Marcia Naomi Berger, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and author of Marriage Meetings for Lasting Love: 30 Minutes a Week to the Relationship You’ve Always Wanted, shares about how the wound of her parent’s divorce affected her pattern of attachment in finding a love relationship towards marriage. Naomi also shares about her expertise on helping couples to connect more deeply with one another through weekly marriage meetings that she teaches about through her book, workshops, and private practice. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
One of my favorite things that Naomi said on the show concerning marriage mentors was: “I think the role models are really, really important.”
Dr. Stan Tatkin, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Wired For Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship, recalls how the kindness of his therapist and feeling loved helped to shape him through his own self-actualization and help mold him as a psychotherapist. Stan also shares about the approach he developed called the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) which assists couples in co-regulating at a nervous system level to create positive experiences of excitement, positive experiences of relaxation, and as a team, the couple can shorten and alleviate negative experiences or distress. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Here are a few of my favorite insights that Stan shared on the show:
Concerning His Growth as a Person and Psychotherapist:“I’ve come to see that attention and presence is very connected to developing feelings of love… Maybe that’s a function of age. Maybe it’s a function of gratitude as well. Maybe it’s a function of the kind of work I do… it’s all of the above.”
Concerning the Benefits of Psychotherapy:“I think there’s no better schooling. Because it is really like going to school, we should call it education instead of therapy. It’s going to relationship school with another person who can help heal the injuries, heal the experiences, and create new experiences for us that we carry forward into other relationships. For those people who think that therapy is for the mentally ill, that is no longer the case. Therapy is for Everybody!”
Concerning Healing and Growth:“Our medicine has been and will always be people. Relationship.”
Dr. Barbara Steffens, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and co-author of Your Sexually Addicted Spouse: How Partners Can Cope and Heal, shares about her own healing journey through Partner Betrayal Trauma as a result of her husband’s sexual betrayal. Barbara also shares about how her work has created a paradigm shift in the treatment approach for those who have been sexually betrayed by a partner. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
One of my favorite things that Barbara shared on the show was: “This is about trauma. This isn’t about codependency…”
Merrill Powers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Approved EMDR Consultant, shares her journey of how childhood attachment wounds made launching into adulthood very difficult and how low self esteem, anxiety, and difficulty in making decisions affected her relationship choices which led to further abuse and trauma in an adult love relationship. Merrill gives an excellent understanding of how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is bringing phenomenal change to the lives of her clients. Merrill also discusses with David the difference between big “T” traumas and small “t” traumas.
One of my favorite things that Merrill said during the interview was: “Because of being in healing relationships with my clients, it has healed me as well.”
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Brian Kypta, is on the show this week sharing about his struggle with finding a sense of belonging throughout his life. Brian also talks with David about how Emotionally Focused Therapy is helping his clients to relate to themselves and their loved ones in the ‘here and now’ of psychotherapy. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Our guest on the show this week is Sandra Russell, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Sandra shares her story of hope and healing through childhood sexual trauma and the impact of shame and loss upon her life. Sandra also shares about how Brainspotting and EMDR are greatly improving the lives of her clients she sees in her practice. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Kathleen Mates-Youngman, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is our guest on the show this week. Kathleen shares about her struggle with anxiety and panic attacks and how that has helped shape her heart as a therapist. She also talks about Schema Therapy in breaking negative thought patterns and her book on helping couples connect and love one another daily. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
What about Bob? This week’s show features Bob Parkins, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, in private practice. Bob shares about his own struggle with isolation and how that has helped him to understand this struggle in the clients he sees. Bob also talks about his passion for group therapy for sexual compulsivity and addiction. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio. So, Baby Step your way over and have a listen. Take care.