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NFCC's Guide Through the Seasons of Mental Wellness

Nick Finnegan Counseling Center

Together, we navigate the development of self, partnerships, parenting, and the general network of connections you build across a lifetime. As a non-profit counseling center, Nick Finnegan Counseling Center (NFCC), is always trying to find ways to support the greater community. Through conversations exploring the family life cycle, as well as common individual and relational concerns, we hope to expand access to mental health resources. NFCC exists to make mental health care affordable and accessible, and this is just one of the routes to serve our mission. We hope that through this podcast you're inspired to connect with others, and that you feel supported along your mental wellness journey. Thank you for listening!
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Trauma Can Happen in Your Faith
Trauma Can Happen in Your Faith
Crises of faith can happen in response to grief and loss, but they can also often be the result of discrepancy between ones personal life and the doctrines of their faith. The way a spiritual community responds to and support members largely determines whether the faith community becomes a source of support and mental resilience or shame and mental trauma. In fact an emerging field in psychotherapy is Religious Trauma. Here to help us navigate this sometimes scary world of challenging faith communities, finding your own spiritual path, or improving your faith community from within is NFCC's Clinical Director, Audrey Omenson, MA, LPC-S. About Audrey: Audrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and the Clinical Director at the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center (NFCC). She oversees all of the clinical work done at NFCC, including the training and supervision of graduate practicum counselors and LPC-Associate counselors. She joined NFCC in 2014 but has worked with children, adolescents, adults and families in the mental health field since 2009. Her counseling experience includes work in outpatient clinics and schools, supporting clients challenged by anxiety, mood disorders, trauma, Autism spectrum disorders, and other neurological differences. She also works with clients who have experienced religious/spiritual trauma. In addition to serving as NFCC's, clinical director, Audrey operates her very own private practice focusing on religious trauma as well as major life transitions with adults and teens. Audrey also works as an artist creating beautiful canvas pieces, is a certified yoga instructor, and enjoys time with her family, adorable niece, and sweet rescue dog, Sedona. Resources: https://www.audreyomenson.com/about (Audrey’s Private Practice) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/964147.Leaving_the_Fold (Leaving the Fold) By Marlene Winell https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26534230-sacred-wounds (Sacred Wounds: A Path to Healing from Spiritual Trauma) By Teresa B. Pasquale https://mindshiftpodcast.co.uk/2020/11/06/rebuilding-a-sense-of-self-coping-with-religious-trauma-syndrome-with-andrew-jasko/ (Rebuilding A Sense of Self: Coping with Religious Trauma Syndrome) Podcast Episode from ‘Mindshift Podcast’ https://www.netgrace.org/ (For Religious Institutions Looking to be Preventative of Trauma) Recommended Instagram Accounts: @reclamationcollective @drlauraandersen A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
May 19 2021
47 mins
Partner Loss and Long Term Grief
When we choose a partner to go through life with it's not often that we think about what it would be like to lose them. Or if we do, we don't spend much time considering it because it's so difficult to think about. Any type of loss is hard, but when we lose the one other person we rely on to move through life with, it can be especially painful and isolating. Who will fill the roles they use to fill? Who do we turn to for support and how can we support other affected family members? There are a lot of 'well meaning' sayings around grief that can be even more problematic around the loss of our partner. Helping us learn different ways to navigate the long term impact of partner loss is NFCC's very own clinician, Janet Crow, MA, LPC. About Janet: Janet graduated from Arizona State University and subsequently worked in in the oil industry as an entrepreneur for over three decades. After becoming a widow in 2002, she pursued a Masters in Counseling – graduating from Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2007. Janet’s 12 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor, includes group and individual therapy sessions with adolescents, adults and couples. She enjoys working with families to find their ‘new norm’ when faced with difficult circumstances as well as parents of teens who are navigating life changes. She is diligent in working with women dealing with depression as well as couples who’s relationship needs a tune-up. Resources: Alan Wolfelt’s Organization: https://www.centerforloss.com/ (Center for Loss and Life Transition) A Grief Organization: https://www.griefrecoverymethod.com/ (Grief Recovery Method) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/768975.Living_in_the_Shadow_of_the_Ghosts_of_Grief (Living in the Shadows of the Ghosts of Grief: Step into the Light) By Alan Wolfelt https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1126939.When_Your_Friend_Is_Grieving (When Your Friend is Grieving) By Paula D’Arcy https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/421848.The_Grief_Recovery_Handbook (The Grief Recovery Handbook) By John W. James and Russell Friedman https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/877757.When_Children_Grieve (When Children Grieve: For Adults to Help Children Deal with Death, Divorce, Pet Loss, Moving, and Other Losses) By John W. James, Russell Friedman, and Leslie Matthews A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
May 12 2021
39 mins
When You Become Your Parent's Caregiver
Becoming a caregiver to a loved one who can no longer care for themselves is HARD. It is hard on resources, relationships, and our own well being. As a family caregiver, we need to grieve what was, plan for what could be, and communicate with all the support members we can. AND, that is only the start of what this honorable and difficult role entails. Joining us to navigate this difficult and often stressful conversation is Tracey Brown of Amazing Place Houston. About Tracey: Tracey Brown has served as Executive Director of Amazing Place, a faith based non-profit organization focusing on empowering lives disrupted by dementia for the past fifteen years. During her tenure she has led the organization through a $7 million campaign, Building for Generations, which enabled the organization to build their state of the art Day Program specifically designed for adults with mild to moderate dementia; engineered a name change from The Seniors Place to Amazing Place; and encouraged the organization’s staff to expand programs and services for those with dementia, their caregiving families and the community resulting in the development of their Connections Program. Amazing Place is in the midst of their second campaign – the $15 million Amazing Together Campaign, which will allow the organization to expand to a second location in the West Houston/Katy area.   Tracey grew up in Chicago and Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Sixteen years ago, she and her husband, Frank, returned to Houston. She joined Amazing Place after a career in advertising and publishing and many years in non-profit volunteer leadership. Her passion for supporting adults with dementia and their families comes from her own family experience – her maternal grandmother suffered for many years with the disease and she watched her highly successful and energetic grandfather endure tremendous stress as her primary caregiver, eventually suffering a fatal heart attack. She and Frank have five children, aged 25 to 41, in their blended family. Six years ago, Tracey lost her father and her mother (now 90) moved into their home, just as her youngest son finished his freshman year in college and returned home for the summer. Four years ago, her mother was diagnosed with dementia and multiple myeloma. As a family they are cherishing each day and learning the precious value and wonderful blessings of intergenerational living. Resources:...
May 5 2021
42 mins
The Parenting Toolkit
Wouldn't it be nice if there was just ONE Golden, Magical Parenting Manual to get us from birth to adulthood when raising out kids? Parents are bombarded with thousands of opinions and frameworks that feel impossible to implement, while dodging the mines, barbed wire, and explosions of our parenting world. Join us with guest, Amanda Armbruster of Take A Break Tots, as we explore the parenting experience in the battlefield and how we can build our toolkit to survive, thrive, and raise kids who flourish. About Amanda: For the last decade, Amanda has worked with young children and their families as a teacher, graduate student, Licensed Professional Counselor, and now in her own home as a mom. Amanda started Take a Break Tots to bring information about child development, behavior, discipline, and social-emotional intervention from the clinical world to the average household and classroom. She strives to help caregivers support the social and emotional development of the young children in their lives. Amanda provides lots of free information and personal parenting stories on her Instagram page and Blog. Through consultations Amanda provides personalized behavior and discipline plans that meet the needs of the whole family. Resources: https://www.takeabreaktots.com/ (Take A Break Tots) (also, find her on Facebook and Instagram) Carol Dweck’s https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve?language=en (TED talk) Carol Dweck’s https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745.Mindset (Mindset Book) https://consciousdiscipline.com/ (Dr. Becky Bailey: Conscious Discipline) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25343.Parenting_From_the_Inside_Out (Parenting from the Inside Out) By Dan Siegel https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10353369-the-whole-brain-child (The Whole-Brain Child) By Dan Siegel Meditation Guides: https://www.headspace.com/ (Headspace), https://www.calm.com/ (Calm), Tara Brach’s https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/ (Meditations) https://zerotofive.net/ (Zero to Five): An early development guide A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
Apr 28 2021
53 mins
The Birth of Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is kind of a holy grail of sorts - one that we spend a lifetime in search of. BUT what is this mystical, internal force, really? And how do we develop it, share it, and parent it? To help us with this very important conversation, we had fun talking to Diane Vines, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S. There's more about Diane below, but know that it's never too late to develop self-esteem. About Diane Vines: Diane Vines serves as the Program Coordinator for The Neurosequential Network's NMT Individual and Site Certification programs. Ms. Vines is also a long-time ChildTrauma Academy Fellow and a clinician in private practice. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 1999. Ms. Vines is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas and is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.  Ms. Vines provides individual and family therapy as well as clinical supervision. She has worked, trained, and specialized in the areas of child sexual abuse, incest, and childhood trauma since 1998, and she frequently provides community trainings and case consultations. Ms. Vines has formerly worked at the Houston Child Advocacy Center (Children’s Assessment Center). She has also served on Houston Association for Marriage and Family (HAMFT) board and the Kids & Youth Protecting Other Kids (KYPOK) board. Resources: https://www.neurosequential.com/ (NMT) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34962308-the-yes-brain (The Yes Brain) (Parenting Book) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17707532-brainstorm (Brainstorm) (Parenting Teens) https://positivepsychology.com/self-esteem-tools-activities/ (Self-Esteem Tools) https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/why-you-should-let-your-child-fail-the-benefits-of-natural-consequences/ (Let Your Children Fail) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6615888/ (The Coddling of Black Youth) A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
Apr 21 2021
51 mins
Coping with Infertility and Grief
1 in 8 couples experience an infertility journey. A journey that involves physical, emotional and financial stress, while straining relationships. In this episode, we discuss the mental toll, heartbreak, grief, and thankfully, hope - with FabFertility's very own, Blair Nelson. About Blair Nelson:  Blair Nelson is an infertility warrior who began her journey in 2018 after being told IVF was the only way to grow her family due to an inherited genetic factor her husband, Will, was born with. After their second embryo transfer from their first round of IVF treatment, Blair suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage that redefined her life. Ever since then, she has made it her mission to bring facts, tips, inspiration and most importantly a voice to the topic of infertility. She found refuge in her difficult times online among women who have had similar experiences, and she wants to return the favor. Her Instagram account, Fab Fertility, has grown into a brand, podcast and blog. She also co-founded Fertility Rally in 2020, an event and membership platform to support and educate anyone building their modern family. After five rounds of IVF, countless shots and procedures, Blair and Will are expecting their rainbow baby girl in May of 2021. Related Resources:  https://fabfertility.com/ (FabFertility) https://fertilityrally.com/ (Fertility Rally) https://cofertility.com/ (CoFertility) https://resolve.org/ (The National Infertility Association) A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
Apr 14 2021
40 mins
The Self, Dating and The Road to Partnerships
Dating can be hard, messy, and painful but it can also be fun, enlightening, and energizing. One of the keys to success is knowing yourself and what you hope to offer to a partnership as well as what you expect to receive in return. So, how do we know if we are ready to commit to adding another person's feeling to our list of daily responsibilities? How can we thoughtfully end a relationship that isn't working? Tune in to hear Tracy Lehman and April Henderson cover all of this and more! About April Henderson: April Henderson is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Her specialties include working with adult women, children, and teens. April’s counseling approach is client-centered and draws from attachment/developmental theories, family systems, and trauma research to best meet the needs of her clients. She is passionate about working with women and teens who want support in developing healthy relationships as well as with clients who have experienced trauma. With each client April strives to provide a safe, comfortable environment in which clients can feel heard and can heal. April is an EMDR Trained therapist and is also a PREPARE/ENRICH certified engaged couples counselor. Related Resources:  https://www.attachedthebook.com/wordpress/ (Attached) By Amir Levine and Rachel Heller https://www.gottman.com/product/the-seven-principles-for-making-marriage-work/ (The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work) By The Gottmans https://garythomas.com/books/sacred-marriage/ (Sacred Marriage) By Gary Thomas https://drsuejohnson.com/books/ (Hold Me Tight) By Sue Johnson A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
Apr 7 2021
54 mins
Ready to Launch
For many parents, the teen years are filled with fears and challenges, especially as they approach leaving the nest and going off on their own. Will they be safe? Will they know what to do? Are they ready? If you have experienced any of these questions or similar ones, this episode is for you! Teandra Gordon, PhD, LMFT-Supervisor, and Director of School Based Therapy at Legacy Community Health, joins Tracy to talk about how parents can prepare themselves and their teens for the next stages of life, while building trust and teaching them to trust their instincts and be ready to venture out into the world. About Teandra Gordon: Dr. Gordon is Vice President of School Based Health at Legacy Community Health in Houston, TX. Legacy clinics are committed to drive healthy change in communities across Houston by providing primary care and behavioral health services to students and families on school campuses. Dr. Gordon is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, with a passion for seeing children succeed and promoting healthy families. She testified in front of the state Legislature twice as a champion for school-based health care, and during her tenure as a leader in school based health, Legacy increased its partnerships from 7 clinics to 27 clinics across Houston. Dr. Gordon has publications in several scholarly journals and her research has been presented at national conferences. She is also a wife, mother of five, and author of the parenting education book, https://purposefilledparenting.com/book (Purpose Filled Parenting.)  Here are some resources mentioned in this episode: https://youtu.be/kHZzhKyBW-I (Dan Siegel’s Google Talk)  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17707532-brainstorm (Dan Siegel’s Book for Understanding Teens)  https://www.ted.com/talks/carol_dweck_the_power_of_believing_that_you_can_improve?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare (Carol Dwecks TED Talk) https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745.Mindset (Carol Dwecks Book on Growth Mindset) A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
Mar 31 2021
48 mins
Living Single
We’ve all heard that question, “Who am I outside of this relationship/marriage”. Singleism, the term for people living life outside of a committed, romantic relationship, is an emerging area of focus on a state of living that many people experience at some point in life. There is so much wonderful momentum behind the concept of living life while single and destigmatizing past views of what “living single” means in order to open us all up to the possibilities of our very own selves! Helping us explore the beauty and challenges of single hood at any age is NFCC’s Lead Clinician, Heather Timmis, MA, LMFT-S. About Heather Timmis: Heather Timmis is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor (LMFT-S) who works with families, couples and individuals ages 3 years and up. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin as well as a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Heather has experience helping clients work through challenges related but not limited to sexual abuse, trauma, suicidal thoughts/actions and anxiety. She believes in a flexible, collaborative approach where she and her client work as a team to determine the best fit for the client’s needs. In addition to her amazing clinical work, Heather is obsessed with all things pop culture and experienced her fair share of dating apps before she finally met her fiancé.  Here are some resources mentioned in this episode: https://www.shanisilver.com/podcast (A Single Serving Podcast) http://www.belladepaulo.com/ (Bella DePaulo’s Books and Info) https://belladepaulo.medium.com/resources-for-single-people-who-are-not-whining-about-being-single-3f9df6e67560 (Additional Resources)  A special thanks to our team: Tracy Lehman, Host & Executive Producer Os Galindo, Senior Producer & Engineer Yue Nakayama, Audio Engineer Jacel Dickson, Editor & Graphic Designer Administrators: Mary Elizabeth Hand and Audrey Omenson with music by Jim Roman Thanks for listening!
Mar 31 2021
41 mins

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