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Women In-Depth: Conversations about the Inner Lives of Women

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Listen in as therapists, coaches, writers, and other experts explore the inner lives of women: their struggles, fears, hopes, & dreams. This podcast is about cultivating a conversation around the uncomfortable, uncertain, and unknown aspects of a woman's experience.

Through interviews and stories, Lourdes Viado, PhD, MFT goes beneath the surface and takes a deeper look at relationships, motherhood, self-acceptance, authenticity, aging, healing, suffering, loss, and other areas connected to the emotional and psychological well-being of women. We will be exploring conversation around the entire experience of being a woman, with all its different aspects.


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119: Healing the Wounds Left by the Negligent Father
There are really lifelong implications for children who grow up with an emotionally isolating or absent dad.  Some wounds take longer to heal than others. The wounds of paternal abandonment are ones that take a particularly long time to heal. It requires time, a mental and emotional journey, and a definitive decision to let go of the idea that the father will change his ways. In this episode, Rachael Chatham talks with us about the experience of the negligent father and general paternal abandonment, and how this particularly impacts daughters. This experience of the negligent father is very common; Rachael sees it in her practice, but it’s part of her personal narrative as well. Rachael shares with us her journey that led to a transformative experience that allowed her to start taking care of herself—she let go of the fantasy she had written in her head about her father coming back around. Take a listen to learn more about how to heal the wound left from a negligent father, and how you can help a loved one who’s healing as well.   About Rachael Chatham: Rachael Chatham is a Licensed Professional Counselor, psychotherapist, and published author. Her private practice is located in Asheville, North Carolina, where she specializes in navigating relationship challenges and healing complex trauma. Her education is rooted in somatic and transpersonal psychologies, and she approaches her work from a perspective that all beings are whole.  Rachael will be launching her first online course in January 2020: Reclaiming the Self: Returning to the Truth and Beauty of Who You Really Are.   Some Questions I Ask: What drew you to focus in on this area? (2:42) How does the impact of parental abandonment reveal itself in children? (8:31) Why is the absence of a father so impactful? (10:29) What advice do you have for someone who wants to explore this healing process? (26:40)   In This Episode, You Will Learn: How motherhood affected Rachael’s relationship with her negligent father. (6:14) How parental abandonment still happens, even with fathers living in the home. (10:12) How the effects of parental abandonment influence the child’s sense of identity. (15:16) What the grief process looks like when a child lets go of the fantasy that their father could be different. (23:13) About Rachael’s transformative experience that allowed her to start taking care of herself. (27:06)   Resources: Whole Self Therapy The Skillful Self Healing the Father Wound The Fatherless Daughter Project by Denna Babul Will I Ever Be Good Enough by Dr. Karyl McBride
118: Why Infant Mental Health Matters
Kids respond to their environment and learn how to survive. Being a baby is more complex than people think. Once born, a baby enters an entirely new world full of sights and sounds and feelings that they’ve never experienced before. Babies absorb it all—and it affects their mental health. Babies don’t “just forget” when something happens. Even without visual memories, their bodies hold onto those memories, they develop survival mechanisms as a result, and they bring those traumas or sense of security into adulthood, too. In this episode, I talk with Selma Bacevac about her work as a national consultant and promoter of baby mental health. Selma breaks down what babies remember from in utero and throughout infancy, and how those memories are stored within their bodies. Selma also shares insights into the power of a parent’s intention to do their best, and how to start making changes to ensure that your baby’s mental health is well taken care of. Take a listen to learn more about how to consistently communicate a sense of safety and security to your infant.   About Selma Bacevac:  Selma Bacevac is a licensed psychotherapist, mompreneur, national consultant and promoter of baby mental health. She is an expert on how attachment-related problems and developmental trauma affects infants and toddlers. She provides webinars, workshops, and online training to parents and professionals who want more information on this specific topic. Selma is the host of Raising Baby, a podcast devoted to helping parents and professionals understand the world from the baby’s perspective.   Some Questions I Ask: How did you find yourself working in the niche of infant mental health? (4:50) What is infant mental health? (6:49) How does a baby perceive that they are not safe and secure? (7:36) What does a secure attachment look like? (14:17) How does developmental trauma impact mental health and physical health? (42:04) How can parents start to shift things for the better? (49:20)   In This Episode, You Will Learn: How focusing on baby mental health affects experiences in adulthood. (3:23) How babies retain memories from in utero. (8:13) What the signs are of a baby experiencing the world from a place of survival over learning. (12:05) Why it’s vital to empower those about to become parents. (22:16) How your brain changes the minute you decide you want to become a parent. (31:41) The difference between self-control and self-regulation. (38:41)   Resources: Selma Bacevac’s LinkedIn Infant & Toddler Mental Health 101 Webinar Parent-Child Relationship Institute Raising Baby Podcast with Selma Bacevac
117: When Grief is Complicated
Grief is an expression of love for someone who isn’t here anymore. Experiencing the loss of a loved one is one of the most challenging parts of being human. When that loss is unexpected or happens in an “unnatural” order, the grief takes a different kind of toll on the person. All grief is complicated, but the loss of a child or loss as a result of a tragedy makes grief just that much more complicated. In this episode, I talk with Dr. Sonya Lott about her work as one of the only clinicians in Philadelphia trained in evidence-based treatment for complicated loss. We discuss how grief affected her and eventually transformed her life; what makes someone vulnerable to this type of grief; and what this treatment involves. Take a listen to learn more about how to help others experiencing complicated grief and reconstruct your own identity after experiencing it yourself. About Dr. Sonya Lott is a Clinical Psychologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is one of only two mental health clinicians in Philadelphia trained in Complicated Grief Therapy. Helping individuals to transform their experiences of pre-death, acute, and complicated grief. Dr. Lott obtained advanced training from The Center for Complicated Grief at Columbia University, in Complicated Grief Therapy. She has recently launched CEM Psych LLC, which offers continuing education and multicultural competence for mental health professionals, approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. She is also the host of The Reflections on Multicultural Competence podcast.   Some Questions I Ask: What drew you to working in the area of therapy around complicated grief? (2:29) When you say, “complicated grief,” what do you mean? (9:08) Are there types of loss that make an individual more vulnerable to complicated grief? (13:20) What are some words of support that you have for those who have lost someone? (34:11)   In This Episode, You Will Learn: How grief manifests itself long-term. (5:33) Why people get “stuck” in the grief process. (9:42) Common types of deaths that put people at risk for complicated grief. (13:55) How complicated grief impacts various areas of life and relationships. (18:50) What complicated grief therapy realistically looks like. (24:44) How to learn more about complicated grief. (37:02)   Resources: Center for Complicated Grief Grief Steps for Parents Dr. Sonya Lott’s Website Continuing Education in Multicultural Psychology

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    Jul 5th, 2016
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    Nov 15th, 2019
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