The Thoughtful Counselor

About The Thoughtful Counselor is a podcast that is dedicated to producing great conversations around current topics in counseling and psychotherapy. We view counseling and psychotherapy as a deeply beautiful and complex process, and strive to incorporate both the art and science of the field in each episode.
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Apr 26, 2017

A conversation with Dr. Julie Bates-Maves on the connections between addictions recovery and the experience of grief and loss and best practices and interventions for counselors.

Julie Bates-Maves is an Associate Professor in the department of Rehabilitation and Counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Her teaching and research interests are centered on trauma, addiction, and understanding and addressing stigma to ensure effective mental health care.

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Apr 20, 2017

A conversation with John Clarke - LPC and owner of - on pearls and perils of starting a private pay practice including general obstacles to making the move, a case for private pay, and how to use the internet well.

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Apr 13, 2017
In our first episode in the Sex Series, Dr. Megan talks to sex and relationship expert Maryasha Katz, LCSW on how to use dance, movement, and touch in working with clients experiencing intimacy troubles, including low or no sexual desire, sex drive asymmetry, and sex communication woes. Even our 2 left-footed listeners will learn how to incorporate dance into individual and couples sessions, drawing from the concepts of nonverbal communication, active consent, playfulness, and sensuality. After the episode, stick around for a chance to “Ask a Sexpert,” with this week’s question focusing on how to make time for sex with your partner, despite chaotic schedules. Definitely don’t want to miss that.
Maryasha Katz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dancer, and Life Coach. She is a member of the Adjunct Faculty in the Holistic Studies and Psychology Departments at JFK University and Palo Alto University.  She can be reached using the following links:
Megan's profile at Palo Alto University
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Apr 5, 2017

A conversation with Dr. Sidney Shaw  - Core Faculty in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program at Walden University and a Certified Trainer for the Center for Clinical Excellence - on addressing multiculturalism in counseling through humility, thoughtful response, and client feedback.

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Dr. Sidney Shaw has been a mental health counselor since 2002 and he has worked in a variety of settings. His clinical experience includes working in rural community mental health in Alaska, Adventure Based Counseling in schools, medical clinic settings, Alaska Native villages, and private practice. Dr. Shaw has conducted trainings and presentations at national, regional, state, and local levels and was selected as the keynote speaker for a state counseling association annual conference. He has published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, The Family Journal, and several articles in Counseling Today.

Originally from Georgia, Dr. Shaw now lives in New Mexico. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Counseling and Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Montana. His research interests are in feedback informed counseling, common factors, multicultural counseling, cultural humility, and counselor self-efficacy and self-assessment. When not teaching or wrestling with statistics he enjoys hiking with his wife and dog, traveling, and trying to make music on stringed instruments.

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