A Therapist Takes Her Own Advice

A Therapist Takes Her Own Advice

Therapists may seem like they have all the answers, but that doesn’t mean they can easily apply them to their own lives. Join Rebekah Shackney as she discusses her own challenges with guests who offer unique insight into overcoming them. Whether you’re struggling with the effects of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, trying to devote more time to self-care or meditation, or looking to make a major life change, you’ll find inspiration and get practical advice on your journey. Topics include mindfulness, parenting, depression, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eldercare, family, emotions, happiness, stress management, and more. https://rebekahshackney.com Produced by David DibS Shackney. Marketing Strategy by Jessica Hulett Photo by Alex Joyce.... Show More

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February 22, 2021 11 min

In this episode, we practice the DBT Mindfulness Skill Observe. It’s one of the three What Skills David and I discussed a few weeks ago. As a reminder, Observe is noticing without pushing away or clinging to anything. We observe our external environment through our 5 senses: sight, smell, sound, taste and touch. We observe our internal world by noticing thoughts, emotions and sensations in the body. 

We will practice observing by ob...

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December 14, 2020 16 min

With stress levels through the roof,  we could all benefit from a little mindfulness. This season of  A Therapist Takes Her Own Advice is all about making mindfulness understandable and accessible to everyone.

In this episode, David and I are talking about the DBT How Skills. These skills outline how to practice mindfulness. The How Skills are Nonjudgmentally, One-mindfully and Effectively.

Nonjudgmentally is noticing without adding ...

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With stress levels through the roof, we could all benefit from mindfulness. This season of A Therapist Takes Her Own Advice is all about making mindfulness understandable and accessible to everyone.

In today's episode, David and I are talking about the DBT What Skills. These skills outline what to do to become more mindful. They are Observe, Describe and Participate.

Observe is noticing without pushing away or clinging to anythi...

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November 12, 2020 15 min

Mindfulness is a word that you hear thrown around a lot these days, but is often misunderstood. It does everything from decrease depression to improve relationships to making pain more manageable… but how? This season of ATTHO, going is all about demystifying mindfulness, what is it? How is it helpful? And how exactly do you use it in your daily life? I’ll break it down into manageable steps and I’ll interview people with interesti...

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September 24, 2020 58 min

In this week’s episode, I’m speaking with Lauren Selfridge, therapist, creative vision consultant and host of the podcast This is not what I ordered. She talks about everything from how Conan O’Brien and a rowing machine figure into her self-care routine to the silver lining of living with multiple sclerosis. Her version of full-hearted living means meeting herself where she is in each moment, allowing whatever feelings arise and e...

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September 11, 2020 8 min

As we move into month 7 of the pandemic, with school starting, stress levels continue to rise, tempers are flaring and everyone seems to be at the end of their rope. We could all use some loving kindness. This powerful mindfulness is the perfect antidote for the anxiety and tension so prevalent in society, as it allows us to tap into our capacity for love, gratitude and compassion toward ourselves and others. 

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September 9, 2020 44 min

Money is a taboo word that can bring up so many uncomfortable feelings. And this discomfort effects our relationships, our livelihoods and our futures. 

My guest, Jelisha Gatling, is a couples therapist and money mindset coach. She tackled her own maladaptive believes about money and turned her finances and her life around with the help of money mindset guru, Tiffany McLain, Jen Sincero's book, You Are a Badass at Making Money a...

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This episode features, Jessica Hulett. She and thousands like her are called COVID long-haulers. They continue to have debilitating symptoms months after initially contracting the virus. Doctors don’t yet have many answers leaving these patients in search of relief and support.   

Jessica Hulett is a freelance writer, editor, and marketing strategist in Ossining, NY. She moved to Westchester after more than 15 years in Manhattan an...

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August 31, 2020 16 min

Right now, so many people are chronically stressed and this takes a huge toll on mental as well as physical health. As a result, the term self-care gets thrown around a lot. In this bonus episode, my producer/husband David Shackney and I demystify selfcare. We discuss what it is, why it’s important and how to practice it. 

 

Self-care is anything that we do to preserve health, well-being and increase happiness 

 

Self-care looks differ...

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August 25, 2020 45 min


In this episode, Nicole Poole, shares her history of trauma and her journey to health and healing. She talks about how CPT Therapy, EMDR and meditation have allowed her to stop the negative tape playing in her mind and regain her sense of self. Now, during the pandemic she has found a way to spread joy throughout her community and beyond by chalking the sidewalks in her neighborhood. Find her creations at Wordsmiff405. Don't  m...

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In this episode, I speak with Jessica Irons, founder and Artistic Director of Theater O, an independent theater school for kids in Ossining New York. She discusses the struggles of finding her purpose and then serving that purpose during a pandemic. She gives us the perspective of an artist and educator with the daunting task of trying to keep kids connected to their creative spirit while remaining safe.

Jessica, an Ossining reside...

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Stress is pervasive in life today particularly as many people are preparing to head back to school amid the continuing corona crisis. This bonus episode offers a guided meditation called Paired Muscle Relaxation, a DBT Skill that can dramatically reduce stress with regular practice. Make yourself comfortable and get ready to relax.

Thanks so much for joining me today for A Therapist Takes Her Own Advice. If you connected with what ...

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On this episode, Superintendent Sanchez, talks about the ups and downs on  the road to reopening schools this year. We get to know him better as he discussing his family and his journey from teacher to administrator. He even talks about his own self-care habits and offers suggestions for parents and student to manage during these stressful times. 

Raymond Sanchez serves as the superintendent for the Ossining Union Free School Distri...

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On this episode, Elizabeth Cush and I talk about the prevalence of anxiety in our culture especially now in this tumultuous climate. We discuss why trauma is triggered in times of stress, and she offers tips on how to manage it.

Elizabeth Cush is a licensed clinical professional counselor, business owner and blogger in Annapolis, MD where she hosts Woman Worriers, a podcast for anxious women. In her private practice, Progression Co...

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July 30, 2020 4 min

In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a therapist is constantly filling a client's toolbox with strategies and skills to help them cope with daily challenges, anxieties and emotional conundrums. This series of bonus episodes will explore some of those skills and how to apply them to every day life.

In todays episode, I discuss the STOP Skill and how it can be applied to worry thoughts or ruminations. When practiced regularly, t...

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July 28, 2020 59 min

On this episode engagement guru, Ash Fox, offers her unique perspective on getting engaged, she offers tips for creating the perfect proposal and discusses her own experience of Zoom dating in quarantine. David and I even tell our own engagement story.

Ash Fox is a marriage Proposal planner, advisor and photographer based in NYC. She has orchestrated and photographed over 1700 engagements for couples from all over the world. She ha...

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July 23, 2020 6 min

In Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a therapist is constantly filling a client's toolbox with strategies and skills to help them cope with daily challenges, anxieties and emotional conundrums. This series of bonus episodes will explore some of those skills and how to apply them to every day life.

What can you do to get through a crisis without making the problem worse? I suggest to clients that they create a crisis survival k...

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One of our missions in creating this podcast is to reduce the stigma of mental illness. On todays episode, I speak with David Wilson-Burns, a friend of mine who was diagnosed with bipolar I disorder in his 30s. He speaks openly about the ups and downs of his mental health journey in the hopes that other's will find comfort and support from his experiences.
 
David Wilson-Burns is a writer, software engineer, and musician living ...

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July 16, 2020 4 min

In Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), a therapist is constantly filling a client's toolbox with strategies and skills to help them cope with daily challenges, anxieties and emotional conundrums. This series of bonus episodes will explore some of those skills and how to apply them to every day life.

In this episode, I discuss the power of eating mindfully, ways of incorporating this simple skill into your daily routine, and ho...

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On todays show, I talk to Grace Choi about the complicated, comforting, connecting roles food plays in our lives. She offers insights from a wide range of perspectives from her experience as a child of immigrants to her years as a food studies student and teacher to her recent role as mother of two. It was such a pleasure to see food and life through her eyes.

Grace Choi is the founder of Cookable, a technology company that reimagi...

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