42 episodes

Exploring topics, people, places, things, and personal experiences related to mental health through
a therapist's eyes! Cristal, Professional Counselor Supervisor and Board Certified Therapist, interviews others about their own mental health struggles, triumphs, and contributions to the mental health field. She is ready to help end stigma surrounding mental illness in her border community by telling her story and giving others a platform to tell their own. BLOG & OTHER INFO AT www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

Through the Eyes of a Therapist Cristal Martinez Acosta, LPC, NCC

    • Mental Health

Exploring topics, people, places, things, and personal experiences related to mental health through
a therapist's eyes! Cristal, Professional Counselor Supervisor and Board Certified Therapist, interviews others about their own mental health struggles, triumphs, and contributions to the mental health field. She is ready to help end stigma surrounding mental illness in her border community by telling her story and giving others a platform to tell their own. BLOG & OTHER INFO AT www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

    Therapists Discuss Sex Education

    Therapists Discuss Sex Education

    Hello again, everyone!  Jen Reeves, LMFT-S, CST is back on the podcast giving us her expert opinion on the Netflix show "Sex Education".  We discuss the characters from the show and talk about boundaries, teen development, and sex therapy in pop culture. SPOILERS AHEAD!
    Takeaways from the episode:
    Sex education should start at an early age
    Portrayals of sex therapists in pop culture -- can be inaccurate/damaging
    Sex therapists can work with individuals and couples about their relationships and sex lives
    There are certain things that sex therapists (or any therapist) should not EVER DO
    We may not be talking to our teens about sex adequately enough
    Jen has a "Dear Abby" type sex column called "Getting Jiggy With Jen"...ask her a question here: jiggywithjen@gmail.com and follow here https://www.facebook.com/jiggywithjen/
    Here is more info about Jen:
     https://houstonrelationshiptherapy.com/more-about-jennifer/
     Watch Sex Education on Netflix here: https://www.netflix.com/title/80197526
    *Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*
    *We do not own the rights to Netflix or Sex Education materials including the images used here. All discussions about the show are for entertainment purposes only.  No copyright infringement intended.*

    • 45 min
    Celebrity Mental Health- The Britney Story

    Celebrity Mental Health- The Britney Story

    Hello again and welcome back to season three of Through the Eyes of a Therapist podcast!  If you are a millennial, or if you were paying attention to life in the early 2000s, you may remember the iconic pop princess, Britney Spears!  She has had an eventful life in the public eye…and what better way to dissect her resilience than with my returning guest on the show, Luis Cornejo, founder of Psychosocial Media, Marriage and Family therapist, and all-out Britney fan!
     
    Takeaways from this episode:
    Hear how Luis was inspired by Britney to pursue a career in mental health.
    Precipitating events can trigger a cascade of issues.
    Britney’s career may have impacted her mental health status.
    Money and fame can’t prevent mental illness or emotional decline.
    Privilege impacts recovery.
    Child stars feel immense pressure to perform, and celebrities are trained to sell themselves as a product/brand.
     Remember to get in touch with us by writing to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org  and enjoy this episode!
    One last thank you to Luis for coming back on the show, it’s always a great pleasure to have him.  Check out all the great content at https://www.Psychosocial.media (I happen to contribute written pieces to the blog). 
    Vote for the next TTEOAT Podcast episode by following me on Instagram (and to see my cute newborn and mommy-life posts) @throughtheeyesofatherapistpod
    Until next time,
    Cristal M.Acosta
     
    *Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*
    *We do not own the rights to Britney Spears materials including the images used here. All discussions about this individual are for entertainment purposes only.  No copyright infringement intended.*

    • 58 min
    Therapists Discuss 13 Reasons Season One

    Therapists Discuss 13 Reasons Season One

    In this episode, two licensed professional counselors discuss the popular and controversial show "13 Reasons Why".  Andrea Rios, LPC and Cristal Acosta, LPC-S, NCC dissect and dialogue about the implications the show can have on their clients.  After a lunchroom discussion, the two therapists decided to record their opinions and perspectives for the podcast. LISTENER DISCRETION ADVISED.  SPOILERS AHEAD.
    Mentioned in the episode:
    https://13reasonswhy.info/
    UPENN Study on 13 Reasons Why
    Find me on Instagram @throughtheeyesofatherapistpod or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/throughtheeyesofpodcast/
    *Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*
    *We do not own the rights to 13 Reasons Why. All discussions about the show are for entertainment purposes only.  No copyright infringement intended.*
     
     

    • 57 min
    Harry Potter and the Two Therapists

    Harry Potter and the Two Therapists

    Welcome back to Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast!  This season is all about pop-culture and the unique view of shows, books, and movies through a therapist's point of view!  
    In this episode we have returning guest/co-host, Elisa D.  She is an LMSW who specializes in childhood trauma and works with victims of crime.  This lens allows her to talk with me about Harry Potter's early childhood experiences.  We cover complex trauma, resilience, early childhood development, and adverse experiences.  
    As mentioned in the episode: if you have had any bad experiences with Snape-like teachers, we want to hear about them!  Please write to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org
    I will be going on maternity leave in a couple of weeks, but will still be publishing episodes at least once per month!  Thank you for your patience with me and this child who is due in mid-September 2019!
    See you for the next episode about 13 Reasons Why!
    Find me on Instagram @throughtheeyesofatherapistpod or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/throughtheeyesofpodcast/
    *Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*
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    • 50 min
    BECOMING AN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST- feat. Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D.

    BECOMING AN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST- feat. Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D.

    If you want to be a psychologist but are considering a non-clinical route, this is a great episode to listen to. Social Psychology, just like clinical or counseling psychology, is only one of the many niches in the psychology world.  This area of psych explores why people do what they do, why we think what we think--biases, perception, preferences, familiarity (to name a few phenomena).  To be a social psychologist also probably means doing research, meaning you're also probably an experimental psychologist.  My guest today is Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D, a tenured associate professor and social experimental psychologist at Auburn University.  She and I discuss: social psych, working in academia, clinical psych, teaching at a university, tenure, impostor syndrome, and being a department chair.  She also gives advice to undergraduates thinking about going to grad school!
    Must have info about today's guest:
     
    Clarissa J. Arms-Chavez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Psychology Department at Auburn University Montgomery. She earned her M.S. in Experimental Psychology and her Ph.D. in Social Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has thirteen years of experience teaching undergraduate courses such as introduction to psychology, social psychology, social cognition, the psychology of prejudice & hate, and writing in psychology. She also has ten years of experience teaching advanced social psychology at both the Masters level (Auburn University at Montgomery) and the Doctorate level (Auburn University). In general, her research interests include the many various stigmas and prejudices involved within different social groups/categories (e.g., racial issues, colorism issues within the African-American community, sex and gender identity issues.
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    Any questions?  You can send them to hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org!  
    REMEMBER TO FOLLOW TTEOAT PODCAST ON INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK.
    *Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information from this podcast.*
     
     
     
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    • 49 min
    INTROVERTS UNITE!

    INTROVERTS UNITE!

    In this episode, I talk with my friend and colleague, Elisa.  We discuss introverts, extroverts, ambiverts and some labels that [we] introverts do not like.  We talk about pets, counselor life, and my extroverted partner.  Are you an introvert?  Listen for our GAME/QUIZ that gives characteristics of a true introvert (it'll make you say *same*)
    Stay tuned to the very end for a special easter egg surprise (silliness ensues)!  

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

brithebookworm ,

Love it!

Loving this podcast! I’m currently going for my MSW and have a strong interest in pursuing clinical work. I’m two episodes in and I love the concept of analyzing tv/book characters through a clinical lens. The English major in me loves the analysis of these characters and relating it back to real life and essentially “diagnose” the character is super interesting.

Carmen Vazquez-Villanueva ,

Equine therapy

I have been interested in equine therapy for a while but had not really run into many resources here in El Paso. Thank you for the insight and the resources! Love your podcast!

pamelabonita ,

Great resource and way to learn

As a masters level counselor about to graduate, this podcast has been a great resource for me. It’s also beneficial to my clients as well! A great way to learn more; thank you Cristal!

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