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EP 18- The Power of Free Association Journaling

Welcome back! This is a “bite sized” episode that discusses the wonderful magic of free association journaling.

In a nutshell, this version of journaling has no rules…no limits…NO BOUNDARIES. In a sense, it’s word dump (or, dare I say, word vomit).

What’s the point of this? To bring the unconscious to the conscious. To unblock blocks. To process emotions. To help you reach your subconscious to find answers to your questions. To figure out what you want or don’t want. To figure out how you feel and why. Some people do this form of journaling before bed to reduce the “chatty mind.” You can do this style of journaling if you feel angry, anxious, burnt out, stressed, depressed, low, worried, frustrated, sad, confused, and even happy or excited!

Honestly, there are many reasons this technique poses as useful.

Basically, if you feel “off,” want to reflect, or feel completely fine, give this style of journaling a go so that you can explore yourself.

Let me know how it went on IG! @drcecilialopez

As always, I appreciate you listening! Let’s keep in touch!

Ep 10- The Power of Self-Care, Featuring Erika Cadenas, LMFT

Hi! In this episode I had the privilege of interviewing my dear friend, Erika Cadenas, licensed marriage and family therapist. She brings us 7 self-care tips to help us boost and maintain a balanced mind, body and soul as we continue to navigate through these difficult times during the pandemic. This episode covers the following:

-Creating structure and a routine
-Getting plenty of sleep
-Staying connected to sources of support
-Disengaging from social media
-Practicing positive affirmations
-Practicing mindfulness
-Practicing empathy and kindness with self

Erika Cadenas can be reached via erikacadenaslmft.com and through IG @erikacadenaslmft. Please feel free to reach out to her or myself with any questions. And we are both accepting new therapy clients! 🙂

EP 9- A Perspective on Imposter Syndrome

In this episode I discuss the following:

-A brief description on what Imposter Syndrome is

-My perspective on this syndrome from a cognitive behavioral and schema therapy framework

-Educational information on ways to move THROUGH the thoughts and feelings associated with imposter syndrome

-How to “build the faith” in your capabilities, competencies, skills and overall worth

For anyone who listens to this, know that I appreciate you SO much.

Dr. L

EP 6- Stress vs. Anxiety

This episode covers the following:

-The difference between stress and anxiety

-Controlling responses to stressors with mindfulness

-Controlling responses to stressors with thought reframing

-Examples of acceptance versus thought reframing and why these are helpful

*Bonus Episode* A Guided Paired Progressive Muscle Relaxation

This is a bonus episode that is unlike my other episodes, in that I am not providing much info on a topic, and instead I am guiding you through a paired progressive muscle relaxation.

To skip the intro, fast forward to 5:25.

You may do this exercise when feeling anxious, panicked, angry, irritable, agitated, overwhelmed, stressed, tense, or are struggling with an overactive mind or falling asleep

This exercise focuses on reducing cortisol (our stress hormone) and activating the parasympathetic system (our “rest and digest” state).

Enjoy!