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Episode 5: Coping With Mother’s Day

podcast May 07, 2020

Mother’s day is just around the corner. In this episode I want to talk about coping with this holiday through infertility, through the decision to adopt, and the waiting process. I know that this can be a very difficult time. It can feel overwhelming because it is a big reminder of something we really want to have in our life but don’t.

The biggest message I can leave you with today is that it’s okay to have feelings of grief and allow yourself to feel the space to have these emotions, in whatever way feels best to you.

Coping with Mother’s Day isn’t “a one size fits all” mentality.

  • [04:45] The number one thing is be kind to yourself and realize that your feelings are valid. Everyone has their own journey through adoption. It’s a process. A lot of times it’s just giving yourself that space.
  • [09:06] Mother’s day is always looked at as this joyful day and I think we have to remember that for many it is not. There’s...
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Episode 4: What type of adoption is the best fit for you?

podcast Apr 30, 2020

There are several different ways you can go about adopting a child. You need to go within yourself and see what feels right for you. There are many things to consider so try to base it on what feels best for you.

 

In this episode, my goal is to get you more in touch with the best adoption type for you and how you go about figuring that out. Adoption is a lifelong commitment and you want to make sure it’s the right one.

 

 

  • [06:06] You are free to choose the kind of adoption you want to have. Don’t be swayed by other people’s opinions. Your decision should come from within yourself.
  • [07:01] For me, as a psychologist, I knew that I couldn’t handle a foster-to adopt situation.
  • [08:10] With adoption, we have choices. That should be looked at as a benefit since there are many risks that come with adoption.
  • [12:12] My husband and I had a lot of discussions before making our decision and thankfully, I was able to put away money so we were able to...
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Episode 3: How do you know if Adoption is Right For You?

podcast Apr 23, 2020

One of the questions I get quite often when working with women dealing with infertility is how to know if they’re ready to adopt. It’s a hard question. A very personal decision and one that no one truly should or can answer but you.

In this episode, I want to give you things to think about and hold in your heart as you make the decision of adoption. I’ll be sharing how I got to this decision and things that I’ve heard from women on how they got to that point.

For many people, it can be a hard question to figure out. You need to go deep within and ask yourself “does this feel right?” And give yourself time to allow answers to come to you. I hope this episode serves you and helps you know if adoption is right for you.

 

  • [02:49] It’s important to feel gratitude that you are going to become a mom. That helped me so much when I made the decision to pursue adoption.
  • [04:31] Most of the people I love and that are closest to me in my life,...
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Episode 2: My Adoption Journey

podcast Apr 22, 2020

In today’s podcast I want to share my personal story and journey of how I became a mama. This is my holiday miracle and the one I am always most grateful so it felt good to share it on a day that is all about giving thanks. I get asked a lot about adoption, especially when people see us with our 2 boys who are both bi-racial.

I am sensitive in sharing this story from my perspective as my kids will someday have their own adoption story. There are parts of my journey removed to protect their birthmother’s and things that I am not comfortable sharing publically.

Adoption is a whole other level of becoming a mom. It’s very different from how other women become moms in terms of trying to get pregnant and being able to conceive. I often refer to it as an emotional rollercoaster because there are so many highs and lows and unknowns that being able to conceive does not bring.

My boys were meant to be mine....I know that for sure. In this story you will see the signs and...

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Episode 1: Navigating Adoption During Covid-19

podcast Apr 22, 2020

I never thought that I would be starting the Soulful Adoption Podcast with this topic. The whole world is dealing with COVID-19 today but not everyone is dealing with it like you are. If you are a mom-to-be going through the adoption process during this pandemic, please know that you are not alone.

I want to be able to support you through this time by offering you my own personal knowledge and psychological training through this podcast. We are going to talk about dealing with adoption during COVID-19. I hope that it helps you in some way to put you on the right track during this trying time.

Everything you are going through in the adoption process can be stressful, even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. So give yourself time, conserve your energy, and try to lift your spirits up under these circumstances. Here are some tips I want to leave you with:

  • [07:23] Embrace this time with your partner. Take this time to become closer, talk about your goals as becoming parents and...
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Episode 33 - Mama Shrink Signing Off

podcast Mar 12, 2020

In this episode I am going to be sharing with you some big changes that are about to happen on Mama Shrink.


I have loved doing the Mama Shrink podcast. It has been fulfilling and wonderful sharing advice with people. I’ve also gotten great feedback that it has helped them and that means the world to me. However, in the online world, it’s important to focus on a particular niche. And for the longest time I’ve wanted to serve Mamapreneurs. But, it’s also a flooded market and a very hard market to reach.

This is why I’ve decided to switch gears this 2020 and it’s what I’m going to talk about in this episode of Mama Shrink.

 

  • [02:10] I started to think about where I can niche down into a particular area where I want to help and a couple of things came up for me such as eating disorders and lyme disease but there were also some considerations I had.
  • [06:01] It dawned on me that I needed to focus on helping moms and moms-to-be go through...
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Episode 30 - My Journey with Anorexia Nervosa

podcast Feb 20, 2020

For the longest time, I've been wanting to do a series of episodes on eating disorders. I specialize in this area and I feel that it’s a really important topic that I want to give it justice. If you’ve listened to some of my previous episodes, you already know that I’ve dealth with an eating disorder, too, when I was young. I know how it feels and I want to share it’s seriousness with you in the hopes that you or someone you know will be helped or will reach out for help.

This will be a 3 part episode where I talk about my journey, the different eating disorders and some statistics. I want to share with you things like what you need to do to help someone, what you shouldn’t say, the setbacks people with eating disorders experience, and so much more.

If you know someone who has an eating disorder, these episodes will be important to share.

 

  • [05:15] When you are malnourished you don’t have the capacity to think clearly. You won’t...
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Episode 29 - 20 Things I have Learned in my 48 Years of Life

podcast Feb 13, 2020

As a tribute to my upcoming birthday, I've decided to talk about growing older. In my 48 years of existence on this planet, I share with you the top 20 things I have learned in my journey in hopes that it will get you to think about your own life, what you value, and things to consider as you move forward in life.

Before I start the episode, I’d like to let you know that I am looking for just a few people to do some 1-on-1 coaching. We will dive deep and change your mindset. If you are interested you can email me at [email protected]

  • [04:48] #1 - Always trust your intuition. It’s sometimes hard to find but meditation or checking in with yourself can help you find it. I believe everyone has intuition, you just have to get quiet and ask.
  • [07:18] #2 - Invest in good therapy because doing good therapy can be life changing. I would never have gotten to the place I am today if I hadn’t found a way to heal myself. Therapy helps you with healing and moving on...
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Episode 28 - Do I Need A Psychologist or a Coach?

podcast Feb 06, 2020

In today’s episode, I am going to be sharing with you my thoughts on a question I have gotten so many times: What is the difference between working with a psychologist or working with a coach. I am a clinical psychologist and a coach, so I can speak to both.

The work of a psychologist and coach may be similar in some ways but they also differ in many ways. I’m here to teach you the difference and how you can figure out which you need in your life.

Before I start the episode, I want to let you know I am offering some limited and exclusive, 1-on-1 coaching. If you ready to delve deep into self-care, saying no, finding balance in your life, becoming assertive, and finding balance (mind, body and soul) to help you live your best life and be the best mom you can be then email me at [email protected] or head over to my website mamashrink.com and link to my calendar for a 15 minute session to see if we are a good fit. I am not sure when I will offer this again so if you...

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Episode 27 - Good and Bad Therapy, How to Find the Right Therapist

podcast Jan 30, 2020

Mamas, it is so important to have a good therapist for yourself and for your children if either of you need one. You shouldn’t settle for a therapist just because it’s convenient, they accept your insurance, or because you’ve worked with someone forever and don’t want to start over. 

In this episode, I’m going to be talking to you about what you need to look for and what you should want regarding good and bad therapy.

I’m going to give you some tips and tricks on how to know for sure that the therapist you’re seeing is the right fit for you and your family.

  • [03:33] A lot of times, people continue going to the same therapist because they get comfortable but they’re not really finding that they’re having any change. On the other hand, therapists also have to check how much a client is working in the session or in between sessions. 
  • [04:01] A good therapist should educate people on what therapy is and it is not something...
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