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April 29, 2019  

BECOMING AN EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST- feat. Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D.

If you want to be a psychologist but are considering a non-clinical route, this is a great episode to listen to. Social Psychology, just like clinical or counseling psychology, is only one of the many niches in the psychology world.  This area of psych explores why people do what they do, why we think what we think--biases, perception, preferences, familiarity (to name a few phenomena).  To be a social psychologist also probably means doing research, meaning you're also probably an experimental psychologist.  My guest today is Clarissa Arms-Chavez, Ph.D, a tenured associate professor and social experimental psychologist at Auburn University.  She and I discuss: social psych, working in academia, clinical psych, teaching at a university, tenure, impostor syndrome, and being a department chair.  She also gives advice to undergraduates thinking about going to grad school!

Must have info about today's guest:

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Clarissa J. Arms-Chavez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Department Chair of the Psychology Department at Auburn University Montgomery. She earned her M.S. in Experimental Psychology and her Ph.D. in Social Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has thirteen years of experience teaching undergraduate courses such as introduction to psychology, social psychology, social cognition, the psychology of prejudice & hate, and writing in psychology. She also has ten years of experience teaching advanced social psychology at both the Masters level (Auburn University at Montgomery) and the Doctorate level (Auburn University). In general, her research interests include the many various stigmas and prejudices involved within different social groups/categories (e.g., racial issues, colorism issues within the African-American community, sex and gender identity issues.

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April 15, 2019  

BECOMING AN EQUINE THERAPIST- feat. Janet Nicholas, LPC, LCDC

Equine therapy is a treatment modality that can be used for a wide array of client populations and issues in counseling.  Equines are horses, and if I didn't do an episode about equines, I wouldn't be able to call myself a true Texan!  I am so excited to release this interview because I learned so much about the healing power of horses in counseling/therapy.  My guest, Janet Nicholas, gives us details on how to become an equine therapist (not to be confused with hippotherapy) and why horses are so healing in this capacity.  I hope you enjoy this content as much as I do!

Must have info about my guest:

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Janet Nicholas is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor from South Texas.  She has been working in the mental health field for 20 years.  Her personal and professional experiences have led her to engage in her current passion of equine therapy.  She has her own practice where she sees clients in a traditional office, but also does some of her favorite work out in her "grassy office" with her equine therapy associates (her horses).  She went to the University of Houston, St.Edward's University, and then received her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University.  Visit her websites: www.trails-less-traveled.com or www.janetnicholas.com

 

Mentioned in the episode:

Equine therapy information...

EAGALA: https://www.eagala.org/

E3A: https://www.facebook.com/E3Assoc

PATH: https://www.pathintl.org/

 "Adventures in Awareness; Learning With the Help of Horses" by Barbara Rector

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April 1, 2019  

BECOMING A CONTEMPLATIVE THERAPIST- Feat. Catalina Goerke founder of In the Name of Silence

Contemplative therapy has foundations in clinical psychology and Buddhist psychology.  This approach may be helpful if you: have a busy life, have a life...if you live, breathe....lol.  It can be beneficial for ANYONE.  In this episode, my guest and I discuss the difference between conventional therapy and contemplative therapy.  We also talk about anxiety, which is, according to Catalina, one of the most common problems in her practice.  We also talk about how contemplative therapy can help a person develop an awareness of their own emotions.  She also explains how to start your own daily contemplative practice.

 

Must have information about my guest:

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Catalina is a Contemplative Therapist and Life Coach with extensive studies in Tibetan Buddhism in India.

She’s developed the Silence Therapy Technique for Self-Healing, offering her clients the tools to find home within themselves through self-observation, stillness and the ability to tune in to the voice of our inner wisdom.

She enjoys Silence, traveling without schedules, daily rituals and having a cup of ginger chai while watching people pass by.

 

You can find more information on how to incorporate the practice of Silence in your days, on her website: [ https://inthenameofsilence.co] and Instagram: [@inthenameofsilence]

 

For questions, comments, new episode ideas......write to me! cristal@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

 

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March 18, 2019  

BECOMING A CAREER COUNSELOR- Feat. Vanessa B. Monroy, LPC

Through the Eyes of a Therapist Podcast has reached 10 thousand plus downloads!  Thank you to all listeners!

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February 18, 2019  

BECOMING A PLAY THERAPIST- feat. Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT

"Play is the language of children and toys are their words."-A Play Therapy Philosophy.
 
Working with children in therapy requires special skills.  Sometimes the best approaches with children are left to the experts who we call Registered Play Therapists.  This special certification/registration takes at least 300 extra supervised hours to attain post-licensure.  In my interview with Kristin Trick, LPC, RPT, she explains to us how to become a registered play therapist, what kinds of issues play therapists can help with, and why to choose a play therapist over a conventional therapist for your child.
 
Below is some must-have information about my guest:
 
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Kristin P. Trick, MA, LPC, RPT is a therapist who works in private practice at Sawyer Behavioral Health where she provides therapy services to children, adolescents, and adults. She offers Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) along with art and play therapy interventions for clients. She also works at the El Paso Child Guidance Center where she provides Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7 and their parents. She is active in the El Paso community as she routinely provides trainings to local agencies and organizations on play therapy, trauma informed care, and human development. 
Kristin recently published an article in the Association for Play Therapy's quarterly magazine regarding the implementation of play therapy in outpatient psychiatric hospital programs. She received her MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Youth Ministry from Liberty University. Along with her certification as a registered play therapist (RPT), she is certified in TF-CBT and is currently pursuing accreditation in EMDR and PCIT. She enjoys reading, painting, hiking, cooking, and running. She has completed two marathons and is actively training for her third marathon in 2019. 
 
Contact Info:
Sawyer Behavioral Health
4157 Rio Bravo St.
El Paso, TX, 79902 
915-533-8696
 
El Paso Child Guidance Center
2701 E Yandell Dr.
El Paso, TX 79903
915-562-1999 
 
Mentioned in the episode: www.a4pt.org
 
 

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January 7, 2019  

BECOMING A CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER feat. Erica Barrales, LCSW & Alvely Alcantara, LCSW

Social work is a diverse and large field where individuals can grow professionally in many different directions.  Clinical Social Work is one area of specialty where social workers can conduct therapy services.  Licensed Clinical Social workers are trained in a variety of therapeutic modalities that allows them the title of "therapist".  LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, Counseling Psychologists, and some school psychologists can do "therapy" or what we call "clinical work".  After this episode about LCSWs, I will be interviewing psychologists and therapy/clinical supervisors so you can understand the nuanced positions the mental health field has to offer.

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Here is some must have info about today's guests:

Erica Barrales, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who currently works as a Senior Social Worker for Orange County Children and Family Services in Orange, California. She currently is assigned as a Senior Social Worker in the Specialized Family Services: Continuing and Court Officers program. For the past 11 years, she has worked with children and families in the capacity of family reunification, family maintenance, and adoption focused cases. For the past 5 years she has worked with the special medical, developmental, and behaviorally fragile children and families. She is a seasoned and well-rounded leader within her program. She’s been in the social work field since 2003 and has experience in school counseling, psychotherapy, and supervising Associate Clinical Social Work interns. She provides clinical supervision to Associate Clinical Social Workers earning clinical hours for licensure.

She was raised as a daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, and grew up in Anaheim, CA. She is married to her husband of 13 years, who is a deputy sheriff. She has 3 boys, ranging from 4 to 12 years old, loves to drink wine, dance, and spend time with her large family. 

 

Alvely Alcantara is an LCSW in the state of NC with cultural roots in the Dominican Republic. She has been in practice since March 2015 at a nonprofit serving the local Latinx community. The majority of her work is done in Spanish as most of her clients are Spanish speakers. She specialize in trauma treatment, depression, anxiety and adjustment/acculturation problems, and primarily works with females. She loves working with teens (15+) to young adults but has the ability to work with people from eight to a geriatric age. She is not yet in private practice but plans to take that next step for her career.  She has a passion for working with the Military population and comes from a military family herself.

 To get in touch with Alvely or Erica, you can email hello@throughtheeyesofatherapist.org

For more information about social work you may visit the National Association of Social Work:

https://www.socialworkers.org/

https://www.socialworkers.org/Careers

 

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December 24, 2018  

BECOMING A SOCIAL WORKER- feat. Elisa D., LMSW

Social Workers can thrive in many settings---hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, and much more!  Elisa and I discuss the versatility of social workers and talk about what it takes to become a clinical social worker.

Elisa Dobler, LMSW is a therapist at the El Paso Child Guidance Center since October of 2015. Elisa has a Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Social Work from UTEP and is Licensed Clinical Social Work Candidate. While in the master of social work program, Elisa was awarded the Hogg Bilingual Scholarship for Mental Health and the SAMSHA/HRSA Borderland Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Initiative Grant. Currently she is trained in TF-CBT, EMDR among other modalities and works primarily with victims of crime. Previously, Elisa worked in public education as an IB (International Baccalaureate) teacher and English IV teacher from 2006-2013. She speaks three languages and enjoys taking weekend hikes, playing the piano, and spending time with family.

TO ASK ELISA QUESTIONS, WRITE TO HELLO@THROUGHTHEEYESOFATHERAPIST.ORG

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