Holidays can bring up all sorts of emotions. Some, we can handle and use our own skills to manage. While at other times, we struggle, can’t get ourselves out of a rut, and may need some help to get through. No worries, we got you covered here at Chubby Therapy and we want to help! This weeks’s show, we share our Top 10 Ways to Survive the Holidays. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth

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One of the best parts of my life is being a dad but, I also know that my experience was different from others. I sat down with two friends, Joseph Robles and John Constante, to openly discuss how we navigate fatherhood in today’s social climate. This is a great conversation for dads, old and new. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

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This week’s show is all about Divorce. We sit down with Dr. Jantel Jordan, of Great Life Counseling Center, and she shares with us her expertise in working with couples in addressing this arduous topic. We cover issues leading up to a divorce, cultural influences, her method in working with couples, and so much more. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Dr. Jantel Jordan (Facebook)

Great Life Counseling Center

 

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Todays episode is a solo show with me and we’re talking about some basic communication tips that could help how you enter into a conversation. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember of #FeedYourMentalHealth.

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Today’s show is all about Mentoring. Chris Ice, of the G.O.A.L. Program, shares with us his journey from “service industry all star” to educator/game changer. Chris shares with us his engagement into a community with the intention to give kids a chance when others did not. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and I know you will too. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

 

GOAL Program Website

GOAL Program Facebook

GOAL Program Instagram

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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 #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Drug Prevention Resources (website)

Drug Prevention Resources (Facebook)

 

 

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This a shorty this week friends! Check out what North Texas Giving Day is all about and find out where you’d like to donate on 9/20/2018. Plus! Listen to see if you won the free tickets to go see Veronica Garza perform this Friday in Dallas. Like, share subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

North Texas Giving Day

Drug Prevention Resources

Dallas Comedy House

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Today, we are joined by comedian Veronica Garza as we discuss the relationship between Comedy and Mental Health. Veronica discusses how the stage helped in various areas of her life and art. Plus, we have a special ticket giveaway to see her in Dallas on September 21. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Veronica’s Instagram

Veronica’s Twitter

Veronica’s Show @ Dallas Comedy House on 9/21/2018

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This week’s show is an in-depth conversation with a friend who decided to quit his job and follow a dream to cycle all around the world. Daniel “D-Mex” Diaz-Alcaraz discusses what lead to that decision and why it’s so important him. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Veni Vidi Bici (Follow Daniel’s journey through this blog)

Imagine Nation 914 (Follow for music updates)

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Hey y'all! Took a break from shows but we're back with another phenomenal conversation. I had been seeking out new guests for upcoming episodes and Justyn popped up like a beam of light. Justyn Smith is a Licensed Professional Counselor and lead clinician at the Queer Center located in historic Montrose in Houston, Tx. Justyn discusses his work with the LGBT community and his journey into becoming a therapist in this candid conversation. Like, share, subscribe and as always, remember to feed your mental health!

The Queer Center 

 

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Today we are joined by my old practicum instructor, and Chubby Therapy Alum, Adriana Gil-Wilkerson MS LMFT. I met up with her while we were at the Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference and in this conversation, you get an inside look at how therapists think when we are in a session. We talk about stance, the importance of being curious towards clients, and all the great work she is doing at the Houston-Galveston Institute. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHeath. 

Adriana Gil-Wilkerson

Houston-Galveston Institue

Our Lady of the Lake University - Houston

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Anger management isn't all about deep breathing and working on inner peace. It's when you dig deep with a professional like Shannon Purtell LPC and find out a number of different sources of that anger. Check out her program below and all the great work her team does. Today's show is sponsored by Garcia Mental Health, LLC. Like, share, subscribe and as always, remember to feed your mental health.  

Shannon on Psychology Today

CALM Program

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Goals can be a touchy subject. I feel like it’s a term thrown around a lot but not necessarily defined thoroughly. We cannot discuss goals if we don’t talk about motivation to change and of course, how to actually define them. This show discusses the SMART method and what to know when you go into that first session. Like, share, subscribe, and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Article on SMART Goals

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When I have great conversation, I get a natural buzz that lasts and makes me feel phenomenal. And, that’s EXACTLY what I got when I left the office of Eboni Harris and Eliza Boquin of Melanin and Mental Health. We covered topics ranging from cultural competent counseling, sex, and how communities can be impacted from natural disasters.

These trailblazing clinicians have developed a national database for mental health professionals of color. Listen to how it came about and be sure to like, share, and subscribe. And as always, remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Melanin & Mental Health

Eliza Boquin’s website

Eboni Harris’ website

Room for Relations Podcast

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Hey all! This is a short episode. Just my personal thoughts of whats been going in the country in the past week. Would love to hear your feedback about it and hope we can begin a dialogue to understand each other. Much love from me, Rene aka The Chubby Therapist. #FeedYourMentalHealth

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This marks our most intimately honest episode to date. I sit down with Ashley Caballero, founder of Sparkle Mental Health Connection. If you've followed the show at all, you know I am no stranger to non-profits. We need them and we need to know they are in our cities to offer help to those who need it. Ashley gives a raw and honest testimonial of how suicide touched her life and how Sparkle Mental Health Connection was established. Like, share, subscribe and as always remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

Sparkle MHC Facebook Page

Sparkle MHC Instagram Page

Sparkle MHC YouTube Channel

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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)

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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

Bridging Harts

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Today, we talk about the kids. I'm joined by an old pal of mine, Lora Kingsley who has a private practice in Southlake, TX with Compassionate Solutions. We discuss her work with children and more importantly her work with parents. 

Remember to email me with show suggestions on topics you want to hear about. Like, share, subscribe and as always, remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth. 

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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.

Like, share, and subscribe and remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth. 

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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

Like, share, subscribe and remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth

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Our guest for episode 12 is Dr. Cheryl Edinbyrd! She gives us a great intro into Holistic Therapy approaches and how it differs from traditional therapy. Find out how yoga and eating right can impact your mental health. 

You can find out more information by going to Dr. Edinbyrd's website and if you're in the DFW area and are interested in scheduling an appointment, you can find her contact info here

And as always, remember to feed your mental health!

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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. 

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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:

unloco

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

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So, it's been a while my friends! We're joined today by Dr. Viviana Coles of the Texas Sex Therapy Institute and Texas Relationship Therapy. We discuss what becoming a Certified Sex Therapist means and how it can assist in both individual and couples therapy. Plus, you get a sneak preview of Dr. Cole's book.

We're officially on Stitcher and iTunes so now downloading and subscribing is easier than ever! Share with your friends and remember to feed your mental health!

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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.

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:

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
#FeedYourMentalHealth
#FYMH
#AMM

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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!

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.

 

RG
#FeedYourMentalHealth
#FYMH

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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.

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 her WTF on facebook and sign up for their newsletter, 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.

 

RG
#FeedYourMentalHealth
#FYMH

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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.

Guiding Compass Blog

Association for Play Therapy

 

University of North Texas Center for Play Therapy

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder , or PTSD as it’s more commonly known, has become a household term. You’ve probably heard about it or even know someone who has experienced it, but few of us really know the impact it has on the human body or psyche.

I have a strong opinion about the need for psychological health services, and for military personnel I feel it is vital. Very few of us know the extent at which these men and women go through during their service and more importantly the lives to which they return. I want to be clear, as it is in the episode, this is not a political issue. The care of one human over another is absurd. This is as a specific population, as any other, who needs specialized care.

Dr. Ross Stewart, founder of the Brain and Body Wellness Center, brings over 40 years of experience in various fields regarding mental and physical health. Below are ways to get in touch with him:

Dr. Stewart’s Facebook
Dr. Stewart’s Twitter
Dr. Stewart’s LinkedIn

Here are some resources if you know of any service men or women who are in need of help:
Support for Women Veterans
Military Veteran Peer Network

 

Please share this episode and always, you can reach me at ChubbyTherapyPod@gmail.com. If you have any questions for Dr. Stewart or anything involving this show, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you and as always, #FeedYourMentalHealth. 

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As 2015 begins, we all make that ridiculous list of promises: save more money, make better choices in relationships, and of course….GET HEALTHY! So what do we do? We go out, buy new shoes, new work out gear, a new water bottle, and sign up for your gym membership.

So why do we do this? What is the purpose? Is healthy living solely for the physique? How does it affect our mental health?

Eating Disorders are extremely common and can be a hard to understand. A lot of the times when we think about being “addicted to food,” it’s often said in jest and not taken too seriously. Well, that’s why I brought in my first guest to Chubby Therapy Podcast, Rachael McBride.

Listen to how she discusses everything from thigh gaps, food as comfort, and learning to trust our bodies. Below are ways to get in touch with her:

Rachael McBride website
Racheal’s Twitter
Rachael’s Facebook
Rachael’s e-mail

rachael

Please share this with a friend who you feel might benefit from the conversation and please send me an e-mail if you have any questions, requests for future shows, and how this episode may have helped you. And  most importantly…….remember to #FeedYourMentalHealth.

RG

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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:

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/whentoaskforhelp.asp

http://psychologytoday.tests.psychtests.com/take_test.php?idRegTest=3040

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!

Email me at ChubbyTherapyPod@gmail.com

 

RG 

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Wow everyone, this is it! Welcome to the Chubby Therapy Podcast. I am your host Rene Garcia, and I must say that I am very pumped about this whole world I’m entering into. The idea of starting a podcast has been on my mind for a very long time, therefore I am trying my best to not just abandon it there in obscurity as I do with my other half finished projects.

I want this podcast to be a guide to a toned down, simplistic view of psychology, therapy, and counseling. I also want to hear from you, the listeners on how the show can be helpful for you. I have a number of colleagues that have expressed a desire to sit in for interviews so hopefully we’ll get to answer some questions you already have.

 

Please share this site with friends and anyone else you feel may benefit. I’ll be adding and editing media the next few weeks so go easy on the looks of things but please enjoy this first show! I appreciate any and all feedback. You can reach me at ChubbyTherapyPod@gmail.com. RG

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