Mental Health Quest: The therapists office and beyond!

Mental Health Quest: The therapists office and beyond!

Two Mental Health professionals will answer important questions like: How do I find a therapist? Where do I sit in the office? How do I find out if insurance covers therapy? What type of therapy is best for me? and soooooo much more! We will pass our knowledge along through our amazing nerdiness. Sponsored by Nerd Adventure Therapy 20 LLC. Using Nerd culture and Role Playing games to reduce the stigma surrounding Mental Health.


October 23, 2022 63 min
Stephanie Sarmiento, MA, LMFT (she/her/hers) Stephanie is dual licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor based in Southern California. She received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine GSEP and proudly serves her alma mater as an Adjunct Professor. She worked in Applied Behavior Analysis for five years before discovering her passion for working in trauma and addiction. She is a cer...

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Aliyah is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in Orange County currently finishing up her doctoral degree (PsyD). She enjoys supporting her clients in stepping into their power and taking back their autonomy from trauma saturated stories. She recently has been certified as an Autism disorder clinical Specialist. What inspired her to step into this work is that she recently discovered that she is autistic and has found so much ...

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Dr. Isaac Y. Taitz is a clinical psychologist, published author, researcher, and speaker who treats a wide variety of issues, with specialties in sleep treatment and solution-focused therapy for patients of all ages. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University and his B.S. with honors in Human Development from Cornell University. He treats patients struggling with depression, anxiety, inattention, ...

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Quite fitting for the current times! Join Charlene MacPherson LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Nicole Hassler as we talk about borderline personality symptoms and treatments.


Dr. Hassler is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist hailing from Buffalo, NY. She is trained in multiple therapy modalities, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy...

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In this episode, we cover what is Bipolar, what are the different types of Bipolar, what the best treatment is, as well as combat the stigma surrounding the diagnosis. Come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Kristina Tyler, Licensed Psychologist as we explore Bipolar symptoms and treatment. 


Dr. Kristina Tyler is licensed as a psychologist in Califo...

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In this episode, we cover what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is and what the best treatment is. Come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Janina Scarlett, Licenced Clinical Psychologist where we get extra nerdy talking about Superhero Therapy and how it helps clients process PTSD!


Bio for Dr. Janina Scarlett: Dr. Janina Scarlet is a Licensed Clinical...

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Come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz Registered Psychological Assistant, and our special expert guest Dr. Yoni Sobin in on our conversation about Anxiety! We discuss what anxiety is, what it feels like, what the different types of anxiety are, and what treatment is available right now!

Get to know a little bit more about our special expert guest!

Dr. Sobin is a licensed Clinical Psychologist trained in Cognitive Beh...

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In this episode, come join Charlene MacPherson, LCSWC, Benjamin Taitz, Registered Psychological Assistant, and special guest expert Dr. Christine Lillja, PsyD, and LMFT as we discuss what depression is and what current treatments are available!

Dr. Christine Lillja has lived in Orange County her entire life and loves the people and climate here. She is both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Clinical Psychologi...

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Join Benjamin and Charlene on our voyage through different levels of therapeutic care! In this episode, we start with the least restrictive/lower levels of care and work our way up to the most restrictive/higher levels of care. We also cover some history about Mental Health Treatment in the USA!

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Come join Charlene and Benjamin on our new episode on How therapy actually works! In this episode, we cover some common myths about therapy expectations(3:50), The ability to learn new things called Neuroplasticity (26:00), and why therapy feels is uncomfortable sometimes (37:10)!


And as promised NOTES!!

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Thanks so much for listening!

In this episode, Benjamin and Charlene cover barriers to therapy and how you might overcome them(5:43). We also talk about what makes a good therapist (20:04) and what to do if your therapist isn't a good fit (48:10)!


Show Notes!

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September 19, 2021 960 min

Hello Everyone!    In this episode, we introduce ourselves to the world! We will talk about who we are, why we are starting this podcast, and who should listen!

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In this episode, we discuss questions to ask that will help you decide if you need therapy (2:45). We also have a step-by-step guide on how to find a therapist in your area, how to narrow down your search, and how to find someone who takes your insurance(10:45). And lastly, we cover what to expect in an intake and questions to ask during your first session (44:25)!


As promised here are our show notes:

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