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56 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Do we find meaning or create meaning in our lives?
Today I talk with Danielle LaSusa, our resident philosopher, about whether or not we find meaning or create meaning our lives. I challenge her from a psychological and metaphysical view and suggest that maybe we are given our meaning from family, society, culture or even our higher selves or spirit guides. As always, Danielle gets me to divulge personal stories about my life that have shaped my core belief systems. Good times! You'll love this episode while you struggle to find meaning during the COVID crisis.
32 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
What clients aren't saying to you during the pandemic
Today I read through a twitter thread about what clients really think about going to therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The tweet was posted by George Civeris. "Is anyone else finding therapy completely useless......... sound off in the comments." — George Civeris (@georgeciveris) Are clients only seeing you because they feel obligated to continue paying your weekly fee? Do they think you can offer the support they need right now? Would they rather be talking about their old problems? Are they worried about how you're holding up? I discuss these topics and more on today's episode.
64 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on therapists
Today I am joined by Julie and Gina as we discuss how COVID-19 has impacted our private practices. Gina starts out with some very handy tips that counselors can use while providing online sessions. We then dive into: - The hardest part of being a therapist during the pandemic - What the most positive thing has been - Our favorite piece of advice for clients during the pandemic - What the lasting impact will be on our profession - What we'll remember most 20 years from now - Our most petty and selfish grievances
66 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
How to be alone and stay sane during the COVID-19 pandemic
Today I am joined by Karel Chan, LPC. We discuss how people that are living alone can stay sane during the COVID-19 pandemic. We cover how folks can use social media wisely, why maintaining a routine is key, how to get creative and flexible with things to do, how to shift your intentions, when to practice vulnerability, why being mindful and compassionate is important and so much more. It's always a blast to talk with Karel. Don't miss this one!
57 minutes | Mar 23, 2020
Moral responsibility and how to mange fear about COVID-19
Today I am joined by resident philosopher Danielle LaSusa. We talk about our moral and ethical responsibilities regarding social distancing and quarantining in the age of COVID-19. I process my feelings about how frustrated I get with older people and how they don't seem to be taking this very seriously. We discuss whether or not it's ethical to knowingly pass on the coronavirus to president Trump. And we end with a novel way people can tolerate the fear that is arising because of the pandemic.
37 minutes | Mar 16, 2020
Divorce mediation, clients that like Biden and bad podcast reviews.
Today it's just me! No guest. I dive into what it's like going through divorce mediation and why it hasn't been that great. I give all my listeners a free business idea that is sure to take off! I talk about what it's like to counsel clients that support Biden while I stand behind Bernie. And I respond to a couple bad reviews I have recently gotten.
53 minutes | Mar 9, 2020
Getting poly competent and figuring out if I can be in a poly relationship
Today I am joined by Heidi Savell, LCSW. We discuss five easy things that every therapist can do right now in order to be more poly friendly and competent with their clients. We talk about where therapists tend to be the most resistant when it comes to treating clients in poly and open relationships. And Jeff asks Heidi for some personal advice about how he can be more successful in poly relationships if he chooses to test it out. Sign up for Heidi's CE poly competent workshop.
56 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
How a therapist and philosopher address spirituality in session
Today I am joined by resident philosopher Danielle LaSusa. We discuss how we integrate spirituality, metaphysics and religion into our sessions with clients. We talk about the similarities and differences in our approach. Oh, and Jeff reveals what happens to you when you die. Danielle may or may not agree with his after life beliefs.
49 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
How to treat clients (and Jeff) that struggle with jealousy
Today I am joined by Julie Berman, LPC and we chat about different ways we help clients that are struggling with jealousy in their relationships. And of course Jeff and Julie end up sharing a lot about their personal journey's with jealousy and how it has manifested in their romantic relationships.
46 minutes | Feb 17, 2020
What you should know if you want to be a therapist
Today I am joined by Julie Jeske, LPC and we chat about some of the most important things that we think new therapists should know before starting their practice. And it's not just practical advice. It's good advice that comes directly from our personal experience. A must listen for all new and aspiring therapists.
28 minutes | Feb 10, 2020
Say More About Swoon
I produce another podcast called Swoon: Love Lessons with Julie and Gina. A little while ago I was a guest on their episode about codependency. Today you'll get to listen to me chat with Julie and Gina on their podcast. Do you wonder if you or your partner might be needy or codependent? Tune in to learn about what codependency really means.
60 minutes | Feb 3, 2020
Am I suffering from existential depression?
Today I am joined by the podcast's resident philosopher, Danielle LaSusa. We're talking about existential depression. Danielle and I compare notes on how we treat existential depression with our clients. We philosophize about the true meaning of life. And Jeff explores his own existential issues while Danielle supports him through his process.
47 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
Hard conversations therapists have with clients
Today I am joined by Julie Jeske, LPC. We're talking about all the hard conversations we are sometimes forced to have with our clients. Everything from telling them you forgot to show up, to how awkward it was when they saw you naked at the spa, to how you don't think you're helping and they should see another counselor and so much more. Enjoy our candid and cringe worthy episode!
51 minutes | Jan 20, 2020
Let's all start meditating
This week I talk to my good therapist buddy Karel Chan, LPC about meditation and how she motivates her clients to start a meditation practice. She described her meditation practice in detail and made me feel like maybe I could actually start doing it myself. Karel talks about meditation in an incredibly accessible way.
55 minutes | Jan 13, 2020
Should you date a therapist?
Kay Lee joins me again. We chat about whether or not you should date a therapist. We break down the pros and cons of dating a mental health professional. We dive into what it's like for two therapists to date each other and for a non-therapist to date a therapist. If you've ever thought about dating at therapist or are a therapist yourself, this episode is for you!
55 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
How Jeff and Julie deal with breakups
Julie Berman joins me again. We chat about how we deal with breakups in our sessions as therapists, and how we've dealt with breakups personal in our lives. We'll also discuss what we do with clients that are perpetually on the fence about breaking up with their partner, the common feeling of sever depression after a breakup and mistaking that for believing that your ex was the one and only, what might be going on if you continue to date the same person over and over again and so much more.
49 minutes | Dec 30, 2019
Jeff and Julie talk about codependency and anxious attachment
Today I talk to Julie Berman, LPC about codependency and anxious attachments styles. We break down exactly what it is and how we see it manifest in our clients. We talk about why we love treating folks that struggle with codependency and all the different ways we treat the issue in session. We discuss why anxious folks gravitate towards avoidant people and what attracts them to each other in the first place. Lots of laughs and good times in this episode.
41 minutes | Dec 23, 2019
Why I love emotionally focused therapy and you should too.
Today I talk to Evelyn Schmechtig-Cochran, LMFT, an expert on emotionally focused therapy (EFT). We cover everything from what EFT is, why it works so well, what typical outcomes are for couples and what the flaws are. We touch on how EFT works with different cultures, what the biggest challenges are and if there are clients that might not benefit from EFT.
42 minutes | Dec 16, 2019
Getting a divorce while being a therapist
Today's episode is a candid and vulnerable one for me. Recently my wife and I decided to end our marriage. The couple months leading up to that decision were filled with emotional ups and downs. I wanted to bring on a close friend, Heidi Savell, who's been through similar stuff, and talk about what it's like to be a counselor while feeling emotionally upset and mentally preoccupied. We talk about how I've handled it so far, what I could have done better, how hard it can be to be present for your clients when you're not feeling grounded and much more.
34 minutes | Dec 9, 2019
The best parts of being a therapist
Julie Jeske, LPC, from the Swoon podcast talks with me today about the best parts of being a therapist. This episode is 100% uplifting and fun to listen to. Julie and Jeff compare their top 5 favorite things about the profession and wonder why everybody isn't a therapist.
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