Dr. Claudia Black, renowned author, psychotherapist, and speaker, shares about her healing journey through the fear and hurt of her father’s anger and alcoholism while growing up. Claudia shares about how Experiential Therapies, such as Gestalt and Psychodrama, helped her to get in touch and feel safe with her own feelings in her recovery journey. Claudia also shares about her new inpatient treatment center for young adults, The Claudia Black Young Adult Center in Wickenburg, Arizona. 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 Claudia said on the show was:
“It’s really about empowering, and helping them to move from the fear to a place believing that they deserve differently and then having the skills in which to be able to do that.”
Nancy Szakacsy, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of Hannah Was Here: D.R.E.S.S. an alarm that must be heard, shares her story of the loss of her daughter, Hannah, to D.R.E.S.S. (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms) Nancy shares openly about the journey of grief she has travelled since the loss of Hannah and the help she now offers families facing D.R.E.S.S. and loss across the world. This is a heart wrenching interview. I want you to listen, but if you find that it begins to trigger you, I want to encourage you to do what you need to do to manage the triggers and emotions, which may mean to stop listening to this episode or to listen with a loved one or friend who can be there with you. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
DRESS syndrome stands for Drug Reaction (or Rash) with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms. The term was coined in a 1996 report in an attempt to simplify terminology for a syndrome recognized as early as 1959. It is a syndrome, caused by exposure to certain medications, that may cause a rash, fever, inflammation of internal organs,lymphadenopathy, and characteristic hematologic abnormalities such as eosinophilia, thrombocytopenia, and atypical lymphocytosis. The syndrome carries about a 10% mortality.
Dr. Lynn Johnson, psychotherapist and author of Enjoy Life! Healing with Happiness, shares how picking up a book 23 years ago impacted his life and changed his direction as a veteran psychotherapist. Lynn also shares how cultivating happiness through the Positive Psychology concept of learned optimism is helping his clients in their own healing journeys. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Some of my favorite insights from Lynn during the show were:
“Life is painful… suffering is optional.”
“The optimist doesn’t think of the bad events as being horrible, they think of how this will be a challenge to cope with… what can I learn from this? How can I grow from this?”
“Self-efficacy… There’s something about not taking to heart bad events.”
“The Positive Psychologist tends to say: The character flaws just sort of disappear if your focused on happiness. The character flaws you sort of lose interest in them when you’re focused on your happiness.”
“That’s what makes me happy about being a shrink, I’m constantly learning.”
Julie M. Simon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Author of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting, shares her own story of struggling with overeating, emotional eating, binge eating, and her healing journey from an eating disorder to a healthy, balanced life. Julie also shares some great insights on a holistic intuitive approach to eating disorders and struggles. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Some of my favorite insights Julie shared were:
From an early age even as she struggled:“I always had an intuitive sense that our bodies are supposed to be a natural weight, not overweight and not underweight. Always had a feeling that eating was supposed to be intuitive. I didn’t think that we were meant to live on diets.”
On understanding and healing emotions:“I could actually identify emotions. Sit with emotions. I didn’t have to go exercise them away. I didn’t have to go eat them away. I could actually tolerate them. I could learn how to comfort and soothe myself with them.”
Words of encouragement for someone facing an eating struggle:“It doesn’t require willpower. It doesn’t require white knuckling it. It doesn’t require willpower. It doesn’t require going hungry. All it requires is willingness.”
Catherine Auman, LMFT and author of Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal & Spiritual Growth, shares about how mindfulness and meditation have helped her through chronic depression. Catherine shares about how she uses Transpersonal Psychology to help her clients move towards change. Catherine also explains the benefits of mindfulness to help with anxiety. 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 quotes from Catherine during the show that she asks her clients in therapy is: “How would you know your life is better? And let’s get there.”
Bill O’Hanlon, author, psychotherapist, and international speaker shares his journey through depression and childhood sexual abuse to a life of possibilities. Bill also shares how moving through the four energies of Blissed, Blessed, Pissed, and Dissed help to shape his healing journey. Whether you are searching for hope through psychotherapy or are a budding writer working on your first book, Bill is a true inspiration. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.