Therapists Uncut Podcast

Therapists Uncut Podcast

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is here to help you feel enlightened, validated, and inspired as we share our uncensored thoughts about real life and make mental health relatable. Join off-the clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews, casual and, at times, difficult conversations. Tune in every Monday with Alyssa Najera, LCSW Nikki Young, LMFT and Jolene Daly, LMFT.... Show More

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October 19, 2020 41 min

 

Morgan Michele Brown shares how the grief and anger following the sudden death of her mother in 2012, motivated a new  curiosity about life and death, a desire to seek solutions and answers, and new ventures that now provide others with creative outlets for processing their own experiences with death and loss.

 

Interview with Morgan Michele Brown

Morgan Michele Brown is a writer, storyteller, photographer, and artist asking peop...

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Morgan Brown reminds us the topic of Death and Dying is so much of an unspoken topic, that when the time comes that someone close to you does die it’s a blurry road to navigate. Not only for you as the one who “lost” someone important, but also for the people who are genuinely trying to support you through gestures or comments, but are failing miserably and not helping at all. In part 1 of 2 of this interview, Morgan shares her ind...

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It’s not uncommon to occasionally “vomit” our own bad mood onto others, but just how are you supposed to avoid this? Our moods are ever changing, but despite whatever mood we may be in we are in we are each responsible for how we choose to respond to our feelings. The T-Uncut co-hosts share their rules of engagement on how not to be an a**hole when dealing with a bad mood.  

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September 28, 2020 24 min

Adjusting to Distance Learning has been one hell of job for most families. With the added layers of complexities and barriers, it’s easy to hyper-focus on things that, in the long run, don’t really matter. Hear the struggles but also solutions to how to really use this time to teach your kids values and lessons that will last a lifetime, not just the quarter or semester.

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From the health pandemic to civil unrest to politics, it seems like no matter where we turn there are endless opportunities to have uncomfortable, but important conversations with our kids. Tune in for tips on how to talk to your kids about these difficult issues including how to practice self-awareness, how to decide if your child is “old enough”, being intentional about reflecting your values through your actions, and creating sa...

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For someone who is a survivor of a friend or family member who suicided, the words “Suicide Prevention” and “Know the Signs” don’t always bring feelings of hope or comfort. Rather, they often result in a feeling of guilt, sadness, self-blame, or even anger. Through a letter, one brave individual enlightened the Therapist Uncut co-hosts on how the words “suicide prevention” can hurt more than it helps.

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Managing stress and competing priorities can feel impossible, at times. Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa share tips that work for them and explore different styles that may help you on your personal journey of getting your sh*t together.

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August 31, 2020 24 min

We all come from our own individual experiences and sometimes all you want is for people to listen - without accusation, without advice, without judgement. However, if you’ve ever chosen to share your individual experiences on social media, you’ve likely fallen victim to the complete opposite.  Co-host Nikki Young chooses to open up on social media to speak to her personal story of how recent events have impacted her. Hear about th...

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August 24, 2020 22 min

Putting yourself out there in any unknown situation is terrifying, but if you handle the pressure in the Scared Sh!tless Zone just enough to make it through and succeed, you’re golden. The group gets real about fears and insecurities that hit hard when releasing this Podcast, share how they pushed through, and offer tips on how to manage your own fears that are keeping you from taking that leap into the next big thing.

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The group goes deep into signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicide as they reflect on the most recent interview with Officer Shaw on his personal experience with PTSD and first responder mental health. When we experience something scary, it can sometimes turn into nightmares, flashbacks, increased anxiety or even PTSD.  Join the conversation as a group of off-the-clock therapists discuss common trauma ...

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Officer Michael Shaw experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of losing his best friend and fellow law enforcement officer to suicide. In part 2 of this interview, Officer Shaw discusses the importance of seeking support despite the stigma surrounding mental health, because there is “life after PTSD.” He also shares how he plans to use his personal experience to increase awareness on First Responder Mental Heal...

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Michael Shaw shares his personal story of how the loss of his best friend to suicide had a long lasting impact on his personal and professional life. Matt was not only Officer Shaw’s best friend and roommate, but also a Deputy Sheriff. In this interview Officer Shaw recalls the night of Matt’s suicide in their home and explains how this experience ultimately resulted in developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tune in for ...

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July 27, 2020 25 min

Come one, come all to the Sh!t Show 2020! Or is it? 2020 has brought an array of interesting, to say the least, predicaments, conversations, and just plain confusion. It feels like we just keep rolling with the punches. Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa share moments of humanity and positivity that they have witnessed this year, discuss learned lessons, and encourage you to be intentional about how you choose to end 2020.

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A trauma response can result from exposure to any scary or distressing situation. It can show up in the form of high reactivity, bad dreams, upsetting thoughts or memories, difficulty concentrating, or difficulty sleeping. Now, while the word “trauma” is often associated with things like war, disaster or abuse, trauma responses can also result from other experiences like bullying, having a critical caregiver, generational trauma, o...

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A conversation is a two-way street, despite whether or not you share the same perspectives. However, disagreements and differing views sometimes put us at high risk of making assumptions and placing judgement. Emotions can run high, defense walls go up, and our own reactions can make it very difficult for us to both listen and voice our opinions or needs in way everyone feels heard.  Join Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa as they talk thro...

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Despite feeling like “Rona is splitting the Country,” Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa explore the power of both the individual and community during not only the stressful times, but at all times. They discuss the importance of engaging in dialogue with respect, rather than accusation, judgement, or assumption, and touch on the incredible moments of generosity, kindness, and selflessness that positively contribute to community in an age o...

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June 29, 2020 30 min

Dealing with stress can be a normal part of life, but sometimes it sneaks up in ways we simply refuse to acknowledge, all the while convincing ourselves we are fine. Therapists Uncut explores the not so subtle ways stress can creep up and negatively impact our lives through sharing personal experiences from the 2020 statewide Shelter-In-Place order. They discuss the importance of using self-care and healthy habits to cope with stre...

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Daily habits and routines are a way of coping and dealing with life events and it is an important part of managing your mental health. T-Uncut discusses the various ways mental health has popped up in everyday conversations for many, including coping with and adjusting to COVID. It also just so happens that Mental Health Awareness Month falls right in the middle of a statewide shelter in place order, creating the perfect opportunit...

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June 26, 2020 23 min

Nikki, Jolene and Alyssa share how their personal and professional experiences brought them together several years ago as therapists in training, and again years later the road for T-Uncut. From education to work history, with a few squirrel moments because we know Nikki struggles with staying on topic, learn all about your co-hosts in today’s episode.  If you feel like you already know our co-hosts, please feel free to skip to the...

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June 26, 2020 10 min

Why, yes! Contrary to popular belief, therapists are people too. Therapists are not scary or judgmental. They are passionate about their profession, but also love to make time for hobbies, laughing, and having lives outside of their office. They are, however, very comfortable with talking about uncomfortable and hard topics because well, that’s a big part of their day job. T-Uncut debunks a few common misconceptions about therapist...

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