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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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Jun 16, 2021

 In this episode, Dr. Jessica Tyler sits down virtually with Dr. Kathryn Esquer, founder of the Teletherapist Network. Jessica and Dr. Esquer discuss the recent experience of therapists, the importance of community to build clinical and business skills, networking tips to avoid professional isolation and burnout, and strategies on balancing counselor professionalism with self-care.

For more on Kathryn, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at concept.paloaltou.edu

Jun 2, 2021

In this episode, Raissa talks with Cortland Dahl about the four pillars of well-being and the role contemplative practices play in health and resilience. He shares about the Healthy Minds framework and discusses initial research findings from randomized-control trials of the Healthy Minds program. Cortland offers cautions for some areas of application and highlights futures questions and anticipated developments in the field.

 

For more on Cortland, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at concept.paloaltou.edu

May 19, 2021

Join Dr. Stacey Litam and Dr. Tori Stevens as they explore the intricacies of consensual non-monogamy (CNM). In this episode, Dr. Litam and Dr. Stevens describe some of the common presenting concerns faced by CNM folks in counseling, dispel existing myths about extra-dyadic relationships, and outline how professional counselors can best work with clients who practice CNM. 

 

For more on Tori, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at concept.paloaltou.edu

May 5, 2021

In this episode, Dèsa Karye Daniel talks to Dr. Anneliese Singh about the power of racial healing. They discuss why exploring your racial identity is important, how BIPOC and white communities can be intentional in their work, and challenge listeners to get uncomfortable while reflecting on how racial change can happen in mental health.

 

For more on Anneliese, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at concept.paloalto.edu

Apr 21, 2021

In this episode, Raissa Miller talks with Maya Rosen about the primary science and practical translations of early adversity. Dr. Rosen gives a historical perspective on adversity research and offers new insights into contemporary conceptualizations and research methods. Dr. Rosen highlights a strength-based perspective and discusses the role relationships play in fostering resilience.

 

For more on Maya, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at concept.paloaltou.edu

Apr 7, 2021

In this episode, Dr. Joel Givens chats with Dr. Aaron Smith about how subtle forms of surveillance, discipline, and normalization (among others) in Counselor Education programs sometimes disrupt students’ abilities to develop an authentic counseling self and can recreate traumatic narratives for students that are survivors of racism and oppression. Dr. Givens uses Foucault’s philosophies on punishment and discipline to inform their conversation and to explore what these kinds of practices can mean for students of marginalized identities in the classroom and in counseling training clinics. He provides some actionable ways that Counselor Educators can reduce the power hierarchy and prevent the abuse of psychological science that often contribute to oppression in counseling and other fields. They finish by discussing some resources listeners can check out to learn more about Foucault and postmodern narrative work in counseling.

 

For more on Joel, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at https://concept.paloaltou.edu

Mar 17, 2021

In this episode, Jessica Tyler virtually sits downs with Dr. Margie Taylor: Visiting Assistant Professor, LPC-S (AL), NCC and former court-appointed child advocacy representative. We discuss the role counselors can play in the courtroom, surprising components of Dr. Taylor’s work and the topic of court testimony as a clinician, how court testimony could impact the clinical relationship with a client, strategies on balancing counselor professionalism with self-care, and general recommendations for counselors in the courtroom.

For more on Margie, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept

Mar 3, 2021

In this episode of The Thoughtful Counselor, Priscilla Wilson interviews Mrs. Sewell, LPC, owner of Angela Sewell Counseling in Southside, Alabama. Some of her specialties include trauma-focused counseling, counseling children, and equine therapy. Mrs. Sewell will describe Equine Therapy and how she uses it in her practice with children, especially those who have experienced trauma. 

For more on Angela, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept

Feb 17, 2021

In today’s episode, Dean Khambatta sheds light on the benefits of therapeutic sex-positivity and discusses practical strategies for counselors to utilize a sex-positive framework in their work with diverse clients.

For more on Dean, links from the conversation, and APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

 

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing
& Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept

Feb 2, 2021

Dèsa speaks with Dr. Alexia DeLeon on the importance of Sentipensante Pedagogy and its connection to service learning for practitioners and scholars.

For more on Alexia, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

 

Jan 21, 2021

Dr. Eli Lebowtiz identifies unique features of anxiety experiences in children and shares about his novel parent-based approach, Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE). Dr. Lebowitz emphasizes the systematic and intentional nature of SPACE and shares examples and findings from clinical trials. 

For more on Eli, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Jan 8, 2021

Dr. Aaron Smith interviews multiple New York Times best selling author and psychiatrist Daniel Siegel, MD, on the benefits of mindsight for trauma-work. They also discussed the latest neuroscience research on the effects of mindfulness and trauma on the morphology and functions of the brain, and what this means for clinicians working with survivors of trauma. Finally, they discuss what mindsight means for clinicians seeking to better support clients and colleagues of marginalized identities amidst the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond.

For more on Dan, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Dec 8, 2020

As is our tradition, we will be taking the month of December off and be back in January with brand new episodes.

See you in January!

Nov 25, 2020

Dr. Aaron Smith speaks with world renown diversity trainer, clinician, and author Lee Mun Wah on how counselors can move beyond performative allyship in support of people of marginalized identities. They delve into a discussion of many of Lee Mun Wah’s award winning documentaries highlighting diversity issues and examine the ways in which counselors often implicitly and explicitly exclude people of marginalized identities in their clinical work. They also discuss how representation in politics affect people of color’s wellbeing and the ways in which white counselors often avoid having difficult discussions on race in counseling with their clients. Finally, they discuss advocacy in counseling and explore a wide multitude of resources and trainings offered by Lee Mun Wah’s practice, Stirfry Seminars and Consulting.

For more on Lee, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Nov 18, 2020

Mike speaks with Robert Vore and Holly Oxhandler on their work at the Christianity & Mental Health podcast. They discuss the creation of CXMH, the intersections of faith and wellness, and the pearls and perils of navigating the intersection between Christian faith and careers in the helping professions.

For more on Robert & Holly, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Megan Speciale speaks with Dr. Richard “Rick” Balkin on his forthcoming book, “Practicing Forgiveness: A Path Toward Healing.” In the episode, listeners will learn about the Forgiveness Reconciliation Model, a framework intended to guide people through the complex and often gut-wrenching process of forgiveness that may be used by counselors and clients alike. Listeners can receive 30% off their purchase of the book using the promo code on the blog post.

For more on Rick, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Oct 29, 2020

Priscilla catches up with Anna Shinn, Cotina Houston- Stroud, Anjuli Thompson, and Mindi Wilkins- Amberson on how their unique roles as mental health professionals and administrators within their community have changed since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak.

For more on the guests, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Oct 20, 2020

Aaron speaks with Dr. Cortny Stark on her program of research examining trauma-informed care with trans and gender-expansive youth. We also discussed the history of oppression of folx within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as research that clearly indicates that conversion therapy causes immense harm. Dr. Stark provides some actionable tips for how counselors can work to transform their therapy practices (or schools) to better align with the principles of trauma-informed care.

For more on Cortny, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

 

Oct 16, 2020

Mike speaks with Tom Sweeney and Michael Brubaker on SCI’s Wellness Counseling Identity: A Defining Characteristic of Professional Counselors, a position paper that advocates for wellness as a central and defining characteristic of the counseling profession.

For more on Will, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s Division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Oct 8, 2020

Jess speak with Ous Badwan about the beauty and the pitfalls of starting and growing a private practice in this ever-changing world. Ous shares genuine and valuable advice and feedback he has gained through first-hand experience on ways to create and sustain an authentic and thriving practice.

For more on Ous, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Oct 1, 2020

Priscilla Wilson speaks to Loki Mulholland, an award-winning filmmaker, author, activist, and son of Civil Rights icon, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland. Our conversation includes his mother’s history of anti-racist activism, his current activist work, his thoughts about the ongoing Civil Rights Movement, and information about the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation, of which he is the founder and Executive Director.

For more on Loki, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Sep 10, 2020

Mike speaks with Maelisa Hall on the merits of collaborative documentation. They discuss different types of collaborative and open documentation, ethical considerations, and barriers counselors encounter as they move toward more collaborative work.

For more on Maelisa, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Sep 9, 2020

Dr. Megan Speciale talks to Valen Keefer and Dr. Cristen Wathen on the experiences and struggles of people with chronic illness and immunity suppression during the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation explores how the pandemic is impacting immunosuppressed people and offers strategies to help support the health and wellness of your clients, loved ones, and community members who face increased risks related to COVID-19.

For more on Valen & Cristen, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Aug 25, 2020

A conversation with Peter Simons about the philosophy of science, the largely unsubstantiated nature of many contemporary assumptions about psychiatric diagnoses and medication-based treatments, and suggestions for being an informed consumer of mental health related research. Peter critically analyzes pharmaceutical research, genetic prediction models, and fMRI studies and discusses the lasting value of existential philosophy.

For more on Peter, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.


The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

Aug 25, 2020

Mike speaks with Scott Bandoroff about his work in wilderness family therapy, how nature acts like a co-therapist as families integrate new ways of being together, and how we can bridge the gap between the traditional counseling room and the great outdoors.

For more on Scott, links from the conversation, and then APA citation for this episode visit www.thethoughtfulcounselor.com.

The Thoughtful Counselor is created in partnership with Palo Alto University’s division of Continuing & Professional Studies. Learn more at www.paloaltou.edu/concept.

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