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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Then, you meet her and she ABSOLUTELY delivers! *insert glass of lemonade*
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.
Being a parent has been an enlightening experience for me. I do this thing where I like to observe being around other parents, and taking notice of how they are with their kids. Some I envy, and some I do not.
But, one thing that is bound to happen, is a parent speaks to the child as if they are able to comprehend exactly what they did was wrong and how it offended the parent. I think as a parent, I am completely guilty for expecting my daughter to know how to express herself, even at the age where she can read full books.
Play Therapy is not about giving the child a voice, but more so giving their voice an arena and a microphone. Episode 5 focuses on Play Therapy and how we use it to address issues with children. I lucked out that I got a “2 for 1” deal at Guiding Compass Counseling in Flower Mound, TX. Dr. Julie Ballinger & Dr. David Huffman share not only this office, but their passion for using Play Therapy in their practice.
Check out their play room:
If you have any questions, please contact them @ 972-432-6500. Below are some helpful links we discussed in the show.
This is a very common question I get, even when I have been working with someone for a long period of time. And in all honesty, it is one of the hardest questions to answer. I’d love to say that you really don’t need a reason to go to therapy, but that’s not the case. I think at times problems are transformed into greater issues, which results in us feeling inadequate or unable to handle what was once something pretty manageable.
Does this episode answer the question when to get help? Well, it does and doesn’t. One thing I want you to get out of this episode is that it isn’t about finding the right help, but more so finding the appropriate help.
Here are some great resources for answering this question as well:
Thanks for checking out my podcast. Give Episode 1 a sample so you can get to know me more. I’m still working on the recording and editing side of this so any feedback or advice would be great. Also, this website is the only place you find my podcast at the moment. I’m working on art work and designs so I can submit to iTunes. That should be coming soon. Until then, have a great rest of December and I’ll see you in the New Year.
Listen to the show to hear what episode 3 will be about!