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Listen in as therapists, coaches, writers, and other experts explore the inner lives of women: their struggles, fears, hopes, & dreams. This podcast is about cultivating a conversation around the uncomfortable, uncertain, and unknown aspects of a woman's experience. Through interviews and stories, Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT goes beneath the surface and takes a deeper look at relationships, motherhood, self-acceptance, authenticity, aging, healing, suffering, loss, and other areas connected to t ...
 
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“As long as the factors that led your child to create distance remain in place, he or she will not be able to settle into an easy, relaxed, loving, and close relationship with you.” “What you do in response to estrangement very much matters and can make the difference between a prolonged estrangement and a healed one.” When children grow into adult…
 
"I value color as a way to communicate and as a way to share ideas and be able to feel movement of emotion and energy in your body." One of the biggest hurdles of being a parent is helping our kids fall asleep at night. As parents, it’s necessary to find the right tools to help kids learn to relax, process, and be with their big feelings – and many…
 
How do you see and interact with the world around you? While some people go through life without paying attention to every little detail, highly sensitive persons pick up on just about everything – and every bit of information is deeply processed within. On this episode, I talk with trauma-informed psychotherapist Carmen Schmidt Benedetti about hig…
 
“It’s part of our culture that we’re supposed to respect our parents, and I understand that that’s important. But sometimes that relationship does not work.” As a child, did you absorb the belief that you’re not good enough. or that you don’t have the right to be your own person? This is a telltale sign of having a narcissistic parent and the root …
 
“You are the author of your own life, and you are in charge of crafting the story.” When was the last time you gave yourself permission to explore your power? Power isn’t just money, status, or a title – it’s within you. In a world that so highly values climbing the corporate ladder to have power over others, it’s easy to forget the innate power wi…
 
“There’s some distance between the spark and the flame, and in that distance, it gives you the freedom to respond more skillfully to the situation.” Depression is part of a common human experience but finding relief from it is incredibly complicated. Depression is a relapsing illness, and taking an antidepressant is not always a viable or effective…
 
People feel like food allergies aren’t serious. I think that’s the biggest myth because they are. Food allergies don’t always show up in ways that we expect them to. A food allergy is a medical condition in which exposure to certain foods triggers a harmful immune response—and it’s serious. Allergic reactions pose unique challenges to parents—espec…
 
There are really lifelong implications for children who grow up with an emotionally isolating or absent dad. Some wounds take longer to heal than others. The wounds of paternal abandonment are ones that take a particularly long time to heal. It requires time, a mental and emotional journey, and a definitive decision to let go of the idea that the f…
 
Kids respond to their environment and learn how to survive. Being a baby is more complex than people think. Once born, a baby enters an entirely new world full of sights and sounds and feelings that they’ve never experienced before. Babies absorb it all—and it affects their mental health. Babies don’t “just forget” when something happens. Even with…
 
Grief is an expression of love for someone who isn’t here anymore. Experiencing the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging parts of being human. When that loss is unexpected or happens in an “unnatural” order, the grief takes a different kind of toll on the person. All grief is complicated, but the loss of a child or loss as a result of…
 
It’s important to revisit those strategies and elaborate, and that becomes a part of your identity. When you sit down with your family around the dinner table, the storytelling begins. Have you ever noticed who is doing the storytelling? Typically, women and mothers in families are the ones who tend to elaborate and go in-depth with their storytell…
 
“Character is fate.” - Heraclitus United we stand. Divided we fall. The United States is becoming an increasingly divided country with each day that goes by. The idea of what American culture and values are changes, depending on where you are on the party line. In this episode, Michael Gellert discusses the newly-revised edition of his compelling b…
 
In celebration of Father’s Day, Women In- Depth is looking back at some of our previous episodes focusing on men and masculinity. Episode 86: Reflections on Fatherhood in the 21st Century with Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, the Executive Director of the Jung Center in Houston, spoke with me about what it means to be a father…
 
“It is across racial lines, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, and the like. This is not a phenomenon that just occurs to a certain person that looks and dresses and behaves a certain way.” Introduction: When everything builds up inside, managing emotions can oftentimes feel impossible. As children grow, oftentimes there’s no one to teach the…
 
“Mythology and storytelling are age-old methods of passing along wisdom, sharing experience, and explaining or teaching about life.” Learning to trust your intuition, feelings, and dreams is a powerful experience. With all the stories and lessons told to children today, our society does not seem to support the notion that women should learn to trus…
 
“We all have blind spots. We all have pitfalls and life terms. Part of the therapy process is about gaining insight and awareness of what those traps and what those lenses are and seeing that this is a recurrent theme that happens for you in your life.” (24:49) Introduction: Some people look like they truly have it all. Great job, great family, and…
 
“Safety primes neuroplasticity: a sense that as you move through this, you’re okay and you’re safe.” Introduction: When was the last time that you experienced letdown, hurt, or even a traumatic event? How did you rebuild yourself and your life after the event? A significant part of the human condition is experiencing negativity in our environment, …
 
How do you respond to the word trauma? Sometimes, those who experienced trauma reject even the term itself. Instead of acknowledging it and starting the healing process, survivors often minimize their experiences. When this happens, sometimes both healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms are normalized for them, as well. Childhood trauma is specific…
 
“As human beings, we are meant for connection.“ I see you. I believe you. Sometimes, those are the exact words that survivors of sexual assault and violence need to hear. Genuinely affirming a survivor’s experiences, feelings, and responses are the first steps to entering into a space that the survivor has never let anyone else into before. Oftenti…
 
“The feminine is about the connection among all things.” Where are you in life? Where are you headed? Traditionally, there have been four faces of femininity: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. These archetypes define the feminine mindset: wants, needs, and what is required for fulfillment. Our culture places a certain value on each of these stages. Oftent…
 
In this episode of Women In-Depth Dr. Viado speaks with Gary Alexander about the experience of therapy through the lens of depth psychology. Gary shares how he was drawn to depth psychology; how it informs his life and the work he does with clients. He also explains how symptoms are not necessarily the problems we think they are, but messengers fro…
 
“The way I can get love is by being what other people need me to be. Being the good girl. Being the one that is quiet, the one that is well behaved …” Welcome to this week’s episode of Women In Depth! Today we speak with Dr. Ashlee Greer, who is gracing us with a second visit after appearing on episode 76. In this episode Dr. Greer enlightens us to…
 
“Romantic relationships above all other forms of relationships seems to be where the deepest and most intense struggle presents itself.” For our Valentine’s Day episode, we have our 100th episode guest back again: Dr. Stacey Shelby! In this week’s episode, Dr. Stacey Shelby describes the psychology of romantic love from a depth psychological perspe…
 
“I think a lot of times part of the reason we’re able to self-sabotage so easily is we really don’t own our goals. We don’t really own that picture of what we want our life to look like. We kind of keep it vague. As a result, we can’t really create that process to make changes because we don’t give ourselves any sort of timeline or specific picture…
 
“We all are so different and it’s normal to be different. It’s just a matter of finding the ways that help you optimize your sexual desire and have a sexual relationship that you want to have.” Many women experience diminished or decreased sex drive at one point or another in their lives. However sex-negativity from our backgrounds, media, and soci…
 
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