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The Virtual Couch is a podcast is hosted by Tony Overbay, a marriage and family therapist, humor columnist and motivational speaker who works with a large number of individuals and couples in a variety of areas including marriage, sexual addiction, and parenting. Tony, and his guests, hope to provide listeners with tools and strategies to help break negative patterns and embrace new and exciting challenges in their lives.

The Virtual Couch is a podcast is hosted by Tony Overbay, a marriage and family therapist, humor columnist and motivational speaker who works with a large number of individuals and couples in a variety of areas including marriage, sexual addiction, and parenting. Tony, and his guests, hope to provide listeners with tools and strategies to help break negative patterns and embrace new and exciting challenges in their lives.
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The Virtual Couch is a podcast is hosted by Tony Overbay, a marriage and family therapist, humor columnist and motivational speaker who works with a large number of individuals and couples in a variety of areas including marriage, sexual addiction, and parenting. Tony, and his guests, hope to provide listeners with tools and strategies to help break negative patterns and embrace new and exciting challenges in their lives.

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Ep83 Q&A Navigating Difficult Conversations, ADHD, Can One Truly Overcome Porn Addiction & More

10/16/2018
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How do you begin hard conversations with a spouse? Can you truly overcome pornography addiction? Will the World Health Organization’s diagnosis of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) lead more people to seek help from continually turning to pornography and other compulsive sexual behaviors to fill a void in their lives? Are ADHD and ADD the same, and what help does a diagnosis provide? How does Acceptance and Commitment Therapy help one move past the negative stories they continually...

Duration:00:37:42

Ep82 Positive Parenting - Ralphie Jacobs @SimplyOnPurpose

10/8/2018
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Ralphie Jacobs, whose popular Instagram account SimplyOnPurpose is followed by over 80,000 people, joins me to talk about Positive Parenting. Ralphie, a mother of 4 girls, has a background in early childhood education. She moved from teaching children to teaching parents, as she felt a calling to teach people how to use their power as a parent to create a life full of purpose. Ralphie discusses the challenges of trying to stay positive when our kids are doing all that they can to push our...

Duration:01:01:50

Ep81 Learning the Levels of Intimacy - A Guide to Better Connection

10/2/2018
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Physical attraction may be enough to initially bring a couple together but is it enough to sustain a relationship when you feel disconnected emotionally, spiritually, or intellectually? Or how about when you feel like anything you say to each other is a trigger for an argument? Learn how to form a more healthy view of intimacy, beginning with psychological intimacy, verbal intimacy, emotional intimacy and more. Discover how to make physical intimacy the natural byproduct of a strong...

Duration:00:44:09

Ep80 Being Authentically Authentic, A Key to Happiness

9/25/2018
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What does it mean to be authentic? Have you ever run across someone who kisses up to a boss, but the moment the boss leaves, he or she begins to complain about them? Is that someone that you’re drawn to? Are you that person? Brene Brown, author of books such as Rising Strong, and Daring Greatly says authenticity is the antidote to shame, that it’s “a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let...

Duration:00:48:16

Ep79 Ten Commandments of Managing Depression w/Nate Christensen APCC

9/18/2018
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Nate Christensen, APCC, shares his personal journey in living with depression and shares his "Ten Commandments of Managing Depression." Depression is a diagnosable mental illness and treatment is available! Depression is estimated to affect up to 20% of the adult population at some point in their lives and symptoms can come on as early as grade school. If you believe that you, or someone that you know, is struggling with symptoms of depression, please seek help from a mental health...

Duration:01:04:18

Ep78 What If Trying to Choose To Be Happy Isn't Working?

9/10/2018
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Plenty of well-meaning people in our lives try and motivate us by saying, "Just choose to be happy every day!" But why, then, isn't it that easy? Why when many people try and choose to be happy, do they actually end up feeling worse? If you've ever experienced this, then please know that you're not alone. As a matter of fact, you're in the overwhelming majority of people that struggle with trying to choose happiness, and having it last. In this episode, Tony discusses a couple of studies...

Duration:00:42:23

Ep77 Nikki Harmon, LMFT on Learning to Find Happiness in “The Hard”

9/4/2018
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On August 3rd, 2018, Nikki Harmon, LMFT, posted what she thought was just another post on her personal challenge to post something daily to her professional Facebook page. She had no idea that her post, in which she vulnerably shares her experiences with discovering her first husband’s addiction just a few years into her marriage, and her feelings of betrayal, her divorce, raising two kids as a single mom, working, and going back to school, to a move away from family, the loss of her mother...

Duration:01:11:46

Ep76 How To Apologize and Truly Mean It, Another Slice from the EFT Pie!

8/28/2018
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Tony breaks down the dreaded "Demon Dialogues" from Sue Johnson's book, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, THE go-to couples guide to Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Whether you and your partner engage in "Find the Bad Guy," the "Protest Polka" or "Freeze and Flee" or at times, all of the above, discover tools to help you move past these communication blocks that can ruin relationships. He also discusses the Five Elements of a Complete Apology, as well as how to...

Duration:00:35:27

Ep75 How's That Working For You? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 2

8/21/2018
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Tony uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to explain how holding onto our fears, worries, and anxieties can get in the way of progress. He uses the “ACT in a nutshell metaphor” from Russ Harris’s book ACT Made Simple and he shares the “Pop up thoughts” exercise from Harris’s book The Confidence Gap. Tony explains how ACT helps to put our thoughts through the ultimate test of whether or not they are workable, or productive.

Duration:00:40:48

Ep74 Listening Skills - Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

8/13/2018
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Are you a good listener? Studies show that you most likely believe that you are, even if your listening skills are rooted in pop-psychology, with no real evidence to back them up. Learn What Great Listeners Actually Do from an article in the Harvard Business Review by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, as well as what it truly means to Seek First to Understand, and Then Be Understood.

Duration:00:39:22

Ep72 BONUS Tony Overbay on Brave Dad Now Talking about "Pornography, The New Plague!"

8/2/2018
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Tony Overbay joins John Meldrum on his new podcast, Brave Dad Now to talk about Pornography, the new plague. They cover a variety of topics including how pornography works on the brain, tips, and tools to help one feel the hope that they need to put porn behind them once and for all. Brave Dad Now can be found at bravedadnow.com or wherever you get your podcasts. Tony's porn recovery program The Path Back can be found at pathbackrecovery.com.

Duration:00:46:40

Ep71 “Tell Me More About That” - Productive Phrases That Discourage Fixing, Encourage Empathy and Improve Communication

7/30/2018
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Tony Overbay, LMFT, gives examples of ways to cultivate better communication with your kids, teens, and spouse by leading with empathy. He gives specific examples, and phrases of how to sit in a communication and show empathy even when all you want to do is fix! Learn how to avoid common mistakes that immediately shut down communication in all relationships, whether in the home or the workplace.

Duration:00:32:35

Ep70 Jody Moore How To Deal With Difficult Family Members - BONUS

7/25/2018
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Jody Moore, host of the Better Than Happy Podcast, and popular life coach is teaching a series of free webinars focused on how to deal with difficult family members. Visit jodymoore.com/free for more information. In this bonus episode, Tony and Jody share some of their experiences in working with clients who are struggling with difficult family members.

Duration:00:27:12

Ep69 Anthony Esteves of the Capeless Crusaders on Persevering Through Suicide In The Family And Job Transition

7/23/2018
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Anthony Esteves, Cohost of the Capeless Crusaders Podcast, Writer/Contributor/Film Enthusiast for Latino Review Media discusses his personal journey in dealing with the suicides of his uncle, and his cousin. Despite the events happening almost 20 years apart, it was his cousin’s suicide, along with a job transition and a couple of additional stressors that lead to his feeling hopeless for the first time in his life. Hear how Anthony learned to stop believing the negative self-talk and use...

Duration:01:04:02

Ep68 Integrity, Character and Personality - What is Your Integrity Worth?

7/17/2018
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What is your integrity worth? Is it worth a couple of dollars that you'll save by selecting a child's ticket for a movie when your child is actually 27 and living at home? What is the difference between character, and integrity, and how do you develop character? And can you accurately detect one's character based on their personality traits? Plus Tony digs into the "Jerusalem to Jericho" study from the 70's on whether or not you'll help a stranger in need.

Duration:00:44:16

Ep67 Rules Of Constructive Kommunication (ROCK) How to Communicate More Effectively in Marriage and Life!

7/10/2018
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Couples therapist Tony Overbay, LMFT, shares his Rules Of Constructive Kommunication (ROCK). These 6 rules are designed to help couples move past unproductive conversations around “hot topics” that typically lead to frustration, fighting and turning away from each other. If you often find yourself avoiding certain topics or situations with your partner, like finances, intimacy, and parenting, because the conversations never go well, you need to follow Tony’s ROCK. These rules will help you...

Duration:00:44:10

Ep66 Coach Charles Gazaway Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Survivor on Mentoring Youth, Race in Youth Sports and Benefits of Hard Work

7/5/2018
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** NOTE Tony and Coach Charles talk about being able to donate to help Coach and his team cover costs to their upcoming trip to San Diego, CA for the California Games. If you are interested in donating, please do so at this link http://paypal.me/TheVirtualCouch Thank you! Coach Charles Gazaway is a former professional basketball player who is currently coaching the Rocklin, CA-based Hotshots Elite AAU team. Coach played collegiately at LSU and went on to play professional basketball...

Duration:01:16:42

Ep65 Discipline and the Miracle Question

7/2/2018
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What is more important, self-discipline, or IQ? And imagine you go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow and during the night a miracle happened. When you woke up your life now looked more like the life you always dreamed of. How do you feel, what would you do, and what happens moving forward. That is the "Miracle Question," a "solution-focused therapy" question that can help identify YOUR goals, not what others expect of you.

Duration:00:25:31

Ep64 PTSD and the Military w/retired US Army Special Forces Jeff Adamec

6/27/2018
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Tony Overbay interviews Jeff Adamec on the topic of PTSD the negative stigma associated with discussing mental health challenges in the military. Jeff served in the United States Army as a Ranger and a Special Forces Green Beret for 18 years. He had 6 tours of combat to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he conducted Special Operations missions. He has been awarded a Silver Star (The Nations 3rd Highest award) 4 Bronze Stars, an Army Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor, and a Purple...

Duration:01:10:31