Insights from the Couch - Mental Health at Midlife

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By: Colette Fehr, Laura Bowman

Do you ever wish you had two therapists on call to answer your most pressing questions? Questions like, 'How do I prepare for the empty nest?', 'How do I create my second act?', and 'How do I reconnect with my partner?' We're going to dive into it all. This is Insights from the Couch with Colette Fehr, licensed couples therapist, and Laura Bowman, licensed individual therapist. These are the conversations we have all the time as close friends, and that we have every day with women just like you in therapy. We're here to unpack the most...

The Importance of Nurturing Female Friendships at Midlife
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Last Wednesday at 8:00 AM

We all need supportive, fulfilling friendships in our lives - but making new friends and sustaining existing bonds can be challenging, especially as we navigate the middle years. In this engaging conversation, we explore the dynamics of platonic female relationships, emphasizing vulnerability, shared experiences, and emotional intimacy as key ingredients. Discover strategies for overcoming obstacles like envy, differing attachment styles, and the distractions of family life to forge deeper connections that enrich your world.


Episode Highlights:

[0:32] - We set the stage on why relationships matter for happiness and longevity.

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Embracing Body Positivity with Dena Pistor
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07/03/2024

In this episode, we get into the complex world of body image and fitness with the inspiring Dena Pistor, a personal trainer and studio owner with over 25 years of experience. Dena shares her personal journey with body image, exercise addiction, and how she overcame these challenges to find a healthier balance. This conversation is essential for anyone looking to improve their relationship with their body and embrace fitness at midlife. Join us as we explore Dena's story, the impact of societal pressures, and practical tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle without falling into the trap of comparison. 


Breaking Financial “Tacky” Taboos: Women, Money, and Midlife Realities
#5
06/26/2024

Today we're breaking through the financial “tacky” taboos into the complex relationship between women and money at midlife. In this episode, we unpack the psychological roots of how women view and handle money, exploring personal stories and societal expectations that shape our financial lives. Join us as we discuss everything from inherited wealth to financial independence and the emotional hurdles that come with managing money.

We candidly share our own journeys with money, the mistakes we've made, and the lessons we've learned (it’s a little cringey). We explore how our backgrounds and experiences have influenced our financ...


Boundaries and Balance with Cherlette McCullough
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06/19/2024

In this must-listen episode, we get into the world of boundaries with Cherlette McCullough LMFT, a relationship therapist, author, and advocate specializing in helping women and couples take care of themselves emotionally and mentally. Cherlette shares her expertise on why setting boundaries is crucial for our well-being and how to navigate the challenges that come with asserting our needs, especially as women. She emphasizes the importance of self-connection, emotional awareness, and the power of saying "no" without guilt or shame.

Join us as we explore the intricacies of boundary-setting, from identifying your core values and personal preferences...


Unraveling the Complexities of ADHD in Women: Insights from Dr. Brady Bradshaw
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06/12/2024

In this insightful episode, we sit down with the brilliant Dr. Brady Bradshaw, a dual board-certified psychiatrist specializing in working with neurodiverse patients, including those with ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Bradshaw shares her personal journey of being diagnosed with ADHD in her 30s and how it has shaped her understanding of the unique challenges faced by her patients. She delves into the often-overlooked emotional dysregulation aspect of ADHD and explains how the disorder manifests differently in women, leading to frequent underdiagnosis.

Join us as we explore the complex interplay between hormones and ADHD symptoms, the...


The Intimacy Reboot: A Guide to Revitalize Your Relationship
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06/12/2024

Is the spark gone in your relationship? Don't panic - every couple hits a rut at some point after the intoxicating honeymoon phase ends. But that doesn't mean the fire has to die out completely! We're dishing out real-world tips and strategies to revive the intimacy and keep that flame burning bright. We start by introducing our mission to bring accessible therapy insights directly to you. Then we explore that inevitable transition all relationships go through once the infatuation stage winds down.

Episode Highlights:
[3:28] - Exploring the post-honeymoon transition.
[4:28] - The Role of...


The Quest for Purpose: Midlife, Meaning, and Moving Forward
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06/06/2024

In our first-ever episode, we dive into a topic that's both significant and elusive—purpose. Everyone seems to be searching for it, and today, we're here to unpack why finding purpose feels so vital, yet so daunting, and how it's truly unique to each individual. We discuss the pressures of societal expectations, the joy of finding what genuinely makes you feel alive, and the small, personal victories that can mean the world. So, whether you're planting tomatoes or dreaming of starting your own business, this episode has something for you!

Episode Highlights:
[0:45] - Introducing ou...


Welcome to Season 1 of Insights from the Couch, Mental Health at Midlife
05/01/2024

Do you ever wish you had two therapists on call to answer your most pressing questions? Questions like, 'How do I prepare for the empty nest?', 'How do I create my second act?', and 'How do I reconnect with my partner?' We're going to dive into it all.

This is 'Insights from the Couch' with Colette Fehr, licensed couples therapist, and Laura Bowman, licensed individual therapist.

These are the conversations we have all the time as close friends, and that we have every day with women just like you...