Endometriosis Impacts 10% of Folks with Uteruses: An Interview with Meg Allan Cole

Today we bring in Nicole Osei,M.Ed., MSW, Anti-Racist Consultant and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coach and one of Amanda’s oldest and dearest friends (yes, my friend’s are brilliant!). As three white women running a podcast and business, we want to make sure that we are doing our own anti-racist work everyday. Fortunately, Nicole agreed to record our conversation so you could hear her share her experience, enlighten us, and teach us about anti-racism and DEI. Nicole also gave us one of the greatest nuggets about anxiety and white supremacy that we have ever heard– and I (Amanda) have used it in almost every therapy session since.

An Introduction to Anti-Racism and Equity Work with Nicole Osei, M.Ed., MSW

Today we bring in Nicole Osei,M.Ed., MSW, Anti-Racist Consultant and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Coach and one of Amanda’s oldest and dearest friends (yes, my friend’s are brilliant!). As three white women running a podcast and business, we want to make sure that we are doing our own anti-racist work everyday. Fortunately, Nicole agreed to record our conversation so you could hear her share her experience, enlighten us, and teach us about anti-racism and DEI. Nicole also gave us one of the greatest nuggets about anxiety and white supremacy that we have ever heard– and I (Amanda) have used it in almost every therapy session since.

How to Deal with Anxiety – Part 2

Today, we talk about how we teach parents and children how to manage their anxiety when it gets high — anywhere from 5 to 10 on our anxiety scale 🙂 We talk about what high anxiety thoughts sound like in our heads, what happens to our body when we get anxious, and strategies we use to bring ourselves back down to baseline. We also discuss how anxiety has impacted us in OUR lives and the strategies that we have relied on the most (it’s different for all of us!).

How to Deal with Anxiety – Part 1

In our 2nd session on anxiety, we deep dive into all the ways we help clients MANAGE their feelings of worry, starting with proactive, or lifestyle, strategies. We give you hints on improving:

1. Exercise

2. Eating habits
3. Sleep
 
4. Psychoeducation on how anxiety works

All in an effort to reduce anxiety before it even starts! We also describe reactive strategies, or skills to use when the anxiety starts creeping in! We explain signs and symptoms of low level anxiety and describe our best breathing strategies, apps, and methods to stay in the here and now.

How We Explain Anxiety to Kids and Families

Anxiety is so misunderstood! In Session 1 of our 4-part Anxiety Series, we talk about how we explain anxiety in all its glory to the children and families that walk through our door. If you or your child worries, gets grumpy, is a perfectionist, puts tons of pressure on themselves, or has difficulty sleeping— this is the podcast for you! We discuss the relationship between anxiety, sensitivity, empathy, motivation, and super powers all in this one episode. And we have our talking points down, because this is the conversation we have with most of our clients and their families!

What We are Taking Forward

We are hopeful today as we are all post-vaccine and feeling a little safer in our world. Take a listen as we discuss what we have learned from the pandemic lifestyle and what we will take moving forward. Most specifically, the permission to say no and actually choose what we say yes to for ourselves, our kids, and our families. We also take a little minute to reflect on how strong we have all been over the last year… you should give that to yourselves, too!

Preparing Kids to Go Back to School

Kids are going back to school! Are your kids nervous? Mad? Excited? Proud? It all makes sense! And we are here to give you a roadmap for their transition. And yours. Tune in for our six steps to get your family through the next few weeks, starting with “Create Your Comfort Zone” and ending with “Practice Your Routine.” This is going to be hard, friends, but it will be so worth it when you can listen to Michael Barbaro as loud as you want while you’re not cleaning the house because the KIDS WON’T BE THERE!!!

Parents Have Feelings, Too

Do you ever feel confused about how you are supposed to handle your feelings as a parent? On one hand, we are supposed to not talk about them and “shield” our children from the ups and downs of life. On the other hand, aren’t we supposed to model healthy emotional expression and teach them that feelings are important? We get into the WHYs and HOWs of expressing your feelings as a parent, all with the aim of improving your well-being as well as increasing empathy and problem-solving in your kids. So sit back, relax, take a listen… and then tell your kids all about it!

How Do I Know if My Kid Needs a Therapist?

Have you ever wondered if your child need therapy? Us too, and we’re therapists! It’s an especially hard time right now for mental health, and we will let you know some of the signs around sadness, anxiety, and anger that may indicate that calling a therapist is a good idea. We will also remind you that a lot of these hard feelings and behaviors are normal, especially during a pandemic.

Talking to Kids About Grief

Due to Covid, more children and parents are grappling with grief than ever in our lifetime. We cover what you might see from children through this process. We also discuss how to talk to your kids about death and dying and offer ideas for how to help them with their feelings. If you or a friend are grieving the death of a loved one, we are incredibly sorry for your loss and hope we can offer you this sliver of support.