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If you continue to date the wrong type of person over and over again, struggle with anxiety, perfectionism and people pleasing, and need support in creating boundaries with your family and friends, then this is the podcast for YOU! I'm licensed mental health counselor Justine Carino and I welcome you to my "therapy couch." Here you can tune into advice from myself and other experts in the mental health and wellness industry to help you navigate the challenges that many twenty and thirty somethings face during these transformative years in their lives.

Want to learn more about me?
www.carinocounseling.com
Instagram @_thoughtsfromthecouch_

Thoughts from the Couch Podcast Justine Carino, LMHC

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 52 Ratings

If you continue to date the wrong type of person over and over again, struggle with anxiety, perfectionism and people pleasing, and need support in creating boundaries with your family and friends, then this is the podcast for YOU! I'm licensed mental health counselor Justine Carino and I welcome you to my "therapy couch." Here you can tune into advice from myself and other experts in the mental health and wellness industry to help you navigate the challenges that many twenty and thirty somethings face during these transformative years in their lives.

Want to learn more about me?
www.carinocounseling.com
Instagram @_thoughtsfromthecouch_

    Healthy Ways to Separate from Your Toxic Family with Monica DiCristina, LPC

    Healthy Ways to Separate from Your Toxic Family with Monica DiCristina, LPC

    I sat down with therapist, writer, and podcast host Monica DiCristina, LPC.  Monica and I dive into the topic of unhealthy family patterns.  Monica shares how we sometimes find ourselves needing to set tough boundaries or even separate completely from our family of origin.  This can be an incredibly challenging experience, so Monica and I discuss what this looks like and how to navigate it from a place of strength to honor your needs.  This is an episode you won’t want to miss out on!
    This episode dives into:
    How adult relationships and attachment patterns can clue us into uncovering our family’s unhealthy patterns.  Tips to begin to tune in and recognize the effects of unhealthy family dynamics.  The emotional map and the challenge of grieving people who are alive. The complexities and emotional challenges of setting boundaries with family members. The differences between boundaries, distance, and cut-offs. The troubles of triangulation and requirements of true healing within a family system. How to maintain a relationship while holding boundaries. Cultural and ethnic considerations within family systems and boundaries. Guest Info:
    You can connect with Monica on Instagram at @monicadicristina or her website here. 
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    • 42 min
    Learning to Love Your Anxiety with Mireya Lopez

    Learning to Love Your Anxiety with Mireya Lopez

    I am so excited to talk with Mireya Lopez of the podcast Mothering Anxiety. Mireya gracefully shares her story of living with anxiety, the symptoms she experiences because of it, and the tools she uses that have helped her cope. She explains her motto of learning to embrace and love her anxiety, which has helped shift her perspective and manage her symptoms in a healthy way. If you are a person who struggles with anxiety or has a loved one who struggles with anxiety, this episode is filled with important insight and inspiration.
    This episode dives into:
    Mireya’s journey through her anxiety and how it showed up for her. Justine & Mireya reflect on Mireya’s childhood and how her anxiety began. Mireya’s family’s response to her anxiety.  The effects of people-pleasing on anxiety and learning to be there for yourself. Anxiety while pregnant. Seeking support and finding your true community while coping with anxiety. Mireya’s personal experience in therapy.  How Mireya has learned to accept and love her anxiety. Mireya shares her mental health routine and tips for others to try! Guest Info:
    You can connect with Mireya on Instagram at @anxiousbutmagicalmama or my website her podcast Instagram at @motheringanxietypodcast.
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    • 46 min
    Dysfunctional but Comfortable Relationship Patterns with Host Justine Carino, LMHC

    Dysfunctional but Comfortable Relationship Patterns with Host Justine Carino, LMHC

    In this solo episode, I talk about family systems and how they affect the relationships we choose for ourselves. This isn’t just limited to romantic relationships, but friendships too. Tune in to hear exactly how our family of origin can influence who we choose to surround ourselves with, without even knowing it!
    This episode dives into:
    How our families are our templates to connections and emotions throughout our life. Familiarity is comfortable and predictable, even if it’s dysfunctional. Human’s adoration and desire for predictability. How our subconscious is shaped from our life experiences.  Understanding that a lot of dysfunction is unintentional.  The role of empathy in facing dysfunction. Reflecting on our patterns to transform our habits and lead happier lives. Guest Info:
    You can connect with me on Instagram at @_thoughtsfromthecouch_ or my website here. 
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    • 17 min
    Parenting a Child with Cancer with Caitlin Murray

    Parenting a Child with Cancer with Caitlin Murray

    I’m so excited to have Caitlin Murray of @bigtimeadulting on today’s episode! Caitlin uses her platform to share what is difficult about motherhood, highlights the challenges that no one wants to talk about, and normalizes it for us with humor. Exuding authenticity in all that she shares, in this episode Caitlin and I discuss her family’s experience of her son’s battle with Leukemia and the many emotional challenges they faced during his journey through treatment. If you need a little inspiration on how to stay resilient when everything feels out of control, tune into this episode. 
    This episode dives into:
    Caitlin’s vulnerable story of witnessing her son being diagnosed with cancer.
    The power of a mother’s intuition.
    How her anxiety manifested throughout his journey.
    Coping with mindfulness tools and enhancing self-awareness to manage anxiety.
    Learning that your fears are not facts.
    Caitlin shares her wisdom with others who may be going through similar challenges.
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    • 46 min
    Growing Up with a Mom with Bipolar Disorder with April Norris

    Growing Up with a Mom with Bipolar Disorder with April Norris

    Today I’m joined by April Norris, creator of the podcast “Of Course...They Make Me Crazy.”  April created her podcast to connect with those who live with or love someone with a mental illness. April vulnerably sits down with me to discuss what it was like to be raised by a mother who struggled with bipolar disorder and addiction.  Through my conversation with April, she was able to shed light on the struggles her mother faced within her own upbringing that led to mental illness and many challenges. April remains honest and real throughout this episode. You won’t want to miss out if you have ever had mental illness in your own family.
    This episode dives into:
    April bravely reflects on witnessing domestic abuse and trauma in her childhood. April talks about what it was like to be raised by a mother with Bipolar Disorder and addiction to pills. Long-term effects of trauma and the impact our family of origin has on our wellbeing. April shares what has helped her cope. How to move through shame. Connect with me on instagram here!
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    • 56 min
    Using Your Values to Guide Your Decisions with Dr. Cassidy Freitas

    Using Your Values to Guide Your Decisions with Dr. Cassidy Freitas

    In this episode, I sat down with Dr. Cassidy Freitas to discuss how difficult it can be to make decisions in life. Sometimes we become so overwhelmed with trying to make the right decision, we get stuck and avoid making the decision at all. Whether you struggle with anxiety, perfectionism, or just find decisions to be challenging in general, tune in to find out how more on how getting clear on your values can help! 
    This episode dives into:
    How to identify your values. How to use your values to identify your goals. Using emotions as an ally in identifying your values. Using our feelings as a guide to understanding our values. Avoiding rigidity and finding flexibility. Remembering compassion during daily life as well as during life’s transitions. Reflecting on your family of origin, community, and other contexts help you understand where values may stem from. Noticing societal messages and their impact on your values. Connect with me on instagram here!
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    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

The Full Bloom Project ,

Wonderful resource for in between therapy sessions.

If you need a little therapy in between your own therapy sessions tune in here! Justine is so warm and inviting and her topics are so thought provoking!

Shagovac ,

Life coach resource!

I’m a life coach and work with women in the dating world all the time. I love to send them here to find extra tips and treasures to beef up what I’m saying in appointments!
This is a must if you are stuck in a cycle you can’t break!

JAtluri ,

Informative podcast

What a great podcast! Useful information in every episode

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