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Thoughts on Thoughts

Kristjana Reid, Taylor Thomas, Jessica Miller

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Thoughts on Thoughts is a podcast for people looking to be more self aware, have healthier relationships and to be more fulfilled in life. The podcast is hosted by three therapists who want to share things that they have taught their clients and also things they have put to use themselves that have enriched their lives and made them healthier people. They also hope to have a little fun along the way so if that's what you're looking for, this is the place for you.
 
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If you enjoy learning about mental health topics through the analysis of TV and movie characters (I mean...don't we all?) then this will be a fun listen for you! We analyzed the characters of our favorite holiday movie, "The Holiday". Who is anxious, who is avoidant, and who is secure? Does anyone escape the anxious/avoidant trap? All important que…
 
In this episode we talk about how to navigate your expectations of therapy and your therapist. What can you expect from the relationship you have with your therapist? What does healing really look like? How long does therapy take? We talk about all those things and more in this quick chat. Enjoy! Don't forget to check out our Relationship Resilienc…
 
In this episode we welcome Jessica Frew to the podcast who is our definition of a powerhouse! She shares her story of divorce and betrayal trauma and how she is now navigating co-parenting with her ex-husband and current husband. She talks with us about what it means to her to be bold and how her life-altering experiences have shifted how she loves…
 
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with gift giving this season tune in to hear all our tips for keeping things minimal and stress free! We like to keep things simple for the holidays because it helps eliminate decision fatigue and keep us focusing on connection rather than consumerism. If you aren't minimal about the holidays NO WORRIES! Live you…
 
Ashlynn Mitchell is one of our favorite people to learn from! In this episode she teaches us how to face the storms of life head on with the mindset shift of "being the buffalo". Ashlynn tell us how she has done this in her life as she has faced betrayal, divorce, grief and all that comes in life's storms. We know you will love this episode- thank …
 
This week we answer questions you submitted about romantic relationships! We talk about what to do if one partner is an extrovert and the other is an introvert, navigating changes that happen in the relationship after having a child, communication surrounding sex and more. We hope you enjoy this episode and please keep sending us your questions to …
 
The seasons are changing and that means the nights are getting longer and it’s beginning to get cold. This change in seasons can bring with it a change in mood. In this episode we discuss SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) and how to treat it. One of the ways we delve into deeply is the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah). This concept of c…
 
We have gotten so many questions about how to navigate friendship breakups. This episode will speak to what to do if you are feeling like a friendship is no longer healthy for you, what to do if you are broken up with/ghosted by a friend and how to heal from broken friendships. Don't forget to check out our Relationship Resilience Course: https://t…
 
If being a foster parent is something that has been on your heart and mind or you are curious and want to learn more about it then give this episode a listen! We talked with Rachel Garrett, a licensed foster parent and CASA, about her experience with being a foster parent and we learned so much from her. She talked about the fears and misconception…
 
In this episode, KJ reads the story, "What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind" which was written by Jennifer Senior for The Atlantic. This is a true story about the McIlvaine family who lost Bobby McIlvaine (beloved son, brother and soon to be fiance) when he was killed the morning of 9/11/2001. This story illustrates how grief can be processed so differe…
 
In this episode we talk about secondary trauma- what is it, how can you know if you are experiencing it and what you can do to heal it. We packed this short episode full of information and we hope you find it helpful! Don't forget to check out our Relationship Resilience Course: https://thoughtsonthoughts.podia.com/relationship-resilience Follow al…
 
Why has Jessica been living in the hospital for two months? She tells us all about it in this episode! Dealing with unexpected, difficult news and dealing with things she can't control has been a huge part of Jessica's infertility journey. In this episode you will hear her discuss how she is dealing with some big unknowns currently. We hope you lov…
 
In this episode, we hear from Jessica about how her infertility journey is going. We talked to her for the first time about this back in 2019 (episode is linked below if you want to start there) and it is very evident that Jessica has worked hard on healing emotionally through this process. She breaks down for us how she has processed the reality o…
 
In this episode we are answering some listener questions! The focus is mainly on navigating relationships through breakups, setting boundaries, non-traditional addictions and social media. Enjoy! Don't forget to check out our Relationship Resilience Course: https://thoughtsonthoughts.podia.com/relationship-resilience Follow along on social media fo…
 
If you are feeling overwhelmed by clutter or wanting to change something in your living space to feel better, listen to this episode for a motivation boost! We chatted with Lisa, professional organizer/minimalist/KonMari Consultant about how decluttering can act like therapy. She shared with us how tidying can lower stress and anxiety levels and ga…
 
We'll be the first to say that setting healthy boundaries can be really hard and it takes practice! In this episode we discuss how to know when boundaries are needed in a relationship, how to set them, and what to do if the reaction to a boundary being set is not what you were hoping for. Healthy relationships require healthy boundaries so it is im…
 
Here it is, the episode full of our best advice for parenting teens. So much physical and emotional development happens in the teen years which can lead to mood swings, unpredictable behavior and major boundary pushing. This is normal but can be a strain on the parent-child relationship so we are here to help! If you have additional questions pleas…
 
Jessica takes over hosting this week's episode and teaches us all about how to make healthy, meaningful friendships as an adult. As you listen to this episode you may think, "Wow, Jessica seems to have a lot of friends." Well she does and it's because she truly implements all of the things she is going to teach you in this episode in her own life. …
 
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a mental health disorder that causes extreme cycles of obsessions (intrusive thoughts) and compulsions (behaviors) in those affected by it. In this episode, we talk with Michelle Berntson who was diagnosed with OCD at a young age. She gives us a look into her life managing her OCD and anxiety and clears up som…
 
In this episode we each talk about the books that have helped us in our personal and professional lives. We talk about the books that helped us see the world differently, helped us as therapists and are close to our hearts. Can we be too sappy about books? NAH. Check this episode out if you are looking for a new book to read or are always trying to…
 
EMDR therapy has become more and more common in the therapy world as so many individuals have experienced relief and healing from it. This episode will give you a closer look at how this type of therapy accesses the brain's natural ability to heal and why it works to help reprocess traumatic events, disturbing memories and our negative core beliefs…
 
Navigating the dynamics of a stepfamily can be uncomfortable at times so we recorded this episode to hopefully give you some helpful insight. We have each worked with stepfamilies in our therapy practices and we wanted share some ideas here about how to navigate the relationships and the transitions that come with blending families. Taylor also sha…
 
If you couldn't tell by the title (which you probably couldn't) this is our episode that is dedicated to crying and how fantastic it is! Let's normalize crying as an amazing coping strategy, shall we? Mmk! In this episode we talk all about the mental and physical health benefits of crying. We also dig into what you can do if you have gotten to a pl…
 
Learning about the Drama Triangle in therapy can be a game-changer for people so we wanted to talk about it on the pod. This is a simple way to look at your role in your relationships. This framework can help you identify some ways you interact with others that could be causing some drama. Are you leaning more into the role of victim, rescuer or pe…
 
As they say...expectations are the root of heartache. Apparently it wasn't Shakespeare who said that so how legitimate can that sentiment really be? Seems pretty legitimate actually- when someone doesn't meet expectations it can be super painful. So how do we navigate the expectations we have for others? In this episode we give you some mental stra…
 
Is sex ever just about sex? We find out in this episode when we talk with Chelsea Petersen about physical intimacy in relationships. Chelsea is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the founder of Cache Valley Counseling. She has worked extensively with couples for over a decade, helping them navigate disconnection and intimacy issues. Chels…
 
Alright, here is another round of Q&A where we answer your submitted questions! We cover some boundary setting, how we became therapists and answer some questions about what to do after you yell at your kids & how to cope with parenting woes. This one is hopefully packed with helpful information for you. Enjoy! Don't forget to check out our romanti…
 
Caregivers are an often overlooked group of people but a group we feel like needs a lot of support, especially where mental health is concerned. In our conversation we discuss how caregiver fatigue is different than burnout and how we can best support the caregivers that we know. If you are a caregiver yourself, tune in to hear some thoughts on how…
 
In this episode we talk about a subject that many of our clients are deal with and that we have also dealt with personally- wanting to be in a relationship but you just aren't right now. We talk about how to navigate this time and how a shift in perspective may bring some relief. This topic is close to our hearts and we hope you resonate with our c…
 
Traumaversaries, anniversaries of trauma, can be difficult to navigate. We are coming up on a traumaversary that we all collectively share with the anniversary of the pandemic and the start of quarantine that we experienced last year. In this episode, we discuss what you may notice in the upcoming weeks as far as an increase in symptoms. Our bodies…
 
In this episode we answer some questions submitted by listeners and they are great questions! We talk about how you can go about finding a therapist, how to break out of shaming your kids, dealing with narcissists and more. If you ever have questions you want answered you can write us at thoughtspod@gmail.com. Don't forget to check out our romantic…
 
Join us in this conversation with Matt Erickson, a licensed therapist and finance hobbyist, as we talk about mental health and money! Just in time for tax season right? We discuss how family of origin can greatly impact spending habits, how to navigate money issues in relationships and how to keep your approach to finances (and life) simple. We lov…
 
Let's be honest...many of us enjoy dabbling in a good true crime podcast or documentary. Or maybe you're past dabbling and you are a full on enthusiast. Well we are about to help you level up to being an expert in the psychology of true crime! In this episode you'll hear us talk about the mental health diagnoses of a number of serial killers, how t…
 
In our first episode of the year we are sharing all of our favorite coping strategies! These are our tried and true methods for coping ahead and coping with big emotions in the moment. We talk everything from reality TV to time blocking and Jessica really embraces her running joke about microwaved water. Tune in to get all of the tea on how the thr…
 
In this episode we answer your questions about how to navigate some difficult situations this holiday season. We talk about boundary setting with family members, the comparison trap, the stress of creating magic for the kids when we don't feel the magic this holiday season and so much more! We hope this episode helps you in your situation and that …
 
In this week's episode we talk about very important topics like marriage therapy, toxic positivity and the most underrated Disney movie. Our guest, Madi Murphy, is so endearing and open about mental health topics and we know you will love her as much as we do! We definitely recommend checking out Madi's podcast, The Bad Broadcast, as well as her so…
 
In this episode Jessica explains a quick cognitive behavioral therapy technique that can help you change your thoughts. This can be a powerful tool for getting you out of negative thinking patterns and moving towards a healthy mindset shift. Give it a try! Follow along on social media for more free tips! Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/thought…
 
If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed with gift giving this season tune in to hear all our tips for keeping things minimal and stress free! We like to keep things simple for the holidays because it helps eliminate decision fatigue and keep us focusing on connection rather than consumerism. If you aren't minimal about the holidays NO WORRIES! Live you…
 
We've taken a two month hiatus from recording new episodes to work on an exciting project we hope to have finished soon. But in the words of Jessica, "We are back and better than ever!" In this episode we answer some questions you sent to us about difficult parenting situations, managing panic attacks, issues with marital sex and more. We even lear…
 
Tragedy struck Jordin's life just 18 months ago when her husband was killed when they were in a car crash. Jordin talks with us about how she has navigated all of the trauma, dark days and heartbreak that has come as a result of losing her husband and now raising their daughter as a single parent. You can tell from listening to Jordin that she trul…
 
What happens if you struggle with avoidant attachment and your partner has anxious attachment (or vice versa)? We see this type of relationship often and it does not have to keep you trapped. In this episode we talk about the difficulties of navigating this type of relationship dynamic, how to work on this with your partner and ultimately how you c…
 
We are continuing our series on attachment styles with this episode! We discuss how to identify if you have an avoidant attachment style, how that may manifest in your relationships and ultimately how to heal this insecure attachment style. Avoidant attachment can cause disconnection in relationships but if individuals with this style can lean into…
 
Human trafficking is not a new problem but this massive issue that is affecting the lives of so many in the world is finally getting more attention. In this episode we talk with Rachel Curtis Vinck to gain some insight on what we need to know about human trafficking, what we can do to stay safe and manage our anxiety and how to help fight against t…
 
In this episode we talk about what it looks like to have an anxious attachment style. Many of us may lean towards this attachment style if we have had attachment "injuries" in the past. We talk about what this can look like in a relationship and what you can specifically do to heal this insecure attachment style. The great thing about attachment st…
 
Attachment theory suggests that a secure attachment style is formed through genetics, parenting and life experiences. If you currently struggle with insecure attachment in your relationships, fear not! The beauty of attachment is that your style can shift over time- we can heal insecure attachment styles and become more secure. Tune in to this epis…
 
Have you ever wanted to understand the science behind antidepressants and anti anxiety medications? Tune in and learn from our guest Dr. Kyle Smith. Kyle Smith, MD is a Family Medicine Physician in Sacramento California. He completed medical school at the University of California in Irvine and Residency at Sutter Sacramento. He has a special intere…
 
Have you ever felt conflicting emotions and felt shame around that? An example would be feeling immense grief and yet also feeling relief when a loved one passes on after a long battle with cancer. In this episode we break down how we can shift our thinking and give space to multiple emotions at once. We can feel mixed emotions about our life circu…
 
Things are slowly starting to open up in some places so what does that mean for managing anxiety that may come with that? In this episode we discuss how to cope with the changes that are happening, how to have boundaries and how to cope with the actions of other people who may not have the same views on things as you do. Taylor also shares about a …
 
In this episode we turn our microphones over to our husbands! While this may have been a questionable decision, we feel like they did a great job talking about what it's like being married to us (therapists), their marriage tips and what it has been like for each of them with making the transition into fatherhood. We hope you enjoy this quarantine …
 
On this episode we talk with Cristi Dame, a licensed professional counselor, about how parents can connect with their children through play. Cristi talks with us about some of the challenges parents face when it comes to playing with their children and shares tips on what parents can do to interact with their children during play in a way that can …
 
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