Trauma Responses

How do you respond in highly stressful situations? Are you a fighter? How about a runner? A freezer? Is the person you’re dealing with such a threat that you need to keep them happy or stay in their good graces with the “fawning” response? In this episode I talk about the four main survival responses and how they show up in life-or-death situations as well as in daily life. 


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*This podcast is not counseling. Information from this podcast has been derived from my understanding of information based on counseling practice and research. 


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Counselor Mess-Ups

In this episode, Dr. Kate Walker, counselor educator, and myself discuss what it’s like to mess up! It’s ok because everyone makes mistakes and nobody is perfect! Especially therapists! We are absolutely not perfect and have our own baggage; BUT we are held to a high standard of care (laws and ethics) that requires us to bravely confront these mistakes with our clients and each other.  Dr. Kate and I talk about vulnerability, not having sex with clients, and much more!

Babies and Boundaries

Did you know there are several types of boundaries? Sexual, physical, emotional, financial, and more! In this episode psychiatrist Dr. Gaiathry Jeyarajan, author of children’s book “Ella’s Choice” talks about how to teach babies and kids about consent and boundaries. Teaching our littles about how to say “no” and how to give “permission” starts at a very young age and with everyday activities like diaper changes and feeding!  


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Mentioned in the episode: To order your own copy go to Amazon Ella’s Choice: Jeyarajan, Dr. Gaiathry: 9780228838982


Latinx Therapist Lessons

The interesting thing about being one of the 10% Latinx therapists in the U.S. is all of the UNLEARNING we had to do.  Luis Cornejo, LMFT and I talk about our “Lessons Learned” as therapists. (5.5% of therapists are fully bilingual BTW according to the APA.) Here’s some data about the gap that exists for mental health care for Spanish speaking Americans.


TBH, when before recording the episode, I thought it was going to be a straightforward sort of interview with questions like “what have you learned from your clients?” or “what are the hardest lessons you had to wrestle with as a growing therapist?”.  As the conversation unfolded, I quickly came to understand that our identities as Latinxs will ALWAYS color our experiences as professionals. Our therapist identities and cultural identities are inextricably tied…so much so, we can’t even have a philosophical or theoretical conversation without the ideas of marginalization, white supremacy, oppression, and Latinidad being infused into it. It’s not a bad thing! Asi es.


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Highly Sensitive Therapists

What is a highly sensitive therapist? Well, firstly what is a highly sensitive person?  Are we empaths? Introverts? Do we have special powers?  


In this interview with April Snow, LMFT, we have a candid and informative convo about what it’s like inside of a HST (Highly Sensitive Therapist’s) brain. Yep, it’s different in here.


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Correction: the book about introverts I mentioned is actually called the Introvert Advantage”

Trauma Focused or Trauma Informed?

Can you tell the difference if a therapist is truly providing trauma-informed services or if they are merely providing trauma-focused care? 

In this episode, I explain the difference between the two concepts.  I also provide a list of questions to ask providers to ensure they are actually “trauma-informed”.

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Horror Stories and the Parallels To Therapy

In this episode my guest, Marilyn Corbin-Burdick, Licensed Professional Counselor, and I discuss how horror films and stories are much like the therapeutic process.  We talk about folklore–stories passed down from previous generations, and why they are important to consider when thinking about dealing with our own traumas and mental illness.  We also discuss Stephen King novels and how insightful they actually are.  

I personally really dislike horror films, especially the gory ones…but now after this interview, I might look at them more analytically.  Thank you Marilyn!

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Motherhood Is Wild

In this episode, Cristal Acosta, Licensed Professional Counselor, speaks with some of her colleagues who also happen to be a part of the new-mom club.  


In the first segment, Bianca Balderrama, LPC, talks about her experience giving birth in the middle of the pandemic, perinatal and post-partum anxiety/depression, as well as the grief and loss she and many women felt due to the missed experiences the pandemic caused.


In the second segment, another LPC, Monica Garfias talks about her experiences with having a medically fragile baby to care for in the middle of a pandemic, & how she balances work and personal life. Here are the support groups she mentions for parents of kids eight special needs: Trach babies-

G-tube babies-

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What A Decade This Year Has Been

Today, Cristal Acosta, LPC-S, NCC, speaks with Elisa D, LCSW about what the hell even happened to all of us in 2020 and 2021.  The series of unfortunate events that occurred over the last two years has taken a toll on not only our clients, but on therapists everywhere! We discuss what two therapists could have possibly been up to for the last year and a half.


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My Private Practice Journey

In this episode I am an open book about my personal journey into why I decided to go into private practice after 10 years of working for other agencies.  Even though I had a steady income, I knew I had to follow my dreams!

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The Realization- Here I talk about how I knew (a long time ago) that private practice was the ultimate goal!


The Leap or the Push?-How I knew it was time for me to go into private practice.


The Logistics:

  1. Visit a local Small Business Development Center
  2. Go to
  3. Choose and register your business structure and name
  4. Pay the fees and read the instructions
  5. Find and consult with a great accountant (mine is Adriana Alamo from Dallas, TX
  6. Ask yourself if you want to take insurance.
  7. Find out which insurances are most used in your area
  8. Go to the “Provider Portals” of those insurance companies
  9. Do some market research about self-pay rates
  10. Set a sliding scale (if you want)
  11. Niche yourself.




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