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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist, Burnout Prevention Consultant and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator interviews guests to discuss holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy, counseling, coaching and healing sessions. Be a fly on the wall as therapists discuss the practice of psychotherapy and how they implement self care into their own lives to prevent therapist burnout. Conversations about mindfulness, self compassion, The Daring Way™, EMDR, art therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, other somatic methods, trauma, parenting, attachment will get you thinking deeply about therapy and the universal experience of being human, with all the joy and pain that entails.

Therapy Chat Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

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Laura Reagan, LCSW-C, Psychotherapist, Burnout Prevention Consultant and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator interviews guests to discuss holistic and alternative approaches used in psychotherapy, counseling, coaching and healing sessions. Be a fly on the wall as therapists discuss the practice of psychotherapy and how they implement self care into their own lives to prevent therapist burnout. Conversations about mindfulness, self compassion, The Daring Way™, EMDR, art therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, other somatic methods, trauma, parenting, attachment will get you thinking deeply about therapy and the universal experience of being human, with all the joy and pain that entails.

    307: Setting Boundaries with Sharon Martin

    307: Setting Boundaries with Sharon Martin

    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week's episode is timely as the holiday season is in full swing. In today's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Sharon Martin, LCSW about setting boundaries. 
    Sharon Martin, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in codependency recovery with an online practice serving California residents. For the past 20 years, she’s been helping perfectionists and people-pleasers overcome self-doubt and shame, embrace their imperfections, learn to set boundaries, and reclaim their self-worth. Sharon writes the blog Conquering Codependency for Psychology Today and is the author of The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism and The Better Boundaries Workbook.
    Resources
    Sharon's website: https://www.livewellwithsharonmartin.com/
    Thank you to this week's sponsors!
    Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. 
    Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farm
    workers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company.
    Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com. 
    Help us make Trauma Therapist Network the best resource it can be!
    Send a message about resources you think should be included in the Trauma Therapist Network Site using the form on this page.
    Looking for a trauma therapist or are you a trauma therapist wanting to join the network? Check it out at: www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts are also found on the site.
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    Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    • 44 min
    306: Exploring Covid-Related Brain Fog + Fatigue with Kyle Davies

    306: Exploring Covid-Related Brain Fog + Fatigue with Kyle Davies

    NOTE: This episode is not medical advice. If you have questions about COVID, consult your doctor.
    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan welcomes returning guest Kyle Davies back to the show. Laura and Kyle discuss their experiences recovering from COVID and some of the long term symptoms of fatigue and brain fog that they and others they know have experienced. Kyle shares his perspective on COVID and how he has used similar techniques to those he practices with people who have chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses to help reduce such symptoms. 
    Kyle's bio:
    I spent 5 years at 2 universities studying academic psychology. When I left I trained and volunteered as a telephone counsellor for a helpline for carers of sufferers of dementia and got a real taste of the discomforts life can bring.
    But my real passion to understand and reduce human suffering stemmed from my own struggles with anxiety, depression, and other symptoms.
    During my late teens and early twenties, I was plagued with bouts of intense anxiety and depression which impacted my education, career, relationships and social life. I tried a variety of therapies; some helped a little, some were totally pointless. As I moved into my mid-twenties, my symptoms began to recede. I was intrigued and keen to understand what exactly it was that I had done that had contributed to my ‘recovery’ at that time. I’d been playing with breathing and getting out of my overly active mind, but there was more to it than that.
    At the time I was working as a psychologist in management consulting, so I decided to train in a variety of therapeutic modalities and opened my first therapy clinic in 1999. In the early 2000s I began working in partnership with a medical doctor and we pioneered a new mind-body approach for working with symptoms of chronic fatigue and pain and other medically unexplained symptoms.
    Working with hundreds of clients, reading, researching, and continuing to observe my own experience, helped me to gain real insights into how we construct our reality, and what really causes suffering and symptoms.
    I began to see that human beings are designed to flow. We are self-healing and self-correcting, our default setting is to thrive. When we experience symptoms and syndromes, or are struggling in some way, something is blocking our flow, there are obstacles in the way, the energy valve is partially closed. Peeling away the layers to reveal our authentic core facilitates a return to wellness, vitality and peace of mind.
    Life is and ebb and flow, with lessons and challenges. My struggles and strifes didn’t abandon me in my early twenties and as I got better at understanding the nature of experience, I could see in my own life that the layers and obstacles related to control, self-worth, resistance, sense of self, and, at a very deep level, how I saw myself in relation to the world around me.
    In most cases we see life as happening to us, we are victims of circumstance. Walking the path of energy-flow helps to open us to the realisation that life is flowing through us, we are life. As we do this the obstacles fall away and we begin to experience more of who we really are.
    My approach is to walk a path with my clients, maybe staying just one step ahead, applying the principles and practices together, on an experiential and ultimately transformational journey. I help my clients understand how their minds work. This goes beyond simple tools and techniques. As we begin to have a different perspective on who we are, we can shed who we are not. We can then break free from from the cage, the mental matrix with all the limiting beliefs, stories, narratives and conditioning that keep us shacked, operating in a limited version of ourselves.
    The aim is to help you experience all of you. To experience mental clarity, peace of mind and live with a real sense of personal freedom.
    Listen to Kyle's past Therapy Chat interviews here:
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    • 47 min
    305: Embodied Healing For Sexual Trauma with Erika Shershun

    305: Embodied Healing For Sexual Trauma with Erika Shershun

    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Erika Shershun, LMFT, a somatic trauma therapist in California who specializes in working with survivors of sexual trauma.
    In this episode you'll hear Erika, who is trained in EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, talk about the importance of embodiment - being present in our bodies - to the healing process and how sexual trauma can make it difficult to stay in our bodies. She discusses some of the common reactions to sexual trauma and explains how her book, Healing Sexual Trauma, offers daily practices for grounding, orienting, coming into safety and coming into presence. She even demonstrates an orienting practice she frequently uses with clients.
     
    Guest's Bio:
     
    Erika Shershun, LMFT is a somatic psychotherapist specializing in working with sexual trauma survivors. Her work is body based and trauma informed, incorporating neurobiology and EMDR to help ease and resolve symptoms. Passionate about getting the needed tools that eluded her for so long into the hands of all survivors, she wrote the Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook, released by New Harbinger in July, 2021. Drawing on the powerful mind-body techniques of somatic therapy, it’s a step-by-step guide to overcoming the physical and psychological effects of sexual trauma, increasing positive body awareness and restoring a sense of hope and vitality.
    Erika sees individual clients residing in California, and facilitates an ongoing weekly therapy group for female identified survivors at her practice in San Francisco (currently meeting remotely). A second specialization is working with artists, performers, and creatives. Erika welcomes and values diversity, including all races, sexualities, genders, body sizes, and abilities.
    Resources
    Find Erika's FREE e-book, The Many Ways to Ground, and purchase her workbook, The Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook, at: www.healingsexualtrauma.com. 
    Erika's therapy website is at: https://www.erikashershuntherapy.com/
    Follow Erika on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erikashershun 
    Thank you to this week's sponsors!
    Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. 
    Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farm
    workers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company.
    Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com. 
    Help us make Trauma Therapist Network the best resource it can be!
    Send a message about resources you think should be included in the Trauma Therapist Network Site using the form on this page.
    Looking for a trauma therapist or are you a trauma therapist wanting to join the network? Check it out at: www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts are also found on the site.
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    Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    • 42 min
    304: Brainspotting with Perinatal Trauma With Jana Glass

    304: Brainspotting with Perinatal Trauma With Jana Glass

    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this week's episode host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Jana Glass, LPC about how she uses Brainspotting with her clients who have perinatal trauma. 
    Jana Glass is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified in Addictions, Perinatal Mental Health, Brainspotting, and Telemental Health. She founded her private practice, Supportive Solutions, LLC, to support people healing from trauma, recovering from substance abuse, and improving Perinatal Mental Health including support with fertility challenges, miscarriage, stillbirths, difficult births, and Pre and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety disorders. Jana is passionate about serving the Perinatal Mental Health Community due to her own challenges faced on her journey to parenthood. She found personal healing through Brainspotting and is energized when educating helping professionals and birthgivers about this transformative approach.
    Jana is a Brainspotting Specialty trainer who conducts the two day Connecting the Rainbow: Brainspotting to Heal Perinatal Trauma Training. She provides group and individual consultation to Clinicians while helping them navigate the path to Brainspotting Certification. Jana also moderates a Facebook group for professionals called "Brainspotting and Perinatal Mental Health" to support and guide clinicians working with this vital population.
    Resources
    Jana can be contacted at www.supportivesolutionsga.com.
    Thank you to this week's sponsors!
    Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. 
    Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farm
    workers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company.
    Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com. 
    Help us make Trauma Therapist Network the best resource it can be!
    Send a message about resources you think should be included in the Trauma Therapist Network Site using the form on this page.
    Looking for a trauma therapist or are you a trauma therapist wanting to join the network? Check it out at: www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts are also found on the site.
    Follow Therapy Chat on Instagram
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    Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    • 42 min
    303: Attachment + Adoption With Amy Sugeno

    303: Attachment + Adoption With Amy Sugeno

    Welcome to episode 303 of the Therapy Chat Podcast with host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C. This week's episode features two previous fascinating conversations with Amy Sugeno, LCSW, PLLC.
    Amy explains that Eco Therapy can take many forms, including animal-assisted (for example, canine and equine) therapies, wilderness therapies, walk and talk therapy, horticulture therapy and clinical eco-therapy in an office, as well as many other possibilities. She explains that this is a depth-oriented type of psychotherapy which can be very powerful. Amy describes how she conducts an eco-therapy session what to wear and what a client can expect overall. She and Laura discuss the power dynamics of the therapy relationship and how Eco Therapy can help create a balance.
    For the past 10 years, Amy has worked to help people heal from trauma. Most of her work has been with adults and teens affected by interpersonal violence and sexual abuse. Over the years, she has also worked with people struggling with suicidal thoughts, self-harming behaviors, eating disorders, homelessness, chronic mental illness, and substance abuse.
    Thank you to this episode's sponsor, TherapyNotes. Get a 2-month free trial of TherapyNotes by going to www.TherapyNotes.com and using the promo code TherapyChat. 
    Resources
    http://www.amysugenocounseling.com/
    Thank you to this week's sponsors!
    Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. 
    Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farm
    workers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company.
    Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com. 
    Help us make Trauma Therapist Network the best resource it can be!
    Send a message about resources you think should be included in the Trauma Therapist Network Site using the form on this page.
    Looking for a trauma therapist or are you a trauma therapist wanting to join the network? Check it out at: www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts are also found on the site.
    Follow Therapy Chat on Instagram
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    Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    • 1 hr 40 min
    302: Looking Beneath The Surface At Child Behaviour With Dr. Mona Delahooke

    302: Looking Beneath The Surface At Child Behaviour With Dr. Mona Delahooke

    Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits her interview with Dr. Mona Delahooke, a child psychologist, blogger and author who is spreading the message that the behavioral approach to understanding children's behavior is missing two important pieces. In her book and her blog she shares how children's behavior reflects their internal experience and their attempts to get their needs met, including the primary need for safety and attachment and sensory needs. 
    Mona M. Delahooke, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist with a passion for supporting families and children. She has worked widely with multi- disciplinary teams in the area of developmental and emotional differences for over 20 years. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation and is a trainer and consultant to schools, public/private agencies and parents. Her blog and award winning book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges explains a new neurodevelopmental approach to childhood challenges for therapists, parents and teachers.
    Resources
    Want to learn more about what Dr. Mona Delahooke's doing? Her website is here.
    Find Mona's book, Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges on Amazon here! I recommend this book to parents daily, it is awesome!
    Thank you to this week's sponsors!
    Sunset Lake CBD is created on a small farm outside of Burlington, Vermont that is a producer for Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream. 
    Sunset Lake CBD customers support regenerative agriculture that preserves the health of the land and creates meaningful employment in the community. Farm
    workers are paid a living wage, and employees own the majority of the company.
    Therapy Chat listeners, get 20% off your entire order of Sunset Lake CBD products using promo code CHAT at www.sunsetlakecbd.com. 
    Help us make Trauma Therapist Network the best resource it can be!
    Send a message about resources you think should be included in the Trauma Therapist Network Site using the form on this page.
    Looking for a trauma therapist or are you a trauma therapist wanting to join the network? Check it out at: www.traumatherapistnetwork.com! Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts are also found on the site.
    Follow Therapy Chat on Instagram
    Follow Trauma Chat on Instagram
    Podcast produced by Pete Bailey - https://petebailey.net/audio

    • 46 min

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