Through the Eyes of a Therapist

www.throughtheeyesofatherapist.org Cristal M. Acosta, TX LPC, Board Certified Therapist, is committed to shining light on EVERYTHING mental health by de-mystifying therapy, humanizing therapists, and de-stigmatizing mental illness!

Safety in an Unsafe World

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In this episode I interview preparedness instructor, consultant, and safety expert, Martin Lopez.  This Navy Veteran talks with me about:

  • Arming our school teachers.
  • A false sense of security.
  • Preventing traumatization.
  • Recommendations on how you can make your home a safer place.
  • Why having a safety plan and training is ESSENTIAL. 

 

To get training from Martin or his network of professionals, you can reach him at info@redteamsafety.com

Or by visiting his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RedTeamSafety/

 

*Material in all episodes of Through the Eyes of a Therapist is for informational purposes only and you should always seek the help of your own mental health professional or doctor*

 

 

Post-Partum Problems? Perinatal Professional, Vanessa Perry, to the Rescue!

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*Material in all episodes of Through the Eyes of a Therapist is for informational purposes only and you should always seek the help of your own mental health professional or doctor*

Episode Bookmarks:

  • Mental health needs in Alaska- 7:30
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder- 9:20
  • Vanessa's Personal Struggle with Depression- 11:00
  • Surprise!!!!- 15:00
  • Childbirth Trauma- 19:30
  • Creating a post-partum plan-24:00
  • Symptoms to look for- 27:10
  • Post-partum Psychosis- 30:00
  • Resources- 38:00 www.hopemends.com and http://www.postpartum.net/

Guest Bio:

"Vanessa Priscilla Perry was born and raised in Texas where she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Pre-professional psychology and a Master's degree in Human Services Counseling from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. She has worked with college student in career counseling. She's worked in a community mental health agency in Anchorage, Alaska where she worked as a case manager and a clinician helping individuals with severe mental illness like schizophrenia, severe trauma, bipolar disorder and anxiety/depression. She also worked in a rural hospital outpatient center for substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. After having her first child and experiencing pregnancy depression and a traumatic birth and not finding resources in her area, she decided to become an advocate and has been training the past five years to work with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, generally known as "postpartum depression". She opened her private practice last year specializing in helping new parents with the transition that happens during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Now pregnant with her fourth child, she continues to offer counseling and coaching to parents and parents to be. You can find her on all social media platforms as Hope Mends or hopemends.com "

 

 

What is Trauma?

Posted by Throughtheeyesofatherapist in DefaultTag, Mental health, abuse, Therapy, Trauma, Self help, ADHD, ACES Study, adversity, PTSD
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In this episode, I define trauma, complex trauma, and chronic stress.  Also toward the middle of the episode I speak about similarities between ADHD and anxiety disorders.  

---Mentioned in the Episode---

ACE's Study>>>>  http://acestudy.org/the-ace-score.html

*Material in all episodes of Through the Eyes of a Therapist is for informational purposes only and you should always seek the help of your own mental health professional or doctor.

Pain to Power Part II

Posted by Throughtheeyesofatherapist in fitness, diet, mental health, balance, exercise
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In the second part of this interview with fitness/health coach, Amber Banda, we get into the nitty gritty of breaking bad dieting cycles, opinions on popular exercise regimens, and the recommended approach to fitness.  This is Amber's story part 2, plus lots of silliness and laughter....and elephants.

From Pain to Power-Part 1

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In this episode fitness expert and fat loss coach, Amber Banda, and I discuss her health journey.  She details the pain, struggle, and heartache associated with her past...but then talks about how she turned these traumas into something beautiful. Of course, I put the mental health spin on it. 

CONTENT WARNING:  The content in this episode is about abuse and anorexia.  You may be triggered by hearing this episode. Listener discretion is advised.

Mentioned in the podcast are the following links: 

To report abuse in Texas:

https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Contact_Us/report_abuse.asp

 

---Amber's Facebook Pages---

Fat Loss and Coaching    https://www.facebook.com/ambercoaching915/

 

Bring Your Own Baby Workouts in El Paso    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1504139319894991/