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Creating Change with Doug Foresta

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Creating Change is a show dedicated to creativity and emotional healing. Each weekly episode on Empower Radio features interviews with experts sharing tips on overcoming addictive and compulsive behaviors, as well as tips for overcoming chronic stress, anxiety, depression and past hurts. Doug Foresta, LICSW, is a therapist who helps people heal through the power of creativity and imagination. He works with people all over the world via telephone, and is particularly interested in helping people re-imagine and re-author their lives to create positive change.




How to Shift Your Story

Doug shares tips for identifying the stories that get in the way of sharing your voice and creating the change you'd like to see in the world. Discover how to get unstuck from limiting stories and discover what you'd really like to do. Doug shares his own story about his online journey so far and what he's learned along the way.

Duration: 00:25:58

How to Set Intentions and Live a Purposeful Life

In this episode Doug shares his own reflections on being in New York City during 9/11 and what he learned from the event. He shares tips about how to set intentions in your life and how to live with more meaning and purpose. Discover how to make the most of your gifts and talents in a way that serves others and leaves a lasting legacy.

Duration: 00:25:55

How to Change The World

Can one person change the world? What would that look like? In today's episode, Doug shares his thoughts on changing the world in ways, big and small, and some of the biggest misconceptions that people have when it comes to creating positive social change. Discover why just "being a good person" is not enough and how to have a bigger and more lasting impact.

Duration: 00:25:50

How to Make a Successful Career Transition With Bill O'Hanlon

This episode features an interview with renowned psychotherapist, speaker and author Bill O' Hanlon as he discusses his own story of making a transition towards becoming a professional songwriter. Bill shares insights about how to know when it's the right time to make a change, and how to connect with people who can help you move forward in your journey. The episode also features one of Bill's original songs, titled "Dreams Come True".

Duration: 00:25:56

How to Access Your Inner Guidance

In this episode Doug shares practical tips for accessing your own inner guidance system to help you figure out what is true for you and what you most need to say or do at any given time. Discover how to combine the wisdom of your head and heart and a 6 step system for getting a handle on even the most difficult situations.

Duration: 00:26:02

The Introvert's Advantage

This week, Doug explains why introverts can have an advantage over extroverts when it comes to getting their message out in the world. Discover what extroverts can learn from introverts, and how introverts can leverage their strengths to create an impactful message, build community and get their voice heard.

Duration: 00:25:41

How to Get Heard Above the Noise

In this episode Doug shares some principles for getting your message out in the world in a big way. Discover how to create a bond and connection with your followers, and why that connection is key to being "heard above the noise".

Duration: 00:25:56

When To Speak Up and When to Be Silent

It's obviously important to speak up on behalf of social change, but are there times when it is best to be silent? In this episode Doug shares how to have more impact by staying silent at time, and how to determine whether to speak up or be silent in order to have the most impact.

Duration: 00:25:51

How to Stay Positive On Social Media

Doug shares tips for dealing with negativity and online "trolls" and the things you should never do when dealing with both. Discover principles for staying focused and positive, and how to share your voice and create change even in the midst of conflict and turmoil.

Duration: 00:25:26

Social Media Lessons From Couples Counseling - Part Two

In the second part of this series, Doug shares the model of the "Sound Relationship House" from Dr. John Gottman and how it can be applied towards building an online audience. Discover how to create a positive and influential relationship with your social media connections and how to become a true leader.

Duration: 00:25:53

Social Media Lessons From Couples Counseling - Part One

In the first part of this two part series, Doug shares tips for communicating effectively via social media and online from his experience as a therapist working with couples. Discover the 4 things you should never do online and how to manage conflict effectively.

Duration: 00:25:42

How to Share Your Unforgettable Story With Nikki Groom

In this episode, content marketing expert Nikki Groom shares her own story of overcoming being painfully shy and sharing her voice, and discusses tips for how you can share your unforgettable story and build your brand. Discover how to stop playing small and market yourself and your business in a way that is consistent with your authentic self.

Duration: 00:26:19

When You Should and Shouldn't Self-Disclose

Self-disclosure and vulnerability can be an important part of your brand as an author, speaker, coach or entrepreneur, but there are times when disclosing too much can hurt your brand. In this episode Doug shares tips for when you should and shouldn't self-disclose and what to think about before sharing personal experiences online. Discover the difference between self-disclosure and vulnerability and how to use each for maximum impact.

Duration: 00:25:51

How to Find Your True Self

In order to be a thought leader, we need to be able to find and share our true self. In this episode, Doug shares tips for connecting to your deepest, truest self and shares examples from his own life. Learn how to find the unique takeaways and themes from your life experiences and how to turn those into valuable content that benefits others.

Duration: 00:25:59

How to Overcome Creative Blocks

In this episode, Doug shares tips for overcoming resistance to creating, and a mindset shift to help you put your best work out into the world. Discover how to overcome fear, self-doubt and negative thinking patterns.

Duration: 00:25:56

How to Become a Sought-After Podcast Guest

Discover how to amplify your voice online by being featured on podcasts in your niche. In this episode you'll learn the biggest mistakes that prevent podcast producers from choosing you for their program and what to do instead. Doug also shares tips on how to find podcasts that will be a good fit for your message and how to shine as a podcast guest.

Duration: 00:25:34

Dealing with Difficult Online Conversations

Doug shares tips for handling challenging conversations on social media and what to do if someone posts something that we deem offensive. Discover the do's and don'ts of navigating difficult conversations and how to give yourself the best chance of being heard. Doug also shares tips about whether to unfriend someone on social media and what other options you may want to consider.

Duration: 00:25:39

No Excuses: Lessons From a Blind Filmmaker With Michael Schwartz

Visually impaired filmmaker Michael Schwartz discusses the importance of not allowing obstacles to prevent you from sharing your voice with the world. Michael discusses how he is able to make films despite being visually impaired, and shares stories about the making of his current film, the Palette Project. Discover how to navigate around challenges and share your vision and message with those who most need to hear it. To learn more about Michael, visit

Duration: 00:25:16

How to Speak So Others Can Listen

Doug shares tips for sharing your opinions and views in a way that others can hear them. Discover 3 principles for getting your voice heard and how to have difficult conversations in a positive, constructive way.

Duration: 00:25:14

How to Find the Courage To Speak Up

In this episode Doug shares the most common reasons why we don't speak our truth, and how to overcome the fear of speaking up. Learn 3 simple but powerful tips for ensuring that you are able to "speak up" when necessary and how to deal with situations where speaking up could lead to retaliation by others.

Duration: 00:25:45

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