Thoughtful Counselor

Nov
25

Whiteness and Counseling – Moving Beyond Performative White Allyship with Lee Mun Wah

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Aaron Smith speaks with world renown diversity trainer, clinician, and author Lee Mun Wah on how counselors can move beyond performative allyship in support of people of marginalized identities. They delve into a discussion of many of Lee Mun Wah’s award winning documentaries highlighting diversity issues and examine the ways [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
17

Faith and Mental Health – Integrating Faith and Practice with Robert Vore and Holly Oxhandler

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Robert Vore and Holly Oxhandler on their work at the Christianity & Mental Health podcast. They discuss the creation of CXMH, the intersections of faith and wellness, and the pearls and perils of navigating the intersection between Christian faith and careers in the helping professions. PresenterAbout Robert and [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Nov
11

Practicing Forgiveness – A Path Toward Healing with Richard Balkin

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Megan Speciale speaks with Dr. Richard “Rick” Balkin on his forthcoming book, “Practicing Forgiveness: A Path Toward Healing.” In the episode, listeners will learn about the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model, a framework intended to guide people through the complex and often gut-wrenching process of forgiveness that may be used by counselors [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Oct
29

A Covenant of Counselors: Part 2 – Community Leaders Reflect Again with Priscilla Wilson

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Priscilla catches up with Anna Shinn, Cotina Houston- Stroud, Anjuli Thompson and Mindi Wilkins- Amberson on how their unique roles as mental health professionals and administrators within their community have changed since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak. PresenterAbout the Guests: Cotina Stroud is a Licensed Therapist and owner of a private [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Oct
16

Wellness Counseling Identity

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Tom Sweeney and Michael Brubaker on SCI’s Wellness Counseling Identity: A Defining Characteristic of Professional Counselors, a position paper that advocates for wellness as a central and defining characteristic of the counseling profession. PresenterAbout Tom and Mike: Dr. Tom Sweeney is Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education in the College of Education [...]
By Amber Watkins | Thoughtful Counselor
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Oct
08

Creating an Authentic Practice – The Ups and Downs of Building a Group Practice with Ous Badwan

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Dr. Ous Badwan speaks openly about the beauty and the pitfalls of starting and growing a private practice in this ever-changing world. Ous shares genuine and valuable advice and feedback he has gained through first-hand experience on ways to create and sustain an authentic and thriving practice. PresenterAbout Ous: Dr. Badwan’s [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Sep
23

Collaborative Documentation: Centering Clients Voices in Our Notes with Maelisa Hall

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Maelisa Hall on the merits of collaborative documentation. They discuss different types of collaborative and open documentation, ethical considerations, and barriers counselors encounter as they move toward more collaborative work. PresenterAbout Maelisa: Maelisa Hall, Psy.D. specializes in teaching therapists how to connect with their paperwork so it’s more [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Sep
01

Questioning the Scientific Methods and Clinical Utility of Biological Explanations for Mental Distress with Peter Simons

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: A conversation with Peter Simons about the philosophy of science, the largely unsubstantiated nature of many contemporary assumptions about psychiatric diagnoses and medication-based treatments, and suggestions for being an informed consumer of mental health related research. Peter critically analyzes pharmaceutical research, genetic prediction models, and fMRI studies and discusses [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Aug
25

Wilderness Family Therapy – Embracing Nature as Co-Therapist with Scott Bandoroff

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks with Scott Bandoroff about his work in wilderness family therapy, how nature acts like a co-therapist as families integrate new ways of being together, and how we can bridge the gap between the traditional counseling room and the great outdoors. PresenterAbout Scott: Dr. Scott Bandoroff is a [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Aug
04

Youth, Trauma, & Sexual Violence – Working with Youth Survivors and Perpetrators of Sexual Violence with Rachael Estes

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Jessica Tyler speaks with Rachael Estes on working with adjudicated youth who have been convicted of sexual crimes and violence using a trauma-focused, holistic, and psycho-educational lens. PresenterAbout Rachel: Rachael Estes, MEd, MS, ALC is a therapist working with adjudicated youth with the Alabama Department of Youth Services at [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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Jul
27

Practice Beyond the Room – Creating Services That Expand Our Influence with Annie Schuessler

Listen HereEpisodePresenterCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Mike speaks to Annie about creative ways to take our work as counselors outside of the traditional counseling room. They discuss Annie’s move from practice to coaching, the process of creating services that provide more than traditional therapy can accomplish, and the interplay between making money and making a difference. PresenterAbout [...]
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Jul
14

Neuroeducation 2.0 – The Creative Process of Exploring Neuroscience Concepts in Counseling

Listen HereEpisodePresenterLinks and ReferencesCitationThanksEpisodeAbout this Episode: Raissa Miller and Eric Beeson have a conversation about their upcoming book, The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy. They discuss the evolution of neuroeducation as a counseling intervention, address key components to ethical and effective implementation of neuroeducation, and highlight neuroeducation uses and specific [...]
By Amanda Beltrani | Thoughtful Counselor
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