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What happens in Vegas is not staying in Vegas! I am here to share with knowledge about relationships, addiction, parenting, depression, anxiety, self esteem, and life, based on my experience as a therapist for the past 17 years in Las Vegas. I will also be having guests come on to talk about real life issues and their healing and recovery!
 
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In this episode I tackle the topic of the Shadow Self. This concept was introduced early in Psychotherapy history by Carl Jung. The Shadow Self is the part of us we want to hide from the world. For some it is our dark side, others it may be a hurt or trauma they have experienced, it can also be a feeling of unworthiness or less than, or evan a beha…
 
In this episode I explore the concept of self-gaslighting. I found this to be a very interesting concept and wanted to do a show specifically about it. One reason I did this show was that I feel we all can relate in someway to having done this to ourselves. In the episode I break down 5 ways we may be self gaslighting. I also help identify people w…
 
In this episode I tackle the topic of comfort zones. Much of the episode is based on the book by Jordan Tarver, You Deserve This Shit. Our comfort zone can be both safe and toxic at the same time. Our evaluation of where we sit in that is needed constantly. Complacency is the obvious way we get stuck in our comfort zone, but even complacency has nu…
 
In this episode my guest Anita Monodu shares with us her 5 step process for helping clients live a shame free life! Those steps include sharing your story, manifesting who you want to be in life without shame and embodying and living a shameless life. A key component to letting go of shame through sharing our story first and foremost with ourselves…
 
In this episode I welcome Tony Overbay to the show. Tony is a fellow therapist and podcaster, he host the Virtual Couch and Waking up to Narcissism podcasts. In addition he offers his Magnetic Marriage course to couples. We discuss pitfalls couples fall into and Tony talks about his 4 pillars of communication. While discussing his pillars we also b…
 
This episode is taken from a presentation I gave to a group of couples at church. I was invited to speak on strengthening our marriages/relationships. I talk about 5 things we can do to improve our relationships. Topics include: Intimacy, Goals, Caring, Expressing Love, and Expectations. I hope you enjoy! Follow me on Instagram @thevegastherapist o…
 
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month. In this episode I will discuss 5 things we can do to improve or maintain our mental health. Treat yourself with kindness, surround yourself with good people, learn how to deal with stress, set realistic goals, and get help when you need it. These will all be discussed, including the need to embrace our hum…
 
This is a tutorial video to help youth develop a more positive mindset in connection with sport performance. Things like dealing with failure and disappointment, positive mindset tools, understanding expectations and identity, and the development of your why will all be discussed. The principals and ideas shared can be utilized in a number of diffe…
 
In this episode I discuss what trauma responses can look like, some of which may surprise you! In an article written by Dr. Melissa DeBose Hankins she talks about the correlation between Will Smiths reactive response at the Academy Awards and his personal trauma, making the connection that what we saw ultimately was a trauma response. She makes a c…
 
In this episode I look at the benefits of seeing our survivor/story. There is a story in all of us and we need to honor that. Each of us had to overcome obstacles in our life, those challenges have given us strength and skill. Maintaining a victim mindset with our story keeps us stuck in our problems. Positive change is more likely to occur when we…
 
In this episode I “geek out” a bit over the topic of shame! Shame is a battle for each of us in some way! We all have our triggers for it and it tends to come from old core negative beliefs we have about ourselves. My hope for this episode is that we can all be better at managing our shame, rather than it control us. I discuss what our shame levera…
 
In this episode I share with you my presentation I gave at the Hope and Healing Workshop. The workshop was dedicated to mental health and addiction recovery. It was a great event with many wonderful presenters. The first part of the presentation contains some overlap from the last episode, the difference being I share more case examples. Then I tal…
 
In this episode I tackle the topic of Radical Honesty. It is the practice of telling the truth about things both large and small, especially when doing so exposes our flaws and entails consequences. The first part of the episode is spent discussing the consequences of lying and what it does to our psyche and self esteem. Then I talk about the 3 Ben…
 
In this episode I share an interview I did for another podcast called Nunn Talks. There was so many great things we talked about I wanted makes sure as many people as possible heard the content. Topics include how anxiety can create apathy, and why apathy can be a dangerous state for teens. We also talk about building resilience and personal compet…
 
In this episode I discuss a topic that is applicable to us all! Life Transitions, some are natural and some are thrust upon us. Either way we have to deal with them as they come. I personally have had several transitions this year: Moving, loss of a parent, 2 kids left home, and work transition. I discuss several ways we can improve our ability to …
 
In this episode I pay tribute to one of my favorite shows, Ted Lasso. I do so by breaking down a important episode on mental health. Season 2 focuses a great deal on mental health and the idea we all have stuff and the importance of working through our pain so that it does not control us! I focus on three things from the episode; Our stuff and the …
 
In this episode I sit down with Mequell Buck, she is an author, speaker, suicide survivor, and hosts a Podcast with her husband Adam. The podcast is called Thriving with Mental Illness. Mequell shares her story of dealing her mental illness (bipolar II diagnosis). We talk about the process for her to get healthy, what was helpful and not helpful fo…
 
In this episode I tackle the topic of gaslighting. This tactic is something we have most likely all experienced whether we have recognized it as that or not. Gaslighting can occur in all types of relationships (parent/child, Boss/employee, and romantic). I discuss the signs to look for as well as the stages of Gaslighting in a relationship. The Gas…
 
In this episode I welcome back Theo Fleury. Theo is perhaps best known for his time on the ice. But off the rink, his life once carried the markings of a troubled childhood, abuse and coping with emotional pain through addictive and self-destructive behaviours.Today, Theo defines himself as a victor over trauma and addiction, and a facilitator to t…
 
In this episode I talk about Loss. I recently lost my mom, who battled cancer for 2.5 years. I just wanted to share my experiences I have had over the last few weeks about grief and loss. I know I am only in the early stages of grief but there are some important things that I learned that I think will benefit anyone else going through this. As a bo…
 
In this episode I tackle the topic of self doubt! This is something we all can relate to and have had to deal with at some level in our lives. Self doubt is the mental habit of questioning your own judgement and worth. There are different types of self doubt, including indecisiveness and the Imposter Syndrome that will be discussed. Self Doubt impa…
 
In this episode I welcome my guest Rachel Wherley to the show. She is better known and famous on Instagram as @thatlittlemom Rachel has mission to promote inclusion in her social media platform. She had to work towards inclusion most of her life and wants others to know not only her story, but how we can be more open as a society and help others fe…
 
In this episode I discuss of the question of Am I good Enough (especially in the eyes of others) can consume our entire way of living. This question is unmatched in its capacity to both motivate and shame the human spirit. The source of the good enough dilemma is scarcity. Scarcity as Brene Brown describes is the never enough problem. Scarcity thri…
 
In today’s episode I welcome in Heather Quisel to the show to talk about her life.Heather has been in the mindset and personal development space coaching business owners and entrepreneurs how to maximize their talents and increase profits through belief, focus, and disciplined actions.In one unexpected turn of events, her whole life changed...and s…
 
In this episode I sit down with entrepreneur and business owner Jared Fisher (Las Vegas Cyclery & Escape Adventures). He is an avid cyclist himself and recently finished biking coast to coast, San Diego to Saint Augustine Florida. Jared shares his adventure for life and desire to live in the moment. He takes us through his 5 reasons for going on th…
 
In this episode I sit down with the owner of Friendly Giant Films and Co Author of Million Dollar Story Nic Fitzgerald. Nic is an entrepreneur who has a business that helps other entrepreneurs tell their story to help sell their products and business. He is a master at bringing out the power of our story. Nic shares his own powerful story of follow…
 
In this episode I discuss how couples can take seemingly insignificant moments and turn them into powerful connecting opportunities! Due to the daily pressures of life time is a precious thing. Taking dull and mindless routines and transforming them into a source of connection and fun takes intentionality that we often lack in our approach with our…
 
In this episode I take on the topic of resilience. I will draw from Eric Greitens book called Resilience. This is the key to a well loved life. Without some sense of meaningful struggle in our lives, something inside of us begins to breakdown, a part of us begins to die. Resilience requires us to take responsibility for our response to life. Failur…
 
My guest Justin Su’a is the Mental Performance Coach for the Tampa Bay Rays. He has also worked for the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Browns. He is the author of Mentally Tough Teens and Parent Pep Talks, and is the host of the Increase Your Impact Podcast. In this episode we dive into the topic of mental toughness and flexibility. Justin talks …
 
In this episode I sit down with Dr. Spencer Holt, a friend and former Southern Albertan! Spencer is the head of commercial learning at AstraZeneca, he hosts his own Podcast; Small Things Make a Big Difference, and is a leadership coach. We discuss his recent article Journey to Awesome and how you can develop your own awesome. Principals such as pur…
 
In this episode I will look at two metaphors and how they relate to us and our overall well-being. This episode is about taking an inventory of your current state. Are you content with your current life? Do accept your “ceiling” or do you want to break through and make this the year for change! What’s in your “closet” that might be keeping you from…
 
In this episode I welcome in my guest Janise Loveridge. Janise is one of the founders of Inspiring Intimacy Games Stuff. Their goal is to help married couples reconnect, unite, and have FUN!Their hope is that they can help other couples reconnect and enjoy being together. They have created Inspiring Intimacy Games such as: Better Intimacy/12 Sex Ch…
 
In this episode I welcome in Dr. Robb Kelly a renowned addiction consultant who believes in treating the problem of addiction, not the symptoms. He has worked for many years helping addicts and alcoholics to RECOVER their lives from the disease of addiction. Based on his own experiences working with addicts and alcoholics over the last 20 years. Dr…
 
In this episode I delve into the psychology of gratitude. I have always thought gratitude was a good thing to practice but I have never really looked further into the full benefits it can have on us. Gratitude has a huge impact on the brain and positivity, it helps us feel less pain, have healthier relationships, and numerous other benefits! I will…
 
In this episode I will discuss how we manage the discomfort in our lives. In many cases we manage it by finding ways to avoid it! Some of those ways may be healthy and some unhealthy. However, avoidance only makes the discomfort worse. I will discuss consequences to avoidance and the benefits of facing our discomfort sooner. As Brene Brown says we …
 
In this episode I discuss a recent podcast episode titled “Day 7.” Dax Shepard, the host of the Armchair Expert shares about his addiction relapse and now has seven days of sobriety! My question to the audience is what is your Day 7 issue? What is something in your life that you are not sharing or holding a secret about that is weighing you down? W…
 
In this episode I will continue with the theme for suicide awareness month. I will be discussing 5 myths associated with suicide. Also what we can do to help prevent the possibility of suicide. This includes things like knowing the signs and talking about suicide in a proactive manner. I also give suggestions for ways we can help those struggling w…
 
In this episode I welcome in my guests Ben Olsen, Dakota Lotus, and Sophie Pecora. They are all singer, song writers and actors! They are 3 teens who recently released a song written by Ben called Choose to Stay. The song is being promoted in connection with Suicide Prevention Month. The song wonderful, inspiring, and has a great message for those …
 
Had the pleasure of having Dr. Benjamin Hardy on the podcast. He is the author of Personality Isn’t Permanent. We had a great discussion about personality development, the impact of trauma on personality, rewriting your story, and the development of your future self. You won’t want to miss. We also discussed how meaning is shaped during emotional e…
 
In this episode I welcome in my guest Pam Heggie. Pam is married, and is a mom to 7 children, she is a High Fitness Instructor and most importantly an advocate for mental health and therapy. Pam has experienced significant loss in her life, first with her brother, then she lost her twin boys who were born premature, and most recently she lost her d…
 
In this episode I will tackle the topic of low grade depression. Earlier this week Michelle Obama acknowledged she had been dealing with what she called “low grade depression.” She also spoke about the things that she felt were contributing to her depression. I will define low grade depression or what I often refer to as situational depression and …
 
In this episode I will be discussing 3 components of Trauma. 1. The science of trauma, which includes understanding how the brain is impacted by trauma. In reference to the book The Body Keeps the Score areas impacted include the amygdala, the frontal lobe, and thalamus areas. The result of damage to the brain is we misinterpret dangerous situation…
 
In this episode NHL Legend Theo Fleury joins the podcast. Theo’s resume includes a World Junior Championship, a Stanley Cup Champion, and he helped Canada win a Gold Medal at the 2002 Olympic Games. He is also an author, his books include “Playing with Fire” and “Conversations with Rattlesnakes”. He is a speaker and a relational trauma expert. You …
 
In this episode I will be discussing the development of mental toughness with young athletes. My guest, former 1st round draft pick, Chad Hermansen weighs in on the topic. Chad has developed a program for young athletes called Mental Edge Training (www.mentaledge.training). You can also find him on YouTube as he interviews and number of coaches and…
 
In this episode I will be taking on the coping strategy of avoidance. This age old strategy is problematic on so many levels. Avoidance is provoked when our emotions move beyond our comfort zone and our mind tells it’s the easy way to avoid pain! Long term avoidance compounds our difficulties and restricts our capacity to feel... www.thevegastherap…
 
In this episode myself and my guest, fellow therapist Tyler Rich, discuss the emotional obstacles men face. We try and debunk the Guy Code, where sharing our emotions is considered weak. We discuss the beliefs and stories we have about our emotions and why sharing them requires us to break down these stories.. Toxic shame is another hot topic we ta…
 
In this episode I will be discussing why what we are feeling right now is most likely grief! Each of us have experienced a number of loses during this pandemic, whether it’s the loss of freedom, a job, a long awaited moment, or even an actual person. The losses are many and the grief is real. I will discuss David Kesslers book Finding Meaning and h…
 
In this episode I pay tribute to mothers! I talk about the psychology and importance of a mothers love. I also have my mom as a guest. She will share her story of raising 5 boys, her passion for running, and how she has battled cancer twice! Her determination and perseverance is an example to many. She has inspired many along her path of life and I…
 
In this episode I interview Ayelet Shipley, podcast host of Get Out of Bed, Out of your Head. She is a therapist, a coach, and entrepreneur. She is also wise beyond her years. In the episode she will be sharing her struggle with anxiety as well as tips for those who may be struggling as well. We discuss overcoming feelings of brokenness, being hone…
 
People are starting to feel the stress of being locked away! In this episode I will be sharing a variety thoughts about feelings, coping, priorities, and a choice or decision we will have when the quarantine comes to an end. A short but sweet episode! @thevegastherapist
 
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