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Author: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

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Counselors, coaches and sober companions help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Addictions and Mental Health issues each year. Learn about the current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and provide the best possible services. Counselor Toolbox targets counselors, coaches and companions, but can also provide useful counseling self-help tools for persons struggling with these issues and their loved ones. AllCEUs is an approved counseling continuing education provider for addiction and mental health counselors in most states. Counseling CEUs are available for each episode.

899 Episodes
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to Mindfulness and Self-Care for Burnout Prevention 00:06:44 - Signs and Symptoms of Burnout 00:13:37 - Burnout Symptoms and Vulnerabilities 00:20:22 - Burnout and its effects on personal activities 00:27:44 - Impact of Similarity on Empathy and Trauma 00:35:12 - Contributors to Burnout 00:41:55 - Managing Pain and Vulnerabilities 00:48:48 - Secondary Trauma and Burnout Prevention Strategies 00:55:12 - Promoting Resilience and Coping Skills 01:01:59 - Burnout in Work Environments Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction: Trans-Diagnostic and Transactional Theories 00:06:00 - Threat Response System and the Fight Response 00:12:08 - Irritants and Energy Drain 00:18:06 - Threat Assessment and Emotional Triggers 00:24:28 - Examining Triggers for Irritation and Anger 00:30:37 - the Relationship Between Stress and Depression 00:36:11 - Dealing with Stress and Anxiety: Sleep Intervention 00:41:45 - Healthy Eating Habits 00:48:08 - Dealing with Negative Thoughts and Behaviors 00:54:08 - Stick around and chat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Understanding Vulnerabilities 00:06:08 - The Impact of Nutrition on Anxiety Levels 00:12:29 - The Impact of Sleep on Mental Health 00:18:37 - The Effects of Addictive Behaviors and Toxins 00:25:08 - Effects of Distress on the Brain and Body 00:31:18 - Coping with Mental or Cognitive Vulnerabilities 00:37:45 - Strategies for Maintaining Motivation 00:43:45 - Identifying and Addressing Time Sucks 00:49:43 - Addressing Weak Emotional Boundaries and Fear of Abandonment 00:55:52 - Addressing Mental Health and Recovery Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Emotional Maturity vs Emotional Intelligence 00:03:22 - Understanding and Responding to Other People's Emotions 00:06:55 - Consequences of Emotionally Immature Caregivers 00:10:23 - The Impact of Dysregulation on Child Development 00:13:52 - Consequences of Dysregulated Caregivers 00:21:10 - The Interconnectedness of the HPA Axis 00:24:41 - Healing the Inner Child 00:28:09 - Healing from Attachment Trauma 00:31:44 - The Impact of Caregivers on Emotional Regulation Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Understanding Emotional Intelligence and Emotion Regulation 00:06:19 - Managing Emotions 00:12:44 - Emotional Dysregulation and Vulnerability 00:19:08 - The Impact of Stress on Cognitive Pathways 00:25:37 - Understanding and Processing Emotions 00:31:59 - Encouraging Authenticity and Expression through Empathy and Validation 00:38:39 - Recognizing and managing distressful emotions 00:45:08 - Improving Emotional Intelligence and Distress Tolerance 00:51:20 - Overcoming Irrational Fears Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction: Behavior Modification Basics 00:07:25 - The Physiology of Fear and Exhilaration 00:15:12 - Gut Reactions and Non-Verbal Cues 00:23:03 - Building Psychological Flexibility 00:30:50 - Using Discriminative Stimuli for Emotional Well-being 00:39:07 - Punishments and Rewards 00:46:36 - Benefits and drawbacks of new behaviors 00:54:12 - Strategies for Breaking Habits 01:01:30 - Shaping Behaviors 01:09:15 - Recognizing Stimuli and Behavior Replacement Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Addiction: Definition and Types 00:06:24 - Symptoms and Types of Addiction 00:12:50 - Motivations for Addictive Behavior 00:19:04 - Self-medication and Addiction 00:25:56 - Impact of Inadequate Sleep and Inflammation 00:32:40 - Concurrent Addictions and Co-occurring Disorders 00:39:29 - Treatment Issues and Strategies 00:46:05 - Exploring Personality Disordered Behavior 00:52:49 - Back to Basics: Emotional Intelligence and Self-Reflection 00:59:09 - Developing self-esteem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Understanding the Causes of Addiction 00:07:38 - The Importance of Setting Boundaries 00:15:27 - The Addicted Person's Behaviors 00:22:55 - Effects of Long-Term Stress 00:30:37 - Managing Circadian Rhythm and Boundaries 00:38:22 - Understanding Addiction and Fear of Loss 00:46:00 - Grieving the Loss of Time 00:53:41 - Cognitive Distortions and Coping Strategies 01:01:18 - Taking Control and Creating a Safe Environment 01:08:52 - A Message of Gratitude Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to the Socioecological Model 00:07:00 - The Impact of Individual Characteristics on Interactions 00:14:04 - Impact on the Education System 00:21:36 - The Impact of Culture and Chronological Events on Mental Health 00:29:07 - Risk Factors for Mental and Physical Illness 00:36:39 - Risk Factors for Mental Illness in Youth 00:44:02 - Risk factors and protective factors for mental health 00:51:04 - Promoting Positive Social Bonding 00:57:56 - Community Risk Factors and Prevention Strategies Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to Trauma-Informed Screening 00:13:58 - Secondary prevention and maintaining current state 00:20:59 - PTSD and CPTSD Screening 00:28:18 - Screening for Mental Health 00:35:01 - Importance of Tone and Empathy 00:41:17 - Exploring Traumatic Events and Trauma Work 00:47:13 - Coping Strategies for Trauma Survivors 00:53:25 - Barriers to Trauma Inquiry and Treatment 00:59:55 - Viewing Physical Symptoms as Trauma Result Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to Autoimmune Issues and Mood Disorders 00:06:27 - The Impact of Chronic Illness on Mood Disorders 00:13:06 - The Relationship Between Autoimmune Issues and Depression and Anxiety 00:19:33 - Impact of Autoimmune Disorders on Mental Health 00:26:08 - The Impact of Chronic Inflammation and Stress on the Body 00:32:18 - The Role of Mucus in Intestinal Health 00:38:56 - Managing Side Effects of Medication 00:45:43 - Developing Empowerment Skills 00:52:04 - Coping with Autoimmune Issues and Mental Health 01:00:58 - Managing Autoimmune Issues and Mental Health Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Mental Health Issues and High Blood Pressure 00:04:56 - Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease 00:09:58 - Mental Health and Cardiovascular Disease 00:14:57 - The Impact of Shift Work on Health and Well-being 00:19:46 - Impact of Excessive Fatigue 00:24:44 - The Influence of Statins on Mood Response 00:29:33 - Fatigue and its Consequences 00:34:33 - The Importance of Mindfulness in Managing Stress 00:39:53 - Using Distress Tolerance Tools 00:45:05 - Promoting Treatment Compliance and Self-Advocacy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Symptoms of Traumatic Injury 00:03:41 - Exploring Trauma and Diagnoses 00:07:18 - Categories of Trauma 00:10:27 - ADHD-like symptoms and trauma 00:13:48 - Explosive Anger as a Response to Trauma 00:17:20 - Apathy and Low Motivation 00:20:49 - Fear and Difficulty Relaxing 00:24:08 - Impaired Sensory Gating and Trauma 00:27:39 - The Physiological Effects of Chronic Stress and Trauma 00:30:53 - Planning Recovery with Present Day Symptoms Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to Overly Sensitivity and Hypersensitivity 00:03:16 - Building Self-Esteem and Acceptance 00:06:31 - Letting Go of Perfectionism 00:09:45 - Building Distress Tolerance Skills 00:12:58 - Tools for Dealing with Distress 00:16:21 - Overcoming Self-Criticism and Over Generalization 00:19:29 - Misjudging Others' Thoughts and Feelings 00:22:38 - Managing Hypersensitivity and Trauma 00:25:46 - Setting Boundaries and Respecting Others' Opinions 00:28:54 - Overcoming the Fear of Rejection and Abandonment Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Importance of Screening for Diabetes in Mental Health Populations 00:06:54 - Complications and Risks in Eating Disorders and Diabetes 00:13:24 - Assisting with Diabetes Management 00:20:00 - Treatment Goals and Motivation 00:26:46 - Monitoring Blood Sugar and Maintaining Oral Health 00:33:20 - Impact of Diabetes on Health 00:40:15 - Diabetes: Side Effects and Treatment Compliance 00:46:48 - Finding Activities to Increase Heart Rate 00:53:27 - Triggering the Relaxation Response 00:59:48 - Addressing emotional challenges with chronic illness Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Four habits to improve your relationship with yourself 00:01:18 - The importance of self-love and connection 00:02:38 - Addressing Dislike and Finding Solutions 00:03:58 - Reflecting on the Day and Planning for Tomorrow 00:05:22 - Encouraging Yourself for Improvement 00:06:45 - Balancing Mistakes and Strengths 00:08:11 - The Importance of Self-Love in Different Love Languages 00:09:33 - Gifts for Yourself 00:10:56 - Improving your relationship with yourself 00:12:12 - The Safety of Self-Love Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to the Gut-Brain Axis and Microbiome 00:06:28 - Gut Microbiota and Brain Communication 00:13:17 - Strengthening Vagal Tone 00:19:40 - The Impact of Gut Microbiome on Stress Response 00:26:33 - Microbiome and Mental Health 00:33:08 - Gut Microbiome and Dysfunction 00:40:00 - Gut Health and Stress 00:46:42 - Mindfulness and the Microbiome 00:53:24 - The Impact of Circadian Rhythm on Gut Health 01:00:35 - Live Presentation Conclusion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Having Difficult Conversations with Your Children 00:02:36 - Grounding and Self-awareness Techniques 00:05:49 - Dealing with Anger and Anxiety in a Discussion 00:08:50 - Having a Difficult Conversation with your Child 00:11:42 - Understanding the Child's Perspective 00:15:03 - Exploring the Benefits and Drawbacks of Adolescent Behavior 00:17:53 - The Negative Impact on Achieving Goals and Relationships 00:20:48 - Setting Boundaries and Consequences 00:23:49 - Tough Love and Setting Boundaries 00:26:50 - Improving Relationships Through Effective Communication Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - The History of Valentine's Day 00:02:03 - Questioning Expectations on Valentine's Day 00:04:09 - The Difference Between Being Alone and Being Lonely 00:06:18 - The Loneliness Spectrum 00:08:21 - Reconnecting with Others and Communicating Love Languages 00:10:29 - Alternative Ways to Spend Valentine's Day 00:12:32 - Mystery Valentine's Theater 3K 00:14:43 - Celebrating Love and Connection 00:16:51 - Finding Joy in Gardening 00:19:01 - Different Types of Love Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Five Tips to Start Focusing on Your Life Instead of Your Disorder 00:03:03 - Symptoms and Healing Process 00:06:14 - Overcoming Depression and Building Relationships 00:09:25 - Progress and Reflection 00:12:33 - Living in the Present Moment 00:15:45 - Defining Your Rich and Meaningful Life 00:19:09 - Nurturing Relationships With Your Cat 00:22:14 - Focusing on the Problem vs. Focusing on Solutions 00:25:38 - Being mentally flexible and staying focused 00:29:01 - Balancing Recovery and a Meaningful Life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Apr 21st

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Dec 8th

Jason Rohman

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Jun 28th

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May 1st

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Apr 4th


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Mar 11th

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Dec 9th

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Nov 22nd

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Aug 30th

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Jul 25th

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