The Family Brain with Megan Gipson

Megan Gipson

The Family Brain is a podcast dedicated to the glorious and messy world of family life and mental health. Megan Gipson is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Austin Texas. This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy read less
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IFS and Connecting to True Self with Kelly Coulter
Feb 14 2023
IFS and Connecting to True Self with Kelly Coulter
Episode 108 IFS and Connecting to True Self with Kelly Coulter, PLLCIn this episode:I talk with Kelly Coulter about her use of the IFS (Internal Family Systems) framework to support clients in her private practice in Austin Texas. The IFS framework was developed by Dr. Richard Schwartz and acknowledges the multiple selves within an individual. This does not mean that someone has multiple personalities, but rather that within each of us we have different parts and in working with those parts we can better connect with our true selves. If this sounds confusing, take a listen to this episode and Kelly explains the basics of IFS and how this way of thinking about ourselves can help us better understanding ourselves. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast platform Quote“We want to be able to observe our parts. What I love about IFS is we want you to embrace those parts and approach them with compassion.” Kelly Coulter PLLCIn this episode, we cover:●     How traumatic wounds create disconnection from self.●     How our parts create a way to manage this shame and distress.●     The 8 Cs that are components of Self.●     What are managers and fire fighters?●     What are exiles, protectors, or the self-critic●     How mapping parts can help explore how you are functioning.Learn more about Kelly Coulter, PLLC:·     Kelly Coulter Therapy Resources discussed:●     Book "No Bad Parts"Connect with The Family Brain:●     Megan Gipson’s Website●     The Family Brain Podcast●
Healing From Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma with Ingrid Clayton PHD
Jan 24 2023
Healing From Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma with Ingrid Clayton PHD
Episode 107: Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma with Ingrid Clayton PHDIngrid Clayton’s new memoir “Believing Me, Healing from Narcissistic Abuse and Complex Trauma” details her childhood experiences that as an adult she came to understand as complex trauma and relational abuse. As a therapist, Ingrid shares her own story and sheds light on the similar feelings and coping strategies that spring from childhood abuse.  In this episode:Ingrid talks about the process of writing her memoir and how important it was for her for the book to be a memoir, so that her story could help others who may have had similar experiences not feel so alone. We talk about how complex trauma is rooted in relational abuse and how emotional abuse can be harder to name that something like physical abuse that may leave a mark. Her book gives language to this type of abuse that happens within families. Children can often blame themselves for abuse because they are dependent on their caregivers to survive. The body and mind of a child may blame themselves as a protection because acknowledging an unsafe caregiver can feel even worse. We talk about the use of gaslighting to make children and adults question their own memories of experiences, and how that takes root in the nervous system. Gaslighting was the word of the year in the Websters dictionary for 2022, so that suggests that emotional abuse is becoming more understood and discussed. The World Health Organization has made CPTSD Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and official diagnosis, but it is still not a part of the DSM in the United States meaning that it is not a recognized diagnostic code. We talk about how trauma lives in the body and how that can make it hard to identify through thinking about it. It lives on a subconscious level. The body creates coping strategies and does what it was designed to do which is keep you safe. However, once the abusive situation is no longer a threat, those coping strategies can show up in situations and in relationships that cause distress and do not serve you any longer. We talk about the various therapeutic modalities that can be used to treat CPTSD and how curiosity is the key in each one. Ingird shares that through the process of putting this book out into the world, she has discovered that her experiences are heartbreakingly more common than she realized, and through that she has discovered a community of survivors.  Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast platform Quote“Maybe I had to become my own therapist, and that is both magical and...
Money and Love with Abby Davisson
Jan 10 2023
Money and Love with Abby Davisson
Episode 106: Money and Love with Abby DavissonAbby Davisson is the co-author of the new release Money and Love, An Intelligent Road Map For Life’s Biggest Decisions. In our conversation, Abby explains The 5Cs, a framework she learned as a student at Stanford Business School, that serves as a research based guide in navigating big life choices. We talk about how money and love are intertwined, and how often in the decision-making process we can lose sight of this. If you ever wished Google would answer some of these big life questions for you, this is an episode you won’t want to miss.  In this episode:We talk about how the 5Cs were a revelation to Abby as a graduate student, and how Abby along with her coauthor Myra Strober, who was the Stanford professor she took this class from, wanted to share the framework outside of higher education to help more people navigate these complicated life choices. The 5Cs are…drum roll… 1.     Clarify what is important to you: to make an effective decision you must first understand what you truly want and what you don’t2.    Communicate: as you clarify what you want, open a two-way dialogue with others involved in the decision3.    Consider a Broad Range of Choices: few decisions are strictly either/or, and one key to better decision-making is broadening your alternatives4.    Check in with Friends, Family, and Other Resources, sharing your thought process or reaching out to others can bring new insights5.    Consequences: weigh the short-term and long -term consequences of different choices before you make a final decision. Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast platform Quote: “Everyone deserves the resources and skills to enjoy both love and money.” Abby Davisson In this episode, we cover:●     How life choices are constantly evolving●     How the change in gender roles and family structure has changed●     Why big life choices feel overwhelming●     How to approach a partner to engage in the process●     The benefits of slowing down to make more deliberate choices Learn more about Abby Davisson and Money and Love:
105 Boundaries Over the Holidays with Juliane Taylor Shore
Dec 13 2022
105 Boundaries Over the Holidays with Juliane Taylor Shore
Episode 105: Boundaries Over the Holidays with Juliane Taylor ShoreJuliane Taylor Shore joins The Family Brain Podcast to talk about her work in helping people understand neuroscience, boundary setting and how both impact our relationships. Juliane breaks this information down in to digestible bites and helps make the term neurobiology not sound so intimidating. One of my big take aways from this conversation is that in addition to setting more action oriented boundaries like I will not continue to clean your clothes if you leave them on the floor, we can also set energetic boundaries in helping keep our minds clear of energy that is not ours to carry. If you think this sounds interesting but you wish I was explaining it better, please listen to this episode. I promise that Jules explains it in ways that will get you excited to try something new. In this episode we cover:What are boundaries and how do we get them!?How setting boundaries can bring us closer in our relationships.Basic information about the brain and connection.Ways to self soothe when overstimulated. A practical exercise to develop energetic boundary skills.How it is normal to struggle with setting boundaries.You can learn more about Juliane Taylor ShoreWebsiteInstagramWhy Does My Partner? PodcastResourcesThe Whole Brain Child by Daniel SiegelThe Art of Gathering by Priya ParkerQuote:“The mind is a bridge between me and other people and in that relational space I transform others through my influence, and I let their influence in through me to transform.”-Juliane Taylor Shore“I think that ultimately boundaries are about kindness and clarity.”-Juliane Taylor ShoreThis podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
Mind Body Connection in Therapy with Grace Mackey
Nov 29 2022
Mind Body Connection in Therapy with Grace Mackey
Episode 104: The Mind Body Connection in Therapy with Grace MackeyI discovered Grace Mackey via Instagram @elevateyourtheapy and love the engaging way she shares what she has learned about the mind/body connection. Grace has her master’s in counseling and provides talk therapy, yoga therapy, and Reiki. She is passionate about how yoga, spirituality, and therapy can help heal simultaneously. I was thrilled to connect with her to learn more about her work. In my own private practice, I am starting to notice some of the restraints of talk therapy alone, and I love learning about the mind/body interventions that Grace uses when working with clients.Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, or on your favorite podcast platformQuote:“How do we pay attention to the body and work with the nervous system so we can actually calm the mind...and sometimes vice versa.” Grace MackeyIn this episode, we cover:● How stress shows up in our bodies.● Ways that mind/body work is used to treat chronic pain.● How to learn more about polyvagal theory and nervous system realignment. ● Ways to stay connected to your nervous system.Learn more about Grace Mackey• Elevate Therapy Wellness Website • InstagramResources Mentioned in this Episode:·      Book: The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk·      Book: The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy by Deb Dana·      Book: The Mind Body Prescription by Dr. John Sarno·      App: Curable App for PainConnect with The Family Brain:● Megan Gipson’s Website● The Family Brain Podcast● The Family Brain InstagramRate, Review & Follow on Apple Podcasts: Want to show your support for the show? Please consider following this show and leaving a rating and review on Apple Podcasts. Following ensures you get the latest episode delivered directly to the top of your Apple Podcasts app. Use this link for easy way to connect to review the show- send me some love! https://ratethispodcast.com/familybrain This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
Work Parent Thrive with Yael Schonbrun PhD
Nov 15 2022
Work Parent Thrive with Yael Schonbrun PhD
Yael Schonbrun is the author of the recently released book, Work Parent Thrive. I talked to her when her book was just one week old and I joke with her that when she meets Hoda to tell her that I got the first interview. I think this book will strike a cord with so many people because Yael lays out why it can feel so overwhelming to manage multiple roles and she offers practical strategies supported by scientific research and illustrated by funny antidotes that help make the strategies feel accessible. In this episode:We talk about how the outside forces that impact managing work and family life can feel overwhelming. It can often feel like both of those roles are being neglected. Yael talks about how these outside factors are real and do impact our lives, and that while acknowledging that reality, we can also do some “inside” work to help us feel more content and empowered by the many roles we embody. We talk about how hope and optimism are essential to move forward professionally and in parenting. As humans we are always faced with choices, and we need to get clear on our values and how our values shape our choices. Our mindset is critical to what energy and attitude we bring into our lives. I know I can get into a victim mentality about all that is expected of me in this fast-paced world, and the reminder that I am in control and responsible for my mindset was such a great reset for me. Yael talks about the concept of work family enrichment, and the basic idea is that research supports that shifting roles has a number of benefits to our lives. This is the game changer concept for me and helps me to shift from a poor me kind of pissed off state to a more accepting this is how it is and my brain can shift and will be better off for it mentality. If this sounds confusing listen to the episode. Yael explains it much more eloquently than I ever could. Learn more about Yael Schonbrun, PhDWork Parent Thrive, by Yael Schonbrun, PhDPsychologists Off the Clock PodcastMan’s Search For Meaning, Viktor E. FranklHow to Not Hate Your Husband After Kids, Jancee Dunn"The conflict between roles is never going to be eradicated. It is fundamental to being human." Yael Schonbrun, PhDAND"Given who you are and what matters to you how do you show up in the life that you have and build a life in the direction you want to be going." Yael Schonbrun, PhDThis podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
Parenting Spicy Kids with Mary Van Geffen
Nov 1 2022
Parenting Spicy Kids with Mary Van Geffen
Episode 102: Parenting Spicy Kids with Mary Van Geffen This new season of The Family Brain Podcast focuses on “What to Expect When You Are Expecting a Teen.” I remember my early parenting days gobbling up whatever parenting books were recommended, and I found comfort in their pages, even if the reality of parenting was much more nuanced and complicated than the books let on. Likewise, parenting a teen is not a one size fits all program, and in my conversation with Mary Van Geffen, a parenting coach for “Spicy Kids”, I am reminded of one principal of parenting that seems to fit most situations, and that is that often the point of work is not so much about the child but about the parts of the parent desire for control. I will admit that this conversation came at just the right time for me. Some days parenting feels like a breeze and there are other seasons where I question everything I know. If you have every felt like this, I hope you find hope in this conversation. I know I did. In this episode: I kick off a little shaky, and flub Mary Van Geffen’s name, but once we get rolling there is no stopping us. We get going talking about how Mary came to the work of helping others parent spicy kids. Mary was a “spicy” kid and that came with some rough times and some rejection. Once she became a parent, she wanted to do things differently for her children and now shares what she has learned with other families. I love when one person’s story and past feeds into their work. Mary talks about how parents of spicy kids and particularly spicy teens bring a great deal of intensity to situations, and how its on the parent to lower the energy in those interactions. Spicy kids have a high loyalty to themselves and intensely follow the call of their own heart. Mary says we have so much to learn from them. Spicy kids are not people pleasers and so often do not fall prey to as much peer pressure and are also not as eager to please their parent. I love that integrity to themselves, and as Mary suggests it can be challenging to feel like a competent parent with this kind of intensity.  Mary talks about how the little (not so little) secret is that often the place for the work in a parenting situation is not so much to do with the child as with a parent’s unresolved need for control. OK that spoke to me. I have been feeling in the teen parenting years a lot like those early parenting days of no control, and I clearly have more work to do in that area. Mary notes that often the spicy kids she talks about are inflexible, highly sensitive (sensitive to tags, sounds), and are persistent and often louder than the average child. This came come with some great benefits like staying true to self and goals and being aware of the world in rich ways. It can also come with some frustrations like when things don’t go as planned or when the child is able to get what they expected. It can lead to challenges with friendships and at school. Mary has the great reminder that a parent’s goal is not to control the child’s behavior but rather for the parent to stay as they want to be regardless of how the child is in any given moment. She talks about how teens often trigger in parents their own tender parts as a child at that age, so for example my 11-year-old may bring me back to things that I loved or had a time with as an 11 year old myself. I reflected that nothing seems to quite shine a light more on the unhealed parts of yourself better than your child.  One key lesson I got from talking with Mary is the idea of creating slow customer service with our teens. I know I can be quick to fill requests to clear the list of things to do and tidy up my own anxiety. Welp, it turns out that...
Episode 96: Neurofeedback Basics with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge
Jan 12 2021
Episode 96: Neurofeedback Basics with Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge
Dr Roseann is founder of Dr. Roseann & Associates and The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health. She and her team treat children and adults who struggle with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, concussions, and learning disabilities, Lyme Disease and PANS/PANDAS. Using proven holistic therapies like neurofeebback, biofeedback, psychotherapy and nutrition helps her clients improve and thrive.I have always wished that I understood biofeedback and neurofeedback better, and I love that Dr. Roseann explains her work in accessible language and terminology. She got me excited about continuing to learn more about neurofeedback for my own practice.Dr. Roseann is the author of “Teletherapy Toolkit: Therapist Handbook for Treating Children and Teens” and co-author of the best -selling book “Brain Under Attack: A Resource For Parents and Caregivers of Children with PANS, PANDAS, and Autoimmune Encephalopathy”.Brain Under Attackhttps://www.amazon.com/Brain-Under-Attack-Caregivers-Encephalitis/dp/0692133275/ref=sr_1_1?crid=2U2CHWXTFWR6Q&dchild=1&keywords=brain+under+attack&qid=1610049717&sprefix=brain+under%2Caps%2C198&sr=8-1Teletherapy Toolkithttps://www.amazon.com/Teletherapy-Toolkit-Therapist-Handbook-Treating/dp/1735794503/ref=sr_1_1?crid=24PH2BJ0PLEID&dchild=1&keywords=teletherapy+toolkit&qid=1610049797&sprefix=teletherapy%2Caps%2C241&sr=8-1www.drroseann.com for more about Dr. Roseann & AssociatesWe talk about the program HeartMath www.heartmath.comTo learn more about the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society Conference www.nrbs.org Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy
Episode 95: Returning to Love and Connection with Jessica Lamartiniere
Dec 30 2020
Episode 95: Returning to Love and Connection with Jessica Lamartiniere
I was not sure how I came upon Jessica’s Facebook post in September, but we talked after this recording and realized we are both a part of Be the Bridge, a faith based racial reconciliation movement founded by Latasha Morrison. In Jessica’s post, which I link to below, she expressed her discovery , via Ancestry.com, of her biological lineage to a confederate soldier. As a person of color, Jessica struggled with what to make of that, and in the end writes beautifully about choosing to side with love.Through these Covid 19 pandemic days, I have found great comfort in her words. As a therapist and as a person in this world, it can be challenging to make peace with people and things that do not line up with what I think and feel. However, my faith and returning to love have served me well over 2020.I hope you enjoy this final episode of 2020, and find Jessica’s perspective a comfort. I am so thankful that in creating this podcast, I have the opportunity to connect with people like Jessica who remind me how much good and love there is in this messy world.Jessica is fluent in American Sign Language and is founder of Ezer Advocates, a faith based community outreach program.You can find Jessica Lamartiniere on Instagram @simplyjess313 or @ezeradvocatesThe holiday season can be one of joy and one of hardship, if you need to talk to someone, the National Suicide Hotline is free and available 24 hours and can offer a place of rest if you are in distress.National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255For the original facebook post by Jessica, please visit Family Brain Podcast facebook group. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy