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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 Nik Young, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This is an AMP Smart Business Production.

Therapists Uncut Podcast Nik Young, LMFT and Alyssa Najera, LCSW

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 39 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 Nik Young, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This is an AMP Smart Business Production.

    To Scroll Or Not To Scroll

    To Scroll Or Not To Scroll

     
    We are living in an era where social media is embedded throughout our culture. Licensed mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera share how social media has evolved and challenge you to examine the role social media plays in your life.
    Resources mentioned:
    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 and co-owner of catalystcounselinginc.com, a private practice located in Modesto, CA. 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. She  is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a consultant supporting teams in high stress or helping professions 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, 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

    • 19 min
    Bonus Episode: BIG News for Season 5 of the Therapists Uncut Podcast

    Bonus Episode: BIG News for Season 5 of the Therapists Uncut Podcast

     
    Let the conversations continue as we kickoff season 5. Join licensed mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera in this can’t-miss bonus episode as they announce some big news for season 5 of the Therapists Uncut Podcast!
    Resources mentioned:
    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 and co-owner of catalystcounselinginc.com, a private practice located in Modesto, CA. 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. She  is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a consultant supporting teams in high stress or helping professions 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, 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

    • 6 min
    "We Will Never Forget" Remembering 9/11 with Retired San Jose CA Fire Captain David C. Lerma

    "We Will Never Forget" Remembering 9/11 with Retired San Jose CA Fire Captain David C. Lerma

     
    Retired San Jose Fire Captain David C. Lerma recounts his experience as one of the thousands of first responders deployed during the 9/11 attacks on the United States, honoring those who served and continue to serve, and remembering those who were lost. Nik Young, Alyssa Najera, and Captain Lerma also discuss the evolving supports available for first responders including access to mental health, debriefing, and peer counseling services.
     
    Interview with Retired San Jose Fire Captain David C. Lerma
    David Lerma is a retired Captain from San Jose Fire Department (SJFD). David retired in 2009, after serving for 29 years. During this time, David received numerous certificates and commendations, including a Medal of Valor for his service at the World Trade Center attack.
    David is certified in high and low angle rope rescue, structure collapse and confined space rescue, and is a certified instructor for Rescue Systems One and Swift Water Rescue. David is also a long-standing member of Los Bomberos of Northern CA, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve fire protection to communities throughout Santa Clara County, and is committed to serving the community through volunteer opportunities, partnerships such as Toys for Tots, and scholarship and mentorship programs. David has proudly served his community as a member of Los Bomberos for over 40 years!
     
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    Los Bomberos of Northern California
    “We want to serve the community of San Jose with all the support we can give. Whether it is giving backpacks and supplies to kids to help them succeed in their school year or to give children toys that they deserve to open on Christmas morning just like any other child. We want to serve any and better their lives.” ( https://losbomberosofnortherncalifornia.com/, 2023)
     
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Episodes  - Therapists Uncut
     
     
    Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more 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 three 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 (they/them/theirs) is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet,  always manages to keep the TU Crew laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring them back around to the conversation. Nikki 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, they is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com
    Alyssa Najera (she/her/hers) 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 smalltowncounseling.com  or alyssanajera.com.
    Disclaimer:
    Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Busines

    • 53 min
    No More Fake A$$ Apologies

    No More Fake A$$ Apologies

     
    A good apology does not blame, it is not passive aggressive, and it does not avoid responsibility. A good apology acknowledges mistakes, takes ownership, has a healthy use of “I Statements,” and is a genuine attempt to changing behavior. A good apology has the power to model effective communication and solid interpersonal skills for those peers, colleagues, partners, or kids experiencing or observing the apology.
    This episode is all about apologies! Mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera share a few ways of how not to apologize and give some solid examples of what a good apology can look like.
    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 and co-owner of catalystcounselinginc.com, a private practice located in Modesto, CA. 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. She  is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a consultant supporting teams in high stress or helping professions 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, 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

    • 21 min
    John-David Brown on Navigating the Subtleties of Homophobia in the Workplace

    John-David Brown on Navigating the Subtleties of Homophobia in the Workplace

     
    Returning guest John-David Brown shares his experience of recognizing and navigating the subtleties of homophobia in the corporate workplace, including experiencing sexuality-based microaggressions, gaslighting, and feeling othered. John-David also shares how his ongoing reflection, inner work in therapy, and positive experience in a supportive workplace have helped him understand and process these past experiences, allowing him to focus on learning and growing as a leader in his organization.
     
    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:
    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 former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a trainer, 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

    • 41 min
    Mental Health and Law Enforcement with Officer Mitch Brouillette

    Mental Health and Law Enforcement with Officer Mitch Brouillette

     
     
    In this episode, Officer Mitch Brouillette return to the Therapists Uncut Podcast to talk about the various ways issues and topics of mental health have shown up in his 20-year career in law enforcement. The TU Crew covers trends and opportunities in mental health crisis response, the industry shifts and increased awareness of law enforcement mental health, and the professional and peer supports available to support mental health and wellness.
     “Officer Mitch,” as he was dubbed during his time as a School Resource Officer (listen to episode 73), has experience as a patrol deputy, detective working in crimes against children, school resource officer, member of the SWAT team, and now a patrol supervisor.
     
    Interview with Officer Mitch Brouillette
    Mitch is an active veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Mitch is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
     
    He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and graduated from the Stanislaus County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center. He has worked patrol, investigations (Special Victims / Crimes against children Detective), school resource officer and currently is serving as a patrol Sergeant.
     
    Mitch is an active SWAT Team (15 years) member. His current role is team leader. He has held many different roles as a SWAT Team operator to include; Sniper/ Sniper Team leader, breacher, NFDD (flash bang) and chemical agents.
     
    He is a Chemical Agent Instructor, NFDD (Flash bang) Instructor, ALICE Training Institute certified Active Shooter Response Instructor, Law Enforcement Active Shooter Instructor. Critical Incident response Instructor for CATO (California Association of Tactical Officers).
     
    Mitch is a graduate of CATO's (California Association of Tactical Officers) Strategic Leadership Program. He is currently part of the CATO training cadre and serves as CATO's Vendor Coordinator for the CATO conference. He also holds certification as an NRA Pistol Instructor.
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    ·       Mental Health Crisis response
    ·       Opportunities to improve mental health crisis response
    ·       Resources available to support Law Enforcement mental health and wellness
    o   Peer Supports
    o   De-briefs
    o   Specialized training
    o   Onsite mental health supports
    o   EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Trauma Intervention
    o   Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
    o    
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    https://988lifeline.org/
     
    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 Un

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

W. Mattimoe ,

Wise, kind, and insightful

Entertaining and informative, this well-organized podcast includes not only professional knowledge but also engaging personal observations. Nikki and Alyssa have so much compassion. The episode on failure resonated deeply for me. Thank you for offering comfort as well as a fresh look at familiar frustrations.

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!

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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