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The Virtual Couch Podcast

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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Episode 72 BONUS Tony Overbay on Brave Dad Now Talking about “Pornography, The New Plague!”

Episode 72 Tony on Brave Dad Now Talking About Pornography – The New Plague Tony Overbay joins John Meldrum on his new podcast, Brave Dad Now to talk about Pornography, the new plague. They cover a variety of topics including how pornography works on the brain, tips, and tools to help one feel the hope …

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Episode 71 “Tell Me More About That” – Productive Phrases That Discourage Fixing, Encourage Empathy and Improve Communication

Episode 71 “Tell Me More About That” Tony Overbay, LMFT, gives examples of ways to cultivate better communication with your kids, teens, and spouse by leading with empathy. He gives specific examples, and phrases of how to sit in a communication and show empathy even when all you want to do is fix! Learn how …

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Episode 70 Better Than Happy’s Jody Moore How To Deal With Difficult Family Members – BONUS

Ep70 Jody Moore on Dealing with Difficult Family Members Jody Moore, host of the Better Than Happy Podcast, and popular life coach is teaching a series of free webinars focused on how to deal with difficult family members. Visit jodymoore.com/free for more information. In this bonus episode, Tony and Jody share some of their experiences in working …

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Episode 69 Anthony Esteves of the Capeless Crusaders on Persevering Through Suicide In The Family And Job Transition

https://youtu.be/pr4g-BugaiE Ep69 Anthony Esteves from the Capeless Crusaders on Dealing with Suicide in the Family, Career Change and Iron Man 3 Virtual Couch Episode 69 – Tony Overbay, LMFT interviews Anthony Esteves, Cohost of the Capeless Crusaders Podcast, Writer/Contributor/Film Enthusiast for Latino Review Media. Anthony discusses his personal journey in dealing with the suicides of …

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Episode 68 Integrity, Character and Personality – What is Your Integrity Worth?

Integrity, Character and Personality – What is your Integrity Worth? What is your integrity worth? Is it worth a couple of dollars that you’ll save by selecting a child’s ticket for a movie when your child is actually 27 and living at home? What is the difference between character, and integrity, and how do you …

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Episode 67 Rules for Constructive Kommunication (ROCK) How to Communicate More Effectively

Rules of Constructive Kommunication (ROCK) Couples therapist Tony Overbay, LMFT, shares his Rules for Constructive Kommunication (ROCK). These 6 rules are designed to help couples move past unproductive conversations around “hot topics” that typically lead to frustration, fighting and turning away from each other. If you often find yourself avoiding certain topics or situations with …

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Episode 66 Coach Charles Gazzaway Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Survivor on Mentoring Youth, Race in Sports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0fOAjYhxJw Coach Charles Gazzaway, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Survivor, Youth Mentor ** NOTE Tony and Coach Charles talk about being able to donate to help Coach and his team cover costs to their upcoming trip to San Diego, CA for the California Games. If you are interested in donating, please do so at this link http://paypal.me/TheVirtualCouch Thank …

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Episode 65 Discipline, Acceptance and the Miracle Question

Discipline, Acceptance and the Miracle Question What is more important, self-discipline, or IQ? And imagine you go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow and during the night a miracle happened. When you woke up your life now looked more like the life you always dreamed of. How do you feel, what would you do, …

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Episode 64 PTSD and the Military w/retired US Army Special Forces Jeff Adamec

Title Tony Overbay interviews Jeff Adamec on the topic of PTSD the negative stigma associated with discussing mental health challenges in the military. Jeff served in the United States Army as a Ranger and a Special Forces Green Beret for 18 years. He had 6 tours of combat to both Iraq and Afghanistan where he …

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Episode 63 – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Tools for Happiness

Title Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an evidence-based model that uses acceptance of one’s thoughts in combination with powerful mindfulness tools, as well as commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. ACT was developed in 1982 by Steven Hayes and has become one of the most widely used methods of treatment for everything …

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Episode 62 – How to Raise An Adult Book Review w/Jonathan Alva

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS4zThLKqgQ&t=1851s Ep62 How to Raise An Adult – Book Review Tony Overbay and Jonathan Alva discuss the book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over-parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims. Julie Lythcott-Haims served as dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University. She has spoken and …

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Episode 61 – How to Talk About Suicide, There is HOPE!

Title Despite the fact that over 100 people commit suicide in the US alone on a daily basis, we don’t often hear enough about resources for those who are having suicidal thoughts until a high profile celebrity tragically turns to suicide. In this episode, Tony addresses some of the myths around talking about suicide and …

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Episode 60 – BONUS Tony on 3 in 30 Podcast for Mom’s on How to Praise Difficult Kids

Title In this bonus episode, Tony Overbay was a guest on Rachel Nielson’s podcast 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms. Rachel titled the episode “How to Praise Your Child When if Feels Like There Is Nothing to Praise.” Tony discusses the Nurtured Heart Approach and the four ways of positive acknowledgment. Tony and Rachel then …

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Episode 59 – Procrastination, Proactively Pulverizing Your Procrastination Problems

Title Procrastination, it’s not simply an “I’ll get to it later,” problem. Procrastination can be a debilitating issue that causes a great deal of guilt, and shame, to people from all walks of life, from students to successful businesspeople. Most likely we’ve all experienced that feeling of “I’ll do it tomorrow,” or those times where …

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Episode 57 – Happiness! Why Is Happiness So Difficult to Hold On To?

Title Why is it so difficult to be happy? With all of the advances in technology and advances in being more open to mental health issues, one would think that happiness would be on the increase. But instead, we find that people’s overall happiness has been stagnant, or on a slight decline over the last …

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Episode 56 – Human/Sex Trafficking, How to Protect Our Families with Leonard, Former Inmate

Title Tony interviews Leonard, a former inmate, and medical professional, who was recently released from jail where he learned a tremendous amount of information on how to protect our children from the dangers of human trafficking. While in jail, Leonard, a father himself, learned from people imprisoned for the crimes of human trafficking, about the …

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Episode 55 – BONUS Finding the Lost Ticket – A Mindfulness Example

Title In this bonus episode of The Virtual Couch, Tony records a quick podcast to process an event that he had just experienced that could have gone one of two ways. One way would have been to let anxiety, stress, and panic rule his thoughts and possibly put him in a position to let down a …

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