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What is Toxic Positivity?



On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Tiffany Millacci discusses how toxic positivity can be affecting your health and interpersonal relationships! Dr. Millacci gives examples of toxic positivity and suggestions on how to eliminate it in our daily lives and relationships.

Tiffany Millacci, Ph.D. has over 14 years of experience in the education field and is an educator for both elementary special education students and university students. She is a researcher and content writer for Positive.Psychology.com and is just beginning her writing career with her collaboration on a teen version of Dr. Ken Martz’s Manage My Emotions: What I Wish I’d Learned in School About Anger, Fear, and Love. She is also a military spouse, mother, and avid runner.

To read Dr. Millacci’s article about toxic positivity click here!


How Can You Build Resilient Relationships?



Melody Stanford Martin joins the show to discuss her article “Five Practices of Resilient Relationships” and teach us how to enhance our conflict resolution skills.

Melody Stanford Martin is a social ethicist, communications expert, and author of Brave Talk: Building Resilient Relationships in the Face of Conflict (Broadleaf Books, 2020). She is the Founder of educational platform Brave Talk Project, the Founder & CEO of Cambridge Creative Group, a narrative marketing and design company specializing in non-profit outreach, and a regular contributor to Psychology Today. Melody grew up as a Pentecostal pastor’s kid in California and studied theology for ten years, obtaining her Masters of Divinity in 2016. During her graduate studies, she developed a passion for social ethics and anti-oppression work through the Religion and Conflict Transformation Program at Boston University School of Theology. Today, Melody works with people across all political backgrounds and religious traditions, focusing on rhetorical innovation, courageous community engagement, and out-of-the-box thinking to solve social problems. In addition to her work, Melody is also an artist, musician and avid gardener. She lives in Portland, Maine with her partner Corey and their dogs, Baxter and Benedict Cumberbatch.

To read the Five Practices of Resilient Relationships click here.

Click here to purchase Melody’s book Brave Talk.

For more information on Base Camp click here.

To sign up for Melody’s workshops and classes click here.


How Can You Overcome the Shame of Emotional Abuse?



On this episode I chat with Beverly Engel about how to overcome the shame that many survivors of emotional abuse experience.

Beverly Engel has been a practicing psychotherapist for thirty-five years. She is the author of 22 books, including the bestsellers The Emotionally Abusive RelationshipThe Right to Innocence, and Healing Your Emotional Self. Her latest book is entitled, It Wasn’t Your Fault: Freeing Yourself from the Shame of Childhood Abuse with the Power of Self-Compassion.

In addition, Beverly lends her expertise to national TV talk shows. She has appeared on Oprah, CNN, Starting Over, Sally Jesse Raphael, Donahue, and other programs in the U.S. and Canada. She has regularly contributed to O Magazine and Psychology Today, and has been featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Chicago TribuneThe Washington PostThe Los Angeles TimesCosmopolitanLadies Home Journal, and Shape.

To check out all of Beverly’s books click HERE.


Is Porn Addiction A Disorder?



Sari Cooper joins the show to discuss if porn addiction is a disorder and how to communicate better when it comes to all things sex!

Sari Cooper  LCSW-R, CST is the Director of Center for Love and Sex, a group practice specializing in holistic embodied sex therapy and sex coaching in NYC. She is an AASECT-Certified Sex Therapist and Certified Sex Therapy Supervisor who has been seeing individuals and couples from diverse cultural, religious, and sexual orientation and practices for over 20 years.  Sari presents frequently at international professional conferences on helping individuals and couples heal from infidelity, out of control sexual behaviors, sexual communication, low desire, sexual disorders, consensual non-monogamy and expanding sexual practices. She is Kink and Poly aware and a culturally attuned therapist who frequently sees interracial couples.

Sari is also the creator of Sex Esteem® LLC, a company devoted to enriching people’s confidence and knowledge about their own sexuality, the choices in their relationship agreements and how to communicate with partners about the sex life they desire. Through creative live events, webinars and her Sex Esteem® talks she is cultivating a community ready to take on the topic of erotic desire, sexual pleasure, empowerment and exploration .

She is frequently called upon in the media to comment on relationships and sexuality issues. She has been interviewed on outlets like: CBS This Morning, The Wall Street Journal, NBCLX, Women’s Health, Lifehacker, Bustle, HuffPost and Vice Media.

You can follow her on:

Facebook: @centerforloveandsex,

Twitter: @saricoopercls

Instagram: @saricoopersexesteem.

Her site is www.centerforloveandsex.com

You can sign up to stay connected about upcoming Sex Esteem® events at: centerforloveandsex.com/se-events.


Does Social Media Cause Depression?



Dr. Lea Lis, The Shameless Psychiatrist, stops by to chat about if social media causes depression in teens and adult. She gives a brief overview of her new book!

Dr. Lea Lis is the ‘Shameless Psychiatrist.’ She is a double board certified Adult and Child psychiatrist, and Assistant Clinical Professor at New York Medical College. She has a bustling practice in the Hamptons where she sees patients from all family arrangements.

Her book “No Shame: Real Talk With Your Kids About Sex, Self-Confidence, and Healthy Relationships” helps people pass down intergenerational wisdom, instead of trauma, by using modern psychotherapy techniques which she perfected throughout her many years of experience. She is an expert in the field of psychology, and hopes to change the way we speak about sex.

Learn more about Dr. Lea Lis here:

WEBSITE: www.drlealis.com

INSTAGRAM:[https://www.instagram..com/shamelesspsychiatrist/] @shamelesspsychiatrist

TWITTER: @shamelesspsych

FACEBOOK: @drlealis


The Experts Are Back!



Dr. Ameila Kelley and Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis answer your questions about how anxiety affects the body and how to spot gaslighting in our leaders!

Dr. Kelley is the owner and supervisor of Kelley Counseling and Wellness.  Her practice is offering free sessions to those on the front lines fighting against COVID-19 (nurses, doctors, hospital staff, etc). For more information call (919) 238-9741.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Stephanie Moulton Sarkis is a best-selling author and counselor. She also hosts
her own podcast called “Talking Brains”. Check it out HERE! Her best selling book about gaslighting called, Gaslighting: Recognize Manipulative and Emotionally People–And Break Free, HERE!


Ask The Experts #1



Dr. Denise Fournier and Dr. Candice Creasman join me to answer your questions that have arisen during the pandemic.

You can find more information about Dr. Creasman’s Insight Timer class on Healing Your Inner Critic HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Dr Fournier’s Instagram meditations HERE


Are You A People Pleaser?



Dr. Ilene Cohen answers my questions about people pleasing. She discusses the difference between being nice and being a people pleaser, the causes of people pleasing, and gives an eight step guide to stopping the compulsion!

Dr. Ilene is a psychotherapist, blogger and award-winning author of the popular self-help guides, When It’s Never About You and It’s Within You. Her work regularly appears in top psychology publications.

You can buy her books HERE!

And you can read her blog HERE!


Money and Relationships



Dr. Brad Klontz sits down to talk all things money and relationships! We chat about financial infidelity, money disorders, the lies we tell ourselves about money, how to discuss money with your partner and more!

Bradley T. Klontz, Psy.D., CFP® is a Founder of the Financial Psychology Institute® and an Associate Professor of Practice in Financial Psychology at Creighton University Heider College of Business. He is a Managing Principal of Your Mental Wealth® Advisors, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Former President of the Hawaii Psychological Association. He has partnered with organizations including JP Morgan Chase and H&R Block in efforts to help raise public awareness around issues related to financial health and financial psychology.

Dr. Klontz was awarded the Innovative Practice Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for his application of psychological interventions to help people with money and wealth issues and his innovative practice in financial psychology for practitioners across the country.

Dr. Klontz has been a columnist for the Journal of Financial Planning, On Wall Street, and PsychologyToday.com and has co-authored/co-edited five books on the psychology of money. His work has been featured on ABC News’ 20/20, Good Morning America, and in USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Time, Kiplinger’s, Money Magazine, NPR and many other media outlets and professional magazines and journals.

Looking for a financial therapist? Click here!

Want to buy want of Dr. Klontz’s books? Click here!

Click here for Dr. Klontz’s Youtube channel.


What is Passive Aggression?



Signe Whitson chats about passive aggression.  We define passive aggression, talk about the different behaviors passive aggressive people employ, discuss the different levels of passive aggression, and explore what causes people to be passive aggressive.

Signe Whitson is an author and internationally-recognized speaker with 20 years of experience working with children, teens, and families.  She presents customized training workshops for professionals, parents, and students on topics related to bullying prevention, digital citizenship, managing anxiety and  anger in children, changing passive aggressive behavior, and intervening effectively in crisis situations in schools and treatment organizations

In her articles, books, and trainings, Signe provides down-to-earth, practical advice for navigating the daily challenges of living and working with children, tweens and teens.  As a mother of tween & teen daughters, Signe relates to parents on a personal level.

Signe is the Director of Counseling at The Swain School in Allentown, PA.   She is also the Chief Operating Officer of the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute, an international training and certification program for turning crisis situations into learning opportunities for children and youth with chronic patterns of self-defeating behaviors.

She is the author of six books, including:
BULLY PREVENTION

The 8 Keys to End Bullying ACTIVITY BOOK for Kids & Tweens

The 8 Keys to End Bullying Activity book COMPANION GUIDE for Parents & Educators

8 Keys to End Bullying: Strategies for Parents & Schools

Friendship & Other Weapons: Group Activities to Help Young Girls Ages 5-11 to Cope with Bullying

ANGER MANAGEMENT

How to Be Angry: An Assertive Anger Expression Group Guide for Kids and Teens

PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR

The Angry Smile: The New Psychological Study of Passive-Aggressive Behavior at Home, at School, in Marriage & Close Relationships, in the Workplace, and Online.

You can follow her on Twitter @SigneWhitson, watch clips of her trainings on YouTube, read her articles on The Huffington Post or Psychology Today, or “Like” her on Facebook.