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Prepare your favorite adaptogen-infused drink, get your diffuser loaded up with your favorite essential oils, and cozy up to me and some of my favorite people. We’ve got a lot to learn (self-actualization, people!) and I’m so excited to be on this informative journey with you!

Licensed therapist Paul Sullivan, LMHC CGP on thriving in life, positive psychology, sustainability, and living consciously

And we’re back with episode 11!! My guest this week is a former colleague of mine, Paul Sullivan. He’s a local professor at Quincy College and licensed therapist operating his own private practice. Paul and I worked together last in 2012 or 2013 at a partial adult psychiatric program in Brookline, MA. I’m so grateful that Paul and I have kept in contact over the years as he’s been an important person in my professional career and professional development; he actually offered me some simple advice back when we worked together and I call upon it often, as you’ll hear me explain in the episode.

We start our conversation where Paul is really selling me on starting a private practice - stay tuned for more on that, hopefully soon! We discuss so many great topics, from building a private practice to meditation for every day modern life to positive psychology. 

*Skip to 5:26min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Paul’s journey to establishing himself in private practice

  • All about Paul’s theoretical approaches, including Positive Psychology (umm hi apparently this is my jam)

  • How Paul balances his jobs, spending quality time with family, and making room for play

  • Peaceful parenting

  • Paul’s interest in sustainability and CSAs

  • How Paul helps his clients and students thrive

  • Paul’s view of the developmental stages in life

  • All about Paul’s mindfulness and meditations practices

  • How Paul offers his clients and students tangible and accessible ways to feel happier and live more conscious lives

  • Theraveda Buddhism (What? Just listen to the episode!)

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

Paul’s PsychologyToday.com page
Liberty Wellness
Quincy College
The One Thing book
Sweet Berry Farm in Middleton, RI
Walden Local Meat Co.
Common Ground Fair
Vipassana Meditation Center – Dhamma Dharā
Theraveda Buddhism
Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP)
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

Licensed therapist Nikki Magliaro, MS, LMHC, CEIS on women building businesses, eliminating the stigma around mental health, and balancing self-care with selfless work

Interviewing your friends is way fun and I want to do it all the time.

My guest for this episode is my good friend Nikki Magliaro, whom I met in grad school back in 2009, and oddly enough we were even in the same group interview at Northeastern University, where we attended our masters in counseling program. Crazy!!

Nikki is a brilliant clinician who works incredibly hard and pours so much love into all that she does. She and her friend and business partner Megan co-own and built together an incredible practice called Puzzle Pieces, LLC based in Quincy, MA. There, Nikki, Megan, and their team support children and families, treating Anxiety Disorders, ADHD, Adjustment Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, behavioral concerns, developmental delays, coping skills, family relationships, self-esteem,  social skills, and stress. Nikki is also a Feminist therapist, an Expert Certified DIR/Floortime Training Leader, a Gemini, a yoga-lover, and a creative soul who brings so much compassion, knowledge, and authenticity into the work she does. Be sure to check out her wonderful private practice, she will take excellent care of your kiddo!

In this episode we hear:

  • all about Nikki’s journey to becoming a successful therapist and businesswoman

  • all about how Nikki built her business

  • useful tips for building a business

  • important techniques and tips on working with children and families

  • how Nikki uses yoga in her practice with her clients

  • about promoting Neurodiversity and the current movement toward acceptance

  • a bit about finally hearing Autistic voices

  • how Nikki engages in self-care and sets boundaries with her work given she’s self-employed

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
Interdisciplinary Counsel on Development and Learning (ICDL) - where Nikki completed her DIR/Floortime certification
Nikki’s yoga training program - Calm Child Workshop by  Flow and Grow Kids Yoga
Puzzle Pieces, LLC website
Follow Puzzle Pieces, LLC on Instagram and Facebook
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Integrative therapist Steve Opalenik of The Promethean Project - on how to incorporate mindfulness in therapy, building a private integrative health practice, and boundaries

Steve is probably one of the most humble, compassionate, generous, and genuine people I’ve ever known. We worked together several years ago at a behavioral health insurance company and have fortunately kept in touch (ahh the benefits of social!). I’m so grateful that he was my first recorded interview! He is so insightful and shares some brilliant nuggets of wisdom in this episode; I know you’re going to love this episode!

Steve is a licensed mental health counselor and superhero based in Western Massachusetts specializing in working with people who are actively seeking to make a change in their overall health. He has a background in personal training and utilizes his experiences with mindfulness, meditation, playful movement, and calisthenics to help people tap into their full inner potential. He’s certified in progressive calisthenics, as a Y12SR Instructor, personal trainer, Youth and Group Fitness teacher. He also co-owns The Promethean Project with his wife and siblings, a non-profit practice that approaches health in an all-encompassing, multi-faceted way to empower the individual to have informed ownership over their health. Be sure to check out their website and all of the amazing work they’re doing!

In this episode we hear:

  • about Steve’s own personal health journey

  • a bit about imposter syndrome as a therapist

  • useful tips for therapists trying to build a private practice or business

  • therapeutic tools to use in therapy with children, teens, and adolescents

  • all about the great work Steve’s non-profit has done and continues to do

  • how to use breath-work and meditation in therapy sessions

  • how to overcome negative emotions

  • why the Dalai Lama is OK with being bald (I’m totally serious!)

Mentioned in this episode (aka, the “shotes”):

Polyvagal Theory
Brattleboro Retreat
Yoga of 12 Step Recovery
The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast
The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast
That PESI Nutrition and Mental Health training
Dr. Judith Orloff’s Empath quiz
Steve’s website The Promethean Project
Steve’s Instagram
Family Care Counseling Associates
The Yogi Therapist website
Follow me, The Yogi Therapist on Instagram

Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher