78. The Self-Driven Child with Dr. William Stixrud

According to neuropsychologist Dr. William Stixrud, parents should be their kids’ consultants not their managers. When we spend our time trying to control our kids, we weaken them and exhaust ourselves. In this episode, Diana talks with Dr. Stixrud about how to support healthy development, self-motivation, and emotional resilience in our kids.

Dr. Stixrud shares:

‧Why giving kids more sense of control sets them up to thrive

‧A more effective approach to homework battles, technology use, and underage drinking

‧The parenting magic of the words, “It’s your call”

‧How to prepare your kids for college (and it’s not practicing SAT’s!)

This episode is a game changer for parents and clinicians, but, of course, “It’s your call” if you want to listen!

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77. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Dr. Jill Stoddard

Join us for a conversation about a powerful therapeutic approach and general guide to living well, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Dr. Jill Stoddard walks us through the principles of ACT, which have been shown to help individuals with anxiety, depression, chronic pain, relationship problems, and general stress improve their happiness and general well-being. Dr. Jill Stoddard explains the basics of ACT and how we can use ACT-based ideas and strategies to live more meaningfully. 

Join the conversation and learn how to become the “me you want to be”!

‧Learn about psychological flexibility, the ability to stay in touch with present circumstances so that you can make choices to persist or cease behaviors in the service of your most important values

‧Discover how reframing emotional pain can allow you to make that pain work better for you

‧Hear illuminating metaphors that bring to life the 6 core processes of ACT which help us to live more effectively

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76. Gender and Sexual Minorities with Aisling Leonard-Curtin and Dr. Matthew Skinta

On today’s episode, we are joined by Dr. Matthew Skinta and Aisling Leonard-Curtin, two mental health providers who specialize in working with gender and sexual minority clients. We discuss:

‧ the emotional impact current events can have for gender and sexual minorities

‧ coming out with compassion

‧ issues of shame, rejection, and minority stress than can arise

‧ promoting resilience among gender and sexual minorities

‧ a mindfulness- and acceptance-based clinical approach to working with LGBT clients

‧ the importance of community and connection

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75. Mindful Self-Compassion with Dr. Christopher Germer

Self-compassion is a hot topic in psychology. It predicts everything from emotional resilience to therapy outcome. The exciting news is, with practice, you can increase your self-compassion. In this episode, Dr. Christopher Germer, pioneer in self-compassion and co-founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion Program, discusses:

‧His personal struggle that led him to self-compassion

‧How being kinder to yourself impacts your well-being

‧Common fears about self-compassion that keep us stuck in self-criticism

‧How self-compassion benefits your romantic partnerships

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74. Mastering Adulthood with Dr. Lara Fielding

Interested in becoming an emotional grown up? In this episode, Debbie talks with Dr. Lara Fielding, author of Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up, about such topics as:

‧ some of the challenges of young adulthood

‧ helpful ways to think about thoughts, emotions, and behavior patterns

‧ how to increase awareness and skillfulness to live a meaningful life

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73. Essentialism with Greg McKeown

In this episode, best-selling author Greg McKeown talks with Yael about Essentialism, a systematic discipline designed to support making life decisions that help you to make your “highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.” 


Join us for an inspirational conversation and learn:


‧Why it is important to distinguish the essential from the nonessential

‧How to identify what is most essential

‧Strategies to create a system that supports the disciplined pursuit of what is essential to you

‧How Greg walks individuals through the steps of Essentialism

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72. Committed Action with Dr. DJ Moran

Are you ready to make a behavior change for 2019? Join us for a motivational episode with commitment expert, Dr. DJ Moran! In this episode Dr. Moran shares:

‧Common internal obstacles to behavior change

‧How to make mindfulness accessible

‧How he used values to change his health

‧What is blocking Diana from her New Year’s resolution

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71. Simplify, Declutter, and Create Space for the New Year with Diana and Debbie!

Happy New Year! Do you have a resolution to simplify your life and clear the clutter? Are you tired of being stressed out by too much stuff? In this episode, co-hosts Debbie and Diana explore:

‧How simplifying and slowing down can help you create a more meaningful life

‧Thoughts and emotions that may arise when you finally tackle that closet you’ve been avoiding

‧Why buying the next little gift shop trinket won’t provide you with lasting happiness

‧Helpful strategies from behavioral psychology that can help you declutter your home and simplify your life!

So take a listen if you could use some practical strategies and inspiration in your quest to simplify. We wish you a peaceful and meaningful 2019!

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