Episode 100 You’ve Got This! Puppies, Ponies, $200 bills and 6 Principals of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Title You can do this! What is this? Whatever you’re going through right now, and this isn’t your typical “you can do anything you put your mind to” speech. This is an episode to be returned to, an episode designed to help you understand where your “this” is coming from and then what to do …

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Episode 99 Eat Squat Mom’s Elisabeth Mortensen on Confidence, Body Image, and Finding What’s Right for YOU!”

https://youtu.be/prvQzgHA0SA Ep99 Eat Squat Mom’s Elisabeth Mortensen on Confidence, Body Image, Balance Tony interviews Elisabeth Mortensen, better known as Eat Squat Mom (Instagram @eat.squat.mom). From Elisabeth’s website http://eatsquatmom.com “I have been on many fitness journeys over the last eight years and have striven for perfection each time. I have found that perfection doesn’t lie in …

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Episode 98 Improving Relationships via Shared Experiences, Are You Trying to Be Relatable, or Impressive?

Ep98 Improving Relationships via Shared Experiences…Relatable vs Impressive Can going to a movie be a bonding experience? Do you think that sitting next to your partner on your phone/computer while they watch something on TV is good enough? Tony dives into studies that show that connection, even in the mundane trumps Icelandic spelunking! Learn how …

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Episode 97 Resolutions That Will Stick, No Really! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Plus Resolutions = Success!!

Ep97 Resolutions That Will Stick, No Really! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Plus Resolutions = Success!! It’s New Year’s Resolution time! Does that bring a feeling of fear, or excitement to your brain? Tony weaves acceptance and commitment therapy into 5 evidence-based ways to make your resolutions stick once and for all! Learn how your values must …

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Episode 96 Dating in the Modern Age with Caitlin Markham AMFT

Ep96 Dating in the Modern Age with Caitlin Markham, AMFT Caitlin Markham, AMFT makes her second appearance on The Virtual Couch podcast. Tony and Caitlin discuss problematic dating trends for young adults and how advances in technology have hindered the progression of healthy relationships. Caitlin explains the MGTOW (Men Going Their Own Way) movement, how …

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Episode 93 Can Empathy Be Taught/Learned? Or is it a Factory Setting?

Title Empathy has become a big buzzword over the past few years, and, chances are you’ve wondered if your spouse, your kids, or your boss lacks empathy altogether? Or are you the one you’re worried about? In part 1 of 2, Tony looks at the 3 components of empathy and covers 5 evidence-based methods for …

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Episode 92 Reed Ward, Licensed Educational Psychologist on School Evaluations, Autism, ADHD, Memory

https://www.youtube.chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9I6x2pM5Lo&t=486som/watch?v=9uOETcuFjbE Ep92 Reed Ward, Licensed Educational Psychologist on Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia Reed Ward, a licensed educational psychologist (LEP) and school psychologist, shares how educational testing and assessments for autism, dyslexia, ADHD, and various learning disabilities are beneficial in helping understand a student’s individual academic need. Reed also shares signs of what to look for in …

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Episode 91 McKinley Overbay on Battling Depression as a Teen, Opening Up to Friends, How Parents Can Help

Ep91 McKinley Overbay on Battling Depression as a Teen, How Parents Help Tony is joined by his daughter McKinley Overbay to discuss her recent Instagram post on World Mental Health Day in which she discussed her life 6 months after opening up to friends about her depression and anxiety. In the post she shares that …

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Episode 89 BONUS What is Gaslighting? Do you feel like you’re losing your mind in your relationship?

Ep89 What is Gaslighting? From the National Domestic Abuse Hotline (thehotline.org) “I never said that. You’re making things up again.” “Are you sure? You tend to have a bad memory.” “It’s all in your head.” Does your partner repeatedly say things like this to you? Do you often start questioning your own perception of reality, …

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Episode 88 Dr. Laura Sparrow on Losing Her Baby at 35 Weeks, Her Grieving Process, What To Say to Mothers Who Experience a Stillbirth

https://youtu.be/WB41If4l2RQ Ep88 Dr. Laura Sparrow Dr. Laura Sparrow joins Tony Overbay, LMFT on The Virtual Couch Podcast to discuss her experience in losing her baby, Bodie, at 35 weeks and how she has been able to move forward despite daily reminders of her loss. Laura shares what she felt was the most helpful ways that …

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Episode 86 Understanding Today’s Narcissist Podcast Host Christine Hammond, LMHC/Personality Disorder Expert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDg8x6Ip-7s&t=10s Ep86 Understanding Today’s Narcissist Podcast Host Christine Hammond Christine Hammond, the host of the podcast Understanding Today’s Narcissist, joins Tony to discuss personality disorders, particularly narcissism. Research estimates that 15% of people have a type of personality disorder. What is a personality disorder? Do you have one? Does your spouse, parent, or employer? If …

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Episode 84 The Gift of Recovery Authors Dr. Rebecca Williams, Julie Kraft LMFT on Mindful, Joyful, Sustainable Recovery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hX4xBm6YU_c Ep84 The Gift of Recovery Authors Dr. Rebecca Williams, Julie Kraft LMFT on Mindful, Joyful, Sustainable Recovery Dr. Rebecca Williams, PhD and Julie Kraft, LMFT discuss their new book The Gift of Recovery – 52 Mindful Ways to Live Joyfully Beyond Addiction. The book not only provides tools for recovery from any addiction, but …

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Episode 83 Q&A Navigating Difficult Conversations, ADHD, Can One Truly Overcome Porn Addiction & More

Ep83 Q&A Navigating Difficult Conversations, ADHD, Can One Truly Overcome Porn Addiction & More How do you begin hard conversations with a spouse? Can you truly overcome pornography addiction? Will the World Health Organization’s diagnosis of Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder (CSBD) lead more people to seek help from continually turning to pornography and other compulsive sexual …

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Episode 82 Positive Parenting – Ralphie Jacobs From @SimplyOnPurpose

Ep82 Positive Parenting w/Ralphie Jacobs @SimplyOnPurpose Ralphie Jacobs, whose popular Instagram account SimplyOnPurpose has a following (at this posting) of nearly 80,000 followers, joins me to talk about Positive Parenting. Ralphie, a mother of 4 girls, has a background in early childhood education. She moved from teaching children to teaching parents, as she felt a …

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Episode 81 – Learning the Levels of Intimacy – A Guide to Better Connection

Ep81 Learning the Levels of Intimacy Physical attraction may be enough to initially bring a couple together but is it enough to sustain a relationship when you feel disconnected emotionally, spiritually, or intellectually? Or how about when you feel like anything you say to each other is a trigger for an argument? Learn how to …

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Episode 80 – Being Authentically Authentic, A Key to Happiness

Ep80 Being Authentically Authentic, A Key to Happiness What does it mean to be authentic? Have you ever run across someone who kisses up to a boss, but the moment the boss leaves, he or she begins to complain about them? Is that someone that you’re drawn to? Are you that person? Brene Brown, author …

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Episode 79 – The Ten Commandments of Managing Depression w/Nate Christensen APCC

Ep79 Ten Commandments of Managing Depression w/Nate Christensen APCC Nate Christensen, APCC, shares his personal journey in living with depression and shares his “Ten Commandments of Managing Depression.” Depression is a diagnosable mental illness and treatment is available! Depression is estimated to affect up to 20% of the adult population at some point in their lives …

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Episode 78 – What If Trying to Choose To Be Happy Isn’t Working?

Ep78 What If Trying to Choose To Be Happy Isn’t Working? Plenty of well-meaning people in our lives try and motivate us by saying, “Just choose to be happy every day!” But why, then, isn’t it that easy? Why when many people try and choose to be happy, do they actually end up feeling worse? …

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Episode 77 – Nikki Harmon, LMFT – Finding Happiness in The Hard

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq4a59ghTnQ&t=7s Ep77 Nikki Harmon, LMFT – Finding Happiness in The Hard On August 3rd, 2018, Nikki Harmon, LMFT, posted what she thought was just another post on her personal challenge to post something daily to her professional Facebook page. She had no idea that her post, in which she vulnerably shares her experiences with discovering …

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Episode 76 How To Apologize and Truly Mean It, Another Slice from the EFT Pie!

Ep76 How to Apologize and Truly Mean It! Tony breaks down the dreaded “Demon Dialogues” from Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, THE go-to couples guide to Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. Whether you and your partner engage in “Find the Bad Guy,” the “Protest Polka” or “Freeze and …

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Episode 75 “How’s That Working For You?” Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 2

Ep75 How’s That Working For You? Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT 2 Tony uses acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to explain how holding onto our fears, worries, and anxieties can get in the way of progress. He uses the “ACT in a nutshell metaphor” from Russ Harris’s book ACT Made Simple and he shares the …

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Episode 74 – Listening Skills – Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Ep74 Listening Skills Are you a good listener? Studies show that you most likely believe that you are, even if your listening skills are rooted in pop-psychology, with no real evidence to back them up. Learn What Great Listeners Actually Do from an article in the Harvard Business Review by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman, …

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Episode 73 Ryan Walton of Daring to Dad on Meniere’s Disease, Navigating Miscarriage, Therapy And Parenting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skTBK8ULH9k&t=1032s Ep73 Ryan Walton of Daringtodad.com Ryan Walton, creator of daringtodad.com shares his discovery of Meniere’s disease late in life and how it almost cost him his hearing, and how he helped his wife navigate through two miscarriages before finally getting pregnant. Ryan also talks about touring with a Christian rock band, his time as …

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