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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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May 2, 2019

In today’s episode, Dr. Megan Speciale interviews Dr. Talal Alsaleem, PsyD, LMFT, leading infidelity expert and marriage counselor on his approach to working with couples facing infidelity. Dr. Alsaleem tackles the common myths related to infidelity and discusses the foremost factors contributing to breaches in relational contracts. Following the approach outlined in his book, Dr. Alsaleem describes the important milestones and common clinical challenges of infidelity recovery.

For more on Talal, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-Hr.

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Apr 25, 2019

A conversation with Dr. Katherine M. Hermann-Turner on the history and development of relational cultural theory, RCT’s 8 core components, and what RCT looks like in practice.

For more about Katherine, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/EP124

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Apr 17, 2019

A conversation with neuroscientist and author Dr. Alex Korb on the neuroscience of depression.  Dr. Korb discusses the complexity of depression from a brain-based lens and offers insights on small changes individuals can make to create an upward spiral towards improved mood and well-being.  

For more about Alex, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://b.link/ep123.

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Apr 13, 2019

A conversation with Dr. Jenn Cook on what social class is, how social class bias influences the way we practice counseling, and how social class bias influences counselor education and the counseling profession as a whole. 

For more about Jennifer, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-GG.

Mar 27, 2019

Mike speaks with Craig Cashwell on the history and development of spiritual bypass as a concept, how to approach bypass in clinical work, and where the intersections of spirituality, religion, and counseling might go in the 21st century.

For more about Craig, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit http://bit.ly/ttc-ep121

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Mar 20, 2019

In this episode, Dr. Aaron Smith teams up with Dr. Megan Speciale to interview Harvard professor of psychiatry and best-selling author (Trauma and Recovery, Father-Daughter Incest) Judith Lewis Herman, MD, on the treatment of Military Sexual Trauma. Dr. Herman explicates her ideas on both the dialectics of trauma and her famous 3-stage postmodern feminist approach as applied to the treatment of Military Sexual Trauma.

For more about Judith, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit bit.ly/ttc120.

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Mar 13, 2019

A conversation with Dr. David Nylund on the history and art of therapeutic letter writing. We discuss the emergence of letter writing in narrative therapy as an alternative to “traditional”notes and documentation, crafting letters that keep the conversation going, and new movements in how to use letter writing in therapeutic work.

For more on David, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit bit.ly/ttc-119

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Mar 8, 2019

Current installment of the Leader's Project: Eric Beeson

In this episode, Dr. Allison Kramer interviews Dr. Gregory Moffatt about the impact of his self-disclosure of personal struggle in 2018's most popular Counseling Today article, "The Hurting Counselor," with a focus on Moffatt's Mantra: The professional counselor's ethical imperative to practice routine and crucial self-care.

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Mar 1, 2019

Current installment of the Leader's Project: Anna Flores Locke

A conversation with Dr. Alyson Carr on (nearly) all you need to know when preparing to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE). We discuss why the test is important and useful for counselors, the format of the exam, and concrete ideas to help you prepare.

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Feb 22, 2019

Mike talks with Nicole Stargell and Matt Glowiak on connecting with our communities “beyond the couch.” We discuss the history of counselor community engagement, important considerations when starting out, and possible barriers to community outreach.

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Feb 14, 2019

In this week's collaboration with The Theory of Change Podcast, Alfredo Palacios and Dr. Fred Hanna discusses existential anxiety and its relevance to counselors. As a follow up to EP98 (Existentialism in Counseling) Alredo and Dr. Hanna take a deeper dive into existential philosophy and ways that one can overcome anxiety and experience the thrill of being alive. They discuss techniques and resources counselors can use to learn more about these ideas and incorporate them into their practice.

The Theory of Change Podcast

Episode 98: Existentialism in Counseling

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Feb 8, 2019

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A conversation with Dr. Howard Schubiner on the latest neuroscience approaches to understanding and treating chronic pain.  Dr. Schubiner's Mind Body Program emphasizes the way the unconscious brain and neural pathways (versus structural abnormalities) are the cause of most chronic pain and require a different approach to treatment than standard pharmacological and/or pain psychology frameworks.  

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Theory of Change Podcast

Leader's Project interview with Jared Rose

Jan 31, 2019

Check out the Leaders Project interview with Fred Gingrich

In her first  segment with The Thoughtful Counselor, Dr. Priscilla Wilson interviews Dr. Kimberly Warfield about a class project involving student exploration and immersion into their communities to explore factors and resources that support or hinder the development of multicultural education.

For more on Priscilla and Kimberly, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-CL.

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Jan 23, 2019

Current installment of the Leader's Project: Fred Gingrich

Building on last week’s episode, Paul, Jesse, and Mike discuss the origins of The Ways Paradigm and expand on the ways of understanding, being, and intervening in relationship to spirituality and/or religion in the counseling process.

For more on Paul and Jesse, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-BJ.

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Jan 16, 2019

A conversation with Jesse Fox and Paul Deal on the history of religion and spirituality in the US, using thick approaches to engage our clients religious and/or spiritual lives, and the possibility of true pluralism and hospitality in counseling relationships and the helping professions.

For more on Jesse and Paul, links from the conversation, and the APA citation for this episode visit https://wp.me/p7R6fn-Bs.

Jan 10, 2019

EDITORIAL NOTE: In June of 2020, after a series of murders of black Americans including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement, a long-time listener raised a concern regarding this episode, particularly a shift in the conversation from the context of military combat to general policing.

Upon reflection, we note that while the discussion was meant to focus on the military, the guest makes reference to general policing in several analogies. In hindsight, clarification of the important distinctions between military combat and policing as well as a clear condemnation of unlawful killings by police is necessary.   We are also reflecting on how we can better hold our guests accountable for the ideas they present in these interviews.

As editor and producer of The Thoughtful Counselor, I and our team of contributors are committed to critically reflecting on our work to ensure the messages we are promoting do not implicitly or explicitly support or justify systemic racism and police brutality. 

- Mike Shook

Aaron speaks with Colonel Dave Grossman on the psychological effects of combat and lawful-killing and outlines the strengths that Veterans and service people possess that mental health professionals should seek to make use of throughout the therapeutic process.

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Jan 3, 2019

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A conversation with Victoria Kress on defining non-suicidal self-injury, meaning making, the ethics of autonomy, and creative interventions for practice.

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