Mental Health

How Art Improves Self-Care

Self-Care Houston, Episode 20: Shani Bell joins Jennifer in a conversation about how art and creativity improve self-care. Shani shares how art is an empowering tool in conjunction with therapy and discusses ways to use art as a personal self-care tool. Shani Bell is Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Art Therapist offering counseling Read more…

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Anger

Energy Medicine Yoga

Self-Care Houston, Episode 19: Lauren Walker joins Jennifer in a conversation about Energy Medicine Yoga. Lauren and Jennifer discuss the rise of anxiety and stress in our culture and how Energy Medicine Yoga creates a way to find balance in your body, so you can be present and alive in your Read more…

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Counseling

Where Can I Find Affordable Counseling?

Self-Care Houston, Episode 18: Dr. Amy Fuller joins Jennifer in a conversation about affordable counseling centers throughout Houston. Amy and Jennifer also discuss common signs to watch for in our children and marriages that let us know it may be time to seek out the help of a supportive therapist. Amy is Read more…

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Anxiety and Panic

Where Can I Find Support For Postpartum Depression and Anxiety

Self-Care Houston, Episode 17: Kim Jones joins Jennifer in a conversation about common signs of postpartum depression and anxiety. Kim and Jennifer discuss obstacles to self-care and helpful resources for moms that also equip the entire family. Kim is the associate clinical director at The Center for Postpartum Family Health. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Read more…

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Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety and Shame Resilience

  Self-Care Houston, Episode 11: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian continues her discussion about anxiety from Episode 10, Anxiety Cycle. Jennifer discusses how building emotional regulation muscles and practicing shame resilience add to the self-care toolbox. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Kim Fredrickson, “Give Yourself a Break: Turning Read more…

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Anxiety and Panic

Anxiety Cycle

Self-Care Houston, Episode 10: In this solo podcast, Jennifer Christian shares her journey with anxiety/panic attacks. Jennifer talks about where anxiety comes from and how we get caught in anxiety cycles. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this Episode: Kelly McGonigal TED Talk, “Make Stress Your Friend.” Mark Williams’ Mindfulness Meditations, “Finding Read more…

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Mental Health

Making Meaningful Decisions

Self-Care Houston, Episode 9: Kathleen Straker joins Jennifer in a conversation about a process of decision making that brings joy to life in a way that aligns with your values. Kathleen works with students from around the globe through her learning strategies workshops and individual academic coaching sessions. She has also Read more…

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Boundaries

The Anatomy of Trust

Healthy relationships are built by cultivating trust. But, what does that mean? In her recent talk, “The Anatomy of Trust,” Dr. Brené Brown shares key components that are the hallmarks of trusting relationships with others and with yourself. In her talk, Brené shares Charles Feltman’s “most beautiful definition of trust:” “Trust is Read more…

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Mental Health

Sleep

Self-Care Houston, Episode 8: Shannon McLain joins Jennifer in a conversation about sleep and intentional practices that can improve sleep. Shannon is a  mind-body medicine practitioner and certified health and wellness coach at The Center for Intentional Healing. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from this episode: Impact of Sleep Deprivation on the emotional and Read more…

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Anxiety and Panic

Thrive Trauma Informed Yoga

Self-Care Houston, Episode 7: Elizabeth Haberer joins Jennifer in a conversation about Thrive Trauma Informed Yoga. Trauma Informed Yoga can increase connection with the breath, enabling the brain to become less aroused, and relaxation to begin. A yoga practice partners beautifully with specialized trauma therapies such as EMDR, Emotional Dysregulation, Read more…

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Mental Health

Self-Care for Caregivers

Self-Care Houston, Episode 5: Virgil Fry joins Jennifer in a conversation about the needs and challenges of self-care for caregivers. Virgil is the Executive Director at Lifeline Chaplaincy. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources for Caregivers Lifeline Chaplaincy Compassionate Touch Ministry Virgil Fry, Disrupted: Finding God in Illness and Loss, 2007 Virgil Fry, Rekindled: Warmed by the Read more…

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Marriage

Abusive Relationships

Self-Care Houston, Episode 4: Chau Nguyen joins Jennifer in a conversation about abusive relationships, important resources and self-care. Chau is a social worker and the chief marketing officer at Houston Area Womens Center. Subscribe in iTunes. Resources from Podcast: Domestic Violence Hotline: 713-528-2121 Rape Crisis Hotline: 713-528-7273 Houston Area Women’s Center Emotionally Destructive Relationship Read more…

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Anger

Anger

Self-Care Houston, Episode 2: Chelsie Sargent joins Jennifer in a conversation about anger and self-care. Chelsie is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, and LPC-Supervisor. Subscribe in iTunes. Resource Managing Anger in Relationships

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Mental Health

The Gift of Uncertainty

I am thrilled to have another contribution as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined, from Diana Walla, a seasoned marriage and family therapist, recently relocated in Austin, Texas. She discusses the opportunity for us to look for the potential gifts in disorienting experiences. She Read more…

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Compassion

Self-Compassion Fuels Kindness

I am excited to do something a little different this week. Kim Fredrickson, counselor and author of the book, Give Yourself a Break: Turning Your Inner Critic into a Compassionate Friend, graciously contributed a guest post as part of the conversation going on in the Kindness Community, A Word Imagined. Her Read more…

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Counseling

A Word Imagined

by Jennifer Christian, LPC and Dr. Jeff M. Christian Words of hate tear at the fabric of our society; words of kindness mend. Imagine. Imagine life without unkind words. Imagine comments sections on your favorite website that only allow constructive criticism, words meant to further the conversation rather than out-shout those Read more…

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Counseling

The Upside of Stress

In Kelly McGonigal’s latest book,”The Upside of Stress,” she explores how things that create meaning and happiness in our lives also create stress. When we learn to change our relationship with stress, we build in possibilities for meaning and happiness. In the following video, McGonigal recommends practical ways to shift our perspective on stress: Take some time to journal, visit Read more…

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Breath Work

Gratitude Is Healing

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be a nice time to focus on the healing benefits of a gratitude practice. I experienced an impact when my husband and I decided to start an active gratitude practice about five years ago. Over time we noticed subtle changes in Read more…

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