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With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages.  Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology and clinical psychopharmacology. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.

Psychology America with Dr. Alexandra Dr. Alexandra, Psychologist

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    • 4.9 • 47 Ratings

With warmth, heart and a respect for science, Dr. Alexandra and her guests explore questions that come up at all life stages.  Dr. Alexandra is a mother of four and an expert in family systems psychology and clinical psychopharmacology. Through interesting exchanges with her guests, Dr. Alexandra brings new learning, stories and good company to listeners.

    Beth Rom-Rymer on Rabbi Hillel, How to get Big Things Done and the Robber’s Cave Experiment

    Beth Rom-Rymer on Rabbi Hillel, How to get Big Things Done and the Robber’s Cave Experiment

    Beth Rom-Rymer, PhD is the Chair and President of the Board of Directors of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the co-founder and co-chair of the International Movement for Prescriptive Authority (a movement supporting psychologists ability to prescribe medications) and at the time of this recording, a current candidate for the presidency of the American Psychological Association (APA).  Through her leadership and her ability to bring together multiple groups, Dr. Rom-Rymer has greatly increased access to mental health care in the United States.    I hope you will enjoy learning from her as much as I did through this interview!  
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    • 53 min
    Four Practices to Chill Out when Anxiety Creeps In

    Four Practices to Chill Out when Anxiety Creeps In

    This is a “bonus” short form episode offers practical skills that you can apply today so that you can focus less on anxiety and more on the things that matter most.  

    Guest Hillary Grennan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression and trauma.  She has over ten years of clinical experience working with young children, adolescents, adults, and families.  As a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) with a certificate in Intensive Cognitive Therapy, Hillary’s theoretical approach is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Recently she completed the ACT Immersion course taught by Dr.Steven Hayes.  Hillary guides her clients on how to utilize their strengths and inner resilience to overcome the challenges of life with compassion, creativity and empowerment.

    This episode is dedicated to InternationalForgiveness.com
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    Microdosing Bravery

    Microdosing Bravery

    What is bravery and does bravery always have to be “big?”  We have the opportunity to challenge ourselves with small acts of bravery in our every day world.  Bravery can mean psychological bravery, such as getting ourselves to speak to someone when we’d normally avoid them, or taking a first action step on a creative endeavor that feels like a risk.

    My guest on this show is Dr. Kristen Lee, Ed.D, a 2022 Next Big Idea Club nominee and the author of 2022 book “Worth the Risk:  How to Microdose Bravery and Grow Resilience, Connect More and Offer Yourself to the World.”    Dr. Kris leads the Behavior Science program at Northeastern University and is the author of “RESET:  Make the Most of your Stress.”  She is the winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Motivational Book 2015.  Lastly, Dr. Kris has over two decades of experience as a mental health clinician.
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    • 39 min
    On Hair

    On Hair

    This episode is about an area that has *not* been researched very much in psychology, but which I think is worthy of a conversation:  our hair and its impact on our self esteem.  We will hear about the experience of folks with thick frizzy hair texture as well as those that have completely lost their hair.   The show features interviews with two hairdressers, a woman who has lost her hair to cancer and my husband, Neill Clark, attorney, who will share his non psychologist “regular guy” perspective on some of these topics.  
    I’m happy to share that at the release of this episode 12 states have passed laws to ban race based hair discrimination and last month the US House of Representatives passed federal legislation (the “CROWN Act”) that bans race based hair discrimination, such as telling folks they can’t wear braids or cornrows because it looks “unprofessional.”
    I like to dedicate each of these shows to a non-profit and today’s show is dedicated to The International Forgiveness Institute.  Learn all about research that supports the mental and physical health benefits of forgiveness by visiting internationalforgiveness.com.  
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    • 31 min
    How to Worry Less and Live More

    How to Worry Less and Live More

    “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”  Mark Twain

    Spend time with myself and guest Dr. Simon Rego as we discuss the latest strategies psychologists are using to help those who worry too much.    
    Dr. Simon Rego, is Chief of Psychology, Director of Psychology Training and Director of the CBT Training Program at Montefiore Medical Center in NYC and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  Simon has been sought out as an expert by the media, with appearances on CBS News TV, Fox News TV, and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and more. He is the author (along with Sarah Fader) of the #1 Amazon Best seller: The 10 Step Depression Relief Workbook, which has now been translated into German, Polish, Russian and Simplified Chinese, and most recently he and Sarah Fader released another book, which also hit #1 on Amazon’s best sellers if cognitive psychology, The CBT Workbook for Mental Health: Evidence-Based Exercises to Transform Negative Thoughts and Manage Your Well Being.  
    I like to dedicate each of these shows to a non-profit and today’s show is dedicated to the International Forgiveness Institute.  Learn all about research that supports the mental and physical health benefits of forgiveness by visiting internationalforgiveness.com.   
    I create this show out of love and a wish to freely share access to psychology.   To support the production costs of this show, please visit buymeacoffee.com/dralexandra.  If you choose to buy me a coffee for $3 you have the option to leave me a message with a comment, a show idea or just to say something nice!  
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    • 42 min
    Adult ADHD

    Adult ADHD

    Learn about symptoms of adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), what research has found about consequences of untreated ADHD, structural brain differences for those diagnosed with it and natural and pharmaceutical approaches to treatment.     My guests are Heidi Keller, PhD and Tiffany Heineman, Esq .  Tiffany Heineman bravely shares her personal story and experience with having ADHD and Heidi Keller, PhD, psychologist, shares her favorite natural treatment approach to improving executive skills.  

    This episode is dedicated to Girls on the Run non-profit (www.gotr.org) - an organization dedicated to teaching girls service, social and emotional skills and the value of exercise, all at once.    Note that guest Tiffany Heineman is the Chair of the Board of our local chapter of Girls on the Run - I asked her to talk about it at the end of the show.  

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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

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Taming Emotional Flare Ups with Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

This was the first podcast I have ever listened to and it was a great one to start with! It was extremely informative, interesting and kept my attention the entire time. Thank you!

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Taming Emotional Flare Ups with DBT

This episode was very helpful and gave real life situations and solutions. I liked when Brittany Wool talked about meeting the person where they are and not trying to make the person change. She explained how rethinking and relaxation techniques can help a person react to a situation in an appropriate way. They talked about problems within relationships that may seem simple on the outside, but have created problems within a marriage. The doctor and Ms. Wool explained how couples may

Sammy Woodhouse ,

OCD and sticky thoughts!

This was such a helpful and interesting podcast episode, thank you!

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