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Author: Nina L. Garcia

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You know that moment when your emotions ramp up in an instant, leaving you feeling helpless, frozen, or out of control? In that moment, you've been emotionally hijacked - the very definition of "triggered". And I want to ask you: can we play with that? I'm Nina L. Garcia: Drama Therapist and Empowerment Coach of Houston Creative Arts Therapy. Join me as we discover ways to empower you - and the people who mean the most to you - to transform hard conversations into teachable moments. Triggered: Real playful, real respectful, real empowered. New episodes Fridays at 5 AM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com.
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Everyone has a relationship between their Self and the LGBTQI+ community: but what if your relationship isn't intentional - and what if it's not healthy? Listen in to hear how you can lean in to a more Empowered relationship with your fellow humans in the LGBTQI+ community (whether you identify as within or without!) Whether it's you who struggles with this as a trigger or someone you know - we can all use tools to recondition cultural beliefs that aren't realistic or helpful to our personal experience as a human being. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: LGBTQI+ - Cultural Reconditioning - Love is Love. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Fridays at 5 AM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica #pridemonth #loveislove
We are all conditioned to believe a variety of things while growing up: but what if we don't want to feel or believe that way any more as adults? Listen in to hear the true story of how one self described "straight man" shared his transition to "gay pride". Whether it's you who struggles with this as a trigger or someone you know - we can all use tools to recondition cultural beliefs that aren't realistic or helpful to our personal experience as a human being. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: LGBTQI+ - Cultural Reconditioning - Love is Love . Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Fridays at 5 AM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
Relationships are not without drama - but when the drama in the present is actually triggering things from the past, we're in trouble. Listen in to learn about the five natural responses to survive that sometimes happen so often, they become habit. Whether it's your relational trauma or the trauma of someone you know and love - we can all use tools to recognize trauma responses in relationships (and hopefully support a more intentional shift). It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Trauma - Fight/Flight/Freeze/Appease - Relationships . Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
Recognize trauma immediately - without getting sucked in to the emotional vortex. Come away with a creative intervention to help you recognize and process the trauma in your life, as well as resources for dealing with trauma and PTSD professionally. Whether it's your trauma or the trauma of someone you know and love - we can all use tools to recognize the hardest things in life. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Trauma - Fear - Window of Tolerance. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
What if there was a way to control our emotions more when it mattered? Get ready to hold your own as you 1) Notice 2) Channel, and 3) Express your emotions as energy BEFORE they hijack your world. Whether you're the person that implodes or explodes - we all need tools for balancing our emotions. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Emotional Sobriety - Emotional Dysregulation - Emotional Stability. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
What if there was a way to control our emotions more when it mattered? Get ready to use the force as you 1) Notice 2) Check In and 3) Align when your emotions are about to hijack your world. Whether you're the person that implodes or explodes - we all need tools for balancing our emotions. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Emotional Sobriety - Emotional Dysregulation - Emotional Stability. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
What if we told you there's no such thing as "not racist"? Listen in to hear one way to empower people to gauge themselves on the Racial Disorder spectrum: from 1 (Least Racist) to 5 (Most Racist). We invite you to flip the script on your understanding of Racism, empowering you to open to the idea that we're all affected - and we all need tools for symptom maintenance. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Race - Ethnicity - Reconditioning - Supremacy. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
It's one thing to want to empower your team - it's another thing altogether to know how to do it. And when cancer's on the team - where's the playbook on that? Amy Lin of www.HealEveryDay.org wants to help you create that playbook. Listen in to hear Amy as she shares her personal empowerment journey as a Caregiver: from her partner's cancer diagnosis to remission, Amy invites you to flip the script on you and your team's wellness, empowering you to embrace the unique unit that you are. It all starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Cancer - Marriage - Partnership - Self Care. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/podcast.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~35 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
Empowering ourselves to say no is for Us primarily: others benefit secondarily from our ability to hold or flex that boundary. This episode taps into the importance of actively engaging in saying no, and how powerful that can be even when circumstances violate that boundary. We continue to support the idea that saying no can be practiced like any other skill, and I offer a personal example of why it's so incredibly valuable to know and express my truth despite terrible circumstances - and how you can too. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Assertiveness - Consent - Sexual Assault - Rape. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~35 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
Saying no can be hard, but we believe it's vital to living a full life. This episode offers the idea that saying no can be practiced like any other skill, and we'll go over five different ways we've done it - and how you can too. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Self Worth - Consent. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~35 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou #mixedisamerica
Join Bao Bros Bistro owner Chris Garcia as he embarks on a conversation session with Host Nina, sharing what it's like to open a restaurant in the middle of the Covid pandemic...only to discover the heart of it has decided to stop beating. Tune in to hear how your fellow Human struggled with loss, came to find the silver lining - and how you can too. TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Setbacks - Loss - Grief. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
Our first interview of the season, supported by Erika Garcia: a conversation session with Host Nina, as she shares what it's like to not identify as a race in a world that expects you to fit in the category you've been assigned...only what happens when some of us don't check all the boxes? TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Race - Ethnicity - Othering. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~30 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
An invitation to put your own triggers into perspective, and share them - whether that means acknowledging it to yourself alone at this point, or reaching out to share with others. Train your humanity with this week's tool as a framework for self growth and transformation. TOOL: Sharing Continuum. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
Our first episode of Season 2 & a reminder of our foundation: Be who you decide you'd like to be in this world - not who your emotions, or stories bigger and older than you, make you out to be. Train your humanity with this week's tool as a framework for growth and transformation. TOOL: Self Actualization Pyramid. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
Today's episode begins with a running start, asking "Am I OK with being an Oppressor?" Tune in to hear how your fellow Humans Erika & Nina wrangle racism at the dinner table - and how you can too. It starts with you, so have a journal on hand or a good friend to dialogue with what comes up for you in this episode. And if you can't play with this today? That's okay too. Stay curious. We'll see you later, or in the next episode friend. 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Oppressor Behavior - Identity - Social & Self Justice Leadership - Liberatory Consciousness. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~35 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2021 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou
Join Drama Therapist Peyton Welch as he winds his way through a conversation session with Host Nina, sharing what it's like to be a Therapist and Runner at the intersection of brain cancer, surgery, epilepsy, and OCD…and the courage it takes to acknowledge the fear behind the “What Ifs”. Tune in to hear how your fellow Human engages with images of both Fear and Hope - and how you can too. Follow up with Peyton at both www.imaginationrevealed.com as well as www.dramatherapycancerthrivers.com and email him at peyton@imaginationrevealed.com 🌿TRIGGERED TOPICS TO PLAY WITH: Avoidance - Grief - Fear. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~40 minutes for conversation sessions; ~15 minutes for tools to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. ▶️#hcatwarrior #hcat2020 #houstonmentalhealth #houarts #mompreneur #houstonpodcasters #imadramatherapist #imanarttherapist #houstonselfcare #houstonwellness #midtownhou
Resolve to restory by critically reflecting on moments and roles from your own life. We can't change the past - but we can change how we relate to and perceive it. TOOL: Restorying. Submit your own moments, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
When all or nothing, "take it or leave it" thinking gets in your way: going from two options to more may be your best bet to lightening up the pressure. TOOL: Practicing Continuum Thinking. Reach out, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
Are you consciously leading the saga that is your life? Listen in for an example of how to reframe hard conversations into teachable moments, and how to lead consciously in your own life. TOOL: Conscious Leadership Paradigm - catch the tool we reference in the Conscious Leadership Group's video here https://conscious.is/video/locating-yourself-a-key-to-conscious-leadership. Reach out, and view each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered.  Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
Whether online or in-person, when family gets together, you'll probably be talking to someone who will say or do something you may not agree with. You may disagree with it so much in fact, that it leaves you triggered. Listen in to explore a real moment, and how to use the Standing By Continuum as a tool that can help you turn hard conversations into teachable moments. TOOL: Standing By Continuum. View each of the Triggered tools offered at https://houstoncreativeartstherapy.com/triggered. Got something you want to share on this episode? E-mail Nina@HoustonCreativeArtsTherapy.com for more info. Be sure to subscribe, share, and rate/write a review if this is your jam friends. New episodes Sundays at 5 PM, ~15 minutes to match your next tea break with a takeaway tool in every episode: subscribe for notifications. Music courtesy of Purple Planet Music at https://www.purple-planet.com. 
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