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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!

Reiki Master Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher, and TIMBo Lead Trainer Emily Peterson on resiliency after trauma, healing self and others, yin yoga, and making meaning out of suffering

This episode has been waiting in the wings for months (I try to spread out the themes for each episode release) and I’m so excited to finally bring it to your ears today. Emily is a good friend and one of my yoga mentors, and on a beautiful day in April she had me over to her home (which she affectionately calls “the tree house”). We had an amazing conversation underneath her lovely skylights with Mama Kitties keeping watch.

Emily’s vulnerability and honesty make this episode truly one of the most important I’ve engaged in thus far. She openly shares about her mental health struggles and how she worked through them to come out on the other side resilient and willing to devote her life to supporting others in a healing capacity. And yes, of course we discuss yoga, Reiki, and the magic of TIMBo.

At the end of the episode Emily mentions workshops that have already passed, and I chose not to edit that out so that you can hear about all the wonderful creative experiences she offers. Check out Coolidge Yoga’s website and Emily’s website to see what she’s up to in the near future, including upcoming Reiki trainings.

As I mention in the podcast intro, we discuss the seriousness of mental health issues, including suicide. If you (or someone you know) are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please don’t hesitate to reach out for help to a close friend of family member, or call or text the Samaritan’s Hotline at (877) 870-4673, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255, or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. Here’s what to expect if you’ve never called a crisis hotline before.

*Skip to 8:11min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • About Emily’s background in Psychology and working in a residential site

  • How her past personal experiences influence how she supports the healing of others

  • How she models navigating the complexities of grief for her students

  • We discuss the importance of reducing shame and our shared need for authenticity

  • About the joy of “being a goofball” and ecstatic dance

  • How the TIMBo program supports survivors of trauma

  • How yin yoga helps the body process and move through emotions

  • Her relationship with nature and the universe

  • Her growing affinity of divination

  • How she melds her background in trauma work, yoga, and Reiki

  • A little about astrology and human design

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

Follow Emily on Instagram
Emily’s Website
Coolidge Yoga
JourneyDance
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

Therapist Denise Hooks on being a therapist and a consultant, providing therapy to marginalized communities, her theoretical approach, and how to be a more inclusive provider

Today’s guest is the lovely Denise Hooks, and I’m so grateful to Stacey Mulvey, my guest on episode 14, for connecting us! Denise is an incredible therapist based in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she offers individual therapy, group therapy, and co-owns a consulting agency with her husband.

We spent like 3 hours on the phone, not even kidding!! I immediately felt comfortable with her, like I know her; she’s so easy to talk to and so smart and articulate. She’s doing such meaningful work with womxn of color and survivors of trauma, two of her main areas of focus.

As a disclaimer, parts of this episode may be triggering for people as we discuss topics (although not in a very detailed way) like interpersonal violence, suicide, and abortions. If you believe this may impact you, I suggest making a plan for self-care prior to listening.

Also, we had some sound issues, I hope it’s not too distracting for you! Apologies in advance.

*Skip to 6:08min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview

In this episode we hear:

  • How Denise decided to become a therapist and how she decided to work with the population she serves

  • How her cultural background and being a black womxn shapes her practice as a therapist

  • How she uses Existentialism and Gestalt therapies with clients, and how her theater background helps her help clients more efficiently

  • What Narrative therapy is and how she finds it especially useful working with people of color

  • How to find your theoretical approach as a therapist

  • The importance of boundaries and ethics in therapy

  • How to be a competent and inclusive provider

  • How to navigate challenging conversations within therapy, specifically when “racial undertones” or racism occurs

  • Using Existentialism in working with survivors of trauma

  • How memories and emotions are strongly tied together

  • How trauma can become trapped in the body, and ways to use different techniques in therapy to release it

  • About the stigma that exists for seeking therapy, specifically within communities of color

  • About her therapy group for womxn of color “Consciousness Raising”

  • About Denise and her husband’s consulting business Elevated Consulting and how they offer Organizational Psychology to businesses

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

Elevate Consulting
Elevated Therapy by Denise
Follow Denise on Facebook
Follow Denise on Instagram
The Gloria Videos
Brené Brown’s new video Call to Courage
Book I’m Ok, You’re Ok
Justice Resource Institute
NET
the Yogi Therapist website
the Yogi Therapist on Facebook
Follow me, the Yogi Therapist, on Instagram

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Hear the episode on these platforms:

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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Hear the episode on these platforms:

iTunes // Spotify // Google Play // Stitcher

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