Ep 28: Preventing The Damage Before It Begins ft. CEO Becky Vance

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Prevention is a word we need to be familiar with if we plan on seeing real change towards substance abuse. Join CEO Becky Vance of Drug Prevention Resources and myself as we discuss how she has dedicate her life to Prevention and her journey leading this incredible non-profit. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMental Health.

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Drug Prevention Resources (website)

Drug Prevention Resources (Facebook)

Ep 17: This Show is Not About Food (Eating Disorders) ft. Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD LCDC

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I am beyond happy to welcome back episode 3’s guest Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD LCDC as we talk about Eating Disorders. She is a great pal as well as a wealth of information as a Registered Dietician. We discuss common misconceptions, stereotypes, screening, as well as tips for loved ones to assist identifying Eating Disorders and how to open a conversation about it. Like, share, and subscribe and as always, remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Rachael McBride MCN RD/LD LCDC’s website

The Elisa Project

IAEDP Foundation (The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals)

Episode 16: PsychoDrama ft. Stephanie Coker

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This episode is an intro into Psychodrama with one of my favorite clinicians I’ve ever met, Stephanie Coker LCSW LCDC CDWF. Psychodrama is a therapeutic approach that allows the client to physically engage in the counseling process. Stephanie gives us a great introduction on what Psychodrama is, how her background in improv influenced her work, and the benefits of this approach. Please like, share, subscribe and remember to feed your mental health.

Stephanie Coker’s Website

American Society of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama Dallas Workshop

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Episode 14: What’s with the onion? A systems conversation.

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Since the first day I opened my private practice in February 2017, I’ve been asked why I chose the onion as my logo. Today we discuss how the onion represents the different systems we live in and how each layer plays a role in our life.

E-mail me what layer of your life needs to be heard or addressed

Harlene Anderson’s Conversations, Languages, and Possibilities.

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Episode 13: Suicide Awareness w/ Foundation 45

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Suicide has been more and more in the news in the past month and we’re lucky enough to have an incredible non-profit organization who is doing something about it. This episode, we are joined by Foundation 45. It was created in honor of two of the the three founding members of the incredible band Spectre 45 who committed suicide.

We’re joined by Lauren O’Connor, Peter Thomas PH.D, and Jen Sturges. They share their experiences with suicide, misconceptions, warning signs, and how Foundation 45 is making a difference.

Upcoming Events w/ Foundation 45

NAMI Walks for Mental Health

National Suicide Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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Episode 11: Student Roundtable 1 ft. the Bi-Lingual Practicum Team of Our Lady of the Lake University Houston

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We go back to school with Our Lady of the Lake University Houston! I was proud to sit down with the Bi-Lingual (Spanish/English) Practicum Team and pick their brain about being a psychology student on their way to becoming a fully licensed clinician.

Visit Our Lady of the Lake University Houston to learn more about the program and admissions.

The Houston-Galveston Institute continues to serve the Houston area and if you aren’t in need of services, please consider donating as they have remained a non-profit giving to the community.

Also, I was proud to be featured on La Verdad Podcast last week about mental health. Check out my interview and subscribe to their show.

Big shows coming up soon so stay tuned! And as always, remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Episode 10: Making a Rockstar ft. Joey Duenas unloco/Anew Revolution

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This episode we go into the mind of a Rockstar who just so happens to be a family

member. Experience the downs and ups that come with being on stage in front of thousands of people in this intimate conversation about mental health and being in the music industry.

You can find Joey’s music on iTunes here:

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Anew Revolution

This episode is sponsored by my private practice Garcia Mental Health, LLC. I am now accepting new clients so please either call me at 214.308.1122 or go to garciamentalhealth.com for more information. Also, check us out on facebook and instagram.

Chubby Therapy – Episode 8 Addicted to Addiction: An Introduction to Substance Use Disorders


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I want you to think of the first word that comes to mind when you hear “addiction.” What was it? Junkie. Drunk. Bum. Waste. Pain.

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Unless you have some personal history or an awareness of the community, usually the word “addiction” is followed by something negative. But, for some reason, we don’t have the same sentiments when it comes to other chronic diseases such as diabetes or cancer.

This episode is an introduction into the world of addiction and how it is perceived by society. Please know that we could spend multiple episodes on this topic alone so we this will definitely be something we come back to. In the meantime, please send me any questions you have in regards to addiction at ChubbyTherapyPod@gmail.com.

Also, this episode introduces my new segment called Analyze My Meme! Below is the first one:

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I found this on social media and am asking you a huge favor to help me gather more pictures, memes, inspirational posts that you want me to therapeutically analyze. Email them to me with the subject line #AMM.

Great to be back, I hope you’re enjoying the new format and we have some special episodes coming up this month so stay tuned. And remember to feed your mental health!

RG
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Chubby Therapy – Episode 7: It’s good to be back!


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Wow, it’s been almost two months since I did an episode. Many apologies. This was the one thing people told me NOT to do; always be consistent. And….I FAILED!

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Well, on this episode you get a little insight into what I’ve been going through in my life and why I’ve been away. Just like life for everyone, my journey comes with ups and downs. I recently found out I was diagnosed with gout and have had a really tough time getting to the “acceptance” phase of the disease.

I know I’m being melodramatic about the whole thing but it definitely impacted me. Dare I say…depressed me. But, I’m doing something about it. That something is getting a show favorite, Rachael McBride, involved. You remember her right? If not, check out my interview with her. She’s got me drowning in water and vegetables, but it’s to save my life so it’s cool.

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I’m also updating my format. I realized the long interviews were not doing my message justice, especially once a month. SO…with a renewal in my dedication, I am now committing to releasing one episode a week. That day is still undecided, but it will either be Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll let you know.

Finally, I want your input on the new segment of mine. It’s tentatively called “memes that annoy me.” Also, if you have a better referral for the title, I’m all ears. This will be a section here we breakdown memes, inspirational pictures, and general internet anecdotes that tend to get passed around on social media sites with a psychological perspective.

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I need your help, so please send me whatever you got and I’ll choose one per episode.

Thanks for your support, please spread the word, and as always remember to feed your mental health.

 

RG
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Chubby Therapy – Episode 6: Kathy O’Keefe with WTF – Winning The Fight presents “Not Me”


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As a therapist, one of the things they tell us to avoid is using clichés. I believe the same is true for writers. They tend to lose their meaning and a lot of the time are blocking the person from truly feeling their experience.

For instance, making “lemonade out of lemons.” Living in the US, you hear this phrase quite often but I feel it loses its meaning when used so redundantly. Except when it comes to Kathy O’Keefe. I had heard about her prior to meeting her. The chemical dependency field in North Texas tends to be pretty close and supportive of each other. So, when you here about a mom who lost their son to an overdose who created an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to addiction, you pay attention.
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Then, you meet her and she ABSOLUTELY delivers! *insert glass of lemonade*

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Far from shy of giving her opinions, Kathy is a Chicago transplant living in Texas via California. She founded and is Executive Director of WTF – Winning The Fight. Her organization is well known in the North Texas area and is making an impact beyond, most recently with their new documentary “Not Me”. Check it out:


Please follow WTF – Winning the Fight on facebook and check out their calendar of events. The events they hold are great, informative, and give you hope that we are moving in the right direction. Below are links, and as always please share with your friends, family members, and loved ones who you think this may help.

WTF Facebook
Contact WTF Directly
Kickstarter for documentary “Not Me”

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