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November 11, 2018  

Patron Only Episode-Myra the Magical Marathon Master

In this episode, I interview my friend and colleague, Myra. She is a Licensed Clinical Social worker and marathoner. She is certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). We discuss the field of social work, running, trauma, and self-care.

September 3, 2018  

The FIVE DOMAINS of Healthy Living- The Cure to Mental Illness and the Guide to a Happier Life with Richard Salcido, LPC-S

Welcome to "Through the Eyes of a Therapist"!  This is the podcast that’s all about mental health!  I am your host, creator, and editor of this podcast, Cristal Martinez Acosta, LPC, NCC!  I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board Certified Mental Health Therapist.

This episode contains a very special interview with a person who I admire very much!  Richard Salcido is an LPC-Supervisor who also lives, works, and plays in El Paso, Texas. He was THE supervisor who helped me launch my career after graduate school and oversaw my completion of 3,000 hours of therapy practice to become fully licensed. He has trained many interns over the years and helped shape the next generation of therapists.  He has been a therapist since the 1970s and has a great perspective on mind and body health.  In this episode he gives us information on the 5 Domains of Healthy Living.  Richard will walk us through each domain, giving us tips and things to try along the way.

And Yes, I asked if there will be a book.

We got a maybe on that one....but YES to a powerpoint presentation.

 

I hope to continue to make my first post-grad supervisor and mentor proud!  Thank you Mr. Salcido for the push you gave me to launch my counseling career.

If you want to find out more about Family Service El Paso or have any questions about their services, you can contact them at 915-781-9900.  You can find their contact info on my Facebook page or at my website www.mypodtherapist.com 

Please follow me and get in touch through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Podbean!  You can also send me an email cristal@mypodtherapist.com

 

 

*Recommendations, discussion, and disclosures are for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should never substitute consultations/information from your own mental health/medical professionals with information in this podcast.*

July 22, 2018  

How to Be a TUFF Mudder: Women Warriors Under TOUGH Spartan-Like Course Conditions

Maybe you've heard of the popular obstacle race courses, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, etc.  In this conversation with Paulina, my muddy buddy, we talk about our physical and mental experiences during these races.  

The both of us have strong backgrounds in Psychology and Sociology, so we talk about mental toughness, confidence, competition, discipline, and grit.  We have done Tough Mudders, Spartan Races, Warrior Dashes, and other types of marathons/obstacle races. 

We mention how we each trained for the races and how mentally prepared we must be to endure, prepare, and tough out some harsh conditions.  We give honest reviews about our experiences with each type of race we have done, so you can decide if you want to Spartan Up or be a Tough Mudder.

 

For more info on the obstacle course races mentioned in this episode visit:

https://toughmudder.com/

https://www.spartan.com/en

https://warriordash.com/

http://runthejailbreak.com/

 

*This podcast is for informational or entertainment purposes only.  You should always seek the consultation and advice of your own doctors and/or other health/mental health professionals.

July 4, 2018  

Staying “Fit-to-Fight”! Navigating Services in Military Mental Health with Major Amileah Davis, Licensed Psychologist

Stay fit to fight!

 

Major Amileah Davis is a licensed Counseling Psychologist and is currently serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. She completed her Ph.D. at New Mexico State University, and her clinical work emphasizes evidence-based practice, trauma treatment, prevention, cross-cultural psychology, and organizational consultation. Major Davis has led two mental health clinics, a substance use clinic, a family treatment program, and a base-wide suicide prevention program. She has also deployed to several countries in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE, Operation FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and the Global War on Terror.

Major Davis and I have discussions about:

  • Confidentiality for military members seeking mental health services.
  • Various levels of care available to Active Duty Members as well as Veterans.
  • What therapists who treat military members should do to improve their practices and cultural competency.

Mentioned in the podcast and more provided by Major Davis:

Resources for service members, veterans, and their families:

Services offered by Department of Defense (DoD) & Veterans Affairs (VA):

-          Chaplain

-          Mental health clinic

-          Substance use clinic

-          Family Advocacy Program

-          Military Family Life Counselors

-          Veterans Crisis Line – 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1)

-          Many mores services available, depending on your service branch!

 

Programs highlighted in the podcast:

-          BHOP Factsheet

-          VA Coaching into Care Program

-          SOCOM Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) program

 

Other services

-          Military OneSource

-          Give an Hour

 

Excerpt from “Eradicating Mental Health Stigma in the Military and Beyond”

 

Reasons to defy unjustified stigma and seek treatment:

ü  Your life is more valuable than the uninformed opinions of others who have not walked in your shoes.

ü  By speaking up, you are not only helping yourself, you are giving permission for others to do the same.  

ü  You are part of the fight against stigma.

ü  You are taking a step toward self-empowerment.

ü  Your friends and family will thank you.

ü  Your future self will thank you.

Resources for mental health providers

-          Continuing education offered by the Center for Deployment Psychology (including a FREE cultural competence course!)

-          DoD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines providing evidence-based recommendations for suicide risk assessment, depression, PTSD, and substance use among service members and veterans

-          Volunteer with Give an Hour

-          Air Force careers for clinical/counseling psychologists and LCSWs

-          Military and other government careers via USAJobs.gov

-          Military Command Exception and HIPAA

 

 

If you have a question about any of the resources listed here or how to find other services in your area, please contact Cristal@mypodtherapist.com

 

Please review my podcast on iTunes or Google!  Visit my FB page for Ask-A-Therapist LIVE every other Monday!

 

*All content in this podcast is for informational purposes only.  You should always consult with your own doctor or mental health professional.*

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger call 911, Text 741-741, or visit your local emergency room.*

May 19, 2018  

How to Find a Therapist (Mental Health Awareness Month)

Hi, listeners!  I just want to thank you all for all the support, messages, and positivity!  My little fan-base is growing and I truly appreciate every like, share, and download!

In this episode, the last of a four part series for #Mentalhealthawareness month, I talk about how to find a therapist that is right for you.  

I list out factors to consider about your therapist like: cost, affordability, geographical location, types of licensed therapists, and specialties.  I, of course, mention how you should find a provider who matches your style and someone who makes you feel emotionally safe.

Mentioned in the episode:

http://nbcc.org/Search/CounselorFind

www.tfcbt.org

https://emdria.site-ym.com/general/custom.asp?page=FaTmain

http://dshs.texas.gov/counselor/lpc_search.shtm

 

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me! 

https://www.facebook.com/CristalWonderCounselor/

@cristalwondercounselor

https://www.instagram.com/wonder_counselor/

https://twitter.com/CounselorWonder

 

*Anything on this podcast is for informational/entertainment purposes only.  You should always seek the advice of your own doctor or mental health professional.*

 

April 30, 2018  

From existing to LIVING- Mental Health Awareness Month

All of the interviews and episodes in the month of MAY will be related to #fightingthestigma and #Mentalhealthawarenessmonth. 

In April, I posted openings for interviews on FB and Insta.  I asked if there were any brave souls willing to talk openly about their mental health struggles.  Because MH stigma is so strong, I didn't expect to get many responses.  Luckily, I am friends with many fearless mental health warriors, and here I interview one of them!  

In this episode, I talk with my friend, Clarissa, about her own depression and treatment.  We candidly discuss medication, symptoms, and life changing interventions.

 

*Any and all material in this episode and on this podcast are for informational purposes. You should always consult with your own doctor or mental health professional.*