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Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free

Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free

By Melissa Clark
Hi! I’m Melissa Clark, a professional counselor. In this podcast, we’ll be talking about different topics related to mental health from a Christian perspective. You’ll be hearing from experts in the field, my personal friends, and sometimes - just me sharing my stories and perspectives on these topics.
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Getting Good with Money : Jessi Fearon :: [Episode 83]
Are you struggling with your relationship with money? The good news is that being good with or getting better with your money does not have to be difficult. On the show today, I'm sitting down with Jessi Fearon, author and personal finance coach, to take about getting out of debt, understanding your spending motivation, and getting started on your way to becoming free from debt.  Jessi Fearon seeks to challenge, encourage, and equip women to take the steps they need to achieve financial freedom. Jessi firmly believes in living a real-life on a budget and that personal finance is, in fact, personal. She seeks to help others learn how to make their money work for them.  Jessi has written guest posts for popular websites like DaveRamsey.com, MSN Money, MoneySavingMom.com, Clark.com, TheHumbledHomemaker.com, Popsugar.com, and HuffPo. She and her family make their home in the Atlanta area. Things we discussed :  1. Jessi's story of how they became debt-free  2. The importance of getting good with money 3. The types of spenders and what motivates them  4. Ways to get started on your journey to debt freedom  Ways to connect with Jessi : Website Instagram Facebook  Pick up a copy of her book - Getting Good with Money 
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January 21, 2022
Say Yes with Scott Erickson :: [Episode 82]
If you feel things aren't going as planned, this episode is for you. In this episode, we are talking with Scott Erickson.  Scott Erickson is a touring painter, performance artist, and creative curate who mixes autobiography, aesthetics, and comedic narrative to create experiences that speak to our most profound stories. He is the co-author of Prayer: Forty Days of Practice and May It Be So, the author of Honest Advent, a spiritual director to brave women and men, and a professional dishwasher for his food-blogging wife. Scott lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and three children. Great things we discuss:  How to not give up on yourself in 2022 Two questions to ask every January to check in on how you are. Facing the Voice of Giving Up and declaring that change is possible Mental health and spiritual health practices to help you thrive  Helpful resources: Scott Erickson  Say Yes  SAY YES: A Liturgy of Not Giving Up On Yourself Blessings to you, friend! Melissa PS - if you love Thrive, please add some stars to the review and write a short review. PPS - don't forget to send email or DM questions.
40:48
January 14, 2022
Counselor on Call - Happy New Year! :: [Episode 81]
Welcome to a New Year!  We are kicking off the 3rd year of Thrive and I can’t believe it! Thank you so much for being a part of this journey. This year we are doing a year-long series: A Year of Living Healthy: sharing small, easy steps to increase your happiness, build better relationships, and feel stronger. If you are like most of us, last year hit you hard. I want to help you restore healthy rhythms to create wholeness and wellbeing. I’m starting something else new this year. Instead of doing Counselor on Call episodes, I’ll be answering your questions related to these amazing topics. Please send me in questions you have regarding your mind, physical, spiritual, emotional, and relational health. As always, these episodes aren’t meant to be prescriptive. Rather, I want to help equip, educate, and empower you to thrive in your life. Be sure to tune in next week, where we jumpstart this series with Scott Erickson and talk about his new book, Say Yes: Discover the Surprising Life beyond the Death of a Dream.  Blessings to you friend! Melissa
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January 07, 2022
Ending the Year Well with Our Kids with Michelle Nietert
Hello Friends! Merry Christmas y’all! This week, I'm sitting down with my real-life friend, Michelle Nietert to talk about helping our kids to end the year well. We also talk about what it is like to be a parent and some of the struggles that each of us has gone through this year. Michelle Nietert, M.A., Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor has been providing therapeutic interventions to children and their families in counseling offices for over 20 years. A recognized expert in Solution Focused Therapy, she is the clinical director and owner of a large counseling center in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Michelle's writing can be found on the MOPS blog, in Lifeway's Parenting Magazine and she is the Mental Health columnist for Just Between Us Magazine. To discover more about Michelle as Your Mental Health Coach, the Raising Brave Beauties podcast, and her energetic speaking expertise that empowers and inspires, please visit www.MichelleNietert.com. In this episode,  we discuss: Reviewing the year with your kids- what went well and what didn’t? How are our kids struggling with confidence and how has COVID impacted that? How to allow our kids the freedom and the voice to speak their truth. Practical tips from Michelle and myself on how to help our kids manage their own stress and anxiety. Want to connect with Michelle: Website     Instagram Resources Loved and Cherished Raising Mentally Healthy Kids Knowing God's Will  Community Counseling Associates Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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December 17, 2021
Growing your Confidence during Difficult Seasons with Amy Debrucque ::[Episode 79]
Hey Friend! Yet again, We in the middle of our series on helping you to end the year well. What went great? What are areas to improve upon so that you can be intentional to move forward? This week, I'm super excited about my conversation with Amy Dubrucque to talk about confidence, keeping our hearts and minds in the right place to avoid temptations and practical ways to move forward in our growth process. We also talk about her new book, Embolden, that Amy co-wrote with her daughter, Blair, and how the book is to support women through heartache and grief and build them up with love and growth. Amy Debrucque is a wife, mom of four, author, podcaster, and cancer survivor. She is the founder of the Life On Purpose Movement and host of the Life On Purpose Podcast where she encourages women to live on purpose instead of fear. Listen in to learn more:  Amy’s book Embolden - how it came to be and what is her hope for the book. The actionable steps and resources that Embolden offers and ways to get started with your own growth process. The things we need to be aware of before we experience growth. Ammy offers encouragement to lean into the resistance with our growth process. To connect with Amy: Email: AMY@SURRENDERYOURFEAR.COM IG @AMYDEBRUCQUE Website: AMYDEBRUCQUE.COM Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. While you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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December 10, 2021
Charting our Course with Jess Carey :: :: [Episode 78]
Happy December! Yet again, We are continuing our series on ending the year well. This week, I'm sitting down with my new friend, Jess Carey to talk about finding our Kingdom calling and purpose and following God's plan for us. We also talk about her new book, Chart a Course: Taking a Journey with God at the Helm.  Jess Carey is an award-winning author, speaker, as well as a wife, and mother of two children, She has moved more than eight times across more than 11,000 miles in the past decade,  including a stint internationally. From acting in New York to running a  business overseas, she has consistently sailed into the unknown. She is open, honest, and vulnerable in her writing and her speaking. She gives her audience permission to dream again, to forgive the past, and hope to launch into a bright new future.  In this episode,  we discuss: The idea behind the statement "If your dreams don't terrify you, they are not from God " What can we do in the midst of a season of waiting?  What does it mean to hear from God?  How does hearing from God help us to chart our course?  Resources  Books I mentioned  Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Legacy Edition by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby & Claude King Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship with God by Dallas Willard  Chart A Course: Taking a Journey With God at the Helm Find out more about Jess at her website or on Instagram  Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week!  Melissa 
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December 03, 2021
Revived & Renovated with Paige Rien :: [Episode 77]
We are continuing our series about ending the year well. Last week, we talked about letting go of disappointments. This week, we are discussing how to take the next right step.  I sit down and talk with Paige Rien about her journey as an HGTV star and her recovery from addiction.  Paige is an HGTV alum and co-author of the new book Revived & Renovated: Real-Life Conversation on the Intersection of Home, Faith, and Everything in Between. Paige talks candidly about the parallels between renovating both our souls and our homes, sharing the story of her personal journey from addiction and brokenness to restoration.  There’s one thing at the center of reclaiming and refurbishing our lives: the Gospel.  In this episode,  we talk about:  How to take the next right step Ways to find acceptance The value of restoration and renovation  The power of connection  Quotes I love  “Connection is the cure.” "My deepest wound, the wound of addiction, compulsion, self-destruction, rendered me unable to go on without God’s help. Surrender to Him and a path forward, with Him, was my only way out.” “Willingness is the fuel to start the engine.” You can find Paige on Instagram sharing about her family and home make-over projects.  Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free.  Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show.  Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. 
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November 26, 2021
Counselor On Call : Letting Go of Disappointments :: [Episode 76]
In today’s episode of Counselor on Call, Let’s talk about ending the year well and looking forward to 2022! I know that you’re thinking, but it’s only November! I believe it is important to start thinking about ending the year well so we can go into 2022 with a fresh new outlook.  So,  how do you end your year well?  The first step is to let go of disappointments that we experienced this year. Let’s be honest there were lots of things that could have been disappointments. Maybe it was a job loss? Or perhaps a health diagnosis?  Process of letting go of disappointments:  Process your emotions  Gain perspective  Identify things you’ve learned Practice self-compassion and forgiving yourself  I want you to be able to step in the purpose God has called for you. I’m super excited about the coming year, and all that a new year brings! Today all we are doing is pulling the weeds out of our growth garden, getting it ready for the seeds.  Ephesians 2:10 - “ For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.  If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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November 19, 2021
Sweet Like Jasmine : What you need to know about PTSD with Bonnie Gray
Hello Friends! I’m so excited about today’s episode and it is a special one! In this episode, I sit down with my new friend and kindred spirit, Bonnie Gray, author, speaker, and podcast host. We talk about Bonnie’s journey, the wounds of her childhood, PTSD, and her latest book, Sweet Like Jasmine. Bonnie Gray is the author of Whispers of Rest, Finding Spiritual Whitespace, and Sweet Like Jasmine. An inspirational speaker and podcast host of Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast, Bonnie touches thousands of lives using storytelling, soul care, and prayer. Bonnie’s global following of readers come to her for inspiring Christian content in her authentic, unique voice. Her writing has been published and syndicated across a broad online audience. Bonnie lives in California with her husband and two sons.  In this episode we talk about: How Bonnie overcame depression, anxiety, PTSD, and panic attacks Turning anxiety and depression as a healing superpower to build a new legacy of faith Healing the wounds of sexual assault and date rape How childhood trauma bred perfectionism Lonely no more: the importance of being vulnerable and finding belonging How to break free from the cycle of emotional exhaustion, toxic relationships and prioritize your emotional wellbeing Want to connect with Bonnie : Facebook: BonnieGray Instagram: TheBonnieGray Website bonniegray.com  Podcast : BREATHE: The Stress Less Podcast  Pick up a copy of her new book, Sweet Like Jasmine 
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November 12, 2021
Counselor On Call :: Power of Identifying Your Emotions [Episode 75]
We are wrapping our series on struggling well in the hard seasons. We heard from Sheila Walsh, Lisa Whittle, and Amanda Cunningham. If you haven’t heard those yet, I urge you to go back and listen. It has been a few weeks but I’m happy to bring you a Counselor-on-Call episode this week.  We are talking about the power of identifying your emotions. By identifying our emotions and feelings, it helps us know what we need and want (or don't want!). It also helps us build better relationships. We can’t turn off our emotions and if we try to push them away, they usually show themselves at the most inopportune times. God himself is full of emotion. There are many men in the Bible that showed emotions like Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Tips to identify your emotions: There are no good or bad emotions. It is what you do with these emotions that can help or hurt you. Emotions can hurt us when we don't listen, understand and identify our emotions. Check-in with your emotions regularly. Emotional check-ins are designed to help you get an accurate reading of how you feel. Journaling can be an effective tool to process your emotions effectively. You process your feelings and emotions because they are trying to tell you something. When you process them, it gives you greater clarity. Resources: The Feelings Wheel Episode 47: The Power of Journaling  *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.  If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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November 05, 2021
After the Diagnosis with Amanda Cunningham :: [ Episode 74]
Hello Friends! This week we continue our series on dealing with the hard things in life. Whether it is the pandemic, a health issue, or a parenting challenge, we are ALL going through something.  In this episode, I sit down with my new friend, Amanda Cunningham, special needs mom and owner of Glory Days Co. Since October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, We talk about Amanda's journey,  the unexpected Down Syndrome diagnosis of her daughter, and how she created a business while trying to manage the overwhelm as a new special needs mom. Amanda Cunningham is the founder of The Glory Days Co., a company that provides organizational tools for parents and caregivers of special needs children. Amanda’s daughter Aurora “Rory” was born with an unexpected diagnosis of Down Syndrome. Amanda and her husband live in West Virginia with their three kids. Listen in to learn more about : Amanda shares the journey of Rory’s birth and all the emotions that came along with that. Debunking the myths around why Down Syndrome is such a dreaded diagnosis Ways to support those who are raising a special needs child and how to serve them well  Why she created the Glory Days planner and how it helps manage all the chaos of doctor visits, therapy appointments, and more. Want to connect with Amanda: Website- www.theglorydaysco.com      Instagram- @theglorydaysco Resources Order your Glory Days Planner Today!  with 
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October 29, 2021
The Hard Good with Lisa Whittle :: [Episode 73]
Hello Friends!  We are in the midst of a series talking about the hard things. Whether it is the pandemic, a health issue, or a parenting challenge, we are ALL going through something.  In this episode, I sit down with my friend, Lisa Whittle to why we need to find the good during the hard seasons, how to let God transform us in the hard seasons, and discuss her book, The Hard Good.  Lisa is the founder of Ministry Strong and the popular Jesus Over Everything podcast. She has done master’s work in Marriage and Family  Counseling and advocated for Compassion, International. Wife, mom, lover of laughter, good food, interior design and, The Bible, Lisa is a  grateful work in progress.  Things that we discussed: Lisa shares her journey and passion behind her new book  You can use the hard seasons to change yourself or you can run from it The idea behind grief and joy co-existing  You don't have to agree with the loss to make peace with it  Give yourself permission to feel your grief rather than to push it down Want to connect with Lisa: You can find her on Facebook [Lisa Whittle], follow her on Instagram [@LisaWhittle] and Twitter [@LisaRWhittle], and visit her ministry community at www.lisawhittle.com.  Resources Called Creatives - Join TODAY!! 
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October 22, 2021
Holding On with Sheila Walsh :: [ Episode 72]
We’ve all been going through a hard season for the last 2 years with all the things that we’ve been dealing with.  It’s no wonder that all this uncertainty and the overwhelming sadness and loneliness have caused cases of depression and anxiety to accelerate at alarming levels. I’m so honored to have Sheila Walsh on the show today for a very special conversation about mental health. Sheila is an author, amazing Bible teacher, and television host, and, fun fact: she’s was born and raised in Scotland! In this episode, she shares her journey with clinical depression and we also discuss her new book, Holding on When You Want to Let Go, and what she has learned as she managed her depression while navigating the pandemic and Covid-19. Things that we discussed : We need to share how we are feeling and experiencing and not feel shame from it. Empathy is born out of suffering and it makes the world so much less scary. Sheila shares how to help others and sharing their burdens in a healthy way. Setting boundaries is essential to our mental health. “No”  is a complete sentence and you get to say no without a hundred reasons why. Want to connect with Sheila: Website: sheilawalsh.com Instagram: @sheilawalsh1 Order her Book - Holding On When You Want to Let Go Resources NAMI  PsychologyToday.com 
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October 08, 2021
Counselor On Call :: Suicide [Episode 71]
In this episode of Counselor on Call, we discuss the difference between active suicidal ideations and passive suicidal ideations.  Warning - this contains references to suicide and may act as a trigger to some. Please listen with caution. Suicide is a leading cause of death but continues to be misunderstood. An essential part of understanding suicide is having the proper terminology. Passive suicidal ideation occurs when you wish you were dead or that you could die, but you don't have any plans to commit suicide. Active suicidal ideation, on the other hand, is not only thinking about it but having the intent to commit suicide, including planning how to do it. Passive suicidal ideations: Defense mechanism Not a character flaw or sign of weakness Signifies that you're dealing with pain and sadness Active suicidal ideations: Giving away possessions Talking about death, dying, or not being around in the future Using phrases that make death sound like an option, such as "When I am gone," "If I were to kill myself…." Saying goodbye or making amends with loved ones Collecting items that are harmful or potentially dangerous Social withdraw Increased drug or alcohol usage Not participating in activities that were once enjoyable Engaging in risky or potentially harmful behaviors If you or your loved ones are dealing with either, please reach out for help: National Suicide Hotline, 800-273-8255 *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek your doctor's advice or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or my website.   If you require counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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October 01, 2021
What You Don't Know About Body Shame with Whitney Russell :: [Episode 70]
Today on the podcast, we are wrapping up our conversations about body image and body shame. I’m so excited to talk with my friend and fellow counselor, Whitney Russell. Whitney is the owner and founder of Brave Haven Counseling in Richardson, Tx. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-Supervisor. Whitney began her counseling career at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, working with struggling teens at a rehabilitative residential treatment center. From there, she started her journey as an expert in the field of eating disorders. Her experience in this area ranges from being a primary therapist at a partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient setting at The Renfrew Center of Texas to being the Regional Director of Operations for Center For Discovery. She is also a wife, mother of 4, and an Enneagram 1. She is a lover of plants, Nutella, thrift stores, and collecting books. Things that we discussed : Body Shame is so subtle. Whitney and I share ways everyone shames themselves and how that impacts our mental health. How can parents have conversations with their children about body shame and body image? Our body is a gift from God, and we need to treat it as such. Stay in tune with your body and respect its biological urges and needs, and eventually, you will be liking and loving your body. Want to connect with Whitney: Website: www.bravehavencounseling.com On Instagram @whitneylpc Check out her podcast: realmessyrealhappy.com and on Instagram @realmessyrealhappy Resources The Intuitive Eating Workbook  Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen  American Psychiatric Association: Expert Q&A - Eating Disorders The Academy for Eating Disorders National Institutes of Health Information on Eating Disorders National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) If you loved this episode as much as I did, add some stars to the review! Melissa *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek your doctor’s advice or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or my website.  If you require counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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September 24, 2021
Breaking Free from Body Shame with Jess Connolly [Episode 69]
Are you one of the 3% of people who are satisfied with your body? If you aren’t included in this group, this episode is for you! We are talking with Jess Connolly about her new book, Breaking Free from Body Shame. ​​ Jess Connolly is a gal who wants to leave her world more in awe of God than she found it. She is the author of several books, including You Are the Girl for the Job, and coauthor of Wild and Free. She is the founder of Go + Tell Gals and helped start She Reads Truth. She and her husband planted Bright City Church in Charleston, South Carolina, where they live with their four children. She blogs at www.JessConnolly.com. Quotes I loved: Body shame is a quiet, mental hum that’s constantly running. Your body is a story – every freckle, detail, muscle, and scar tells the story of your life Freedom standardized is legalism. You are made and loved by God. He cannot make bad things. Believe that with your whole self. Links to great things we discussed: Jess Connolly  Go and Tell Galls Breaking Free from Body Shame Wild and Free  If you loved this episode as much as I did, add some stars to the review! Melissa *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.  If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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September 17, 2021
Counselor On Call :: Body Image [Episode 68]
In this episode of Counselor-on-Call* we are discussing body image. If you struggle with an eating disorder or have struggled with an eating disorder this could be triggering for you. Today, I want to tell you a little of my story of body image and how this led to my eating disorder and then give you some practical, tangible strategies to help you have a healthier body image. Here are 7 practices for a healthier body image: Redefine your definition of beauty Recognize and reject the lies Recognize your triggers Renew yourself with Truth Respect yourself. Redirect your thoughts Remember you are worthy, valuable. I hope you loved this episode as much as I did! If so, please leave a review. Have a great week, Melissa *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.   If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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September 03, 2021
True Beauty and Body Image with Amanda Cunningham [Episode 67]
If you struggle with body image, you aren’t alone. Approximately 91% of women are unhappy with what they see in the mirror. Research shows that the higher the body dissatisfaction is associated with a poorer quality of life, psychological distress, and the risk of unhealthy eating behaviors and eating disorders. How we view and treat our bodies matters. This week, I sat down with Amanda Cunningham. Amanda Cunningham is a former model and current writer, speaker, wife of a Fire Captain, and mother of two girls.  After modeling for 10 years and becoming a Christian at age 30, she looks for God’s beauty (His loving design) in everything and hopes after you spend time with her that you will too. Amanda is passionate about loving others by serving in ministry and by sharing what God is teaching her. She has written for the international women’s ministry Love God Greatly, for her local church, and is currently working on a book about rescuing God’s masterpiece in us called Modeled by the Maker.  Connect with her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @amandafromtx or her website amandafromtexas.com. In this episode, we discuss: Amanda’s modeling career The importance of a biblical body image The meaning of true beauties Ways we can use our bodies for good Roadblocks and barriers to a healthy body image A Quote I love: “Lies are heavy, the truth is light. Which one are you asking your body to carry today?”-  Unknown (Instagram Post)  Links to great things we discussed: Fearfully and Wonderfully: The Marvel of Bearing God's Image by Dr. Paul Brand and Phillip Yancy Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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August 27, 2021
Counselor On-Call : Being Mindful :: [Episode 66]
On this episode of Counselor on Call, we will continue the conversation from last week’s episode. We talked with Ginger Sache about finding wonder and chasing joy. She talked with us about the practice of tuning in to the present and how this created more meaning and purpose in her everyday life. Are you finding yourself distracted, scattered, or stressed? If so, it may be because you’re living in your head and missing out on living your life. You may find yourself worrying about the future. This can be anything from imagining worst-case scenarios (i.e., “I’m going to get fired,” “we are going to break up,” etc.) or getting stuck in the past, ruminating on what I shoulda, woulda, or coulda  done differently. These thoughts are likely snatching you away from what you could be experiencing in the present. I’ve heard clients say, “I don’t remember much; it’s like I wasn’t even there.” Can you relate to this? If so, mindfulness is a powerful tool that will help you slow down and connect to the moment. Mindfulness is simply being aware of what you are experiencing as you are experiencing it. Benefits of mindfulness: Reduced ruminating thoughts Reduction of stress Increased focus Less emotional reactivity Increased emotional satisfaction Here are a few simple ways to practice mindfulness. And it really is a practice. These are simple tools, but don’t overlook them because of their simplicity. Often the simplest tools are what we forget the soonest in times of stress and chaos. As you practice these, they can become a habit and, therefore, what your brain does automatically. Here are some great ways to begin practicing mindfulness: Mindful breathing Start by breathing in and out slowly. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Let go of your thoughts. Let go of things you have to do later today or pending projects that need your attention. Let thoughts rise and fall of their own accord and be at one with your breath. Continue to focus on your sense of awareness the air fills your lungs and then how it feels to exhale. Mindful immersion This exercise intends to cultivate contentment at the moment and escape the persistent striving we find ourselves caught up in daily. Rather than anxiously wanting to finish an everyday routine task to get on with doing something else, take that routine and fully experience it like never before. For example: if you are cleaning your house, pay attention to every detail of the activity. Mindful observation Choose a natural object from within your immediate environment and focus on watching it for a minute or two. This could be something in your office or home.  You can also find something in nature like trees or the sky. Don’t do anything except notice the thing you are looking at. Relax and watch for as long as your concentration allows. It’s okay if you only focus for a few seconds.  You may become distracted.  Simply take a breath and try again. Visually explore every aspect of the object. I love how God calls himself I AM. Meaning He is in our present. I don’t know about you, but I want to experience the opportunities and experiences God is creating for me. Mindfulness creates an opportunity to connect with the present and what God is doing at that moment. Blessings to you, Melissa
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August 20, 2021
Chasing Wonder with Ginger Stache :: [ Episode 65]
Hey Friends!  We are continuing our series on mental health to help you slow down, grow a practice of mindfulness, to help you feel less stressed and frazzled. Today, we are talking with my new friend, Ginger Stache.  Ginger is the Chief Creative Officer of Joyce Meyer Ministries. She has worked in television for over 35 years, and, in that time, has interviewed Joyce and many influential Christian figures. Ginger hosts Joyce Meyer's Talk It Out podcast and is one of Joyce's closest friends and confidants. This will be her first book. Ginger lives in St. Louis with her husband and has two grown daughters and one granddaughter. In today’s episode, Ginger and I take a deep dive into having a wonderful lifestyle. For God made you stand out and live without fear. You are courageous and He has amazing adventures planned for you! Ginger shares what an adventure mindset is and how we can adopt one. Adventure doesn't have to be grand or crazy, it is as small as taking a risk and talking to someone new.  Ways to set a positive healthy mindset that will lead us to this wonderful audacious life. What we see as limitations, God sees as possibilities! Resources:  Ways that you can connect with Ginger -  Her website https://gingerlstache.com/ Purchase a copy of her new book, Chasing Wonder: Small Steps Toward a Life of Big Adventures Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website, where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher, mindfulness practice, and so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, please help me by adding some stars to the rating and telling a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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August 13, 2021
The Sickness of a Hurried Heart with Jennifer Dukes Lee :: [Episode 64]
We are starting a new series to help you slow down, grow a practice of mindfulness, to help you feel less stressed and frazzled. Today, we are talking with Jennifer Dukes Lee. Jennifer Dukes Lee is a storyteller and a grace dweller. She is the author of It’s All Under Control, The Happiness Dare,  and Love Idol.  Once upon a time, she didn’t believe in Jesus.  Now He’s her CEO. She writes and speaks across the USA to testify to his faithfulness and make His great name known. Jennifer’s new book Growing Slow charts a path OUT of the pressures of bigger, harder, faster, and into a more rooted way of living where the growth of good things is deep and lasting. In today’s episode, we are talking about the impact of living with a hurried heart on both our physical and spiritual life. How does a hurried-up culture impact our mental health? How might a growing slow mindset impact us physically, mentally, and spiritually? How do expectations, comparison, feeling like you’re falling behind become barriers to a slow growth mindset? How does a slow growth mindset foster deeper connections with ourselves, others, and God? Jennifer shares practices for cultivating a slower-paced life. Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free.  Make sure to visit my website, where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher,mindfulness practice, and so you never miss a show.  Hey, while you’re at it, please help me by adding some stars to the rating and telling a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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July 30, 2021
Counselor 0n-Call : Making Mistakes & Trusting Yourself :: [Episode 63]
Today, on this episode of Counselor-on-call*, we will conclude the conversation about making mistakes. During this series, we’ve talked about shame, slip-ups, and falls. In this episode we discuss: How perfectionism is a vicious cycle? Why do we become stuck when we make a mistake? How our inner critic sabotages? Ways to build trust Helpful notes: 10 surprising facts about trusting yourself: Helps you to grow your relationship with yourself and others Silences your inner critic Trust builds self-awareness Helps you to better determine who to trust and who to set up stronger boundaries with. You’ll build resiliency - life won’t knock you down as hard or as quickly You’ll have more joy Increased love for others You become more action-oriented - as you spend less time doubting and judging yourself - you begin to get more done. This becomes a positive cycle instead of the vicious cycle I mentioned previously Helps you to be more present - instead of spending time regretting the past, when you trust yourself you live in the moment, becoming more present Instead of holding on to shame, you begin to see yourself for the masterpiece that God created. This helps you to grow your confidence. Homework: Reflect on these scriptures and you would open yourself up to the holy spirit so that you can build or rebuild trust with yourself. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 NIV Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:22-23 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails. I Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV Link:  Secret to Confidence Next week, we are starting a new series that will help you to find more joy, slow down, and feel less frazzled. We have some amazing guests lined up! Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we conclude our series about Mental Health. Have a great week! DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.  If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
11:49
July 23, 2021
I Messed Up With Damesha Wells :: [Episode 62]
This month we are taking a deep dive into what happens when you make mistakes. We’ve all been there. We somehow do things we never intended to do. When we make a mistake, we have the opportunity to learn and grow or walk in guilt and shame. As we explore this critical topic, I hope that you'll find rest from guilt and shame, hope instead of weariness, and growth instead of stuckness. Because of the content, these are not conversations for little ears. Be sure to pop in some earbuds and pull out a notepad because the episodes this month are full of hope, inspiration, and practical tips for life change. Last week, I walked you through some tangible tactics to help you after you’ve made a mistake. If you didn’t get a chance to listen, go back after today’s episode. Today we are talking with Damesha Wells. Demesha is a South Bend, Indiana native and she recently graduated with her Master's in Public Administration. Beyond the world of public administration and education, Damesha is growing to be a pioneer in the community through her organization, Girl Talk Lifestyle Ministry. Founded in early 2018 with a mission to “empower women in Christ through vulnerability, transparency, and authenticity,” Girl Talk is a ministry specializing in the edification of women through Christ. Damesha works alongside her Girl Talk sisters to cultivate a space where they can flourish spiritually while achieving their God-given dreams and aspirations.  Resources  Girl Talk Lifestyle Ministry Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we conclude our series about Mental Health.
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July 16, 2021
Counselor On-Call - When You Make A Mistake :: [Episode 61]
We are taking some time over the next few weeks to discuss what happens when you make a mistake. Last week, we heard from Hope Carpenter. Hope shared how she nearly destroyed her family, her church, and her ministry by living a double life, but then God did something miraculous. Out of her brokenness, He made something beautiful. If you didn’t get a chance to listen to the episode, go back and give it a listen. In today’s counselor-on-call episode, I’m going to walk you through some tangible tactics to help you after you’ve made a mistake. As always, this isn’t a substitute for counseling. Rather, these are suggestions and thoughts to help you on your journey. We’ve all been there, maybe we said something we regret, maybe we made an error at work, or maybe something like Hope talked about last week - a catastrophic mistake like adultery. I love Hope’s story of redemption. She is helping others find freedom and healing through her openness and honesty. Your mistakes can either make you burdened by guilt, shame and then you keep repeating behaviors. Or you can learn, grow, and change. While this list isn’t exhaustive, I believe it’s a great start to help you find growth, redemption, and forgiveness. Own your mistakes - it’s easy to become defensive and blame others or take on a victim mentality. When you own your mistakes, you empower yourself to make the necessary changes for growth and development. Apologize to others (if appropriate) - be open and honest Reflect on what you can do differently next time - be curious Don’t ruminate - Instead of getting stuck in the past, practice forgiveness and focus on the present. It’s appropriate to feel remorse, but there’s a difference between remorse and rumination Be kind and offer yourself grace What would you add to the list? Connect with me on Instagram and tag me in your stories. I hope you’ve loved this episode as much as I did. If you did add some stars to the review and share with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
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July 09, 2021
The Most Beautiful Disaster with Hope Carpenter :: [Episode 60]
Hey friends!  Welcome to Thrive and The Art of Living Free Podcast! This month we are taking a deep dive into what happens when you make mistakes. We’ve all been there. We somehow do things we never intended to do. When we make a mistake, we have the opportunity to learn and grow or walk-in guilt and shame. As we explore this critical topic, I hope that you'll find rest from guilt and shame, hope instead of weariness, and growth instead of stuckness. Because of the content, these are conversations for little ears. Be sure to pop in some earbuds and pull out a notepad because the episodes this month are full of hope, inspiration, and practical tips for life change. In today’s episode, we talk with Hope Carpenter, a mom, wife, Pastor, and author of the book, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DISASTER. Hope and I sit down to talk about the lasting impact of childhood trauma, brokenness, and how to experience healing.  Hope Carpenter nearly destroyed her family, her church, and her ministry by living a double life, but then God did something miraculous. Out of her brokenness, He made something beautiful. She is the co-founder of Redemption Church, a megachurch that started in Greenville, South Carolina. The church has satellite locations in San Jose, California; Raleigh, North Carolina; and the Dominican Republic. Hope and her husband, Ron, live in San Jose, California, and Greenville, SC. Listen in as Hope, and I discuss: Hope shares her story of past childhood trauma, brokenness, and healing. Trauma impacts our relationships, the brain, and the body. Our past can impact our future if we are not willing to look at it and be honest. We hid our true authentic selves because we are afraid. There is nothing too complicated for God to heal. Connect with Hope : FB : PastorHopeC | IG : @PastorHope.Carpenter  You can pick up a copy of her book, The Beautiful Disaster, on her website, HopeCarpenter.com  Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast or Stitcher, so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our series on making mistakes and healing from them. Have a great week! Melissa
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July 02, 2021
Counselor On Call - Exhaustion and Weariness :: [Episode 59]
This week on Counselor on Call, we are talking about exhaustion and weariness.* According to the American Psychological Association, Americans are more stressed and tired than ever. Here are some symptoms you may experience when feeling weary and exhausted: Isolating for people or activities Foggy brained Experiencing physical symptoms like heart palpitations, headaches, difficulty sleeping Lacking joy Difficulty focusing Becoming irritated easily Feeling unmotivated After you identify how you are exhausted ask yourself these 3 questions: What am I needing? Process with a loved one, God, or your counselor about ways to care for yourself. Explore your mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical needs How can I fulfill this need? Start with the easiest, quickest, simplest options. Try drinking water, breathing, taking breaks from social media What can I do to prevent future exhaustion? Make a list of what fills your tank and what empties your tank. Make an effort to create boundaries on what empties your tank and be intentional about filling your tank. Read Leading on Empty Have a great week! If you enjoyed this episode add some stars to the review and be sure to subscribe on iTunes! Melissa *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.  If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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June 25, 2021
Think Like A Girl with Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph.D :: [Episode 58]
Welcome to Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free This week we are dispelling myths and gaining a critical understanding of the female brain! Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph.D., is an award-winning psychologist, professor, author, and TEDx speaker. She has published fifteen books discussing the brain and memory. Dr. Alloway shares her insights about the brain with Fortune 500 companies, and her research has been used in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Bloomberg. As a teaching professor and in her private psychology practice based in Jacksonville, Florida, Dr. Alloway helps many women learn how to use their uniquely female brains to live their best lives. In this episode, we discuss: The myths about the female brain, like: Women make emotional decisions when stressed. Women suffer more from unhappiness than men. Women have to act like men to be influential leaders. We discuss her new book, Think Like a Girl:10 Unique Strengths of a Woman’s Brain and How to Make Them Work for You How biting a pencil can lead to more happiness How sticking your hand in a bucket of ice can help you make a less emotional decision Links to great things we discussed: Think Like a Girl:10 Unique Strengths of a Woman’s Brain and How to Make Them Work for You Instagram Dr. Tracy Alloway Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe to iTunes and slap some stars on a review!
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June 18, 2021
Counselor-On-Call - Body Posturing & Smiling :: [Episode 57]
Do you struggle with motivation? Feeling insecure before a big meeting? I have some great resources for you this week on Counselor on Call. I'm  sharing all about body posturing and smiling. Even if you don't feel confident, practicing confident body posturing can increase your self-esteem, confidence,  and can make you feel better about yourself. Body posturing can lower your cortisol levels (stress hormone) and increase your testosterone (confidence hormone). For a few minutes simply put your hands straight up in the air while taking deep breaths. For more, check out this Ted Talk by Dr. Amy Cuddy. The second thing to try is smiling. Go on and give it a try. Smiling has been proven to increase dopamine (pleasure hormone) and increase serotonin (calming hormone). Check out this article for a more science-y explanation. Have a great week! Melissa  *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website. If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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June 11, 2021
Between Grit and Grace with Dr. Sasha Shillcutt :: [Episode 56]
This week, I’m talking with Dr. Sasha Shillcutt about cultivating confidence through our failures, mindsets and being our authentic selves.  Like Martina McBride sang, this one’s for the girls. If you’ve ever felt like too much and not enough, this episode is for you. Sasha K. Shillcutt, MD, MS, FASE is a renowned cardiac anesthesiologist.  Sasha is also a wife, mother, well-published gender-equity researcher, and Founder of Brave Enough. She teaches professional women resilience, self-care and negotiation through events, retreats and courses. Sasha speaks frequently to executives and companies on the topics of professional burnout, resilience and gender equity and has a featured TEDX Talk on Resilience: The Art of Failing Forward. She also has just released her first book, Between Grit and Grace.  Things we discussed: Dr. Sasha shares her journey that led her to where she is now Our success isn’t measured by how liked we are. The importance of knowing why we think the way we do and the most common limiting mindsets. Confidence precedes and breeds success in addition to our failures also helps build our ability to level up. Links to great things we discussed: You can connect with Sasha online at her website,  www.becomebraveenough.com or on Instagram at @BraveEnough Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show notes.  Also, subscribe to wherever you listen to your podcasts so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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June 04, 2021
Counselor-On-Call - The Importance of Rest :: [Episode55]
Welcome to Counselor-On-Call*! I have another episode for you inspired by my amazing Instagram audience. I posted a graphic about the alternatives " I did nothing!" It mentioned resting, taking a nap, took a mental health day, etc. Something other than you did nothing and "wasting" the day! In this episode we talk about: How we are all craving more rest What does rest mean from a spiritual perspective Benefit of rest Links to great things discussed: Bob Hamp   Emotionally Healthy Spirituality    Nuach    Psalm 37:9   Have a great week! Remember, send me your questions! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website. If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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May 28, 2021
Love-Centered Parenting with Crystal Paine :: [Episode 54]
Welcome back! This week we are talking with Crystal Paine about parenting from a place of peace, her new book and the meeting our kids where they are.  Crystal Paine is the founder of MoneySavingMom.com, host of “The Crystal Paine Show” podcast, New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and author of Money-Making Mom. Her desire is to help women across the globe live with more joy, purpose, and intention in their everyday lives. She lives with her husband and kids in the Nashville, Tennessee area, where she is actively involved in her local church. In this episode we talk about:  Crystal's journey from rule-based parenting to love-centered parenting  How has Love Centered Parenting has transformed her relationships with her kids and her husband The difference of rules-based parenting vs. relationship-based parenting Why sheltering our kids does more harm than good Why do you think perfectionism is so damaging in parenting Links to great things we discussed:  Pick up a copy of Crystal's book : Love-centered Parenting: The No-fail Guide to Launching Your Kids To learn more about Crystal, please visit her website MoneySavingMom.com Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show notes.  Also, subscribe to wherever you listen to your podcasts so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show.  Melissa
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May 21, 2021
Counselor On Call - Triggered? Here is what you can do! :: [Episode 53]
Last week on Instagram, I posted a graphic about the fight, flight, freeze, and newly added fawn response. This post struck a nerve*. In today’s Counselor on Call, I’m going to briefly share these responses and ways to regulate to calm down your body, mind, and emotions. Here’s a quick overview of the fight, flight, freeze, and fawn response. Fight: Aggressive, controlling, narcissistic behavior Flight: Workaholic, overthinking, perfectionistic, difficulty sitting still Freeze: Difficulty making decisions, feeling stuck, isolating, feeling numb Fawn: People pleasing, lack of identity, no boundaries, feeling overwhelmed, and codependent A few coping strategies: Find your breath Ground with your senses - 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Practice acceptance Resources : Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us out of Anxiety, Stress, and Survival Mode--and into a Life of Connection and Joy By Aundi Kolber.  Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website, where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher, so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, please help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek your doctor's advice or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or my website. If you need counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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May 14, 2021
The Comfort Crisis with Michael Easter :: [Episode 52]
Hello Friends! I'm really excited about this epiosode. You know I'm a nerd for all things scientific and related to the brain. This week, I sat down and talked with Michael Easter about the dangers of comfort, how we've gotten away from experiencing discomfort and discussed his new book, Comfort Crisis. Michael Easter is a contributing editor at Men's Health magazine, columnist for Outside magazine, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His work has appeared in over 60 countries and can also be found in Men's Journal, New York, Vice, Scientific American, Esquire, and others. He lives in Las Vegas on the edge of the desert with his wife and two dogs. Things we discussed: The dangers of living comfortably and safely all the time. How certain discomforts protect us from physical and psychological problems like obesity, heart disease, cancers, diabetes, depression, and anxiety Melissa’s morning routine and how she prioritizes her mental health and starts her day with purpose Links to great things we discussed: Visit Michael’s website - eastermichael.com Purchase Michael’s book, THE COMFORT CRISIS: Embrace Discomfort to Reclaim Your Wild, Health, Happy Self I hope that you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to Apple, and while you’re there, add 5-stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
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May 07, 2021
Understanding Your Triggers :: [Episode 51]
On Today’s episode of Counselor on Call, We are talking about triggers. If you’ve been stuck trying to change a behavior or habit, identifying your triggers is key to your success. Knowing what triggers you is going to build awareness. When we are more aware, we can begin to take responsibility for the way we manage our emotions, as opposed to letting them control us. Mental and emotional triggers Anniversary dates Feeling criticized and judged Feeling inadequate Social triggers Social media Meetings at work Physical triggers: Medication, caffeine, and skipping meals can all trigger anxiety Environmental triggers: A bar if you are in recovery and abstaining from alcohol Watching the news Parties may trigger social anxiety, feelings of depression, and health anxiety Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. *DISCLAIMER: The content in the podcast and on this webpage is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have heard on the podcast or on my website.  If you are in need of counseling, please check out Psychology Today or Nami for helpful resources.
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April 30, 2021
Every Word Matters with Caitlin Crosby :: [Episode 50]
Have you ever wondered if your words matter? Maybe you feel like your story doesn’t matter because of what someone told you. If you struggle with feeling not enough, this interview is for you. I sat down and talked with Caitlin Crosby about the power of words. Caitlin Crosby is the founder of The Giving Keys, a social non-profit jewelry company with the mission of helping its employees transition out of homelessness. Its signature products feature single words of inspiration, including strength, hope, love. In her new book, Every Word Matters: The Key to an Intentional Life, Caitlin examines key words worthy of being written into life stories that will help readers embrace their current season, no matter how messy it is. Things we discussed: The power of words How the practice of choosing a word and intentionally incorporating it into your daily life is transforming The reason behind why your negative thoughts are easier to believe. How to turn your negative thoughts into positive ones Caitlin’s morning routine and how she prioritizes her mental health and starts her day with purpose Links to great things we discussed: The Giving Keys Every Word Matters Brave and Love Judah Smith  Warrior Chats Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to Apple and while you’re there, add 5 stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
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April 23, 2021
How understanding your brain will help you regulate your emotions :: Episode 49
In this episode of Counselor On Call, we are talking about how God designed your brain. Understanding how God designed your brain will help you better understand yourself and why you do the things you do. Learning about the brain also creates a deeper connection with others and with God. Here are 4 parts of the brain we discussed today, based on a model created by Dr. Dan Siegel. The brain stem: It controls fundamental body functions such as breathing, eye movements, blood pressure, heartbeat, and swallowing Responsible for the fight, flight, freeze response The limbic stem: the emotional part of the brain, When we perceive a threat, the amygdala sounds an alarm, releasing a cascade of chemicals in the body. Stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol flood our system, immediately preparing us for fight or flight How we focus our attention How we remember things The cortex the higher part of the brain. We can call this the executive region - we want this part to remain regulated in order to maintain connection with each other. We’ll talk in a minute about what happens when we get dysregulated and how this keeps us from connecting with ourselves and others. helps you to manage and mention your emotions Helps with thinking and planning The prefrontal cortex -  also called the “master controller”: regulate the body, the ability to tune into someone else which allows compassion or empathy (what happens when we feel rejected or triggered), response flexibility:  allows you to put a space between an impulse and an action, the ability to calm fears - teach your upstairs part of the brain to calm fears Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to Apple and while you’re there, add 5 stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
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April 16, 2021
COVID, Depression, and Our Kids: Drs. David and Donna Lane :: [Episode 48]
I’m so excited about the show today. Drs. David and Donna Lane are a husband-wife counseling duo who specialize in trauma, grief, and loss as well as family relationships. While qualified by education, their life experience shapes much of their current-day work, as they have experienced first-hand the horrific death of their own son, who had a neurological disorder throughout his 17 years on earth. The Lanes are professors, counselors, consultants and award-winning authors; their research and writing on trauma and grief has been used extensively throughout the world in the aftermath of tragedies including the Sandy Hook shootings, Haiti earthquakes, Rwandan genocide and others. The Lanes live in the Atlanta area and have been married to each other for more than 40 years. Things we discussed: Current stats about kids and mental health How depression and anxiety differ in kids, and when do they need professional help Kids brains and how they need exploration, connection, and stability Practical tips for encouraging, redirecting, and pivoting in parenting while raising children during COVID Quotes I loved: Whatever we’re doing as parents is what we’re teaching Your kids need an environment of safety and your presence, not perfection Talk to your kids, even the small conversation matter Links to great things we discussed: Psychology Today Open Path Initiative Feelings chart for kids Strength and Adversity Trauma Treatment Narrative Beware of the Booger Bear My Dog Can’t Jump Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe on  Apple Podcast  and while you’re there, add 5 stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
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April 09, 2021
Counselor On Call :: Journaling :: [Episode 47]
In this episode of Counselor On Call, we are talking about the power of journaling and how it helps you get to the heart of what is really going on.  Journaling may seem like it takes up a lot of time, stirs up emotions, and isn’t worth it. I understand why you feel this way! I hear something along these lines whenever I talk to my clients about journaling. Journaling helps you to: Process Emotions Identify your needs Regulate your emotions Journaling prompts: What am I feeling? Use the feelings wheel if you need a little help Why am I feeling this way?  i.e. what’s going on in my life? When have I felt this way? What’s one thing I am needing based on how I am feeling? Some examples include: taking a nap, calling a friend, doing a breathing exercise, going for a walk, praying, listening to music Resources:  FeelingWheel.com Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to Apple and while you’re there, add 5 stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
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April 02, 2021
Wild at Heart with John Eldredge :: [Episode 46]
I’m so excited about the show today. My special guest on the show today is the amazing, John Eldredge. John Eldredge is a bestselling author and counselor. He is also president of Wild at Heart, a ministry devoted to helping people discover the heart of God and recover their own hearts in God’s love. John and his wife, Stasi, live near Colorado Springs, Colorado. John and I discuss take a deep dive on masculinity as well as we talked about the specific things that the male heart needs.  Things we discussed: Men are struggling more than women: what the statistics do (& don’t) tell you The friendless American male How isolation has uniquely affected men during COVID-19 What we can do to reshape the current narrative around masculinity What the male heart needs to thrive Links to great things we discussed: John's website : Wildatheart.org  Pick up a copy of John's new edition of his book, Wild at Heart  Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to Apple and while you’re there, add 5 stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
38:34
March 26, 2021
Counselor On Call :: Self-Care :: [Episode 45]
Today on this episode of Counselor on Call, we are discussing self-care. Self-care is so important. Doing so will lead toward a better balance among the different wellness types and guide you toward improved overall good health. You are worthy and valued. Let’s take care of ourselves well.  We are called to practice self-care as well as to practice stewardship. “Or don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 God has entrusted His creation to us. In the end, both stewardship and self-care are essential to your pursuit of caring about what God created: You. Types of self-care: Social Spiritual Emotional Mental Physical Roadblocks to self-care: It can feel selfish. It may make us feel weak. It may make us feel like we don’t deserve to be cared for. Simple ways to practice self-care: Drink more water. Journal a few days a week. Practice core breathing. Get out in nature. Reconnect with a friend. Things to remember: We protect and care for what we value. You are worthy of being taken care of. Self-care isn’t selfish, it is stewardship Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free.  Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week!
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March 19, 2021
Freedom from Pornography with Ted Shimer :: [Episode 44]
I’m so excited about the show today. This is definitely a show you’re going to want to share with your friends! Today we will be discussing the topic of pornography, so make sure you have some headphones in so no little ears hear anything too specific. My special guest on the show today is Ted Shimer. For the past 30 years, Ted Shimer has witnessed first-hand the destruction of pornography addictions – marriages, careers, and lives devastated by an uncontrollable, all-consuming dependence. Ted Shimer is the founder of The Freedom Fight, an online pornography addiction recovery program. He has mentored young adults for nearly three decades with the Collegiate Ministry Student Mobilization. He received his MABS from Dallas Seminary and is trained as a Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional-Supervisor. Things we discussed: The staggering stats on the prevalent pornography addiction. The variety of ways COVID-19 and the global pandemic have impacted the consumption of pornography. Ted shares the reason why the use of pornography in a marriage can be so destructive. Practical tips on how parents can talk about pornography with their kids and at what age they should begin learning about it. Ted shares the six primary roots of pornography addiction. Links to great things we discussed: Freedom Fighters Good Pictures/Bad Pictures The Body Keeps the Score John 8:32 Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to iTunes, and while you’re there, add 5 stars on a review! Also, don’t forget to share this episode with a friend. Have a great week! Melissa
41:43
March 12, 2021
Counselor On Call :: Confidence :: [Episode 43]
I’m so excited this week. I’m introducing a brand new segment on the show called “ Counselor on Call.” Don’t worry; we will still have amazing interviews and conversations every other week, but this new segment will air on the opposite weeks. During our Counselor-On-Call time, I intend to talk about ideas that I’m noticing, things that I’m personally going through, and much more! In today's episode, I’ll be discussing confidence. This is one of the topics that so many of my clients talk about. Whether it is the confidence to accomplish a specific task or confidence to move forward from a particular season. It seems to be at the forefront of everyone's mind.  I believe that we’ve rooted our confidence outside of ourselves. We need to focus on the things that we can control - ourselves. We are God’s masterpiece, and The Bible has a lot to say on this idea of confidence! So grab a cup of coffee and pull up a chair for the first edition of Counselor-On-Call. Resources:  1. MelissaClarkCounseling.com  2. NAMI.org  3. BibleGateway.com  4. Don't forget to sign up to be added to the waitlist for my upcoming course on Confidence! (Summer 2021)  Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, I’d be honored if you could add some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
08:52
March 05, 2021
Breath Again with Stacy Henagan :: [Episode 42]
Hi, I’m Melissa Clark. I’m a professional counselor in the Dallas area with a passion for helping you overcome challenges, process painful emotions, and understand your God-given identity. Thank you so much for being here! I believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered. Today, we are talking with Stacy Henegan. Stacy is a passionate pastor, speaker, author, and annual women’s conference host. With more than twenty-six years of people-building experience, Stacy’s weekly teachings offer inspiring biblical truth as well as practical application. In this episode, we discuss the loss of Stacy’s daughter, Haven as well as Stacy’s new book, “Breathe Again: Choosing to Believe There’s More When Life Has Left You Broken.” Rather than choosing to remain in overwhelming pain and doubt, Stacy emerged with a much greater belief that God is good and trustworthy, even when we don’t think His plans make sense. In this episode, we also discussed: Be honest with the people in your life about the level of support that you need. Even in the midst of our grief journey, we have to keep swimming and moving forward. Practical tips to move forward in the middle of our grief. Quotes I loved: “It is when our pain and our theology collide that we most need real answers and solid truth.” “Disappointment is birthed from unmet expectations.” “In every crisis, every deferred dream, every disappointment, is an invitation to meet with God. Pain or possibility - that’s our choice." Resources:  StacyHenagan.com Order Stacy's book: Breathe Again: Choosing to Believe There’s More When Life Has Left You Broken Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, I’d be honored if you could add some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
38:58
February 26, 2021
Wintering: The power of rest and retreat with Katherine May :: [Episode 41]
Is it possible to actually enjoy Winter? For many, we seem to think that slowing down and even resting is counterproductive. However, it couldn't be further from the truth. We'll talk about that and much more!  I'm so excited about the show today. My special guest on the show today is Katherine May, bestselling author, whose titles include Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times and The Electricity of Every Living Thing, which is her memoir of being autistic. Her journalism and essays have appeared in various publications, including The New York Times, The Observer, and Aeon. She lives in Whitstable, UK, with her husband, son, three cats, and a dog. In Today’s conversation, we also talked about: Practical ways to take better care of ourselves during our "winter" cycles. Katherine shares her personal experiences with wintering. How to use the idea of active rest and retreat to cope with life's darkest moments Links to great things we discussed: Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times The Electricity of Every Living Thing: One Woman's Walk with Asperger's Biphasic Sleep  Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and add 5 stars on a review! This helps others to find out about the show! Have a great week! Melissa
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February 12, 2021
The Power of Writing It Down :: An Interview with Allison Fallon :: [Episode 40]
I’m so excited about the show today! My special guest on the show today is Allison Fallon, bestselling author and the founder of Find Your Voice, a community that offers workshops, coaching, editing, and support for anyone who wants to write a book. She herself has written and published 13 books and counting, coached hundreds of writers—from total beginners to New York Times bestselling authors Things we discussed: The simple act of writing 20 minutes a day can literally change your life, mood, and mindset. Allison explains how her research shows that writing creates a measurable improvement in our mood. Allison shares 3 different ways to create space for writing Links to great things we discussed: Find Your Voice  Power of Writing It Down  Hannah Brencher  - Fighting Strong  Julia Cameron LIVE - Morning Pages Hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe to Apple Podcasts and add 5 stars on a review! Have a great week! Melissa 
32:51
January 29, 2021
Fighting Forward : An Interview with Hannah Brencher :: [Episode 39]
Hello Friends and welcome to Season 2 of Thrive and the Art of Living Free!  We made it through 2020 - can you believe it? I'm so excited to be starting Season 2 and we're starting with a new format!  I loved learning about what worked well last season and I'm changing up a few things for this one. I have some really exciting things in store for you plus a few surprises this season!  Today, I'm joined by author, Hannah Brencher. Hannah is a mental health advocate, viral TED speaker, and new mom. She has recently written a book, called Fighting Forward and it is amazing! With a large pile of hope for those who long to move from anxiety and fear into action steps. It will encourage you to savor the milestones you've already reached, root yourself in the next small step,  welcome healthy routines into your day, and apply grace like sunscreen in the process of your own becoming. We also chat about: the heart behind Hannah's book and the idea of fighting forward  fear of failure and the idea that failure is not necessarily a negative thing  Hannah shares practical ways to fight forward in a strategic way  Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify  Click here to listen on Stitcher     Resources  Fighting Forward: Your Nitty-Gritty Guide to Beating the Lies That Hold You Back by Hannah Brencher The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear I loved the conversation with Hannah today and I hope that you did as well.  Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review for Season 2! Have a great week!  Melissa
34:35
January 15, 2021
Pursuing Purpose: An Interview with Rachel Swanson :: [Episode 38]
Today on the show, I am talking with Rachel Swanson.  Rachel C. Swanson is a best-selling author, national speaker, podcaster, and accredited life coach. She’s passionate about refining away the barriers that are holding others back and restoring their hearts and minds back to God’s truth. Married for thirteen years to her husband Jeff, they recently relocated their tribe of “Wannabe Triplets” from the bustling sprawl of Southern California to the rural hills of Southern Idaho. We are talking about: Her book, Refine and Restore: Revive Your Heart and Release Your Purpose We discuss the definition of purpose We explore the impact of pursuing purpose and your mental health How lies keep us from pursuing our purpose Why journaling is so helpful Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify  Click here to listen on Stitcher      Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and slap some 5 stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
33:45
November 20, 2020
Finding Quiet :: Jamie Grace :: [Episode37]
Today we are talking with Jamie Grace.  Jamie Grace is a two-time Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and actress. Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, ADHD, and anxiety at a young age, Jamie actively advocates for joy, wellness, and mental health through the lens of music, film, and faith. An entertainer at heart, she regularly creates fresh content, including new music and weekly videos and episodes of The Jamie Grace Podcast. When she isn't touring, Jamie lives in Southern California with her husband, Aaron, and daughter, Isabella Brave. We talk about: Jamie’s mental health and how it impacts her pursuit of purpose. Jamie’s new book, Finding Quiet. Ways can we work towards our purpose in spite of not being enough. How “failure” has impacted Jamie’s journey. Jamie’s thoughts on social media and its influence on how we pursue purpose. Jamie also offers encouragement, reminding us that we don’t have to be perfect in order to pursue our dreams and passions. Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify    Click here to listen on Stitcher      I felt like my voice didn’t matter and my words don’t hold value. What can seem like a strength can become one of my greatest weaknesses when I allow it to translate into feelings of not being “enough” if I can’t find, create, or even be the cure. Every day that we wake up, we are faced with the choice of pursuing our calling and our purpose, or giving in to doubt, negativity, and the schemes that are against the very thing we should be living for. I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and leave a review! Have a great week! Melissa
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November 06, 2020
Sexual Health in your Marriage with Heather Seguin :: [Episode 35]
I'm joined today by Heather Seguin, LMFT. Heather is passionate about helping people live free from shame and be deeply connected to the people they love. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist and Certified Clinical Partner Specialist-Candidate and has completed training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Heather has been featured on numerous podcasts and webinars, sharing her perspective on sexual healing and wholeness. She is rooted in the belief that every person is made in the image of God and is therefore imbued with great dignity. Heather loves partnering with Jesus to see people’s lives transformed and filled with joy. In this episode, we talk about: ❤️ How sex can be a capstone of intimacy. 😊 Why trust is foundational for creating a healthy sexual relationship. 😲 What prevents sexual connection. 🔥 What’s getting in the way of building a strong sexual connection. 👏🏻 Habits that foster sexual connection. Listen now: I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and slap some stars on a review! Have a great week! Melissa
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October 23, 2020
Creating Strong Marriages with Rachael Gilbert :: [Episode 34]
I'm joined today by Rachael Gilbert.  Rachael is a homeschooling momma of three, business owner, marriage and family therapist, blogger, certified marketing coach, the creator of The Intentional Influencer, and the podcast host of Real Talk with Rachael. Rachael helps women find their voice and be brave enough to use it. She loves to equip women to get real, live free, and pursue their God-given dreams.  You can follow her at www.rachaelgilbert.com as well as on Facebook and Instagram. We talk about: 😲 How conflict is often unresolvable but understanding is always available. 🙌🏻 God’s design for marriage. ❤️ Biblical ways to practice conflict resolution. 🔥 Why you need to improve your conflict style. 👏🏻 Tangible, practical tools for creating healthy marriages. Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify  Click here to listen on Stitcher      . I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and slap some stars on a review! Have a great week! Melissa
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October 16, 2020
Enneagram & Relationships :: Interview with Callie Ammons [Episode33]
I'm joined today by my dear friend Callie Ammons. Callie is a type 3 Enneagram life coach, podcaster, and speaker!  Four years ago, Callie went on a journey of trying to understand who she was at her core - who God made her to be. She quickly realized that her feelings of being "stuck", were not something that could be fixed by chai tea lattes. Through this process, she learned the true power of God's Word, our minds, and the Enneagram - leading her to become a certified Enneagram life coach. If you want to know your Enneagram number, check out the following information. We talk about: 😲 The importance of humility in your relationship. 🙌🏻 How understanding your Enneagram number can help improve your conflict style. ❤️ The power of understanding ourselves and others 🔥 Don't assume intent from your partner. Take time to ask questions to clarify. 👏🏻 Any number can work together. Your relationship health isn't dependent on your number. Rather, it's dependent on your heart condition. Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify  Click here to listen on Stitcher    Links to great things we discussed: Callie Ammons  The Path Between Us  Enneagram and Coffee  Typology Podcast  Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
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October 09, 2020
Marriage and Blended Families:: Interview with Vanessa Martindale [Episode32]
I'm joined today by my dear friend Vanessa Martindale. Vanessa is a genuine and enthusiastic believer who loves Jesus, the bible, and His people. She is a Christian wife and mother, registered nurse and current Graduate Student at The Kings University pursuing a Master'sDegree as a Marriage and Family therapist.  She is also a corporate bible study leader, serves at Gateway Church as the Blending Families Equip Class teacher. Vanessa and her husband Scott,  are a blended family with four sons. Together they are the founders of Blended Kingdom Families, a Christian ministry, recommends committed to equipping and educating blended families with resources and practical skills through the truth of God’s word. Vanessa and Scott also host a weekly podcast show. We talk about: Her story with her blended family Common pitfalls she sees with blended families The one thing she recommend every couple do daily to protect their marriage Practical, tangible tools to help blended families Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts    Click here to listen on Spotify    Click here to listen on Stitcher    Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
48:52
October 02, 2020
Do Not Enter Zones:: Interview with Kat Armstrong [Episode31]
I'm joined today by the amazing Kat Armstrong. Kat has been emboldening women to be all-in for Jesus for twenty years as a speaker, Bible teacher, author, and podcast host. She is the author of No More Holding Back and The In-Between Place. As co-founder of The Polished Network, a nonprofit connecting and gathering working women to navigate career and explore faith, her mission is to create holy curiosity. Kat holds a master of christian education from Dallas Theological Seminary. She and her husband, Aaron, have been married for eighteen years, and live in Dallas, Texas, with their son, Caleb. They attend Dallas Bible Church, where Aaron serves as the lead pastor. We talk about: How shame holds us back from seeing our true worth Kat shares a personal story about shame in her life Why women are vulnerable to feeling shame Practical, tangible ways to let go of shame Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Favorite Quotes: Shame doesn’t lead to health, God doesn’t want you to feel shame. Instead of shame practice holy curiosity. Shame means that we believe we deserve bad things in life. Jesus wants you to live an abundant life, shame doesn’t lead to abundance or health. Practical ways to let go of shame: Name the Zone - be honest with yourself Imagine God coming into the do not enter zone. Process what is truth about this zone Imagine leaving the do not enter zone Share this with a trusted friend Links:  Subscribe to Kat's bi-monthly newsletter here. Pre-order The In-Between Place book here. Follow Kat on Instagram here. Follow Kat on  Facebook page Learn more about The Polished Network here. Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
41:37
September 25, 2020
How Shame Keeps You From Your Purpose: An Interview with Alli Worthington:: [ Episode 30]
Today we are talking with my friend, my coach, my mentor, Alli Worthington. Alli is a wife and mom of five sons. She lives outside of Nashville in a loud, messy, testosterone-filled house with the only golden retriever who refuses to retrieve. She’s also a coach who is obsessed with helping women be more successful in their careers, businesses, and entrepreneurial pursuits. She has a new book called Standing Strong. In this episode,  we continue the conversation about shame. God created a plan and purpose for us all.  Shame wants to keep your dream hidden. Instead of creating a culture of try, shame creates a culture of doubt. We become hyper focused on our flaws, failures, and limitations. We also talk about: Shame prevents us from pursuing our calling Why shame is never helpful Her new book Standing Strong The difference of humility and shame Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Favorite Quotes: Shame is a feeling that we are inherently wrong. We confuse humility with beating ourselves up emotionally and mentally. Shame doesn’t lead to growth. Humility creates growth and change. When we are self-focused, we become self-absorbed. Shame causes us to focus on ourselves. Shame leads to anxiety, this anxiety causes us to doubt ourselves and the calling that God has for each of us. Whenever you make a decision, ask yourself if this is going to please and honor God? Or, is this going to make the enemy happy? Links to great things we discussed: Alli Worthington Standing Strong  Healing the Shame that Binds You  Hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe in iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
40:29
September 18, 2020
Effects of Shame On Your Brain: Interview with Bob Hamp :: [Episode 29]
I'm joined today by one of my-all time favorite people, Bob Hamp. Bob and his wife Polly (who was on Episode 4) are the founders of Think Differently Live Differently Counseling, Consulting, Coaching, and Connecting. Bob has been instrumental in my life, and I am so excited about this interview. In our chat, Bob talks about the effect of shame on the brain. He discusses how shame rewires the way our brain functions. We also talk about: How shame keeps us from freedom How Christians are vulnerable to shame traps The effect of shame on the brain Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts  Click here to listen on Spotify    Click here to listen on Stitcher      Favorite quotes: Freedom is the ability to live life as you were created to be. . Your capacity to attach to others is dependent on your ability to attach to yourself. Shame fears disconnection. This fear results in disconnection. Links to great things we discussed: 1. Bob Hamp 2. TD ACAD 3. Think Differently Live Differently  I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
50:29
September 11, 2020
Break Free from Shame :: Interview with Denise Pass [Episode 28]
We are starting a new series this month about shame. I love Brene Brown’s definition of shame, “Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of love and belonging – something we’ve experienced, done, or failed to do makes us unworthy of connection.” Through this series, you’ll hear important stories about how shame keeps us from our true selves. I hope these conversations inspire you to see your true self, your God-designed self. I hope you bravely challenge shame patterns and learn tangible ways to release shame. We are starting off the series with Denise Pass, she’s author/Speaker/Worship Leader/Songwriter/CCM Artist/Podcaster. She loves to create and find new ways to communicate God’s lavish grace and forgiveness. She wrote two books, “Shame Off You” and “31 Days to Hope Reinvented”, from a place of needing to heal and find answers as well as a burning desire for her suffering to not be in vain—she just wanted to help someone else overcome, too. We also talk about: -Ways to break free from shame-based thinking -Explored the power of truth, humility, and grace -Why shame is never healthy or helpful Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    I hope that you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
40:54
September 04, 2020
Creating healthy relationships with your children: Interview with Janet Newberry [Episode 27]
I'm joined today by the inspiring Janet Newberry who has helped families adopt a culture of love. Janet Newberry is an educational consultant and an unshakeable believer in the transforming power of love. Janet and her husband Doug offer a weekly LOVE IS FEARLESS podcast and support families in both an online community called John 15 Academy and in private consulting. Janet dives deep into how parents can foster healthy, strong relationships with their children. Also, we  discuss her powerful book, Education by Design. We also talk about: How children are running on dopamine and cortisol instead of oxytocin Discuss the importance of trust in the parenting relationship How children are designed Punishment versus rehabilitation Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    I hope you loved this episode! Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
49:07
August 28, 2020
Counselor On-Call: Bonus Episode: Cultivating Resiliency
In this short episode, I share with you the value and importance of cultivating resiliency.  I think this is what we do with our kids. We see them struggling, especially now. We want to help ease their wrestling and struggling. But if we do this for our kids, then they won’t develop the skills and strength they’ll need when they step out into the world as adults. Instead, parents need to help foster emotional resiliency in their kids. Emotional resilience refers to one's ability to adapt to stressful situations or crises. I believe this is needed now more than ever. Kids are facing a new online world. School, band lessons, play dates, everything is virtual. Physical connection is limited to immediate family and maybe a COVID circle. Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Favorite quotes: “We want to help ease their wrestling and struggling. But if we do this for our kids, then they won’t develop the skills and strength they’ll need when they step out into the world as adults. ” “It’s hard to watch our children struggle.” “We aren’t born resilient. Resiliency is a choice. It’s a choice to get back up after difficulties arise.” I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
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August 26, 2020
Episode 26: Creating resiliency in our children with Kari Kampakis
How do I help my teen develop strong relationships? How do I handle conflict resolution with my child? What are ways to cultivate resiliency? Like many parents, these are questions I’ve been asking lately. I’m also hearing these questions come up in my counseling practice. If you’re a parent with these kinds of questions, join me and my new friend Kari Kampakis as we continue the discussion on kids, going back to school, and resiliency. Kari shares how she is honest with her daughters about her personal failures and mistakes in order to bring reconciliation to the relationship. We also chat about: her new book, Loving Her Well: 10 Ways to Find Joy and Connection with your Teenage Daughter. ways to incorporate faith into your parenting practice without being forceful. how to navigate conflict resolution with your teenager. practical ways to cultivate resiliency, even in the midst of a pandemic. Listen now:  Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Favorite quotes: “My biggest concern is the kids who don’t have the support they need to navigate what will likely be a difficult school year.” “Teenagers are a lot like Ferrari's: amazing potential but they need a lot of help learning to navigate the path ahead of them.” “Be the initiation of the relationship. Your child isn’t likely going to come to you saying, ‘I would like to work on our relationship.’ Be the one to initiate conversations with your child. Expect a little rejection, but don’t let that stop you. Keep pursuing.” Links to great things we discussed: 1. Girl Mom Podcast 2. 10 Truths Middle Schooler Should Know 3. John Gottman I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
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August 21, 2020
Episode 25: Helping your child thrive in the midst of a pandemic
Is my child okay? Are they on screens too much? What will this school year look like in the midst of a pandemic? Like many other parents, these are questions I’ve been asking as a parent.I’m also hearing these questions in my counseling practice. Join me and my friend and colleague Michelle Nietert as we continue the discussion on kids, back to school, and resiliency. Michelle shares the powerful lessons she's been learning during quarantine, both clinically and professionally. We also chat about: How parents can help their kids navigate the current culture. The warning signs parents can be looking for if their kids are struggling. Practical tools that keep kids mentally healthy. Screen time boundaries. Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Favorite quotes: “Let’s get back to the basics. Forget about elaborate Pinterest parties and packed social schedules, let's make sure our kids are eating, sleeping, and engaging with others.” “Character isn’t built or destroyed in a day. Don’t panic if your kids are watching a lot of Netflix or are quiet for a day or two. We are all struggling right now.” “If you notice your child acting out behaviorally, their outburst could be because they are feeling scared, upset, or sad. Ask them “What is one thing I can do to make this easier?” Reinforce boundaries and the need for respect while also giving them the skills and language to identify their feelings.” Links to great things we discussed: Counseling Grant Farkle  Counseling Associates  Feelings wheel for kids Michelle Nietert Loved and Cherished book Brave Beauties Podcast I hope you love this episode! Be sure to subscribe on iTunes and slap some stars on a review! :) Have a great week! Melissa
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August 14, 2020
How to Cultivate Resiliency with Lynn Cowell (Episode 24)
I'm joined today by the amazing Lynn Cowell. Lynn Cowell is a member of the Proverbs 31 speaker and writer teams. Lynn passionately writes for women of all ages. Her book for young girls, Brave Beauty, Finding the Fearless You has empowered over 20,000 girls to overcome confidence-defeating thoughts and stand on who Jesus says she is. Lynn dives even deeper today and talks about the struggles children and teens are experiencing each day going through. She bravely shares her parenting mistakes and missteps with the hope of imparting hope and wisdom to help other parents. We also talk about: The current struggles children and teens are facing Why Lynn’s heart is burdened for today’s youth Lynn discusses practical takeaways to help for tweens and teens to explore their identity and help reduce their anxiety and fears How to incorporate faith in the resiliency process Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts    Click here to listen on Spotify    Click here to listen on Stitcher    Favorite quotes: 1. “Lessen fear of failure by helping to make it a ‘when,’ not an ‘if.’” 2. “I love the definition of ‘resiliency’: the power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. We can model to our kids that they can ‘“come back’”; they can get back up again by living that out ourselves.” 3. “Look at how we respond to rejection and adversity. What are we modeling? Is failure the worst possible thing that can happen or does it simply mean we try it again in a new way?” 4. “If we can trust God to save us from eternity, certainly we can trust him with the next few years of our lives and to lead us and guide us.” Things we talked about: Proverbs 31 Lynn Cowell and her book, Brave Beauty Counselor Thoughts : Raising Brave Beauties Series Loved and Cherished I hope you loved this episode as much as I did! Be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcast and leave a review.  Have a great week! Melissa
50:42
August 07, 2020
Body Image and The connection to your soul - A conversation with Jennifer Strickland (Episode 23)
Hello Everyone and Welcome back! Today we are concluding a series about body image. Body Image is a component of self-esteem. Approximately 80% of U.S. women don't like how they look. Our perception of our body influences our mental health, our physical health, how we take care of ourselves, and how we relate to others. Those with a negative body image have a higher chance of developing an eating disorder and will often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss. Last week, we talked with Kara Miller. Kara shared how she intentionally parents her three girls to focus on the strength of their bodies instead of focusing on a size or number on the scale. Today we’re continuing the conversation with Jennifer Strickland. Jennifer Strickland is the founder and visionary of U R More, a ministry that teaches people their identity in Christ. Her passion is teaching women and teen girls their true worth and helping them fulfill their calling. She has a master’s in writing and bachelor’s degrees in broadcast journalism and international relations. For 15 years, Jen worked internationally as a professional model, which led her to the ministry she has today. These days you’ll either find her speaking at teen girls’ and women’s events, writing her inspirational messages of faith, helping other women write and publish their books, or at home cooking for her family. Her favorite moments are found working on the family ranch with her husband Shane, who she calls “the Cowboy”; in her kitchen, concocting a new version of her famous spaghetti; or spending time with their three precious children. In this episode, we discuss: Jen’s rock bottom moment where she knew she needed to change. Jen shares powerful mindsets that help her to practice a healthy body image. Jen shares how her faith was instrumental in creating a path of wholeness and healing. Favorite quotes: Loving your body is a myth. Instead of focusing on loving your body, find ways to honor your body. If your identity is always based on what you see in the mirror, you’ll always be on a roller coaster. Turn away from the things that don’t serve you. What you look at is what you reflect. Helpful links: URmore.com Facebook Let’s Write and Speak Beautiful Lies by Jennifer Strickland Girl Perfect by Jennifer Strickland Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week! Melissa
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June 26, 2020
Body image and our daughters:: An interview with Kara Miller (Episode 22)
Welcome to Episode 22 of THRIVE and the art of living free!  Thank you so much for being here! I believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered. We’re in the middle of a series talking about body image. Last week, we talked with Heather Creekmore.  Today we’re going to be talking with a friend, Kara Miller about children and body image. Kara is a mom to 3 girls.  Kara is a California Mom Blogger of three daughters who wants to help you create meaningful moments with your families. She shares tried and true recipes and travel tips on her blog to help you beat overwhelm and feel confident in your role as a mother. She runs a Facebook group called, “Kindness Changes Everything” and her husband and she own two pizza shops. Before we get started, I wanted to give some stats to frame the importance of this conversation: Over 80% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat!! 53% of 13 year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This number grows to 78% by the time girls reach 17. By middle school 40-70% of girls are dissatisfied with 2 or more parts of their body. Around 30% of 10-14 year olds are actively dieting. 46% of 9-11 year-olds are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets, 82% of their families are “sometimes” or “very often” on diets. Over 50% of teen girls and 30% of teen boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives. Where to find Kara :  Blog: https://karajmiller.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kara.j.miller/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheRealKaraJMiller/ Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KindnessChangesEverything/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/KaraJMiller Helpful links about body image and kids: Developing and Modeling a Healthy Body Image  https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/tween-and-teen-health/in-depth/healthy-body-image/art-20044668 Kids Health: Encouraging a healthy body image Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcast, Spotify  or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue the conversation about body image! Have a great week! Melissa
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June 19, 2020
Episode 21 - Interview with Heather Creekmore
Hello Everyone and Welcome back! We’re in the middle of a series talking about body image. Body Image is a component of self-esteem. Approximately 80% of U.S. women don't like how they look. Our perception of our body influences our mental health, our physical health, how we take care of ourselves, and how we relate to others. Those with a negative body image have a higher chance of developing an eating disorder and will often suffer from depression, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss. Body image statistics prove many people, even those as young as age 10, are sensitive and vulnerable to critical thoughts about themselves. Last week, we talked with Jamie Young and discussed unhealthy and negative body image.  Today we’re continuing the conversation with my friend, speaker and author, Heather Creekmore. Through her ministry -Compared to Who?-- Heather Creekmore writes and speaks hope to thousands of women each week, inspiring them to stop comparing and find their true purpose in Christ. Heather and her fighter-pilot-turned-pastor husband, Eric, live in Austin, Texas with their four children and a dog named Violet. In her free time, Heather homeschools, shops clearance racks, and competes on Netflix baking shows. Heather’s first book also titled Compared to Who?, encourages women to uncover the spiritual root of body image issues and find freedom. Her second book titled, “The Burden of Better: How a Comparison-Free Life Leads to Peace, Joy & Rest” releases this September. You can find Heather  :  Podcast:www.comparedtowho.me/podcast  | Facebook   | Instagram | YouTube In our conversation, we discuss: What makes a body image positive? Heather's steps to freedom How does comparison influence body image? Resources : Tim Keller - The Freedom of Forgetfulness  Christine Hoover - With All Your Heart  Heather's Book : Compared to Who? Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue the conversation about body image! Have a great week!
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June 12, 2020
Episode 20: Interview with Jamie Young: Body Image
We just finished a series for the month of May about Mental Health awareness month. I hope you enjoyed the amazing interviews about Eating Disorder, Bipolar, and so much more. I’m excited to be in a new month! June. As I record this, I have no idea what the summer is going to look like. Will pools be open? Will I go on vacation? In every other summer season, many of us are concerned about being “summer ready.” IE tan and toned. This month we’re going to be talking about body image. While we may not be as concerned with being ready for swimsuit season, there are going to be concerns about body image. 80% of women report being dissatisfied with the way they look. 80% that’s a lot! 34% of men report being dissatisfied about their appearance. I’m passionate about talking about body image because it’s influenced so much of my story including eating disorder behaviors in my high school and college years. If you struggle with a negative body image, I want to let you know this matters. How you view yourself deeply matters. I’m excited about the interviews that I have lined up for you this month. We’ll be talking to professionals and friends. Our special guest today is Jamie Young.  Jamie Young, the founder and CEO of Real Results Medical Weight Loss. Jamie earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Georgia. After graduation Jamie spent time in New York City as an Athletic Trainer, and Athens Georgia as a personal trainer.  She is excited to partner with the best medical professionals in the Atlanta area to provide weight loss services to her community. Jamie lives in Kennesaw with her husband Philip, their daughter Jayden, and son Jackson. You can find Jamie :  www.realresultsforlife.com | Facebook   | Instagram In our conversation, we discuss: What makes a body image positive? Best practices to build a a stronger, healthier body image How to view body image in light of a Christian perspective? Resources :  Jamie's Meal Plan Membership Posture Podcast The Alli Worthington Show Pantsuit Politics   Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue the conversation about body image! Have a great week!
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June 05, 2020
Episode 19: Interview with Stephanie Coker: Suicide Prevention
We are in the middle of a series about mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness month. I am so excited about this series. I hope to debunk myths about mental health issues, provide resources, help you gain insight that will help you understand mental health issues. We’re going to be talking about addictions, bipolar, suicide, and childhood mental illness. Last week, we heard from Dr. Rhonda Johnson, about children and mental health. Be sure to go back and listen after today’s interview if you didn’t get a chance to listen to that episode previously. Before we dive in, I want to give a few facts to note the urgency and importance of this conversation: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US for all ages. Every day, approximately 123 Americans die by suicide. There is one death by suicide in the US every 12 minutes. Depression affects 20-25% of Americans ages 18+ in a given year Today, we will continue the conversation with a dear friend, Stephanie Coker. We’re diving into a sensitive but necessary topic about suicide and suicide prevention. Stephanie Coker, LCSW-S, LCDC, CDWF has been helping people find freedom from the struggles of perfectionism, codependency, addiction, and toxic relationships for 25 years. She has her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Baylor University and Her Master's in Social Work  from UT-Arlington. She's worked in various settings including community clinics and psychiatric hospitals and currently has a private practice in Plano, TX.  To know more about the organizations she's involved in, visit cokercounsling.com or check out her Facebook  page,  for resources and upcoming events.  In our conversation, we discuss: Who is at risk for suicide? What are some of the ways to protect/prevent from suicidality? Religious shame and its' impact on one's willingness to reach out for help Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   | Click here to listen on Spotify   | Click here to listen on Stitcher    Helpful Links:  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/suicide-faq/index.shtml https://wmich.edu/suicideprevention/basics/faq https://www.hanna4hope.com/resource Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show!! Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Have a great week, wash your hands and stay safe! Melissa
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May 22, 2020
Episode 18 :: Mental Health & Children :: Interview with Rhonda Johnson
Greetings all!  We are in the middle of a series about mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness month. I am so excited about this series. I hope to debunk myths about mental health issues, provide resources, help you gain insight that will help you understand mental health issues. We’re going to be talking about addictions, bipolar, suicide, and childhood mental illness. On today's show, I'm so excited about our special guest, Dr. Rhonda Johnson is one of my favorite people. Her energy is infectious and the warmth of her spirit is so encouraging. Dr. Johnson has been working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in private practice since 1999. She became a TBRI Practitioner in 2011 for her specialty of working with children who have been adopted domestically or internationally, children in state foster care, and children who have experienced trauma. Dr. Johnson is the owner of a large group private practice, the Center for Counseling and Family Relationships, which was established in 2007. She is also the owner of CCFAM Training, established in 2012, specializing as a Live, Virtual, and Online CEU provider with a focus on supervision, Texas Ethics, play therapy, and children who have experienced trauma. In our conversation, we discuss: How parents can help their children with their mental health Dr. Rhonda's personal story with childhood mental health How parents can raise mentally strong children Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: Connect with Dr. Rhonda and CCFAM : Visit her website:  CCFAM  and follow them on Facebook   Helpful Links Free Parent Resources: https://ccfam.com/resources/ www.training.ccfam.com to see trainings Dr. Rhonda is leading in Texas.  NAMI Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show!! Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our conversation about Mental Health. Have a great week, wash your hands and stay safe! Melissa
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May 15, 2020
Episode 17 :: Addiction & Mental Health :: An Interview with Jenni Hubby
Happy Friday !  We are in the middle of a series about mental health. May is Mental Health Awareness month. I am so excited about this series. I hope to debunk myths about mental health issues, provide resources, help you gain insight that will help you understand mental health issues. We’re going to be talking about addictions, bipolar, suicide, and childhood mental illness.  This week we are discussing addiction.  Addiction is blind when it comes to age, race, financial and socio-economic areas. One of the definitions that I love is from AA. Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) describes addiction as an allergy of the body, and an obsession of the mind.  On today's show, I'm so excited about our featured guest. Jenni Hubby is one of my favorite people. Her energy is infectious and the warmth of her spirit is so encouraging. Jenni is a Professional Certified Coach, credentialed through the International Coach Federation. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Before becoming a life coach, Jenni was in business development and marketing in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She is very passionate about helping people recover from these issues because recovery is a big part of her story. In our conversation, we discuss: her story with addiction having old mindsets sparked during crisis How as a professional coach, she is helping her clients not only survive during this season, but to thrive Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: Connect with Jenni: Visit her website:  jhubconsulting.com Facebook: jenni.hubby or jhubconsulting  Helpful Links https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline https://www.drugrehab.com/recovery/ https://www.crchealth.com/find-a-treatment-center/washington-treatment-information/5-stages-addiction-recovery/ Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show!! Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our conversation about Mental Health . Have a great week, wash your hands and stay safe!  Melissa
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May 08, 2020
Let's Talk about Eating Disorders : An Interview with Whitney Russell
It's finally May! Doesn't it feel like April just went on forever?  Thank you so much for being here! I believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered. We are starting a new series this month. May is Mental Health Awareness month. I am so excited about this series. I hope to debunk myths about mental health issues, provide resources, help you gain insight that will help you understand mental health issues. We’re going to be talking about addictions, bipolar, suicide, and childhood mental illness. Today we have the privilege to hear from the amazing Whitney Russell.  We’re going to talk about Eating disorders. You’re going to hear from an expert about resources, ways to detect eating disorders, and insight into this disorder. I hope this gives you compassion if you know someone with this and grace for yourself if you are struggling in the midst. Whitney is the owner and founder of Brave Haven Counseling in Richardson, Tx. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist-Supervisor. Her favorite part about being a therapist is establishing relationships with her clients where she is able to help them to see what they have been missing about themselves all along- that they are powerful beings worthy of great love, belonging, and connection. She is also a wife, mother of 4, and an Enneagram 1. She is a lover of plants, Nutella, thrift stores, and collecting books. On the show today, Whitney and I discuss some of the following: Common myths and assumptions about eating disorders Whitney's personal story with eating disorders How our faith can be transformative during the recovery process Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: Connect with Whitney Visit her website:  www.bravehavencounseling.com Instagram: @whitneylpc Listen to her Podcast: realmessyrealhappy.com and @realmessyrealhappy Helpful Links Expert Q & A: Eating Disorders The Academy for Eating Disorders  National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our conversation about Mental Health with my special guest, Jenni Hubby.  Have a great week! Melissa
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May 01, 2020
Episode 15:: Soul Care:: An interview with Amy Seiffert
Happy Friday!  Thank you so much for being here! I believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered. Today is the conclusion about soul care. I hope you enjoyed last’s week’s interview with Jolene Underwood who is a soul care mentor. She added a thoughtful approach and mindset to this conversation. Today we are in for a treat talking to Amy Seiffert. Amy has been writing, teaching, and speaking on staff with CRU for over 17 years and is currently the Director of Outward Movement at Brookside Church. She is married to Rob since 2001, and they live in Bowling Green, OH with their three children Robby, Olive, and Judah. On the show today, Amy and I  discuss some of the following: How soul care has an intentional restoration of your soul 5 minutes of Stillness and the palms down/palms up exercise How what we have in our "cups" spills onto others Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: Amy's Book - Grace Looks Amazing on You Nordace Backpack - the backpack that Amy talks about You can connect with Amy  on Facebook or Instagram, and on her website, AmySeiffert.com Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we start a new series. May is Mental Health Awareness month. We are going to be talking about Eating Disorders, Addictions, Bipolar disorder and so much more. This is a series you won’t want to miss! Have a great week! Melissa
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April 24, 2020
Episode 14 Soul Care:: An interview with Jolene Underwood
Thank you so much for joining me this week!  I truly believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered. We are at the halfway point on our series on soul care.  Last week’s interview with Rachel Kang was so awesome and I hope you liked it too! I loved her take on  soul care not to mention her practical advice on practicing social distancing without being socially distant.  Today, we will continue the conversation with very dear friend of mine , Jolene Underwood. Jolene Underwood is an emotional health warrior and soul care mentor. She provides practical and spiritual support for cultivating life within the Christian soul by drawing upon her personal journey towards emotional health, her psychology background, and a passion for Christian counseling. Jolene writes regularly at JoleneUnderwood.com, Crosswalk, and iBelieve. She is also  a certified life coach for Christians who want to cultivate their lives with Christ so they can experience more of God and the life He's given them. Her tool, Unleash : Heart and Soul Care Sheets, has helped hundreds experience greater freedom.  On the show today, Jolene and I  discuss some of the following: Challenges you can face practicing soul care How practicing soul care can strengthen your relationships Jolene's own journey of practicing soul care and dealing with depression and PTSD Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: Unleash: Heart and Soul Care Sheets You can connect with Jolene online via Twitter/Instagram/Pinterest at @theJoleneU or via the Cultivated Life Newsletter. Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our conversation on Soul Care. I’ll be wrapping up this series by sharing with you my thoughts, challenges, and advice on practical ways for you to care for your soul. Have a great week, stay healthy and wash your hands! Melissa
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April 17, 2020
Episode 13 Soul Care:: An interview with Rachel Kang
Thank you so much for being here! I believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered. We are in new the middle of a series on soul care.  Last week’s interview with Becky Lauridsen was so good! I loved her practical advice on soul care and how we can practice this daily. Today we will continue the conversation with a new friend of mine, Rachel Kang.  Rachel Kang is a writer, editor, and the creator of Indelible Ink Writers, an online writing community full of journal-keepers and closet poets. She is a graduate of Nyack College in New York where she studied Creative Writing with Bible and Christian Ministry. Rachel's writing has been featured in Christianity Today, (in)courage, and My Influence Circle. When she is not hiding behind the pages of poetry and paperback, you'll find her drinking tea, chasing laundry piles, and stealing away for mornings at the lake. She lives with her family in North Carolina, a blink away from The Queen City. On the show today, Rachel and I  discuss some of the following: Challenges facing when one practices soul care, especially during a pandemic Difference in soul care and self-care Is soul care is Scriptural? Practical ways to practice social distancing without being socially distant Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: Novel Marketing Podcast with Thomas Umstattd Jr. Building a Story Brand Podcast with Donald Miller You can find Rachel on her website : https://www.rachelmariekang.com and https://www.indelibleinkwriters.com Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our conversation on Soul Care.  Have a great week, stay healthy and wash your hands! Melissa
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April 10, 2020
Episode 12:: Soul Care - An Interview with Becky Lauridsen
April is FINALLY here! We made it through another LONG week in the midst of COVID-19, social distancing  and the global pandemic. Today, We are starting a new series on soul care.  For years, I used the term self-care. I heard influencers online talk about self-care Sunday. Chatting about facial masks and getting a pedicure. Getting pedicures and massages are amazing! But these acts aren’t enough to truly care for your soul. Most of us are overwhelmed, depleted and exhausted. Our batteries are generally drained. Our relationships are anemic. I believe we must first care for our soul. In these series, I’ll be talking with friends, colleagues, and you’ll hear from me about soul care. We’ll get into the nitty-gritty by defining soul care. And discuss practical ways to practice soul care. Today, I'm  interviewing Becky Lauridsen . Becky  is an Licensed Professional Counselor and Founder of IOME. It’s an I Owe Me instead of an I Owe You, offering Guilt Free Self Care by partnering with local businesses to offer discounted self care services and products. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, it became alarmingly clear to Becky just how important self care is and just how detrimental it is without. On the show today, Becky and I  discuss some of the following: The difference between self-care and soul-care strengthening relationships by practicing soul-care Whether or not soul care is spiritual ? Practical and tangible ways that you practice soul care through establishing a routine, spending time alone, doing something you love Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: You are the girl for the job! By Jess Connelly IOME self care membership program The IOME Guilt Free Soul Care Journal  You can find Becky at @iowemenow for Facebook and Instagram and Email her at becky@iowemenow.com Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue our conversation on Soul Care. I’ll be chatting with a new friend, Rachel Kang. Have a great week, stay healthy and wash your hands! Melissa
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April 03, 2020
Episode 11 : Struggling well with Anxiety
Happy Friday! We made it through another week in the midst of COVID-19 and the global pandemic.  In today's episode, we are going to discuss how to identify and manage your anxiety. This episode is not another episode about the Coronavirus. Back in December, when I was planning content for the podcast, I decide that anxiety would be the topic of the month of March! How fortuitous was that?! On the show today, we discuss some of the following: How to identify your feelings, emotions, and triggers Identifying your emotions and what is triggering you Validate your emotions and experiences The Feelings Wheel Coping strategies such as deep breathing, body posturing, the power of words and flipping the script Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher    Resources: The Feeling Wheel  SoulTime - an app for Christian meditation Calm - #1 app for Sleep, Meditation, and Relaxation Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we begin a new series on soul care. After all the craziness we've been dealing with lately, we can all use some! I’ve got some great interviews lined up for you. It is my hope that listening will leave you empowered, educated, and feeling a little more normal. Have a great week, stay healthy and wash your hands! Melissa
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March 27, 2020
Episode 10:: Thriving in the Midst of CoronaVirus
This week, I have no guests or interviews. Simply, I’m going to share with you my thoughts about Covid-19.  In this episode, I share how I’m struggling in the midst of this pandemic. Why I’ve been struggling and why you may be struggling  as well. As always, as always, I want to leave you feeling equipped and empowered with a few action steps to help in the midst of the chaos. We'll talk about some steps you can take to cope with your anxiety. This includes how to care for people in your world like aging family members and children. On the show today, we discuss some of the following: Everyone's heightened anxiety about the Coronavirus and the global pandemic Identifying your emotions and what is triggering you The Feelings Wheel  Coping strategies help to lessen the intensity of attacks and also helps to mitigate some of the anxiety. Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts   Click here to listen on Spotify   Click here to listen on Stitcher     Resources:  The Feeling Wheel  Mindfulness meditation helps fight insomnia, improves sleep -  article by Julie Corliss (Harvard Medical School ) SoulTime - an app for Christian meditation Calm - #1 app for Sleep, Meditation and Relaxation Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show.  A Big Shout out to all of you that have subscribe, left a rating,etc. The podcast is doing consistently well and it is ALL BECAUSE OF YOU!  Be sure to tune in next week, where I’m going to share with you my journey with anxiety. I am also going to discuss how I’ve learned to manage my anxiety and how these practices could be helpful for you. Have a great week and wash your hands! Melissa
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March 20, 2020
Episode 9 :: Interview with Jacyln Weidner
Considering all the fear and anxiety with the current situation with the Coronavirus .. the topic of anxiety is so timely!  On this week's episode, I'm interviewing Jacyln Weidner. Jaclyn lives just outside of Vancouver,Canada with her husband and 3 talkative little girls. She loves Jesus, strong coffee and helping women move from surviving to thriving. She is the host of the Ready to Thrive Podcast where she shares practical tips and a whole lotta Jesus! On the show today, we discuss some of the following:  Jaclyn's story of anxiety  How different life events trigger one's anxiety  What does it mean for you to take your thoughts captive? What is soul care and how it can change the way you cope with your anxiety  Listen now: Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts  Click here to listen on Spotify  Click here to listen on Stitcher   Resources: JaclynWeider.com Jaclyn's Podcast : Ready to Thrive Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson Thank you so much for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we conclude our conversation about anxiety. I’m going to share with you my journey with anxiety. We are going to discuss how I’ve learned to manage my anxiety and how these practices could be helpful for you. Have a great week!  Melissa 
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March 13, 2020
Episode 8 :: Interview with Kristin Funston
Welcome to Episode 8 of THRIVE: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free! March is finally here... can you believe it?  Today, we begin a new series on anxiety and how to cope with it. For most, Anxiety is often a vague concept. We know it affects our emotions,  but for some, it can be difficult to describe. This is because anxiety feels different for everyone. However, I believe with all the special guest interviews we have this month, it will leave you empowered, educated, and feeling a little more normal. On today's show, I interview Kristin Funston. Kristin is a Christian author, speaker, web designer, and regular contributor to multiple popular blogs. She's been featured on sites such as The Better Mom, City Moms Blog, FaithIt, TODAY Parenting, and Scary  Mommy. In this episode,  I discuss: My long story with anxiety How to overcome roadblocks like Mom Guilt and Shame How faith impacts your mental health journey Kristen's struggle as a Believer and anxiety/depression Listen now:    Click here to listen on Apple Podcasts  Click here to listen on Spotify  Click here to listen on Stitcher     Resources: More for Mom by Kristin Funston KristenFunston.com Instagram: @kfunston Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we continue the conversation about anxiety. I’m interviewing Jacyln Weidner. She is a wife, mom of the 3 girls, a writer, speaker, podcast who also struggles with anxiety. You are going to be encouraged by her story and words of wisdom. Thank you - Have a great week! Melissa
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March 06, 2020
Episode 7 :: Creating a Healthy Relationship with Yourself!
Welcome to Episode 7 of THRIVE: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free!  Today, I will be concluding our series on relationships.  This isn’t a marriage episode. This is a relationship episode. We are all in relationships. However, the fact is even though we are relational beings, we are incredibly lonely. Google the phrase loneliness epidemic and you’ll see what I mean. In this episode,  I discuss: How the loneliness epidemic is far more dangerous than the Coronavirus . how to improve your relationships with others by improving your relationship you have with yourself. Why you shouldn't depend on others to meet your needs for security and approval. How to let go of unrealistic, perfectionistic expectations of yourself Listen now:   Click here to listen on iTunes   Click here to listen on Spotify Click here to listen on Stitcher   Resources: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown The Search for Significance by Robert McGee Wild and Free by Jess Connolley and Haley Morgan Thank you for joining me this week on the Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. on iTunes or Stitcher so you never miss a show. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where we begin a new series on anxiety. It is so, so good! We are going to be talking about my story with anxiety, mom guilt, postpartum anxiety. I’ve got some great interviews lined up. I believe listening will leave you empowered, educated, and feeling a little more normal. Have a great week! Thank you - Melissa
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February 28, 2020
Episode 6 :: Interview with Amanda Davison
The entire month of February,  we'll be talking all about relationships! Do you want to improve your personal relationships? Do you feel that you struggle with behavioral patterns when it comes to relationships? Do you feel that you just keep making the same mistakes over and over in your interpersonal relationships? Hey, we've all been there! In today's episode, I sit down with Amanda Davison, founder of A Wife Like Me to discuss marriage and relationships.   Amanda Davison is the wife to a Minnesota farmer, mother of three, and President of the nonprofit, A Wife Like Me. She is the co-author of Dear Wife: 10 Minute Invitations to Practice Connection with Your Husband, and national speaker, and serves on staff at her local church, where she and her husband lead the marriage mentor team. Former psychology professor, Amanda is now relentlessly sharing how her education in counseling and God’s word changed her life and marriage. To learn more about Amanda and her community of other wives, please visit her website at A Wife Like Me In this episode we discuss: How Amanda became interested in helping women with marriages? Unrealistic versus realistic expectations in a relationship The common pitfalls in marriage/relationships Ways to avoid these pitfalls Listen now:   Click here to listen on iTunes Click here to listen on Spotify Click here to listen on Stitcher   Resources:  A Wife Like Me :  Facebook https://www.facebook.com/awifelikeme/ Instagram  https://www.instagram.com/awifelikeme/ Amanda's Book: https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Wife-Invitations-Practice-Connection/dp/0578470594/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=dear+wife&qid=1578683285&sr=8-3 John Gottman Links: https://www.gottman.com/blog/want-to-improve-your-relationship-start-paying-more-attention-to-bids/ https://www.gottman.com/blog/turn-toward-instead-of-away/ Be sure to tune in next Friday, where I continue my conversation on relationships!  Thank you for joining me this week on Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Thank you -  Melissa 
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February 21, 2020
Episode 5: Creating Healthy Relationships After Abuse - Part 2
This month we'll be talking all about relationships! Do you want to improve your personal relationships? Do you feel that you struggle with behavioral patterns when it comes to relationships? Do you feel that you just keep making the same mistakes over and over in your interpersonal relationships? Hey, we've all been there! But, what if you weren’t the problem. What if you're just using the wrong part of your brain that is the issue?  In today's episode, I sit down with Polly Hamp, of Think Differently Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting for the second part of her interview.  To learn more about Polly and her work, please visit her website at https://tdacad.com/ In this episode we discuss: Relationship patterns and how we are likely to repeat patterns if we don’t have awareness. Ways to break out of destructive relational patterns. 4 questions to ask yourself when you are journaling  The benefit of having a "pre-conversation" Listen now: Click here to listen on iTunes Click here to listen on Spotify Click here to listen on Stitcher   Helpful links: Think Differently Academy The Feelings Wheel  The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D Cherished by Polly Hamp Polly’s Instagram account Be sure to tune in next week, where I continue my conversation with Amanda Davison, founder of A Wife Like Me Thank you for joining me this week on Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show.
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February 14, 2020
Episode 4: Creating Healthy Relationships After Abuse
This month we'll be talking all about relationships! Do you want to improve your personal relationships? Do you feel that you struggle with behavioral patterns when it comes to relationships? Do you feel that you just keep making the same mistakes over and over in your interpersonal relationships? Hey, we've all been there! But, what if you weren’t the problem. What if you're just using the wrong part of your brain that is the issue. In today's episode, I sit down with Polly Hamp with Think Differently Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting. In this episode, we discuss Polly’s story and life after abuse. To learn more about Polly, please visit her website at https://tdacad.com/ In this episode we discuss: Life after abuse. Relationship patterns and how we are likely to repeat patterns if we don’t have awareness. Ways to break out of destructive relational patterns. Listen now: Click here to listen on iTunes Click here to listen on Spotify Click here to listen on Stitcher Helpful links: Think Differently Academy The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D Cherished by Polly Hamp Polly’s Instagram account Be sure to tune in next week, where I continue my conversation with Polly about overcoming sexual abuse and relationships! Thank you for joining me this week on Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show.
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February 08, 2020
Episode 3: Breaking Bad Habits
It’s estimated that 40% of our behavior is habituated - meaning you don’t even know what you’re doing - when you’re doing it. You are tuned out and letting the engrained patterns take over. When you are numb and on autopilot, you will struggle to accomplish your goals. Habits form when little thoughts and behaviors come in and your brain shifts to autopilot. No longer paying attention, you simply go through the motions of life bobbing about, going wherever the current takes you. In today’s episode, we explore a systematic way to help you ditch old habits. I’ve created a handout for you... Click here to get your copy. Enjoy! Melissa
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January 31, 2020
Episode 2: Ditch SMART Goals for PEACE Goals
Are you struggling to accomplish goals? When you aren’t able to achieve an objective, you likely feel discouraged and frustrated. You may even begin feeling like a failure. But, what if you weren’t the problem. What if it’s how you’re trying to reach these goals that is the issue. Maybe it’s the system you’re using that needs to change. You likely know about SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-based) goals. SMART goals are often thought of as the guide for goal-setting behaviors. These goals often leave us feeling dumb when we can’t follow through. Christa Hutchins, author and speaker, advocates using PEACE (Purposeful, Essential, Adjustable, Current, and Enjoyable) goals instead. In this interview, I sit down with Christa and discuss PEACE goals, how to create habits to foster PEACE goals, and what she sees as common roadblocks for implementing new practices. To learn more about Christa, please visit her website at https://doanewthing.com/thrive/ Thank you for joining me this week on Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Also, Be sure to tune in next week, where we'll explore how to break those bad habits!   Have a Great Week!  Melissa
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January 24, 2020
Episode 1: The Power of Habits & Your Mental Health!
Hi, I’m Melissa Clark.  I’m a professional counselor in the Dallas area with a passion for helping you overcome challenges, process painful emotions, and understand your God-given identity.   I am so glad that you are here!  This podcast is a series format. This means each month you will hear about different mental health topics.  These are issues I’m thinking about, seeing in my office, or have personally experienced. Here are some examples: anxiety, negative thoughts, parenting a child with mental issues - and so much more.  We will be looking at these topics from a Christian perspective.  Some weeks I will interview professional colleagues, some weeks I’ll be interviewing friends, and others will be me - sharing my story and perspective on these important topics. Be sure to tune into the final episode of each topic, I’ll give you an opportunity to put everything you’ve learned into practice.  Thank you so much for being here!  I believe listening to this podcast will leave you feeling excited, educated, and empowered.  Thank you for tuning into episode 1!  In this episode, we begin the journey of conversations about mental health beginning with a conversation about habits. In this episode we discuss: 1. What habits have to do with your mental health. 2. How your brain is a goal-seeking organism that desperately desires to solve your problems. 3. How to Identify your Habits 4. How to Create New Habits Seriously, make sure that you subscribe to the email list, https://www.melissaclarkcounseling.com/resources. Not only will you get a copy of my eBook but you’ll also get the notes to the show. Thank you for joining me this week on Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Make sure to visit my website where you can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify or Stitcher, so you never miss a show.  Hey, while you’re at it, help me out by adding some stars to the rating and tell a friend about the show. Be sure to tune in next week, where I interview Christa Hutchins. She is all about goal setting and helping you start this new DECADE off the right way. Have a great week!
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