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The Therapists Uncut Podcast is an informative, self-help podcast that makes mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation. Join off-the-clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews and, at times, difficult conversations on all things mental health including, anxiety, trauma, relationships, work stress, First Responder mental health, grief, parenting and more! Tune in every 1st and 3rd Monday with co-hosts Alyssa Najera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Nikki Young, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This is an AMP Smart Business Production.

Therapists Uncut Podcast Alyssa Najera, LCSW, Nikki Young, LMFT

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 38 Ratings

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is an informative, self-help podcast that makes mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation. Join off-the-clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews and, at times, difficult conversations on all things mental health including, anxiety, trauma, relationships, work stress, First Responder mental health, grief, parenting and more! Tune in every 1st and 3rd Monday with co-hosts Alyssa Najera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Nikki Young, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This is an AMP Smart Business Production.

    Growing Up Queer; My Journey to Authenticity with John-David Brown

    Growing Up Queer; My Journey to Authenticity with John-David Brown

     
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    Bullies, insecurities, shame, and understanding sexuality were just a few challenges growing up queer in a small, rural town. John-David Brown shares his experience of the internal struggles he faced growing up a gay male and how supportive parents, therapy, lots of books, and strong friendships helped him understand that authenticity is, in fact, possible.
     
    Interview with John-David Brown
    John-David Brown is a 35-year-old technologist living in Los Angeles, where he leads product development for Perry Street Software, makers of queer dating apps SCRUFF and Jack'd. He studied politics at Cornell University and has primarily worked in technology during his professional career. He loves music, traveling, and his cat Governor.
    You can find John-David Brown on Instagram
    @johndavidbrown
     
    Resources mentioned:
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    Book
    The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World
    https://www.amazon.com/Velvet-Rage-Overcoming-Growing-Straight/dp/1611746450
     
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.
     
    What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:
    The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.
    Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:
    Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com
    Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com.
    Disclaimer:
    Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!
    Social Media Links
    Instagram @therapistsuncut
    Facebook @therapistsuncut
    Credits:
    Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business.
    Voice Over by Alexia Gloria

    • 38 min
    Let’s Talk About Suicide

    Let’s Talk About Suicide

     
    In recognition of Suicide Prevention month, licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera dive deep into a conversation about suicide to share facts and resources, increase awareness, and help you feel more comfortable with navigating conversations about suicide.
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    Risk factors that may increase risk of suicide Protective Factors Misinformation about Suicide and what the facts say How to recognize warning signs of someone who may be struggling with suicide How to navigate a conversation about suicide Where to find help if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts  
    Resources mentioned:
    www.988lifeline.org
    “988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.
     
    #bethe1to
    https://www.bethe1to.com/
    “Be the one to help save a life. We all can take action to prevent suicide.”
     
    For more resources, head over to our Mental Health Resources page.
     
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.
     
    What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:
    The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.
    Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:
    Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com
    Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com.
    Disclaimer:
    Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!
    Social Media Links
    Instagram @therapistsuncut
    Facebook @therapistsuncut
    Credits:
    Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business.
    Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
     

    • 43 min
    “Raising Body Positive Teens” with Co-Authors Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

    “Raising Body Positive Teens” with Co-Authors Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

     
    Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera talk food, movement, weight, and body image with co-authors of the book “Raising Body Positive Teens.” Join the conversation as Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal crush “diet culture and weight stigma” by breaking down common myths about food and eating, offer tips on how to talk with your child about media and body image, and explore how to develop a friendship with food and your body.
     
    Guest Bios
    Signe Darpinian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and host of Therapy Rocks! a personal growth podcast. She provides tele-health therapy services in the state of California.
     
    Wendy Sterling, is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, and a Board-Certified Sports Dietitian. She has consulted for the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, NY Jets, and NY Islanders. She is also the co-author of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder and maintains a virtual private practice throughout the US. 
     
    Shelley Aggarwal is a physician and is a board-certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Sub-Specialist. Dr. Aggarwal has worked with premiere academic institutions and continues to be teaching faculty with Stanford Children's Health and UCSF-Fresno. She is the Medical Director of clinics serving justice involved youth.
     
    They are the co-authors of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom and Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image, both with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London. 
     
    To learn more about our guests visit the below links
    Signe Darpinian
    https://www.signedarpinian.com/
    @therapyrockspodcast
    @noweighguide
    Wendy Sterling
    http://sterlingnutrition.com
    Instagram @wendy_sterling
    Shelley Aggarwal
    https://www.signedarpinian.com/books.
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    What motivated Signe, Wendy, and Shelley to write their 2nd book together, Raising Body Positive Teens How our bodies are impacted by stress How to navigate conversations with your child around media and body image Common myths about food, eating, and weight The role of sleep, movement, and food in sport performance  
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom
     
    Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image,
     
     
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.
     
    What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:
    The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.
    Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:
    Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com
    Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but ofte

    • 45 min
    Using Missed Opportunities to Practice Self Awareness

    Using Missed Opportunities to Practice Self Awareness

     
    For two therapists who bring nearly every episode back to self-awareness, it seemed only right to dedicate an episode to reflecting on a missed opportunity to address an important topic. Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera vulnerably practice self-awareness, reflect on how they navigated a sensitive topic from a previous episode, and remind us that even therapists can make mistakes.
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.
    What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:
    The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.
    Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:
    Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com
    Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com.
    Disclaimer:
    Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!
    Social Media Links
    Instagram @therapistsuncut
    Facebook @therapistsuncut
    Credits:
    Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business.
    Voice Over by Alexia Gloria

    • 18 min
    From the Hood Life to the Good Life with Gloria “Glory” Magaña

    From the Hood Life to the Good Life with Gloria “Glory” Magaña

     
    Comedian Gloria “Glory” Magaña shares how comedy helped her cope with childhood trauma, gave her hope, and inspired her to dream big. Join Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they talk with Gloria about self doubt, trauma, comedy, and Gloria’s own mental health journey as she moved from the hood life to the good life.
    Interview with Gloria “Glory” Magaña
    Gloria Magaña is a native Modestan and was born to entertain! As the youngest of 15, there was never a dull moment or a night without an audience! Glory began her career in 2012 at The Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA, the same stage where Phyllis Diller, Woody Allen, and Richard Pryor paved their ways to fame. She made her way around the Bay Area performing at Cobb's Comedy, San Francisco Punchline, Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton, as well as in the  Sacramento circuit at places like the Sacramento Punchline and Laughs U limited. She then went on to perform in Los Angeles at the Icehouse in Pasadena, the Laugh Factory in Long Beach and Hollywood, and The Comedy Store. Glory has since performed across the U.S and Mexico. You'll be sure to have fun watching her animated presence on stage! 
    And Glory just celebrated her 10th year comedy anniversary at the State Theater in Modesto in her Farewell Tour before heading off to the New York comedy scene. 
    Instagram
    @glorymagana
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.
    What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:
    The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.
    Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:
    Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com
    Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. or alyssanajera.com.
    Disclaimer:
    Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!
    Social Media Links
    Instagram @therapistsuncut
    Facebook @t

    • 42 min
    “Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” with Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman

    “Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” with Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman

     
    If you or someone you know has struggled with addiction, you know it can be an ugly disease that impacts everyone. In this episode, we speak with Christian Author Kathryn Mae Inman and author of “Counting Spoons; A Memoir of Heroin, Heartache, and Hope,” about the impact addiction has had on her family, as her youngest son Justin battled heroin addiction.
    After 30 years as an Operations Director for a non-profit organization, Kathryn now write, speaks, “advocates for families affected by addiction, and is determined to spread a message of hope to anyone that will listen.”
     
    Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman
    Kathryn M. Inman exposes her heart and her faith in her debut book, Counting Spoons. Kathryn is a former Operations Director for a non-profit organization where she worked for over thirty years, then she resigned, traded in her high heels for flip flops, and moved to Hawaii where she discovered her passion for writing. Now semi-retired and back in California, she writes, is an advocate for families affected by addiction, and is determined to spread a message of hope to anyone that will listen.
    Having dealt with many trials in her life, Kathryn is a writer who exposes it all—thick layers of suffering, hard truths, deep pain, and hope in Christ that will leave her readers feeling inspired. She loves Jesus, her husband, their beautiful blended family, healthy living, nature, and horses. Kathryn has a lofty disdain for chocolate, pancakes, and anything sweet—other than her three grandchildren who she claims are the sweetest of all.
     
    Find Kathryn Mae Inman
    Website: https://www.kathrynminman.com/
    Instagram: @kathrynminman
    Contact: www.kathrynminman.com/contact
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    How Kathryn learned about her son’s addiction How Kathryn’s family was affected by addiction What signs of addiction, if any, were present in Justin’s behavior Why Kathryn felt the need to maintain privacy around how her family was being impacted by addiction How Kathryn’s mental health was impacted by her son’s addiction What role relapse played in Justin’s addiction and how it impacted the family When hope was lost, what helped Kathryn find hope again? How Kathryn’s faith in God played a role in this journey  
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    Buy a copy of “Counting Spoons; A Memoir of Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” by Kathryn Mae Inman
     
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Help Line
    SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
    Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service.
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.
     
    What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:
    The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.
    Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:
    Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squ

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Ronica93 ,

A must listen!

Super surprised by how much I enjoyed this podcast! Most therapists are boring and put me to sleep, but this one keeps me up, engaged, and smiling. Love Alyssa and Nikki!

W. Mattimoe ,

Key to staying calm

Entertaining and insightful, this podcast looks beyond obvious or academic answers to share specific observations. The three therapists don’t always agree, but they do listen well and respond wisely. Their humor helps, too. I only wish my parents could have listened to this while I was growing up; they would have worried so much less!

taradactyl222 ,

Fun group and helpful info

Great co-hosts, super helpful information but still funny and makes you smile. Love that it doesn’t put me to sleep.

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