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Working as a Professional Counselor’s Coach with Mari Lee: Ep. 16

Welcome to another episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast! This week Megan was joined by Mari Lee, who is a licensed marital and family therapist, certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, and founder of several businesses, including her own private practice, Growth Counseling Services, as well as The Counselor’s Coach, a site dedicated to helping clinicians grow their practices and successfully manage the business end of their careers.

After working in business for several years, Mari returned to school to study marriage and family therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California before opening her own private practice, where she is recognized for her clinical work with sex addicts and partners and spouses of sexually compulsive people. In addition to running her own businesses, she is also a best-selling author ( Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts | Healing Betrayal: First Steps for Partners and Spouses of Sex and Pornography Addicts) and conducts frequent presentations and trainings on many different topics, such as sex and love addiction, partner’s betrayal trauma, and women’s issues.

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Working with Sex Addiction in Psychotherapy with Staci Sprout: Ep. 15

Welcome to another episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast! This week we’re exploring a very important topic – sex and love addiction. Joining Megan to share her expertise is Staci Sprout. Staci Sprout is a licensed clinical social worker and certified sex addiction therapist with her own private practice in Seattle, Washington called r.evolution psychotherapy. The practice specializes in therapeutic recovery from sexual/relationship addiction, intimacy avoidance, and codependency.

Staci completed both her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Washington and practiced therapy in several different types of clinical settings before opening her own private practice, Revolution Psychotherapy, in 2011. In addition to seeing clients, she also conducts frequent presentation and trainings on sex addiction, runs a psycho-educational blog, “A new sexual revolution,” and authored a memoir about sex addiction and recovery, entitled Naked in Public: A Memoir of Recovery From Sex Addiction and Other Temporary Insanities.

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Animal-Assisted Therapy with Dr. Elizabeth Carr: Ep. 14

How much do you know about animal-assisted therapy? On this Mastering Counseling episode we’re exploring this fun topic with the help of Megan’s guest, Dr. Elizabeth Carr. Dr. Carr is the founder of Kentlands Psychotherapy, a thriving practice. Lately, Dr. Carr has been working with Riley, their Facility/Therapy dog-in-training. Riley accompanies her in individual and couples counseling sessions, and regularly visits with other practice clients in the Kentlands Psychotherapy waiting room.

Dr. Carr completed her undergraduate education at Evergreen State College in Washington and her graduate training at both Avila College and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Her current area of expertise is working with couples and individuals on a wide range of relationship-based issues, but she has also spent time working in both naval and civilian hospitals conducting psychiatric interviews and evaluations and psychotherapy sessions. Over the years, she has also served as both teacher and supervisor to training therapists at many different stages of development as well as other working professionals who interact with the field of mental health.

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Working with LGBTQ Couples and Other Special Populations with Jennine Estes: Ep. 13

Time to dive into another episode of Mastering Counseling! On this episode we’re talking about couples therapy for LGBTQ couples and other special populations. Megan was joined by Jennine Estes, who is a licensed marital and family therapist in San Diego, California who specializes in working with couples, specifically those in the LGBTQ community. Jennine is also the owner of Estes Therapy, which is where she practices along with several other therapists.

Jennine completed her undergraduate education at Point Loma Nazarene University and her graduate training at Alliant International University. Her particular area of expertise is working with couples and she is trained in several different theoretical approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, EMDR, and emotion-focused therapy. In addition to seeing clients, she also supervises and trains new therapists and runs a relationship blog, “Relationship in the Raw.” Listen in to hear her fantastic insight!

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Exploring the Internal Family Systems model with Jon Schwartz: Ep 12

Welcome to another informative episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast! This week we’re talking about the Internal Family Systems Model (IFS), which is an integrative approach to individual psychotherapy. Joining Megan to explore this model is Jon Schwartz, who is acting executive director of The Center for Self Leadership or CSL. The Center for Self Leadership is “dedicated to the healing transformation of lives and cultures and serves as a critical link between therapeutic professionals and the wider community” through training and certification in IFS, and more. Jon also happens to be the brother of IFS founder Dr. Richard Schwartz!

Jon completed his undergraduate education at Macalester College with a BA in Psychology and his graduate training at the College of Idaho with an MA in Education, Psychology, and Public Administration. Throughout his career, he served as executive director for several different organizations in the mental health field before landing at the Center for Self Leadership in 2008. Listen in as Jon helps break down the IFS model for Megan and our Mastering Counseling listeners!

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Building a Successful Online Mental Health Platform with Dr. Sheri Jacobson: Ep. 11

Building anything online these days (be it a private practice web site, a mental health platform, or something else) isn’t easy. Fortunately with the right advice, breaking through all the noise and finding success is still very possible. That’s where our guest this week comes in! Megan was joined by Dr. Sheri Jacobson, who is the Clinical Director of Harley Therapy, a thriving psychotherapy and counseling establishment which also offers online mental health resources.

Dr. Jacobson began her therapy training in 1997 and has covered multiple perspectives, concluding with her final degree in cognitive behavioral therapy at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She also has degrees in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (from Oxford University), Social Anthropology (from University College London), and a PhD in Counseling and Psychotherapy (from Regent’s College, London). She is now a retired senior therapist with the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy (accredited for 16 years). During that time she worked for MIND, MENCAP, a women’s centre, an alcohol advice centre, the NHS, and with private clients.

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Discernment Counseling and Other Couples Therapy Issues with Dr. Marni Feuerman: Ep. 10

Couples Therapy presents clinicians with unique challenges. Overcoming these challenges is the focus of this episode of the Mastering Counseling Podcast! Megan was joined by Dr. Marni Feuerman. Dr. Feuerman is a doctor of clinical psychology, LCSW, and LMFT who runs her own private practice in Boca Raton, Florida in addition to offering clinical supervision, freelance writing, and media consultation services.

Dr. Feuerman completed her undergraduate education at the University of Florida and her graduate training at Barry University and California Southern University. Her particular area of expertise is working with couples, though she also sees individuals who are seeking counseling for a wide range of relationship-based issues. In addition to running her own blog, The Talking Solution, she is also a regular contributor for About.com, The Huffington Post, The Gottman Institute, YourTango.com, and many other print and web-based media outlets.

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Working with Insurance and Other Private Practice Tips with Danielle Kepler: Ep. 09

Working with insurance can present quite a challenge to any therapist. Our guest this week is Danielle Kepler, LCPC, who runs DK Therapy which is located in downtown Chicago. Danielle also offers consultation services to other clinicians hoping to open their own insurance-based practice through her business, Be Your Own Biller LLC. With her vast amount of experience in the field, Danielle was able to share great information with Megan on dealing with insurance and billing, as well as running a private practice.

Danielle completed her undergraduate degree at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and her graduate training at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is also trained in both Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and offers workshops for couples throughout Chicagoland.

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A Therapist’s Day in Court with Nicol Stolar-Peterson, LCSW: Ep. 08

What do you do if, as a therapist, you’re called to testify in court? On this episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast, we explore just that. Our expert guest joining Megan is Nicol Stolar-Peterson. Nicol is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of California. She also owns and operates Therapist Court Prep, which focuses on helping therapists all over the country interface effectively with the court system.

Throughout her career, Nicol has worn many hats, including therapist, child custody evaluator, former Child Protective Services investigator and forensic interviewer, consultant, coach, and expert witness. She has also been featured on the popular podcast Selling the Couch and offered expert insight for CNN.

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Helping Couples Thrive with April Eldemire, LMFT: Ep. 07

It’s time for a brand new episode of the Mastering Counseling podcast! This show is all about couples therapy. Joining Megan to discuss her approach to couples therapy is April Eldemire, LMFT. April runs the web site and practice Couples Thrive, based in the Fort Lauderdale area. She specializes in working with couples, specifically around the transition to parenthood.

April completed her undergraduate degree at Florida State University and her graduate training at Nova Southeastern University. She is also a guest blogger and regular contributor for The Gottman Institute as well as a Bringing Baby Home Educator.

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