The Counseling Corner will be featuring expert interviews from both psychologists, psychotherapists and coaches from Coral Gables Counseling Center and from other experts and resources in the community. The interviews will include topics such as relationships, phobias, fears, traumas, attachment issues, women's issues, health and wellness and child development, among other topics.
In this episode, Courtney Waugh, LMFT, a former athlete herself, discusses athletes' high-level performance and mindset. She explains what happens mentally to athletes when they are no longer playing. She discusses how they feel disconnected in life and the necessity of having a plan B. Courtney further explains how you can be someone who not only loves the game but enjoys playing it for fun. She also discusses the mental difference between the high-performance player and the one that plays for fun. They also discuss the importance of their clients checking in with themselves on time off, sleep, going out with friends.
You can listen to another podcast featuring Courtney where she discusses parallels in Sports and Life at the link below:
To learn more about Courtney, Gabi and Emy you can visit their website page at
58. When to Stay and When to Leave
In this episode, Dr. Giardina discusses with Gabi and Emy knowing when to stay or leave a relationship. The inspiration for this podcast came from Maren Morris’ song, “The Bones.” Does your relationship have a strong foundation and good bones and is the problem only paint peeling or is the foundation cracked? Throughout this podcast, they compare the foundation of a house to relationships.
They also talk about how it’s important to leave time between relationships to create the space to heal.
To learn more about Dr. Todd Giardina, Gabriela Reyes, RMFT and Emy Fernandez, MBA Life Coach, you can visit their links below:
Following is a link to Maren Morris’ song “The Bones” the inspiration for this podcast:
Episode 57 Journey into Spirituality
Natalie Ortega takes us through her path of self-discovery in her spirituality. She was raised in the Catholic faith however, as an adult she reached a crossroads in her faith. And, so her journey began with the possibility of progression into a faith that she can reconcile with.
Natalie, Lucia, and Emy also discuss Parker J. Palmer’s On the Brink Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old. Each of them gives their perspective on Life, Death, and Spirituality.
Natalie also includes her ideas and notions about faith and doing it her way as she says below:
“Specifically, reading On the Brink, allowed me to realize that it was natural if Christianity’s Christology didn’t square with my thinking, and similarly that it was okay if I took in tenants from other religious beliefs and philosophies and excluded the ones that didn’t sit well with me. And although for decades I was irked that I couldn’t quite say that my faith was strong, now I see that whether it is strong or weak is not necessarily the point. Even if its ebb looks like overturned mountain peaks and its flow is minimal progression, the idea is that embracing the process itself IS the PRIZE. That is the actual “progression”!
For more on Lucia Fernandez Silveira, LMFT and Emy Fernandez, MBA, Life Coach follow the links below:
Resources discussed are:
On the Brink Everything: Grace, Gravity and Getting Old, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B4LQW6Z/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
The Book of Joy, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HIO5SK2/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Man’s Search for Meaning, https://www.audible.com/ep/title-plus/?asin=B002V0QUOC&source_code=GO1GB13305272090NE&device=d&cvosrc=ppc.google.mans%20search%20for%20meaning&cvo_campaign=11779413571&cvo_crid=490211997036&Matchtype=e&ds_rl=1261256&gclid=Cj0KCQjw2tCGBhCLARIsABJGmZ7jzktmm4q5ECMXewxH_GIs3L0wYxUQgkeSlhqR25gSQPAGIcCMwSQaAhpbEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Episode 56 Sex and Health
In this episode, Emy and Gabi dig in with Nikki on the benefits of sexual activity, including your mental and physical health.
Nikki discusses scheduling sex to make sure it’s incorporated into your life. Nikki emphasizes that it’s not just about intercourse, but also touching and kissing. They discuss how body image, no time, no energy, and how other thoughts interfere with our sexual activity. They look at being present in the moment when engaging in sex and intimacy.
They end by leaving you with tips and recommendations to work on.
This podcast was developed from a blog that Nikki wrote. Link below
Gabi brings up a Ted Talk by Esther Perel
To learn more about Nicole Herdocia Oria, Gabriela Reyes, RMFT, and Emy Fernandez, MBA Life Coach, visit their links below:
Episode 55 Life Coaching Moms with Anastasiya Rusilka
In this podcast, Life Coaches, Emy Fernandez and Anastasiya Rusilka discuss life coaching. Anastasiya talks about her practice and working with moms. Being a mom, she understands her clients. She works with both moms that work inside and outside the home. Anastasiya talks with Emy about her processes and techniques with her clients. They discuss how they work with moms on how to say no and put themselves first. Anastasiya explains how moms go out and buy all the books on parenting. However, if moms don’t work on themselves first, then they’re not going to be able to help anyone else.
If you are not sure what life coaching is, this episode offers a clear picture of it. Anastasiya and Emy also explain the difference between therapy and life coaching. This episode is for anyone experiencing obstacles in their lives keeping them from moving forward. If you are curious whether coaching is for you or not, reach out to our office to schedule a consult.
To learn more about Anastasiya and Emy, visit their pages below:
Episode 54 Parallels in Life and Sports
In this episode returning guest, Courtney Waugh brings in her past as a college basketball player and her present as a therapist and talks about the parallels between life and sports. They discuss when we’re living life in flow is the same as when athletes enter a state of flow when they’re playing. Courtney explains the mental work both in sports and life. She explains how perfectionism can be more detrimental to us in life and to athletes in sports.
They discuss in-depth perfectionism and vulnerability. How athletes deal with vulnerability when they make mistakes in front of an audience. Gabi compares it with her experience when she does Yoga and Emy when she plays tennis. This episode applies to everyone regardless of whether you're an athlete or not.
To work with Courtney, Gabi or Emy you can reach them by calling the office at 305-445-0477.
For more information on Courtney, Gabi and Emy you can visit their page at: