Category: Communication

71: Growing Up Queer; My Journey to Authenticity with John-David Brown

  [add paragraph space in libsyn] Bullies, insecurities, shame, and understanding sexuality were just a few challenges growing up queer in a small, rural town. John-David Brown shares his experience of the internal struggles he faced growing up a…

69: “Raising Body Positive Teens” with Co-Authors Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

  Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera talk food, movement, weight, and body image with co-authors of the book “Raising Body Positive Teens.” Join the conversation as Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal crush “diet culture and…

68: Using Missed Opportunities to Practice Self Awareness

For two therapists who bring nearly every episode back to self-awareness, it seemed only right to dedicate an episode to reflecting on a missed opportunity to address an important topic. Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera vulnerably practice self-awareness, reflect on how they navigated a sensitive topic from a previous episode, and remind us that even therapists can make mistakes.

 

Resources mentioned:

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:

Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com.

 

What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast:

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.

Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts:

Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don’t worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com

Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com.

Disclaimer:

Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!

Social Media Links

Instagram @therapistsuncut

Facebook @therapistsuncut

Credits:

Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business.

Voice Over by Alexia Gloria

65: How To Make Friends

Making new friends as a kid is expected but making new friends as an adult can come with its own set of challenges. Join licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they break down ways to make and keep good friends including rebuilding meaningful relationships, acknowledging that it’s okay to outgrow friendships, and reminding yourself that it’s okay to make new friends.  

 

In this episode we talk about: 

  • Why some of us struggle with making new friends as adults 
  • Why some of us find it easy to make new friends 
  • Outgrowing friendships 
  • Setting healthy boundaries 
  • Strategies to make and keep good friends 

 

Resources mentioned: 

Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health more relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. 

 

What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: 

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by three off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.  

Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: 

Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don’t worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com 

Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. 

Disclaimer: 

Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!  

Social Media Links 

Instagram @therapistsuncut 

Facebook @therapistsuncut 

Credits: 

Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business 

Voice Over by Alexia Gloria 

64: Catching Acts of Kindness

In an effort to highlight some feel-good moments in a physical and digital word of transition and unrest, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera reflect on moments when they observed or experienced selflessness, generosity, and genuine kindness.  

 

Therapists Uncut Challenge: 

Be intentional about noticing acts of kindness and reflect on how this intentionality impacts your mood and perspective.  

 

Resources mentioned: 

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:  

Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. 

 

What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: 

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.  

Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: 

Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don’t worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com 

Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. 

Disclaimer: 

Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!  

Social Media Links 

Instagram @therapistsuncut 

Facebook @therapistsuncut 

Credits: 

Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business 

Voice Over by Alexia Gloria 

63: Confessions of a High Functioning, Anxious Therapist

  In the spirit of normalizing therapy and making mental health relatable, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera get real about their own mental health. Join the conversation as they each share how they came to the realization of just how much their own…

62: Secondary Traumatic Stress: Know When the Traumatic Experience of Others is Negatively Impacting You

  Now that we’ve spent time talking about how to recognize trauma and battle burnout in the workplace, it’s only fitting we move right into how to recognize signs of Secondary Trauma. Secondary Traumatic Stress can be any combination of…

61: Battling Burnout in the Workplace

 

High rates of employee burnout are documented in industries including healthcare, human services, and first responders. More recently, the battle with burnout is now reported across industries including tech, manufacturing, law, education, and hospitality, to name a few. Join licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they describe signs of burnout, explore how burnout symptoms can negatively affect your mood, behaviors, and relationships, and challenge organization leaders to assess their own resources for addressing burnout.  

 

In this episode we talk about: 

Burnout is the extended period of physical and/or emotional exhaustion, it can almost feel like you’re on autopilot as you navigate your workday. If your industry or organization already struggled with high levels of burnout, the pandemic likely exacerbated those levels. In this episode, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera discuss 

  • What is Burnout 
  • Cognitive, physical, and behavioral signs of burnout 
  • Using self-awareness and input from others you trust to help you determine your own burnout levels 

 

Resources mentioned: 

We’ve pulled together any resources mentioned in this episode and put together some links:  

If you notice you are experiencing signs of burnout practice self-care, healthy habits, and self-assessments to help you decide where you are and where you want to be physically and mentally. If you recognize recurring bouts of burnout, you may need to assess how to implement healthy coping and anticipatory coping skills that will help you deal with and work through work-related stressors or evaluate your employment overall and whether or not it’s time to search for new opportunities. For a burnout assessment resource, click on the link below. 

https://proqol.org/proqol-measure 

Listen to Therapists Uncut episodes for tips on self-care, positive coping skills, and evaluating whether or not “To get or not to get the F*** out of Dodge.” 

Thank you for allowing us into your lives and helping us make mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation! For more information or to access all episodes visit TherapistsUncut.com. 

 

What is the Therapists Uncut Podcast: 

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is a light-hearted, informative self-help podcast for grown-ups. It is hosted by off-the-clock therapists hoping to validate your experiences, normalize therapy and therapists, and help you prioritize your mental health.  

Who are the Therapists Uncut Podcast Co-Hosts: 

Nikki Young is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Nikki keeps it personable and professional. Yet, she always manages to keep the Therapists Uncut family and followers laughing. You may find her squirreling through topics, stories, or jokes, and all in good fun. Don’t worry because someone will bring her back around to the conversation. Nikki is a licensed marriage and family therapist in her private practice located in Modesto, CA, and she is also a Crisis Junkie at heart. In addition to being co-owner of a group private practice, she is also a crisis clinician responding to local mental health crisis and emergencies. Learn more about Nikki at catalystcounselinginc.com 

Alyssa Najera is co-host of Therapists Uncut and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Alyssa is typically calm and composed on most days, but often has difficulty containing her excitement about the little things in life. She loves to laugh, spread positivity, and is often caught with a smile on her face. Alyssa is also a Child Welfare Services social worker and supervisor alumni, previous child sexual abuse forensic interviewer, trainer and consultant, and CEO of a group private practice in the small town of Oakdale, CA. Learn more about Alyssa at smalltowncounselingca.com or alyssanajera.com. 

Disclaimer: 

Thank you for joining Therapists Uncut, a production of AMP Smart Business. To learn more about Therapists Uncut and stay up on upcoming episodes, please subscribe and follow us on social media. As a reminder, although the Therapists Uncut co-hosts are licensed therapists, they are not your therapist. This podcast is not intended to substitute professional mental health counseling. If you need professional therapy, please contact your local provider or primary care provider.  Thanks for listening and we’ll see you on the next episode of Therapists Uncut!  

Social Media Links 

 Instagram @therapistsuncut 

Facebook @therapistsuncut 

Credits: 

Therapists Uncut is a production of AMP Smart Business 

Voice Over by Alexia Gloria 

60: When And How To Be Assertive

  Assertiveness is the skill of expressing your needs and opinions in a confident, non-confrontational. For some, this skill comes naturally. Yet, for others, can be a struggle. Why is that?  Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera define…