From Trauma to Wellness with Dr. Ellen Ranney

August 5th, 2019

Dr. Ellen Ranney has been a Marriage and Family Therapist in St Louis since 1991.

She is a specialist in Trauma recovery, working with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, and author of the book, "Unkind Gifts: An Insider’s Guide to Recovery from Trauma and Loss," (2016).

In this episode, Ellen describes trauma and its impacts on the body. She describes her therapeutic process for unlocking triggers and the importance of looking at greater systems at play in client lives. We also discuss medical trauma, her experience with cancer and her book.

Her websites: 

Unkindgifts.com

stlcounselors.com

Connect:

unkindgifts@gmail.com

 

About Us:

www.aboutsexpodcast.com 

Angela Skurtu is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AASECT certified sex therapist. She is author of the books "Pre-Marital Counseling: A Guide for Clinicians," and "Helping Couples Overcome Infidelity." Her second book released in 2018.  Get marriage therapy and sex therapy in the St Louis area with Angela Skurtu LMFT M.Ed. at: www.therapistinstlouis.com

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Polyamory and Paganism with Don WIldgrube

March 8th, 2019

Today's guest is Donald Wildgrube.

He doesn't use a title but is an ordained Pagan Priest, ordained in 1973 by the Church of All Worlds. He is 80 years old and has been in the Poly movement since before the word was coined by Morning Glory Zell. He has talked to many groups, given talks at our Pagan Picnic, on subjects ranging from Paganism, Witchcraft, Herbalism, Ancient Egypt and related subjects.

Donald can be reached at dwildgrube@earthlink.net

About Us:

www.aboutsexpodcast.com 

Angela Skurtu is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AASECT certified sex therapist. Her second book released in 2018. Get marriage therapy and sex therapy in the St Louis area with Angela Skurtu LMFT M.Ed. at: www.therapistinstlouis.com

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Sex Positive Counseling with Emily Kothe

January 11th, 2019

Emily is a queer bisexual feminist, a holistic mental health therapist specialized in treating trauma, a sex educator, a lady arm wrestler, a writer and she is passionate about making space for truth telling.

Website: EmilyKotheCounseling.com
www.SexSTL.com
Instagram @EmilyKothe_Counseling

 

About Us:

www.aboutsexpodcast.com 

Angela Skurtu is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AASECT certified sex therapist. Her second book released in February. Get marriage therapy and sex therapy in the St Louis area with Angela Skurtu LMFT M.Ed. at: www.therapistinstlouis.com

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Consensual Non-Monogamy with Nikki Leigh

December 17th, 2018

Nikki Leigh is an award winning author who passionately shares her knowledge about coaching and relationships to help other people gain the life and love they deserve through her books, coaching and her radio show. She is a love coach and host of Ready for Love Radio.

Links to Reach Nikki:

http://www.readyforloveradio.com

http://www.lovecoachjourney.com

https://www.facebook.com/AreYouReadyForLove

 

About Us:

www.aboutsexpodcast.com 

Angela Skurtu is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AASECT certified sex therapist. Her second book released in February. Get marriage therapy and sex therapy in the St Louis area with Angela Skurtu LMFT M.Ed. at: www.therapistinstlouis.com

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Therapy for Sexual Trauma and PTSD, Women’s Issues, Guest Megan Garza

January 25th, 2018

Every time I speak with someone that helps people recover from physical or sexual trauma, I am in awe. I ask them all the same question; How do you do it? How do you hear stories of abuse every day and still find a way to drive home and live a normal life? The answer is always something about self-care, but I have a feeling it’s also something about what kind of person they are. They are the kind of person that dedicates a big part of their life to helping people that need it the most. Something in them is able to hear those stories and still find a way to not break down, to not become disillusioned with humanity, and to not become cynical.

Therapists throw around a term called compassion fatigue. It’s when a therapist hears the same stories over and over again and it does get to them. They are very empathetic people, and when their empathy has been bombarded with trauma after trauma, their brain has one solution to solve this problem: Apathy. They become apathetic, meaning they give zero forks about anyone or any problem that other people may have. It’s not because they don’t care. It’s because they cared too much and have been overwhelmed by their work.

I have to assume that therapists that work with trauma victims have to be at a higher risk for compassion fatigue. Something drives them to this work. I have to assume trauma specialists simply have a lot of love to share and so they decided to find the people that needed it the most.

Our guest this week, Megan Garza, is a trauma specialist that works with the YWCA. Apparently, their organization offers free counseling to those that need it the most. These are some amazing people. I hope you enjoy the episode.

 

About our Guest

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Megan Garza is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Specialty
Trauma Care Supervisor with experience working in the mental health and violence
against women field since 1999. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a
Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy and University
of Missouri St. Louis with a 2 nd Master’s degree in Psychology. She works as an
individual and group therapist treating sexual trauma survivors as the Lead Therapist
for the YWCA Women’s Resource Center. Megan also works for Behavioral Health
Response as a Mobile Outreach Crisis Counselor performing suicide and homicide crisis
assessments, providing stabilization support in the community, and facilitating
inpatient psychiatric hospitalization admission, when necessary. She is on the Board of
directors of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan
(NPEIV) and serves as co-chair of the Practice committee working on policies and
research related to Trauma Informed Care. Megan is an American Association of
Marriage and Family Therapist’s (AAMFT) Board Approved Clinical Supervisor an active
member of the St. Louis chapter of Marriage and Family Therapists. Megan has spoken
at National conferences on sexual trauma and PTSD and has published research in the
area of sexual trauma, weight, and sexual behaviors.  Her specialty areas include:
sexual trauma, PTSD, women’s issues, crisis intervention, and children & adolescents.
She is an outspoken advocate for the Endometriosis community. Megan is a long time
active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Humane Society of Missouri. She
is an avid traveler and has been to 1/7th of the globe.

 

About Us:

Angela Skurtu is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AASECT certified sex therapist. She is a published author, with her second book releasing in February.

About Sex now livestreams episodes on Facebook a week before the podcast episodes come out. // Visit us at: www.aboutsexpodcast.com // Get marriage therapy and sex therapy in the St Louis area with Angela Skurtu LMFT M.Ed., a Licensed Marriage and Sex therapist at: www.therapistinstlouis.com

Also, we have facebooks and twitters and all that stuff, but if you read this far i seriously doubt you have time to read any more.

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