The Nerdie Therapist

Jen Hyatt

Roll the dice and venture forth into "The Nerdie Therapist," where therapy meets enchantment and creativity flourishes. Guided by Jen Hyatt, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from the mystical shores of sunny California, this podcast is your portal to a world where the mundane, heroic, and mystical realms merge seamlessly.

At The Nerdie Therapist (TNT), we explore the rich tapestry of psychotherapy, blending ancient lore with modern innovation to forge a unique path on the therapeutic quest. Each episode is a vibrant gathering of authenticity and unconventional methods, crafted to empower and inspire therapists, mental health professionals, and all adventurers drawn to the weaving together of psychology, fandom, and mysticism.

Travel with us on a journey through the magical landscapes of mental health and wellness. From epic tales of resilience in therapy to strategies for personal and professional growth, "The Nerdie Therapist" invites you to channel wisdom, compassion, and geeky enthusiasm. Navigate the depths of the human experience and discover your inner hero with every tale told.

Join our community of mystical seekers by subscribing to "The Nerdie Therapist." Never miss an episode of this enchanting adventure as we continue to conjure wonders together, challenging the conventional realms of mental health. Tune in, and let’s shake things up in the most magical way possible.

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Episodes

Embracing the Summer Slowdown: Superhero Strategies for Psychotherapists (Part Two)
6d ago
Embracing the Summer Slowdown: Superhero Strategies for Psychotherapists (Part Two)
Send us a Text Message.🌟 Welcome, Haven Mystics and Weavers of the Mind! 🌟✨ Dive into Part Two of our Summer Slowdown Series on The Nerdie Therapist Podcast! ✨This week, we’re exploring how to find calm and clarity in our practices by channeling the wisdom of our favorite superheroes. 🦸‍♂️🦸‍♀️As the summer sun shines brightly, many therapists find their practices easing into a slower pace. In this captivating episode of "The Nerdie Therapist," we dive into how to transform these serene months into opportunities for growth and renewal.Join us as we draw inspiration from iconic superheroes to navigate the summer slowdown with finesse. We'll explore how to channel Professor X's deep connections, Poison Ivy's grounding in nature, and Black Panther's tech innovations to enhance your practice during this season.Discover how to strengthen client relationships with thoughtful check-ins, integrate natural elements into your sessions for a refreshing twist, and stay ahead of the curve with cutting-edge technology. Whether you choose to embrace the tranquility for self-care or leverage it for innovative practice growth, this episode is packed with actionable strategies and enchanting insights.Don't miss this magical journey through the realms of calm and creativity, where every slowdown is a hidden opportunity for transformation. Tune in and prepare to unleash your inner hero!🔹 Strengthening Connections and CommunicationChannel Professor X and the Avengers! Discover how these mighty guardians use the power of communication and connection to support each other. Learn to deepen your client relationships with regular check-ins and personalized care, ensuring they feel seen and valued. 🌟🔹 Embracing Nature’s TranquilityInspired by Poison Ivy’s connection to nature, we’ll explore how integrating natural elements into our practice can ground and rejuvenate us. Conduct outdoor therapy sessions, introduce biophilia into your office, and encourage clients to engage with nature for a serene therapeutic experience. 🍃🌼🔹 Innovating with TechnologyTake a cue from Black Panther’s T’Challa and Shuri! Stay ahead in your practice by leveraging advanced technology. Use virtual reality for immersive therapeutic settings, incorporate mindfulness apps, and embrace teletherapy for flexible, continuous care. 💻🔮This summer, let’s transform our practices into powerhouses of innovation and connection, just like our favorite superheroes. 💪✨🎧 Listen now on The Nerdie Therapist Podcast!✨ Takeaways:- Profound Client Connections: Regular check-ins and personalized care inspired by Professor X.- Nature Integration: Grounding practices inspired by Poison Ivy.- Tech Advancements: Cutting-edge tools and flexible care inspired by Black Panther.Join us for an episode filled with superhero strategies to elevate your therapeutic practice this summer. 🌞🦸‍♀️Stay magical, everyone! 🌟✨🧙‍♀️InstagramJen at StormHaven_CounselingWellnessJen at Nerdie TherapistJen's Group PracticeStorm Haven, Counseling & WellnessPodcast Link:Listen now on your favorite podcast platform or by visiting https://thenerdietherapist.com/Music by EpidemicDisclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional mental health advice.  No i
Superpowered Summers: Turning Slowdowns into Growth with Heroic Strategies
May 23 2024
Superpowered Summers: Turning Slowdowns into Growth with Heroic Strategies
Send us a Text Message.As the summer sun casts its long shadows, many therapists find their practices slowing down. In this enchanting episode of "The Nerdie Therapist," we explore how to turn these quieter months into periods of growth and renewal. Join us as we draw inspiration from iconic superheroes to navigate the summer slowdown effectively. From Superman's Fortress of Solitude to Batman's strategic financial planning, and Iron Man's tech-savvy marketing, we'll provide you with actionable strategies to rest, recharge, and ramp up your practice.Discover how to create your own sanctuary for mindfulness and rejuvenation, manage your finances with superhero precision, and enhance your online presence to maintain a steady stream of clients. Whether you choose to embrace the calm for self-care or leverage it for business growth, this episode is packed with wisdom and practical tips to ensure your practice thrives year-round.Don't miss this magical journey through the realms of rest and resilience, where every slow period is a hidden opportunity for transformation. Tune in and prepare to harness your inner hero!InstagramJen at StormHaven_CounselingWellnessJen at Nerdie TherapistJen's Group PracticeStorm Haven, Counseling & WellnessPodcast Link:Listen now on your favorite podcast platform or by visiting https://thenerdietherapist.com/Music by EpidemicDisclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for educational and informational purposes only and should not be considered as professional mental health advice.  No infringement intended. All content from the show is utilized under fair use for educational purposes.
Therapists Off Script: Engaging Wellness: Harnessing the Time Energy Matrix
Aug 29 2023
Therapists Off Script: Engaging Wellness: Harnessing the Time Energy Matrix
Send us a Text Message.Hang Out with Jen & Alyx as we discuss "Engaging Wellness: Harnessing the Time Energy Matrix" and Balance within the Mental Health FieldIn this episode Jen & Alex talk about:Four QuadrantsZombie BrainSocial Constructs and ConstraintsSocial ComparisonsSeasons of SchedulingQ.U.O.T.E of clinical documentationAcceptance and Commitment Therapy Tools (Flavor and Savor)Physical/ Behavioral, Emotional/ Feeling/Mood, and Mental/ Cognitive Domains Nutritional Intake, Movement of Body, Quality Rest, and Connect with Self, World, and Others QuadrantsFour Quadrants ©JenHyatt💚 Green: Quick and Sustaining Charges via creativity, connection, and growth (values aligned)Green (energize via fueling fun with creativity, connection, and personal growth- quick charges and ADHD Superpower—these are the Mario mushrooms 🍄 to recharge and grow).  Charge: values-aligned, engage wellness.  💛 Yellow: Land of Shoulds, Oughts, and To Do's (slow depletion)Yellow (ADHD Kryptonite via productivity- the land of should’s and ought’s and to do’s) —where the procrastination monster lives and can gobble us up if we put off too long—also sometimes traps are laid within adhering to social constructs and ideals-the land of 👑 Princess Peach of expectations 🍑 🧪Antidote: set realistic and values-driven expectations for self and embody your authentic self.  Identify Procrastination Traps and Responses.  Know your priorities.  Healthy Boundaries.  Know your Worth!  ❤️ Red: Demands and Deadlines (Fast Zap of Energy Drain)Red (the land of Donkey Kong and Big Bosses where fire 🔥 barrels of expectations are thrown at you- stay in this zone only as long as needed to put out the fire of deadlines and demands- jump those barrels and level up- get in, get out or get burned-fast drain.  🧪Antidote: healthy boundaries and capacity check ins (choose yes' wisely) 💙 Blue: Slow Charge and Energy Slide (Charge and Deplete)Blue (dopamine chase via passive fun and slow charge—the land of Yoshi and sneaky gremlins or flying squirrels 🐿️ because too much of a good thing can flip to the drain of our well-being—don’t get caught in the trap of social comparisons here-have fun but don’t eat the Percy Jackson Casino lotus 🪷 or time will be stolen from you).  🧪Antidote: monitor/ scale your energy charge versus energy suck.InstagramJen at StormHaven_CounselingWellnessAlyx at AlyxAuthenticallyJen's PracticeJennifer HyattJen's Group PracticeStorm Haven, Counseling & WellnessAlyx's PracticeAlyx DuckeringPodcast Link:Listen now on your favorite podcast platform or by visiting http://therapistsoffscript.com Resources Mentioned:ADDEPTMusic by Thunderbird Ooyy via EpidemicTherapists Off Script
Therapists Off Script: Navigating the Shark Infested Waters of Mental Health: Be the Battleship
Jun 3 2023
Therapists Off Script: Navigating the Shark Infested Waters of Mental Health: Be the Battleship
Send us a Text Message.Hang Out with Jen & Alyx as we discuss Navigating the Shark Infested Waters of Mental Health: Be the BattleshipIn this episode Jen & Alex talk about:Obstacles in the Mental Health FieldAvoid the Churnmills When the Measure Becomes the Target it Ceases to be a Good MeasureConnecting with Positive SourcesNavigating Change: Who is Steering the Ship?Are you on the Titanic or a Battleship?Mission, Vision, and ValuesMission: it is the why they exist (it is what is visible)Vision: what they are aspiring to Values: guiding principles that guide the actionsWarning Bells of Iceberg in SightQuality over Quantity Imposter EffectLeadership and MentorshipLocked in the Belly of the BoatCoveting the Life Boats of InformationBeing Thrown Overboard and to the SharksBe a Voice Not an EchoQuality SupervisionWaving the Flag of DestructionS.O.S of Mental Health IcebergsPredatory PracticesTaking Care of your Battleship CrewMicro and Macro FactorsCapitalism in the Mental Health FieldCorrupt Business PracticesEscape the Matrix of Burnout Multiple Voices of ChangeSwimming in the Riptides Towards Safety of ShoreFighting off the SharksOverloading the Titanic with High CaseloadsBeing a Witness or an AdvocateBalancing Business with Team CareInstagramJen at StormHaven_CounselingWellness Alyx at AlyxAuthenticallyJen's PracticeJennifer HyattJen's Group PracticeStorm Haven, Counseling & WellnessAlyx's PracticeAlyx DuckeringPodcast Link:Listen now on your favorite podcast platform or by visiting http://therapistsoffscript.com Resources Mentioned:N/AMusic by Thunderbird Ooyy via EpidemicTherapists Off Script
Therapists Off Script: Don't Be a Carbon Copy Psychotherapist!
May 16 2023
Therapists Off Script: Don't Be a Carbon Copy Psychotherapist!
Send us a Text Message.Hang Out with Jen & Alyx as we discuss the ins and outs of mental health assessments 😊 In this episode Jen & Alex talk about:AssessmentUnraveling the Client NarrativeIncorporating GamesBuilding RapportPreliminary DiagnosisMeeting Medical NecessityHolistic versus Medical MindsetsHousekeeping Discussions (Legal and Ethical)Setting the Framework of Session OneBuilding the Foundation before the HouseIssuing a SuperbillSuicidal Ideation (SI) and Homicidal Ideation (HI)Safety Response PlansMaking the Most of Your Time as an AssociateTo Diagnose or Not?Functional BaselineSelf-Pay versus InsuranceDocumentation (Assess, Diagnose, and Treat)How to Handle Cancellations, No Shows, and ReschedulesSick PolicyThe Clinical LoopPsychiatric EmergenciesTherapist and Client Social Run In Policy via ConfidentialityHealthy BoundariesTherapist Timer to Conclude SessionsEstablishing Assessment Timing and Session TimingPhysical and Mental Health OverlapFIDO ScoresScaling DomainsTheoretical Orientations Gathering Allergies and Sensory SensitivitiesBarriers to Change within a SessionProxmetricsPHQ-9 and GAD7Keyboard Clicking while in Session LGBTQIA+ORS/ SRS via Scott D. MillerGenerallist versus SpecialistIntegrative versus PuristInstagramJen at StormHaven_CounselingWellnessAlyx's at AlyxAuthenticallyJen's PracticeJennifer HyattJen's Group PracticeStorm Haven, Counseling & WellnessAlyx's PracticeAlyx DuckeringPodcast Link:Listen now on your favorite podcast platform or by visiting http://therapistsoffscript.com Resources Mentioned:Relax MeditationORS and SRSMusic by Thunderbird Ooyy via EpidemicTherapists Off Script
Therapists Off Script: Casting the Net and Hooking New Clients: Marketing as a Psychotherapist in the Healing Arts Profession
Mar 13 2023
Therapists Off Script: Casting the Net and Hooking New Clients: Marketing as a Psychotherapist in the Healing Arts Profession
Send us a Text Message.Join Jen & Alyx as we discuss all things marketing as a psychotherapist 😊 There is a plethora of things to consider within marketing.  Alyx and Jen discuss the following marketing topics from the base of California including:Marketing SkillsFilling up practice client caseloadGood happens in ripplesBrainstorming sourcesAuthentic MarketingMarketing across different practice settingsInsurance versus self-pay client considerationsReframing marketing skills as a provider of mental healthGetting your voice out there so clients may find youIndividualizing marketing that works for youSTEEPLE / PESTEL Business AnalysisImportance of keeping finger on the pulseHot Topic MarketingBuild each other up: colleague cross referralsTailoring Seasonal MarketingHarnessing Social Media Platforms for MarketingAbundance versus Scarcity MindsetImposter Syndrome Podcasting, Blogging, and BiosIdeal Client Avatars (The Who)Niche(s) (The What)Speaking to Pain Points and Calls to ActionPainting a Picture (the narrative of bios)Setting Client Expectations Therapist and Client MatchingThe client meets you before they meet you (importance of marketing)Ethical ConsiderationsAdvertising ParametersGeneralist versus SpecialistHow to cast the netCold Calling versus Organic MarketingOffering Courses and TrainingsEmail ListsFunnelsFiltering Unsubscribe Emails via Google GmailHarnessing TechnologyPodcast Link:Listen now on your favorite podcast platform or by visiting http://therapistsoffscript.com Resources Mentioned:Good TherapyTherapy DenInclusive Therapist Mental Health MatchOnline Therapy DirectoryAmber LydaAudrey Schoen California BBS Advertising GuidelinesDr. Ben Caldwell Advertising RemindersTeachableKajabiThinkificMusic by Thunderbird Ooyy via EpidemicTherapists Off Script
Therapists Off Script: Seasons of a Therapist: Path to Licensure (Part One) The Trainee Path
Nov 30 2022
Therapists Off Script: Seasons of a Therapist: Path to Licensure (Part One) The Trainee Path
Send us a Text Message.Join Jen and Alyx as we discuss Seasons of a Therapist: Path to Licensure (Part One)  Topics: ·      Importance of connection and network of support along your path to licensure·      Learning from others who have traveled the path without a time machine·      Hearing a former trainees experience ·      When practicum starts in grad school·      When you begin seeing “real clients”·      The first client session·      When the imposter syndrome shows up·      Normalizing first time jitters·      Choosing your grad school program and trainee site·      Importance of mentors and paying it forward·      Acclimating to being a therapist·      Honing the inherit natural abilities as a therapist·      Abundance Mindset versus Scarcity Mindset·      Interconnected mental health field and individual provider’s web·      Know your why’s (values-based) of being a supervisor·      Seasons of a Therapist·      Growth Mindset·      Throwback to Mt. Everest (episode one)·      Learn everyday·      Paperwork/ documentation as a supervisee·      Importance of getting your hours (and other docs) signed as you travel the path·      Minimum and Maximum Trainee hours one may earn while in grad school·      Important questions to ask when selecting trainee site·      Direct and Indirect Hours·      Career Fair·      Interviewing for your Trainee Site (plan ahead)·      Earning supervision hours while in grad school·      90-Day Rule ·      Trainees may only work in exempt sites (associates may work in private practice and / or corporations (only with first registration number up to 6 years)·      Unit ratios overview within individual, triadic, and group supervision·      Supervision ratios to be able to count experience for any given week·      Do not be afraid to ask questions·      Constructive feedback versus damaging feedback·      Taken advantage of learning and growth opportunities·      Juggling multiple supervisors·      Leveling up as a supervisee·      Regardless of where you are on the path—never stop asking questions·      When you stop learning, you stop growing·      Shout Out to Powerful Supervisors Resources:“On Being a Therapist” by Kottler (affiliate link)Track Your HoursCAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)Dr. Ben CaldwellMaster Checklist for MFT LicensureBBS Forms and PublicationsMusic by Thunderbird Ooyy via EpidemicTherapists Off Script
Therapists Off Script: Untangling from the Red Tape of Rust Out to Burn Out (Part Two)
Nov 21 2022
Therapists Off Script: Untangling from the Red Tape of Rust Out to Burn Out (Part Two)
Send us a Text Message.Untangling from the Red Tape of Rust Out to Burn OutPreventions and Antidotes Burn Out SettingsHating on Humanity Stuckedness Keeping the Love for Humanity through Licensure and BeyondContributors to Burn Out: Lowest Experienced Therapists with Highest Need Populations, High Commitment for 3,000 hours path (with low to no pay), Barriers, High Documentation Demands, Caseload Overload, High Expectations, Productivity Standards, Contagious with Desensitized Supervisors, Traps on the Path to LicensureSymptom Domains: Physical, Emotional, Behavioral, and MentalAntidotes: Burn Out prevention impact us and lots of ways we can prevent Catch the signs early Self-Denial as a symptom Importance of Self-CarePace your hours with what works best for you Spreading awareness Tending to Our NeedsRe-aligning Our Goals and Expectations for SelfEvaluate and Prioritize Weekly Schedule and Reduce/ Eliminate Demands, as Needed to Re-Align Know Yourself and What Works for You Establishing Healthy Boundaries and Setting Margins in LifeZombie Brain = Too Many Demands and Work/ Life BalanceKnow Your Burn Out IndicatorsDeciding How Many Clients in a Day Works for You as a TherapistAssociate Churn MillsReseting Mental Health Field Demands TogetherSystems of Brokenness  Standing for Our Needs--Enough is EnoughTherapists Are Human Too with our own Needs and LimitsCombat People Pleasing Tendencies Therapist as Helpers (Enneagram 2)Power of No's and Yes'sStaying Well on this Path to Licensure for Self and ClientsImportance of Personal Therapy for Setting Margins in Life Scheduling Self-Care (including meals and breaks)Setting your daily and weekly schedule for what works for youSeparate Work and Personal Phone Access to Therapist in Off Hours Importance of Powering OffEquipping Clients for Crisis When Therapist is not accessibleColleague Access when Therapist is Away on VacationEat-Move-Sleep-Connect (Alyx and Jen Perspectives)Fueling your BodyMoving Your BodyQuality SleepConnect with Self and OthersBeing versus Doing ModesPouring into Hobbies and InterestsCreativity Alive = Well-BeingPersonal and Professional Life BalanceBuilding of Personal and Professional Support SystemsTime Management StrategiesIdentify Barriers Ahead and Develop a Plan of ResponseTherapist for Therapists CollectiveImportance of NetworkingImportance of positive supportPay it Forward within SupportSpread the Goodness Power Off (Checking Email on Computer--Keep it off your Phone)Boundaries with Checking Emails in Pre-Determined TimesPush Back on Hustle Culture- Stop Glorification of Busy- Worth not Measured by Your ProductivityAsk What is Mine to HoldEisenhower MatrixScheduling within Peaks and Valleys of Time/ Energy Prioritize No and Yes'sLeaving Work on TimeFinishing Notes Scheduling Buffers Healthy versus Rigid Boundaries Sacrificing values, time, health and overall well-beingColleague Check Ins and Consult GroupsEmpathy is a Super Power or Our Kryptonite  Resource Shared in this Episode:https://www.therapyfortherapistscollective.com/Music by Thunderbird Ooyy via EpidemicTherapists Off Script