The Family Couch

Episode 54: Exploring Suicide and Suicidal Ideation

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Stephanie Davis about self-injurious behavior and suicidal ideation in teenagers and tweens. Davis provides that suicide is ranked as the second leading cause of death where she is located in Texas.  She feels that there are a lot of media influences that glorify the idea of suicide. Teens and...[ read more ]

Episode 53: Examining Commitment to Purpose

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with John Edwards about commitment to process. We jump right in and discuss how therapy is a highly skilled process.  Many people feel like therapy is just listening and wonder why it costs so much.  Edwards provides that it takes a lot of skill and attention to be attune with...[ read more ]

Episode 52: Parenting a Child with ADHD

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Dr. Ann-Louise Lockhart about  how to parent and be more joyous in parenting a child with ADHD. Lockhart’s specialty is working with families who have children who have medical diagnoses such as bedwetting, constipation, pain from cancer, ADHD, etc.  Lockhart believes very strongly in education about the child’s condition...[ read more ]

Episode 51: Understanding the Adoption Journey

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Sabra Starnes about adoption and what the adoption journey looks like. We jump in and discuss who Starnes got into this line of work and why it is so important to her.  She discusses how she is African American and was adopted with her twin sister by a caucasian...[ read more ]

Episode 50: A Parent’s Guide to Supporting Your LGBTQ Child

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with John Sovec about how to support your child who identifies in the LGBT community.  Sovec is passionate about helping teens and parents with the coming out process. We jump in and discuss what a hetero-normative experience is.  Sovec asks the question, “When did you have to come out as...[ read more ]

Episode 49: Creating a Legacy for Your Family

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Laura Weissman about how to create a legacy for our children. We dive in and discuss how a family can define what a legacy means to them.  Weissman believes that most people think of family history and genealogy. Alternatively, the financial legacy is what people think of.  Weissman’s focus...[ read more ]

Episode 48: Parenting Through the “Launch” Phase

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Carol Adkisson, LMFT, about parenting through the “launch” phase of childhood.  This is a process that is imperfect and difficult. We jump in and discuss what a parent should expect of their children during this phase.  Adkisson provides that teenagers are scared to death during this time. When she...[ read more ]

Episode 47: Minding the Gap in Conscious Parenting

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Casey O’Roarty about minding the gap in conscious parenting.   We jump right in and discuss controversy surrounding positive parenting and the misconception that it makes children defiant.  O’Roarty provides that she hears more often that children are entitled instead of defiant. People confuse positive parenting with permissive parenting....[ read more ]

Episode 46: Mental Strength for Parents and Children

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Amy Morin, the author of two amazing books that talk about mental strength as humans and parents.  She loves discussing this topic and the way to become a mentally strong person. We dive right and discuss the definition of mental strength.  Morin describes it as having three different parts....[ read more ]

Episode 45: Supporting Healthy Stepfamilies

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Marquita Johnson, a Licensed Professional Counselor, about stepfamilies and the dynamics that come with part of being in a stepfamily.   We dive right in and discuss qualities that a stepfamily has that other traditional families may not have.  Johnson provides that different parenting styles is number one.  Another...[ read more ]