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Take charge of your thoughts, take charge of your life! On Love & Life, Dr. Karin explores research-based methods for happy, hopeful, positive living! She delves into all the good stuff—how to have true intimacy in romantic relationships, more meaningful friendships, healthier family connections, and more fulfilling careers. Each episode leaves listeners with a Love & Life Hack—a quick fix to improve your emotional wellness TODAY! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

Love & Life with Dr. Karin Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell

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    • 5.0 • 115 Ratings

Take charge of your thoughts, take charge of your life! On Love & Life, Dr. Karin explores research-based methods for happy, hopeful, positive living! She delves into all the good stuff—how to have true intimacy in romantic relationships, more meaningful friendships, healthier family connections, and more fulfilling careers. Each episode leaves listeners with a Love & Life Hack—a quick fix to improve your emotional wellness TODAY! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

    How to Have a GREAT Relationship: Dan and I Tell All! Ep. 139

    How to Have a GREAT Relationship: Dan and I Tell All! Ep. 139

    Recently, I posted a poll on Instagram asking if you had any questions or topics you wanted Dan and me to discuss on the program. You had a LOT to say and today we respond to you questions and concerns in an episode devoted to how to have a GREAT relationship. Specifically, we cover:


    What do men worry about when dating? What were Dan’s concerns?
    Do men really change for a woman if she’s The One?
    How dating in your late 30s/early 40s differs from dating earlier in life.
    How Dan and I met (for more on this, check out episode 46).
    How our relationship progressed—did we date other people while dating each other?  Did we know we were dating other people? Were we jealous about these other relationships?
    Why we decided to choose to be exclusive with each other (for more on this, check out episode 89).

    We received so many questions, we decided to make this a two-part series.

    Dr. Karin

    Website: http://loveandlifemedia.com

    Instagram: @dr.karin


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    • 28 min
    Let’s Talk Therapy! with Eli Weinstein, LCSW Ep. 138

    Let’s Talk Therapy! with Eli Weinstein, LCSW Ep. 138

    There’s still a bit of mystery—and sometimes, stigma—surrounding psychotherapy, so I’m starting an occasional series called, “Let’s Talk Therapy!”  In these episodes we’ll pull back the curtain and provide the inside scoop on what counseling is all about! Today, Eli Weinstein, LCSW, shares his professional and personal journey as a social worker and therapist. Join us as we discuss:


    The lingering stigma surrounding mental health.
    The “dream” of treating emotional health with the same frequency as our physical health.
    Why saying “I’m having a panic attack!” when you’re actually just nervous, is problematic for ourselves and others.
    The relationship between your health insurance provider and therapist.
    What therapists can do to see their clients more objectively.
    What YOU can do to be sure you pick the right counselor for you!

    We wrap up with Eli’s philosophy on dating, relationships, and marriage—some of our fav Love & Life topics!



    Eli Weinstein, LCSW

    Website: https://www.elivation.org/



    Dr. Karin

    Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/

    Instagram: @dr.karin


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    • 39 min
    Thriving After Trauma! with Shari Botwin, LCSW Ep. 137

    Thriving After Trauma! with Shari Botwin, LCSW Ep. 137

    No one makes it through childhood unscathed—and for some, childhood consists of multiple traumatic events. We carry these wounds with us as we step into adulthood—at which point, we may hope to just survive. But can we actually THRIVE after trauma? Shari Botwin, LCSW, joins me to talk about her book, Thriving After Trauma:  Stories of Living and Healing. Shari discusses her own childhood trauma and the steps she took to move through pain and move toward wholeness and health. We talk specifically about the shame inherent to trauma, how to find an appropriate therapist to assist you in your journey, and ways to feel empowered despite years of feeling disempowered. Shari’s story and wisdom will inspire you to believe in the possibility of thriving after trauma!



    Shari Botwin, LCSW

    Website: http://www.sharibotwin.com/

    Instagram: @warriorbotwin7

    Warrior Women Speak Podcast: https://anchor.fm/shari-botwin 

    Book: http://www.rowman.com/ISBN/9781538125601/Thriving-After-Trauma-Stories-of-Living-and-Healing 

    Use discount code 20RLFANDF30 at checkout for 30% off%!



    Dr. Karin

    Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/

    Instagram: @dr.karin


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    How to Choose Well When Picking a Partner! Anita Stoudmire, MA, LPC Ep. 136

    How to Choose Well When Picking a Partner! Anita Stoudmire, MA, LPC Ep. 136

    Relationships don’t have to be so difficult—they can actually be fluid and even EASY! But they definitely can’t be easy if we pick unhealthy, toxic partners. And all too often, we’re completely unaware as to why we keep attracting—and being attracted to—dysfunctional people in the first place. For years, Anita Stoudmire chose men who were incapable of being the partner she desired. Eventually, she’d had enough disappointment and frustration. Anita began to unpack the dynamics causing her to choose poorly. She joins me to explain how she fixed her “picker” and finally learned to choose well!



    Anita Stoudmire, MA, LPC

    Website: http://www.betterlovemovement.com/

    Instagram: @betterlovemovement



    Dr. Karin

    Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/

    Instagram: @dr.karin


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    • 55 min
    Why Core Values are the Secret to a Happy Relationship! Ep. 135

    Why Core Values are the Secret to a Happy Relationship! Ep. 135

    One question I often receive is, “I know ‘core values’ are important in relationships, but to be honest, I’m not sure I actually know what mine are.” In this episode, we discuss the definition of core values and how we can identify the ones that matter most to us. Furthermore, we explore how clarifying our core values not only allows us to better understand ourselves, but also prepares us to recognize our person! We wrap up the episode discussing the psych research surrounding core values and how our values set a foundation for successful, fulfilling relationships!



    Sources:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/click-here-happiness/201807/39-core-values-and-how-live-them

    https://www.marriage.com/advice/relationship/relationship-values-every-couple-must-have/



    Dr. Karin

    Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/

    Instagram: @dr.karin


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    • 39 min
    How Can I Ever Learn to Trust Again? And More of Your Questions! Ep. 134

    How Can I Ever Learn to Trust Again? And More of Your Questions! Ep. 134

    It’s hard to trust when our heart has been broken multiple times. We get jaded and bitter. We build up a wall of protection. We worry we’ll never be able to trust anyone ever again. This week I answer 3 listeners’ questions. One listener asks exactly this: How can I trust again after being cheated on multiple times and spending 9 years in a toxic relationship? Another listener wonders if she should change her name now that she’s divorced. She’s concerned because she has 3 school aged children and although she’d like to step away from her ex’s name, she’s concerned about how her children might feel should their mom have a different last name. The final question is from a woman wondering how to respond to an ex’s new gf who insists on bad-mouthing her to their mutual friends.

    Dr. Karin

    Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/

    Instagram: @dr.karin


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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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115 Ratings

115 Ratings

RisewithKM ,

It’s like free therapy

Incredible content! It’s like a free therapy session every time I listen. I am so appreciative for all of the thought-provoking conversations and the advice provided. Thank you!

everTraveler ,

Smart. Authentic. Impactful.

I came across Dr. Karin several years ago and I consistently have been impressed with her body of work - all her content is deeply rooted in research and she has an uncanny way of articulating big, complex psychology topics in a way that you can relate to and apply in daily life. Her podcast (and Instagram account) are worth a follow - she is the real deal!! Grateful for you Dr. Karin - thank you for sharing your gifts with us!!!

therapistmom14 ,

Refreshing

I wish I would have had this podcast when I was single! Dr. Karin is such an encouragement for women in all seasons of life. She is warm and authentic and so are her guests. As a counselor, I have found such value in recommending my clients to this podcast for extra encouragement and perspective.

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