The Thoughtful Counselor

About The Thoughtful Counselor is a podcast that is dedicated to producing great conversations around current topics in counseling and psychothera...
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 episo...
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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 parentin...
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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:...
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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/p7R6f...
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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 ep...
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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...
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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 v...
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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:...
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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’ ...
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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 h...
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A conversation with Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D. 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...
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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.
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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.
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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 cita...
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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.
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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:...
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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 https://wp.me/p7R6fn-pS.
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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...
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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 https://wp.me/p7R6fn-pr .
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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 spirituali...
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