19 episodes

Are you tired of feeling alone on your journey of being a parent and having to juggle so much between work, family, and managing all of the things?

Is it hard to remember a time when you felt happiness and joy because you are constantly overwhelmed by life’s demands?

Do you long for a deeper connection with your partner, kids, and parents and wish you had a supportive community to help you navigate this challenging season of life?

I am so glad you are here!

This podcast will provide you with real life stories, neuroscience-backed strategies, and practical skills to help you feel less alone on your journey toward greater joy, authenticity, and improved mental and relational well-being.

Hi, I’m Jen Alley. I’m a wife, a mom, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a coffee fanatic. Just like you, I am trying to figure it all out as I navigate this one messy and beautiful life I have been given. I know that even good lives come with challenges including parenting struggles, trying to stay close to your partner in the grind of life, trauma, grief, addiction, relationship difficulties, and aging parents just to name a few. I have been guilty of trying to get through the hard times alone and presenting a polished exterior while struggling on the inside.

Over the years, I’ve learned that perfectionism is isolating, that we are meant to be in community, and that vulnerability can be connecting and healing. I’m excited to share therapeutic concepts, brain science, and real life stories with you to help you better understand yourself and to improve the relationships that matter most to you.

If you are ready for actionable strategies, tools, and skills to feel more present and less stressed…

Authentic stories that help you feel less alone in your journey…

And research, therapeutic concepts, and neuroscience made accessible to help you navigate your struggles and relationships with more ease…

Throw on your tennis shoes for a walk or grab your own cup of coffee and let’s get started!

PS. This podcast is not therapy, but it is a great adjunct to therapy. Life is hard. Let’s do it together!

A Mental Health Podcast: Between The Two Of Us | Relationships, Anxiety, Trauma, Self-Care, Neurodivergence Jen Alley, Therapist

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Are you tired of feeling alone on your journey of being a parent and having to juggle so much between work, family, and managing all of the things?

Is it hard to remember a time when you felt happiness and joy because you are constantly overwhelmed by life’s demands?

Do you long for a deeper connection with your partner, kids, and parents and wish you had a supportive community to help you navigate this challenging season of life?

I am so glad you are here!

This podcast will provide you with real life stories, neuroscience-backed strategies, and practical skills to help you feel less alone on your journey toward greater joy, authenticity, and improved mental and relational well-being.

Hi, I’m Jen Alley. I’m a wife, a mom, a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a coffee fanatic. Just like you, I am trying to figure it all out as I navigate this one messy and beautiful life I have been given. I know that even good lives come with challenges including parenting struggles, trying to stay close to your partner in the grind of life, trauma, grief, addiction, relationship difficulties, and aging parents just to name a few. I have been guilty of trying to get through the hard times alone and presenting a polished exterior while struggling on the inside.

Over the years, I’ve learned that perfectionism is isolating, that we are meant to be in community, and that vulnerability can be connecting and healing. I’m excited to share therapeutic concepts, brain science, and real life stories with you to help you better understand yourself and to improve the relationships that matter most to you.

If you are ready for actionable strategies, tools, and skills to feel more present and less stressed…

Authentic stories that help you feel less alone in your journey…

And research, therapeutic concepts, and neuroscience made accessible to help you navigate your struggles and relationships with more ease…

Throw on your tennis shoes for a walk or grab your own cup of coffee and let’s get started!

PS. This podcast is not therapy, but it is a great adjunct to therapy. Life is hard. Let’s do it together!

    18: Struggling or Going Through Something Hard? Here Are Tips to Get You Through.

    18: Struggling or Going Through Something Hard? Here Are Tips to Get You Through.

    We all go through tough times. When we are having a hard time, it is easy to want to numb out, withdraw, or ruminate. This episode provides strategies to help you navigate the difficult or uncertain seasons of life. 
     
    Next steps:Visit me at www.jenalley.comFollow me on Instagram @jen.alley.therapistReview this episode!Thanks for listening!
     
    Resource: 
    Episode 6: Emotions: What They Are, Why They Matter, and How to Navigate Them

    • 16 min
    17: Want to Feel More Creative & Energized and Less Anxious or Depressed? Try this.

    17: Want to Feel More Creative & Energized and Less Anxious or Depressed? Try this.

    In a world that values productivity and checking things off of the to do list, it can feel like we don't have time to rest. Studies show, though, that we don't have time NOT to rest.

    Rest (while we are awake) can take many forms, but the main idea is that we move from an external focused state where we are DOING to an inward state where we are BEING. Whether it is active rest or more passive rest like sitting on the couch meditating, it is vital for brain health as well as boosting creativity, problem solving, and energy that we take breaks to rest.

    If rest feels weird or unsafe for you, it may take practice getting used to not actively doing something or taking in information from a screen to distract you from your internal world. You also may need support from an experiential therapist to help move rest from feeling less okay to more okay.

    Please also listen to Episode 6 which explores emotions as well as Episode 4 on self-compassion for more information.

    You also might check out this Ted Talk and article on the seven types of rest that every person needs.

    Next steps:
    Visit me at www.jenalley.com
    Follow me on Instagram @jen.alley.therapist
    Review this episode!
    Thanks for listening!

    • 13 min
    16: I Feel Lonely and Disconnected. What Can I Do About It?

    16: I Feel Lonely and Disconnected. What Can I Do About It?

    In this episode, we explore the pathway to connection and leaning into vulnerability in order to feel less alone and more fulfilled in our relationships.

    Nearly 60% of the US adult population reports feeling lonely on a regular basis. Loneliness may be a huge public health threat regarding the impact it has on our minds and bodies.

    In thinking about the causes of loneliness, I think that America’s value of rugged individualism in addition to social media, technology, and busyness are all contributing factors. We often don’t have time or make time for connection and when we do, it is shallow.

    It takes spending both quality and quantity time with people to really build relationship, to trust, and to know the ins and outs of one another’s lives. For those of us who were in college pre-iPhone, think back to your days at university. If you had a core group of friends, you likely spent tons of time studying, making food, exercising, and just hanging out with one another. This led to closeness and deep connection.

    While adulthood already presents challenges to this type of relationship because of increasing responsibilities and less dedicated time, I think the iPhone, streaming services like Netflix, and technology at large has made us even more distant and less connected to our neighbors and community members. Social media also paints idyllic pictures of the avatar that people want to present to the world- a polished version of oneself. Consequently, we are often comparing our insides to others’ outsides and are even less likely to be open and vulnerable with others. And, without quality time and trust, it is even less likely that we will be vulnerable in the relationships that we do have.

    I believe that one of the anecdotes to this is being more real and honest about the things that are happening in our lives and who we are. It takes courage to be vulnerable or to be the first person to say, “I am struggling.” Or, “This hard thing is happening.” But when it is met with compassion and connection, we feel less alone, more connected, happier, and healthier.

    Today’s episode on A Mental Health Podcast, Between the Two of Us, explores the power of vulnerability in our relationships. It can be found on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

    Resources:
    Brené Brown's Ted Talk, The Power of Vulnerability

    • 14 min
    15: Tips for Learning Your Nervous System and How to Move Back Into Regulation to Handle Life’s Stressors

    15: Tips for Learning Your Nervous System and How to Move Back Into Regulation to Handle Life’s Stressors

    The "window of tolerance" is a concept commonly used in psychology and mental health to describe an optimal state of arousal where a person is best able to manage stressors and emotions effectively. It's essentially a zone where you feel safe, regulated, and capable of dealing with whatever life throws your way.

    Our window fluctuates based on many factors and se all move outside of our window of tolerance at times. Certain emotions or situations may cause you to repeatedly move outside of your window. Techniques like mindfulness, grounding exercises, and therapy can help you widen your window of tolerance and develop resilience in the face of adversity.

    Resources:
    Window of Tolerance Image and Description (NICABM)

    • 21 min
    14: Getting Real About The Discomfort of Growth and Change

    14: Getting Real About The Discomfort of Growth and Change

    If you lived to be 78, the average age of death, how many years do you have left? That might sound morbid, but I think there is something powerful about helping us to prioritize and be intentional with our lives and relationships when we are reminded of its brevity.

    Many of the things that we want for our lives require us stepping outside of our comfort zone. Most things that are worth doing and having (from a good relationship to scaling a mountain to finally owning that dream lake house) come through intention, hard work, and some discomfort.

    What is important to you? As Mary Oliver surmises, “Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one and precious life?”

    If you want help identifying what is important to you and how to be more intentional, here is a free resource for you!

    • 12 min
    13: How Do I Talk With My Kids About Body Safety And Try To Keep Them Safe From Sexual Abuse?

    13: How Do I Talk With My Kids About Body Safety And Try To Keep Them Safe From Sexual Abuse?

    Child sexual abuse is a significant health issue with lasting impact for survivors. Over 90% of perpetrators are someone that child knows and is familiar with. We are all responsible for teaching our children about their bodies, boundaries, and creating as much safety as possible within our own homes and communities. This week’s podcast is all about how to talk with your children about their bodies, ok versus not ok touch, body boundaries, and helping you as the caregiver identify grooming behaviors.

    Resources & Further Reading:
    https://www.cfchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/resources/child-abuse-prevention/docs/all-ages-sexual-abuse-prevention-conversation-guide.pdf
    https://www.rainn.org/articles/how-can-i-protect-my-child-sexual-assault
    https://www.safeaustin.org/get-help/child-safety/
    https://bravehearts.org.au/about-child-sexual-abuse/what-are-the-signs-of-child-sexual-abuse/
    https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/can/CSA-Factsheet_508.pdf
    https://childmind.org/article/10-ways-to-teach-your-child-the-skills-to-prevent-sexual-abuse/
    On Instagram:
    @cacoftexas
    @jennaquinnlove
    Books:
    Let's Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect: Teach children about body ownership, respect, feelings, choices and recognizing bullying behaviors
    My Body Belongs To Me From My Head to My Toes
    Body Boundaries Make Me Stronger
    Yes! No! A First Conversation About Consent
    Body Safety Book for Kids
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Heather O'Brien ,

Awesome tips!

It was so good to hear some practical tips I can apply when I need to ground myself! Thank you for this valuable resource!

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Great research-backed mental health information

Love the information Jen gives, and the care and consideration in which she shares it. Knowing her personally, I know the thought & heart that goes into serving others through this podcast. Highly recommend for all those who are care about their own mental health- or the mental health of their loved ones!

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