The Girl Above Podcast brings counselors, speakers and the testimonies of young women into the room to candidly share their inspirational wisdom and bold advice on the issues plaguing women today. Krista Van Allen digs deep into the issues related primarily to teen girls, the mother-daughter relationship, and the importance of rooted identity. Krista Van Allen is a teacher, communicator, life coach and the founder of Girl Above in Denver, Colorado.
Conflict Resolution: Establishing Emotional Safety
Today we speak with Alex A. Avila, MA, LPC, NCC, ACS, CACI, CBCP, CSAT. Alex works with families and marriages. This episode discusses how to build emotional safety in the relationship with your adolescent.
Preparing to Send your Teen to College
In this interview, we speak with Alisa Shanks PhD, Director of the Larry J Crabb Center for University Counseling. We discuss what it looks like to transition into parenting college students and what it looks like for parents to support their students while also "letting go."
Adolescents and Porn Addiction
In this episode, we learn from Kirk Samuels, porn recovery expert, on the effects of porn on today's youth as well as how to discuss the topic with your kids.
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Body Image and Adolescent Girls with Allison McNeal (Psychotherapist)
In this episode, we talk with therapist, Allison McNeal, to discuss the topic of body image and what makes for a healthy body image, an unhealthy body image, and how parents can engage the conversation of healthy body image with their daughters.
Allison is a Psychotherapist with Southwest Counseling Associates. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the West Chester University of Pennsylvania and later continued on to earn her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Denver Seminary. She has fourteen years of Christian youth ministry experience within the church, parachurch, and camp settings.
Allison has training in individual, family, and group therapy. She specializes in body image and eating disorders, depression, anxiety, sexuality and gender identity, phase of life transitions, and identity issues. Allison utilizes a client-centered approach to treatment as she joins with clients to help them achieve personal growth and reach their goals.
Allison has been married to her husband, Taylor, for seven years. They are enjoying living in Colorado after moving here in 2013 from Pennsylvania. She loves hiking and backpacking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Email Allison at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attachment Styles and Knowing Your Own Story
Tricia is a National Certified Counselor and has an MA in clinical mental health. She sees clients in Littleton and lives in Denver, Colorado. Before being a therapist, she worked as an advocate for an inner-city youth organization, as a backpacking guide, and as a hotel manager. She utilizes this broad experience to now helping teens, their moms, adults, and many women lead fulfilling lives. She’s helped countless individuals learn that it is not sustainable to live without acknowledging personal needs and how to be appropriately honest and vulnerable while still maintaining a sense of inner strength, resilience, and courage.
Email Tricia: email@example.com
Shame vs. Worthiness In Teen Culture
Mental Health professional, Virginia Hood talks with us about how teenagers today are struggling to believe they are "enough" in a culture that tells them they must be extraordinary. Pushing back against the culture means learning to engage the world from a place of worthiness instead of shame.