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Women In-Depth: Conversations about the Inner Lives of Women

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 the emotional and psychological well-being of women. We will be cultivating conversation around the entire experience of being a woman, with all its different aspects.
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Dec 1, 2017
Welcome to the podcast! Today’s episode will be a little different, because I am not interviewing everyone else, it will just be me. I am delighted to share the top 6 Women In-Depth podcasts for binge and emotional eating, as put together in a blog post by my dear friend and colleague Jodie Gale. 
 
Jodie has a private practice in Sydney, Australia and is a Soul-Centred Psychotherapist, Eating Psychology Specialist, and leading specialist in women’s emotional, psychological and spiritual health and well-being. 
 
A few quick announcements: 
 
*I’m very excited to share that Women in-Depth has been downloaded over a 110,000 times in over 130 countries! It’s incredibly moving and humbling to see how the podcast has grown and is making a difference in the lives of listeners. Thank you so much for your support in this process; and for listening and sharing the podcast.  
 
*I’m  taking a much needed break from releasing any new episodes until after the New Year. This is something I plan to do twice a year to rest, recharge, spend time with the family and get into a creative space for planning future episodes.
 
Finally, Meeting Your Shadow, a five day self-guided exploration of shadow, will be available at a discounted Holiday rate until December 31st, 2017 at 11:59 (Pacific Standard Time). 
 
 
Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth
Nov 24, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Jake Thiessen, PhD, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with a private practice in Lemoyne, Pennsylvania.   

Jake’s orientation to psychotherapy is existential and experiential.  What that means is that he believes the most productive focus of therapy is on the here-and-now as opposed to the there-and-then. Granted, we are all, in many ways, the product of our history. As a result, it is often important to explore events from the past.   

Gathering information about the past and the patterns of behavior that were established then can be very useful and informative. But, the only place we can affect change is in the present. So, his primary interest is in how one experiences one's self and others in the present. 

Although he frequently works with individuals, Jake’s primary interest is in relationship difficulties. As humans, we are essentially relational and emotional beings. Because of this, he works with couples whenever possible.  

Jake believes change occurs most efficiently in the context of an intimate relationship where we have an opportunity to feel accepted just as we are. Most of us want to feel that no matter how messed up we are, we are still lovable and deserve respect. Psychotherapy offers a safe environment to address those things that keep us from feeling loved and respected. 

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Nov 10, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Melanie Greenberg PhD, who is a practicing psychologist, author, speaker, and life/business coach, with more than 20 years of experience as a clinician, professor, and researcher. 

A recognized expert on stress management, and health and relationship challenges, she draws on neuroscience, mindfulness, and positive psychology in her work, blending science with mindful wisdom and heart-based compassion practices. Melanie seeks to educate, support, heal, and inspire her clients helping them to realize their full potential.  

She is the author of The Stress-Proof Brain (New Harbinger) – an Amazon bestseller in Neuropsychology, Stress-Management, and Health. She also writes The Mindful Self-Express blog, which has over 8 million page views, for Psychology Today.  

Melanie has delivered talks and workshops to national and international audiences, businesses, non-profits, and professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and The Bay Club, A popular media expert, she has been featured on CNN, Forbes, BBC radio, ABC News, Yahoo, Lifehacker, and the Huffington Post, as well as in Business Insider, Self, Redbook, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Day, and Marie Claire.  

She has also been interviewed on numerous radio shows and podcasts. With almost 50,000 followers, Melanie was named one of the 30 Most Prominent Psychologists to follow on Twitter by the British Psychological Association. 

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Nov 3, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to welcome back Daniela Paolone, who is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Westlake Village, CA.  

Daniela specializes in supporting people living with chronic pain, illness, anxiety, and depression. Their unique challenges aren’t understood by those who haven’t experienced these issues. She’s here to deepen our understanding and awareness, because many of us have loved ones who are facing these challenges.  

Daniela has worked as a therapist for the past seven years in many settings. That includes working at a non-profit agency, in schools, and in private practice.  

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Oct 27, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Julie Bjelland, LMFT.  

Julie specializes in working with the highly sensitive person (HSP), anxiety, couple's communication, self-esteem, and the LGBTQ community.  

Her passion and expertise is in neuroscience and determining how to successfully train the brain so people can live their best lives. Her most recent book Brain Training for the Highly Sensitive Person: Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Overwhelming Emotions, has received beautiful reviews from world-renowned psychologists Tara Brach, PhD, Rick Hanson, PhD, and Ted Zeff, PhD.  

As a licensed psychotherapist in California, Julie enjoys working with clients in her private practice and continues to expand her work by developing online brain-training courses; coaching the highly sensitive person globally; supervising interns; serving as a consultant to mental health professionals; working with parents of highly sensitive children; and serving on the advisory council for global sensitive leaders.  

Julie loves her work and uses her deeply intuitive and empathetic abilities to truly connect with clients and students and to support them in getting to know and celebrate their authentic selves. It’s beautiful to be a part of the change that helps people live remarkably better lives. 

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Oct 20, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Jonice Webb.  

Dr. Webb has been a licensed psychologist since 1991, and has worked in a variety of different settings over the course of her career, including a psychiatric emergency service and substance abuse programs.  She has been the Director of several large outpatient clinics.  For the past eight years, she has been enjoying her private practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, specializing in the treatment of couples and families. 

Dr. Jonice Webb has been interviewed on NPR and over thirty radio shows across the United States and Canada about the topic of her book, Emotional Neglect, and has been quoted as a psychologist expert in the Chicago Tribune. She writes the popular Childhood Emotional Neglect Blog on PsychCentral.com. 

Over two decades of practicing psychology, Dr. Webb gradually started to see a factor from childhood which weighs upon people as adults.  This factor is extremely subtle.  In fact, it’s so difficult to see that it goes virtually unnoticed while it quietly saps a person’s joy in life, causing him or her to struggle with self-discipline, or to feel disconnected and unfulfilled.  Dr. Webb gave a name to this invisible factor from childhood.  She calls it Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN).™ 

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth/

Oct 13, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am very delighted to be joined by dreamer, writer, and artist Toko-pa Turner. 

Toko-pa was born in a farmhouse in Devon, England by a midwife to poet-parents. Because they liked the music saying it made, they named her after the Maori deity, Toko-pa, who is the “Parent of the Mist” according to the Maori creation myth. 

She came to Canada at the age of four, where her grandparents settled after the war in Poland, and was raised in a Sufi community in Montreal. 

Along with yoga, meditation, Sufi dancing and singing, dreaming was an everyday part of her culture.  From a very young age, Toko-pa was encouraged to share and explore her vivid dreams. 

In her early twenties, Toko-pa toured with a band, eventually recording her first original album. It wasn’t until her mid-twenties that she returned to the mystical teachings of Sufism and the study of dreams. She became deeply interested in Analytical Psychology and did a 3-year internship at the Jung Foundation of Ontario, while pursuing her studies in spirituality, mythology and shamanism. 

In early 2001, she was awarded a scholarship to study with psycho-physiologist and lucid dreaming expert, Dr. Stephen LaBerge, in Hawaii. She spent the following year writing a documentary series, “Awake and Dreaming” which was picked up for development by Vision TV. 

Blending the mystical tradition of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreamwork, Toko-pa founded the Dream School in 2001 from which hundreds of students have since graduated.  

Toko-pa has been interviewed by CNN News and BBC Radio and has a community of over 100,000 online readers. Her writing has been published worldwide, and she is currently releasing her first book “Belonging” which explores the themes of exile, and the search for belonging.  

Sometimes called a Midwife of the Psyche, Toko-pa’s work focuses on restoring the feminine, reconciling paradox, and facilitating grief and ritual practice. You can find Toko-pa on her beloved Facebook page “Dreamwork with Toko-pa” or on her website at toko-pa.com. 

Oct 6, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am delighted to be joined by Dr. Ellis Edmunds, Psy.D. who is licensed psychologist in Oakland, California.

Ellis spent much of his childhood playing board games, card games, and video games. As a graduate student, he became interested in using games in a therapeutic context. In his training, he focused on learning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness and continues to practice ACT with his clients. He also continues to love games and plays them regularly.

Ellis was born and raised in Oakland, CA and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology in 2009. Ellis received his Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in San Francisco in 2013 where he wrote his dissertation on teaching mindfulness to socially anxious young adults. He has worked in community mental health, college counseling, and various Bay Area schools helping people from a variety of backgrounds improve their mental health and live more fulfilling lives.

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Sep 29, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I am joined by Anita Johnston, Ph.D. who is the Director of the Anorexia & Bulimia Center of Hawaii which she co-founded in 1982 and is the Clinical Director and the Founder of the ‘Ai Pono Intensive Out-Patient Eating Disorders Programs in Honolulu and 'Ai Pono Maui, a residential treatment facility in Maui. She is also Senior Clinical Consultant to EATFED intensive outpatient program in Sydney Australia. 

Dr. Johnston developed Hawaii’s first inpatient eating disorders treatment program at Kahi Mohala Hospital in 1986 and is an expert in treating a wide range of eating disorders. 

She is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling which has been published in six languages, and the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Cafe, an online e-course and support circle http://www.lightofthemooncafe.com 

Dr. Johnston has a private practice specializing in women’s issues and is a recognized international workshop presenter, lecturing widely to professional organizations, universities, medical institutions, and the community at large. 

In her work, she uses metaphor and storytelling in addition to her training as a clinical psychologist to explain the complex issues that underlie disordered eating behavior. 

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Sep 22, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Susan Winter (Allowing Magnificence and Older Women/Younger Men). Susan is a bestselling author and relationship expert specializing in higher thinking for an evolving world. She writes, speaks and coaches on cutting-edge partnership models as well as traditional relationship challenges from a platform that fosters self-esteem and personal empowerment. 

Having graduated from Indiana University’s School of Music, her experience as a professional communicator led her from Opera singer to On-Camera Anchor. Transitioning from the stage to TV, Susan became the host/moderator of Corporate Profiles on FINANCIAL NEWS NETWORK (now CNBC). Prior to that position, she spent a decade as the On-Camera Spokeswoman for over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies. Susan is the recipient of numerous awards in the field of business communications. 

Given her vast media expertise, she’s worked as a Consultant for the TELEVISION BUREAU OF ADVERTISING, MIRAMAX FILMS (Tadpole), and in strategic alliances with MCGARRYBOWEN’s Fortune 100 clientele. Aware that foundational shifts in social consciousness alter consumer preference, Susan’s understanding of human behavior helps her clients anticipate trends while connecting to the heartbeat of their customers. 

Susan’s first book, “Older Women/Younger Men” quickly became an international bestseller as it opened the hearts and minds of readers’ worldwide to the validity of this type of age-gap love. Susan’s second book, “Allowing Magnificence” completely reframes how we view life’s challenges, empowering the reader to reconnect with the limitless power they already possess. Susan is currently a contributing writer for The Huffington Post and The Good Men Project. 

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepthh

Sep 15, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Venessa Rodriguez. Venessa is a certified holistic and integrative nutrition coach, practicing functional nutrition. That means she uses food as medicine and creates a roadmap to better digestion, more energy and healthy weight management that’s totally unique to YOU. 

Her path to integrative nutrition and holistic health began when her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. That’s when she truly witnessed the healing power of nutritious foods and a well-balanced lifestyle. After 5 long years of treatments, triumphs, ups, and downs… she lost her beautiful mom Norma. It was the most difficult and transformative time in their lives, and it taught her more than she could ever imagine. 

Her mom's journey taught Venessa that we are the stewards of our own health and must be our own advocates; that food truly is medicine; that positivity, happiness, and love are more potent healing tools than anything else; that every day truly is precious so we better live like we mean it; and that we can’t do it alone.

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Sep 8, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Anna Osborn, LMFT. Anna Osborn, LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist and relationship specialist in Sacramento, California.  Anna works with individuals and couples to restore connection, heal trust, improve communication and increase intimacy. Anna gets the privilege of seeing folks transform their relationships and begin to live a more happy, connected, and loving life.  

As hard as it is to admit, we are our relationships. Whether we are in an amazing relationship, a lonely one or an unhealthy one, it has a profound impact on success in all areas of our lives. Specializing in relationships over the past 10 years has allowed Anna to work with folks leaving abusive relationships to singles seeking out "the one", to couples wanting to improve their relationships, and even divorced parents struggling to maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship.  

As a psychotherapist and relationship specialist, she knows the profound impact that working on our relationships has on improving all aspects of our lives. Anna sees the folks that she works with improve their primary relationship and then experience amazing success in their professional lives, their hobbies, and their friendships.  

Anna practices in the vibrant town of Sacramento, California and loves having a practice there and having the opportunity to work with diverse people who are successful in their professions and want to have that same success reflected in their relationships.

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Sep 1, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Katie Ortlip, RN LCSW & Jahnna Beecham, authors of the book “Living with Dying:  A Complete Guide for Caregivers.”  

At this moment in the U.S., nearly 10 million people over the age of 50 are caregivers for a parent or loved one. They are often overwhelmed trying to handle health emergencies, confusing legal matters, and prepare for the worst, while trying to live their own lives.  

Given there wasn’t a guidebook for death, Katie always wanted to write a sort of “Death for Dummies,” because it was sorely needed by her patients and their families. Being a writer, Jahnna said, “Let’s do it together.” It was at this time that Jahnna’s 90-year-old father was told his long-dormant prostate cancer had spread to his bones. She became his caregiver; Katie became his hospice social worker; and their writing journey began. 

Katie Ortlip is a Hospice Expert on SHARECARE, Dr. Ahmet Oz’s online health and wellness platform that provides consumers with expert information to help them lead healthier lives. She is also the co-author of Spiritual Tools for the Dying, a booklet distributed by Asante Health Care of Oregon to patients on hospice.  

She received her nursing degree from Santa Barbara City College in 1982 and then spent three years working in neonatology at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City and Mary Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in Hanover, New Hampshire.  

Jahnna Beecham most recently edited National Geographic’s Science Encyclopedia, which was released in the fall of 2016; and was a contributing editor for National Geographic’s The Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds.  

For the past 15 years she has been a contributing writer and editor for Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader—both the adult books and For Kids Only. Under the pen name Jahnna N. Malcolm, Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner have written more than 130 books for juveniles and young adults for Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, Random House, HarperCollins, Bantam and others. 

Full show notes available at lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Aug 18, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Dr. Sharon Cohen who is a Relationship and Love Consultant in Newport Beach, California.  

She specializes in rational communication strategies and the social dynamics of men and women. Her primary mission is to help women gain the skills to attract and keep long-lasting love. A sub-set of that mission is to get women inspired to attract the love they desire. Her expertise and life experiences spark awareness and prompt change in her clients. 

Using an educational and action-oriented program, Dr. Sharon’s clients see their interactions and relationships in a whole new light. With this new-found awareness, her clients free themselves from their past mistakes in their dating, relationships, and life so they can now relax into love. Dr. Sharon graduated from UCLA (B.A. in Sociology; Business and Administration concentration), USC (Master in Social Work; Families and Children concentration) and the University of Texas at Austin (Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., School of Social Work). 

She was in charge of the Outpatient admissions process at Seton Shoal Creek Hospital in Austin, Texas. Included programs: a Substance Abuse & Addictions Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and an Adult (Mental Health & Well-Being) IOP. She’s worked for start-up companies, music festivals, as a social coordinator and much more. All these experiences add to the secret sauce that makes Dr. Sharon who she is.

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Aug 11, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by April Snow, a psychotherapist in San Francisco, California who wants to help you heal your past wounds, embrace your true self and begin to thrive again. 

In an effort to survive the struggles of early life or cope with present-day stressors, we often become disconnected from ourselves, needs and innate internal resources. We also may lack connection and nurturance during these difficult times, making them even more challenging to navigate. 

April's own journey towards emotional healing and growth has come most easily through safe connections with another. By offering a compassionate and supportive atmosphere suited specifically to your needs, she aims to be that safe place for you to explore your deepest feelings without judgement.  

April helps her clients explore these areas of deep suffering or disconnection; their current impact; and how the impact prevents them from living fully. April truly believes that when we can begin to feel, we can finally begin to heal.

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Aug 4, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Lisa Marchiano, LCSW who is a Jungian analyst, writer, and mom. She has a private practice in Philadelphia, PA, and is on the faculty of the Philadelphia Jung Institute.  

Lisa has a particular fondness for fairy tales and what they can teach us about relating to our inner lives and leads workshops on fairy tales nationally.   She enjoys running an online workshop for mothers that explores how being a mom can be a catalyst for personal growth.  

Lisa holds a BA in history from Brown University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She trained as an analyst with the Inter-Regional Society for Jungian Analysts. 

Lisa has taught across the United States on fairy tales and related topics, and is the Seminar Director for the Philadelphia Jung Institute. She is currently writing a book on motherhood as a psychological growth opportunity.

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Jul 28, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Elizabeth Cush, MA, LCPC who is a therapist in Annapolis, Maryland. She works with people whose stress and anxiety overwhelm them, and they don't know where to start and find it hard to ask for help. 

What prevents you from living your life with ease and purpose? Maybe you're feeling stressed out, anxious, overwhelmed, and disconnected from yourself and the those you're closest to. You've been able to manage your stress and anxiety by keeping busy, you're always moving, but recently that just feels exhausting. You would like to know yourself better, to show up in your life in an authentic way, but you're not sure how to do that. 

Elizabeth helps you fully engage with yourself and others in more meaningful ways, to show up more fully, and live your life with more intention and purpose. She provides support, encouragement, compassion, and guidance to help you move toward the person you want to be.

Full show notes available at - http://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Jul 21, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by coach, author and artist, Ruth Bleakley-Thiessen.  

Ruth was born in Northern Ireland and now lives in the north of Germany. Before her life as a coach, she studied Communications Design and did freelance work as a designer, illustrator, artist and entrepreneur.  

She is the mother of three adult sons. After the birth of her third son, she experienced a “vegetative exhaustion” -  which propelled her into a long search for herself, which has become an ongoing journey.  

Ruth became a certified Journey Practitioner and has worked for thirteen years with clients of all ages. Ruth has been called the “Protectoress of Authenticity” -  helping others to live authentically from the truth of who they are; clearing out blocks; unhealthy habits; and issues that make people shut themselves down.  

As a coach, teacher and writer, working with women in her private coaching sessions and mentorship programs, Ruth is fiercely committed to guiding her clients to achieve extraordinary results through the use of the Journey method. Her deepest passion is to help women transform their pain of low self-esteem, lack of confidence, eating disorders, body confidence and weight issues, fertility, miscarriage, abortion, emotional and health issues, abuse, grief, depression, physical issues, intimacy issues, relationship or family concerns - into an opportunity to reinvent themselves and experience new possibilities. 

She has written six books, including Woman Rise and Shine, a simple path for women who want to be themselves and Flown the Coop, a guide to dealing with transition when the kids leave home.  Both books come with workbooks to assist you in your own journey.   

Ruth has also written two children's books: Snotme:  The Unicorn who thought he wasn't a Unicorn and Nuffin -The Land Where Feelings are Not Allowed.

Full show notes available at - http://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Jul 14, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Dr. Elizabeth Bonet who is a certified hypnotherapist with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Elizabeth Bonet helps people feel more emotionally stable, happier and more connected to their partner, friends, and loved ones of their choosing. No one wants to feel bad about themselves or their parenting. She helps you feel better and more stable about both.

She specializes in hypnosis for a variety of problems and chronic conditions, such as if are you feeling overwhelmed or anxious, having physical symptoms due to psychological problems or trauma in your past, chronic pain, IBS and even if you just want to stop smoking.

She has also been a yoga teacher for over 15 years and was the founder of the award-winning Yogafairy Prenatal Yoga company, won The 2014 Top 100 Leading Moms in Business Award, and ran the company for close to 15 years before selling the company in May of 2016. Her prenatal yoga classes have been repeatedly featured in the Sun-Sentinel and the Miami Herald. She has two kids, a cat and a rescue dog who she loves to walk.

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Jul 7, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Jocelyn Mercado, a transformational life coach, author, holistic health consultant, and environmentalist. She worked in finance and project management for over 15 years before taking the leap to leave the corporate world and begin her coaching and consulting career, and she has never looked back!

Jocelyn has been studying indigenous wisdom, shamanic practices, and earth-based healing methods for years.   She has experienced major life shifts that have led her to develop a life coaching method based on the following ideas:   1) we must heal ourselves first; and then 2) connect with others and help others to heal.  In this way, we will find our innate power to change the world.

As a transformational life coach, Jocelyn works with visionary clients all around the world to help them discover their life's purpose; break free from everything that holds them back; launch their inspired vision or new business to the world, and turn their skills as a healer or teacher into a financially sustainable business.

Jocelyn helps people to connect to their heart's truth, and then redesign their lives so they can spend more time (or all of their time!) doing what they love and what they are meant to do in this precious and beautiful lifetime.

Her website, Sacred Planet, was created to connect a global community of visionaries, revolutionaries, and thought leaders who are unified by the knowledge that we CAN and we MUST work together to create a brighter future for ourselves, our children, and the next generations of beings on our beautiful planet.

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Jun 30, 2017

Welcome to the podcast! Today I’m very excited to be joined by Galen Fous, MTP.  Galen is considered one of America’s leading sex educators, psychotherapists & sex researchers on understanding the unconscious psychological dynamics of kink, fetish and D/s-BDSM sexuality. 

Galen is the author of two books: “Decoding Your Kink – Guide to Explore, Share and Enjoy Your Wildest Sexual Desires” and “The Sharp Edge of Love – Extreme Sex, Mythic Passion, Primal Intensity.”  

He regularly presents at sexuality related conferences, lectures at universities and grad schools on sex-positive topics, and has been interviewed in numerous media for his innovative views on conscious sexuality and the nature of fetish sexuality

Galen frames his scholarly understandings of sexual identity and expression in the contexts of myth, history and the mediating power of social and psychological constructions. His contributions are made more powerful with his compelling sense of the contemporary and rapid shifts in what is and isn’t sexually taboo.

As a therapist, Galen helps his clients shift from compulsive, dishonest, risky sexual behaviors to authentic sexual expression, and heal from the decades of fear, shame and judgments that held their authentic desire back.

Full show notes available at - https://lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

Jun 23, 2017

Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast! This week I’m delighted to be joined by Laurel Moll, who is a lifestyle writer, dancer, fitness instructor, and co-owner of the inspirational t-shirt company Golden Rhino.

She was born and raised in Florida and has also spent several years living and working in New York City. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, VitaMix Blog, Quiet Revolution, TinyBuddha, Mind Body Green, and more.

Laurel's latest book, Following Fear: How I Faced 30 Fears and Learned to Trust the Unknown, is a memoir about how the curious events of the summer of 2013 inspired Laurel to stop following her bliss and start following her fear. This collection of intimate short stories about facing 30 of her biggest fears shares the journey of learning to trust everything that happens—the wins, the heartbreaks, the embarrassments, the deepest disappointments—and to find safety in the unknown.

Following Fear offers a fresh approach. Instead of encouraging readers to get rid of their fears and be fearless, it looks more at what happens when you are willing to take yourself to the edge; see what’s underneath the fears; and learn to love the experience of growing through your discomfort.

It shares its unique message by telling 30 honest and vulnerable experiences of one woman who never expected to become the brave one.

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

May 26, 2017

Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast.  This week I’m delighted to be joined by psychotherapist Tiffany McClain, who speaks to me about the taboo subject of money, our feelings toward it and the importance for us to have boundaries and a sense of safety.  

For Tiffany, watching her parents level up was… interesting. In some ways, they equipped her mightily for success! In other ways – not so much. With a generation of poverty, violence and societal racism on one side of the equation and rigid, fundamentalist Christian conservatism on the other, she had a herculean cargo of doubt, insecurity, confusion, and mistrust all combined with a devastating fashion sense. 

Being an in-the-flesh product of two extremely opposite worlds led to the feeling that she was an outsider in every situation. So, she did what any fun-loving misfit does: she became a psychotherapist. 

But first, she had to overcome huge external, but more importantly, internal, barriers that kept her from going after the life of freedom that she wanted – for herself, her family and the people who she is so stoked to serve. Though the doubts once felt insurmountable, she finally came to learn that battling forces inside could lead to fundamental paradigm shifts – shifts that stand to change the course of one’s life.

Full show notes available at - lourdesviado.com/womenindepth

May 18, 2017

Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast.  This week I’m delighted to be joined by Dr. Kat Kaeni about the issue of Maternal Mental Health, which is all about maternal mental health during conception, pregnancy, miscarriage or loss, birth and postpartum.

Dr. Kat is a psychologist who helps her clients find ways out of suffering or confusion and into wellness. People go to her psychotherapy practice when they are struggling with things in their life and want to feel better.

Her style of working with people is to be real and keep therapy down to earth.  In her sessions, she uses compassion, insight and empathy in addition to education and training to guide healing. Her belief is that therapy should not be a mysterious process. She believes that we all have the ability to get better. Sometimes we just need a little help, and sometimes we need a lot of help.

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May 11, 2017

Welcome to the Women In-Depth Podcast, this week I’m delighted to be joined by Mia Quaglia who speaks to me about divorce, how to overcome it, ways in which to support others going through it and what thriving can look like at this difficult time in a woman’s life.

Mia started Divorce and Thrive after she was a woman in a divorce situation after being married for 25 years. She felt lost and didn’t know where to turn, even as a therapist. Now she feels the need to help others with what they’re feeling. She also wants to walk them through steps that help them recover. Divorce and Thrive is for women that are in the process of going through their divorce, or have been divorced and are still going through grief or the healing process.

The Divorce and Thrive Academy and Coaching, will provide resources and a safe place to process your own unique situation. You’ll be able to find yourself again, be more empowered, and become more resilient. You’re not alone, there are other women going through the same process, and I can help you with the use of my programs and support.

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