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The Therapists Uncut Podcast is here to help you feel enlightened, validated, and inspired as we share our uncensored thoughts about real life and make mental health relatable. Join off-the clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews, casual and, at times, difficult conversations. Tune in every Monday with Alyssa Najera, LCSW Nikki Young, LMFT and Jolene Daly, LMFT.

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The Therapists Uncut Podcast is here to help you feel enlightened, validated, and inspired as we share our uncensored thoughts about real life and make mental health relatable. Join off-the clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews, casual and, at times, difficult conversations. Tune in every Monday with Alyssa Najera, LCSW Nikki Young, LMFT and Jolene Daly, LMFT.

    Dear Educators, This One’s for YOU

    Dear Educators, This One’s for YOU

     
    Whether you’re an administrator, educator, grade school teacher or University faculty, this one’s for YOU! Despite the policies, pressures, and added layers of a pandemic, to say that you have showed up is an understatement. Thank you for your creativity, problem solving, perseverance and resilience, you are appreciated.
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    This year educators have worked hard to keep their students present, engaged, and hopeful for the future. If you are an administrator, educator, aid, paraprofessional, grade school teacher, special education teacher, or University faculty member, this episode’s for YOU!
    Nikki and Alyssa talk through the layers of complexities faced by educators and verbalize their gratitude and appreciation for the hard work our educators and administrators have faced this school year. From policies, to pandemic adjustments, not to mention personal challenges, our educators have truly showed up for our communities. Thank you!
     
    Therapists Uncut Challenge:
    Thank an educator in your life by surprising them with a kind act or small gift of recognition.  
     
    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 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 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

    • 26 min
    Mental Health Awareness 2021

    Mental Health Awareness 2021

     
    In this episode we talk about:
    As a group of therapists, it’s only natural this month the T-Uncut team dedicate an episode to recognize Mental Health Awareness month!  Nikki and Alyssa turn back time and take a look back at one of the first episodes recorded, Episode 3 “Mental Health Awareness Month During COVID Let’s Talk About it.”  Join the crew in this video commentary as they reflect on circumstances just but one year ago, and explore life then VS now. . . Talk about surreal.
     
    Therapists Uncut Challenge:
    Where were you one year ago from today at that start of this pandemic?  Tell us your surreal moment.
     
    Resources mentioned:
    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:
    Suicide Prevention Resources Center https://www.sprc.org/
    Coping with Traumatic Events https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/coping-with-traumatic-events/
     
    American Foundation for Suicide Awareness https://afsp.org/
     
    Suicide Awareness Voices of Education https://save.org/
     
     
    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 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

    • 41 min
    Surviving Mom Guilt with Natalie Silva, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

    Surviving Mom Guilt with Natalie Silva, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

     
    Don’t miss out on this episode as Natalie Silva, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist breaks the myths surrounding Mom Guilt, shares her expertise on how to manage mom (and parent) guilt, and “normalizes the sh*t out of motherhood!” 
    Interview with Natalie Silva 

    Natalie Silva is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and private practice owner in California. Natalie holds space for women from all stages of life who are desiring meaningful change. Natalie offers individual counseling to support the treatment of emotional pain, relationship issues, and life transitions including, adulthood, motherhood, marriage, divorce and beyond. Together, she and her clients work through a gentle, compassionate lens within the therapeutic space to heal old wounds and help women move forward.  

    “It is a privilege to bear witness to the internal change my clients do and I am here to help support you through yours whenever you are ready.” - Natalie Silva, LMFT 

     

    You can find Natalie at: 

    Website: https://www.nataliesilvalmft.com  

    Social Media: @natalie.silva.lmft 

    Email: connect@nataliesilvalmft.com 

     

    In this episode we talk about: 

    Natalie Silva tells all to help our listeners navigate Mom (Parent) guilt and “normalize the sh*t out of motherhood.” In this interview, we cover: 

    What motivated Natalie to be a Mental Health Professional specializing in Women’s Health 

    Common themes that come up in the population whom she works with  Common myths around Mom (Parent) Guilt  How Mom Guilt may impact relationships at home, with peers, and at work  What benefits, if any, are there to carrying Mom Guilt?  At what point is Mom Guilt unproductive or even harmful to a parent? 

    What are some of the underlying factors that contribute to Mom Guilt?  Common unreasonable expectations parents place on themselves   Ways Moms (and other caregivers) can overcome Mom Guilt  Does mom guilt change over time with the age of children?  How can a partner or others supports help in the management of mom guilt? 

     

     

    Therapists Uncut Challenge: 

    If your partner or a close friend/family member is struggling hard with mom guilt, ask permission to share this episode with them. Then, remind them you are here for them and ask how you can help.  

     

    Resources mentioned: 

    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:  

    Post Partum Support International: https://www.postpartum.net/ 

    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 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 cri

    • 32 min
    Saying Goodbyes

    Saying Goodbyes

     
    Saying goodbye is never easy. It may be saying goodbye when you head off to college, goodbye after a breakup, goodbye to your co-workers after accepting a new job, or goodbye when you come to an end of a chapter. It’s true, goodbyes may not be easy or comfortable, but life sure is full of them. Join the Therapists Uncut crew as they discuss healthy goodbyes, record their last episode as a trio, and say goodbye to Jolene as she ends her chapter as co-host with Therapists Uncut.  

     

    In this episode we talk about: 

    Sometimes goodbyes are uncomfortable, awkward, confusing, or even painful. We each have our own individual responses to goodbyes and “endings” and we each have our own ways of dealing with them. For some, goodbyes are simple, for others they may be easier to do in writing, email, or text, and for other it’s just easier to avoid the confrontation of goodbyes altogether. How do you handle goodbyes? 

    With that said, Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa attempt to model a healthy goodbye as they reminisce and openly process their emotions and reactions to recording Jolene’s last episode as a Therapists Uncut co-host.  

    How to Say Goodbye 

    Acknowledge and process the emotions, even the ones that don’t feel good (sadness, discomfort, fear, worry etc.) 
    Pay tribute to the good memories  

    See the value in any lessons learned 
    Don’t avoid it 
    When saying goodbye due to a transition and when circumstances allow, maintain the relationships that are important to you. 
     

    Therapists Uncut Challenge: 


    Are there “goodbyes” in your life that may potentially be unresolved? If so, reflect on what is keeping you from facing it.  

     

    Resources mentioned: 

    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:  

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    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 off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy, 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 (usually Jolene) 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 can sometimes drift into daydreaming about the endless possibilities in life and usually the last one of the group to understand Nikki and Jolene's punchlines.  She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services (CWS) social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child

    • 24 min
    The Unintended Social and Psychological Impacts of Social Media

    The Unintended Social and Psychological Impacts of Social Media

     
    After watching The Social Dilemma, a documentary film released on Netflix in September 2020, the Therapists Uncut team found themselves in deep conversation about the intended and unintended impact of social media. In this episode, the Therapists Uncut Team explores the double-edge sword of social media including benefits, risks, and social, emotional, and psychological impacts on users of all ages.  

    Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa talk about their personal and professional experiences with social media and openly process their reactions to the technology, search engines, algorithms, and design of social media platforms and all the unintended effects on it’s users. Yes, there are benefits to sharing information and being connected online, but how close are we putting ourselves to the fire when considering the negative impacts of social media on our behaviors and overall mental health? 

    In this episode we talk about:  

    The impact of social media on self-esteem in both youth and adults  The behind-the-scenes technology in social media and search engines  The technology of social media and the unintended psychological impacts on users and the mental health of users 

    How to be a Critical Researcher  What does the research say?  How does social media and technology impact both our youth, but also adults  How we can continuously reflect on the ethical component of technology  
     


    Therapists Uncut Challenge: 

    Reflect on how technology plays a role on your life and if that’s the role you want to allow it to play. 

     

    Resources mentioned: 

    We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:  

    The Social Dilemma Website https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/ 

    The Mental Health Dilemma https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/the-dilemma/ 

    Social Media and Mental Health: Time for a Digital Detox https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-about-men/202002/social-media-and-mental-health-time-digital-detox 

    Social Psychologist Jonathon Haidt https://jonathanhaidt.com/ 

     

     

    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 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 (usually Jolene) 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 can sometimes drift into daydreaming about the endless possibilities in life and usually the last one of the group to understand Nikki and

    • 26 min
    To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge

    To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge

     
    To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge
    Episode Show Notes
    Thinking about leaving your job? We get it, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’re unhappy, stressed, or overworked. Maybe your job treats you phenomenally, you have great benefits, great work hours but, something’s missing. Choosing to stay at or leave your employment is never an easy decision. Here are a few tips on how to decide on your next steps and determine whether or not it’s time to “Get the F*** out of Dodge.”
     
    In this episode we talk about:
    When is time to Quit My Job?
    If the thought of leaving your job has crossed your mind recently, it may be time to start evaluating whether or not it’s time to leave. Start with creating a Pros and Cons lists that outlines some of the below considerations.
    Practical Factors to Consider when Thinking About Leaving Your Job
    Insurance and Health Benefits: What are your needs regarding insurance and other health benefits? Wages: What are your current expenses and what is your bottom line for a wage? Work Schedule: What work schedule is most beneficial for you (and your family?) Opportunity for promotion: Is this a career opportunity? Do you have opportunity to promote? Additional fringe benefits: Are extra benefits such as HSA/FSA accounts, gym memberships, or childcare important to you? Are they necessary? Opportunity for personal and professional development: Is there opportunity for you to grow personally and professionally through creative opportunities or training? Secondary Factors to Consider when Thinking About Leaving Your Job
    Job Satisfaction: How fulfilling is your work on a personal level? Work Culture: Do you enjoy walking into work every day? Do you align with the company values, do they express these values in their actions? Do you feel acknowledged and appreciated? Commute Time: Is the commute time reasonable, if it feels excessive is it worth the tradeoff? Ability to maintain healthy work/life boundaries: Does your current position allow you and/or support you in having a life outside of work? Has your physical health declined as a result of ongoing work-related stress? Are your job responsibilities negatively impacting your personal or family relationships? How positive are your work relationships? If they are positive, can you still maintain these relationships if you leave your job? Do you value the relationship with your peers, team, and/or management? Internal Factors to Consider when Thinking About Leaving Your Job
    Your sense of security and stability Your “loyalty” to a company. What does that mean to you? If I quit, am I failure? Or unreliable? How good are you with change? Is your fear of change keeping you somewhere you don’t want to be? Do you have passion that is not being fed through your current position? If you are considering self-employment or entrepreneurship, is fear or self-doubt keeping you from trying? Who are you? Has your profession now become your identity? Do you have people-pleasing tendencies and worry you will disappoint your team or management if you leave? Is there a pride factor that’s keeping you from leaving? Signs it May be Time to Quit your Job?
    You feel underappreciated. You dread going to work. You enjoy being at work, but find yourself daydreaming about the “what-if’s” What if I had more time to (fill in the blank with your hobby/passion) What if I saved enough money to cover the start-up costs of my own business? What if I found a source of income that allowed me to be with my family more? What if I had a job where I made my own schedule? You feel unmotivated. You feel stuck, like being in your current job is not a choice. You feel exhausted. Your physical health and sleep are steadily declining. Your spouse/partner are worried about you. Other Ways to Help You Decide if It’s time to quit your Job
    Create a pros

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

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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.

Mandi H ,

Very relatable

As a mental health professional I appreciate the real talk these ladies bring to the table! But the best part is you don’t have to be a mental health professional to appreciate their great insightful banter! I love the variety of real topics this podcast addresses. Highly recommend taking a listen!

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