The Family Couch

Episode 60: Finding Your Inner “Wise Inside”

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Heather Criswell about how to find the “wise inside.” Criswell starts off by describing her background and the books she has authored. She mentions that her mother always woke her up saying, “Rise and shine!”, which now has profound meaning to her.  She feels that we need to rise...[ read more ]

Episode 59: How Social Media Has Changed the Lives of Millenials

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Autumn Collier about social media and millenials, and how it has changed the societal aspect of their lives. We jump right in and discuss what kind of concerns or symptoms Collier’s patients share with her regarding social media.  She often hears about the overall idea that the patient feels...[ read more ]

Episode 58: Developing a Healthy Parent-Child Relationship

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Tyra Lane-Kingsland about how to have a heart transformation as you’re working with your child to develop a healthy parent-child relationship. We jump right in and discuss what heart-centered parenting means.  Lane-Kingsland had experienced trauma in her childhood, including verbal abuse, neglect and physical abuse.  As Lane-Kingsland was parenting...[ read more ]

Episode 57: Supporting Families with Children Living on the Spectrum

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Dr. Cindy Graham about how to help children on the autism spectrum manage their autism in a healthy way. We jump in by defining “Autism Spectrum Disorder.”  This term is more recent to the general population because Autism was previously broken into five other disorders. Asperger’s Disorder, Autistic Disorder,...[ read more ]

Episode 56: Grief and the Family

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Dr. Ajita Robinson about grief and how to support families while they’re going through the grief process. We first discuss what the term “symbolic loss” means.  Robinson uses changing jobs as an example of symbolic loss, where you’re going from the known to unknown.  We can also grieve the...[ read more ]

Episode 55: Creating Healthy Spaces for Black Women

 In this episode of The Family Couch, we talk with Dr. Joy Harden Bradford about how to create healthy spaces for black women and girls. We start off by discussing how Bradford’s program, Therapy for Black Girls, came into existence in September 2014.  She was inspired by an awards show and wondered how she could make therapy look as...[ read more ]

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 ]