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Thoughts on Thoughts is a podcast for people looking to be more self aware, have healthier relationships and to be more fulfilled in life. The podcast is hosted by three therapists who want to share things that they have taught their clients and also things they have put to use themselves that have enriched their lives and made them healthier people. They also hope to have a little fun along the way so if that's what you're looking for, this is the place for you. Support this podcast: https: ...
 
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Is sex ever just about sex? We find out in this episode when we talk with Chelsea Petersen about physical intimacy in relationships. Chelsea is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder of Cache Valley Counseling. She has worked extensively with couples for over a decade, helping them navigate disconnection and intimacy issues. Chels…
 
Alright, here is another round of Q&A where we answer your submitted questions! We cover some boundary setting, how we became therapists and answer some questions about what to do after you yell at your kids & how to cope with parenting woes. This one is hopefully packed with helpful information for you. Enjoy! Don't forget to check out our romanti…
 
Caregivers are an often overlooked group of people but a group we feel like needs a lot of support, especially where mental health is concerned. In our conversation we discuss how caregiver fatigue is different than burnout and how we can best support the caregivers that we know. If you are a caregiver yourself, tune in to hear some thoughts on how…
 
In this episode we talk about a subject that many of our clients are deal with and that we have also dealt with personally- wanting to be in a relationship but you just aren't right now. We talk about how to navigate this time and how a shift in perspective may bring some relief. This topic is close to our hearts and we hope you resonate with our c…
 
Traumaversaries, anniversaries of trauma, can be difficult to navigate. We are coming up on a traumaversary that we all collectively share with the anniversary of the pandemic and the start of quarantine that we experienced last year. In this episode, we discuss what you may notice in the upcoming weeks as far as an increase in symptoms. Our bodies…
 
In this episode we answer some questions submitted by listeners and they are great questions! We talk about how you can go about finding a therapist, how to break out of shaming your kids, dealing with narcissists and more. If you ever have questions you want answered you can write us at thoughtspod@gmail.com. Don't forget to check out our romantic…
 
Join us in this conversation with Matt Erickson, a licensed therapist and finance hobbyist, as we talk about mental health and money! Just in time for tax season right? We discuss how family of origin can greatly impact spending habits, how to navigate money issues in relationships and how to keep your approach to finances (and life) simple. We lov…
 
Let's be honest...many of us enjoy dabbling in a good true crime podcast or documentary. Or maybe you're past dabbling and you are a full on enthusiast. Well we are about to help you level up to being an expert in the psychology of true crime! In this episode you'll hear us talk about the mental health diagnoses of a number of serial killers, how t…
 
In our first episode of the year we are sharing all of our favorite coping strategies! These are our tried and true methods for coping ahead and coping with big emotions in the moment. We talk everything from reality TV to time blocking and Jessica really embraces her running joke about microwaved water. Tune in to get all of the tea on how the thr…
 
In this episode we answer your questions about how to navigate some difficult situations this holiday season. We talk about boundary setting with family members, the comparison trap, the stress of creating magic for the kids when we don't feel the magic this holiday season and so much more! We hope this episode helps you in your situation and that …
 
In this week's episode we talk about very important topics like marriage therapy, toxic positivity and the most underrated Disney movie. Our guest, Madi Murphy, is so endearing and open about mental health topics and we know you will love her as much as we do! We definitely recommend checking out Madi's podcast, The Bad Broadcast, as well as her so…
 
In this episode Jessica explains a quick cognitive behavioral therapy technique that can help you change your thoughts. This can be a powerful tool for getting you out of negative thinking patterns and moving towards a healthy mindset shift. Give it a try! Follow along on social media for more free tips! Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/thought…
 
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with gift giving this season tune in to hear all our tips for keeping things minimal and stress free! We like to keep things simple for the holidays because it helps eliminate decision fatigue and keep us focusing on connection rather than consumerism. If you aren't minimal about the holidays NO WORRIES! Live you…
 
We've taken a two month hiatus from recording new episodes to work on an exciting project we hope to have finished soon. But in the words of Jessica, "We are back and better than ever!" In this episode we answer some questions you sent to us about difficult parenting situations, managing panic attacks, issues with marital sex and more. We even lear…
 
Tragedy struck Jordin's life just 18 months ago when her husband was killed when they were in a car crash. Jordin talks with us about how she has navigated all of the trauma, dark days and heartbreak that has come as a result of losing her husband and now raising their daughter as a single parent. You can tell from listening to Jordin that she trul…
 
What happens if you struggle with avoidant attachment and your partner has anxious attachment (or vice versa)? We see this type of relationship often and it does not have to keep you trapped. In this episode we talk about the difficulties of navigating this type of relationship dynamic, how to work on this with your partner and ultimately how you c…
 
We are continuing our series on attachment styles with this episode! We discuss how to identify if you have an avoidant attachment style, how that may manifest in your relationships and ultimately how to heal this insecure attachment style. Avoidant attachment can cause disconnection in relationships but if individuals with this style can lean into…
 
Human trafficking is not a new problem but this massive issue that is affecting the lives of so many in the world is finally getting more attention. In this episode we talk with Rachel Curtis Vinck to gain some insight on what we need to know about human trafficking, what we can do to stay safe and manage our anxiety and how to help fight against t…
 
In this episode we talk about what it looks like to have an anxious attachment style. Many of us may lean towards this attachment style if we have had attachment "injuries" in the past. We talk about what this can look like in a relationship and what you can specifically do to heal this insecure attachment style. The great thing about attachment st…
 
Attachment theory suggests that a secure attachment style is formed through genetics, parenting and life experiences. If you currently struggle with insecure attachment in your relationships, fear not! The beauty of attachment is that your style can shift over time- we can heal insecure attachment styles and become more secure. Tune in to this epis…
 
Have you ever wanted to understand the science behind antidepressants and anti anxiety medications? Tune in and learn from our guest Dr. Kyle Smith. Kyle Smith, MD is a Family Medicine Physician in Sacramento California. He completed medical school at the University of California in Irvine and Residency at Sutter Sacramento. He has a special intere…
 
Have you ever felt conflicting emotions and felt shame around that? An example would be feeling immense grief and yet also feeling relief when a loved one passes on after a long battle with cancer. In this episode we break down how we can shift our thinking and give space to multiple emotions at once. We can feel mixed emotions about our life circu…
 
Things are slowly starting to open up in some places so what does that mean for managing anxiety that may come with that? In this episode we discuss how to cope with the changes that are happening, how to have boundaries and how to cope with the actions of other people who may not have the same views on things as you do. Taylor also shares about a …
 
In this episode we turn our microphones over to our husbands! While this may have been a questionable decision, we feel like they did a great job talking about what it's like being married to us (therapists), their marriage tips and what it has been like for each of them with making the transition into fatherhood. We hope you enjoy this quarantine …
 
On this episode we talk with Cristi Dame, a licensed professional counselor, about how parents can connect with their children through play. Cristi talks with us about some of the challenges parents face when it comes to playing with their children and shares tips on what parents can do to interact with their children during play in a way that can …
 
In this episode we chat with Miriem Boss about her philosophy on goal setting and how it can ultimately help with managing anxiety. Miriem coaches real estate agents on goal setting and has now branched out to helping other people through teaching classes on goal setting and journaling as she has found her process to be very helpful for herself and…
 
In this quarantine chat, we are joined by Danielle Billlat who is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a master's in dietetic administration. Danielle gives us a roadmap for a low maintenance approach to meal planning. We also discuss how to avoid shame surrounding food at this time when things seem a bit off from the norm and we may not be eat…
 
Has Disney's new hit "Frozen 2" been playing in your house on repeat during quarantine? In this quarantine chat we talk about the characters in the movie and how the movie is full of psychological food for thought. We discuss the movie's themes of attachment, trauma and healing and what we can learn from each of the characters. We hope that this co…
 
In this Quarantine Chat we talk with Justin Reid about his morning routine. Justin has worked hard the past few years to create structure at the beginning of his day by gearing his routine to support his physical, mental and spiritual health. We talk about how during this time in quarantine it may be especially beneficial to start off the day with …
 
We're kicking off our series of "Quarantine Chats" by talking with Chad Arnett who was recently diagnosed with Coronavirus. Chad talks with us about his experience and how the virus has impacted his physical and mental well-being. Chad shares amazing insight as to how he has managed his anxiety throughout his experience and shares some very helpful…
 
Welcome back to season 2 of the podcast! In this episode we discuss some coping strategies you can implement to help navigate anxiety that may be stemming from what is currently going on in the world with COVID-19. We know this is an uncertain and anxiety ridden time for many and we want to give you the support that we can. We share how to do an Em…
 
In KJ’s home growing up, she was the only child. The favorite-unless you are including the cats. As a result of being the only kid around, she has a close relationship with both of her parents. In this episode, KJ shares what it was like growing up as an only child in a home with a sick parent. KJ’s dad was diagnosed with MS when she was a young gi…
 
Taylor’s family changed in life-altering ways when she was a young child, a teen and as an adult. In this episode, Taylor shares how these traumas impacted her childhood, her transition to adulthood and how she handles her life now. Taylor has grown and allowed her trauma to bring her closer to others and increase her trust and attachment to the pe…
 
We decided to do a mini series where we interviewed each other to give a little behind the scenes of who we are as people and as therapists! Hopefully this can give some insight into what led us to becoming therapists and why we are so passionate about creating and sharing this podcast. In this episode we talked with Jessica about her family dynami…
 
Gear up for a chat about why we think it's important to have hobbies for the sake of having them- not for making money or to be the "best" at them! Having a creative outlet for our minds is so important to our mental health and we take a look at why that is. We also find out some of Taylor's hidden talents in this episode and it is truly a delight.…
 
We are so excited to have Megan join us on the podcast this week! She is a certified life coach who works specifically with moms who have lost themselves in motherhood and with moms who are struggling in postpartum life. In this episode, she talks about her own experience with a difficult transition into motherhood, her postpartum depression and an…
 
We've likely all come across people who play the victim, whether they are coworkers, friends, relatives or maybe even ourselves. People who portray themselves as victims manipulate to get a desired outcome, specifically, to get attention or get some sort of gain from being viewed in this way. Maybe they view the world as being against them to avoid…
 
It's time to do a little self-evaluation on your relationships with this episode! In this episode we talk about how to know if you are codependent in any of your relationships or not. Codependency is when someone is excessively reliant on another person for their emotional well-being. This can cause a myriad of problems in relationships and sometim…
 
People like Genny Hyde are truly a blessing in the mental health world! Genny is a wife, mother, blogger and mental health advocate (and a true warrior) who gives us an open look at her life of living with Bipolar II Disorder. Bipolar Disorder is a highly stigmatized mental illness that can be hard to truly understand but Genny explains so well wha…
 
The holiday season has arrived in all its glory and with it comes great food, family gatherings, gift giving, fun decorations, etc. But sometimes the holidays also bring added stress, comparison, the feelings of grief, stark reminders of loss and the added pressure of needing to live up to the expectations of others. In this episode, we dig into th…
 
In this episode we share about what you can do to support the ones you love who are struggling with mental illness. We discuss the importance of making your own mental health a priority and how to approach supporting those who are struggling. We hope you hear something that will help you navigate these situations and we want to thank you for being …
 
In this episode you will be introduced to Laura, a 9-year-old girl who has recently been to therapy to address her anxiety. Laura was struggling with many of the anxious behaviors we talked about in episode 32 on anxiety in children. She was irritable, negative, emotionally sensitive, and was struggling in her family relationships. Through therapy,…
 
In this episode we decided to take a deep dive into the topic of self care. It can be easy to get caught up in the commercialization of self care and you probably see it everywhere: "Buy this makeup #selfcare", "Treat yo self", "Time for some retail therapy"! We decided to take a step back from that to discuss how self care really can be doing the …
 
The seasons are changing and that means the nights are getting longer and it’s beginning to get cold. This change in seasons can bring with it a change in mood. In this episode we discuss SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and how to treat it. One of the ways we delve into deeply is the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). This concept of c…
 
Listen to this guided imagery to help slow down your mind and connect with your body. This relaxation process can help you discover how to ground your body and relax your mind in a way that will allow you to let go of the outside world and find your inner calm. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thoughtsonthoughtspodcast/support…
 
When your children leave the nest, as they say, a natural shift in the parent-child dynamic occurs. Some parents struggle with this shift and some embrace it. The parent moves from a role of supporting financially, physically and protecting the child to one of supporting and guiding from afar. In this episode we discuss how you can navigate this sh…
 
This week we are helping you become an expert in childhood anxiety. Anxiety presents differently in children than you might expect. In this episode, we are going to help you understand what anxiety can look like in a child because your child who seems to be angry all the time or struggles to focus may just have anxiety! We then go over some tips an…
 
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health disorders and 1 in 3 people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives. We felt it was important to discuss this so that if you or someone you love is experiencing anxiety there can be more understanding of how that may manifest and what you can do about it. In this episode we discuss the di…
 
Candice Mortensen joins us this week to discuss her family and how they came to be. Prior to adopting her five children, Candice worked as a trauma specialist for children who were adopted! As a result, Candice has had such a unique experience becoming a mother. She has been able to use the knowledge and skills she learned as a therapist to help he…
 
Since the dawn of time, siblings have fought. And compared. And teased. And scratched. And all sorts of other things. We are here to remind you that if your children are struggling to get along-you aren’t alone! This is a common problem and we have several ideas for decreasing the tension in the home and fostering healthy relationships between sibl…
 
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