34 episodes

We are family therapists hoping to help hard-working parents and guardians understand the insanity of family life in light of psychological theory and research. This means that we tell embarrassing stories about our kids and then explain what the real experts would say. Join us as we analyze everything from talking to your kids about sex, raising kids during a pandemic and all the normal stressors too. Come take a seat on our couch!

Podcast Therapists Virginia Family Therapy

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 61 Ratings

We are family therapists hoping to help hard-working parents and guardians understand the insanity of family life in light of psychological theory and research. This means that we tell embarrassing stories about our kids and then explain what the real experts would say. Join us as we analyze everything from talking to your kids about sex, raising kids during a pandemic and all the normal stressors too. Come take a seat on our couch!

    [REWIND] How We Explain Anxiety to Kids and Families

    [REWIND] How We Explain Anxiety to Kids and Families

    It’s that time of the year again: school is up and running, the holidays are coming up and anxiety is on the rist in both kids and families. That’s why we decided to rerelease our favorite and most listened-to podcast episode today. It’s the one we send out to our clients the most because we know how helpful it is. 
     
    In this episode we talk about how we explain anxiety in all its glory to the kids and families that walk through our door. If you or your child worries, gets grumpy, is a perfectionist, puts tons of pressure on themselves, or has difficulty sleeping— this is the podcast for you! We discuss the relationship between anxiety, sensitivity, empathy, motivation, and super powers all in this one episode. We also reveal a little about how anxiety/sensitivity impacts our own lives, because we wouldn’t be therapists without it! 
     
    Have a listen and come over to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know your thoughts. We always love hearing from you!
     
    You can find our full show notes here.
    http://www.podcasttherapists.com/episode/rewind-explain-anxiety/

    • 45 min
    LGBTQ+: How To Respond When Your Child Is Coming Out To You

    LGBTQ+: How To Respond When Your Child Is Coming Out To You

    Today’s generation of teens is incredibly accepting of each other, and families, parents are more accepting too. Both this and even the pandemic are resulting in kids coming out earlier than even a few years ago. 
     
    But what’s the best way to respond when your kid (or your friend’s kid) comes out to you? Chances are big, you’ve never been in that situation before, so it’s normal you don’t know the best way to respond. Maybe you’re expecting to have this conversation in the (near) future or maybe not at all. Maybe you’ve already had this conversation and you’re not sure whether you’ve handled it right. We think this episode with an overview of do’s and don’ts is an important one for every parent out there to make our kids’ coming-out moments smoother and easier. 
     
    Have a listen and come over to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know your thoughts. We always love hearing from you!
     
    Full show notes: http://www.podcasttherapists.com/episode/lgbtq-coming-out/

    • 37 min
    Pandemic-Related Grief With Jesse Dice, LCSW

    Pandemic-Related Grief With Jesse Dice, LCSW

    Today we’re bringing Virginia Family Therapy’s very own Jesse Dice onto the podcast. We talk about how Jesse sees pandemic-related grief impacting parents and kids at this stage of the pandemic. How are we still grieving at this point and how is this grief impacting where we are today?
    Have a listen and come over to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know your thoughts. We always love hearing from you!
    Full show notes: http://www.podcasttherapists.com/episode/pandemic-related-grief/

    • 42 min
    For Teenagers: Here’s How Therapists See Mental Health at This Stage of the Pandemic

    For Teenagers: Here’s How Therapists See Mental Health at This Stage of the Pandemic

    This week we’re speaking directly to the teens. 
     
    If you’re dreading going to school, school feels empty, you’re feeling disconnected from friends or socializing and school in general are feeling hard, we want you to know that this is completely normal and you’re not alone. 
     
    Give us 15 minutes of your time and we’ll share with you what we as therapists see in our practice every day, where the things you’re feeling might be coming from and the next steps you can take. 
    Have a listen and come over to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know your thoughts. We always love hearing from you!
    Full show notes: http://www.podcasttherapists.com/episode/teenagers-mental-health/
     

    • 16 min
    The Adventure of Fatherhood: Strategies for Connection With Jason Frishman, Psy.D.

    The Adventure of Fatherhood: Strategies for Connection With Jason Frishman, Psy.D.

    After all your positive responses to our first interview with Jason Frishman on fatherhood a few weeks ago, we’re bringing him back on today.
     
    Today he shares with us the tools he gives fathers to help them stay more connected to their families. These tools include ways to find your core values and how to make sure you’re being led by them but also figuring out what is getting in the way of living from your core values.  
     
    We can't wait for you to hear Jason's incredible insights!
     
    Tune in and let us know what your think on Facebook or Instagram. We always love hearing from you!
     
    Full show notes: http://www.podcasttherapists.com/episode/fatherhood-strategies-for-connection/

    • 36 min
    Pandemic Flux in Teens: Why It’s So Hard

    Pandemic Flux in Teens: Why It’s So Hard

    Our teens are particularly vulnerable to pandemic flux. Remember how we introduced this term to you in last week's episode? Short recap: blunted emotions, spikes in anxiety or depression, and the need to make drastic changes in your life. Since our teens are still figuring out who they are exactly, pandemic flux can be very confusing for them. Combine this with the negative narrative that's often paired with this and your teenager might be left having thoughts like: “This must be who I am. I must not be cut out for this”.
    We walk you through what pandemic flux looks like in teens, why they are particularly vulnerable, the effect of pandemic flux on your family system, and how you can support your teen when they're experiencing pandemic flux.
    Have a listen and come over to our Facebook or Instagram and let us know your thoughts. We always love hearing from you!
    Full show notes: http://www.podcasttherapists.com/episode/pandemic-flux-in-teens/

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
61 Ratings

61 Ratings

Emily M, Parent Coach ,

Great Resource for Parents!

I love all the tools and strategies that Podcast Therapists share! The examples are super helpful as are both the concrete and more subtle skills introduced. I share this resource with my parent coaching clients regularly.

VA Counselor Mom ,

#1 School Counselor/Parent Resource

I look forward to new episodes of this podcast - both professionally & personally! I keep recommending it to parents & friends. Content is right on current trends and addressing so many of the common struggles I see in my students at school & at home. Keep up the fantastic work Podcast Therapists!

kimbercoho ,

Fantastic podcast

This podcast is so informative and helpful to all ages. It’s also funny and entertaining. I learn many things every time and feel extra motivated and validated!

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