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In this episode, we explore how family therapy can adolescents recover better and faster from an eating disorder with Alicia AyvasAlicia's Biography & CredentialsI am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) who maintains a practice in Gainesville and Reston, Virginia. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at Rutgers Univeristy in 2008 with a concentration in psychology and women studies. In 2009, I earned my Masters of Science at Columbia University as an advance clinical student with a specialty in health, mental health, and disabilities. I have been published in Columbia University's Scholarly Journals and continue to write for publication. During my post graduate work from Columbia, I worked at The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders, ran the New Jersey Eating Disorder Association's Helpline for the state of New Jersey, and was a frequent lecturer in the Tri-State Area on at risk topics such as: eating disorders, depression, anxiety, self esteem, body image, and trauma.After completing my Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, I went on to work for The Center for the Treatment of Eating Disorders as a psychotherapist specialized in eating disorders. In 2010, I took a position at Cornerstone Day School, a theraputic High School and Middle School as the Eating Disorder Program Coordinator and ran the only eating disorder program within a school system. The program was very successful and made great strides in eating disorder treatment for the adolescent population.In 2012, I moved to Virginia and worked as an individual, family, and group therapist. I am trained in DBT, a powerful intervention for the treatment of eating disorders, personality disorders, trauma, anxiety, and depression. My approach is primarily cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic, with an emphasis on DBT skills. I will work with you to achieve the sense of empowerment and peace you long for.My mission, now that I am working in both Prince William County and Fairfax County is to offer evidence based treatment to individuals and families and commit to the prevention, education, and researched based interventions to those who live in Northern Virginia. For too many years there have been limited services in this area, and I am very excited to be working in BOTH Gainesville and Reston! I share an office with a family therapist and a nutritionist who are also specialized in the field of eating disorders and I am committed to maintaining close working relationships with client's, their family, and with a multidisiplinary team of professional's who have a heart for preventing eating disorders and making a difference within the field of mental health.Licenses & Certifications* Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - Virginia and New Jersey* Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) - Massachusetts* Certified School Social Worker - Virginia and New Jersey* Completed Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Training in 2009 at Columbia University* Certified Clinical Supervisor - Virginia* Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) - International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals Foundation, iaedpProfessional Affiliations* National Association of Social Work, Member, 2008-Present* National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), 2009-Present* Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), 2014-Present* International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), 2014-Present* Eating Disorders Association of New Jersey, 2009-2012
In this episode, you'll learn from certified yoga therapist Katie PineYou'll learn:What Yoga Therapy is?The benefits of Yoga Therapy?How it can work with more traditional talk therapy?Learn more about Katie PineLearn more about Sandstone Care
In this episode, you'll learn from Dr. Kevin J. Payne as he explains:How to deal with chronic uncurable painWhat Multiple Sclerosis is and how it manifestsHow to support someone who has chronic painLearn more about our sponsor Sandstone Care
In this episode, you'll learn about how sometimes the road to recovering is full of surprises.Learn more about Kellan FluckigerLearn more about teen and young adult substance use treatment with Sandstone Care.
In this episode we explain:What sober high schools areHow they workWhat a typical day looks like for a student in a sober high schoolLearn more about 5280 Highschool in ColoradoOther sober/recovery  high schoolsLearn more about Sandstone Care teen and young adult substance use and mental health treatment. 
In this episode, you'll hear from Irene Opabajo as she explains why so many teens struggle with self-confidence and you can build it up. Learn more at
In this episode, you'll learn all about disordered eating.How it shows upWhat it is and is notHow you can helpLearn more about Corrie and Abbey and  Omni Counseling and Nutrition 
In this episode, you'll learn all about family therapy, especially for teens and young adults. Learn more about Ryanne Bright & Dana Slowinski👇 more about Sandstone Care👇
In this episode, you'll hear from Colin Baker LPC as they explain:How do you support and love a friend, child, or family member in the LGBTQ+ community?What things should you keep in mind regarding name changes and pronouns?What things do people in the trans community have in common with all teens and young adults? You can connect with Colin and learn more about the work they do at
We are unpacking the oldest addiction recovery program, Alcoholics Anonymous 12  steps of recovery from addiction recovery expert Lauren Windle. We'll tackle what the 12 steps are, how to use each one, and even that whole higher power thing. Lauren Windle is a public speaker and journalist, published by Mail Online, Huffington Post, The Sun Online, Fabulous Digital, Marie Claire, The Star, Church Times and others. On 22nd April 2014 she got clean and sober from a cocaine and alcohol addiction and became a Christian five days later. She has a Masters in Addiction Studies, runs a charity recovery course for people struggling with addition and in 2018 gave a TEDx Talk about her personal story of addiction and recovery. She is also the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge and has her grade four ice-skating. You can connect with Lauren @_lauren_celeste on Instagram and Twitter. Notes on Love is her first book.
Ethan's battle with depression and addiction comes to a climax after a terrible accident sends him to prison. However, Ethan discovers five keys to success that help him to turn his life around and help others along the way. Keynote speaker and mental health advocate Ethan Fisher draws from his life experience to challenge, motivate, and inspire his audiences. From star high school athlete to prison inmate, to the recipient of an MBA with honors, Ethan’s life is a lesson in accountability, passion and perseverance.Growing up in a family that did not speak openly about mental health, Ethan spent his teenage years secretly battling clinical depression while he publicly received accolades for his uncommon talent on the basketball court. He began to self-medicate, leading to a years-long battle with alcoholism and substance abuse that derailed his basketball career and ended in a 3-year prison sentence.Sober since 2004, Ethan went on to become the first athlete in Colorado to play college basketball on inmate status and was recognized as an All-Conference and Most Valuable Player (MVP). He graduated summa cum laude, was awarded the entrepreneurship student of the year award and was the recipient of the President's award.Ethan’s experiences became a catalyst for his devotion to inspiring others. He has spoken in hundreds of cities, motivating and engaging almost 100,000 audience members to take hold of their lives and pursue their dreams. A raw and passionate speaker, Ethan captivates audiences with his story of adversity and his techniques for channeling desire into purposeful action.A staunch mental health and substance abuse advocate, Ethan is the founder of the non-profit, Life Con,  to support education and prevention for students and student-athletes. He has been featured in a best-selling book, and interviewed for other books, newspaper articles, and numerous podcast, radio and television shows.
What is perfectionism, and how does it play a role in our mental health? Where do we learn these ideas about what is perfect, I mean... apart from doom scrolling social media. On today's episode, Sarah Buino answers LCSW guides us on the origin story of perfectionism, and its root cause might not be what you think. Sarah Buino, LCSW, RDDP, CADC, CDWF, NMT is a speaker, teacher, therapist and the founder of Head/Heart Therapy — a thriving and respected group practice in Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker, registered dual diagnosis professional, certified alcohol and other drug counselor, Certified Daring WayTM facilitator, and NARM Master Therapist, and holds a master’s degree from Loyola University in Chicago.For more than a decade, Sarah has applied her social work skills supporting individuals, groups, helping professionals, and organizations with issues such as wellness for therapists, shame, antiracism, and trauma. Sarah founded Head/Heart Therapy in 2014 and it quickly grew into an important resource both in Chicago and nationally. Sarah is also the creator, host and producer of the podcast Conversations with a Wounded Healer, which examines the parallel path of helping professionals of all types as they heal themselves, while supporting their clients. Interviewing prominent guests such as Lissa Rankin, Laurence Heller, Hillary McBride, Sera Beak, Sarah holds intimate and authentic conversations that inspire, educate and entertain listeners. Addressing a wide range of topics from spirituality to antiracism, she invites helping professionals to step into their own healing with courage.In 2019, Sarah helped launch the podcast Transforming Trauma by The NARM Training Institute and served as the host for the first two years, interviewing leading trauma experts such as Gabor Maté, Dick Schwartz, and Veronique Meade, educating listeners on the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM), a revolutionary approach for healing Complex Trauma (C-PTSD) and restoring connection to self and others. Sarah has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Loyola University’s School of Social Work since 2015 and Fordham University from 2019-2020. She is committed to supporting the newest generation of social workers to become passionate about and competent in working with substance use disorders.Sarah has been recognized by National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois as an Emerging Leader (2017); the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals as a Rising Star (2018); and by Sierra Tucson with its Gratitude for Giving Humility Award (2014).You can reach Sarah by email at
In this episode you'll learn from Shana Frenkel LCSW-C, we take a deep dive into what trauma is and different forms of therapy to treat it. You'll learn:The difference between big "T" Trauma and little "t" traumaWhere studies of trauma originatedWhat Accelerated Resolution Therapy isAnd More...As a dynamic, bright, insightful, intuitive counselor, Shana Frenkel, LCSW-C, specializes in working with trauma and its related disorders, including the intersection between trauma, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.  She integrates a holistic model in treating and working to reduce successfully post-traumatic stress (PTSD) symptoms with children, adolescents, and adults.  She also has training and experience in working with military couples and military service-related issues for service members and their families. Shana’s clients have described her work as “an inspiration,” facilitating personal growth and internal health. Shana brings creativity and above all else sincere caring for her clients to her counseling sessions.  In addition to her specialty, Shana also has experience with play therapy with children, sandtray therapy with children, meditation, social anxiety, self-esteem, and couples counseling. Shana received a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Therapy Through Creative Expression and her M.S.W. from University of Pennsylvania. She is trained in CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and CPT (cognitive processing therapy), is certified as an IS-ART therapist (accelerated resolution therapy) and is certified PCIT  therapist (parent-child interactive therapy). 
In this episode, we talk to Licensed Professional Counselor Erica Johns as she explains:What nonsuicidal self-harm and Anorexia areSigns to look forWhat to do about it. Visit or call (888) 850-1890 for teen and young adult support. Learn more about self-harmLearn more about eating disordersErica Johns serves as the Clinical Program Director for the Reston location of Sandstone Care. Erica holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice along with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. Erica is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia. Erica has several years of clinical experience, including individual, family, and group therapy. Erica has worked in both Residential and Intensive Outpatient settings and holds experience in outpatient settings. Erica is trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Based Therapy and has extensive experience with both DBT and CBT.
In this episode, we explain the 8 stages of EMDR therapy or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing with Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC) Patty Dirilten from the Center For Insight and ConnectionJoin the Real Common Treatable Facebook GroupLearn more about EMDRPatty's BioI am Patty Dirilten, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor (CADC). I am also EMDR certified which I have found to be an extremely effective type of treatment for many of my clients.   I have been partnering with people to help move them out of struggle for over half of my adult life.  Advocating for people started when I was a child.  As early as second grade, I was sticking up for people on the playground and standing up for what was right.  In middle school my friends would find me very easy to talk to and laugh with.  In high school I realized that I had to choose a career that involved helping others.  I have worked with children, teens, adults and families.  I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois Chicago. I feel like having received education in these two areas and the experiences I have had helping others form the foundation of my work. My education and experience have both helped me to see how problems are created, how to come up with effective solutions and how to connect effectively with others. My specialties are addiction, trauma/PTSD, and first responder behavioral health. I love the work that I do and believe that this shows in the connection that develops between my clients and I. I believe in really getting to know my clients as a whole and meeting them where they are without judgement to help them get to where they want to go. I use several psychological approaches to help, but believe that it is the partnership that is the catalyst to change.
You know how Batman has a utility belt with all kinds of gadgets that help them get out of tricky situations. Each gadget has a unique function to help for a specific problem, but it was built ahead of time knowing that it would definitely come in handy. Dialectical behavioral therapy or DBT is the Batman utility belt of therapies. Instead of gadgets, you collect the coping skills and since much of mental health disorders, substance use and addiction comes down to how we cope with stress and trauma. It's a therapy that is about as practical as it gets and it's designed to be used in every day life.Join the Real Common Treatable Facebook Group👇 more about DBT👇 more about Sandstone Care or give them a call at 888-241-7180
In this podcast, you'll hear from Sam Louie, a psychotherapist, motivational speaker, author, and spoken word poet.Some of the topics we discuss are:How language and culture can contribute to shame and honorWhat is intersectionality, and how does it impact identityHow does someone get sober when their culture stigmatizes weaknessJoin The Real Common Treatable Facebook Group👇 more about Sam Louie👇 Louie is a psychotherapist, motivational speaker, author, and spoken word poet.  He addresses life issues of the heart and mind which touch on topics ranging from cultural issues, professional burnout, addictions, and emotional wellness.  
In this podcast, you'll hear from Dr. Jennifer Montague as she explains what medication-assisted treatment is and how it could be THE thing to help your kid get and stay sober. Some of the questions we cover are:What is the goal of medication-assisted treatment?Do you have to use it forever?What are the different medications and their side effects? Our Parent Support Facebook Group👇 Virtual Parent Support Group Led By Licensed Clinician 👇 out our full blog post👇 the full youtube video👇 Montague is the senior medical director for our inpatient and outpatient levels of care. Trained in both Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine, she embodies an integrative and holistic approach to medical care in recovery. Her passion for a multidisciplinary approach ensures her patients receive complete and compassionate care in every domain of their life. Dr. Montague uses her own story of recovery to inspire and empower change in her patients. When not working she enjoys hiking at state parks with her husband and two dogs, cooking new recipes, and playing board games.
In this podcast, you'll hear from author, attorney, and public speaker Stephen Hill.He answers questions like:Does someone need to hit rock bottom to seek help and overcome addiction?How to communicate with a teen or young adult who is using?What are the factors that inspire change to overcome substance abuse?Stephen Hill—founder of Speak Sobriety, a young person in recovery, bestselling author, recovery coach, and a fierce attorney advocating for change—is a renowned national speaker on substance use prevention & mental health awareness with a truly inspiring comeback story that everyone must hear. Stephen has presented in front of thousands of people for over 300 schools, drug-free community coalitions, alliances, and organizations across the country, sharing his cautionary tale of addiction to recovery and beyond, leaving people better educated, feeling hopeful, and motivated to make smart choices and positive change.But before Stephen had these accolades attached to his name, his reputation was filled with negative stigmas—junky, dropout, felon, failure. A once-promising student-athlete barely graduated high school, dropped out of numerous colleges, was arrested several times, misused deadly amounts of opioids for nearly a decade, was in and out of countless treatment programs, lost his friends, and cost his family tremendous emotional and financial hardship. Towards the end, it seemed like there was no hope for Stephen.On September 30, 2012, when he entered an extended care treatment program, Stephen began his journey to recovery. After 180 days in treatment when Stephen was able to start thinking clearly, he made a choice to give himself a real second chance at life. Through inner strength, patience, and support from others, Stephen turned his mess into a message by using both his positive and negative life experiences to live out a meaningful life with passion. Today, Stephen teaches people to be resilient by not only maximizing their strengths but also taking what most people perceive as a weakness or negative experience and turning it into a life lesson for personal growth.This shift in thinking is how Stephen was able to overcome a severe substance use disorder, work in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and recovery, start his own speaking and coaching company, receive his bachelor’s with honors from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, earn his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, pass the New York bar exam, publish his memoir A Journey to Recovery which was a #1 New Release in Drug Dependency on Amazon, and live a happy and healthy lifestyle with his friends and family.Some of the personal experiences that Stephen shares are difficult for him to talk about, but he knows it’s worth it if his story helps just one person every time he speaks.
In this podcast we talk with Anna Lembke, MD  about her new book Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of IndulgenceWe cover topics like:What can everyday people learn from recovering addicts in a dopamine-saturated world?How do you stay balanced in a world of consumption and excess?What role does pain play in keeping the body balanced?Anna Lembke, MD is professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. A clinician scholar, she has published more than a hundred peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and commentaries. She sits on the board of several state and national addiction-focused organizations, has testified before various committees in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, keeps an active speaking calendar, and maintains a thriving clinical practice.In 2016, she published Drug Dealer, MD – How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), which was highlighted in the New York Times as one of the top five books to read to understand the opioid epidemic (Zuger, 2018). Dr. Lembke recently appeared on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma, an unvarnished look at the impact of social media on our lives. Her new book, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton/Penguin Random House, August 2021), an instant New York Times bestseller, explores how to moderate compulsive overconsumption in a dopamine-overloaded world.
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