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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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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.

Aug 18, 2020

Dr. Lauren Shure, current president of Counselors for Social Justice, moderates a panel of counselor educators and community leaders including Dr. Ebony White, Mr. Darren Green. Dr. Darius Green, and Dr. Michael Hannon, on the counseling profession’s historic complicity with systemic racism, challenges and barriers counselors face when confronting white supremacy in our own lives and the helping professions at large, and how we can draw on our training as counselors to dismantling white supremacy and systemic racism in our lives, our profession, and the world around us. 

For more on the panelists and moderator, 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 4, 2020

Jessica Tyler speaks with Rachael Estes on working with adjudicated youth who have been convicted of sexual crimes and violence using a trauma-focused, holistic, and psychoeducational lens.

For more on Rachel, 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.

Jul 28, 2020

Mike speaks to Annie about creative ways to take our work as counselors outside of the traditional counseling room. They discuss Annie’s move from practice to coaching, the process of creating services that provide more than traditional therapy can accomplish, and the interplay between making money and making a difference.

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

Jul 21, 2020

Aaron speaks with Patricia Nevala on the unique challenges female-identifying veterans encounter when re-entering civilian work life.

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

Jul 14, 2020

Raissa Miller and Eric Beeson have a conversation about their upcoming book, The Neuroeducation Toolbox: Practical Translations of Neuroscience in Counseling and Psychotherapy. They discuss the evolution of neuroeducation as a counseling intervention, address key components to ethical and effective implementation of neuroeducation, and highlight neuroeducation uses and specific activity ideas from the book.

For more on Raissa and Eric, 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.

 

Jul 7, 2020

Mike speaks with Dominique Hammonds on the need for broaching conversations in our work as counselors and educators, barriers to and reasons why we avoid these conversations, and how we can grow as culturally competent counselors.

For more on Dominique, 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.

 

Jul 1, 2020

Priscilla Wilson speaks to Ayanna Moss about PsychoHairapy, a community health model created to secure a space for African Americans to address mental health and well-being through hair care. Ms. Moss details the PsychoHairapy concept, how services are provided, and beneficial outcomes.

For more on Ayanna, 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

Jun 16, 2020

Victoria Kress, Matthew Paylo, Nicole Stargell, and Marissa Grey discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic influencing family violence, what counselors need to be aware of, ethical considerations when safety planning, and how to use technology when developing a safety plan with clients of all ages.

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

Jun 9, 2020

Guest Host Amanda Giordano speaks with Markus Lloyd and Antwuan Malone on their personal experience of racism as black men, how systemic racism shapes the way black children think about themselves, and how many white Americans manipulate history to avoid the reality of systemic racism in our past and present.

For more on Markus, Antwuan, and Amanda, 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 paloaltou.edu/concept.

May 29, 2020

Mike speaks with Russell Siler Jones on the practical nuts and bolts of bringing spirituality into our work as counselors and mental health workers. They discuss attending to our clients spirituality (in whatever form that comes, attending to our own spirituality, and the intersection of psychotherapy and spiritual direction.

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

May 25, 2020

The Four Doctors - Janeé Avent Harris, Angie D. Cartwright, Loni Crumb, and Dominique S. Hammonds - discuss Mental Health Awareness Month, the unique mental health concerns of Black communities, and how the senseless murders of Black individuals and most recently the shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, result in community stress, fear, and collective trauma in Black families and communities.

For more on The Four Doctors, 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.

May 21, 2020

Mike speaks with Terry Freiberg on the growth of chronic loneliness in the United States, the use of relational cultural theory in response to loneliness, and the unique features of loneliness during Covid-19.

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

May 14, 2020

Mike speaks with Guy MacPherson on bringing our full selves into our work with clients who have experienced trauma. They discuss putting aside our tendency to want to feel like experts, confronting our fears and insecurities, and the importance of finding a community of like-minded clinicians.

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

 

May 4, 2020

Mike speaks with Daryl and Sara Van Tongeren on their recent book The Courage to Suffer. They discuss the origins of the book in Daryl and Sara’s personal loss, what an existential positive psychology framework is and why it’s particularly helpful in our current times, and implications for counseling practice.

For more on Daryl & Sara, 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.

Apr 28, 2020

Priscilla speaks with Anna Shinn, Cotina Houston- Stroud, Anjuli Thompson and Mindi Wilkins- Amberson on their unique roles as mental health professionals and administrators within their community during the uncertain times of Covid-19.

For more on this week's 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.

 

Apr 21, 2020

We are the natural world. Drawing from over 30 years of experience, Katie discusses practical strategies that counselors and their clients can use to connect to the natural world for self-care, guidance, and support during this challenging time. Katie shares experiential and trauma-informed exercises that therapists can utilize during in-person and teletherapy sessions.

For more on Katie, links from the conversation, and the 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

 

 

Apr 15, 2020

Mike speaks with Ray Barrett on the practical hurtles of moving your counseling practice online during the Covid-19 pandemic. They cover choosing an EHR system, emergency planning, insurance billing, and much more.

For more on Ray, 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

Apr 6, 2020

Dr. Megan Speciale and Dr. Stacey Litam engage in a frank and honest discussion about how the coronavirus pandemic, social distancing, and shelter-in-place policies are impacting a less-talked about part of our lives: love, sex, and intimacy. The conversation explores some of the growing intimacy challenges people are facing with respect to health and safety fears, partner burnout, isolation, financial worries, and childcare responsibilities. Tune in for strategies to get through quarantine with a renewed sense of self-love and a deeper understanding of your sexual and intimate needs.

For more on Stacey, 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 paloaltou.edu/concept.

Mar 30, 2020

Raissa speaks with Dr. Lee Kinsey and Dr. Dee Ray about the many ethical and practical challenges facing counselors responding to COVID-19.  The conversation also includes a discussion on the need for individualized risk assessment and decision-making, approaches to adapting practice to align with the realities and limitations of telehealth, and a call for more research and resources related to telehealth, specifically telehealth work with vulnerable populations. 

For more on Dee & 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 paloaltou.edu/concept.

Mar 24, 2020

Mike speaks with Dr. William Snow on the nuts and bolts of moving counselor education online, the benefits and downsides of teaching online, and best-practices for educators and students.

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 paloaltou.edu/concept.

Mar 17, 2020

Raissa talks with Lynn Redenbach and Greg Czyszczon about the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) and the professional organization promoting IPNB practice and research, the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS).  They discuss the definition of IPNB, the nine domains of integration, and principles inherent in IPNB approaches across clinical, educational, and organizational settings. 

For more on Lynn and Greg, links from the conversation, and the 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 paloaltou.edu/concept.

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