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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.

924 Episodes
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Understanding Empathy, Emotional Intelligence, and Emotional Availability 00:03:31 - Tolerating a Variety of Feelings in Others 00:07:05 - Emotional Unavailability and Communication Challenges 00:10:32 - The Importance of Communication and Understanding Individual Differences 00:13:59 - The Importance of Acknowledging Feelings 00:17:42 - Communicating in Love Languages 00:21:13 - Reasons for Emotional Unavailability 00:24:44 - The Impact of Childhood Environments on Emotional Availability 00:28:06 - Compromises in Relationships for Emotional Availability 00:31:53 - Coaching Emotional Availability Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 00:01:50 - Choosing the Right Therapy Approach 00:03:43 - The Connection Between Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors 00:05:16 - The Difference Between Skills and Methods in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 00:07:05 - Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and the ABCDE Technique 00:08:55 - Examining Beliefs and Evaluating Reactions 00:10:38 - Building Cognitive Behavioral Skills 00:12:36 - The Importance of Purposeful Action 00:14:11 - The Impact of Anxiety on Physical and Mental Well-being Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Trauma-Informed Care for Neuroatypical Individuals 00:07:28 - Sensory Abnormalities and Emotional Dysregulation 00:14:37 - The Impact of Over-Stimulation and Sensory Gating Abnormalities 00:21:44 - Sensory Gating Difficulties and its Impact 00:28:56 - Challenges in Visual Integration and Backward Masking 00:36:19 - Sensory Processing and Neuroatypical Experiences 00:43:20 - Recognizing Signs of Trauma 00:50:11 - Sensory Integration Issues 00:57:13 - Sensitivity to Different Sounds and Smells 01:04:17 - Hypothesized increase in fetal alcohol Spectrum disorders Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Introduction to Postpartum Depression and Psychosis 00:07:00 - Ego syntonic symptoms and schizophrenia 00:13:50 - Supporting Parents with Scary Thoughts 00:20:23 - When to Seek Help for Postpartum Depression 00:27:01 - Impact on Prenatal Care and Infancy 00:33:54 - The Effects of Postpartum Depression on Child Development 00:40:45 - Potential Triggers for Postpartum Depression 00:47:47 - Considerations for Integrating Dogs into a New Family 00:55:03 - Identifying Concerns and Patterns in Parent-Infant Interaction Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - 15 strategies to reduce worry, anxiety, stress, and tension 00:02:50 - Cognitive Distortions and Anxiety 00:05:37 - Overgeneralization and Personalization 00:08:20 - Overcoming Worry and Anxiety 00:11:01 - Using Exceptions and Explanations to Manage Worry 00:13:35 - Factors to Consider in Making Judgments 00:16:10 - Simplifying Tasks and Asking for Help 00:18:41 - Strategies for Reducing Stress and Tension 00:21:19 - Techniques for Anxiety Relief 00:23:47 - Managing Stress and Tension for a Rich and Meaningful Life Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Understanding Trauma Beliefs 00:02:03 - The Role of Anger in Trauma Beliefs 00:04:24 - Cognitive Accommodation and Safety 00:06:28 - Exceptions to the Thunderstorm Rule 00:08:32 - Cognitive biases: Confirmation bias 00:10:36 - The Availability Heuristic 00:12:38 - Learning from Slippery Roads 00:14:48 - Rejecting Brokenness 00:16:56 - Changing Trauma-Related Beliefs 00:18:53 - Coping with Trauma-Related Beliefs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Helping Children Cope After a Divorce 00:01:58 - Coping with Anxiety and Triggers 00:03:56 - Maintaining Stability and Structure in Children's Lives 00:05:53 - Understanding and addressing children's behavior changes 00:07:55 - Validating a Child's Emotions during Divorce 00:10:03 - Adjusting to Changes in Relationships and Understanding of the World. 00:12:07 - Giving Children a Say in Decision-Making 00:14:08 - Positive Co-Parenting 00:16:14 - Behaving Civilly for the Child's Sake 00:18:11 - Meeting the Emotional Needs of Children during Divorce Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Functional nature of systems on PTSD 00:06:09 - PTSD and adverse childhood experiences 00:12:43 - Sleep problems and anxiety after trauma 00:18:55 - Symptoms of PTSD 00:25:32 - Assimilation and re-experiencing trauma 00:32:03 - Avoidance of recurrence of pain 00:38:41 - Promoting positive experiences 00:45:35 - Causes of paralysis under tension 00:52:09 - The need to feel safe 00:58:28 - Making Sense of Trauma Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Parental Neglect and its Impact on Self-Esteem 00:01:24 - Eroding a Child's Self-Esteem 00:02:57 - The Importance of Constructive Feedback 00:04:35 - The Importance of Providing Alternatives during Discipline 00:06:02 - Teaching Children Boundaries 00:07:31 - Thwarting a Child's Self-Esteem 00:08:51 - The Damaging Effects of Comparisons on Children 00:10:21 - Unrealistic Expectations for Children 00:11:51 - Setting Realistic Expectations for Children with ADHD 00:13:20 - Essential Parenting Tools for Building Self-esteem Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Radical Acceptance and Purposeful Action for Habit Change 00:05:25 - Financial Resources for Those in Need 00:10:40 - Accepting Mother Nature's Control 00:16:04 - Managing Anger and Fear 00:21:48 - Focusing on My Activities 00:27:30 - Encouraging Mindful Decision-Making and Time Management 00:32:57 - The Power of Win-Win Solutions 00:38:47 - Different Types of Listening 00:44:02 - Rest and Renewal for Happiness 00:49:38 - Buffering in Time for Slow Days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - An Anxiety Case Study 00:07:14 - Diet and Anxiety 00:14:28 - The Effects of Hypoglycemia and Cortisol Secretion 00:21:49 - Sleep Problems and Chronic Pain 00:29:00 - Understanding Physical and Emotional Symptoms 00:36:02 - Weight of the World on Your Shoulders 00:43:03 - Cognitive distortions and interventions 00:49:55 - Identifying and Eliminating Disruptive Smells 00:57:05 - Weekly Checklist and Review 01:03:04 - Anxiety and HPA Axis Functioning Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Developing meaning and purpose with acceptance and commitment therapy skills 00:06:22 - Creating a Rich and Meaningful Life 00:12:46 - Being Present in the Moment 00:19:11 - Acceptance of the present moment 00:25:52 - Experiential avoidance and its consequences in mental health 00:32:25 - Overcoming Negative Self-Judgment 00:39:08 - Diffusion Techniques for Managing Inner Thoughts and Feelings 00:45:43 - Establishing Values and Choosing a Direction 00:52:05 - Focusing on the Positive Amid Disarray Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - The Impact of Codependent Behavior 00:01:55 - The Impact of Low Self-Esteem on Relationships 00:03:44 - Difficulties in Setting and Maintaining Boundaries 00:05:41 - The Impact of Hyper Vigilance on Happiness and Cognitive Functioning 00:07:22 - The Impact of Hyper Vigilance 00:09:12 - The Impact of Fear of Abandonment on Relationships 00:11:07 - The Exhaustion of Emotional Dysregulation 00:13:01 - Feeling Guilty: Understanding and Addressing the Emotion 00:15:06 - The Dangers of People-Pleasing and Enabling 00:16:51 - Examining the Impact of Codependent Behavior Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - How trauma changes your thinking 00:01:57 - The Impact of Trauma on Trust and Perception 00:03:56 - Perception of Safety and Trauma 00:06:05 - Feeling Safe in Unsafe Environments 00:08:19 - Reevaluating the safety of banks 00:10:20 - Distinguishing between what's in your control and what's not 00:12:29 - The Impact of Trauma on Predictability 00:14:39 - Facts, Context, Probability: Being Mindful and Prepared 00:16:38 - Embracing Powerlessness 00:18:35 - The Function of Brain Memories and Survival Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Developing Healthy Support Networks 00:06:24 - Building and Maintaining Relationships 00:12:56 - Communication in Relationships 00:19:27 - Prioritizing Me Time and Relationships 00:26:19 - Strengthening Interpersonal Effectiveness 00:33:36 - Balancing Needs and Synergizing 00:40:23 - Understanding and Balancing Extroverts and Introverts in Relationships 00:47:07 - Communication Styles: Thinking vs Feeling 00:53:57 - Effective Communication and Interpersonal Skills 01:00:36 - Building Healthy Relationships Through Effective Communication Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Lack of Motivation and Behavioral Strain 00:02:21 - Motivation and Goal Setting 00:04:33 - The Importance of Working on Relationships 00:06:44 - The Challenges of Hobbies and Relationships 00:08:42 - Seeking help from an expert 00:10:49 - The impact of distractions on progress 00:12:59 - Increasing motivation and attention levels 00:15:07 - Quitting Easily due to Lack of Energy and Regularity 00:17:24 - Strategies to Overcome Giving Up 00:19:36 - Starting with Small Goals Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Taking a Holistic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment 00:06:35 - The Importance of Physical Health on Mood 00:13:23 - The Gut-Brain Axis 00:20:18 - The Relationship Between Stress and Hypothyroidism 00:27:14 - The Impact of Medical Conditions on Mood 00:33:50 - Impact of Pain on Mental Health 00:40:19 - The Impact of Nutrition on Mood and Health 00:47:11 - The Importance of Sleep for Brain Function and Cognitive Health 00:53:46 - Adding Happiness to Your Life 01:00:15 - Symptoms of Mental Health Diagnoses Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Creating Safety with a Distress Tolerance Toolbox 00:02:59 - Understanding Emotions and the Mind's Best Guess 00:06:03 - Tolerating Distress: The TAGS Method 00:09:03 - Distress Tolerant Thoughts 00:12:19 - Distressful Thoughts and Urges 00:15:27 - Activities to Relax and Take a Break 00:18:54 - Techniques for Coping with Overwhelm and Distress 00:22:07 - Creating an Escape Plan 00:25:19 - Sensory Tools for Distress Management 00:28:32 - Building Confidence through Experience Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - Understanding Crisis and Identifying Threats 00:05:45 - Understanding Crisis and Opportunity 00:11:13 - Impact of Precipitating Events 00:16:59 - Situational Crises and Their Impact 00:22:30 - Assessing Vulnerabilities and Medication Impact 00:28:15 - Helping Individuals Gain Control and Change Thinking 00:34:36 - Facilitating Understanding and Empathy 00:40:18 - Referring to Support Groups for Various Issues 00:46:12 - Assisting Individuals in Crisis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Chapters: 00:00:00 - 12 wenke vir die verbetering van kommunikasie 00:03:14 - Verskillende persoonlike ervarings 00:06:21 - Die belangrikheid van luister om te verstaan 00:09:24 - Nie-verbale kommunikasie 00:12:28 - Die Effek van Kommunikasie op Kinderse Wellbeing 00:15:51 - Die belangrikheid van objektiewe identifikasie 00:18:53 - Luister na ander perspektiewe 00:21:58 - Kommunikasie wenke 00:25:10 - Eerlike en nuttige kommunikasie 00:28:31 - Aanvraag jouself en jou verhoudings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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Apr 21st

Donna Smith

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Dec 8th

Jason Rohman

Thank you for the many relapse prevention tools I can share with my clients! How do I access the charts used for group and individual sessions mentioned in the podcast?

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

Jacob Bacinski

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Aug 30th

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Jul 25th

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