92 episodes

Why am I anxious? How can I establish boundaries? What is holistic health? How can I fall back in love with myself? How do I regulate my emotions? How can I stop making myself miserable? Am I crazy? Why do I emotionally eat?

These are just a few of the big questions we will dive into on The Courageously.u Podcast. Your host, Tara Bixby, is an everyday girl who just happens to be a therapist. After struggling for years with emotion regulation, insecurities, self-doubt, and let's not forget anxiety, Tara finally took back control of her life, and now she's here to help you take back control of yours. She's basically the best friend you never knew you needed.

Through doses of tough love (heavy on the love), Tara and her guests will deliver tangible tips and tricks to help you break free from the beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you stuck. Shy away from courageous conversations? No way!

Get ready to have your world rocked because over here at courageously.u we get vulnerable, we get real, and boy do we get courageous. Have a question or topic you'd like covered on the show? Be sure to send an email to hello@courageouslyu.com.

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Why am I anxious? How can I establish boundaries? What is holistic health? How can I fall back in love with myself? How do I regulate my emotions? How can I stop making myself miserable? Am I crazy? Why do I emotionally eat?

These are just a few of the big questions we will dive into on The Courageously.u Podcast. Your host, Tara Bixby, is an everyday girl who just happens to be a therapist. After struggling for years with emotion regulation, insecurities, self-doubt, and let's not forget anxiety, Tara finally took back control of her life, and now she's here to help you take back control of yours. She's basically the best friend you never knew you needed.

Through doses of tough love (heavy on the love), Tara and her guests will deliver tangible tips and tricks to help you break free from the beliefs and behaviors that are keeping you stuck. Shy away from courageous conversations? No way!

Get ready to have your world rocked because over here at courageously.u we get vulnerable, we get real, and boy do we get courageous. Have a question or topic you'd like covered on the show? Be sure to send an email to hello@courageouslyu.com.

    87. Sean Gunderson: 17 Years as a Forensic Inmate

    87. Sean Gunderson: 17 Years as a Forensic Inmate

    Sean Gunderson is a survivor of nearly two decades of psychiatric detention. He found solace during those times by engaging in a daily spiritual practice rooted in meditation. Now free of the psychiatric system that detained him for his entire youth, he offers his insights on the mental health system in hopes of transforming it into what it is intended to be: a system where people who need help can go to truly heal.
    We chat about... 
    The intense spiritual experience he had at 17 years old How his spiritual experience led to him spending 17 years locked up in psychiatric facilities What Sean believes put his life into a tailspin  What his delusional thought processes looked like His parent's concerns and encouragement to seek help The event that led to Sean's arrest and the court proceedings that followed His daily struggle for survival and how sitting in jail worsened his delusions  The collateral damage of the criminal justice system  Whether or not anyone ever tried to explore the root cause of Sean's symptoms When Sean was unconditionally discharged after 17 years in the criminal justice system How Sean's using his experience to peacefully change the minds of those in the mental health field  ____________________________


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    86. Holly Richmond: Reclaiming Pleasure After Sexual Trauma

    86. Holly Richmond: Reclaiming Pleasure After Sexual Trauma

    Dr. Holly Richmond is a licensed marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, and she holds a Ph.D. in Somatic Psychology. This unique combination of professional credentials enables her to focus on clients’ cognitive processes as well as their somatic (body-based) health. Dr. Holly is one of North America’s leading sex therapists, serving women, men, couples, and gender-diverse individuals for relationship and sexuality issues. 

    She works from a sex-positive approach, meaning: “all sex is good sex as long as it’s consensual and pleasurable.” She is committed to helping her clients feel better—mind and body—not just behave differently. Dr. Holly’s latest book, Reclaiming Pleasure is a groundbreaking examination of both somatic and psychological factors in survivors’ recovery.

    We chat about... 
    What inspired Dr. Holly to write Reclaiming Pleasure  Some common emotional and physical impacts of sexual trauma  The connection between eating disorders and sexual trauma  How sexual trauma impacts relationships with others The four trauma responses  Being triggered during future intimacy  How shame can go inward after sexual trauma  The power of somatic therapy when healing from sexual trauma Whether or not sexual trauma can impact libido  What it looks like to be sexually healthy  How one can create a more passionate life after sexual trauma What Dr. Holly would say to someone who believes it’s too late to reclaim pleasure and passion ____________________________


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    • 43 min
    85. Wendy Behary: Disarming the Narcissist

    85. Wendy Behary: Disarming the Narcissist

    Wendy Behary specializes in treating narcissists and the people who live with and deal with them. With 25+ years of professional experience and advanced level certifications, Wendy is the founder and director of The Cognitive Therapy Center of New Jersey and The Schema Therapy Institutes of NJ-NYC-DC. She has been treating clients, training professionals, and supervising psychotherapists for more than 20 years.
    She is also a founding fellow and consulting supervisor for The Academy of Cognitive Therapy. Wendy served as the President of the Executive Board of the International Society of Schema Therapy and also served as their Training and Certification Coordinator. She currently serves as the chair of the Schema Therapy Development Programs Sub-Committee.
    Wendy has co-authored several chapters and articles on Schema Therapy and Cognitive Therapy. She is the author of an internationally bestselling book, "Disarming the Narcissist,” which has been translated into 15 languages. She also has a private practice primarily devoted to treating narcissists, partners/people dealing with them, and couples experiencing relationship problems.
    We chat about... 
    What inspired Wendy to work with narcissists What narcissism looks like How narcissism presents in men and women What it looks like to grow up with a narcissistic parent How to know you’re in a relationship with a narcissist Whether or not narcissists ever feel bad for their behavior How to have a conversation with a narcissist who always thinks everything is your fault Why you might be triggered by a narcissist The importance of being the narrator of your experience when speaking with a narcissist Why no one is immune to finding themself caught in the spell of a narcissist One of the hardest issues for people coming out of a relationship with a narcissist Hypersexual narcissism and what it looks like Co-parenting with a narcissist How do you cope if you have a narcissist in your life Whether or not narcissism can be successfully treated What Wendy would say to a therapist who’s struggling with a narcissistic client  
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    • 58 min
    Closet Conversations: I Just Want You to Be Informed

    Closet Conversations: I Just Want You to Be Informed

    Twenty-two years on a psych med! What?! Join me inside an all-new Closet Conversations where I process how one Instagram post left me feeling overwhelmed with emotion. I also discuss my intentions with speaking against the mental health model. At the end of the day, I just want you to be informed, my friend.
    If you love today's episode, I hope you’ll consider following the podcast and giving it a written review, and checking in with me on Instagram.
    Have a great listen, my friend!

    • 18 min
    84. David Healy: Psychiatric Medications - Friend or Foe?

    84. David Healy: Psychiatric Medications - Friend or Foe?

    David Healy is a psychiatrist, scientist, psychopharmacologist, and author. Before becoming a professor of Psychiatry in Wales, and more recently in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University in Canada, he studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. 

    He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and has authored more than 220 peer-reviewed articles and 25 books, including The Antidepressant Era, The Creation of Psychopharmacology, Let Them Eat Prozac, Mania, and Pharmageddon. 

    David’s main areas of research are clinical trials in psychopharmacology, the history of psychopharmacology, and the impact of both trials and psychotropic drugs on our culture. 

    David has been involved as an expert witness in homicide and suicide trials involving psychotropic drugs, and in bringing problems with these drugs to the attention of American and European regulators, as well as raising awareness of how pharmaceutical companies sell drugs by marketing diseases and co-opting academic opinion-leaders, ghost-writing their articles.

    And that’s not all. David is also a founder and CEO of Data Based Medicine Limited, which operates through its website RxISK.org, dedicated to making medicines safer through online direct patient reporting of drug side effects. 
    We chat about... 
    Ghostwriting in scientific research Why his job is knowing when not to prescribe medications How little is known about SSRI’s and what they do Why the negative side of medications needs to be recognized too The impact of taking SSRI’s while pregnant Why people are failing to see that psych meds can be both good and bad How psychiatric medications affect the brain and ability to make love Where doctors are going wrong with prescribing David's thoughts on the chemical imbalance theory How SSRI’s are not correcting anything How medications have become sacramental Why doctors need to wake up to the problems pills are causing ____________________________


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    • 1 hr 15 min
    83. Aimee Raupp: Improve Fertility, Get Pregnant Faster, and Awaken Your Healthiest Life

    83. Aimee Raupp: Improve Fertility, Get Pregnant Faster, and Awaken Your Healthiest Life

    Aimee Raupp is a renowned women’s health & fertility expert, celebrity acupuncturist, and coach. She’s also the best-selling author of the books Chill Out & Get Healthy, Yes, You Can Get Pregnant, Body Belief, and The Egg Quality Diet: A clinically proven 100-day fertility diet to balance hormones, reduce inflammation, improve egg quality & optimize your ability to get & stay pregnant.

    Aimee works virtually with clients all over the world. She’s also a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in private practice in New York and Connecticut. Aimee holds a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Rutgers University. She is also the founder of the Aimee Raupp Beauty line of hand-crafted, organic skincare products that are optimized for hormone harmony. 

    We chat about... 
    Aimee's thoughts on why so many women struggle to get pregnant The two most common reasons for fertility challenges  The difference between how Western medicine and Chinese medicine approach fertility The role emotional inflammation plays in fertility  How to feel like you're still living while also amplifying health and fertility  The four phases of the Egg Quality Diet How long it takes for the body to reset itself   Why you need to stop giving your power away when it comes to healing your health  The number one thing we need for fertility  Why you need to stop using the word infertility  The importance of exploring the emotional "why" behind why you want a baby  Why you want a warm uterus as opposed to a cold one  The power of connecting to the spirit of the child before they come through  Why you have every right to grieve the fact that your life didn’t work out exactly how you thought it would ____________________________


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