2017
A conversation with Martin Timoney on the influence of Catholic spirituality in his work as a counselor, attention vs. intention, and his experience of becoming a counselor through online learning.
November 1, 2017
A conversation with Margaret Lamar and Lisa Forbes on the identity development of working mothers and how counseling can support their mental health needs. For more on Margaret and Lisa, links for the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-h8
October 25, 2017
A conversation with Dominic Actionman Nsona, president of the Malawi Association of Counseling, on the pearls, perils, and passion of developing the counseling profession in Malawi. For more on Dominic, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-gN
October 18, 2017
A conversation with Jonnie Seay Lane – a licensed professional counselor and doctoral student at North Carolina University, finishing up her dissertation on the topic of multicultural counseling – on how to practically implement social justice and advocacy interventions in counseling. For more on Jonnie, links to her article, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-gl
October 12, 2017
About this Episode In this week of the Sex Series, we focus on gender with Dr. Alex Iantaffi — sex and gender expert, licensed therapist, and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. This episode is for anyone looking to better understand the role of gender in clients’ lives, including how people can change and express their gender identity. Considering gender from both its biological and societal roots, we look at how gender plays a role in our relationships and interactions with family, friends, partners and strangers.  About Alex: Alex Iantaffi, PhD, MS, LMFT is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy. They work as a therapist, writer and independent scholar on Dakota and Anishinaabe territories, Turtle Island, also known as Minneapolis, MN. Alex has researched, presented and published extensively on gender, disability, sexuality, bisexuality, polyamory, BDSM, Deafness, education, sexual health, HIV prevention, and transgender issues. You can find out more at www.alexiantaffi.com Find Alex on Twitter: @xtaffi Links from the Conversation: The Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy References and Relevant Books: To get 10% off the book “How to Understand Your Gender,” use the discount code GEND10 (for orders in the US) or GEN (for orders in the UK) at the following link: http://www.jkp.com/usa/how-to-understand-your-gender-2.html Affirmative Counseling With LGBTQI + People edited by Misty M. Ginicola, Cheri Smith, and Joel M. Filmore The APA Citation for this Episode: Speciale, M. (Producer). (2017, October 11). Unhushed with Dr. Karen Rayne: Talking to Kids and Teens about Sex [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://wp.me/p7R6fn-ei Thanks to the Following Photographer: Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash  
October 4, 2017
A conversation with Drs. Britany Pollard and Tiffany Brooks on how counselors can utilize creative interventions to assist those we work with who are experiencing grief and loss while attending to their unique cultural identities. For more about Brittany and Tiffany, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-er
September 27, 2017
Allison interviews Mike, creator of The Thoughtful Counselor Podcast, on favorite interviews, cross-cultural counseling challenges and successes, and keeping connected to mental health field while living and working abroad. For more about Allison and Mike, linsk from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-fj
September 22, 2017
In this episode of the Sex Series, we talk to Dr. Karen Rayne about her work developing sex-positive sex education curricula for kids and teens. We discuss how early childhood education can support healthy, affirming, and safe sexual development. Dr. Rayne provides strategies for counselors, parents, and teachers talking about sex with children, including what to say, when to say it, and how to feel comfortable saying it.
September 13, 2017
A conversation with Stan Tatkin, founder of the PACT Institute, about a neuroscience-informed approach to working with couples.  Dr. Tatkin discusses both theoretical foundations of his approach, as well as practical strategies for applying the model with couples.   For more on Stan, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://wp.me/p7R6fn-e9  
September 6, 2017
A conversation with Amanda Giordano and Elizabeth Posek on how counselors can apply the Multicultural and Social Justice Competencies to address religious and spiritual diversity with our clients as well as address our own internal biases that inhibit our ability to take our client's religious and spiritual lives seriously in counseling. For more about Amanda and Elizabeth, links for this episode, and the APA citation visit http://wp.me/p7R6fn-dV  
August 30, 2017
Our conversation with Dr. Russ Curtis continues as we discuss models of integrated care, ethical concerns, what it looks like to incorporate spirituality in an integrated care setting. For more about Russ, links from this episode, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://wp.me/p7R6fn-dQ  
August 23, 2017
A conversation with Dr. Russ Curtis on the nuts and bolts of integrated care for behavioral health professionals For more about Russ, links from the episode, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://wp.me/p7R6fn-dy      
August 16, 2017
In Episode 3 of the Sex Series, Dr. Megan Speciale interviews sex educator and licensed clinical social worker Amelie Zurn-Galinsky on the use of desire mapping as a reflective process of sexual self-discovery for counselors, clients, and everyone in between. In the conversation, we discuss common barriers to desire and sexual satisfaction, tools for supporting clients delve into the sexual unknown, and the importance of taking care of the self-as-counselor in our own pursuits toward sexual wellness and clinical effectiveness. Tune in for helpful tips to use with clients, partners, and yourself! For more about Amelia, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://wp.me/p7R6fn-dt
August 10, 2017
A converation with Emily Kircher-Morris - LPC and owner of Unlimited Potential Counseling & Education Center - on addressing the specific needs of gifted, high-ability, and twice-exceptional children and teens. For more about Emily and the APA citation for this episode visit http://wp.me/p7R6fn-b1  
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