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Therapists Uncut Podcast

76 EpisodesProduced by Nik Young, LMFT and Alyssa Najera, LCSWWebsite

The Therapists Uncut Podcast is an informative, self-help podcast that makes mental health relatable and a part of your everyday conversation. Join off-the-clock therapists who happen to be friends for good laughs, guest interviews and, at times, difficult conversations on all things mental health i… read more

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"We Will Never Forget" Remembering 9/11 with Retired San Jose CA Fire Captain David C. Lerma

September 11th, 2023



Retired San Jose Fire Captain David C. Lerma recounts his experience as one of the thousands of first responders deployed during the 9/11 attacks on the United States, honoring those who served and continue to serve, …

No More Fake A$$ Apologies

July 25th, 2023



A good apology does not blame, it is not passive aggressive, and it does not avoid responsibility. A good apology acknowledges mistakes, takes …

John-David Brown on Navigating the Subtleties of Homophobia in the Workplace

June 26th, 2023



Returning guest John-David Brown shares his experience of recognizing and navigating the subtleties of homophobia in the corporate workplace, including experiencing sexuality-based microaggressions, gaslighting, and …

Mental Health and Law Enforcement with Officer Mitch Brouillette

May 22nd, 2023




In this episode, Officer Mitch Brouillette return to the Therapists Uncut Podcast to talk about the various ways issues and topics of mental health have shown up in his 20-year career in law enforcement. The TU Crew …

Finding Lessons in Failure

March 29th, 2023



In this episode we talk about:

Nik Young and Alyssa Najera explore the disappointments and discomforts of failure, how our past might impact our ability to manage it, and the importance of finding opportunity and …

Confessions of a High-Functioning, Inattentive, and Low-key Impulsive Therapist

March 1st, 2023


Join Nik Young and Alyssa Najera in this sequel to Confessions of a High-Functioning, Anxious Therapist (episode 63) where they awkwardly and openly share their struggles with inattention, delayed gratification, and …

Officer Mitch Brouillette on Benefits of School Resource Officers (SRO)

January 23rd, 2023



Not only is Officer Mitch Brouillette a seasoned and knowledgeable law enforcement officer, but he is also caring, humble, and basically famous after 20M+ views of a DUDE. Be nice video showcasing Heritage High’s …

Growing Up Queer; My Journey to Authenticity with John-David Brown

September 19th, 2022



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Bullies, insecurities, shame, and understanding sexuality were just a few challenges growing up queer in a small, …

Let’s Talk About Suicide

September 5th, 2022



In recognition of Suicide Prevention month, licensed mental health professionals Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera dive deep into a conversation about suicide to share facts and resources, increase awareness, and help you …

“Raising Body Positive Teens” with Co-Authors Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal

August 15th, 2022



Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera talk food, movement, weight, and body image with co-authors of the book “Raising Body Positive Teens.” Join the conversation as Signe Darpinian, Wendy Sterling, and Shelley Aggarwal crush …

Using Missed Opportunities to Practice Self Awareness

August 1st, 2022



For two therapists who bring nearly every episode back to self-awareness, it seemed only right to dedicate an episode to reflecting on a missed opportunity to address an important topic. Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera …

From the Hood Life to the Good Life with Gloria “Glory” Magaña

July 18th, 2022



Comedian Gloria “Glory” Magaña shares how comedy helped her cope with childhood trauma, gave her hope, and inspired her to dream big. Join Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera as they talk with Gloria about self doubt, …

“Heroin, Heartache, and Hope” with Christian Author of Counting Spoons Kathryn Mae Inman

June 20th, 2022



If you or someone you know has struggled with addiction, you know it can be an ugly disease that impacts everyone. In this episode, we speak with Christian Author Kathryn Mae Inman and author of “Counting Spoons; A …

How To Make Friends

June 6th, 2022



Making new friends as a kid is expected, but making new friends as an adult can come with its own set of challenges. Join licensed mental health …

Catching Acts of Kindness

May 16th, 2022



In an effort to highlight some feel-good moments in a physical and digital word of transition and unrest, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera reflect on moments when they observed or experienced selflessness, generosity, …

Confessions of a High Functioning, Anxious Therapist

May 2nd, 2022



In the spirit of normalizing therapy and making mental health relatable, Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera get real about their own mental health. Join the conversation as they each share how they came to the realization …

Secondary Traumatic Stress: Know When the Traumatic Experience of Others is Negatively Impacting You

April 18th, 2022



Now that we’ve spent time talking about how to recognize trauma and battle burnout in the workplace, it’s only fitting we move right into how to recognize signs of Secondary Trauma. Secondary Traumatic Stress can be …

Battling Burnout In The Workplace

April 4th, 2022



High rates of employee burnout are documented in industries including healthcare, human services, and first responders. More recently, the battle with burnout is now reported across industries including tech, …

When And How To Be Assertive

March 21st, 2022


Assertiveness is the skill of expressing your needs and opinions in a confident, non-confrontational. For some, this skill comes naturally. Yet, for others, can be a struggle. Why is that?  Nikki Young and Alyssa …

Recognizing And Responding To Toxic Relationships

March 7th, 2022



Toxic relationships have the potential of showing up in all areas of our life including work, social, and romantic relationships and even within family systems. Learn how to recognize signs of toxic relationships and …

Recovering From Alcoholism Part 2 of 2: Interview with Karlha Davies

February 21st, 2022



Welcome back for part 2 of our interview with Karlha Davies community leader, Hometown Hero, and entrepreneur. Karlha shares the series of moments …

Recovering From Alcoholism Part 1 of 2: Interview with Karlha Davies

February 7th, 2022



Addiction has the potential of showing up in all walks of life and it was around this time last year that Karlha Davies successful, …

Living In A Larger Body With Natalie Silva

January 3rd, 2022


Therapists Uncut brings back Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Natalie Silva for a brand new episode on body image and self-esteem. Natalie also describes common body image themes that have come up in her private …

Get To Know Your Co-Hosts Nikki Young and Alyssa Najera

October 18th, 2021



Don’t miss out on this episode where we get to know our co-hosts Nikki Young, LMFT and Alyssa Najera, LCSW. Get know them a little more as they …

“How Fair Fighting Can Save Your Relationship”

October 4th, 2021



We all disagree with our partner at some point. Disagreements are normal and healthy, but how we disagree is a foundational component of our relationships.  In this episode, Nikki Young, LMFT, and Alyssa Najera, LCSW, …

Emotion Contagion

September 20th, 2021



Ever heard the saying “smile, it’s contagious"? Turns out it’s true!  A smile, along with other facial expressions and vocalizations, has the power to influence the emotions and behaviors of others. In this episode, …

Men's Mental Health

September 6th, 2021



Our culture likes to remind us, in more way than one, that it’s expected for men to suppress their emotions and avoid being vulnerable in …

Living With Anxiety

August 16th, 2021



An estimated 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety is a beast and in addition to depression, one of the most common …

Practicing Self Awareness Part 2

August 2nd, 2021



Brief Summary

One of the hardest things for a person to come to terms with can be dealing with their own flaws. This week, the crew continues their conversation on self-awareness including how to recognize …

Practicing Self Awareness Part 1

July 19th, 2021



The idea of practicing self-awareness may sound easy, but it required vulnerability and can be very uncomfortable. Sh*t gets real when Nikki and …

Coming Out Of Covid - The Social Struggle Is Real

July 5th, 2021



After months of adjusting, distancing, and readjusting to State and local recommendations, it’s time for some socialization or as some may call it, the COVID Social Reintegration.  While some of us jumped right back …

100% Perfectionist: When Perfectionism Keeps You From Succeeding

June 21st, 2021



In this episode we talk about:

Perfectionist tendencies can be a great motivator in helping you complete tasks or accomplish personal or professional goals, but when does perfectionism become a problem? Nikki Young …

Dear Educators, This One’s for YOU

June 7th, 2021



Whether you’re an administrator, educator, grade school teacher or University faculty, this one’s for YOU! Despite the policies, pressures, and …

Mental Health Awareness 2021

May 17th, 2021



In this episode we talk about:

As a group of therapists, it’s only natural this month the T-Uncut team dedicate an episode to recognize Mental Health Awareness month!  Nikki and Alyssa turn back time and take a look …

Surviving Mom Guilt with Natalie Silva, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

May 3rd, 2021



Don’t miss out on this episode as Natalie Silva, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist breaks the myths surrounding Mom Guilt, shares her expertise on how to manage mom (and parent) guilt, and “normalizes the sh*t …

Saying Goodbyes

April 26th, 2021



Saying goodbye is never easy. It may be saying goodbye when you head off to college, goodbye after a breakup, goodbye to your co-workers after …

The Unintended Social and Psychological Impacts of Social Media

April 19th, 2021



After watching The Social Dilemma, a documentary film released on Netflix in September 2020, the Therapists Uncut team found themselves in deep conversation about the intended and unintended impact of social media. …

To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge

April 5th, 2021



To Get or Not to Get the F*** out of Dodge

Episode Show Notes

Thinking about leaving your job? We get it, we’ve all been there. Maybe you’re unhappy, stressed, or overworked. Maybe your job treats you phenomenally, …

Top 10 Ways Our Thoughts Screw With Us

March 15th, 2021



Top 10 Ways Our Thoughts Screw With Us

Episode Show Notes

In the therapy world, you’ll often hear about the “ancient brain”. It’s the idea that there’s a part of your brain hardwired to identify threats (or perceived …

Dealing With Sh*tty Bosses

March 1st, 2021



Dealing with Shitty Bosses

Welcome to the Shitty Boss show! If you read this title and immediately have someone’s picture pop into your head and …

Are You Letting Self-Sabotage Interfere with Your Life?

February 15th, 2021



Are You Letting Self-Sabotage Interfere with Your Life?

Episode Show Notes

Brief Summary

The crew dives into everything self-sabotage including, what does self-sabotage look like, where does it comes from, and what …

How to Date your Mate Using Dr. Gary Chapman’s The 5 Love Languages

February 1st, 2021



Brief Summary

Inspired by Dr. Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages, originally released in the 90’s, the crew dives into relationships and how we give and receive love. Opening up about their own marriages, Nikki, …

Tackling Insomnia

January 18th, 2021



Tackling Insomnia

Brief Summary

You have a bedtime routine, take your supplements,  use meditation apps, but you still can’t sleep! Tackling in insomnia can be a beast and even when you feel like you’re doing …

Chaplain Dave Williams Demystifies His Role With Law Enforcement and First Responders

January 11th, 2021



Chaplain Dave Williams Demystifies  His Role With Law Enforcement and First Responders

Interview with Chaplain Dave Williams

Guest Bio

Being …

Why New Year’s Resolutions Suck and What You Can Do About Them

January 4th, 2021



Let’s get 2021 started off right! Learn how to avoid the hype and fad of New Year’s resolutions and utilize preparation, commitment, mindset and …

5 Ways to Survive the Holiday

December 7th, 2020



5 Ways to Survive the Holidays

The holidays are a beautiful thing, but for many of us they can also be real stressful! Join the Therapists Uncut …

What You Need To Know About Teen Dating

November 30th, 2020



What You Need to Know About Teen Dating

The Therapists Uncut team spoke to teens and young adults on the topic of teen dating, from what defines …

Interview with Dawn Kelley Part 2 - Rubber Bands and Parent Resiliency

November 23rd, 2020



Interview with Dawn Kelley Part 2 - Rubber Bands and Parent Resiliency

Interview with Dawn Kelley

Dawn Kelley is a local mom and traveling enthusiast.  A passion for people, a passion for storytelling, a passion for …

“Interview with Dawn Kelley Part 1 - It Wasn’t About Me: Supporting Your Child Through Transitioning”

November 16th, 2020



“It Wasn’t About Me: Dawn Kelley on Supporting her Child Through Transitioning Part 1 of 2”

Interview with Dawn Kelley

Dawn Kelley is a local mom and traveling enthusiast.  A passion for people, a passion for …

How Sleeping and Eating Can Impact Your Mental Health

November 9th, 2020



How Sleeping and Eating Can Impact Your Mental Health


In this episode we talk about:


Sleep and eating habits are fundamental components to maintaining our overall physical and mental health. Yet, when life gets …

What You Need To Know About Road Rage

November 2nd, 2020



What You Need To Know About Road Rage


Road rage is something many of us if not most of us struggle with from time to time. Whether you are the driver that’s tailgating, excessively honking, racing, or intimidating …

Breast Cancer Awareness BONUS Episode: Warriors Against Cancer

October 28th, 2020



Breast Cancer Awareness BONUS Episode: Warriors Against Cancer

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we challenged our listeners to share their personal stories and help inspire others to continue the fight …

Dealing With The 5-Letter Word: DEATH

October 26th, 2020



In debriefing the 2-part interview with Morgan Michele Brown on death, dying, and healing, the T-Uncut Team reminds us of things to consider when dealing with death. Understand common stages and responses to death …

Morgan Michele Brown on Death, Grief, and Healing Part 2

October 19th, 2020



Morgan Michele Brown shares how the grief and anger following the sudden death of her mother in 2012, motivated a new  curiosity about life and …

Morgan Michele Brown on Death, Grief, and Healing Part 1

October 12th, 2020


Morgan Brown reminds us the topic of Death and Dying is so much of an unspoken topic, that when the time comes that someone close to you does die it’s a blurry road to navigate. Not only for you as the one who “lost” …

How Not To Be An A**hole When You’re In A Bad Mood

October 5th, 2020



It’s not uncommon to occasionally “vomit” our own bad mood onto others, but just how are you supposed to avoid this? Our moods are ever changing, but despite whatever mood we may be in we are in we are each …

The Life Lessons of Distance Learning

September 28th, 2020


Adjusting to Distance Learning has been one hell of job for most families. With the added layers of complexities and barriers, it’s easy to hyper-focus on things that, in the long run, don’t really matter. Hear the …

Talking To Kids About Societal Unrest and Other Hard Topics

September 21st, 2020


From the health pandemic to civil unrest to politics, it seems like no matter where we turn there are endless opportunities to have uncomfortable, …

When “Suicide Prevention” Hurts More Than It Helps

September 14th, 2020


For someone who is a survivor of a friend or family member who suicided, the words “Suicide Prevention” and “Know the Signs” don’t always bring …

Managing Stress And Priorities When Everything Feels Urgent

September 7th, 2020


Managing stress and competing priorities can feel impossible, at times. Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa share tips that work for them and explore different …

“I Just Want To Be Heard”

August 31st, 2020


We all come from our own individual experiences and sometimes all you want is for people to listen - without accusation, without advice, without judgement. However, if you’ve ever chosen to share your individual …

Scared Sh!tless

August 24th, 2020


Putting yourself out there in any unknown situation is terrifying, but if you handle the pressure in the Scared Sh!tless Zone just enough to make it …

PTSD IS Not Life Ending, But It Is Life Altering – An In-Depth Discussion on PTSD, Depression, And Suicide

August 17th, 2020


The group goes deep into signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicide as they reflect on the most recent interview with Officer Shaw on his personal experience with PTSD and first responder …

Officer Michael Shaw Shares His Personal Story On Suicide and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Part 2 of 2

August 10th, 2020


Officer Michael Shaw experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of losing his best friend and fellow law enforcement officer to …

Officer Michael Shaw Shares His Personal Story on Suicide and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Part 1 of 2

August 3rd, 2020


Michael Shaw shares his personal story of how the loss of his best friend to suicide had a long lasting impact on his personal and professional life. Matt was not only Officer Shaw’s best friend and roommate, but also a …

Sh!t Show 2020

July 27th, 2020


Come one, come all to the Sh!t Show 2020! Or is it? 2020 has brought an array of interesting, to say the least, predicaments, conversations, and just …

Recognizing Trauma In Day to Day Experiences

July 20th, 2020


A trauma response can result from exposure to any scary or distressing situation. It can show up in the form of high reactivity, bad dreams, …

Things To Consider When Navigating Difficult Conversations

July 13th, 2020


A conversation is a two-way street, despite whether or not you share the same perspectives. However, disagreements and differing views sometimes put us at high risk of making assumptions and placing judgement. Emotions …

The Power Of Community, Respect, And Dialogue

July 6th, 2020


Despite feeling like “Rona is splitting the Country,” Nikki, Jolene, and Alyssa explore the power of both the individual and community during not …

Using Self-Care To Cope With Stress

June 29th, 2020


Dealing with stress can be a normal part of life, but sometimes it sneaks up in ways we simply refuse to acknowledge, all the while convincing ourselves we are fine. Therapists Uncut explores the not so subtle ways …

Mental Health Awareness Month During COVID Let’s Talk About It

June 26th, 2020


Daily habits and routines are a way of coping and dealing with life events and it is an important part of managing your mental health. T-Uncut discusses the various ways mental health has popped up in everyday …

Co-Host Bios and A Squirrel

June 26th, 2020


Nikki, Jolene and Alyssa share how their personal and professional experiences brought them together several years ago as therapists in training, and …

This Idea Of A Therapist?

June 26th, 2020


Why, yes! Contrary to popular belief, therapists are people too. Therapists are not scary or judgmental. They are passionate about their profession, …

Introducing the Therapists Uncut Podcast

June 22nd, 2020


Welcome to the Therapists Uncut Podcast, where off-the clock therapists who happen to be friends share their uncensored thoughts about real life.

Join us weekly as we share inspirational stories, good laughs, casual …

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