291: EMDR with Adolescent Trauma Survivors with Curt Widhalm
Release Date: 08/13/2021
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, in a replay episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C shares two past episodes from earlier this year. Laura interviewed infant and child therapy specialist Dr. Janet Courtney, who shares why she uses play therapy and expressive arts in her work with traumatized children and families. In part two she speaks about infant mental health and how she works with traumatized infants and their families. About this episode's guest: Janet A. Courtney, PhD, RPT-S is Founder of FirstPlay® Therapy (an infant play therapy model) and founder of the FirstPlayCafe blog. Dr....info_outline 300: Lauras Most Frequently Recommended Resources For Healing + Learning About Trauma
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week we are celebrating 300 episodes. Therapy Chat Podcast started six years ago in August, 2015. Since then the show has been downloaded - as of today, which is October 18, 2021 - 4,296,070 times. Host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C thanks everyone who has listened, whether this is your first time or you've listened from the start, and everyone in between. Today, to celebrate the 300th episode Laura shares some of the resources she recommends to people again and again. This list will be published on the Resources page of the Trauma Therapist Network site and will be...info_outline 299: Healing Trauma In The Viscera with Lisa Ferentz
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this week's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C revisits her two previous conversations with Lisa Ferentz. In this episode, you will hear Lisa speak about her book Finding Your Ruby Slippers: Transformative Life Lessons from the Therapist which looks at how you can overcome everyday obstacles, boost confidence, and end self-critical thoughts with simple life lessons. Lisa is a recognized expert in the strengths-based, depathologized treatment of trauma and has been in private practice for 32 years. She presents workshops and keynote addresses nationally and...info_outline 298: Brainspotting For Performance with Thad Frye
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Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews Dr. Arielle Schwartz, who is an author, teacher and therapist who specializes in complex trauma and dissociation. Arielle shared her perspective and how she uses somatic methods, including yoga therapy, to help her clients heal following traumatic experiences. She and Laura shared a hopeful message of encouragement about healing from trauma. Arielle Schwartz, PhD, is a psychologist, internationally sought-out teacher, yoga instructor, and leading voice in the healing of PTSD and complex trauma. She is the...info_outline 296: Vulnerability + Emotional Neglect with Allyson Dinneen, MFT
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C shares an update on what she's been doing over the month of August, including the launch of Trauma Therapist Network (), a vacation and getting Covid. Laura also interviewed Allyson Dinneen, MFT, the therapist who authored the book "Notes From Your Therapist" and the owner of the popular Instagram account by the same name. Allyson talks about her work with adult survivors of Childhood Emotional Neglect. She and Laura discuss authenticity, vulnerability, self compassion and connection with self and within relationships....info_outline 295: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy In Cultural Context - With Dr Pat Ogden
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Dr. Pat Ogden. You may recall back in 2018 Dr. Ogden was on Therapy Chat for the first time, talking about Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, the method she founded (link below). This time, Dr. Ogden discusses her newest book, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in Context. She talks about the book and the importance of bringing an anti-racist, anti-oppressive perspective to the field of psychology in general, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in particular. Pat Ogden, PhD, (she/her), is...info_outline 294: Bottom-Up + Top-Down Psychotherapy Methods For Trauma with Robyn Brickel
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Robyn Brickel, LMFT about Top-Down and Bottom-Up psychotherapy methods for trauma. In this conversation, Laura and Robyn described what the terms "Top Down" and "Bottom-Up" mean in reference to trauma therapy; how each type of trauma therapy can help trauma survivors; and what types of therapies fit into each category. is the founder and clinical director of Brickel and Associates, LLC in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. She and her team bring a strengths-based, trauma-informed, systems approach to the...info_outline 293: Becoming Safely Embodied After Trauma with Deirdre Fay
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! In this week's episode, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews trauma and attachment expert Deirdre Fay, MSW, who is the author of "Becoming Safely Embodied: A Guide to Organize Your Mind, Body and Heart to Feel Secure in the World." She discussed her earlier book, "Attachment-Based Yoga & Meditation for Trauma Recovery: Simple, Safe and Effective Practices for Therapy" on the podcast in 2018 (link below). Deirdre has also contributed to the book "Attachment Disturbances In Adults: Treatment for Comprehensive Repair with Dr. Daniel Brown and Dr. David...info_outline 292: The Importance Of Conflict For Healthy Relationships with Risa Ganel
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C expresses gratitude to Melvin Varghese, PhD, who recently interviewed her on his podcast, Selling the Couch. That interview goes live in September, 2021. Be prepared to hear Laura getting all choked up while sharing about the process of creating the new website Trauma Therapist Network. Laura also thanked Katie Vernoy, LMFT and Curt Widhalm, LMFT for interviewing her on their podcast, The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide. Laura talked about how her frustration with the lack of awareness about trauma and trauma therapy, despite...info_outline
Welcome back to Therapy Chat! This week host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C celebrates the show's 6th birthday - August 15, 2015 is Therapy Chat's date of birth, plus 4,101,000 downloads and 291 episodes! Laura thanks the newest members of the Trauma Therapist Network family, Debbie Duquette, LICSW, in Madison, AL; Gwendolyn Blake, LPC in Clinton, NJ; Catherine Fries, LCSW in Philadelphia, PA - all three of whom offer virtual therapy; and Robyn Brickel, LMFT, who is based in Virginia but also licensed in Washington DC and Connecticut, offering virtual therapy in all states where she is licensed. Laura mentions Robyn is a past guest on Therapy Chat (episode 154) and will be on again in the near future to speak about top down and bottom up therapy methods for trauma.
Laura thanks the listeners over the years and all the sponsors whose support has allowed Therapy Chat to keep going consistently - weekly - for 6 years!! It is not easy to make time to record the show on top of running a group practice and having a personal life, sponsors make it possible to devote the time to this work so THANK YOU! And let's not forget the many fabulous guests who have volunteered their time to share their wisdom on Therapy Chat. Too many to mention, and we are grateful for each one of them. And many more wonderful guests are coming up over the remainder of 2021!
Also, in today's episode, Laura interviews Curt Widhalm, who is a group practice owner, podcaster and EMDR Consultant In Training based in Los Angeles, CA. Following up on last week's conversation with Kristen D. Boice about the similarities and differences between EMDR and Brainspotting, Curt explains more about EMDR and how he uses it with adolescents. He explains how he got into using EMDR after experiencing it himself following an accident, and some of the ins and outs of working with teens using this method.
Curt Widhalm is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA. He is certified in EMDR and a consultant-in-training. His group practice specializes in working with teens and their families, especially those undergoing trauma or self-harm.
Curt is the co-founder of the Therapy Reimagined Conference and co-host with Katie Vernoy of "The Modern Therapist's Survival Guide" podcast. He teaches in the MFT programs at California State University-Northridge and Pepperdine University and is a member of the CAMFT Ethics Committee.
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