The Couple Therapist Couch Podcast episodes

028: Exploring EFT with Jim Thomas

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) is one of the most well regarded models being used by couples therapists today. In this episode Jim Thomas offers a glimpse into some of the aspects of EFT that make it so powerful when used well with couples.

Jim Thomas has received supervision from the founder of EFT, Sue Johnson and is an ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainer and a member of the ICEEFT...

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027: Harriet Lerner on Apologizing

A meaningful apology can transform a relationship. A lackluster apology can just as easily lead to major problems in people's ability to connect.

For the past 2 decades, Dr. Harriet Lerner has studied the art of the apology and recently just published her latest book called Why Won't You Apologize?

Harriet Lerner is one of the nation's most loved and respected relationship experts,...

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026: Less Conflict, More Connection with Figs O'Sullivan

All couples get stuck in emotional interactions and patterns that lead to them feeling hurt and wanting to be loved at the same time. It can feel very confusing when the person who we feel is hurting us is also the one who we want to love us.

Figs O'Sullivan talks about getting beyond the content of these couples interactions to guide couples to be more understanding and feel more connected.

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025: Love is a Verb with Bill O'Hanlon

When we think about problems in our relationships we often want to place blame on our partner and attack their character. When this happens it makes people feel stuck and helpless to do anything about the situation.

In the conversation with Bill O'Hanlon, he talks about guiding couples to express themselves by using specific examples and come up with specific solutions that empower them to...

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024: Couples and Autism with Janeen Herskovitz

There are specific things for therapists to think about when working with a couple who has been impacted by autism. It could be a child of the couple or one of the partners who is on the spectrum, but whatever the case, there is a lot to consider.

This conversation with Janeen Herskovitz sheds light on many of those concepts for therapists to keep in mind.

Janeen is a Mental Health Counselor...

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023: Ernesto Segismundo on Creativity, Video and Social Media

As therapists, we have so much to offer people, but we are often afraid. Whether it is a case of imposter syndrome or just getting stuck in the day to day, it can be easy to stay in our comfort zone.

In this bonus business episode with Ernesto Segismundo, he talks about how to put ourselves in new situations in order to see things from a different perspective and get fresh ideas.

Ernesto is...

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021: True Love is Not True: Relationships Take Work

We often take for granted the fact that relationships take work. We depend on our partner to meet all of our needs and think that something is wrong if we don't feel as in love as we did in the first month of dating.

This was the first solo episode by host, Shane Birkel, and he normalizes these feelings of dissatisfaction and talks about how relationships take a lot of work to maintain. Just...

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022: Gay Couples with Alapaki Yee and Salvatore Garanzini

In the field of Couples Therapy there has been very little research on gay couples. Fortunately, more and more is being done all of the time. It is important for Couples Therapists to be educated on this research and also understand how they can communicate in a way that is inclusive.

This episode was with Alapaki Yee and Salvatore Garanzini, the founders of the Gay Couples Institute with...

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020: How to Ask About Sex in Couples Therapy with Martha Kauppi

Most Couples Therapists understand the importance of bringing sex into the conversation in couples therapy. Unfortunately, most feel unprepared to know what questions to ask, how to make clients feel comfortable, and what to do with the information once it is part of the conversation. In this episode, Sex Therapist, Martha Kauppi and I talk all about how to do that.

She has identified 6...

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005: Race and Privilege with Mercedes Samudio

Race and Privilege with Mercedes Samudio - 005

In this episode of The Couples Therapist Couch, Shane interviews Mercedes Samudio about race and privilege both in society as a whole as well as how it impacts our work in therapy. She emphasizes how important it is to come from a place of wanting to understand, respect, and support. Mercedes is the author of the book Shame-Proof Parenting. She is...

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