The Holistic Counseling Podcast

Chris McDonald, LCMHCS

The Holistic Counseling Podcast hosted by Chris McDonald, a Licensed Professional Counselor, inspires mental health therapists to explore treatment options outside the realm of traditional therapy. Yes, Chris knows all about the stigmas attached to holistic therapy, yet she also knows how the client benefits far outweigh the looks, what-ifs, and worries about what people will think of you as a Mental Health Professional.

With a 200-hour Yoga Teacher and Group Practice Owner to her name, Chris specializes in treating anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief in young adults. She has seen firsthand how beneficial mindfulness, relaxation skills, meditation, and yoga have been in supplementing traditional therapy - especially in today’s world.

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Why does psychology matter in gut health? Can you use your psychology as a powerful tool to promote healing in your physical body? How can your body and mind help one another to recenter and find peace? MEET DR. JENNIFER FRANKLIN (Dr. Jennifer Franklin) is an experiential, relational, somatic, and mindfulness-based psychologist with about twenty years of psychotherapy experience. She has an educational background in mind-body/holistic psychology. Dually licensed in North Carolina and California, Dr. Franklin offers individual and couples therapy, teletherapy, and consultation. Dr. Franklin worked at the UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders and specializes in healing functional medical problems, especially Disorders of Gut-Brain Interaction like IBS, along with issues associated with anxiety, panic, interpersonal relationships, attachment, and trauma. She has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, has taught mindfulness/Vipassana meditation, and has been a long-time yoga practitioner. Visit the (Don't Hate Your Guts) website as well as (Open Door Therapy). Connect with her on (Facebook), (Twitter), and (Youtube). Email her at See also Dr. Franklin's newly launched (Brain-Gut Connection Webinar Series)! IN THIS PODCAST:Why does psychology matter in treating the gut Be aware of your influence Use your body to help your mind Why does psychology matter in treating the gutThe gut-brain axis … the vagus nerve is part of the nervous system that allows your brain and gut … and other digestive organs as well to communicate … there is always this [gut to brain] communication happening in our bodies and there’s a lot of information being transmitted about what’s happening in our bodies. (Dr. Jennifer Franklin) The messages that flow from the gut to the brain are essential for proper brain function because they are messengers of homeostasis in the body. This is because the gut gives information about the environment that the body is in. This information is sent by the gut to the brain. On the other hand, people’s psychology impacts them in various ways. People’s desires, perceptions, wants, needs, and fears fluctuate daily. This is an important variable because, with awareness, one can influence it to create positive change. Be aware of your influence Even though someone cannot control their symptoms, they can control their thoughts and can work to shift their perspective for the greater good of their physical health. When there’s a stressor and a threat in our environment, whether, in our internal environment or our external environment, our brain zooms in on the threat … that threat are our symptoms, so then we get more focused … on the symptoms that are not making us feel very good, then we feel helpless to stop them, then we feel out of control … it leads to an unpleasant cascade of psychological, and worse, physiological symptoms. (Dr. Jennifer Franklin)This is where psychology becomes important in physical health: be aware of the influence that you can have over your thoughts. Use this ability benevolently and help your healing, instead of hyper-focusing on what is wrong. Focus on what you can influence positively. Use your body to help your mind Just as how you can use your mind to help your body, you can use your body to help your mind overcome stress and anxiety. Moving the body with slow, steady, and calm movements shows the brain that the body is safe, not in danger, and can relax. Activities such as yoga and gentle exercise help regear the mind from being in an activated nervous system

Nov 24

34 min 25 sec

What’s holding you back from an abundant life? Are you ready to discover how to manifest the holistic practice you most desire? MEET PETIA KOLIBOVA (Petia Kolibova) is a women’s transformation coach who helps women who have been pushed down and been playing it small due to toxic relationships or unhealed childhood trauma to create a life that is true to them and their soul purpose. Her mission is to help women who are on the path to healing from past wounds move through their limiting beliefs and internal blocks so they can finally do what feels good to them. Petia pairs feminine flow with strategic planning to give entrepreneurs immense clarity and exact steps to transition from side-hustler to CEO. If she is not interviewing on her podcast (Unapologetically Abundant), working out, or reading, you will find her in nature disconnecting from the world, connecting to herself. Visit her (Website) and listen to (Unapologetically Abundant). Connect with her on (Facebook), (Instagram), (Youtube), and (LinkedIn). IN THIS PODCAST:How are you choosing to look at the world? The alignment with yourself, purpose, and values What is Human design How to have an abundance mindset How you can use affirmations How are you choosing to look at the world?What are your beliefs? What are you putting out into the world? Do you believe that running a business is hard work? We all have the opportunity to learn from those people who are already where we want to be. Life doesn’t have to be hard and we don’t have to go through the struggle before we can reach success. We get to be really mindful about what we believe and what do we believe is possible and what are we affirming on our life. (Petia Kolibova)It is possible for us to choose ease and look at the world differently – and this is what will reflect back to you. The alignment with yourself, purpose, and valuesWe’re here to support those who align with our values and who really honor us. (Petia Kolibova)It is important for you to start asking yourself these questions and affirming what it is that you want: • What are you truly experiencing in your life? • Who do you want to be working with? • Who are your ideal clients? • How do you feel and how do they feel? • What’s the session like? In order for you to do your best work and impact your clients’ lives in a meaningful way, you need to know whether they align with you. It really is important that you know yourself and know what you want your life to look like and feel like and then make decisions based on that. What is Human DesignThis is a map of your unique genetic design, with detailed information on both conscious and unconscious aspects of yourself. It guides you to discover your own truth. Knowing what your Human Design is will guide you on how to navigate life. It will detail your talents, skills, and potential and it will give you a map for actualizing these. You can begin to understand how you are designed to engage with the world and it will show you where you are susceptible to your environment's influence and conditioning. * (Discover your Human Design) How to have an abundance mindsetWhen we are focusing on what is working and what feels good, we feel better right? And it’s when we feel better that we can have the clarity for the next step, or expanding our reach, or helping more people. But it’s coming from a place of, right now, I am feeling right. (Petia Kolibova)It's very easy to identify the things that you are lacking and what is not working. You need to shift your mindset to focus on what is working already. Stop...

Nov 17

39 min 43 sec

Are you able to tap into your intuition? Do you bring it into your therapy sessions to help clients? Perhaps you are uncertain about how to do this and want to learn more! MEET JANIS R. COHEN, LCSW (Janis R. Cohen) has been a licensed therapist for almost 30 years and is also a clairvoyant, empath, and medium. She is internationally knowns as The Intuitive Therapist and offers Intuitive Therapeutic Readings (a process that is unique to her in the field of psychotherapy), Past Life Regression hypnotherapy, and Intuitive Therapy Programs. Janis works with spiritually conscious people who struggle to make decisions and take action. She helps them feel confident and certain about their decisions and live fulfilling lives. In 2016, Janis published her first book called (The Intuitive Therapist), which helps therapists, coaches, and counselors accelerate and empower their clinical practices with the wisdom of their intuition. Janis’s podcast, (The Intuitive Therapist Podcast), merges intuition, spirituality, metaphysics, and therapeutic wisdom to teach listeners how they can master their emotional, psychological, spiritual, and financial destinies. Visit (Janis's website) and listen to (The Intuitive Therapist Podcast). Connect with her on (Facebook), (Instagram), and (Twitter). You can reach her by calling: 404-558-3971. Email her at IN THIS PODCAST:What is intuition Clair(s) - 4 ways we receive information Intuitive gifts How to tap into your intuition Using your intuition in session with clients What is intuitionIntuition is that little voice inside that feels like a hunch or nudge or little whisper of information. It’s literally your internal guidance, guiding you. (Janis R. Cohen)Intuition in its simplest form is your gut instinct guiding you. It shows up in different ways, it can be really subtle or it can be quite ‘loud’. Subtle intuition could be when you get an inkling to call someone because you have been thinking about them, or you can get intuitive signs which reinforce the hunch you’ve had had. If you’re in danger, you could get a very clear, loud, urgent sign to change course. Clair (s) - 4 ways we receive information1. Claircognizance means clear knowing. 2. Clairsentience means clear feeling. 3. Clairvoyance means clear seeing. 4. Clairaudience means clear hearing. Each of us has a primary way of receiving information. So how do you figure out which one is yours? Imagine you walk into a restaurant, what do you notice first? What you see? What do you hear? What do you smell and sense? And what do you know. That is immediately your primary way of receiving. And then all the other ones support that. (Janis R. Cohen) Intuitive gifts These intuitive gifts are available to everyone. When people are in touch with their intuitive gifts, it’s a knowingness inside. This is a neutral knowing, in the same way there is a 6th sense, which you can’t always explain. Everybody is intuitive and psychic, people just don’t pay attention and dismiss a lot. (Janis R. Cohen)How to tap into your intuition1. Create an intention to do so: get really clear about what your intuitive sense is vs what your ego says. 2. Create awareness: be in a state of awareness so that you are open to receiving information. 3. Be in an imaginative state: be in the here and now, be open to anything being a possibility and embrace being playful. 4. Develop intuitive currency with yourself: keep track of your intuitive nudges in a notebook, you

Nov 12

38 min 23 sec

What is angel healing in therapy? How is angel healing another form of energetic treatment? Can you connect to your angels in your conscious mind? MEET HEIDI DALZELLA psychologist with a 25-year-old private practice, Heidi Dalzell has long known the benefits of self-exploration. As a lifelong seeker, Heidi has studied many spiritual practices and traveled widely, bringing her connections into private practice. These influences include Mindfulness and Buddhist inquiry, an appreciation for Hinduism and Bhakti yoga, and many New Age practices. She believes that true healing incorporates mind (psychology), body (somatic practices, such as yoga), and spirit (connection with the higher self and the Divine). Heidi has trained with a number of healers, and in addition to her credential as a doctor of psychology, she is a certified spiritual coach, a certified past-life regressionist, and a certified angel guide. Heidi works with people throughout the US in her coaching practice. She is an avid writer and teacher and has appeared on numerous podcasts. Check out the (Soulful Connections Coaching) website and (Facebook page). Visit (Heidi's personal website). Contact her practice at (215) 630-7154 or email her at IN THIS PODCAST:What are angels? Your angels Getting to know your angels What is angel healing? What are angels? The ideas behind what angels are may be informed by your religious background. For some people, angels are guardians or loved ones who have passed on. For others, angels are messengers from God. The word “angel” is Greek, and it means messenger … “el” at the end of the word, as well as [at the end of] a lot of angel names such as Michael, Raphael, Gabriel … comes from the Hebrew word “Elohim” which means the divine. So really … angels are messengers of the divine. (Heidi Dalzell)Across the board, angels are believed to be energetic beings that want to help and guide people. People project human forms onto them in a way to empathize and connect more easily with the concept of angels. What angels look like, if you believe in them, is quite dependent on you. Your angels Each person has angels. You have guardian angels who have been with you for many lifetimes. Our guardian angels are divine intelligence that expresses itself to us in an individual way so that we can develop a personal relationship with them. (Heidi Dalzell) The relationship that you form with your angels is unique to you and them. They may come to you in a vision, or as a physical touch, or energetic sensation. Each of your angels will feel different to you: your guardian angel will feel different from an archangel. Your angels want to connect with you. They want to help people, but they cannot connect to and guide them if the person is not open to receiving their messages and opening that channel of connection. Getting to know your angels There are different ways for you to begin meeting your angels: Enter a meditative state Say “guardian angel, thank you for allowing me to know you”. Talk with them in a way where you thank them for what you are hoping for them to do Then, ask them what you would like to know Listen for the answer and be in stillness. What is angel healing? It is a part of the energetic world. Therefore, angel healing is a form of energy healing. It connects to what the client is struggling with and encourages them to deepen their connection to themselves and their spirituality. As a therapist, it is possible to form energetic attachments to your clients, especially when you are treating them through difficult issues of their own. Sometimes you may need to perform a chord-cutting ceremony to separate yourself from their energy to protect your own and to maintain the therapeutic process. Connect With MeInstagram...

Nov 10

40 min 17 sec

Are you interested in becoming certified in and providing biofeedback in your practice? What are the differences between neurofeedback and biofeedback? How do these integrative tools provide treatments to clients that are both science-backed and holistic? MEET DR. ROSEANN CAPANNA-HODGEDr. Roseann is a mental health trailblazer, founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, and (Dr. Roseann, LLC), which is, “Changing the way we view and treat children’s mental health”. She is known for brain-based solutions for struggling kids and her work has helped thousands reverse the most challenging conditions, such as ADHD, anxiety, mood, autism, learning disability, Lyme, and PANS/PANDAS using PROVEN holistic therapies such as neurofeedback, biofeedback, and psychotherapy. She is the author of the first-ever book on teletherapy activities for child and adolescent therapists, “ (Teletherapy Toolkit)” and " (It’s Gonna be OK)!" She gives parents step-by-step solutions for their struggling kids with her books and remote neurofeedback program. A media personality, she is often featured on dozens of media outlets: Fox, CBS, NBC, PARENTS, and New York Times. Visit (her personal website) and ( Connect with her on (Facebook), (Twitter), (Youtube), and (Pinterest). Freebie: Check out these free (coping statements)! IN THIS PODCAST:Holistic treatment Biofeedback and neurofeedback Becoming certified Holistic treatment Holistic strategies do not go against or challenge other medical approaches to wellness, recovery, and healing. Clients do not have to pick one or the other. You can work with a combination of different approaches to wellness without thinking that you must “pick a side”. The neuroscience behind changing behavior is to regulate the nervous system first, then come in with new learning. When we try to separate those [by saying] “oh, you only need to do meds” or “oh, you only need to do counseling” when the person is in full limbic activation … and that’s not how the brain works. (Dr. Roseann Cappana-Hodge) Culturally people think that taking a pill or going to counseling is going to resolve the issue in full. However, full treatment often requires a set of different strategies, depending on the severity of the issue. Your brain struggles to learn when it has shut down due to illness, stress, or unresolved trauma. Taking a pill may mask symptoms but it will not resolve the problem. This is why holistic treatment can be life-changing for some people because it combines physical wellness with mental and emotional wellness for an integrated approach to recovery. Biofeedback and neurofeedback Biofeedback is, through conscious control, learning how to regulate what we call our autonomic nervous system, and neurofeedback is subconscious control. (Dr. Roseann Cappana-Hodge) With biofeedback, you are using your brain to think about regulating your breath, heart rate, muscle tension. The combination of synchronizing...

Nov 3

42 min 22 sec

How can clinical hypnotherapy treat anxiety in its totality? What are the benefits of past life regression and healing physical pain? How does past life regression depend on the wisdom of the heart center? MEET CAROLYN SHEEHANCarolyn began with spiritual practices in the late 1990s with Reiki, EFT training, and all things metaphysical. She then completed her original hypnotherapy training at The Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment center in Virginia Beach VA with the National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists (N.A.T.H.). She continued her education by receiving her Master’s Hypnotherapy training with the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (I.A.C.T.) Carolyn is also a Medical Reiki Master~Teacher, EFT practitioner and a Past Life, Life Between Lives Regressionist. She is a Certified Angel Intuitive Healer with Marcia Hebrank, who trained directly with Doreen Virtue. Visit her (website). Connect with her on (Facebook), (LinkedIn), and (Youtube). IN THIS PODCAST:What is past life regression? Heart center over the thinking mind Healing anxiety Past life regression and trauma What is past life regression? People are affected by their past lives whether they realize it or not because your subconscious mind carries the memories of your past existence. (Carolyn Sheehan) People’s subconscious minds can carry memories and patterns from past lives into a person’s current life. They may be working on patterns and behaviors that they inherited and are not necessarily their own. Through uncovering them and healing them a person can let them go, and be freer to make space and decisions that serve them best for where they are currently at. - Memories can be stored in the physical or mental body - People can attract the same kind of relationships in people due to unresolved past experiences Going back and remembering, restoring, rebalancing all of these memories is the most important part of the work that I do. (Carolyn Sheehan) Heart center over the thinking mind During past life regression sessions, Carolyn guides her clients to listen to and ask questions to their heart center instead of their thinking minds. Their thinking mind is their conscious self, the person who they have grown up to be thus far in their current life, and this mind is limited to what it understands and remembers from the current life. The heart center is connected to the subconscious, so it is through here that a client can more easily access any past life experiences they may have had. Healing anxiety We can go back to the original time of when anxiety was first an issue for you … and work around restoring, rebalancing, and being forgiving of that initial time. That is helpful and healing, especially for children. (Carolyn Sheehan) Through clinical hypnosis and past life regression sessions, a person can be healed from their anxiety by going back to the first time that they experienced this stress, and coping with it from the root. Instead of working with the symptoms and trying to treat the aspects of anxiety, clinical hypnosis seeks to treat the root cause of the anxiety in the first place. Past life regression and trauma If someone goes into a past life regression session and they witness old traumas, Carolyn advises them to treat it as if they were watching a movie and not reliving the same experiences twice. Before a session starts, Carolyn and the client will establish a safe place, and if a person feels overwhelmed, they can move into their safe place and continue with their healing. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the private...

Oct 27

34 min 5 sec

Have you heard of neuro-linguistic programming? What is a quick NLP mindset strategy you can use to overcome anxiety? How does one overcome limiting beliefs? MEET VASSIL KARAMANOVVassil is a Transformation Life Coach. His holistic skillset includes being a Master NLP Practitioner, Master TIME Techniques Practitioner, Hypnotherapist, EFT Practitioner, and Meditation Teacher. Vassil aims to help people break through and experience massive transformations in all areas of life such as Health (physical+emotional+mental), Career, Relationships, and Personal Development. He specializes in helping people step into massive action, eliminate bad habits and regain control of their power. His approach explores stepping into the higher self and tapping into the flow state. Visit Vassil's (website). Connect with him on (Instagram), (Youtube), and (LinkedIn). IN THIS PODCAST:What is NLP? Coaching versus therapy Thoughts and body What is NLP? NLP can simply be defined in two ways; understanding how the brain works, and the science of excellence. What NLP is is they took some of the most successful therapists, psychotherapists, and hypnotherapists from the last couple of decades and they looked at what worked. What were they doing with their patients that created lasting results? From that field NLP was born, neuro-linguistic programming. (Vassil Karamanov) NLP helps people deal with life’s opportunities and challenges. The strategies taught in NLP can be used in treating mental health issues because it focuses on what causes the problems that people deal with, and what is obstructing their thought processes. The tools provided by NLP help people move away from their ego and allow them to adopt other perspectives to their life which helps them to approach their problems in different, more constructive ways. Coaching versus therapy Therapy requires many years of schooling, and it works under strict sets of regulations and laws, whereas coaching is more open-ended, and not bound to the same level of regulation. With coaching, you still need to be aware of what is beneficial for the client. If the client is dealing with depression and anxiety, coaching may not help, and they need to be referred out to a therapist. Clients can get the most out of coaching if their goals are to overcome their fears, change their life, and start building productive and healthy habits. Therapy and coaching can work together: coaching can elevate the understandings achieved in therapy. Thoughts and body Research has shown that negative thoughts create negative responses in the body. A negative thought is processed for seven seconds in the brain before the body releases hormones, such as cortisol, in response to the stress-inducing idea. In this state, we are not our best, and we cannot perform and live our lives in ways that allow us to grow and mature. Guilt, sadness, or jealousy, those are emotions that we can’t create … we can’t be our best selves or be in a flow state or bring our best personality [when we feel them]. No, it brings out the worst personalities, and that is why [negative thoughts] are important to [heal] because they can be slowing you down your whole life. (Vassil Karamanov) Your mind may hold onto limiting beliefs because it is trying to protect you from the hurt you may have experienced in the past. Releasing them is the key to helping you move forward. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the private (Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: (

Oct 20

37 min 6 sec

How much do you know about tarot cards? Are you interested in bringing tarot into therapy for your clients? How do tarot cards compliment CBT? MEET PAULA SPAREPaula is a former educator and classically trained musician. She left teaching due to illness which led her to study yoga and Ayurveda for the past 15 years. During that time she returned to her love of the metaphysical, which led to the birth of (Open Key Tarot). Recently, she received her Masters in Counseling and is working towards removing the stigma and taboo of Holistic modalities in counseling. She is passionate about ethically enhancing traditional theoretical modalities (CBT, etc.) with archetypal tools like Tarot. Connect with Paula on (Facebook) and (Instagram). Visit the (Open Key Tarot) website. IN THIS PODCAST:How can tarot cards help therapists with clients Using tarot with CBT Introducing a client to tarot cards How can tarot cards help therapists with clients Tarot cards can be beneficial for clients who are stable and do not struggle with psychosis. They are grounding tools, and when a patient is feeling more grounded, they can receive more benefits from it. Although, tarot cards do need to be tied to a theoretical orientation. Somebody’s who’s having a hard time with, for example, money … and feeling like they’re completely drained, you could have a deck of cards … you could have [the client] shuffle the deck, take a look at which one they pull out and say: “let’s talk about this”. (Paula Spare)You can use the cards as conversation starters to get to the deeper meanings and findings behind a client’s thought processes. Using tarot with CBT Tarot cards can act as conversation starters, and they encourage clients to think about the deeper meanings behind what they feel when they interact with a card. Therefore, tarot cards can be used alongside CBT as a mental health technique to get a client talking and interacting with their thoughts. You’re not doing a reading for them at all. It’s just like “we’re going to talk about this today … how do you feel about looking at something that would be a good visual to bring you back, would this be something that would be helpful?” and it may not be helpful for them but its an idea that you can use as a toolbox. (Paula Spare)Introducing a client to tarot cardsFirst, spend a few sessions with the client to get to know them better before introducing tarot. Once you think that they may be open to them, ask them “how would you feel about this? Would this be something that you are interested in doing?” Demystify them for your clients. Let them know that there is no magic involved, no spells; just conversation starters and something that you can use in-session to prompt some deeper discussions. A medium is anything that just helps somebody get to the core of their feelings … any help that it can give you in a session with somebody, and it helps them tune in a little better, I’m all about that. (Paula Spare) Bring both skepticism and an open mind to the table. It is okay to dip a toe in and explore. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the private (Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on (Apple Podcasts), (Stitcher), (TuneIn),...

Oct 13

32 min 46 sec

How is movement scientifically proven to assist emotional processing? What can clinicians do to help their patients commit to forming healthy habits? Can you integrate the principles of movement, sleep, and nutrition into your counseling practice for treatment? MEET KATY RADERKaty works with clients to manage anxiety and trauma responses through the lens of Holistic Mental Health. She is a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Practitioner (CMHIMP). Katy utilizes physical health and lifestyle methods, like nutrition, movement, and sleep, to help clients manage their mental health symptoms. Katy works in private practice as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the north Indianapolis/Carmel area. Katy lives in Indianapolis and is married with three children. Visit her website, (Beacon of Change). Email her at, or contact her practice at 317-530-3050 IN THIS PODCAST:Movement for mental health Forming healthy habits Sleep for mental health Nutrition for mental health MOVEMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTHBilateral movements such as swimming, walking, cycling, and running all help clients process their emotions. This is because the constant alternating repetition of movement helps their brain to move through the issue and complete the emotional cycle. When the body is stuck, so is the mind. Move the body to help the mind find new perspectives and ways of interacting with a situation or problem to solve. FORMING HEALTHY HABITSThe trick is getting it enough in a routine that it reinforces itself … typically that’s about three times a week. (Katy Rader) Once a client has practiced a new activity three times a week for three weeks, that is when the new habit starts to be formed. Getting a client to carve out that time to commit to trying something new three times a week will make it easier for them to assimilate this new habit into their lifestyle. Keep in mind that it is important to validate their emotions as committing to a new routine may be difficult for them in the beginning. SLEEP FOR MENTAL HEALTHWhen we’re low on sleep we have increased stress hormones, we have more cortisol coursing through our veins and that’s never good because it impairs thinking and emotional regulation. (Katy Rader) A patient must decide for themselves that their sleep, health, and movement are worth the effort to take care of. Often teaching a patient about the importance and benefits of getting good consecutive sleep is enough to motivate them to try correcting their sleep schedule, because they desire those benefits. NUTRITION FOR MENTAL HEALTHThere are benefits to keeping a food diary. This is not to have people keep count of their calories, but instead to keep track of what they eat, how often they eat it, and when they eat it. These insights can be greatly helpful to discerning how the client copes with stress or anxiety throughout the day when it comes to food. It’s something that helps you take a look at what you’re actually taking into your body and what the things [are] that you’re low on. It’s not about calories … it may [show that someone] is not getting enough magnesium, and magnesium is something that helps our bodies fully relax. (Katy Rader) It is also beneficial to see which food groups of nutrients they are missing out on because properly nourishing the body is a foundation of mental and emotional health. Be sure to have a disclaimer that states that you are not a doctor and nutritionist, and refer your patients out to them if your patients are asking about nutrition specifics. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the private (Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course:

Oct 6

27 min 18 sec

What are some of the skills and abilities of empathic people? How can empaths learn to protect their energy and harness their empathy? Why are nature and water essential to self-care for an empath? MEET SARAH GRANAHANSarah Granahan is the Founder of Color My Spirit, LLC - an organization she created in 2012 to offer inspiration, motivation & self-healing to people. Sarah is an Energy & Intuitive Coach with training as a Holy Fire® Reiki Master/Teacher (RMT), Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice (HTP-A), Hypnotherapist, Integrative Health Coach, and Healy Practitioner. Her gifting includes being an Intuitive Empath, Shaman, Medium, Animal & Child Messages & Energy Worker, and Wellness Coach. Sarah treats people with sleep disturbances, anxiety, pain, grief, wound healing, fatigue, or side effects from medication and chemotherapy. She also offers sessions for people who want to explore their shadows and clear old energy to support their general well-being. In 2020, Sarah expanded her practice and opened (Color My Spirit Wellness) - a place where alternative & holistic practitioners can gather to treat clients on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels to encourage alignment and balance. Visit her (website). Connect on (Facebook), (Twitter), or subscribe to her (Youtube channel). Alternatively, give her practice a call at 919-803-8085 or email her at IN THIS PODCAST:What is an Empath? Some top self-care tips for empaths Intention is important WHAT IS AN EMPATH?With an empathic person, or an empath, they take it to a whole other sensory and processing level. It’s a heightened sense of awareness that they have with their surroundings, the people that they’re around, the environments they find themselves in. (Sarah Granahan) An empath will not only feel the emotions of the people around them, but they may take it on as their own and carry the emotional weight that does not belong to them. It can become difficult for them to distinguish between what their emotions are and the emotions that they feel that belong to or come from other people. However, being an empath is a gift, and it is something to be celebrated. It is a gift. It’s a way to determine and get a heads up on things and something I keep in my tool belt when I’m at work, or in my friend circle, or just a way that I can help myself feel better and maintain my health instead of having these waves of up and down all the time. (Sarah Granahan) Some signs of having the empathic ability: Feeling deeply connected to being outside and in nature Having the feeling of carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders Crying easily Being worried and concerned about your loved ones Treating pets like family Being more compassionate and caring for your loved ones than most people around you Getting tired easily from spending time with energetically demanding people Becoming emotional when watching movies and tv shows Mimicking and picking up on other people’s illnesses and physical pains SOME TOP SELF-CARE TIPS FOR EMPATHSEmotions are very much so cleansed by water. Empaths may be very attracted to being around lakes and water … its because water is a very big healer and clearer of our emotional field. (Sarah Granahan)Positive self-talk is essential. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and drinking lots of water. Taking care to get enough quality sleep and time resting. Spending time in nature to ground energy and decompress from people. Setting healthy boundaries, pulling back from people-pleasing, and learning how to say no. Practice journaling to let go. Planning for emotional overload. If you have had a busy time, plan some space for yourself at the end to replenish yourself. Practice...

Oct 1

39 min 54 sec

How can medical professionals turn unhealthy competition into healthy collaboration? What is the significance of emotional intelligence to leadership and stress management? Which frameworks can therapists use to help them overcome self-doubt and negative self-talk? MEET DR. NINA AHUJADr. Nina Ahuja is a surgeon, award-winning medical educator, senior academic leader, certified emotional intelligence facilitator, founder of (Docs in Leadership), an organization established to promote and deliver leadership education to health professionals, and author of the bestselling book " (Stress in Medicine: Lessons Learned Through My Years as a surgeon, from Med School to Residency, and Beyond)". She is an advocate for emotionally intelligent leadership, mental health, wellness, equity, diversity, and inclusion. Visit her (website). Connect with her on (Facebook), (Twitter), or (Instagram). IN THIS PODCAST:Dr. Ahuja’s ADMIT framework Benefits of frameworks for therapists The importance of emotional intelligence DR. AHUJA'S ADMIT FRAMEWORKThe ADMIT framework is something that I feel is a very powerful tool to help organize that jumble of emotion and feeling of overwhelm that we experience when we are in high-stress situations. (Dr. Nina Ahuja) ADMIT is an acronym that stands for five phases of experience which are common sources of stress: A: adapting to new ways D: doing the work M: measuring success I: introspection T: transformation You can use the ADMIT framework when you are feeling overwhelmed to help you understand which phase of experience in stress you are currently struggling with. Once you have identified which phase, you can dive deeper into it. I’ve seen success with [ADMIT] implemented with individuals as well as in teams … this could be applied personally and professionally. It can be applied to a personal goal or a team goal. (Dr. Nina Ahuja) The ADMIT framework helps to uncover the psychological barriers around what we do and what we do not do. It is a tool that you can use to increase: Emotional intelligence Awareness around our reactions to situations BENEFITS OF FRAMEWORKS FOR THERAPISTSYou can couple the ADMIT framework with the Smart Goals framework so that you can uncover those underlying stressors and reasons, and create actionable change to implement a shift that is aligned with your goals. Combine the ADMIT framework for understanding your stressors better with the Smart Goals framework to make meaningful change in your personal life, and to move through any difficulties in your professional one. It’s reframing our perspectives and then reprogramming our self-talk when it comes to those things and recognizing that there’s success in everything we do but it depends on how you look at it, and how you’re going to measure it. (Dr. Nina Ahuja) Use the framework to pull yourself out of the rabbit hole of comparing yourself to other medical professionals. As much as success in the medical field is objective, it needs to be met with personal strength and growth as well. Nurture a healthy internal dialogue to reframe how you view yourself to others because your journey is different from someone else’s journey. THE IMPORTANCE OF EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCEEmotional intelligence is the foundation of being able to cultivate positive and healthy relationships. It is about being aware of your emotional response and providing yourself with the ability to choose how to react in any given moment, versus being at the mercy of your unchecked emotions. The more aware we are … the more effective we can be in managing them... instead of having a maladaptive response … so I believe that emotional intelligence is a key factor in relationships and because of that I think it’s...

Sep 29

28 min 24 sec

What does your self-talk sound like? How do you start to believe positive affirmations from not believing in them at all? Can taking baby steps lead to genuine momentum and bring about real change? MEET ELIZABETH MEYERElizabeth Meyer is a caring, warm, and intuitive Coach and Psychotherapist. She specializes in working with women who are seeking personal growth, healing, and transformation. She helps women shift their mindset, removing self-limiting beliefs and other internal blocks to success so that women can dream big and live the life of their dreams! Elizabeth has been a licensed psychotherapist for 25 years receiving her BS in Psychology from Grinnell College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Certified Personal and Professional Coach, having received her certification from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) over 16 years ago. Connect on (Facebook) or visit her (website). Email her at or phone her practice at 508-909-4109. IN THIS PODCAST:How to overcome self-limiting beliefs The power of baby steps Getting the momentum going HOW TO OVERCOME SELF-LIMITING BELIEFSNormalize them: the first step to overcoming something is to accept that they exist. You can accept their existence without believing what they say. Learn and adapt: Almost everything is “figureoutable”. There are things that you can learn to help you make meaningful changes in your life and mindset. There are things that we can learn. We can learn to do specific tasks. If there are special techniques, we can learn them. If there are mindset skills, we can learn them. We just have to apply ourselves. (Elizabeth Meyer) Self-belief: when you make changes in your mindset, you may not believe them immediately because you have spent so long believing the opposite. Work on building the structure for the creation and incubation of positive thoughts, and they will come. Depending on how people respond to the affirmation we can tweak it because it has to be something that we believe. (Elizabeth Meyer) If it feels too strange or ingenuine, remind yourself that you are learning and that it is a work in progress. THE POWER OF BABY STEPSFear and nervousness are normal. They are emotions that are telling you that this is something near to the edge of your comfort zone and that you are close to expanding yourself. Do not run away from the fear, because you can still take small actions despite it. It’s normal to be scared. It is normal to feel concerned … taking a baby step allows you to feel “okay, I can do this one small thing” and then moving forward on that one small thing gives you permission to take another baby step, and another baby step. (Elizabeth Meyer) The shifts that you make do not need to be grand and scalable all the time. You can make small waves and movements. A small step is better than no step at all. GETTING THE MOMENTUM GOINGEach baby step not only helps you to make progress, but it helps you to slowly build up momentum. Over time, your small actions will turn into habits, and your new jobs will become daily routines, and before you know it your venture has become a part of your lifestyle and schedule. It all starts with a movement, and even the smallest movement done a little bit every day or week is enough to get the ball rolling. The most difficult part is starting alone, so pick something easy, commit to your growth, and take your first baby step. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the private (Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and...

Sep 22

23 min 58 sec

What is an energetic boundary? Why is building your self-awareness an integral part of maintaining your energetic boundaries? Can energy be like water? MEET LISA LEWISWith three certificates in energy healing and Level 2 Reiki certified, Lisa has gained extensive training in the mind-body connection. She also has the traditional training of a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and offers clients a holistic approach during sessions. Dedicated to her private practice and work in her community, Lisa sees patients in her Pasadena, California office, as well as virtually in online therapy or phone therapy. She has a keen interest in helping those who struggle with issues related to being a highly sensitive person, as well as parents and individuals navigating depression, anxiety, stress, or trauma. With over 20 years of education, training, and life experience, Lisa is well-equipped to help others in their healing and personal growth. Connect on (Instagram), (Facebook), and (LinkedIn). (Sign up) for her free 8-week email and listen to her (podcast here), or visit her (website here). Email Lisa at or call her for an initial consult at 626.319.5076. IN THIS PODCAST:How to set energetic boundaries Build your self-awareness How to get into your body Lisa’s advice to listeners HOW TO SET ENERGETIC BOUNDARIESThe first step to learning how to set energetic boundaries for yourself is to: Know how to ground yourself: You can ground yourself into the Earth as a meditation, and feel yourself be secure and connected with the earth, sending energetic roots into the soul that connects you with nature. Once you get really comfortable doing that, that’s when you feel more centered and more grounded within your body, and then your energetic boundary [is within] the distance from your shoulder, if you extend your arm, all the way out in front of you … that bubble that goes all the way around you. That is your space … then you can say “this is me, and that is you”. (Lisa Lewis)Get to know what your energy feels like: Once you are comfortable and aware of how it feels to be within your own energy space and to feel what your energy feels like, you can more easily recognize if you are holding onto or are carrying energy that does not belong to you. By being grounded within your body and being comfortable and aware of your energetic boundary, you can more easily pick up if somebody is – intentionally or not – overstepping it. If the other person doesn’t know how to set their own boundary, you might feel invaded by somebody. You might feel them come into your personal space, and highly sensitive people are very sensitive to people entering their space. (Lisa Lewis) BUILD YOUR SELF-AWARENESSGetting to know what your energy feels like to you is an integral part of building your self-awareness. Make intentional time to understand what it is that you need to feel at peace and grounded. This is also where self-care becomes important. Consider: Taking a little time every day for self-reflection, such as writing in a journal, Meditating Moving your body and exercising. Moving your body helps move emotions and feelings through [your] body. If we tend to get stuck, and if feelings and emotions get stuck in our body, that’s when disease can develop in certain areas in our body. If we separate the word disease, that there’s a dis-ease in our own physical body. So, it’s working with the energy to help move that dis-ease through your body so that it doesn’t get stuck., stagnant or blocked. (Lisa Lewis) Imagine that the energy flowing through you is like how water flows through a river. Each day you can ask yourself: Is there a part of me that feels stuck...

Sep 15

25 min 18 sec

Have you heard of muscle response testing? How can you use muscle response testing to do deep trauma healing work with your clients? What are some self-care tips that you can utilize at work? MEET ANGELA SANTIAGOGrowing up in Germany, Angela lived on the outer skirts of a small town in Bavaria, where using holistic remedies was just a daily way of living. After moving to the US at age 24, she slow and steadily pursued her passion to learn more about herbal tinctures and holistic remedies, mainly for her own family. In the mid-nineties, the path to her healing practice expanded while studying the gentle art of Healing Touch, EFT, Touch for Health, and eventually Emotion Code. In addition, Angela’s deep-rooted love for herbal medicine has also lead her to become a certified Aromatherapist, which she specializes in for over a decade, to support and balance client’s emotional ups and downs, safe and naturally. Angela is the mother of 3 children and 7 grandchildren, that continued on the same Holistic Path that she instilled in them. Visit her (website). Connect on (Facebook) and (Instagram). Download the free e-book: (How to Move Forward with Ease) IN THIS PODCAST:What is muscle response testing? Conscious and subconscious mind Angela’s self-care tips for therapists WHAT IS MUSCLE RESPONSE TESTINGMuscle response testing is an energetic modality where I can check on myself … it’s called a ring-in-ring method. (Angela Santiago)I take the tip of my pointer finger and the tip of my thumb, and I put it together as a ring on both hands. I open the ring on my right hand and lock it into my left-hand ring. The ring in ring method is when you: Connect the tip of your pointer finger with the tip of your thumb, creating a ring. Create a ring on both hands. Open a pointer finger and interlock it with its thumb through the other ring, so that your rings on both hands are interlocked with one another on each side. If you ask a question and the ring breaks, the answer is no. If you ask a question and the ring remains in place, the answer is yes. You can use the ring method to find if there is still trauma in the body from past experiences that have not been resolved. CONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS MINDI have to say with some clients you achieve results quicker [than] with others, and it has to do with … are they receptive? Do they want to release their stuff? (Angela Santiago) Some people may have suppressed their feelings and thoughts so deep that their conscious mind and their subconscious minds are not able to hear one another. In this case, using muscle response testing can help you to get your clients to find the place in their memory or trauma that they have missed that is still being triggered, and work through it. SELF-CARE ADVICE FOR THERAPISTSBreathing deeply with your hand on your forehead, Sitting quietly with your hand on your heart and taking intentional deep breaths, Take a walk around the block on your break to calm your mind from work and to revitalize your energy, Place a diffuser in your office for using essential oils. [Self-care] is imperative, to keep our mind clear, calm, and collected, because it’s very easy to get overwhelmed and go down the rail with a client sometimes. (Angela Santiago) Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on...

Sep 8

39 min 27 sec

How can therapists combine mindfulness with equity? Can mindfulness be made more accessible? What are your most effective mindfulness techniques as a therapist? MEET YUNIESKA KRUGYunieska Krug and has a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from Boston University. She is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Yunieska is also licensed as a Masters Level Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor in New Hampshire. She has extensive experience working in various settings with diverse populations. Yunieska holds certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, and Mental Health with aging populations. Yunieska's clinical specialties include treating Trauma, Anxiety disorders, Depression, Adjustment issues, Life coaching, Interpersonal conflict resolution, Relationship loss, Multi-cultural issues, Dual-diagnosis, and Substance use disorders. Her treatment approach is empathic, empowering, and patient-centered. Additionally, she is able to speak Spanish fluently. Visit her (website). IN THIS PODCAST:Mindfulness strategies for therapists Equity and mindfulness Mindfulness advice MINDFULNESS STRATEGIES FOR THERAPISTSWe really have to take care of ourselves and our bodies so that we can be present for our clients because … we’re constantly exposed to vicarious trauma. (Yunieska Krug)Guided mediation Subtle yoga course Aromatherapy Reiki Having a daily mindfulness practice that is dedicated to yourself and your wellbeing will enable you to give great therapy while maintaining your peace at the same time as you guide people through their treatment. EQUITY AND MINDFULNESSMindfulness should not be exclusionary or be kept away from people who cannot afford to pay for full services. Teaching people mindfulness tactics and techniques in their counseling, especially people who do not have the time or financial resources to pay for a full course, is a good way to make sure that mindfulness is accessible for everyone. Making sure that we are updating and letting … our clients know that [there are] mindfulness strategies that don’t have to be a large expense. (Yunieska Krug)If you have the capacity and the resources at your practice, consider offering free sessions or videos to people who could greatly benefit from valuable mindfulness information. MINDFULNESS ADVICEDo not be hyper-focused on the journey and trying to control outcomes. Embrace contrast in your life to give yourself the emotional freedom to move forward with intention. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on (Apple Podcasts), (Stitcher), (TuneIn), (Spotify), and (Google Podcasts). Resources Mentioned And Useful Links: (Holistic Treatment of Eating Disorders, Interview with Rebecca Capps) (Subtle Yoga) (Practice of the Practice Podcast Network)

Sep 1

24 min 32 sec

What are some holistic strategies that can treat eating disorders? How do mindfulness and breathwork come together to strengthen the benefits of intuitive eating? Can you bring aromatherapy principles into eating disorder treatment? MEET REBECCA CAPPSRebecca Capps is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist committed to helping clients feel good about their body and happy in life—without food guilt or dieting. She named her practice Mind-Body Thrive because she takes a holistic approach and believes that in order to thrive, one must consider both the mind and body. Rebecca lives near the beach in Santa Barbara, California, with her husband and 1-year-old son, Rowan. Visit her (website). Connect on (Facebook), (Instagram), and (Pinterest). Take this (free eating personality quiz) to learn about what your eating style says about you. Get the (free guide of Self-Love Meditation). Sign up for the (30 days Intuitive Eating Program). IN THIS PODCAST:Intuitive eating as a treatment for eating disorders Mindfulness and breathwork for eating Benefits of aromatherapy INTUITIVE EATING AS A TREATMENT FOR EATING DISORDERSIt’s ironic, like, just giving yourself unconditional permission to eat because when we say: “I can’t have the brownies”, well obviously we’re going to think about the brownies until the cows come home. Giving yourself unconditional permission to eat and to honor your taste preferences and to notice how they play into your satisfaction. (Rebecca Capps)Intuitive eating is a powerful tool that people who have suffered from eating disorders before can use to overcome the intense restriction that they feel over their food and their body. After a long period of time stuck in an eating disorder, people become detached from their hunger cues and can no longer identify – or trust – their body when it is telling them what they need. In this instance, intuitive eating is listening to what your body wants and learning to honor those cravings until the intensity wears off and you begin to seek out nutritious food instead of the food that you used to restrict from. In this, mindfulness is necessary. [Intuitive eating] is a way to reject the diet mentality and to get angry a culture that has … fed us this myth that we need to always control and listen to “health gurus” and “fitness influencers” instead of tuning into our own body’s own natural, inherent wisdom, because the truth is that the body is inherently healing, it wants to heal itself and its actually the mind that keeps us stuck. (Rebecca Capps) Intuitive eating helps people to get out of a cerebral realm and focus their attention on what their body is asking for, instead of what they think it should be asking for. MINDFULNESS AND BREATHWORK FOR EATINGMindfulness is an integral part of intuitive eating. You can combine mindfulness and basic breathwork to ground the body away from stress, out of past trauma or memory, and into the present moment. From this place of presence, awareness, and a sense of calm, once you have removed yourself out of yesterday’s stressful emotions or this morning’s difficult situation, you can connect to what it is that your body needs instead of eating what your emotions feel like eating. Breathing often mirrors our internal emotional state and truly those who suffer from mental disorders, specifically anorexia and bulimia, we need that kind of grounding to ground down and be in the moment so that we can tune into our hunger cues. (Rebecca Capps) BENEFITS OF AROMATHERAPYIt is possible to use aromatherapy as a paired healing modality to treat eating disorders alongside doing breathwork. Different oils instill different...

Aug 25

29 min 46 sec

Are you interested in bringing sound healing into your therapy practice? How can sound healing and singing bowls create an effective ritual for commencing and completing the therapeutic process? How does sound affect you? MEET JADE PERRYJade is a Shaman, Doula, and Homeschooling Mama of 2 Beautiful Souls. She's studied and been certified in a variety of Holistic Practices such as Sound Healing, Massage Therapy, Shamanic Healing(Energetic Work), and Aromatherapy. Visit her (website). Connect on (Instagram) and Clubhouse (natureheals) IN THIS PODCAST:What is sound healing? Physical benefits of sound healing Using sound healing alongside other modalities Be mindful of how sound impacts you WHAT IS SOUND HEALING?For me sound healing is anything that deals with singing bowls. You can also use your voice and a variety of other instruments, but I typically use singing bowls, and you get some that are made out of different metals or some that are made out of quartz crystal. (Jade Perry)Sound healing works through the fact that sound creates its own vibration, and that vibration infuses into your energy, bringing about change, and this change can look like: Relaxation, A greater sense of calm, Clarity, Greater awareness, Overall, sound healing creates an encompassing and soothing presence, allowing you to align with that type of clear and peaceful energy. PHYSICAL BENEFITS OF SOUND HEALINGGoing for a sound bath, being surrounded by singing bowls that are played either on or around your body, can have similar effects on your body and mind as going for an in-depth massage. If you place and play singing bowls directly onto the body, the vibrations that are created travel directed into the physical body instead of going around the room, leading to a more immediate calming effect. USING SOUND HEALING ALONGSIDE OTHER MODALITIESI use [sound healing] with shamanic healing in my practice … I don’t always start with the singing bowls and the shamanic healing because it can be a lot … but for certain things that we’re working on, it really helps to bring the integrative and the new energy in so that [the patient] can integrate it more easily. (Jade Perry)Using singing bowls at the end of a session can help a client to take the new energy in and allows them to end their therapy session with you in a higher vibration, both mentally and physically. In this way, using singing bowls makes the therapeutic process smoother and more centered. At the end of a healing session, that’s kind of the space that you’re in, and so having the sound bowls come in [at the end] allows you to really anchor it, accept it, and remember how to get back there. (Jade Perry)You can use sound healing and singing bowls as a ritual to either begin or end the session. Having a ritual such as this signifies the start and the end of the sacred healing space that the therapist and the client enter when the session commences and closes. BE MINDFUL OF HOW SOUND IMPACTS YOUSound impacts you in different ways. Notice how sounds make you feel, such as listening to the news versus listening to your favorite song. You can use this new knowledge to find a deeper equilibrium in life when you are feeling overwhelmed. Try chanting, singing bowls, singing with your voice, listening to nature, and so forth. You can learn about sound, how it impacts you and how it makes you feel to learn more about yourself. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on...

Aug 20

27 min 1 sec

How do you connect to your emotions as a therapist? Are there therapeutic aids that you can use in-session to increase the depth of therapy for your client? Can you use similar therapeutic aids for your self-care? MEET NATASHA PAGENatasha is a B.A.C.P Accredited counselor and Psychotherapist based in Nottingham England. Visit her (website). Connect on (Instagram) and (Facebook). (Purchase My Little Therapy Box Mood Cards) and visit the (website). IN THIS PODCAST:Benefits of My Little Therapy Box Limitations of My Little Therapy Box My Little Therapy Box as self-care for therapists BENEFITS OF MY LITTLE THERAPY BOXThe resource My Little Therapy Box is a tool that everyone, therapists and day-to-day people alike, can benefit from because it allows people to identify their emotions while simultaneously giving them constructive advice or feedback that may encourage them to make meaningful changes to their situation. The difference is [that] there wasn’t a product out there that was helping people to just pinpoint like this what is actually going on in their life … a lot of the emotion cards focus just on the emotion which can be really helpful but actually for some people it can be really hard to explore that emotion. (Natasha Page) My Little Therapy Box, while validating emotions, looks at more practical things that you can look at or do that can help you to process the emotion, and what in your life might be linking you to that felt emotion. I know these are really hard-hitting subjects to bring up, but of course the difference between not asking that question as a therapist … if you don’t ask you might not ever know and that could just be so powerful in getting someone to open up and say: “I have felt like that”. (Natasha Page)If you are in session and using the My Little Therapy Box and a client picks out a card that they may not be ready to speak about but are indicating to you, that helps you to know that those things are on their mind and perhaps in the future you can revisit that topic with them. LIMITATIONS OF MY LITTLE THERAPY BOXEven though there are powerful benefits, it is also necessary to be aware of the potential limitations. The My Little Therapy Box is not a replacement for actual therapy. It is a tool that is meant to aid the therapeutic resource. People need to know that if they are experiencing suicidal thoughts then on the cards it recommends to them that they should consider seeking out a therapist or medical professional who can assist them. It is not recommended to use the cards with a child that is younger than 11 years old. This resource has the strongest positive outcomes with older children, teenagers, and adults. MY LITTLE THERAPY BOX AS A SELF-CARE FOR THERAPISTSSince therapists are the point of call for many people, they must make space and time to care for themselves when it is needed. Have time to exercise, Make space to have hobbies outside of work, Consider using the My Little Therapy Box cards. Of course, these cards can be used in just the same way [for you] as a client that you are supporting might use them … in the form of talking with someone, of course, maybe journaling, writing things down as well and just reflection and taking time to stop, pause and reflect on how you’ve been. (Natasha Page)Always ensure that you are checking in on yourself because day-to-day therapy work can become a heavy burden on you if you are not caring for yourself or making space to find external support. Keep an open mind to getting your therapy if you think it may help you, because you are a person too, and it can help you as much as it helps your clients to talk to someone who can listen. Connect With MeInstagram...

Aug 18

31 min 11 sec

Can you utilize physical touch in therapy? How does physical touch help an anxious patient to remain in the present moment? What are the ethics behind using physical touch in session? MEET JOAN BROOKSAt the end of a day-long workshop with Ilana Rubenfeld in 1997, Joan knew that not only would this be the work she'd do for the rest of her life, she also knew in my bones that she would one day teach this work to others. As a lifeline learner, Joan has continued to hone and deepen her skills as both Synergist and teacher. I have devoted my life to helping others heal from the wounds and trauma of life. Today, in her private practice, Joan primarily helps women who have experienced sexual trauma heal so they can step into their full power and take their rightful place in the world. Visit the training program (website). Connect on (Facebook). Activate Your Clients’ Inner Healing Wisdom! (Click here for your free gift.) IN THIS PODCAST:Can you introduce physical touch into counseling sessions? How to introduce physical touch Ethics of touch CAN YOU INTRODUCE PHYSICAL TOUCH INTO COUNSELING SESSIONS?The first thing to do is to educate your client about what touch is. You can do this via virtual therapy as well because you can describe and show your clients what it is that you want them to do. Educate them about what you mean by touch. I describe … in the guide the soft, full contact … it’s very soft and I’m not applying any pressure, and help the client be able to listen to the body and to start with physical sensation. That’s usually the easiest thing for people to be able to do when they first make contact with their body … to be aware of the physical sensations. (Joan Brooks) Help your clients be aware of their bodies. Ask them: Is there a message your heart wants to give you? Is there a message you want to give your heart? This opens a dialogue up to the client interacting with their body. They can then learn to see their body as an entity that can store emotion and experiences. It helps the client to practice empathy, awareness, and kindness towards their body instead of seeing it only as a mechanism for living. HOW TO INTRODUCE PHYSICAL TOUCHAsk your clients: Where they feel their anxiety or their emotion in their body, What physical sensations are they feeling? How is their emotion manifesting in their body? I would then ask my client if she would be willing to put her hand or hands there. I would already have talked to her about a full, soft contact, not pressure. We’re not kneading it, it’s not massage, we’re not trying to fix it. What we’re doing is listening. (Joan Brooks)Have your client visualize that they have their awareness, love, and attention in their hand, and they are then placing that hand softly on the spot on their body that is currently enduring the anxiety. You want your client to focus on the physical sensation because when they concentrate on the physical sensation, then they are in the present moment, in the here and now. ETHICS OF TOUCHWords can do damage and yet as therapists we’re … taught to use words in a way that’s not harmful, in a way that is helpful rather than harmful. So, the same is true of touch, and the benefits of touch are so tremendous. (Joan Brooks)Touch builds, enhances, and maintains the therapeutic alliance because it is a method of communicating the therapist’s intention and presence through touch. It enhances the client outcomes. The client is a full participant in the session because touch calls on the body to be a part of the client's healing. The most effective way to contact innate healing is through touch, although touch needs to be done with training and consciousness. With proper training, touch can be a huge benefit for therapy, but it needs to be spoken about and taken seriously and openly....

Aug 11

33 min 37 sec

What does holistic wellness look like? How can different types of exercise positively aid the body and mind in different ways? Why should you pause? MEET GENNIFER MORLEYGen is the owner of North Boulder Counseling, a thriving group therapy practice in Boulder, CO which specializes in anxiety at all ages. She is a Licensed Practicing Counselor and has spent her life outside and is curious about the human experience. Gen’s goal in life is to promote freedom from anxiety and fear for as many people as possible. Gen is wildly and lovingly, disarming. With Gen, you will laugh, think and play every time. She is also a triathlete and a very low runner. Visit her (website). Connect on (Instagram), (LinkedIn), and (Facebook). (Find candid and relatable videos on mindfulness, meditation, and holistic lifestyles changes that are accessible here). IN THIS PODCAST:What is holistic? Exercise advice Mindfulness WHAT IS HOLISTICHaving a holistic outlook on your therapy, habits, and overall life practices means simply look at the entire picture. Being holistic and working holistically means observing how everything impacts everything else. This is why holistic counseling will not only look at which emotional issues someone is dealing with, but will also look at what a person’s eating, exercise, and daily habits are because they too have an overall impact on someone’s health. EXERCISE ADVICERecent findings suggest that people who are anxious prefer to do weight training and people who are depressed may prefer to do cardio. To really oversimplify her research, what she has found is that cardio is very good for depression and weight-training is really good for anxiety. (Gennifer Morley)Lifting heavy weights forces you to go slow and focus on controlled, deeper breathing. In turn, this can greatly benefit someone who may be struggling with anxiety and who is always running on a fast-paced cycle. If you are hyper-aroused or stimulated, doing a hypo-activity like weight training and deep breathing can be soothing to the nervous system. Conversely, if someone is in a depression, doing cardio and running, swimming, or even going for a brisk walk can ramp up the body’s functions and release happy hormones. When it gets to where your muscles burn, it releases all kinds of endorphins but the research my friend is doing is actually talking about specifically about what neurochemicals get released … we’re not talking about getting cute, we’re talking about using exercise specifically in place of medication because its going to make chemicals go in your brain that are exactly what you need. (Gennifer Morley) MINDFULNESSA pragmatic way of looking at holistic wellness and mindfulness is to practice becoming aware of when you are not doing okay, and on the other hand, when you are doing okay. When you are on your healing journey, the first step is noticing when you are not doing so well and pausing the story in your head that your ego might try to tell you as to why you are not doing good. Simply notice pause, and take a little moment to be with yourself. The pause can be merciful. Even after a difficult event, you can still pause and retroactively care for yourself. All of this work relates to building your neuroplasticity skills and helps you to change your mindset and approach to yourself so that you can be kinder, more empathetic, and reach the highest version of yourself. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course:...

Aug 4

34 min 6 sec

How can yoga practice aid therapy? Can you combine restorative yoga and reiki? What benefits can you experience when you practice restorative yoga? MEET AMY SAWYER AND MANDY BERNARDAmy Sawyer has been practicing yoga on and off for most of her adult life. She fully embraced yoga after a personally challenging year in 2015 and enrolled in yoga teacher training with the intention of invoking self-care and deepening her own practice. After experiencing the profound personal and spiritual growth that a regular practice had in her life, she felt called to teach and share yoga with others. Amy considers herself a lifetime student and is a strong believer in “we teach what we need to learn.” She leads a soulful, heart-opening practice that inspires students to bring awareness to their lives on and off the mat and to honor the teacher within. Mandy Bernard has worked with yogis of all ages. She has trained in trauma-based yoga with David Emerson, Ayurveda with Hilary Gilvaltis of Kirpalu, and Thai Massage with Deon DeWitt. Her classes combine a blend of movement, mindfulness, reflection, and alignment often with the theme of self-love woven throughout. She co-leads international and national women’s yoga and wellness retreats and is the owner of Salty Dog Yoga & Surf. When she isn’t teaching yoga you will most likely find her wearing overalls hanging in nature, doing an art project, or hanging with her family. Find out more on Salty Dog (website). Connect on (Instagram) and (Facebook). Visit Amy's (website). Connect on (Instagram), (Twitter), and (Facebook) Subscribe to the (YouTube channel). IN THIS PODCAST:Benefits of yoga and therapy Combining restorative yoga and reiki Advice to holistic counselors BENEFITS OF YOGA AND THERAPYIn Western society many people come to practice yoga for the physical benefits, there are multitudes of emotional and mental benefits as well. I think just being on our mat and being present with our breath and with our body and observing where we are allows us to come into a deeper place of peace and acceptance no matter what we’re going through in life. (Amy Sawyer) Yoga can benefit you whether you are using it to overcome trauma, move through a difficult transition in life, or simply to strengthen your body. Its benefits can adapt to what you need it to do for you at that moment. It is also through the practice of yoga that you can learn to come back to the present moment, which is also a pillar in therapy: noticing where you are now and being present in the moment instead of living in your memories or in a reality that is not real. COMBINING RESTORATIVE YOGA AND THERAPYRestorative yoga and reiki are complementary practices. Restorative yoga gives your body the chance to relax and come down from the constant high that most people in Western society are encouraged to chase. The idea of “no pain no gain” and “hustling” constantly leads to many people going about their lives without presence or awareness because they are too busy doing as many things as they can. Combining reiki and restorative yoga is a practice where you can ground your body and mind into the present moment. Reiki, even though it’s a specific type of training, we all know that if we bump our toe on something our immediate thought is to grab our toe and rub it, that is sending energy to where you feel pain, and reiki is the same concept. We’re intentionally sending energy to help calm down, relax and heal. (Amy Sawyer) ADVICE TO HOLISTIC COUNSELORSIt is a journey: you might start one day and fall out of your routine, but it is more about getting back up and continuing to practice even...

Jul 28

30 min 31 sec

Why do some people embark on spiritual journeys? How is the mind like a puppy when it comes to meditation? What can you do to make yourself “lighter”? MEET JOE GILBERTJoe Gilbert is a clinical mental health counselor and meditation teacher. His primary office is at the Cedar Walk Wellness Center in Hillsborough, NC. He lives with his wife in Hillsborough, enjoys hiking and backpacking, listening to the birds, and cuddling with his animal companions. Find out more at his (website). IN THIS PODCAST:Why would you want to embark on an inward facing journey? Stilling your mind Travel lighter WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO EMBARK ON AN INWARD FACING JOURNEY?We hear people say “I want to be more present. I want to be in the present moment” and the reality is that you are never out of the present moment, it’s just for a lot of us – a lot of the time – we don’t like it and so we think there’s something wrong, that I need to go out of my soul to find something to fix it. (Joe Gilbert)Many people live on autopilot, unaware or dissociating from their current reality, and think that they need to achieve something other than themselves in order to find peace, or presence, in their current lived experience. Going on an inward-facing journey means meeting your own needs so that you can be present in your reality without running away from it. You meet your needs, put your ego to rest and simply be, without worrying continually. I knew I could not keep living my life the way I was living it … I always had existential questions … a lot of the times I would get the response “just don’t think about it, no big deal” …there was this continual pull from me to question everything … self-inquiry to me is continuing to ask “what’s true here?” And we find out what’s true by stripping away what’s false. (Joe Gilbert)Surrendering helps you to let go of the structures that you hold onto that remain the perception of what you think your reality is. Surrender, and open yourself up. STILLING YOUR MINDFind what works for you, because some people need: More movement: People who find stillness in mind and spirit could try a form of yoga, tai chi, or a gentle hike to move the body without becoming over-excited. To get rid of the script: Get rid of the idea of what you think meditation and stillness look like because it is different for everyone. To stop running: Stop running from something, because yoga works well when you settle into the unknown and say “yes” to what comes up if it resonates with you and your Higher-self. To trust your intuition: This may take a little while, but use meditation as a way to get back in touch with your intuition, and you can even use your intuition to get in touch with meditation. Treat your mind like an excited puppy. It will run off and get distracted and want to play and collide into a million things at once, but you accept it for where it is and you do not yell at it because you understand that it is new to the world, just as your mind is new to meditation. TRAVEL LIGHTERWe just travel lighter [so] we don’t take ourselves so seriously, and when I’m not taking myself so seriously, I don’t have much to defend, I don’t get so defensive … I don’t get addicted looking for something that is going to somehow save me. (Joe Gilbert)Through embarking on an inward journey you can travel lighter through life. By completing a spiritual journey and figuring out who you really are, what is really important, and what you really want to focus your energy and attention on, you become lighter. When you know what is important to you, you can release all the rest that is weighing you down and keeping you stuck in the past and stuck in old habits that no longer serve you. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the...

Jul 21

35 min 56 sec

Are you curious about using essential oils in your counseling practice? What are some of the ethical considerations to be aware of when working with essential oils in your sessions? How can you introduce your clients to essential oils? MEET DEEANNA NAGELDeeAnna Nagel, LMHC is a former psychotherapist turned aromatherapist and intuitive. She integrates energy healing and intuition as well as chakra balancing and essential oils into her work with others. Her greatest passion is guiding people toward their soul's purpose. She holds several credentials in the healing arts. Find out more at her (website) and connect on (Facebook), (Twitter), and (Instagram). IN THIS PODCAST:Guidelines for using essential oils safely and ethically Safety with essential oils Essential oils and informed consent GUIDELINES FOR USING ESSENTIAL OILS SAFELY AND ETHICALLYGet certified and take a course. There are many aromatherapy schools that teach short courses and introductions. Our scope of practice in most states says [that] if you are going to introduce any new thing, you must demonstrate that you have training. It is worded differently in every state, but that’s the gist. (DeeAnna Nagel)You can use essential oils as a kind of prompt, or journal prompt. Wave the bottle under someone’s nose and ask them to write down or discuss what it brings up for them. It can be that simple. Know your client’s experience: ask your client if they have had any experience with essential oils before bringing it into practice. What it is that they do or do not know will inform you and give you clues as to where you need to teach them more, or what else you can introduce them to. Ask your clients if they have any experience with essential oils. If they do, and they have used the essential oils “straight” (without carrier oil) then you will give them different advice or guidance as opposed to another client who has never worked with essential oils before. Avoid discussing medical practices of essential oils with your clients. I teach people that they can either rely on the systems of the body like the digestive and respiratory system, or they can rely on the chakra system. Whichever systems you use, you speak to the oils as in “this particular oil really supports the respiratory system” … [use the word] supports. (DeeAnna Nagel)SAFETY WITH ESSENTIAL OILSAvoid going in the sun for extended periods of time right after having applied essential oils, especially citrus kinds such as lemon or bergamot. Do not purchase essential oils from huge companies where they can be mass-produced, such as Amazon. If you want to purchase essential oils, look for local outlets that make them in smaller batches because then you will be more likely to purchase essential oil that is natural and free of additives and scents. Avoid placing oils in membrane areas of your body such as your eyes. If you do get the essential oil in your eye, do not flush it out with water: flush it out with a carrier oil. Test an essential oil on the inside of your wrist to test your skin’s reaction to it. As a psychotherapist or coach or a helper or healer of any kind, again, the best thing we can do is empower our client to learn their bodies, whether you’re talking about mindful eating or essential oils or suggesting yoga. The client needs to know their body. (DeeAnna Nagel)ESSENTIAL OILS AND INFORMED CONSENTIf you are supplied with essential oils from a company and you are distributing those oils to your clients through sales, you are not allowed to sell them to your clients because that is considered a dual relationship. If you sell oils to your clients and they sell oils to other people, you become their employer, and that breaches ethical considerations. Recommend to your clients that if they would like to purchase an...

Jul 16

32 min 51 sec

Have you heard of Ayurveda? How can the principles behind Ayurveda help you to get to know yourself and your clients better? Can opposites help you to find balance? MEET SONIA ARORASonia grew up in India, the home of Ayurveda and Yoga. Ayurveda was woven into the fabric of our lives, though she did not fully recognize its significance at the time. She has a traditional career as a CPA, with a long stint in the corporate world, and all along, Sonia nurtured an abiding interest in holistic health and wellness. In 2015, this led her to study Ayurveda at the Yoga on High School of Ayurveda / California College of Ayurveda. It began as a personal exploration and has turned into a passion. Sonia has completed the Level 1 Ayurveda Health Educator (AHE), Level 2 Ayurveda Health Practitioner (AHP) studies, the AHE Internship program, and currently the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist internship. She has also completed training to be a future Ayurveda teacher for the program and mentored students. Find out more at her (website) and connect on (Facebook) and (Instagram). IN THIS PODCAST:What is Ayurveda? Body types in Ayurveda Healing in Ayurveda The start of your day sets the pace WHAT IS AYURVEDAAyurveda is a combination of two words: auyr and veda. 'Veda' means science or knowledge and 'ayur' means life or lifespan. So, Ayurveda is the science or knowledge of life or lifespan. Ayurveda is a holistic modality from India concerned with preventing disease. Ayurveda essentially helps people to avoid sickness although it does have ways of helping people who do have an illness. The basis of Ayurveda is the elements. Everything and everyone in the universe is made up of the elements and these are five elements, from the lightest to the heaviest: ether or space, air, fire, water and earth … this is not to be literal, it’s more about their qualities. (Sonia Arora)The idea behind it: Space: A container that surrounds you as well as pertaining to space in your body. Air: The idea of movement. There is movement both around you and within your body. Fire: Metabolism, when you eat anything it becomes digested to form new tissues in your body. There is metabolic fire and a mental fire, pertaining to how you perceive the world and how your brain digests information around you. Water: This is more literal in the sense that the body is 70% water. Earth: Structure, all solid parts of the body are earth and in a more philosophical sense the body comes from the earth at birth and is returned back to the earth with death. BODY TYPES IN AYURVEDAIn Ayurveda, all these elements and their properties were combined to form three main body types. Everyone has all the elements in their body, but there is one type that is predominant: 1 – Air type or Vata:: Very lightly and narrowly built, Everything is small: hair, lips, skin are all small They are quick: they talk, move, and think fast 2 – Fire-type or Pitta: Medium built people with well-defined muscle definition They may have a reddish or yellowish tone to their skin A direct person: they have a direct way of speaking to you or expressing themselves Tend to become or assume the role of leader 3 – Water and earth type or Kapha: Water and earth are heavy, slow and they have flow, so people with water or earth type have strong emotions They have qualities such as sweetness, stability, and strong emotions with the flow They have structure and stability in their body as well, so they are usually broader and bigger These people are your dependable people HEALING IN AYURVEDAWhat Ayurveda says, all healing is [that] like increases like and opposites bring balance. So, if you are anxious, and that comes from speed, then slow down. If you are angry, that comes from fire, then cool down. (Sonia Arora)Each type, when stressed, acts out in a certain...

Jul 14

39 min 41 sec

Do you sometimes struggle with self-doubt? How can you interact with these parts of yourself and still do the thing you were anxious about? How can you harness the power of growing pains? MEET KERI NOLAOften referred to as the Queen of Abundance or the Shadow Mama by her clients, Keri's superpower is illuminating your gifts by helping you upgrade your energy & weave your soul with aligned structure. After over a decade of growing a prosperous practice as a Licensed Holistic Psychotherapist, she retired and expanded her work into the realms of Best Selling Author, Podcaster, and Founder of the Sacred Soul Circle for Healing Entrepreneurs. Today she has a global practice mentoring healers as they transmute the energies of fear and doubt into confidence, clarity, and skills to joyfully and abundantly serve. Find out more at her (website) and connect on (Instagram). Click here for the (Free Abundance Activation challenge). IN THIS PODCAST:Feeling self-doubt How do we meet the parts of ourselves that are doubting Growing pains FEELING SELF-DOUBTWelcome to humaning! It is so normal to move through periods of feeling unsure and vulnerable. I think we add to the intensity of the doubt by being hard on ourselves or making ourselves wrong for it … the self-doubt is both personal and unique to our own history and experience, and it is also collective and [from] the community. (Keri Nola)When we place ourselves in a box we limit our capacity to help, heal, and to serve others in the way we are able to. If we do not have a relationship with our self-doubt, we continue to buy into collective ideas, becoming further estranged from ourselves, and make choices that are detrimental to our practice and to ourselves as people and as healers. Self-care principles have been squashed under the weight of western medicine even though these acts and principles have existed for many hundreds of years throughout different cultures. I feel really strongly about us giving ourselves permission to be honest about the healing value of things beyond what has just more recently in the last 30 to 50 years been deemed “best”. (Keri Nola)HOW DO WE MEET THE PARTS OF OURSELVES THAT ARE DOUBTINGThe parts of us that doubt might be keeping us from literally doing the thing we may need to be doing such as marketing or branching out. We can supervise these parts of us. We can supervise the doubts, give them attention and love, and still do the thing that we are nervous about. It is possible to still take risks when you are afraid, that is what being brave is about. Ask yourself: What does this part that is doubting need from you? How can you connect with yourself and say “I see you, I’m here for you” How can you hold and love on that part that doubts while you still take the brave step and do the thing I love that our work is called a “practice” and that’s because it’s really just in a lot of ways a big exploration and a big experiment. We try this, we try that and overtime I think we can develop more and more trust with ourselves because sometimes it’s going to feel scary for a while until we do it, and we have examples over and over again that it works. (Keri Nola) GROWING PAINSFollow your bliss but also follow your growing pains. A lot of the discomfort you experience when you try new things and overcome self-doubt is due to the fact that you are stretching your comfort zone and surpassing your own limits. That is how you grow and develop both as a practitioner and as a human being. Pain is also a symptom sometimes of something stretching and expanding to bring something new to life and so as a new version of ourselves is coming online, it’s not always very comfortable. We’re outgrowing our old self and stepping into our new self and that is uncomfortable a lot of the times. (Keri Nola) BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS...

Jul 7

37 min 31 sec

As a therapist do you find yourself putting up a front of who you should be to your clients? Does being authentic as the therapist to who you are, increase the success of the counseling that you provide? Why is self-care important to being authentic? MEET SAM MAHONSamantha Mahon is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC)) in North Carolina. She has an associate's degree in human services, a bachelor’s degree in social work, and a master’s degree in mental health counseling with a specialization in crisis and trauma, phew, that was a lot. She is a certified life & business coach, is trained in Rapid Resolution Therapy®, and is a Certified Holy Fire® Level II Reiki practitioner. Rest assured, Sam is not a stuffy collegiate who brags about all of her educational experiences, in fact, she is quite the opposite. If you met her on the side of the road, you would have no idea that she was a therapist. Her tattoos speak to the painful and miraculous experiences that she has embraced throughout her life. Her words- both written and spoken are words of authenticity, sometimes crude and lewd but always true to who she is as an authentic person. Find out more at ( IN THIS PODCAST:Getting past personas Does your authenticity aid counseling? Self-care and authenticity GETTING PAST PERSONASIt is challenging but it is so rewarding to see someone really step into that energy of being authentic and being true to who they really are. I don’t think that there’s any other options in living our lives these days. (Sam Mahon) There will be times where you might modify or slightly change how you portray who you are, but the essence is that you are true to being yourself, in whichever way, shape, or form that takes. You are able to be authentic in your role as a therapist because being a therapist should not mean that you change yourself. Instead, you bring the best aspects of yourself forward and utilize that in order to make your therapy stronger. It doesn’t really matter what style of healing you do necessarily. What matters is the connection or the relationship that you have with your therapist or the therapist with the client. If I’m not showing up as me then they’re connecting to something that isn’t me. (Sam Mahon)DOES YOUR AUTHENTICITY AID COUNSELING?Definitely! As a therapist, you are a person first and it is from your personality that you can authentically connect with your clients through the lens of the therapy that you offer them. People respond positively to sincerity and to authenticity, and when your clients can see that you are offering them your full attention as you are, with your therapist hat on and your full presence as who you are, you show them that they are valued, that you care and that you are not pretending. If we don’t do the work ourselves, then it’s really hard to get our clients to do the work … for example, with most clients: I’m not asking them to do something that I haven’t already done myself … and I’ll tell them [that] this particular strategy … modality I have already done, so I know that it works, and here is how it works. (Sam Mahon)SELF CARE AND AUTHENTICITYIf you want to bring authenticity to the table in your counseling, you need to be taking care of yourself in order to bring your best self. Therapists are experiencing the same stressors and anxieties due to the pandemic as their clients are, and so it is important for you to also be taking care of yourself as well as teaching them to care for themselves. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and...

Jun 30

28 min 14 sec

What are some of the scientifically proven benefits of yoga? Why is it important to find the correct yoga instructor for you and your mental health needs? Can you practice yoga in session with your client? MEET KRISTINE WEBERKristine Weber, MA, C-IAYT, eRYT500 is a leading world authority on the neuroscientific benefits of slow, mindful yoga and an advocate for the use of these practices as an integral part of the solution to the healthcare crisis. She is leading the charge to get slow, mindful practices to people who desperately need them through her Subtle® Yoga Revolution series of online courses and training for yoga teachers - which have been praised by thousands all over the world. She has been training mental health professionals to use yoga in their clinical practices for over a decade at the Mountain Area Health Education Center which is associated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Find out more at ( IN THIS PODCAST:Benefits of yoga for anxiety and depression Yoga as a whole is not defined by one teacher Benefits of clinician self-care with yoga for clients BENEFITS OF YOGA FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSIONThe German researcher Holger Kramer has conducted numerous meta-analyses and reviews of the benefits of yoga through a scientific lens to prove its effectiveness to the Western world. [Holger Kramer conducted] systematic reviews on looking at yoga for depression, for anxiety, for mental health in general, for addiction recovery … one of the things he says in one study is the best yoga is the kind of yoga that you’ll do. (Kristine Weber) It has been concluded that slow, mindful yoga is one of the best treatments for depression. The world is beginning to move towards an evidence-informed practice of proving the efficiency of new treatments, which is necessary, but the yoga world does need to push more for more research credibility. There are still many people who discredit the benefits of yoga, but that is simply because science needs to find the correct tools on how to prove yoga’s benefits. YOGA AS A WHOLE IS NOT DEFINED BY ONE TEACHERMany people have been put off by yoga or discredit the entire practice of yoga when they encounter a misinformed or brash instructor. It takes many hours of teaching a certain kind of person to lead a yoga class with patience and calmness. One cannot bring aggression or tension into the yoga space. The yoga space is the place where those things are worked out of the body, and it is not possible to relieve tension with even more tension. First of all, there is tons of good yoga going on out there, even if the teacher hasn’t been trained in trauma-informed practices they could still be really good. It’s more about going to classes and finding who you feel like is safe … and then refer [them]. (Kristine Weber) For trauma-informed yoga practices, it is vital for yoga instructors that assist patients with anxiety and depression to be correctly trained. It is also important for doctors who refer patients to yoga instructors to know who they are sending patients to, and if this instructor will be good for guiding them on their treatment. BENEFITS OF CLINICIAN SELF CARE WITH YOGA FOR CLIENTSThere is certainly a parallel process going on … what we hear over and over again is clinicians saying to us “I can’t believe how good I feel when I do some yoga with my client” because we recommend that. We don’t recommend that you just sit there [and instruct]. (Kristine Weber)As the clinician it is sometimes better for the client, and for you, to practice yoga in-session with your client. This creates not only a deeper connection between you and the client, but it creates a shared space of accountability. You can encourage the client to let go and be an active part of their healing by being an active member alongside them. You can use two to five minutes – brief interventions – at the beginning of the session, maybe

Jun 23

41 min 26 sec

Have you heard of qigong? What are some important lessons that you can learn from Chinese medicine? Are there benefits to adding embodied healing into talk therapy? MEET NICK LOFFREENick Loffree teaches Bioenergetic health practices - Using Qigong, biohacking, functional training, and dietary therapy to bring people to their highest potential. Nick started on this path while healing from paranoid psychosis and chronic skin and gut disease that began in adolescence. He now helps thousands of people around the world to achieve optimal health through his videos, coaching, workshops, and programs. Find Nick on Youtube or head to his website for more. Visit his (website). Connect on (Instagram), (Facebook) and subscribe to his (YouTube channel). Access Nick's (online courses here). IN THIS PODCAST:Lessons from Chinese medicine Nick’s experience with Qigong healing mental health Benefits of qigong in counseling Advice to listeners starting their holistic journey LESSONS FROM CHINESE MEDICINEThe underlying philosophy of Chinese medicine is that the notion of chi, life energy, is supporting the body’s structures. There’s a balance between structure and energy so when you have good structure, say in Qigong [pronounced chi-gong], you have good posture or in diet, giving your body the right building blocks, then those structures support the flow of energy and when that energy is flowing, it supports the structures of the body in maintaining themselves. (Nick Loffree) Alongside the philosophy of good posture and a healthy diet to provide good energy flow and building blocks for the body, there are other lessons we can learn from Chinese medicine: The idea that stress is a “natural” part of being in a high-energy process is not found in Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, stress gives you a temporary boost of energy that ultimately depletes your energy over time, causing you to crash or become fatigued far quicker. If you have low stress, you are able to better manage your energy consumption over time: you can think more clearly, your emotions are stable and everything you do becomes more efficient. NICK'S EXPERIENCE WITH QIGONG HEALING MENTAL HEALTHIt’s amazing how much control we have. I could basically choose whether I want to be depressed, anxious, or even full-blown paranoid psychotic, or go to the total other end and feel totally blissful, loads of energy, relaxed, happy, and you can really choose that based on just lifestyle stuff, based on just how you move, how you breathe, how you organize your life, what you are eating. You can go from one end of the spectrum to completely the other just based on your actions. (Nick Loffree) Using the philosophy and principles from Chinese medicine, yoga, and other lifestyle changes, Nick was able to completely turn around where he was years ago and create a life that gave him energy and health. Once we come to understand how our bodies work, and how we can serve them correctly and adequately, we can biohack our way into heath and wholeness because by taking care of our mind, health, diet, and body we are able to build the foundational blocks we need to create a life that brings us joy and possibility. BENEFITS OF QIGONG IN COUNSELINGTalk-based therapy is good and helpful to patients who need to mentally and verbally process their experiences, however, when therapists can incorporate body-based wellness and healing into counseling, it opens up more holistic and wholesome healing possibilities for the patient. Providing physical cues and physical healing practices to help patients “reset” on their own provides them with agency, and empowers them, by bringing their actions into their own healing. ADVICE TO LISTENERS STARTING...

Jun 16

43 min 42 sec

What are some top marketing tips that can help you to expand your client base? How can Google My Business help you to grow your business? MEET jADI FERGENJadi Fergen is a counselor and the owner of a private pay group practice named Altitude Counseling. They are located in Colorado Springs, CO. They offer a collaborative approach to healing. Visit her (website). IN THIS PODCAST:Tips on marketing a holistic group practice SEO and online marketing TIPS ON MARKETING A HOLISTIC GROUP PRACTICE1: What is the pain point that you speak to within your clients? This is an important first step to take because it is very clear on what you provide to your clients in order to help them on their healing journey that you make important business decisions. 2: What is it about your group practice that makes it holistic? What are some specific modalities that you offer, or an approach to counseling and healing, that is unique to you and to your group practice? 3: Encourage your practitioners to market themselves Encourage your therapists to market themselves as well, to put their unique skillsets forward, so that the group practice and each therapist involved is marketed to their ideal clients. 4: Connect with other health practitioners As a holistic group practice that offers therapy with a multitude of other modalities, it is always a good idea to network, and to become business acquaintances with other medical centers around you that could be places where your ideal client may go it. One thing I found with marketing my practice as a holistic practice … as far as marketing goes, I always try to look at where do they turn to for people that I may be connecting with … I do connect a lot with other holistic providers in the area. (Chris McDonald) Networking is also a good way to encourage other medical centers to refer patients to you for therapy. By building relationships with other medical centers around your business, you foster a mutually beneficial relationship where you can both refer out to one another if and when needed. Building those relationships with other therapists … I would just focus on that because that brought me the most referrals because we all connect with these other therapists in the area … especially people who are just like us because when they get full, and you have a dip, then they can refer to you and vice versa. (Chris McDonald) SEO AND ONLINE MARKETINGWorking on your online marketing can bring in a lot of potential clients and works passively for you online: SEO Google My Business Use Google My Business and place content for your business on there so that Google can see that you are active and can then make your website more visible. Ask your clients to give you reviews on Google as well, as this all adds to building your online presence and visibility. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on (Apple Podcasts), (Stitcher), (TuneIn), (Spotify), and (Google Podcasts). Resources Mentioned And Useful Links: (Live Consultation with Shery Clark)

Jun 9

19 min 53 sec

Are you looking to incorporate new treatment modalities into your counseling practice? How can you assess a new modality to make sure that it would be beneficial to your clients and to your practice? Can you incorporate your new modality alongside medical care? MEET SHERY CLARKShery has had a long career in healthcare. Before training in counseling, she worked in several areas other than mental health for large hospitals and trauma centers in the Triangle. That diversity gave her a unique understanding of how biopsychosocial factors interact in our lives. In addition to private practice, Shery volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health, prior to Covid she was an active founding member of the Raleigh chapter of Death Cafe and Drag Queen Story Hour. She also shares her life with 3 purebred Labrador Retrievers that she shows in AKC competition obedience and confirmation. IN THIS PODCAST:Assessing new treatment modalities Do research ASSESSING NEW TREATMENT MODALITIESYou can look at a wide range of empirical evidence: Is this treatment modality working for your clients? Read a range of online reviews from both practitioners and clients, Do some research into how long this modality has been around, How long has this modality been in the counseling field? How much experience does the mentor who would teach you about this modality have? Asking others. I just feel like talking to people … asking questions and getting more information from people [to figure] that out. Networking is important … [to find] other people that might be trained in that, but if you can’t find anybody trained in that, I might be a little hesitant. (Chris McDonald) DO RESEARCHIf you are looking to add another or new treatment modalities into your counseling practice, do as much research as you can. Look at books, check out online reviews and testimonies, network and find other counselors who have used it before. Grounding yourself in the available research will enable you to make a clear decision as to how you want to incorporate this modality into your practice. You can discuss them with your clients as well to see if these new modalities might be something that they would like to incorporate into their therapy with you. Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on (Apple Podcasts), (Stitcher), (TuneIn), (Spotify), and (Google Podcasts). Resources Mentioned And Useful Links: (Live Consultation with Jaclyn Fortier) (Practice of the Practice Podcast Network)

Jun 2

23 min 50 sec

What can counselors do when they are feeling fatigued? Is there a way for counselors to find a balance between helping their patients and helping themselves? How do you know when to turn off the faucet? MEET JACLYN FORTIERJaclyn has clinical experience working with anxiety, family conflict, and domestic violence recovery. She specializes in working with women, adolescents, and families. She works with techniques that are evidence-based and proven to alleviate issues such as relationship conflict, depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. Jaclyn has extensive experience working in a clinical recovery setting with trauma, addictions, and domestic violence prevention. Jaclyn is the practice owner of Carolina Counseling Wellness Associates, PLLC. Which offers outpatient mental health care and private practice office support for licensed counselors practicing at our Center. Jaclyn offers business consultation services to mental health counselors with coaching for private practice services. Jaclyn also offers clinical supervision for North Carolina associate counselors working towards full licensure and is a qualified supervisor through the NC-BLCMHC. Visit her (website). IN THIS PODCAST:Finding balance between healing others while evading burnout What can you do to break up your day a little more? When do you turn the faucet off? FINDING BALANCE BETWEEN HEALING OTHERS WHILE EVADING BURNOUTI think that’s where it starts: looking at your day and structuring it … when I created my private practice many years ago, I created it around my self-care, so I don’t work Monday nights because that’s my yoga time, and I don’t work Wednesday and Friday because that is my other workout time. (Chris McDonald) By working 12-hour days without a break, non-stop, you will run right into fatigue. That is why structuring your day is important, even if it is a delicate suggestion of when you will take a break and pencil in a cup of tea by yourself in the midst of the deadlines. Through creating a structure, you can begin to place boundaries around your time. The work is to try to stick to them as much as possible because your rest is as important as your work. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO BREAK UP YOUR DAY A LITTLE MORE?Ask yourself how you can add breaks into your day. These could range from: Eating your lunch away from your desk, or Taking a walk around the block for 10-minutes, or Having coffee with a friend in between clients. Make time in between clients so that you have time to release energy and emotions from the first client before heading right into the next session with another. What can you do in between your sessions, besides going to the bathroom? … do whatever you connect with to take those minutes [for yourself]. (Chris McDonald) Think about your movement throughout the day. If you are sitting a lot or for most of the day, try taking moments to do some light physical activity such as walking around, doing quick yoga, or stretching at your desk. If you work through telehealth, take eye breaks away from the screen as well to give your eyes a chance to refocus and rest because your eyes are also muscles. WHEN DO YOU TURN THE FAUCET OFF?People all have different signals that their body sends them for when they need to slow down and take some time to rest and recuperate. For most people, this comes in the form of fatigue, both mental and physical. Do you feel mental fog? Do you feel the tension in the back, neck, or shoulders? Are you feeling overly emotional or irritable? You [have to] turn that awareness in to ask “what is my sign? How do I know?” because sometimes if you are not focused on that, you are not really going to pay attention and you are going to push yourself too far. (Chris McDonald) It is important to have the awareness first, of your bodily sensations, because when you are aware of your fluctuations then you can act accordingly at the...

May 26

22 min 21 sec

How can you use holistic therapy in an environment where prescribing medication has become the norm? What should you explain to a client when they are misinformed and think that medication can be used as a substitute to therapy? How can you approach the topic of medication to a client who is nervous about it? MEET SABRINA BASQUEZSabrina Basquez is a therapist and consultant specializing in burnout, secondary/vicarious trauma, trauma-sensitive mindfulness, and self-compassion. After a decade of working with vulnerable populations, Sabrina personally experienced burnout and secondary traumatic stress. In the final year of her master’s degree, she lost her best friend, in part due to burnout. Over the years Sabrina has observed the personal suffering of countless professionals as they over-dedicated themselves, to often noble work, without realizing the damage they were doing to themselves or their professional efficacy. These experiences reinforced within Sabrina a passion to collaborate with other professionals in high-demand careers to learn to self-manage burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and workplace bullying through healing past traumas, cultivating self-compassion, interpersonal skills acquisition, conflict resolution, and cognitive mastery. Visit her (website). Connect on (Facebook) and (Instagram). IN THIS PODCAST:It goes back to psychoeducation Educating your client about medication What to do when a patient nervous about medication IT GOES BACK TO PSYCHOEDUCATIONIn the counseling world, there can be differences in approach: although between the holistic counseling approach and the medical-scientific community approach there can not only be differences but even some conflicts. This comes down to psychoeducation and some damaging myths that holistic counseling does not use any medication whatsoever, and this is not true. When [a patient] is that severe, I’m going to talk to them about [medication] and see if it is something [they] are open to, always considering what they want to do with their treatment, and going from there. I believe medication can be helpful as a part of a holistic treatment regime because … some holistic strategies, think of them as complementary … they are part of the greater package. (Chris McDonald) Holistic therapy uses medication alongside other strategies in a way so that they complement one another, and they do not privilege one above the other as a primary treatment option for a patient. The medical model and open-mindedness do not need to be mutually exclusive. They can work together and be used together in order to provide the highest quality treatment to a patient. I think as holistic providers we are open-minded that we don’t want to eliminate medication totally … even if you are totally against it, what is in the best interest of this client? To ask yourself that. (Chris McDonald) EDUCATING YOUR CLIENT ABOUT MEDICATIONThis starts in the first session. If a client is new to therapy then it is important to fully explain to them how the medication works and what they can expect from it. Explain to your client that some people need medication and that, if the client would like, it can be an option for them should they feel it is necessary alongside your diagnosis. Although, some clients do not want medication and then that is alright as well. I do talk about [that] sometimes if you do need medication, the best course of treatment research shows is if you have medication and therapy for the best outcomes, and to keep in mind that some people will start medication and stop therapy … but that is only part of it. (Chris McDonald) Some people think that the medication will help them more than the therapy, or they think that the medication can work in place of the therapy. Therefore, it is important to explain to your clients that the best...

May 19

21 min 52 sec

What is the connection between consciousness, energy, and blood? How deep does the connection go between the physiological and the psychological? Is talk therapy not be enough in the long run when achieving holistic recovery and long-term healing? MEET DR. ALISON KAYDr. Alison J Kay has secrets no one else uses to upgrade, inspire & disrupt old paradigms within her community & the collective. She is an Award-Winning, #1 International. Best Selling Author and the Founder of the Vibrational UPgrade™ System. She is an experienced subtle energies practitioner and natural healer with a holistic approach towards helping others thrive in mind, body, and spirit. This is reinforced by her ten years in Asia studying subtle energies & ancient wisdom. With 20+ years working in & teaching Yoga, Meditation, Energy Medicine, MindBody Fitness, Longevity, and Holistic Health with a specialized focus on the Chakra System, Dr. Alison brings a unique perspective that facilitates massive change. Dr. Alison's mission is to support the next higher evolution of the collective & create change for the health of this planet and those who are ready to unleash every part of the magic within them. Backed by the potency of her Vibrational UPgrade™ container, she hosts a wildly popular Activate Your Magic monthly program synced with the potency and support of the moon. and offering Group Clearings & Activations. Her signature program, Magic, Manifestation & Money Flows facilitates massive money, health, spiritual & life-enhancing shifts to 100's of clients worldwide. While her advanced clients are supported by her Vibrational Upgrade™ Mastermind Group, Certification Program & International Retreat Programs. You don’t need to believe in this in order for it to work… that’s the beauty of what Dr. Alison accesses – as soon as you experience her work, you will feel the shift within you. Visit her (website). Connect on (Facebook) and (Instagram). Book a (45 min call) with one of Dr. Kay's team members. IN THIS PODCAST:Where energy goes, blood follows How talk therapy can cement trauma Intuition Advice to listeners   WHERE ENERGY GOES, BLOOD FOLLOWSIf where vital life force energy [energy] goes, blood follows, meaning where energy goes then the physical manifests in that form, in that place, and for anything to exist in matter is has to first exist in energy. What moves the energy? And that is the focus of our consciousness, and that is where meditation comes in. (Dr. Alison Kay) The combination of meditation and energy work is what can lead to a serious change in one’s health. By spending time moving your body and moving the energies in your body through the connection you have between your mind and your physical being, you can learn a lot about what your body holds – by becoming in tune with your intuition. By becoming in touch with your intuition and focusing your consciousness you are better able to understand and navigate the choices that you make because you are no longer, or less so, acting unconsciously, or without awareness. HOW TALK THERAPY CAN CEMENT TRAUMAI don’t believe that psychotherapy is very functional because from what I see the talk therapy just reinforces energy: it just locks down more energy into the same pathway, the same neurological pathway [which is] therefore the same physiological pathway and that is the same energetic pathway. So we carve something in stone even more … [making] it even more solid and real and harder to redirect through meditation practice. (Dr. Alison Kay) Energy healing is focused on breaking up what has already materialized whereas talk therapy simply cements what was materialized that you are trying to undo. To break up and heal trauma takes a lot more subtle energy healing than...

May 12

52 min 59 sec

How can you create an effective magnet to attract your ideal clients? What are some marketing mistakes that holistic counselors make when trying to market their practices? Why is your ‘why’ more important than your ‘how’? MEET MICHELLE HARDMANMichelle is a "unicorn" in the clinical world - with an MBA in strategic management AND as Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor/Private Practice owner - she is kinda unique!! Plus, as a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, teaching curricula based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown, her business coaching and productivity tools incorporate powerful components of this body of work. She is SO passionate about helping you FLOURISH because she KNOWS you went into private practice with your own passion for creating a healing space for others!! Michelle coaches clinicians, just like you, with a vales-based approach to business ensuring your practice’s marketing and branding efforts are authentic and effective! This way, you can be sure to attract YOUR ideal clients and build a thriving practice you love. Visit her (website). Book a free 20-minute chat by (clicking here). Email Michelle at Get 15% off with the promo code 'hcp15' on the (Get Out Of Your Own Way)' marketing course IN THIS PODCAST:Differences between marketing for holistic group practices and other group practices Talk about your ‘why’, not the ‘how’ Some mistakes holistic therapists make when marketing their practices How to connect to your ideal client DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MARKETING FOR HOLISTIC GROUP PRACTICES AND OTHER GROUP PRACTICESThe main difference between the marketing strategies of holistic group practices and other more conventional group practices is that they will both market to two different kinds of ideal clients. It may not be the same client who is reaching out to a CBT clinician … so I think that being keenly aware of who your dream client is, what they’re going to look for and language that resonates with them is probably one of the first things to think about when you’re marketing a holistic private practice. (Michelle Hardman) As a holistic counseling practice, be aware of: Who your ideal client is, What the language is that you can use to connect with them, and What their unique pain points are that you can help them with. This is because these aspects may be different from how a CBT clinician will market to their ideal clients, and when you can become clear on these aspects you are then able to weed out the people that you may not work well with and find the people that will fit in well with your treatment modalities. tALK ABOUT YOUR 'WHY', NOT THE 'HOW'Often people who are coming in for treatment do not always care much for the medical or holistic jargon behind your practice. Some terminology will be beneficial, but often what a client really wants to hear is your ‘why’ and why this work will benefit them. It resonates more with people on an emotional level to talk about why you are passionate about the work, and why holistic is the approach and the modality of your practice because I think that’s when we get that real connection and that spark with somebody who might be reading a brochure or the copy on your website and that is going to feel a lot more genuine and authentic. (Michelle Hardman) By owning what you do and why it is important to you, it flows from a genuine and sincere place. Therefore, when you write your copy or talk about your work on podcasts and so forth, people can feel the energy you have behind the work you do when you explain ‘why’ you enjoy it, work with it, and believe in it, instead of only using medical jargon. Here in your marketing, you can talk about your core values as the overlay of your practice. Authentically being you is a really great thing and that...

May 5

32 min 27 sec

What stops you from achieving healing? Why do some people hold onto their trauma? Is the spiritual and path of awareness more difficult? Ronen Divon speaks about finding out who the healer is MEET RONEN DIVONRonen Divon had been walking spiritual and holistic paths for well over three decades. Born in Israel, educated in New York, and currently residing in Cary, North Carolina, Ronen had traveled the world, spending time with teachers, masters, healers, and guides. With wisdom that spans multiple traditions, including the Far-East, India, Israel, Brazil, Peru, and Indigenous America, Ronen remains a student, learning and adding modalities that will best serve his clients; each according to their own unique needs. Ronen is a Reiki Master, a channeling healer working in mediumship, and a Yoga and Tai Chi instructor. He is also an ordained minister with the Sanctuary of the Beloved, a non-denominational church in the Order of Melcheizedek. In his Plant Medicine work, he is a Medicine Carrier affiliated with the CA-based Church of the Celestial Heart. Other than his work as a healer, Ronen is also a published author, a Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi instructor Visit his (website). Connect on (Instagram), (Facebook), and (Twitter). IN THIS PODCAST:What stops you from giving true healing to someone? What can slow you down from achieving your own healing? WHAT STOPS YOU FROM GIVING TRUE HEALING TO SOMEONE?Something to be wary of when it comes to that is the notion of “I’m here to heal the world” and really the first thing that anybody on this path needs to realize is that you have to start with work on yourself. Don’t do for anybody else what you are not ready to do for yourself. (Ronen Divon) If you have the urge to save and heal others always, have you evaluated that urge? For many people, even though they have benevolent intentions, the want to heal others does come from an egotistical place. I really want to encourage people [working in therapy] to ask these questions, always ask permission before [giving advice]. (Ronen Divon) Making sure that you receive consent, and that the person knows you are trying to help them, allows them to understand that you are doing the work to help them and that they are taking an active role in doing the work as well. WHAT CAN SLOW YOU DOWN FROM ACHIEVING YOUR OWN HEALING?We are the biggest [saboteurs] of our own healing … I find that every single situation that we face we create, and it’s not resolved until we’re ready to let it go. (Ronen Divon) We can only grow and expand into better, wiser, and stronger people through experiencing suffering. When everything is smooth, calm, and stable we can enjoy it but we remain stagnant in our progression. Therefore, there is friction between our comfortable, ego-centered selves that seek comfort and predictability and the people who we want to become, the lessons we need to learn, and ultimately the healing that we need. Our healing lies beyond the limit of our comfort zone. In this way, you remaining in your comfort zone is what slows you down and stops you from achieving healing. If we can really understand that, then the issue is going to get resolved. If we do not, then it’s going to continue. (Ronen Divon) You have to release the “dirt” that gathers at the bottom of your mind and heart so that you can “clean” what you have within you. "There is a modern misperception that when one walks a Spiritual path, life is smooth, good, easy, and joyful; it may be more accurate to say that today’s Spiritual path is changeable, dynamic, rugged, challenging, and sometimes chaotic. It is your choice whether to walk this path with grace, love, joy, and power." *SOURCE UNKNOWN Words from Kai Karrel’s Medium’s Creed “May my words and actions reflect my inner beauty and the...

Apr 28

39 min 1 sec

Have you come into contact with energy work? Do you know what reiki and healing touch are? Are you aware of the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits? I speak with Sarah Granahan about the benefits of energy work. MEET SARAH GRANAHANSarah Granahan is the Founder of Color My Spirit, LLC -an organization she created in 2012 to offer inspiration, motivation & self-healing to people by helping them explore the messages their bodies are sending them. Sarah is an Energy & Intuitive Coach with training as a Holy Fire® Reiki Master/Teacher (RMT), Healing Touch Practitioner Apprentice (HTP-A), Hypnotherapist, Integrative Health Coach trained at Duke Integrative Medicine and Healy Practitioner. Her gifting includes being an Intuitive Empath, Shaman, Medium, Animal & Child Messages & Energy Worker, and Wellness Coach. Sarah treats people with sleep disturbances, anxiety, pain, grief, wound healing, fatigue, or side-effects from medication and chemotherapy. She also offers sessions for people who want to explore their shadows and clear old energy to support their general well-being. In 2020, Sarah expanded her practice and opened Color My Spirit Wellness - a place where alternative & holistic practitioners can gather to treat clients on the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels to encourage alignment and balance. Visit her (website). Connect on (Facebook) and (Twitter). IN THIS PODCAST:Reiki and Holy Fire definition Healing touch Combining energy work with therapy Detoxing after energy work Taking on other people’s (negative) energy rEIKI AND HOLY FIRE DEFINITIONReiki is a Japanese-based energy modality that works with resetting life force energies and promotes healing and helps you recenter and reground so that you can move forward more clearly. Holy fire is a different energy that came through reiki a couple of years ago. It’s basically a higher vibrational current of the same energy modality. Anybody can become trained in reiki and you then become attuned to that healing energy. When somebody comes in for a session, you’re just a conduit holding that energetic space for the client and the client is going to heal for their highest good.  HEALING TOUCHEverybody is walking around with baggage. Healing touch is a heart-centered modality. You’re holding an intention that you’re going to help your clients heal for their highest good from one heart to another. It’s a different energy current. But it does the same amount of work that reiki does. However, with reiki, your detox period will be 5-7 days. With healing touch, it will be 3-4 days. Healing touch is great for clearing baggage, as well as for removing things in the mental, spiritual and emotional field. COMBINING ENERGY WORK WITH THERAPYMental health isn’t looked at as closely as it should be. But, taking care of your emotional and mental health is so important. People report feeling lighter and more at peace after reiki sessions. Sarah would definitely recommend combining this with counseling. Although the client should be ready to do this. Energy work works well on, not just your mental state, but your physical, emotional, and spiritual work as well.  dETOXING AFTER ENERGY WORKThe effectiveness of energy work relies on the client’s readiness to receive it. Essentially, the energy will be released and the client then has the free will to do what they will with it. You also have to be careful with your words (before a session) because those are intentions we set. You may come to a session ready to release everything and then feel flu-like symptoms the next day, such as body aches, etc. This, however, is linked to the energy work and is simply your body detoxing. As you are detoxing after an energy session, it may be ‘extreme’ in the beginning but will subside thereafter. Drinking a lot of water...

Apr 21

41 min 46 sec

Why is it imperative for a clinician to practice self-care? How can practicing self-care benefit a clinician’s work ability? What is the difference between self-confidence, self-esteem, and how can you build on them? I speak with Dr. Carla Marie Manly about building self-care and self-confidence and why it is important that we make this a priority. MEET DR. CARLA MARIE MANLYDr. Carla Marie Manly, a clinical psychologist and wellness expert, makes her home in Sonoma County, California. In addition to her clinical practice, she is deeply invested in her roles as an author, consultant, advocate, and speaker. With a holistic, body-mind-spirit approach, Dr. Manly specializes in improving professional and personal relationships through mindfulness and communication skills. With a focus on self-development as the foundation for optimal wellness, she builds teams by fostering individual awareness. Blending traditional psychotherapy with alternative mindfulness practices, Dr. Manly knows the importance of creating healthy balance, awareness, and positivity. Her motto is this: “A well-lived life is a journey of consciously crafting the best version of oneself. Wellness and joy do not occur by chance; they are fostered by manifesting one’s true light with courage and strength. Overall wellbeing occurs by creating a respectful, aware relationship with oneself and others.” Dr. Manly’s highly acclaimed books, Joy from Fear and Aging Joyfully—plus her newest title, Date Smart, offer life-changing insights and wisdom-filled tips to help readers create positive, purpose-driven lives. As a clinical psychologist, advocate, and author, she’s been cited in top-notch media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Oprah, Reader’s Digest, Psychology Today, NBC, Parade, GQ, Women’s Health, and more. Visit her (website). Connect on (Instagram), (Facebook), (Twitter) and (YouTube). IN THIS PODCAST:Self-care can mean tuning out Self-care for clinicians How can clinicians boost their self-care practices? Self-confidence and self-esteem SELF-CARE CAN MEAN TUNING OUTWhen we become wrapped up in the business and busyness of life we start to do this automatically, without consciousness and without awareness. We eat without tasting, we work without productivity, we see people without connecting. As we begin to practice tuning out from this busy world and practicing tuning in to ourselves, we are creating a form of self-care by caring for how we perceive the world and making an effort to be conscious of the experiences we have. SELF-CARE FOR CLINICIANSMost physicians have a support team: receptionist, nurse, fellow doctors in the room and people to refer to. However, psychotherapists work on their own and give to their clients from their energy, wisdom, time and effort – not just from their expertise. It is our responsibility actually, so that we can serve our clients, so that we can be in our best body, mind and spirit envelope: we really need … to engage in good self-care. (Dr. Carla Marie Manly) Creating the conscious space to reset after a therapy session, after a day of work or after a day of caring for your family is important to be able to keep on going and function in a sustainable and enjoyable way. Without taking and making the time to practice self-care, psychotherapists run the risk of becoming burnt out because the well of energy and effort is exhaustible. What we draw on to give to clients, other clinicians and families is not an endless amount, and when we create space to replenish ourselves, we give ourselves the ability to keep on giving without running ourselves into the ground. It’s important for a therapist to have a therapist often to have somewhere to download, and many therapists are...

Apr 14

42 min 7 sec

Where do you see yourself as a therapist, are you in the new or advanced category? How do you decide which type of holistic practitioner you want to be? What are some of the most common holistic practices? IN THIS PODCAST:New practitioners Advanced practitioners Recap on the previous 4 episodes NEW PRACTITIONERSThis could be someone who fresh out of college or maybe someone who has some experience but is new to using holistic strategies. Not sure how or where to start Still building enough confidence In the discovery phase May make the mistake of taking on too many trainings and not applying the lessons Feeling isolated and may experience imposter syndrome ADVANCED PRACTITIONERSThey feel confident in their practice and have internal ease with connecting mind, body, and spirit. Actively seeking out others in the field to network and consult with Utilizing the support of the community Know which areas to focus on, and don't take on too many trainings - instead, they are always advancing their skills in their chosen field RECAP OF THE PREVIOUS 4 EPISODES (Introduction and Discover Holistic Therapy) (Legal and Ethical issues in Holistic Therapy) (How to integrate holistic strategies into clinical practice safely and effectively) (An overview of the most common holistic therapies) Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on (Apple Podcasts), (Stitcher), (TuneIn), (Spotify) and (Google Podcasts). Resources Mentioned And Useful Links: (An Overview of the Most Common Holistic Therapies) (Practice of the Practice Podcast Network)

Mar 30

16 min 34 sec

Are you aware of all the common holistic therapies out there? Which modality would be best suited to your client's specific needs? What are the modalities that require a lot more intense training and supervision? IN THIS PODCAST:Mindfulness/Grounding Breathwork Guided imagery Meditation Yoga Reiki Aromatherapy 1. MINDFULNESS/GROUNDINGThis means being in the present moment, not worrying about the future or the past. You are just connecting to what is right here, right now. You can do this by: 5-4-3-2-1 technique (5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste) Doing a body scan Internally asking what you need at that very moment 2. BREATHWORKBe extra careful with this modality, especially if you are working with someone who has experienced trauma. Have your clients see what works for them and practice it outside of therapy, as much as possible. 3. GUIDED IMAGERYUsing this in therapy can be very powerful and a common one to use could be to think about a safe place, imagery for relaxation. And this combined with breathwork can really make a big difference. 4. MEDITATIONThere are so many forms of meditation and as always, there is no right or wrong way. You have to experiment and practice to see what works. A few are: Mindfulness Transcendental movement based Mantra Loving kindness Progressive relaxation Zen Sound 5. YOGAThis is about helping the parasympathetic to engage, to settle down the nervous system, especially with anxiety. It can be broken down into grounding practices (helps with anxiety, stress, feeling hyped up) and energizing practices (helps with depression, trauma, dissociation). 6. REIKIEnergy healing helps physical, emotional, and spiritual issues. It comes from universal life energy force. It works with removing blockages and releasing negative energy. 7. AROMATHERAPYThis is using plant-based essential oils that help harmonize mind, body, and spirit and helps to heal. You can inhale using a diffuser, you can combine different essential oils to cater to different needs such as balance, motivation, or relaxation. It can also be used on your skin (mix with a carrier oil first). Connect With MeInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on (Apple Podcasts), (Stitcher), (TuneIn), (Spotify) and (Google Podcasts). Resources Mentioned And Useful Links: (How to Integrate Holistic Strategies Into Clinical Practice Safely and Effectively) (Essential oils I use - DoTerra) BOOK: (You are here) BOOK: (Peace in every step) BOOK: (Full Catastrophe Living (Revised...

Mar 30

28 min 2 sec

Are you a new holistic therapist working in the traditional clinical field? How can you safely integrate holistic strategies into a clinical setting? Which clients can you introduce to holistic therapeutic practices in a way that is best for you and for them? IN THIS PODCAST:How to overcome the nerves Getting started with holistic strategies in your clinical practice Which clients to introduce to holistic strategies HOW TO OVERCOME THE NERVESSomething I learned from my yoga practice, which applies to any new strategy, is to become comfortable with it, and that means practice. To make it the most effective treatment you need to develop a personal practice with it to get comfortable with it to do it right early.The best way to become accustomed and confident with any new skill is to practice it. Spend time working on it alone and then practice it alongside people close to you such as family members, partners, friends, and even colleagues. Working on your new skill with people who are unfamiliar with it is an incredibly good way to learn how to introduce it to a new class or client one day, and to prepare yourself for the kinds of potential struggles and issues a brand-new client may have. Another bonus of practicing often is that you can inform your clients of the benefits that you have experienced firsthand due to your daily routine, meditations, yoga, and so forth. Your clients will be more willing and optimistic to follow your advice and wisdom when they see that you practice what you preach. GETTING STARTED WITH HOLISTIC STRATEGIES IN YOUR CLINICAL PRACTICEI learned the importance of building on the trust and the relationships you have with your client first before recommending different kinds of practices and treatments. Ease into it, take your time to get to know your client and for them to become accustomed to you before jumping into any strategies that would be completely new for them. SOME TIPS: If you are practicing in person, make sure that your counseling space is welcoming, soothing, and comfortable for your client to try new things in. If you intend to incorporate movement-based practices such as yoga into the treatment, make sure to inform your clients to wear comfortable clothing. If you are practicing over telehealth, be aware of the space behind you and make that space as visually pleasing or soothing as possible. Keep your space clear, clean, and together. When you are starting your sessions, whether in-person or over telehealth: Start your counseling session with some kind of ritual such as lighting a candle, using essential oils, or starting with some grounding and breathwork before diving into whatever it is they would like to talk about. Explore this idea with your clients and see who is more interested in adding this into their practice. You can gently explain the benefits of a ritual before each session, and what to expect such as the timeframe of the ritual. Follow their non-verbal clues to see how they are interacting with the new practice. Do not close your eyes: you want to be fully present and checking-in with your client. After the ritual, tune-in with clients. See how they experienced it in their body or with their feelings. You can note whether or not to change anything in the future. WHICH CLIENTS TO INTRODUCE TO HOLISTIC STRATEGIESLook at that scale, the readiness-to-change scale. Those that are higher on there are willing to do anything are the ones you want to try it with …. Because some [other clients] may not be willing to do this … when you are starting out get those clients who are on a higher level of readiness to change. In a way, working with clients who are more ready and open can also help you to build your confidence because you are working with a client who is more open to trying new things, who will ask some questions, and be excited to try something different. Listen to those clients who talk about holistic practices they already do in...

Mar 30

17 min 18 sec

How can you be true to yourself as a holistic therapist while providing ethical service to your clients? What is the difference between the scope of practice and the scope of competence? Are there ways you can set up your business to provide two different streams of service? IN THIS PODCAST:How to protect yourself against liability as a holistic therapist Scope of practice vs scope of competence? How can you expand your scope of competence? How can you expand your therapy practice, ethically? HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST LIABILITY AS A HOLISTIC THERAPISTI found the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics where it discusses treatment modalities and thought this was a good place to start. When providing services, counselors use techniques, procedures, modalities that are grounded in theory and/or have empirical and scientific foundation. Any kind of innovative techniques or procedures, modalities explaining the potential risks, benefits and potential ethical considerations of using these … you work to minimize any potential risk or harm when using these techniques as well as discussing the benefits.What does this mean for holistic therapy and therapists? The important thing that you have to do is if there is something you want to get into you, have to do your own research to really see what is out there. I found a lot of research around reiki, essential oils, and yoga and their potential benefits. Although it is also as important to research any potential risks that you need to be aware of when working with your clients. For example, if you work with yoga you have to get a separate liability, even if your yoga practice is incredibly gentle, just in case. sCOPE OF PRACTICE VS. SCOPE OF COMPETENCE Scope of Practice Scope of practice is essentially the explanation of what a practice does as a whole and places limits upon what can or can not be done in that profession. My board, which is the Licensed Clinical Mental Health Board, states that: It defines that we can provide assessments, diagnose, provide treatment plans and individual counseling using psychotherapeutic techniques. Scope of Competence This is more individually based on what a clinician may do and is determined by one’s education, training, and experience. So in summary: the scope of practice is more general in the therapeutic word but the scope of competence specifies what you yourself are competent in and can do best to treat. HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR SCOPE OF COMPETENCEIt takes a lot to really gain that competence, so again, it’s continuing that education and not only taking that one workshop … I always think that one thing would not be enough. You've got to talk to other people about it and be able to network with people who are also skilled in it so get some insights, consultation and supervision.With the scope of competence, you can build on that by taking more classes and courses, building your experience, and training more often to broaden and strengthen yourself in the field you work in. You can also read the relevant literature at the beginning to find the research out there that supports your findings. Try to find as much as you can in books, articles, and videos. Your scope of practice is also not only what you do but what you say to clients during sessions. This means that you need to make sure that you are clear with how you explain things to them, that they sign an informed consent form. HOW CAN YOU EXPAND YOUR THERAPY PRACTICE, ETHICALLY?Make a service you offering, such as tarot card reading, a separate part of your business. In this way, you can fulfill two parts: being a traditional therapist and offering holistic healing as a separate business whilst remaining ethical. Do some journaling: think about what is the best way you can add different integrated healing into your practice. What are you called to do? How can you weave this in somehow so that you feel you are not disregarding your passions and your...

Mar 30

19 min 16 sec

Welcome to the Holistic Counseling Podcast, I am excited to be on this journey with you! IN THIS PODCAST:Meet your host, Chris McDonald Why I started this podcast and who it's for What to expect How do you discover what kind of holistic practitioner you want to be? Meet your host, Chris McDonaldI believe a good holistic practice starts with a ritual, and so this morning I lit the candle at my 'desk/altar space' to remind me of my intention for the year, which is summed up in my word for the year: ACCEPTANCE. I like to do a Word of the Year to show something I want to focus on, and I have it surrounded by my crystals as well as my Palo Santo essential oil which is diffusing around my office right now helping to keep me calm and start my day the right way. What would be a good holistic ritual for you while you listen to this podcast? There is no wrong answer to this. It is an open space and invitation for you to practice a small ritual with yourself to create an intentional space of healing and awareness. So, I am Chris McDonald, and to me, Holistic Therapy looks at all parts of the self: the mind, body, and spirit. It focuses on wholeness and, not just the psychological aspects. Years ago I was a school counselor and went to a retreat for teachers. This was my first experience with meditation, I immediately connected with it and really loved it. I started to learn more about meditation, breathwork, essential oils, mindfulness, and yoga and thought about how I could incorporate these into traditional therapy. Why I started This podcast And Who It's ForThere are not a lot of holistic therapists out there. We are spread few and far between and often struggle to find one another in the midst of traditional therapy. Traditional therapy is great and has its strengths but I wanted to build up the holistic therapy world and provide a voice for this budding community. I wanted to build that strong community, especially those that are like-minded and free from judgment… some people who are more traditional-minded may not [understand] and could judge you for that so I think having people who are non-judgmental would be great, to be able connect with them and learn from each other.This podcast is geared towards mental health therapists who are interested in integrating these holistic strategies into treatment, or even if you just want to build your own personal practice. What To ExpectSolo shows Guest/Interview shows How to integrate your learnings A variety of topics spanning meditation, breathwork, and essential oils How to do this safely and ethically Practice building tips Your self-care How do you discover what type of holistic practitioner you want to be?The way you do this is by turning inward to hear yourself more clearly. Opening up your mind and heart and listening. Where do you want to be with your therapy practice? Who do you want to be? Pause if you would like and write some thoughts down, without judgment, and be playful, curious, and creative with your raw ideas. Explore your ideas: research different teachers, practices, free courses, podcasts, and teachings. Spend some time looking through the resources you find on Google or Youtube. Look around to see if there are any holistic centers near you to see what is available. Consider visiting a local Buddhist temple if you have one near you and spending time with like-minded people and engaging them in the conversations you would like to learn more from. Connect with meInstagram (@holisticcounselingpodcast) (Facebook) Join the (private Facebook group) Sign up for my free email course: ( Rate, review, and subscribe to this podcast on...

Mar 29

21 min 14 sec