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ShrinkChicks

English, Personal health, 5 seasons, 204 episodes, 6 days 18 hours 28 minutes
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Emmalee Bierly, LMFT and Jennifer Chaiken, LMFT, owners and co-founders of The Therapy Group (@thetherapygrp), bring you the ShrinkChicks Podcast. ShrinkChicks is on a mission to make therapy and therapeutic topics more relatable and accessible. Each Monday, Emmalee and Jen will explore different mental health topics and invite you to sit in on their insight, humor, and knowledge, leaving the psychobabble behind.
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Finding the Gray Area in Black & White Thinking

Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen explore the topic of all-or-nothing/black-and-white/dichotomous thinking. They start the episode off by explaining what all-or-nothing thinking looks like and the reasons why you might be engaging in it. Em and Jen then cover listener questions; topics like where this type of thinking comes from, the safety that black-and-white thinking can bring, and why it is so easy to fall into. They discuss how to challenge these thought patterns and how to reframe your dichotomous thoughts into a more nuanced perspective. Finally, they answer a Dear Em & Jen question about how to approach a loved one when they turn to all-or-nothing thinking. Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 7:55 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content. Get Matched With One of Our Therapists at The Therapy Group! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRINKCHICKS MERCH Check out ShrinkChick
26/02/202448 minutes 56 seconds
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Is Everyone Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

On today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen cover one of their most requested topics: Imposter Syndrome. They start the episode off by explaining the different subtypes of imposter syndrome and which subtype resonates with each of them the most. Then they answer a common question: do you ever get over imposter syndrome? Emmalee and Jen discuss what might be underneath imposter syndrome, another name for it (and why they like the alternative better), boundaries in the workplace, and so much more! Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 2:35 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content. Books mentioned in the episode: 1. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women 2. Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts Get Matched With One of Our Therapists at The Therapy Group! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRINKCHICKS MERCH Check out ShrinkChicks on YouTube by subscribing here! https://youtube.com/channel
19/02/202439 minutes 44 seconds
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Opposites Attract But Do They Work?

This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen agree that opposites generally attract, but focus on the question: do they work? They go through listener topics and questions surrounding various differences within relationships such as life goals, politics, religion, parenting style, libido, view on money/finances, and more. Emmalee and Jen discuss the interesting notion that what attracts you to a person initially might be what you resent about them later on, life transitions in relationships and how they may highlight your differences, and working to find a balance between extremes. Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 4:00 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content. Get Matched With One of Our Therapists at The Therapy Group! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRINKCHICKS MERCH Check out ShrinkChicks on YouTube by subscribing here! https://youtube.com/channel/UCrxuhDqoL4ML3UE8b2J2BBg A s
12/02/202440 minutes 18 seconds
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Feeling Guilty About Feeling Guilty

Today on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen explore the pervasive emotion of guilt and how it impacts us on a daily basis. They begin the episode by defining the term "guilt-proneness" in response to a listener asking why it is their "go-to" emotion. Emmalee and Jen discuss guilt vs. shame, healthy guilt vs. irrational guilt, why so many of us might feel like we're not doing enough, internal and external expectations for ourselves, guilt passed down to us from our parents, guilt when setting boundaries or saying no, and guilt associated with other people's feelings. Tune in to understand more about this complex emotion and to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 4:45 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content. Get Matched With One of Our Therapists at The Therapy Group! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRINKCHICKS MERCH Check out ShrinkChicks on YouTube by subscribing here! https://youtube.com/channe
05/02/202442 minutes 30 seconds
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When Family Dynamics Shift & Change in Adulthood

On this week's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen explore the topic of shifting family dynamics in adulthood and the complexities that exist within this change. When we grow into adults, our family dynamics often do not grow at the same rate. Em and Jen discuss family roles from our childhood staying present in adulthood, why it's so hard for parents to see their kids as adults, shifting dynamics in a family that avoids confrontation, growing out of old family dynamics (esp. if you're the only one recognizing dysfunction), feeling younger than you are, changing sibling dynamics as parents age, gray divorce, disrupting family patterns, and so much more! Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 6:30 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content. The commercial Emmalee mentions in the episode Get Matched With One of Our Therapists at The Therapy Group! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRI
29/01/202439 minutes 49 seconds
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What It Means to be a Highly Sensitive Person

This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are discussing the highly requested topic of being a highly sensitive person (a.k.a. an HSP). They help us understand what it means to be an HSP and the difference between being an HSP and an empath by sharing examples. The conversation gives insight into your own sensitivity, as well as insight into the people in your life who consider themselves highly sensitive. Emmalee and Jen explain how introversion, social anxiety, and overstimulation are connected to being an HSP, share tips on how to learn to interact with the world around you as an HSP, and talk about working on accepting the sensitivity as opposed to fighting it. Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! Get Matched With One of Our Therapists at The Therapy Group! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRINKCHICKS MERCH Check out ShrinkChicks on YouTube by subscribing here! https://youtube.com/channel/UCrxuhDqoL4ML3UE8b2J2BBg A special thank you
22/01/202440 minutes 14 seconds
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Understanding Passive Aggressive Behavior

In today's episode of ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are examining passive-aggressive behavior. They start the episode by sharing the different types of passive-aggressive behavior and examples to accompany each type. Emmalee and Jen explain where passive-aggressive behavior might stem from, and how to better understand it if we're engaging in it or if someone is being passive-aggressive with us. They answer your questions like: why we fall into this behavior, how to gently call someone out for being passive-aggressive, what to do if someone gets defensive, the difference between sarcasm and passive aggression, why it shows up within the mother-in-law relationship dynamic quite often, and so much more! Emmalee and Jen do some role playing and enactments to share tangible ideas for being direct in the face of passive-aggressive behavior. Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 3:30 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content.
15/01/202439 minutes 53 seconds
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How Do I Set Boundaries with Myself?

This week on ShrinkChicks, Emmalee and Jen are talking about establishing and upholding the boundaries you set with yourself, for yourself. They answer your questions surrounding: why boundaries with ourselves are often harder to keep, what the line is between having boundaries for yourself and being “selfish," how to work on the emotional boundary of not managing other people’s emotions, breaking the people pleasing aspect of overcommitting yourself, how to balance necessary self-care while still pushing yourself toward your goals, scheduling things in advance and then dreading it when the time comes, and so much more! Tune in to gain insight, awareness, and action! PS: Fast forward to around 2:00 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content. Get Matched With One of Our Therapists! ShrinkChicks on Instagram Our Know Yourself Grow Yourself Journal!! SHRINKCHICKS MERCH Check out ShrinkChicks on YouTube by subscribing here! https://youtube.com/channel/UCrxuhDqo
08/01/202439 minutes 57 seconds
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Dear Em & Jen: Listener Advice (Continued)

Welcome to Season 5 of ShrinkChicks! Emmalee and Jen are back for the first episode of the New Year with another episode dedicated to Dear Em & Jen questions! The first question asks: how do you help someone who is not ready to be helped? Emmalee and Jen discuss the challenges of watching a friend or loved one stay in an unhealthy relationship, providing support while also upholding boundaries to care for yourself, and the hard truth that people have to come to certain conclusions on their own time. Next is a question about missing the "spark" and sexual desire in a long-term relationship and how to start communicating about sex and intimacy. Lastly, they cover a question about asking for help, even if the person you're asking doesn't "get" or hasn't experienced what you are specifically going through. Tune in for some in-depth answers that can be applied to MANY different situations! PS: Fast forward to around 5:30 into their convo to skip the intro and get straight to today’s content
01/01/202439 minutes 37 seconds