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The Family Brain is a podcast dedicated to the glorious and messy world of family life and mental health. Megan Gipson is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Austin Texas.

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The Family Brain is a podcast dedicated to the glorious and messy world of family life and mental health. Megan Gipson is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Austin Texas.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

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    Healing From Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma with Ingrid Clayton PHD

    Healing From Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma with Ingrid Clayton PHD

    Episode 107: Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma with Ingrid Clayton PHD
    Ingrid Clayton’s new memoir “Believing Me, Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma” details her childhood experiences that as an adult she came to understand as complex trauma and relational abuse. As a therapist, Ingrid shares her own story and sheds light on the similar feelings and coping strategies that spring from childhood abuse. 
    In this episode:
    Ingrid talks about the process of writing her memoir and how important it was for her for the book to be a memoir, so that her story could help others who may have had similar experiences not feel so alone. We talk about how complex trauma is rooted in relational abuse and how emotional abuse can be harder to name that something like physical abuse that may leave a mark. Her book gives language to this type of abuse that happens within families. 

    Children can often blame themselves for abuse because they are dependent on their caregivers to survive. The body and mind of a child may blame themselves as a protection because acknowledging an unsafe caregiver can feel even worse. 

    We talk about the use of gaslighting to make children and adults question their own memories of experiences, and how that takes root in the nervous system. Gaslighting was the word of the year in the Websters dictionary for 2022, so that suggests that emotional abuse is becoming more understood and discussed. The World Health Organization has made CPTSD Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and official diagnosis, but it is still not a part of the DSM in the United States meaning that it is not a recognized diagnostic code. 

    We talk about how trauma lives in the body and how that can make it hard to identify through thinking about it. It lives on a subconscious level. The body creates coping strategies and does what it was designed to do which is keep you safe. However, once the abusive situation is no longer a threat, those coping strategies can show up in situations and in relationships that cause distress and do not serve you any longer. We talk about the various therapeutic modalities that can be used to treat CPTSD and how curiosity is the key in each one. 

    Ingird shares that through the process of putting this book out into the world, she has discovered that her experiences are heartbreakingly more common than she realized, and through that she has discovered a community of survivors.  
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    “Maybe I had to become my own therapist, and that is both magical and...

    • 37 min
    Money and Love with Abby Davisson

    Money and Love with Abby Davisson

    Episode 106: Money and Love with Abby Davisson
    Abby Davisson is the co-author of the new release Money and Love, An Intelligent Road Map For Life’s Biggest Decisions. In our conversation, Abby explains The 5Cs, a framework she learned as a student at Stanford Business School, that serves as a research based guide in navigating big life choices. We talk about how money and love are intertwined, and how often in the decision-making process we can lose sight of this. If you ever wished Google would answer some of these big life questions for you, this is an episode you won’t want to miss. 
    In this episode:
    We talk about how the 5Cs were a revelation to Abby as a graduate student, and how Abby along with her coauthor Myra Strober, who was the Stanford professor she took this class from, wanted to share the framework outside of higher education to help more people navigate these complicated life choices. 

    The 5Cs are…drum roll…
    1.     Clarify what is important to you: to make an effective decision you must first understand what you truly want and what you don’t
    2.    Communicate: as you clarify what you want, open a two-way dialogue with others involved in the decision
    3.    Consider a Broad Range of Choices: few decisions are strictly either/or, and one key to better decision-making is broadening your alternatives
    4.    Check in with Friends, Family, and Other Resources, sharing your thought process or reaching out to others can bring new insights
    5.    Consequences: weigh the short-term and long -term consequences of different choices before you make a final decision. 

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    Quote: “Everyone deserves the resources and skills to enjoy both love and money.” Abby Davisson

    In this episode, we cover:
    ●     How life choices are constantly evolving
    ●     How the change in gender roles and family structure has changed
    ●     Why big life choices feel overwhelming
    ●     How to approach a partner to engage in the process
    ●     The benefits of slowing down to make more deliberate choices

    Learn more about Abby Davisson and Money and Love:
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    • 40 min
    105 Boundaries Over the Holidays with Juliane Taylor Shore

    105 Boundaries Over the Holidays with Juliane Taylor Shore

    Episode 105: Boundaries Over the Holidays with Juliane Taylor Shore
    Juliane Taylor Shore joins The Family Brain Podcast to talk about her work in helping people understand neuroscience, boundary setting and how both impact our relationships. Juliane breaks this information down in to digestible bites and helps make the term neurobiology not sound so intimidating. One of my big take aways from this conversation is that in addition to setting more action oriented boundaries like I will not continue to clean your clothes if you leave them on the floor, we can also set energetic boundaries in helping keep our minds clear of energy that is not ours to carry. If you think this sounds interesting but you wish I was explaining it better, please listen to this episode. I promise that Jules explains it in ways that will get you excited to try something new. 
    In this episode we cover:
    What are boundaries and how do we get them!?
    How setting boundaries can bring us closer in our relationships.
    Basic information about the brain and connection.
    Ways to self soothe when overstimulated. 
    A practical exercise to develop energetic boundary skills.
    How it is normal to struggle with setting boundaries.

    You can learn more about Juliane Taylor Shore
    Why Does My Partner? Podcast

    The Whole Brain Child by Daniel Siegel
    The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

    “The mind is a bridge between me and other people and in that relational space I transform others through my influence, and I let their influence in through me to transform.”
    -Juliane Taylor Shore

    “I think that ultimately boundaries are about kindness and clarity.”-Juliane Taylor Shore

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    • 50 min
    Mind Body Connection in Therapy with Grace Mackey

    Mind Body Connection in Therapy with Grace Mackey

    Episode 104: The Mind Body Connection in Therapy with Grace Mackey
    I discovered Grace Mackey via Instagram @elevateyourtheapy and love the engaging way she shares what she has learned about the mind/body connection. Grace has her master’s in counseling and provides talk therapy, yoga therapy, and Reiki. She is passionate about how yoga, spirituality, and therapy can help heal simultaneously. I was thrilled to connect with her to learn more about her work. In my own private practice, I am starting to notice some of the restraints of talk therapy alone, and I love learning about the mind/body interventions that Grace uses when working with clients.
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    “How do we pay attention to the body and work with the nervous system so we can actually calm the mind...and sometimes vice versa.” Grace Mackey
    In this episode, we cover:
    ● How stress shows up in our bodies.
    ● Ways that mind/body work is used to treat chronic pain.
    ● How to learn more about polyvagal theory and nervous system realignment. ● Ways to stay connected to your nervous system.
    Learn more about Grace Mackey
    • Elevate Therapy Wellness Website • Instagram
    Resources Mentioned in this Episode:
    ·      Book: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk
    ·      Book: The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana
    ·      Book: The Mind Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno
    ·      App: Curable App for Pain
    Connect with The Family Brain:
    ● Megan Gipson’s Website
    ● The Family Brain Podcast
    ● The Family Brain Instagram
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    • 28 min
    Work Parent Thrive with Yael Schonbrun PhD

    Work Parent Thrive with Yael Schonbrun PhD

    Yael Schonbrun is the author of the recently released book, Work Parent Thrive. I talked to her when her book was just one week old and I joke with her that when she meets Hoda to tell her that I got the first interview. I think this book will strike a cord with so many people because Yael lays out why it can feel so overwhelming to manage multiple roles and she offers practical strategies supported by scientific research and illustrated by funny antidotes that help make the strategies feel accessible. 
    In this episode:
    We talk about how the outside forces that impact managing work and family life can feel overwhelming. It can often feel like both of those roles are being neglected. Yael talks about how these outside factors are real and do impact our lives, and that while acknowledging that reality, we can also do some “inside” work to help us feel more content and empowered by the many roles we embody. 
    We talk about how hope and optimism are essential to move forward professionally and in parenting. As humans we are always faced with choices, and we need to get clear on our values and how our values shape our choices. Our mindset is critical to what energy and attitude we bring into our lives. I know I can get into a victim mentality about all that is expected of me in this fast-paced world, and the reminder that I am in control and responsible for my mindset was such a great reset for me. 
    Yael talks about the concept of work family enrichment, and the basic idea is that research supports that shifting roles has a number of benefits to our lives. This is the game changer concept for me and helps me to shift from a poor me kind of pissed off state to a more accepting this is how it is and my brain can shift and will be better off for it mentality. If this sounds confusing listen to the episode. Yael explains it much more eloquently than I ever could. 
    Learn more about Yael Schonbrun, PhD
    Work Parent Thrive, by Yael Schonbrun, PhD
    Psychologists Off the Clock Podcast

    Man’s Search For Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl

    How to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids, Jancee Dunn
    "The conflict between roles is never going to be eradicated. It is fundamental to being human." Yael Schonbrun, PhD
    "Given who you are and what matters to you how do you show up in the life that you have and build a life in the direction you want to be going." Yael Schonbrun, PhD

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    • 41 min
    Parenting Spicy Kids with Mary Van Geffen

    Parenting Spicy Kids with Mary Van Geffen

    Episode 102: Parenting Spicy Kids with Mary Van Geffen
    This new season of The Family Brain Podcast focuses on “What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Teen.” I remember my early parenting days gobbling up whatever parenting books were recommended, and I found comfort in their pages, even if the reality of parenting was much more nuanced and complicated than the books let on. Likewise, parenting a teen is not a one size fits all program, and in my conversation with Mary Van Geffen, a parenting coach for “Spicy Kids”, I am reminded of one principal of parenting that seems to fit most situations, and that is that often the point of work is not so much about the child but about the parts of the parent desire for control. I will admit that this conversation came at just the right time for me. Some days parenting feels like a breeze and there are other seasons where I question everything I know. If you have every felt like this, I hope you find hope in this conversation. I know I did.
    In this episode:
    I kick off a little shaky, and flub Mary Van Geffen’s name, but once we get rolling there is no stopping us. We get going talking about how Mary came to the work of helping others parent spicy kids. Mary was a “spicy” kid and that came with some rough times and some rejection. Once she became a parent, she wanted to do things differently for her children and now shares what she has learned with other families. I love when one person’s story and past feeds into their work. Mary talks about how parents of spicy kids and particularly spicy teens bring a great deal of intensity to situations, and how its on the parent to lower the energy in those interactions. Spicy kids have a high loyalty to themselves and intensely follow the call of their own heart. Mary says we have so much to learn from them. Spicy kids are not people pleasers and so often do not fall prey to as much peer pressure and are also not as eager to please their parent. I love that integrity to themselves, and as Mary suggests it can be challenging to feel like a competent parent with this kind of intensity. 
    Mary talks about how the little (not so little) secret is that often the place for the work in a parenting situation is not so much to do with the child as with a parent’s unresolved need for control. OK that spoke to me. I have been feeling in the teen parenting years a lot like those early parenting days of no control, and I clearly have more work to do in that area. 
    Mary notes that often the spicy kids she talks about are inflexible, highly sensitive (sensitive to tags, sounds), and are persistent and often louder than the average child. This came come with some great benefits like staying true to self and goals and being aware of the world in rich ways. It can also come with some frustrations like when things don’t go as planned or when the child is able to get what they expected. It can lead to challenges with friendships and at school. Mary has the great reminder that a parent’s goal is not to control the child’s behavior but rather for the parent to stay as they want to be regardless of how the child is in any given moment. She talks about how teens often trigger in parents their own tender parts as a child at that age, so for example my 11-year-old may bring me back to things that I loved or had a time with as an 11 year old myself. I reflected that nothing seems to quite shine a light more on the unhealed parts of yourself better than your child. 
    One key lesson I got from talking with Mary is the idea of creating slow customer service with our teens. I know I can be quick to fill requests to clear the list of things to do and tidy up my own anxiety. Welp, it turns out that...

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

ATX Marissa ,

Interesting and relatable topics

Highly recommend this podcast. It has validated and increased my awareness on topics I have been curious about. Megan covers a range of topics that resonate with me not only as a parent but as a person. Her ease of conversation makes it easy to relate to and I enjoy listening/learning.

Lillian Steuben ,

Informative and interesting, love this

Megan’s ease at which she dives into topics is refreshing and relatable. I am a parent but honestly, relate to a lot of the topics on this podcast not just as a parent but person. She has a variety of speakers and is so knowledgeable, yet down to earth in these interviews. Highly recommend.

Enriched Family ,

The Family Brain w Megan Gipson

Insightful, informative, and accessible. Wonderful podcast on parenthood, family relationships, and mental health.

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