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The Evolution of Sensitivity with Julie Bjelland

20% of the world’s population is made up of people who carry a character trait called high sensitivity. That amounts to 1 in 5 people so the chances are high that either you or someone you love is a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). HSP’s are often overloaded with the chaos of the world and more keenly impacted by both positive and negative experiences. Today’s show dives deep into the HSP trait and coping skills needed for HSP’s to thrive. My guest Julie Bjelland, LMFT, has a private...


Your Relationship with Money with Joanne Leffeld

How do you feel about money? Is it a subject you’re comfortable talking about? Most of us know money is necessary in today’s world, but we may not realize the sensitivity we carry around talking about this topic. And how many relationship issues are related to our views of money. Today’s show explores the psychology of our relationship with money. My guest is Joanne Leffeld, began her career as a Certified Financial Planner in the NY metropolitan area. Now in the Hudson Valley she’s created...


Tending To Our Selves with Dave Conley

When is it time to turn inward? When we show up for the people that we love, our attention is diverted from other things. There’s so much in this world that is competing for our time and attention. The result of this attention-grabbing is that our inner center is often left unattended. When we focus outwardly, especially in a helping profession, we tend to ignore the important inner work that needs to happen in order to take care of ourselves. My guest today has done extensive work with...


Creative Spirituality and Sustainable Wellness with Lanie Smith

We are humans, we create. Treat your soul to some self-care today and join Lanie Smith and I as we explore creativity, self-knowledge, and how art and nature combine. We’re talking about the evolution of Lanie’s signature approach to wellness and self-care as a sustainable lifestyle, EcoArt Wellness. Sustainable is the key word here because for Lanie, creating art and communing with nature are as natural as living her life. Lanie is an art therapist, coach and consultant with a passion...


Vicarious Resilience TMI Project

I had the deep joy of chatting with Eva Tenuto and Hayley Downs today to discover just how transformative and powerful it is to share your story. Eva and Hayley have been hard at work developing the documentary, Vicarious Resilience, with the TMI Project, and I am so excited and honored to get to share that work with you. Working With Rebecca: Rebecca’s integrative mastermind for therapists is now forming. It’s designed to help release blockages, cultivate your vision and tend to...


Understanding Gender Identity with Dara Hoffman-Fox

Deep down, don’t we all want to be seen? How do we put into practice seeing each other? My guest today is Dara Hoffman-Fox, LPC and Gender Therapist. Dara loves to talk about the invisible spaces, and no issue brings that to light better than the expression of gender identity. I’ve been wanting this conversation with Dara to happen for such a long time. Dara’s doing inspiring work as a Non-Binary Gender Therapist specializing in gender questioning, Non-Binary, and Transgender...


Impactful Mothers with Annie Schuessler

I’m talking with Annie Schuessler, host of Therapist Clubhouse podcast, about how our motherhood journeys entwine with our work and how we impact our corners of the world. Annie helps private practice entrepreneurs build profitable and fulfilling businesses by leveraging their unique superpowers. We’re discussing how we strive to stay present with our families, tend to and model self care, protect against burnout, find our rhythms, want to feel, craft our livelihoods, what we give energy...


Brave Worriers, Disarming Anxiety with Elizabeth Cush

If you’re like many modern women, you learned to swallow what you need. Maybe you don’t even know what you need. Maybe it oozes out of you sideways in the form of anxiety. In this episode Elizabeth (Biz) Cush, MA, LCPC, joins me to explore our relationships with anxiety and discomfort and how to tune into what you need even when it’s buried below the surface. As a trauma therapist in Annapolis, MD, Biz incorporates mindfulness and meditation into her psychotherapy work, her blogs and its...


Shamanism and Self-leadership with Dr. Carmen Roman

As we look into ourselves we seed the very transformations we desire to manifest in the world. So it’s worth noting, the deep work of healing our own wounds is often so ripe with potential to affect outward ripples of change. In this episode I’m talking with Dr. Carmen Roman a bilingual and bicultural psychotherapist with 25 years of experience working in both Mexico and in California. She combines both cultures and both worlds in the work and specializes in creative expression as a form...


Liberation-Focused Healing: A Call to Action With Shawna Murray-Browne

Conversations around dismantling systemic racism are becoming increasingly urgent and persistent. But for some of us, we can feel lost on how we can contribute, even when our intentions are good. No one wants to do it wrong. We are all needed in this movement nonetheless. So, what does this mean for therapists, healers and change-makers? We have to start by asking the question: What needs dismantling within my own life and what needs expansion? Does therapy look the same for all...



Earlier in this season on the Practice of Being Seen, Molly Merson, MFT, and I initiated a discussion around the “American collective unconscious”. It’s such a complex, layered subject. And though we covered quite a bit of ground in in that hour of conversation, there still is so much more to explore. And so many questions to open up to possibility. Through this exploration of our collective unprocessed traumas and the deep healing we need, we’re really talking about witnessing in a...


Dissociative: Finding the Calm with Stacey Steinmiller

The term “dissociation” can drum up quite a bit of fear in people. Many will immediately think of what we used to call “multiple personalities disorder” and respond: “Hey, I’m not crazy!” But in truth, we all dissociate from time to time. So what exactly is dissociation? You might misplace your keys now and then or you might shut down in a heated argument with your partner, but how do we know if this is a disconnection from self? From time and space? It turns out, the clues are in...


Neurodiversity and Integration: A conversation with Larry Stein

How does neurodiversity ripple into all facets of our lives and society at large? And when we talk about neurodiversity, are we all somewhere on the spectrum or is there a “normal”? The truth is, there is no normal. And that must mean that there is no one way to learn, no one way to communicate, no one way to view or be in the world. Neurodiversity--or, the natural variance in human genomes that result in a range of neurological conditions, from ADHD and autism to dyslexia and numerous...


Juggling Modern Motherhood: A conversation with Melissa Divaris Thompson

Modern motherhood can look like many different things, but there tends to be a few connective threads that aren’t often discussed. One is that modern moms from all walks of life are juggling a lot in their day-to-day. Another is that many of us aren’t prepared for the dramatic internal shifts that motherhood brings about.


On Leadership and Listening: A conversation with Traci Ruble

If you have ever aspired to step into a leadership role, or consider yourself a leader but want to do it better, you’re going to love this week’s conversation. I’m speaking with Traci Ruble, a therapist, public speaker, and CEO of multiple projects. We’re talking about redefining what leadership really means, how to truly listen, and why both are so important in human life. Traci has such a unique process in getting onstage, from concept to delivery and post-review. It’s all about giving...


Highly Sensitive Series, Part 1 with April Snow

Approximately 20% of the world’s population carries the Highly Sensitive personality trait. That’s basically 1 in 5 people you’ll encounter on a given day. You might be highly sensitive yourself. But there’s quite a bit of stigma that comes along with the word “sensitive” and the term “Highly Sensitive Person” (HSP) is often misunderstood. Given that most therapists and healers are also HSPs and about 50% of their clientele are as well, it’s imperative that we demystify the gifts and...


Facing Fear and Enjoying the Crap Outta Life: A conversation with Lauree Ostrofsky

We often think fear is designed to keep us safe. When you shift focus you may find it’s that very fear that keeps each of us from living out our dreams. Perhaps we misunderstand fear’s purpose and message. It’s uncomfortable to be in relationship with fear so we tend towards making choices that allow us to avoid fear altogether, that keep us safe (and playing small). The thing is, that our fears cloud our ability to enjoy the crap out of our lives. Fear and joy coexists simultaneously,...


Owning your Shit in Love: A conversation with Shane Birkel

Couples come to therapy for a myriad of reasons. But often, the real reason why they’re showing up is the thing hidden underneath their reasons. The solution is nearly always found in holding a magnifying lens up in those moments of conflict and, as this week’s guest Shake Birkel says, “owning our shit”. Suddenly, “Why is he/she doing this to me?” shifts into an opportunity to sit with our emotions and recalibrate our connections. Shane Birkel, a therapist and fellow podcaster, is no...


Am I Normal? Talking about Sex: A conversation with Megan Torrey-Payne

Sex is a difficult topic for most of us to discuss. What we like, what we don’t like, where the edges of our boundaries are, what is normal and what isn’t, what our children need to know and when… And yet, it is such an all-encompassing thing in what it means to be human, it has roots and ties in nearly every facet of our existence. Ultimately, what we all secretly want to know is, “Am I normal?” Our fears, discomfort and shame around sex aren’t entirely our faults. Had we all been raised...