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Listen in as therapists, coaches, writers, and other experts explore the inner lives of women: their struggles, fears, hopes, & dreams. This podcast is about cultivating a conversation around the uncomfortable, uncertain, and unknown aspects of a woman's experience.

Through interviews and stories, Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT goes beneath the surface and takes a deeper look at relationships, motherhood, self-acceptance, authenticity, aging, healing, suffering, loss, and other areas connected to the emotional and psychological well-being of women. We will be exploring conversation around the entire experience of being a woman, with all its different aspects.

Women In-Depth: Conversations about the Inner Lives of Women Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 162 Ratings

Listen in as therapists, coaches, writers, and other experts explore the inner lives of women: their struggles, fears, hopes, & dreams. This podcast is about cultivating a conversation around the uncomfortable, uncertain, and unknown aspects of a woman's experience.

Through interviews and stories, Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT goes beneath the surface and takes a deeper look at relationships, motherhood, self-acceptance, authenticity, aging, healing, suffering, loss, and other areas connected to the emotional and psychological well-being of women. We will be exploring conversation around the entire experience of being a woman, with all its different aspects.

    HSPs & Complex Trauma Series: What is Dissociation?

    HSPs & Complex Trauma Series: What is Dissociation?

    “[Dissociation] can happen with anything that is overwhelming or intense and I think it is important, especially to those who are highly sensitive, to be aware of because it’s not just perceived danger or a lot of anxiety or stress. It can be something very positive that you actually want.” [9:20] 
     
    In this episode of Women In-Depth, Lourdes Viado and Carmen Schmidt Benedetti continue their podcast series on Complex Trauma and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs). Today’s episode explores the coping mechanism of dissociation, diving into what it is, what causes it, and potentially how to avoid and combat dissociation.  

     

    Dissociation is a common coping mechanism for many people, but can be harmful for people who are HSPs and have experienced complex trauma in their lives. Listen as Lourdes and Carmen shed light on the signs of dissociation and possible tools to help keep you present. 

     

    In this episode you will learn: 

    What is dissociation? [3:33]  Why do we experience dissociation? [4:30]  Biological responses that cause dissociation. [9:50]  The continuum of dissociation. [11:35] 

    How to distinguish between dissociation and anxiety, stress, or overwhelm. [17:15]  Ways to cope with and respond to dissociation. [28:22] 
     

    Dr. Lourdes Viado is a psychotherapist for anxious and overwhelmed highly sensitive women in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She is a Myers-Briggs Typology Indicator (MBTI) Certified Practitioner and integrates Jungian psychology, mindfulness, neuroscience, and astrology into her work with clients.  She is also the host of the Women In-Depth Podcast: Conversations about the Inner Lives of Women, which has been downloaded over 450,000x in 107 countries. 

     


    Carmen Schmidt Benedetti is a psychotherapist for highly sensitive womxn in Sonoma County, California. She helps them to heal layers of unrecognized childhood trauma and create calm, balance and stability in their life. As a Certified EMDR therapist, Carmen guides adults in reframing their past from an empowered perspective, coming to believe they are ‘good enough’ and their needs and feelings matter 

     

    Resources: 

     

    Lourdes’ website: https://lourdesviado.com/ 

     

    Carmen’s website: https://carmenschmidtmft.com/  

     

    Pete Walker, Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving 

    • 37 min
    Rediscovering Your Body with Tara Galeano, LPC

    Rediscovering Your Body with Tara Galeano, LPC

    “The body never lies and that is the truth.”  

     

    In this episode of Women In-Depth, Lourdes Viado speaks with Tara Galeano about the journey of women rediscovering and reconnecting with their bodies. By building a more solid relationship with themselves, women are able to improve the quality of their relationship with others.  

     

    Tara focuses not only on sex, but the universal reconnection of women to their bodies, who have so often experienced a disconnection in many ways. Listen as Lourdes and Tara discuss how true intimacy with oneself and, to a degree, selfishness allows women to have more agency over themselves and their bodies. 

     

    In this episode you will learn: 

    Tara’s inspiration for her book [4:42] 

    What is “true intimacy” [14]  The initial steps in the journey of discovering your body [24]  How trauma is addressed in rediscovering and reconnecting to the body [27:40]  Tara’s words of wisdom [33:05] 
     


    Tara Galeano is a sex therapist, sexual empowerment coach, and author of Rediscovering My Body. Tara has been working for over 20 years helping women get their sexy back. From her own experiences and years of professional knowledge, Tara aids women in reconnecting with their bodies and selves as well as reclaiming their own sexuality. 

     

    Resources: 

     

    Tara’s book Rediscovering My Body is available wherever books are sold.  

     

    Tara’s website: rediscoveringmybody.com  

     

    9 Week Masterclass, June 15th-August 17th, 2021: For women who want to reconnect to themselves sexually, intimately, and completely but want to space it out over a few weeks. https://rediscoveringmybody.mykajabi.com/rediscovering-my-body-a-9-week-virtual-masterclass 

     

    3 Day Virtual Retreat on June 18-20, 2021 A journey to reconnect with yourself and your partner intimately and completely. https://rediscoveringmybody.mykajabi.com/rediscovering-my-body-3%20Day-Virtual-Couples-Solstice-Retreat  

    • 38 min
    Somatic Approaches: Self-Regulation for Mind-Body Well-Being

    Somatic Approaches: Self-Regulation for Mind-Body Well-Being

    “A large part of the work of The Mind-Body Stress Reset is coming to understand how important those sensations that run through your body are - coming to value them. I think we are a culture that overvalues our thinking-self and undervalues our feeling-self.” [51:10] 

      

    In this episode, Dr. Lourdes Viado speaks with Rebekkah LaDyne about mind-body somatic approaches. Rebekkah discusses how and why exercising and teaching your body ways to respond to anxiety, stress, and trauma are effective tools for your mind-body well-being.   

     

    Listen as Rebekkah emphasizes the importance of the feeling-self and the body as tools for self-regulation for individuals who are not benefiting from practices solely focusing on the thinking-self and the mind.  

     

    In this episode you will learn: 

    Rebekkah LaDyne’s personal and professional inspiration for her book. [3:04]  How the amygdala, mid frontal cortex, and prefrontal cortex function in times of extreme stress, anxiety, and trauma. [11:30]  What a somatic approach is. [22:47]  Different approaches to self-regulation using both mind and body approaches. [27:40]  How to recognize when certain approaches to stress and trauma are unhelpful. [39:20]  What the window of tolerance is and how it can inform which type of therapeutic approach is best suited for you. [46:42] 

     

     

    Rebekkah LaDyne, MS, SEP, is a practicing Somatic Therapist and Researcher and author of The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being. Focusing on trauma and dysregulation, Rebecca’s work has centered on wellness of the mind-body in the face of anxiety, stress, as well as overwhelm and development trauma. She earned her Master’s degree from Saybrook University in Mind-Body Medicine and practices mind-body well-being and wellness with the integration of somatic approaches.  

     

    Resources: 

    Rebekkah’s website: www.rebekkahladyne.com or http://www.thismindfullife.info/ 

     

    The Mind-Body Stress Reset: Somatic Practices to Reduce Overwhelm and Increase Well-Being by Rebekkah LaDyne is available anywhere books are sold. 

    • 56 min
    Harnessing the Unique Strengths of Women's Brains

    Harnessing the Unique Strengths of Women's Brains

    This episode of Women In-Depth features Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway, an award-winning psychologist who has conducted extensive research on memory and the brain. In this conversation Dr. Alloway discusses her recent book “Think Like a Girl:  10 Unique Strengths of a Woman’s Brain and How to Make Them Work for You.”  
     
    Dr. Alloway has authored 15 books and over 100 scientific articles and has been featured on BBC, Good Morning America, the Today Show, Forbes, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and many others. She’s also a consultant for documentaries, ABC/NBC and the CW affiliates,  AMC TV, and the World Bank.
     
    Topics discussed in this episode: 
    Some myths about women’s brains (4:26) How women make decisions under stress (7:07) How sticking your hand in a bucket of ice can help you make a less emotional decision (8:38) The surprising research about the lies women tell (11:10) How the women’s way of thinking is a creative superpower (15:18)  
    Resources:
    Tracy’s website: https://www.tracyalloway.com/ 
    Tracy’s book “Think Like a Girl”: https://www.zondervan.com/p/think-like-a-girl/#purchasenow

    • 24 min
    HSPs:  Healing from Toxic & Abusive Relationships with Arianna Smith, LPC

    HSPs:  Healing from Toxic & Abusive Relationships with Arianna Smith, LPC

    This episode of Women In-Depth features Arianna Smith, EMDR Clinician and Licensed Professional Counselor. She helps Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs) and LGBTQ individuals process childhood trauma, recover from abusive relationships, and release the cycle of constant people pleasing.  Based out of Denver, Colorado, Arianna is a psychotherapist by day and copywriter by night and she supports fellow healers to craft the right words that showcase their passion, personality and expertise so they can have a practice filled with dream clients.  

     

    Topics discussed in this episode:  

    Differentiating between an abusive and toxic relationship (5:13)  Common experiences for those in abusive or toxic relationships (16:08)  How prior trauma can make someone more vulnerable to an abusive or toxic relationship (25:54)  “Trauma glasses” and their impact on those who have gotten out of a abusive or toxic relationship (27:38)  The importance of compassion and healing for those who grew up with abuse or trauma (29:35)  The intersection between HSPs and abusive or toxic relationships (32:47)  DOES:: Depth of processing, Overstimulation or Overwhelm, Emotional reactivity or Empathy, Sensing of Subtleties (34:04)  The hope and recovery on the other side of an abusive or toxic relationship (44:14)   The importance of safety, support, and education for those in abusive or toxic relationships (46:30) 

     

     

    Resources: 

    Arianna’s website: https://quietmooncounseling.com/  

    National Hotline for Domestic Violence  

    telephone: 1.800.799.7233 

    website:  https://www.thehotline.org/  

    The Relationship Bill of Rights: https://www.morethantwo.com/relationshipbillofrights.html  

    • 58 min
    Dream Journey to the Divine Feminine

    Dream Journey to the Divine Feminine

    This episode of Women In-Depth features Dr. Pearl Gregor. Pearl began studying dreams in 1988. By 2015, widowed, retired, and having finished her doctorate, she created her website: www.dreamsalongtheway.com. In December 2018, she published “I, the Woman, Planted the Tree: A Journey through Dreams to the Feminine,” followed by two more books and a memoir.
     
    Topics discussed in this episode: 
    What is the search for the divine feminine? (3:15) The Myth of Inanna  (5:09) How Pearl’s journey in and out of depression brought her to dreamwork (12:34) How working with myth & archetype helps anchor you (14:38) The work of relearning to hear our inner voice (17:34) How the word “feminine” has been distorted (19:52) Jung’s process for individuation (28:23) Benefits of dreamwork for those in therapy (30:08) Nightmares are an unexamined letter from the self (40:05)  
    Resources:
    Pearl’s website: https://dreamsalongtheway.com/author/pearl/ 
    Pearl’s books: https://dreamsalongtheway.com/books/ 
    Carol Crist’s website: https://www.goddessariadne.org/ 
    Daniel Kalsched’s website: https://www.donaldkalsched.com/

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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162 Ratings

Vmiranda01 ,

Insightful podcast

Amazing, insightful, podcast hitting on so many subjects and mental health issues. Thank you!

elizas09 ,

#grateful

So glad I found this podcast that often focuses on and discussed Complex Trauma & CPTSD. It’s a very helpful podcast and the production quality is good. Thank you for this.

Savanahjounsndnsosn ,

Deep and Appreciated

This podcast always gets me thinking about issues personal to me and give me great great insights. Her guests are so smart and I enjoy listening to the dialog between host and guest.

Thank you Lourdes

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