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Healing with Purpose

Healing with Purpose

By Lydia Kasmoch + Sarah Swafford
As clinicians and self-healers, we have each spent over a decade bearing witness to the pain and resilience of the human experience. We’ve discovered that the habits and patterns we often find ourselves stuck in didn’t actually start with us; rather they were passed down from generation to generation and live within us. We are at a place in time where we have the knowledge, skills, and resources to heal our ancestral wounds unlike any generation before us. Join us in this sacred space where whole-hearted conversations lead us to deepen the awareness of ourselves and our healing journeys.
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#20: Attuning to the rhythms and cycles of life
In today's episode Sarah + Lydia engage in a personal and relatable talk about the cycles and rhythms of life. In a time where the pandemic has affected every one of our lives drastically for the last two years, they reflect on why it feels so exciting and yet so scary to leave this part of our life behind and adjust to, yet another, new normal. They discuss why fear of change keeps us stuck, adopting new habits, ways to visualize our needs, and how to reframe your narrative. Check out: Sonja Renee Taylor Follow us on IG @healingwithpurposepod We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
36:49
March 29, 2022
#19: Connecting with our Ancestors through plants with Anamist Folk Herbalist Kara Wood of Cimaruta Remedies
Episode #19 Overview:  Ancestral healing and the importance of feeling connected to your ancestors.  How Kara began her journey in ancestral healing by means of herbalism in order to connect to her ancestors heritage. Kara shares how ancestral plants, food and music are gentle and powerful ways to start our work with trauma, healing, and communication.  How we can honor our ancestors through different elements.  Plants to support our nervous systems during this time of collective anxiety due to global events.  Guest Bio: Kara Wood www.cimarutaremedies.com Follow Kara on IG: @Cimarutaremedies Kara Wood was made in Mexico, born in New Mexico and raised in California by a first generation Southern Italian American single mother who instilled in her early on: music and books are important, and we are abolitionists. Kara means black in Turkish, beloved in Italian, and friend in Irish.  She is a mother and an animist folk herbalist who helps folks deepen and activate the ancestral connections inside their bodies. Kara believes that we hold the ancestor realm inside of our bodies. That the elements, the plants, the trees and mushrooms are our ancestors and it all comes down to energy exchange. Epigenetics, Mythology, and Living Folk culture direct and inform her work.  She is committed to collective liberation, reparations and rematriation; shifting culture away from white supremacy, away from injustice and intolerance. Kara holds a BFA in fine art and documentary photography and was part of the first Cecemmana cohort, Ancestral Apothecary's three year clinical herbal certification program. **On today's episode, Kara mentioned she is traveling to Sicily this summer and wanted the share the organization, Radici Siciliane, that she is traveling with.  Final thoughts: Follow us on IG @healingwithpurposepod We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
56:36
March 14, 2022
#18: Being Antiracist: Where to begin and how to talk to our children about it with Viridiana Rubio
Episode Overview: Sarah + Lydia are joined by their friend and colleague, Viridiana Rubio, in an open and honest discussion about anti-racism work. They talk about how their experiences, personally and in the workplace, along with research, education and awareness building has helped them to understand the importance of having conversations about race and differences with children. Discussing these difficult but necessary topics will help the children in our lives to better navigate their curiosity and develop positive connections to our collective diversity.  We can each do our part in anti-racism work and help to create social change.  Guest Bio: Viridiana Rubio Viridiana is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and a Registered Play Therapist in the state of Texas. She received her masters in education from the University of Texas at El Paso in guidance and counseling in 2011. She has been working with children, adolescents, adults and families for over 10 years in the city of El Paso, TX and has been trained in many therapeutic approaches, including Sensorimotor psychotherapy, EMDR, and Child-centered play therapy. Viridiana approaches her clients as holistic beings and helps them build awareness to explore wounds and trauma to allow a person to achieve healing within themselves. Currently, Viridiana is a clinician at the Comprehensive Care Center where she serves the students of the YISD. She sees children from ages 4-19. At her side practice, The Root Counseling also services adolescent and adult clients. Resources from Today's Show: Main references: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi Project Implicit 100 Children's books to help talk about Racism + Discrimination Films/Documentaries: I am not your negro 13th Teach us all Rat Film Uncomfortable Truth 10 much watch Black History Documentaries 26 Mini-films exploring race, bias and identity with students Youtube Videos: Systemic racism explained How to talk to kids about race Sesame Street (colors of me song) Why do we have different skin colors? Follow us on IG @healingwithpurposepod We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
57:41
March 01, 2022
#17: Encanto: A deep dive into the cycles of familia Madrigal
Episode Summary: Sarah + Lydia discuss ancestral trauma and how it is represented in the relatable, emotional, and heart-warming Disney movie Encanto. They break down and explore the main themes and characters in the movie to help us to understand ourselves and our family dynamics so that we can do our part in healing generational trauma. They will also discuss how the burden of ancestral trauma is passed down through many generations and isn’t created by one of us alone. Exploring the role each of us has in building awareness of the patterns, and actively working to reroute our thoughts and behaviors to break harmful family cycles. Episode Details: [3:22] Abuela Madrigal. Introduction of the family matriarch and her role in perpetuating the family's ancestral wounds. [11:47] Mirabel. Our main character and unintentional cycle-breaker. [18:22] Luisa. Arguably the most relatable character to many; she is the strong, independent, overachieving woman who holds so much on her back. [25:30] Bruno. A misunderstood character who brings to light hard truths and realities that Abuela does not want to face. [35:56] Isabella. The perfect, people-pleasing, rule follower. [40:43] Conclusion and Summary. Abuela reveals her traumatic experience to Mirabel.  As this occurs, Mirabel is able to understand how the experiences shaped her grandmother and subsequently the rest of the family over many decades. The episode addresses the importance of ancestral trauma and the curiosity necessary to have conversations that move us toward healing. References: It Didn't Start with You - Mark Wolynn Follow us on IG @healingwithpurposepod We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
49:57
February 14, 2022
#16: Connecting with your Sensory Self with Kelly Martin of Playroom Lubbock
On this week's show, Sarah + Lydia are joined by their friend and colleague Kelly Martin, LPC-S, Registered Play Therapist of Playroom Lubbock.  Kelly shares about the 8 sensory systems, how they present in our bodies, and ways to cope with under/over active sensory systems.  In the episode, Kelly mentions a quiz to determine if you might be a Highly Sensitive Person and you can find that here.   Kelly Martin is a counselor, play therapist, college professor, and mother of 2 sons. She works with children and parents at her private practice in Lubbock, TX.  She fulfills her sensory needs through yoga, CrossFit, soft blankets, and essential oils. IG: @playroomlubbock Website: http://www.playroomlubbock.com/ Follow us on IG @healingwithpurposepod We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
48:01
January 27, 2022
#15: Sarah + Lydia share their biggest lessons in 2021!
In the final episode of 2021 Sarah + Lydia share their biggest lessons in 2021 and it get's real deep! This year was yet another strange collection of days and months with many twists and turns and hidden lessons.  Listen along as we get vulnerable and share how this year has impacted each of us.   Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindfulwellness.ep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com
48:40
December 28, 2021
#14: Why asking for help is so hard
In today's show Lydia + Sarah talk about asking for help and why it's so d*mn hard sometimes!  We polled our IG community recently and share the most common reasons why people don't ask for help.  And we bet you'll identify with some of these too!  Come along with us on this journey to understand what keeps us from reaching out to those around us and how to start practicing the act of receiving love more in our daily lives.  Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindfulwellness.ep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com
36:39
December 22, 2021
#13: 6 tips to thrive during the holidays
We know what you're thinking ... the holidays are a lot!!! There's gatherings, gifts, food, more food, more gatherings, and more presents to wrap.  It's easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of it all.  So today, Lydia + Sarah offer you 6 tips to THRIVE during the holidays.  We've got this!  Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
28:53
November 24, 2021
#12: Boundaries: Holiday Edition
It's almost that time of year - the holidays!  In today's show Lydia + Sarah talk through the areas we most need boundaries during the holidays.  Join us for a beautiful show to help us all live our best holiday lives with those we love.   Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindfulwellness.ep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com
42:12
November 16, 2021
#11: Expectations Vs. Reality
In today's show Lydia + Sarah explore expectations versus reality.  Often life does not turn out how we plan it and that can lead to confusion, guilt + shame, and internalizing the reasons as to why we are not where we think we "should" be.  Lydia + Sarah share stories from their own lived experiences as well as tools for how to cope when life doesn't go how we plan it.  Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindfulwellness.ep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
47:06
November 01, 2021
#10: Exploring Romantic Partnerships
In today's show Lydia + Sarah explore harmony, disharmony and repair in romantic partnerships.  Join us for real life examples, and insights in building strong foundations in a romantic relationship.  And tools to help us repair our relationships when we are in a state of disharmony.   Tools: The Sound Relationship House by Drs. John + Julie Gottman Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindfulwellness.ep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
44:06
October 20, 2021
#9: Learning to communicate assertively
In today's show Lydia + Sarah discuss the intersectionality of assertive communication, self-regulation and community.  Join them for some tools, personal examples, and laughter in learning (and stumbling!) how to understand ourselves and our patterns of communication more deeply.  Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindfulwellness.ep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
46:35
September 29, 2021
#8: Healing patterns of anger
In today's show Lydia + Sarah process anger: where is comes from, how we can understand it and ways to cope with it.  Anger is one of the more prevalent and socially acceptable emotions in our society.  It has been normalized as a way to express oneself because we see it in TV, movies, and often, the homes we grew up in.  Healing patterns of anger involves our ability to regulate ourselves, co-regulate other in relationships, self-express in healthy ways, cope with the waves of anger and understand our own ancestral traumas.  Join us for this important discussion! Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
45:10
August 16, 2021
#7: Discovering our needs
In today's show Lydia + Sarah check-in about many of the things that are happening around us today; COVID-19, its impact on our mental health, Simone Biles, relational communication, and ways to meet our needs in these constantly changing times.  Tune in for another great episode of Healing with Purpose! Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com
47:17
August 02, 2021
#6: Boundaries 101
In today's show Lydia + Sarah discuss boundaries.  Over the past 18 months setting boundaries has become more necessary with the presence of COVID19 and our ever-changing world.  Listen in to hear Lydia + Sarah's tips for how to know you need a boundary, and how to set it.  And if you want to learn more about boundaries we recommend this book, Set Boundaries, Find Peace by Nedra Glover Tawwab.   Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
43:24
July 23, 2021
#5: How to deal with your feelings
In today's show Lydia + Sarah discuss ways we can cope to help us deal with our feelings.  Anxiety, depression.. these are all part of our modern lives and we need tools to help us navigate the complex emotions we encounter.  Lydia + Sarah share stories from their own lives and offer two new tools, relational resourcing and containment, to add to your toolbox.   Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com
45:40
July 06, 2021
#4: Understanding Negative Thinking Patterns
In today's show Lydia + Sarah explore automatic negative thoughts, and mindfulness-based tools you can use to cope and reframe them.  They offer personal experiences to demonstrate how cognitive distortions show up in our lives and practical ways to work through them. EPISODE TOOL: Cognitive distortions list Working through a negative thought: Identify the trigger (situation):  Identify the automatic negative thought (ANT): Identify the thinking trap (from the cognitive distortions list): How strongly do I believe this ANT from 1-100? Where’s the proof this is real/happening? With this proof, what does it tell me? How can I reframe this with a positive automatic thought (PAT):   FOLLOW US ON IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
46:49
June 21, 2021
#3: Guilt + Shame
In today's show Lydia + Sarah discuss shame and guilt.  They offer personal stories of how shame and guilt have presented themselves in their own lives and some helpful reflections to get to the root of negative thinking patterns and habits.  Next episode will be a follow up to today's and will cover negative thinking patterns.  Hang onto your journal reflections because we will use those next episode!!  Episode Tool: Journal exploration for Guilt: Guilt may sound like____ Guilt may look like ____ Guilt may feel like ____ **Notice in your life what comes up in each of these categories and use that to help you in the next section What is one thing that you really want in your life right now?  How is guilt preventing you from getting that thing?  What is one small thing you could do to help you reach this goal? Journal exploration for Shame: Shame may sound like ____ Shame may look like ____ Shame may feel like ____ **Notice in your life what comes up in each of these categories and use that to help you in the next section What is one thing that you really want in your life right now?  How is shame  preventing you from getting that thing?  What is one small thing you could do to help you reach this goal? Negative thinking patterns to be on the lookout for: “I have to do everything perfectly.” “there is no room for error.” “I should have done more, it’s all my fault” “I am not lovable” “I am taking up too much space” “I said too much” Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
46:33
May 31, 2021
#2: Being in relationship with others
In today's show Lydia + Sarah discuss love and belonging and boundaries and how those fit into being in relationship with others.  They share real life examples and offer some great tools towards the end of the show to help you assess where you are in the relationships in your life.   Episode Tool: Grab a sheet of paper and turn it landscape.  Create 5 columns with a header for each column:   Column 1: True believers: these people make up your fan club and celebrate your successes with you. Column 2: Confidants: these people are your sounding board. you can talk intimately with them about your life and your path. Column 3: Way showers: these people are your role models, people you know or admire from afar. Column 4: Messengers: these people deliver valuable information to help provide you with forward momentum.  Column 5: Naysayers: these people are often negative, critical or unsupportive about your life and choices.  Think about all the people in your life and write which column would they fit into.  Then, spend some time reflecting on this.  Is there someone who is close to you that is really a negative force in your life that causes you to question yourself?  Do you have more true believers who have your back than you realized?  Get curious!  Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
33:18
May 17, 2021
#1: Being in relationship with yourself
In today's show Lydia + Sarah share the story of how this podcast came to be, discuss the COVID19 pandemic and its impact on us, and share thoughts and ideas about how to be in relationship with yourself.  Here are some of the tools and journal prompt we discuss in the show: Journal/Reflection Questions: How am I talking to myself?  How do I show myself love? How do I prioritize my needs? Where do I need boundaries in my life + relationships? Tools: If your self-talk is negative, stop yourself and act as if you are talking to a friend instead.  What would you say to your friend if they were going through this same thing? Shame voice versus guiding voice.  Ask yourself which you are using.  First step after you listen to this podcast is to be aware of how you are speaking to yourself. Give your shame voice and guiding voice a name.  If you don't want the shame voice to run the show today close your eyes and visualize yourself putting that voice (person) in the closet and actively choosing not to listen to it today.   Follow us on IG: Lydia Kasmoch, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @thrivecounseling.ep Sarah Swafford, LPC, Registered Play Therapist @mindful.wellness.counselingep We'd love to hear your feedback.  Please leave us a review and if you have topics you want us to cover on the pod email us your ideas at healingwithpurposepodcast@gmail.com **And remember, the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this Podcast are for general information only and any reliance on the information provided in this Podcast is done at your own risk. This Podcast should not be considered professional advice or used as a replacement for therapy. Intro music by: The Monocle Twins - The road to life
37:19
April 20, 2021