May 25, 2021
Highly Sensitive People (HSP) of the World Unite...I Mean if You Want To, If Not It's Totally OK!

Do you often find yourself feeling emotionally invested in other people, movies, and TV shows? Do you feel like you take on the emotional state of those around you? Have you been told repeatedly to “just get over it” or “don’t be so sensitive,” or “don’t worry about it?” If so you may have heightened […]

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May 20, 2021
Ten Commandments of Managing Depression w/Nate Christensen APCC

Nate Christensen, APCC (working under the clinical supervision of Tony Overbay, LMFT) 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 […]

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May 18, 2021
How Many Positive Comments Does it Take So I Can Say Something Mean?

You've been patient, you've praised, but at what point can you finally let someone know how you really feel? Tony talks about Gottman's "The Magic Relationship Ratio According to Science" of positive to negative interactions during conflict as well as Gottman's 4 Horseman principal (Criticism, Content, Defensiveness and Stonewalling) subscribe to The Virtual Couch […]

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May 11, 2021
How To Both Love AND Guide Your Kids - Implementing Occam's Razor in Parenting

Occam's razor is the theory that given a choice between two hypotheses, the one involving fewer assumptions should be preferred. So why do we unconsciously and often unnecessarily complicate things that we desperately want to get right, like parenting? Tony takes a look at how understanding Occam's razor in the context of parenting gives us […]

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May 5, 2021
3 Takeaways From The World Happiness Report

Tony shares his takeaways from Mark Travers, Ph.D. article from “3 Happiness Tips From This Year’s World Happiness Report.” subscribe to The Virtual Couch YouTube channel at and follow The Virtual Couch on Instagram This episode of The Virtual Couch is sponsored by With the continuing “sheltering” rules that are spreading across the country PLEASE do […]

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April 27, 2021
What Does Kindness Have In Common With the Arterial Health of Rabbits?

Everything you ever wanted to know about kindness can be learned from...rabbits. On today’s episode Tony talks about kindness, and how Dr. Robert Nerem stumbled upon a most unusual example of how both our emotional and physical health can be improved by kindness. It’s not too late! Signups for the next round of the Magnetic […]

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April 21, 2021
BONUS Sexuality Counselor Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on Partner Desirability Hi/Low Desire Relationships

In this special BONUS episode of Tony's top-10 most downloaded episodes of all time on the Virtual Couch, Sexuality and Relationship Counselor Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife makes discusses what to do if you no longer find your partner physically attractive, as well as how to communicate in a relationship where one partner has a high desire […]

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April 13, 2021
How to Embrace Positive Tension In Your Relationship - Part 3 of 3 of the Magnetic Marriage Review

In part 3 of their 3 part series, Tony and Magnetic Marriage co-creator Preston Pugmire, give the final “ingredients” to creating a truly Magnetic Marriage...Presence and Radiance, Yin and Yang, or how to step into your core, confident self and show up, be there for your partner, and, in turn, for yourself. In part 1 of […]

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April 9, 2021
Can Empathy Be Taught or Learned? How to Teach Empathy to Your Kids BONUS

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 this special bonus episode, Tony combines a 2-part episode on empathy from 2018 into one and covers 10 evidence-based […]

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April 6, 2021
Communicating With Connected Conversation Scripts (CCS) - Magnetic Marriage Recap Pt 2 of 3 w/Preston Pugmire

Did you know that there is an actual conversation script that can help you become connected to your spouse? Yeah, Tony didn’t know that there was one either...until he and Magnetic Marriage co-creator Preston Pugmire ( a fellow podcaster (Next Level Life podcast) and successful life coach created one. The CCS, or “Connected Conversation Script” […]

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