Stuff to Check Out
A message from Laurie:
When people are in therapy with me, I often refer people to certain podcasts, websites, books, and so forth. Some of these resources are now being listed here, for ease of access, as this resource list has all references linked.
However, if you choose to listen to any of the listed podcasts, or read any books, but are not currently in therapy with me or another licensed and appropriately trained clinician, please be mindful. Some material may contain material which is "triggering". What this means is that it may bring up painful emotions or memories that you are not prepared for, and if you don't have someone who has the right skills to talk to, you could become overwhelmed. Please know that listening to a podcast or reading a book is never a substitute for therapy.
There are so many GREAT podcasts right now! Some of them have to do with the field of mental health, and are incredibly informative. But guess what? Some people aren't exactly sure what a podcast is. If this describes you, see if this article helps.
Here are some of my podcast recommendations--please remember the trigger warning, and listen with discretion.
Neil Sattin is a really thoughtful interviewer and takes the time to get into "the weeds" with each of the guests on this show, Relationships Alive, which features well known experts in the mental health field. He has two interviews with Richard Schwartz, the founder of Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) which are wonderful--but the truth is, anything I have listened to by Neil seems to be pretty excellent!
Here are the two Schwartz interviews:
Rachel Grant is a coach who has a podcast called "Beyond Surviving" on childhood sexual abuse. Recently the podcast has been taken over by another individual and is now called Transforming Trauma. I haven't been able to listen to the new podcast, so am directing my clients, when they have relevant experience in their background, to focus on the older podcasts that are facilitated by Rachel. Some of these have been very useful to my clients, and do not have any explicit content.
Other names that I often recommend include: Tara Brach, Jon Kabat Zinn, Dan Siegel, and Thich Nhat Hanh. These are all excellent and renowned teachers of mindfulness and stress reduction. One disclaimer is that Tara Brach and Thich Nhat Hanh are both also Buddhist teachers, which is an issue for some people with specific religious beliefs. However, none of their teachings exclude people from other faiths and they offer many insights that can be applied to anyone, regardless of spiritual or religious affiliation.
There is an "app" called Insight Timer that is very helpful to anyone who is trying to develop a regular meditation practice. It can be downloaded to your smart phone and allows free access to a healthy library of guided meditation materials. It is my recommendation that anyone in therapy seek guided meditations in topics such as mindfulness, body scans, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing, somatic awareness, and loving kindness.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach
True Refuge by Tara Brach
Loving What Is by Byron Katie
How to be Sick by Toni Bernard
Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
I am an EMDR certified therapist and so people come to me seeking EMDR. People often are curious about what EMDR is, and after we review it in session, I encourage them to go online and learn more information. EMDR is a powerful therapy if and when it is right for you. I am very careful to make sure that a person is at the right stage of therapy because it is an intensive form of treatment. My two go to websites for learning more about EMDR are below: