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Therapists Uncut Podcast

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is an informative, self-help podcast that makes mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation. Join off-the-clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews and, at times, difficult conversations on all things mental health including, anxiety, trauma, relationships, work stress, First Responder mental health, grief, parenting and more! Tune in every 1st and 3rd Monday with co-hosts Alyssa Najera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Nik Young, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This is an AMP Smart Business Production.

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To Scroll Or Not To Scroll
  We are living in an era where social media is embedded throughout our culture. Licensed mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera share how social media has evolved and challenge you to examine the role social media plays in your life. Resources mentioned: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist and co-owner of catalystcounselinginc.com, a private practice located in Modesto, CA. Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. She  is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a consultant supporting teams in high stress or helping professions and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
19:25 2/20/24
Bonus Episode: BIG News for Season 5 of the Therapists Uncut Podcast
  Let the conversations continue as we kickoff season 5. Join licensed mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera in this can’t-miss bonus episode as they announce some big news for season 5 of the Therapists Uncut Podcast! Resources mentioned: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist and co-owner of catalystcounselinginc.com, a private practice located in Modesto, CA. Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. She  is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a consultant supporting teams in high stress or helping professions and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
06:54 2/5/24
"We Will Never Forget" Remembering 9/11 with Retired San Jose CA Fire Captain David C. Lerma
  Retired San Jose Fire Captain David C. Lerma recounts his experience as one of the thousands of first responders deployed during the 9/11 attacks on the United States, honoring those who served and continue to serve, and remembering those who were lost. Nik Young, Alyssa Najera, and Captain Lerma also discuss the evolving supports available for first responders including access to mental health, debriefing, and peer counseling services.   Interview with Retired San Jose Fire Captain David C. Lerma David Lerma is a retired Captain from San Jose Fire Department (SJFD). David retired in 2009, after serving for 29 years. During this time, David received numerous certificates and commendations, including a Medal of Valor for his service at the World Trade Center attack. David is certified in high and low angle rope rescue, structure collapse and confined space rescue, and is a certified instructor for Rescue Systems One and Swift Water Rescue. David is also a long-standing member of Los Bomberos of Northern CA, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve fire protection to communities throughout Santa Clara County, and is committed to serving the community through volunteer opportunities, partnerships such as Toys for Tots, and scholarship and mentorship programs. David has proudly served his community as a member of Los Bomberos for over 40 years!   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Los Bomberos of Northern California “We want to serve the community of San Jose with all the support we can give. Whether it is giving backpacks and supplies to kids to help them succeed in their school year or to give children toys that they deserve to open on Christmas morning just like any other child. We want to serve any and better their lives.” ( https://losbomberosofnortherncalifornia.com/, 2023)   Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Episodes  - Therapists Uncut     Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by three off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young (they/them/theirs) is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet,  always manages to keep the TU Crew laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring them back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, they is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera (she/her/hers) is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounseling.com  or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
53:21 9/11/23
No More Fake A$$ Apologies
  A good apology does not blame, it is not passive aggressive, and it does not avoid responsibility. A good apology acknowledges mistakes, takes ownership, has a healthy use of “I Statements,” and is a genuine attempt to changing behavior. A good apology has the power to model effective communication and solid interpersonal skills for those peers, colleagues, partners, or kids experiencing or observing the apology. This episode is all about apologies! Mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera share a few ways of how not to apologize and give some solid examples of what a good apology can look like. What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist and co-owner of catalystcounselinginc.com, a private practice located in Modesto, CA. Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. She  is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a consultant supporting teams in high stress or helping professions and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
21:39 7/25/23
John-David Brown on Navigating the Subtleties of Homophobia in the Workplace
  Returning guest John-David Brown shares his experience of recognizing and navigating the subtleties of homophobia in the corporate workplace, including experiencing sexuality-based microaggressions, gaslighting, and feeling othered. John-David also shares how his ongoing reflection, inner work in therapy, and positive experience in a supportive workplace have helped him understand and process these past experiences, allowing him to focus on learning and growing as a leader in his organization.   Interview with John-David Brown John-David Brown is a 35-year-old technologist living in Los Angeles, where he leads product development for Perry Street Software, makers of queer dating apps SCRUFF and Jack'd. He studied politics at Cornell University and has primarily worked in technology during his professional career. He loves music, traveling, and his cat Governor. You can find John-David Brown on Instagram @johndavidbrown   Resources mentioned: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.   Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a trainer, consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com.   Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!   Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut   Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
41:50 6/26/23
Mental Health and Law Enforcement with Officer Mitch Brouillette
    In this episode, Officer Mitch Brouillette return to the Therapists Uncut Podcast to talk about the various ways issues and topics of mental health have shown up in his 20-year career in law enforcement. The TU Crew covers trends and opportunities in mental health crisis response, the industry shifts and increased awareness of law enforcement mental health, and the professional and peer supports available to support mental health and wellness.  “Officer Mitch,” as he was dubbed during his time as a School Resource Officer (listen to episode 73), has experience as a patrol deputy, detective working in crimes against children, school resource officer, member of the SWAT team, and now a patrol supervisor.   Interview with Officer Mitch Brouillette Mitch is an active veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Mitch is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.   He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and graduated from the Stanislaus County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center. He has worked patrol, investigations (Special Victims / Crimes against children Detective), school resource officer and currently is serving as a patrol Sergeant.   Mitch is an active SWAT Team (15 years) member. His current role is team leader. He has held many different roles as a SWAT Team operator to include; Sniper/ Sniper Team leader, breacher, NFDD (flash bang) and chemical agents.   He is a Chemical Agent Instructor, NFDD (Flash bang) Instructor, ALICE Training Institute certified Active Shooter Response Instructor, Law Enforcement Active Shooter Instructor. Critical Incident response Instructor for CATO (California Association of Tactical Officers).   Mitch is a graduate of CATO's (California Association of Tactical Officers) Strategic Leadership Program. He is currently part of the CATO training cadre and serves as CATO's Vendor Coordinator for the CATO conference. He also holds certification as an NRA Pistol Instructor.   In this episode we talk about: ·       Mental Health Crisis response ·       Opportunities to improve mental health crisis response ·       Resources available to support Law Enforcement mental health and wellness o   Peer Supports o   De-briefs o   Specialized training o   Onsite mental health supports o   EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Trauma Intervention o   Employee Assistance Program (EAP) o     Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: https://988lifeline.org/   Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a trainer, consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
31:26 5/22/23
Finding Lessons in Failure
  In this episode we talk about: Nik Young and Alyssa Najera explore the disappointments and discomforts of failure, how our past might impact our ability to manage it, and the importance of finding opportunity and lessons amidst the failure. Resources mentioned: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a trainer, consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
20:34 3/29/23
Confessions of a High-Functioning, Inattentive, and Low-key Impulsive Therapist
Join Nik Young and Alyssa Najera in this sequel to Confessions of a High-Functioning, Anxious Therapist (episode 63) where they awkwardly and openly share their struggles with inattention, delayed gratification, and low-key impulsive behaviors. Learn how these behaviors can impact relationships, work functioning, and personal growth, and get tools to help you navigate.    In this episode we talk about: Tools for Inattention and Impulsivity  Use the resources available to you Breakup larger tasks into smaller, attainable tasks Engage in active reflection and self-awareness Focus on one task at time Ask yourself Can it wait? Do you need it? Do you need this right now? Learn healthy coping skills to help you manage symptoms to ensure symptoms do not negatively impact your relationships or daily functioning Potential Signs of ADHD Lack of attention to detail Difficulty concentrating Difficulty completing a task, having several unfinished tasks or projects Continually losing or misplacing things Feeling the need to interrupt others before you lose your train of thought Restlessness and edginess Difficulty keeping quiet, speaking out of turn Difficulty with organization Tendency to procrastinate Irritability Feeling like everything is urgent when it may not be Difficulty slowing down Difficulty multitasking Easily losing track of time, feeling like you have more time that you actually do Racing thoughts or jumping from idea to idea Checking out often or daydreaming Potential Signs of High Functioning ADHD Hyper-focused on projects or deadlines Heavily focused on productivity or achievement Your work style either includes lots of breaks or extended periods of work with minimal breaks Excessive use of calendars, reminders, or apps to ensure you do not miss appointments, deadlines, or events Chronic procrastination  Exceling under pressure   Other factors that may exacerbate inattentiveness, need for immediate gratification, and impulsiveness  Anxiety symptoms Depression symptoms ADHD symptoms Increased Stress Resources Mentioned in this Episode Episode 63: Confessions of a High-Functioning, Anxious Therapist Episode 66: “Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” with Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a former Child Welfare Services social worker, supervisor, and sexual abuse forensic interviewer. Alyssa Najera is now a trainer, consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria     YOU TUBE DESCRIPTION (max 5,000 characters including spaces)   The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy, and help you prioritize your mental health. The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a production of  https://ampsmartbusiness.com/ . For more information and full episode show notes visit https://therapistsuncut.com/ . Join Nik Young and Alyssa Najera in this sequel episode to Confessions of a High-Functioning, Anxious Therapist (episode 63) where they awkwardly share their struggles with inattention, delayed gratification, and lowkey impulsive behaviors both in their personal and professional lives. Learn how these behaviors have the potential to impact relationships, work functioning, and personal growth and tools to help you navigate.    In this episode we talk about: Potential Signs of ADHD ·       Lack of attention to detail ·       Difficulty concentrating ·       Difficulty completing a tasks, having several unfinished tasks or projects ·       Continually losing or misplacing things ·       Feel the need to interrupt other before you lose your train of thought ·       Restlessness and edginess ·       Difficulty keeping quiet, speaking out of turn ·       Difficulty with organization ·       Tendency to procrastinate ·       Irritability ·       Feeling like everything is urgent when it may not be ·       Difficult slowing ·       Difficulty multitasking ·       Easily lose track of time, feeling like you have more time that you actually do ·       Racing though tor jumping from idea to idea ·       Checking out often or daydreaming Potential Signs of High Functioning ADHD ·       Hyperfocus on projects or deadlines ·       Heavily focused on productivity or achievement ·       Your work style either includes lots of breaks or extended period of work with minimal breaks ·       Excessive use of calendars, reminders, apps to ensure you do not miss appointments, deadlines, or events ·       Chronic procrastination or you excel under pressure Tools for Inattention or Impulsivity ·       Use the resources available to you ·       Breakup larger tasks into smaller, attainable tasks ·       Engage in active reflection and self-awareness ·       Focus on one task at time ·       Ask yourself o   Can it wait? o   Do you need it? o   Do you need this right now? ·       Learn healthy coping skills to help you manage symptoms to ensure symptoms do not negatively impact your relationships or daily functioning ·       Utilize mindfulness tools Other Factors that May Increase these Behaviors ·       Anxiety symptoms ·       Depression symptoms ·       ADHD symptoms Resources Mentioned in this Episode ·       Episode 63: Confessions of a High-Functioning, Anxious Therapist ·       Episode 66: “Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” with Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman Who we are: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of https://ampsmartbusiness.com/ . To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!    
28:13 3/1/23
Officer Mitch Brouillette on Benefits of School Resource Officers (SRO)
  Not only is Officer Mitch Brouillette a seasoned and knowledgeable law enforcement officer, but he is also caring, humble, and basically famous after 20M+ views of a DUDE. Be nice video showcasing Heritage High’s gratitude for their very own School Resource Officer, Officer Mitch. Tune into this episode with licensed mental health professionals Nik Young and Alyssa Najera as Officer Mitch shares his experience as a former School Resource Officer (SRO), talks about the benefits of SROs on campus, and highlights the importance of building positive relationships with our youth and community.   Interview with Officer Mitch Brouillette Mitch is an active veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years of law enforcement experience. Mitch is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.   He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and graduated from the Stanislaus County Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Training Center. He has worked patrol, investigations (Special Victims / Crimes against children Detective), school resource officer and currently is serving as a patrol Sergeant.   Mitch is an active SWAT Team (15 years) member. His current role is team leader. He has held many different roles as a SWAT Team operator to include; Sniper/ Sniper Team leader, breacher, NFDD (flash bang) and chemical agents.   He is a Chemical Agent Instructor, NFDD (Flash bang) Instructor, ALICE Training Institute certified Active Shooter Response Instructor, Law Enforcement Active Shooter Instructor. Critical Incident response Instructor for CATO (California Association of Tactical Officers).   Mitch is a graduate of CATO's (California Association of Tactical Officers) Strategic Leadership Program. He is currently part of the CATO training cadre and serves as CATO's Vendor Coordinator for the CATO conference. He also holds certification as an NRA Pistol Instructor.   You can find Officer Mitch at Contact Us     Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Heritage High Resource Officer Mitch Brouillette surprised by a flash mob thank-you. Schrader, Amy Nov. 18, 2016 https://www.thepress.net/news/heritage-high-resource-officer-mitch-brouillette-surprised-by-a-flash-mob-thank-you/article_b6024b08-8e42-11e5-8005-c75b2b7d7326.html   Massive mob overwhelms school's favorite police officer! Official dude. Be nice YouTube Channel. 20 Million + Views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1uAp69IJnk   Brentwood special needs prom promises to be ‘amazing day’. King, Paula. East Bay Times. April 26, 2017. https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/04/26/organizers-looking-for-help-for-brentwood-special-needs-prom/ Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
29:50 1/23/23
Holiday Traditions with Nik Young and Alyssa Najera
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25:08 10/17/22
Growing Up Queer; My Journey to Authenticity with John-David Brown
  [add paragraph space in libsyn] Bullies, insecurities, shame, and understanding sexuality were just a few challenges growing up queer in a small, rural town. John-David Brown shares his experience of the internal struggles he faced growing up a gay male and how supportive parents, therapy, lots of books, and strong friendships helped him understand that authenticity is, in fact, possible.   Interview with John-David Brown John-David Brown is a 35-year-old technologist living in Los Angeles, where he leads product development for Perry Street Software, makers of queer dating apps SCRUFF and Jack'd. He studied politics at Cornell University and has primarily worked in technology during his professional career. He loves music, traveling, and his cat Governor. You can find John-David Brown on Instagram @johndavidbrown   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Book The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man's World https://www.amazon.com/Velvet-Rage-Overcoming-Growing-Straight/dp/1611746450   Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nik Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nik keeps it personable and professional. Yet, always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find them squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring Nik back around to the conversation. Nik is a licensed marriage and family therapist in their private practice located in Modesto, CA, and is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, Nik is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nik Young at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa Najera at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
38:25 9/19/22
Let’s Talk About Suicide
  In recognition of Suicide Prevention month, licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera dive deep into a conversation about suicide to share facts and resources, increase awareness, and help you feel more comfortable with navigating conversations about suicide.   In this episode we talk about: Risk factors that may increase risk of suicide Protective Factors Misinformation about Suicide and what the facts say How to recognize warning signs of someone who may be struggling with suicide How to navigate a conversation about suicide Where to find help if you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts   Resources mentioned: www.988lifeline.org “988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022.   #bethe1to https://www.bethe1to.com/ “Be the one to help save a life. We all can take action to prevent suicide.”   For more resources, head over to our Mental Health Resources page.   Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
43:34 9/5/22
“Raising Body Positive Teens” with Co-Authors Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal
  Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera talk food, movement, weight, and body image with co-authors of the book “Raising Body Positive Teens.” Join the conversation as Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal crush “diet culture and weight stigma” by breaking down common myths about food and eating, offer tips on how to talk with your child about media and body image, and explore how to develop a friendship with food and your body.   Guest Bios Signe Darpinian is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist, and host of Therapy Rocks! a personal growth podcast. She provides tele-health therapy services in the state of California.   Wendy Sterling, is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian and Supervisor, and a Board-Certified Sports Dietitian. She has consulted for the Oakland Athletics, Golden State Warriors, NY Jets, and NY Islanders. She is also the co-author of How to Nourish Your Child Through an Eating Disorder and maintains a virtual private practice throughout the US.    Shelley Aggarwal is a physician and is a board-certified Pediatrician and Adolescent Medicine Sub-Specialist. Dr. Aggarwal has worked with premiere academic institutions and continues to be teaching faculty with Stanford Children's Health and UCSF-Fresno. She is the Medical Director of clinics serving justice involved youth.   They are the co-authors of No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom and Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image, both with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in London.    To learn more about our guests visit the below links Signe Darpinian https://www.signedarpinian.com/ @therapyrockspodcast @noweighguide Wendy Sterling http://sterlingnutrition.com Instagram @wendy_sterling Shelley Aggarwal https://www.signedarpinian.com/books.   In this episode we talk about: What motivated Signe, Wendy, and Shelley to write their 2nd book together, Raising Body Positive Teens How our bodies are impacted by stress How to navigate conversations with your child around media and body image Common myths about food, eating, and weight The role of sleep, movement, and food in sport performance   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: No Weigh! A Teen’s Guide to Positive Body Image, Food, and Emotional Wisdom   Raising Body Positive Teens: A Parent's Guide to Diet-Free Living, Exercise and Body Image,     Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
45:41 8/15/22
Using Missed Opportunities to Practice Self Awareness
  For two therapists who bring nearly every episode back to self-awareness, it seemed only right to dedicate an episode to reflecting on a missed opportunity to address an important topic. Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera vulnerably practice self-awareness, reflect on how they navigated a sensitive topic from a previous episode, and remind us that even therapists can make mistakes. Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
18:46 8/1/22
From the Hood Life to the Good Life with Gloria “Glory” Magaña
  Comedian Gloria “Glory” Magaña shares how comedy helped her cope with childhood trauma, gave her hope, and inspired her to dream big. Join Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they talk with Gloria about self doubt, trauma, comedy, and Gloria’s own mental health journey as she moved from the hood life to the good life. Interview with Gloria “Glory” Magaña Gloria Magaña is a native Modestan and was born to entertain! As the youngest of 15, there was never a dull moment or a night without an audience! Glory began her career in 2012 at The Purple Onion in San Francisco, CA, the same stage where Phyllis Diller, Woody Allen, and Richard Pryor paved their ways to fame. She made her way around the Bay Area performing at Cobb's Comedy, San Francisco Punchline, Tommy T’s Comedy Club in Pleasanton, as well as in the  Sacramento circuit at places like the Sacramento Punchline and Laughs U limited. She then went on to perform in Los Angeles at the Icehouse in Pasadena, the Laugh Factory in Long Beach and Hollywood, and The Comedy Store. Glory has since performed across the U.S and Mexico. You'll be sure to have fun watching her animated presence on stage!  And Glory just celebrated her 10th year comedy anniversary at the State Theater in Modesto in her Farewell Tour before heading off to the New York comedy scene.  Instagram @glorymagana Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
42:50 7/18/22
“Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” with Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman
  If you or someone you know has struggled with addiction, you know it can be an ugly disease that impacts everyone. In this episode, we speak with Christian Author Kathryn Mae Inman and author of “Counting Spoons; A Memoir of Heroin, Heartache, and Hope,” about the impact addiction has had on her family, as her youngest son Justin battled heroin addiction. After 30 years as an Operations Director for a non-profit organization, Kathryn now write, speaks, “advocates for families affected by addiction, and is determined to spread a message of hope to anyone that will listen.”   Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman Kathryn M. Inman exposes her heart and her faith in her debut book, Counting Spoons. Kathryn is a former Operations Director for a non-profit organization where she worked for over thirty years, then she resigned, traded in her high heels for flip flops, and moved to Hawaii where she discovered her passion for writing. Now semi-retired and back in California, she writes, is an advocate for families affected by addiction, and is determined to spread a message of hope to anyone that will listen. Having dealt with many trials in her life, Kathryn is a writer who exposes it all—thick layers of suffering, hard truths, deep pain, and hope in Christ that will leave her readers feeling inspired. She loves Jesus, her husband, their beautiful blended family, healthy living, nature, and horses. Kathryn has a lofty disdain for chocolate, pancakes, and anything sweet—other than her three grandchildren who she claims are the sweetest of all.   Find Kathryn Mae Inman Website: https://www.kathrynminman.com/ Instagram: @kathrynminman Contact: www.kathrynminman.com/contact   In this episode we talk about: How Kathryn learned about her son’s addiction How Kathryn’s family was affected by addiction What signs of addiction, if any, were present in Justin’s behavior Why Kathryn felt the need to maintain privacy around how her family was being impacted by addiction How Kathryn’s mental health was impacted by her son’s addiction What role relapse played in Justin’s addiction and how it impacted the family When hope was lost, what helped Kathryn find hope again? How Kathryn’s faith in God played a role in this journey   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Buy a copy of “Counting Spoons; A Memoir of Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” by Kathryn Mae Inman   Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Help Line SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service), or TTY: 1-800-487-4889is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Also visit the online treatment locator, or send your zip code via text message: 435748 (HELP4U) to find help near you. Read more about the HELP4U text messaging service. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirrelingthrough topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut TikTok @Therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
45:31 6/20/22
How To Make Friends
  Making new friends as a kid is expected, but making new friends as an adult can come with its own set of challenges. Join licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they break down ways to make and keep good friends including rebuilding meaningful relationships, acknowledging that it’s okay to outgrow friendships, and  reminding yourself that it’s okay to make new friends.   In this episode we talk about: Why some of us struggle with making new friends as adults Why some of us find it easy to make new friends Outgrowing friendships Setting healthy boundaries Strategies to make and keep good friends   Resources mentioned: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by three off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
22:53 6/6/22
Catching Acts of Kindness
  In an effort to highlight some feel-good moments in a physical and digital word of transition and unrest, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera reflect on moments when they observed or experienced selflessness, generosity, and genuine kindness.   Therapists Uncut Challenge: Be intentional about noticing acts of kindness and reflect on how this intentionality impacts your mood and perspective.   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
29:03 5/16/22
Confessions of a High Functioning, Anxious Therapist
  In the spirit of normalizing therapy and making mental health relatable, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera get real about their own mental health. Join the conversation as they each share how they came to the realization of just how much their own anxiety has been showing up in their personal and professional lives. High-achieving, perfectionist, detail oriented, driven, workaholic, and “successful” are all common descriptors of someone who may also closely identify with high functioning anxiety. While high functioning anxiety is not a diagnosis or disorder, it is commonly used to describe someone who may struggle with anxiety symptoms internally, yet on the surface appears calm, collected, and even well-accomplished.   In this episode we talk about: What is High Functioning Anxiety? High functioning anxiety is not a diagnosis or disorder among the anxiety umbrella in the DSM5. It is, however, commonly used to described someone who struggles with common anxiety symptoms yet is fairly successful at managing all facets in their life such personal, professional, financial, and family responsibilities. Someone who identifies with high functioning anxiety is typically not experiencing impairment in any given are of their life and is often described as Accomplished Successful Driven Overachiever Detail-oriented Perfectionist Type-A Personality Despite the outward accolades and achievements, the individual navigating high functioning, anxiety is likely also struggling internally with anxiety symptoms such as Excessive worry Fatigue Irritability Difficulty sleeping Muscle tensions Difficulty concentrating Racing thoughts Internal fears (i.e. fear of rejection, failure, or disappointing) Ongoing self-doubt Questioning whether you are good enough or deserving   Possible Causes of High Functioning Anxiety Causes of anxiety or anxiety symptoms vary, however, genetics and environment can be contributing factors. Here is a list of things to consider. Family history of anxiety disorders Exposure to negative or stressful life events Certain physical health conditions Substance or alcohol abuse Childhood experiences Types of Anxiety Although high functioning anxiety is not a diagnosis or disorder, there are several forms of anxiety that do meet criteria of a formal diagnosis including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Panic disorders Social anxiety disorder Phobias Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Separation Anxiety Disorder Selective Mutism Agoraphobia Substance/Medication Induced Anxiety Disorder Anxiety disorder due to another Medical Condition   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: To learn more, check out Therapists Uncut episodes on anxiety including our 50th episode, “Living with Anxiety.” You can also visit our Mental Health Resources page for additional links. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
21:15 5/2/22
Secondary Traumatic Stress: Know When the Traumatic Experience of Others is Negatively Impacting You
  Now that we’ve spent time talking about how to recognize trauma and battle burnout in the workplace, it’s only fitting we move right into how to recognize signs of Secondary Trauma. Secondary Traumatic Stress can be any combination of emotional, mental, or behavioral trauma responses like images getting stuck in your head, avoidance, intrusive negative thoughts, and difficulty concentrating. STS can mirror the same signs of someone experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but the difference is you don’t experience the traumatic event directly. Instead, Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) can occur in anyone who hears the firsthand account, or is indirectly exposed, to someone else’s traumatic experience.  Tune in to this episode with Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they share examples of Secondary Traumatic Stress and help you better understand hot better recognize and navigate secondary traumatization.   In this episode we talk about: What is Secondary Traumatic Stress? Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) is a combination of trauma responses that can result from hearing, watching, or reading about the traumatic experience of others. This can occur from professional roles of working with trauma survivors, witnessing criminal acts of violence, working the Emergency Department or working in protective services. STS, however, can also occur outside of work and as a result of hearing someone story, witnessing disturbing images or video on social media or news outlets, or learning something traumatic happened to someone you love.   Signs of Secondary Traumatic Stress Secondary Traumatic Stress mimic the same trauma responses as those described in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The only difference, however, is STS can result from learning about the firsthand experience of someone else’s trauma, whereas PTSD requires a person directly experiencing an event or series of events. These trauma responses include a cluster of physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms including, but not limited to, the following: Hypervigilance: Exhibiting extreme alertness, care, or caution in one or several areas of your life Increased Startle Response: Feeling extra jumpy or on edge Difficulty concentrating Easily distracted Images or parts of an event get stuck or replay in your head Avoidance of people, places, or things that might remind you of the event or series of events Disrupted sleep or nightmares Irritability Feelings of guilt or helplessness Somatic or physiological responses to being reminded of the event(s)   Who is at Risk of Experiencing Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) While people working in crisis or with trauma exposed populations are at an exceptionally high risk, secondary traumatic can also occur due to exposure to images or stories you hear in the media, national crisis, or videos. According to research, the below populations are at high risk of developing Secondary Traumatic Stress First Responders Child Protective Service Providers Mental Health Clinicians Educators Health Care Providers Helping Professionals   What is the difference between Secondary Traumatic Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue? Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they are distinctly different. Secondary Traumatic Stress refers to the presence of trauma symptoms, also consistent with PTSD symptoms, that are caused by at least one indirect exposure to traumatic material or events. This exposure could be through learning about someone’s story firsthand verbally, via images, news media, reports, social media, or videos. Vicarious Trauma is less focused on trauma responses or symptoms and more focused on the cognitive changes or shifts in world view that occur over time because of repeated exposure to trauma stories. Vicarious traumatization is less present as trauma responses and more present as a shift in one’s overall perspective of their environment. Compassion Fatigue also known as Empathic Strain Compassion fatigue is the gradual increase of immense emotional and physical exhaustion resulting from the ongoing output of empathy and compassion required in one’s work. It is most commonly experienced in health care and helping professions, but is also experienced in other professions. Compassion fatigue can result in feelings of indifference or apathy toward the pain and suffering of others.       Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:   National Child Traumatic Stress Network; STS a Fact Sheet for Child-Serving Professionals https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/secondary_traumatic_stress_child_serving_professionals.pdf   Professional Quality of Life Scale https://proqol.org   Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
23:51 4/18/22
Battling Burnout In The Workplace
  High rates of employee burnout are documented in industries including healthcare, human services, and first responders. More recently, the battle with burnout is now reported across industries including tech, manufacturing, law, education, and hospitality, to name a few. Join licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they describe signs of burnout, explore how burnout symptoms can negatively affect your mood, behaviors, and relationships, and challenge organization leaders to assess their own resources for addressing burnout. In this episode we talk about: Burnout is the extended period of physical and/or emotional exhaustion, it can almost feel like you’re on autopilot as you navigate your workday. If your industry or organization already struggled with high levels of burnout, the pandemic likely exacerbated those levels. In this episode, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera discuss • What is Burnout • Cognitive, physical, and behavioral signs of burnout • Using self-awareness and input from others you trust to help you determine your own burnout levels Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: If you notice you are experiencing signs of burnout practice self-care, healthy habits, and self-assessments to help you decide where you are and where you want to be physically and mentally. If you recognize recurring bouts of burnout, you may need to assess how to implement healthy coping and anticipatory coping skills that will help you deal with and work through work-related stressors or evaluate your employment overall and whether or not it’s time to search for new opportunities. For a burnout assessment resource, click on the link below. https://proqol.org/proqol-measure Listen to Therapists Uncut episodes for tips on self-care, positive coping skills, and evaluating whether or not “To get or not to get the F*** out of Dodge.” Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
22:03 4/4/22
When And How To Be Assertive
  Assertiveness is the skill of expressing your needs and opinions in a confident, non-confrontational. For some, this skill comes naturally. Yet, for others, can be a struggle. Why is that?  Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera define assertiveness and dig deep into reasons why some of us might struggle with being assertive. Join the conversation and learn why assertiveness is an essential skill to help you navigate relationships, set and maintain healthy boundaries, and practice healthy communication.   In this episode we talk about: What is assertiveness and why is it important Examples of assertive behavior Possible reasons why you may struggle with being assertive Benefits of being assertive at work, in relationships, and in your family system Using assertive behaviors to positively impact relationships, set and maintain boundaries, and effectively voice your needs Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
20:49 3/21/22
Recognizing And Responding To Toxic Relationships
  Toxic relationships have the potential of showing up in all areas of our life including work, social, and romantic relationships and even within family systems. Learn how to recognize signs of toxic relationships and tools to help you navigate through. In this episode we talk about: Potential Signs of Toxic Relationships Blaming and accusing Put downs or name calling Jealousy Making excuses or justifying behaviors of the other person Excessive gossip Putting you down to make themselves look better Feeling bad about yourself when you are this person Feeling like you’re always, “cleaning of their mess” Areas of Life where Toxic Relationships Can Show Up Relationship with supervisors or co-workers (if you are struggling with poor management, check out our previous episodes Shitty Bosses and To get or Not to get the F*** out of Dodge) Social and peer relationships Relationships with immediate or extended family Ways to Respond to Toxic Relationships Practice being assertive Set boundaries by communicating what’s okay with you and what’s not okay with you If possible, create space or distance Take responsibility for your part, but don’t take responsibility for other people’s feelings, situations, or circumstances that you are not responsible for Abusive relationships can be toxic, but toxic relationship are not necessarily abusive. If you are worried about your safety or think you may be in an abusive relationship visit thehotline.org for Domestic Violence Support   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/ 1-800-799-7233   Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria  
29:17 3/7/22
Recovering From Alcoholism Part 2 of 2: Interview with Karlha Davies
  Welcome back for part 2 of our interview with Karlha Davies community leader, Hometown Hero, and entrepreneur. Karlha shares the series of moments that led her to recognizing how her alcohol use was a convenient and “acceptable” way of coping with her own insecurities and emotional hurt. Tune in as they TU Crew dismantle the myths of alcohol use, discuss supports that have helped Karlha in recovery, and explore how sobriety is guiding Karlha into new hope, new goals, and a clear future.     If you missed part 1, be sure to watch our last episode to hear Karlha speak about the role alcohol played in her life, how it impacted her personal and professional relationships, and when the realized she alcohol was a problem.     Interview with Karlha Davies With hope in her heart, fire in her blood and fierce determination for the advancement of her fellow BIPOC, Karlha is a child of Mexican immigrant farm workers from Hughson, one of California’s most conservative counties. She’s been able to occupy spaces not meant for her voice and passion and while others have tried to extinguish her flame, it’s allowed Karlha to realize her purpose in life is to show up authentically and with the integrity of her ancestors. Karlha’s professional success begins with being the first in her family to attend and graduate from college.   Karlha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Ethnic Studies from CSU Stanislaus. She boasts an impressive 25+ year career in public relations, fundraising and community engagement in the sectors of non-profit, education, government, and private business. Her ability to be successful in all sectors, speaks volumes to her creativity, leadership, and ability to succeed in whatever field she’s chosen to stand behind. She has been awarded a Hometown Hero, Outstanding Woman of Stanislaus County and a Latina Heroé for her commitment to advocating for others in her community. While the awards she’s received honors her spirit of being of service to others, one of the things she is most proud of is working on her sobriety and 12 Step Recovery which began on October 3, 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic.   *Since the recording of this episode Karlha has transitioned out of her role at her alma mater to focus on her consulting business Korazón Konsultants.   You can find Karlha Davies on social media at Instagram @Konkorazon Instagram @KorazonKonsultants Facebook @karlha.davies https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlhadavies/   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families https://adultchildren.org/ACOA The 12 steps of Recovery: “The Twelve Step programs are well known for their use in recovering from addictive and dysfunctional behaviors.” https://12step.org/   Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
29:17 2/21/22
Recovering From Alcoholism Part 1 of 2: Interview with Karlha Davies
  Addiction has the potential of showing up in all walks of life and it was around this time last year that Karlha Davies successful, first-generation community leader and Hometown Hero recognized and accepted her own addiction. Despite Karlha’s outward appearance of achievements, accolades, and community recognitions, Karlha struggled internally with depression and anxiety, low self-worth, and alcoholism. For the first time ever on a public platform, Karlha shares her story of alcohol abuse and her recent journey to recovery. Tune into part 1 of this 2-part interview to hear about the role alcohol played for Karlha, how it impacted her personal and professional relationships, and what it took for Karlha to recognize something needed to change. Interview with Karlha Davies With hope in her heart, fire in her blood and fierce determination for the advancement of her fellow BIPOC, Karlha is a child of Mexican immigrant farm workers from Hughson, one of California’s most conservative counties. She’s been able to occupy spaces not meant for her voice and passion and while others have tried to extinguish her flame, it’s allowed Karlha to realize her purpose in life is to show up authentically and with the integrity of her ancestors. Karlha’s professional success begins with being the first in her family to attend and graduate from college.   Karlha holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Ethnic Studies from CSU Stanislaus. She boasts an impressive 25+ year career in public relations, fundraising and community engagement in the sectors of non-profit, education, government, and private business. Her ability to be successful in all sectors, speaks volumes to her creativity, leadership, and ability to succeed in whatever field she’s chosen to stand behind. She has been awarded a Hometown Hero, Outstanding Woman of Stanislaus County and a Latina Heroé for her commitment to advocating for others in her community. While the awards she’s received honors her spirit of being of service to others, one of the things she is most proud of is working on her sobriety and 12 Step Recovery which began on October 3, 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic.   You can find Karlha Davies on social media at Instagram @Konkorazon Instagram @KorazonKonsultants Facebook @karlha.davies https://www.linkedin.com/in/karlhadavies/   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families https://adultchildren.org/ACOA Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
27:56 2/7/22
Living In A Larger Body With Natalie Silva
  Therapists Uncut brings back Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Natalie Silva for a brand new episode on body image and self-esteem. Natalie also describes common body image themes that have come up in her private practice such us using food to cope with stress, the pressures to diet, and how to be comfortable with and love your body.   Natalie Silva is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and private practice owner in California. Natalie holds space for women from all stages of life who are desiring meaningful change. Natalie offers individual counseling to support the treatment of emotional pain, relationship issues, and life transitions including, adulthood, motherhood, marriage, divorce and beyond. Together, she and her clients work through a gentle, compassionate lens within the therapeutic space to heal old wounds and help women move forward. “It is a privilege to bear witness to the internal change my clients do and I am here to help support you through yours whenever you are ready.” - Natalie Silva, LMFT   You can find Natalie at: Website: https://www.nataliesilvalmft.com Social Media: @natalie.silva.lmft Email: connect@nataliesilvalmft.com   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
34:45 1/3/22
Gett'n Shifty During The Holidays
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17:18 11/3/21
Get To Know Your Co-Hosts Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera
  Don’t miss out on this episode where we get to know our co-hosts Nikki Young, LMFT and Alyssa Najera, LCSW. Get know them a little more as they answer listener questions on their favorite family activities, college memories, and of course, why they started a podcast. In this episode we talk about: Watch as our co-hosts play rapid fire and answer questions about themselves such as: Your favorite outdoor activity? Favorite tv show? Favorite type of music genre or artist? Favorite way to spend time with family? Favorite food? What would you be found doing on a Wednesday night? Your dream car? You dream vacation? If you were an animal, which one would you be? Number of tattoos? Who would you want to have a conversation with – dead or alive? Favorite ice cream flavor? Favorite color? Favorite movie? Favorite musical instrument? Favorite college memory? Do you have any special talents? Favorite superhero? Favorite childhood memory? If you could live anywhere. Where would you live? Why did you start a podcast??   Therapists Uncut Challenge: We want to learn more about you! Answer any or all of the questions below! Tell us your hometown Favorite Halloween Movie Favorite decade of all time Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
10:17 10/18/21
“How Fair Fighting Can Save Your Relationship”
  We all disagree with our partner at some point. Disagreements are normal and healthy, but how we disagree is a foundational component of our relationships.  In this episode, Nikki Young, LMFT, and Alyssa Najera, LCSW, discuss the importance of communicating respectfully and effectively by using fair fighting or as we call it, Kosher Conflict.     In this episode we talk about: Types of problems within a relationship: Solvable problems: issues that are situational or can be perceived as one-off type of conflict. Unsolvable problems: Issues that stay consistent and in 15 years from now it will still be a problem. What makes a difference in a disagreement is how you choose to engage, response, and recognize your own personal triggers.   Why should I practice Fair Fighting and Kosher Conflict? It is important to understand that when our stress levels go up, our communication skills go down. We tend to make ourselves more vulnerable with people we trust which may result in giving our poorest level of communication When fighting around children, they pick up on certain mannerisms and communication skills. It is important to model how your child should discuss issues and be treated during conflict with a partner. Practicing Kosher conflict can provide you and your partner resolution, understanding, and increased emotional and physical intimacy.   How do I practice Fair Fighting and Kosher Conflict? Understand what triggers your fight, flight, or freeze response and choose to respond instead of react in a disagreement Your cool down or timeout periods can range from 5 minutes to 5 hours, it will vary After your timeout, come back to the topic and discuss the issue at hand effectively It is important to come back to the topic or the other person may feel abandoned in the situation. Notice your partner can usually recognize when you might be getting worked up ‘We’ve been married for 10 years and … the other day he told me, “Okay, I’m going to end this conversation because your nose is flaring and you keep blinking at me”’- Alyssa Najera, LCSW   How should I communicate? Avoid criticizing the other person and use “I” statements vs “you” statements. This prevents the other person from feeling blamed and causing their defense walls to go up. “I feel unheard. I would appreciate if I could share what I'm trying to share, it would make me feel heard.” - Nikki Young, LMFC “I'm feeling unheard. Here’s what I need...” “I feel unheard, if I'm able to share what I want to share it will make me feel heard” Avoid name calling or yelling Discuss your partner’s boundaries and needs Many couples use humor to defuse situations while other couples may take humor as the conversation not being taken seriously Remember, Kosher conflict is not a natural way to communicate and takes effort. Avoid spiraling the topic into other topics   Full transcription available at end of post.   Therapists Uncut Challenge: If you have a partner, watch this episode together and discuss how you both can effectively practice fair fighting in the future.   Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: https://www.cnvc.org/online-learning/nvc-instruction-guide/nvc-instruction-guide https://www.thehotline.org/ Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more resourced or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by three off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
29:03 10/4/21
Emotion Contagion
  Ever heard the saying “smile, it’s contagious"? Turns out it’s true!  A smile, along with other facial expressions and vocalizations, has the power to influence the emotions and behaviors of others. In this episode, Alyssa Najera, LCSW, and Nikki Young, LMFT discuss just how infectious emotions can be through the lens of Emotion Contagion, and the importance of being cautious of who and what you surround yourself with.   In this episode we talk about: What is Emotion Contagion? Research dating back to the early 90’s defines emotion contagion as the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize facial expressions, vocalizations, postures, and movements with those of another person and consequently to emerge emotionally. This means that our behaviors mimic how we feel and can also influence others to mimic our behaviors, as well. Noted, everyone has a unique and individualized scale specific to them that determines how susceptible to emotion contagion they may be. Studies also show that a person is typically more inclined to feel these effects when coming from a person whom they are closer to.   Why is understanding emotion contagion important? The famous phrase “Do as I say, not as I do”, has been around for many years. When we consider emotion contagion in our behavior, it makes more sense to model the behavior we are trying to encourage rather than try to convince others to act a certain way when your actions are not reflecting it. An example of emotion contagion can be modeled in a work environment by the boss setting the mood for the day. If a boss is grumpy and has a bad attitude, that can reflect onto his/her employees. On the contrary, if a boss is upbeat, positive, and encouraging, the work environment will have a much more positive effect on the employees’ mood. It is also important to understand how media sources (such as social media, the news, etc.) have an effect of your mood. Think about how you feel after you turn off the news or when actors in a commercial or movie have the ability to elicit certain emotions from the viewers. Recognize how your environment is impacting your emotions and mood both positively and negatively.   Study Done on Emotion Contagion A Facebook research study was done in 2014, to investigate how the content of a user’s Facebook feed impacts the content of the user’s personal posts.  (Cornell Chronicle, 2014). Facebook infused the new content it gave to some of its users with more positive updates, while the remaining users were given negative updates on their feed. They then analyzed the results and discovered the people who received more positive feed were likely to post positive content, while the people who received more negative feed began to post more negative content. For more on this study visit the Cornell Chronicle.   Full transcription available at end of post.   Therapists Uncut Challenge: Step 1: Pick two friends/family members who are willing to participate in a small, social experiment. come up with one sentence that could be taken multiple ways. Step 2: text this same sentence to both individuals but, include a different emoji for each message - one being more positive and the other being more negative. Step 3: immediately Explore their reactions, together. Discuss how emotion contagion might occur via text.     Resources mentioned: We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links: https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2014/06/news-feed-emotional-contagion-sweeps-facebook https://positivepsychology.com/emotional-contagion/ Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.   What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by three off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health. Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don't worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. Disclaimer: Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut! Social Media Links Instagram @therapistsuncut Facebook @therapistsuncut Credits: Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business. Voice Over by Alexia Gloria
19:16 9/20/21