Virtual LPC podcast

Virtual LPC Podcast #23 featuring Michelle Mays, LPC, CSAT

Founder and Clinical Director of the Center for Relational Recovery in Leesburg Virginia, Michelle Mays LPC, CSAT has over 13 years experience in providing individual, couples and group therapy to those struggling with sexual addiction, trauma and relationship issues.

Michelle is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist trained under Dr. Patrick Carnes. She is also trained in Post Induction Therapy by Pia Mellody for the treatment of relational trauma. Michelle is sought out as a writer, trainer and speaker on sexual addiction, partners of sex addicts, the developmental model of trauma treatment, and relationship issues. In addition, she mentors and supervises upcoming therapists. Michelle is in the process of completing her certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.

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Please welcome Michelle!  Between operating a counseling practice, writing a book to help partners of sex addicts, and developing a website ( should be coming out soon), she is able to maintain a balanced lifestyle.  One of the keys to her success is that she leaves her evening open throughout the week.  That seems to be a struggle for so many people in private practice, due to the "need" to see clients in the evening to accommodate client schedules.  Michelle offers some excellent insight into running a counseling practice and maintaining balance in life.

Some resources she uses and recommends are:

Wellness: "artist way" (you can learn what this means listening to the podcast!); meditation, exercise, play, and prayer.

Books: "Presence" by Amy Cuddy; "The Truth" by Neil Strauss; "Do the Work" by Steven Pressfield; "The Body Keeps the Score" by Bessel van der Kolk

Internet Resources:; Scrivener for Mac

To learn more about Michelle, you can visit her website HERE!

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Virtual LPC Podcast #22 featuring Courtney Armstrong

Courtney is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Master Practitioner in a method called Rapid Resolution Therapy™, a process that integrates both the rational and emotional systems of the brain to quickly calm anxiety, heal emotional pain, and create renewed joy and purpose in your life.

Through her 20 years experience as a counselor and hypnotherapist, Courtney discovered that the emotional part of your brain learns better through an experience and your five-senses, not from logical analysis and discussion about a problem. That’s why you can’t just talk yourself out of a bad mood, panic attack, or flashback. Instead the emotional brain responds to connection, imagery, metaphor, movement, or music. What’s more- integrating these elements seems to accelerate healing so that you feel better within 1-6 sessions, not years.

In her therapy sessions and her workshops, Courtney provides a compassionate, supportive space and shows you how to deal with your emotions, clear any blocks that have been keeping you “stuck,” and move your life forward in a positive direction.

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Please welcome Courtney to our little spot on the Internet.  She's an extremely busy lady with all the different things she has going on.  Courtney owns a private practice, mentors other counselors, conducts workshops, and has published a book, The Therapeutic "Aha".

In this episode, she discusses her path to the counseling profession, and the experience of becoming a published author.  Courtney serves as an inspiration to all of us- she reminds us that we can create multiple ways to help others and grow our income.  Below are some valuable resources she recommends utilizing:

Wellness: yoga (since we sit most of the day in our job, it's important to stretch and move)

Books: "Trauma and Memory" by Peter Levine; Books from David Sedaris; and of course Courtney's book

Internet Resources: Online Scheduler such as Full Slate; finding a Virtual Assistant.

For more information on Courtney's work, visit her website HERE!  If wanting to learn more about her mentoring work and therapist resources, check out her other website HERE!  I have to say, her websites are extremely well done.

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Virtual LPC Podcast #21 featuring Eric Strom

Eric's bio from his website:

As an attorney and a mental health counselor, I understand the unique legal considerations of the health care profession. I have had many years of experience providing legal counsel, consultation, and guidance to a wide range of health care professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, eastern medicine practitioners, and first responders. In addition, I am licensed as a Mental Health Counselor in Washington State and am currently providing counseling and psychotherapy services to combat veterans in Everett Washington. As an attorney in the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, I spent more than 10 years conducting legal training and providing legal services to mental health and medical professionals employed by the Federal Government in California and Washington State. I have also served as legal counsel on Navy Domestic Violence Case Review Committees for many years. 

In this episode you meet Eric.  It's an awesome interview that you are definitely going to enjoy.  Eric has a unique perspective because he is both a counselor and a lawyer!!  On top of that, he is also the co-founder of Counsel Chat.  Click the link to check it out!

Eric talks about his journey from being a lawyer to counselor, being a father, and developing new ways of helping people utilizing the Internet.  He also discussed the importance of avoiding professional isolation through networking with other mental health professionals.  Here are some excellent resources Eric recommends:

Wellness: mindfulness and breathing exercises.  Working to remain present in the moment.

Books: "The Body Keeps the Score" by Besser van der Kolk, MD and "Do Fathers Matter" by Paul Raeburn

Internet Resources: and Person Centered Tech by Roy Huggins (a former guest on the show)

If you are attending the ACA Conference this year, drop by and say hello to Eric.  Counsel Chat is hosting a coffee social at the conference!

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Virtual LPC Podcast #20 featuring Dr. John Pellitteri

Dr. John Pellitteri is a board-certified clinical psychologist who offers neuropsychological assessment, neurofeedback and psychotherapy in private practice. He is an educator with a specialty in the brain and how it processes information.  He has worked with many types of clients as a psychologist, including assessing risk, police, couples, children, individuals, and families.  He has presented on a variety of topics, always with the notion of building relationships, being cognizant of the way the brain works, and entertaining and inspiring his audiences as his focal points. He has performed stand-up comedy at the Improv, taught martial arts to children, and spoken about parenting special needs children – himself a father of an amazing boy with special needs. 

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Dr. Pellitteri is a joy to talk with!  In this episode, we discuss his practice and specialty in Neurofeedback.  On top of his private practice, he is also a professor!  In the episode we talk about the struggles for time, and learning to say "NO".  We also talk about being okay making money as a mental health professional and the importance of specialization.

Below are some are some resources Dr. Pellitteri offers that he finds useful in his practice:

Wellness: mindfulness training, racquetball, and hanging out with friends

Book: "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy" by Louis Cozolino and "Getting Rid of Ritalin" by Robert W. Hill

Internet Resources: Square for credit card payments; BCIA

For more information about Dr. Pellitteri, you can find him at his website HERE!

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Virtual LPC Podcast #19 featuring Patty Gonzalez

Patty Gonzalez, M.A. is a marriage and family therapist intern and began her training at Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,and Transgender Center in 2012. At that time, Ms. Gonzalez was completing her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Latino/a Family at Pacific Oaks College. Patricia’s approach to client work is strengths based and her clinical experience includes the following groups: persons identifying as LGBTQIA, people of color working through trauma, positive and non-violent parenting, childhood social skills and mental health, and mental health related to aging in older adults. 

Patricia has focused her work on specializing with people of color and persons identifying as LGBTQIA. She is committed and passionate about providing well informed mental and affirmative health care to this richly diverse group. Ms. Gonzalez is a longtime advocate of culturally competent mental health care for communities of color and the LGTBQIA community.  She is passionate and knowledgeable in both her role as a clinician as well as a lecturer and workshop facilitator.  In 2015, Ms. Gonzalez joined Creative Insights Counseling to further develop her work, under the supervision of Dr. Lowenthal, in a private practice setting. Together with Dr. Lowenthal and other staff of Creative Insights Counseling, Patricia now collaborates to provide training and outreach in many different settings.  Her writing is featured on the Creative Insights Counseling webpage and she is looking forward to this November when she will be a guest lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Redlands in their Masters of Counseling program. 

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Recently, I had the privilege to interview Patty, and it was a wonderful experience!  Patty is currently an MFT Intern, working under Dr. Traci Lowenthal (podcast interview #17).  I thought it would be interesting to change things up a bit and get perspective from an intern in counseling about topics like: finding a supervisor (Patty found her supervisor through Facebook!), jumping straight into private practice, and building a practice while interning.

In the interview, Patty offers some really good insights into the supervision process and developing her private practice.  She also offers the following resources that have helped her along the way:

Wellness Activity: Guided Meditation through Youtube; using a running app on her phone

Book: "All About Love" by Bell Hooks

Internet Resource: Utilizing Facebook groups to connect with other counselors

To learn more about Patty, check out her new blog HERE!  You can also visit Dr. Lowenthal's website to learn more about Patty and connect with her.  You can also find Patty on Facebook.

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Virtual LPC Podcast #18 featuring Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S

Mari A. Lee, LMFT, CSAT-S is recognized for her clinical work with male and female sex addicts, love and pornography addicts, as well as her ground breaking work with spouses and partners of sex addicts.  She is the founder of Growth Counseling Services, a private practice recovery center located in Glendora, California.

Additionally, Mari is a popular national conference speaker, workshop teacher, and is the co-author of the best selling book, “Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts”, as well as the author of, “The Creative Clinician: Exercises and Activities for Clients and Group Therapy”, and “From Fairy Tales to Facelifts: Learning to Love the Image in the Mirror.”

As a coach and consultant, Mari is passionate about supporting other clinicians who are building their private practice dreams and believes that every therapist can make a great living doing the work they love. Her webinar, “How to Create Successful Multiple Income Streams for the Busy Clinician” has received rave reviews, and her on line products for therapists (Consent Forms, Clinical Group Forms, Exercises for Therapy) have supported therapists around the world and come with fantastic testimonials.

For further information on coaching and consulting, please visit:, or

If you are interested in having Mari speak at an event, you may contact her at (818) 521-4370.

For further information on sex addiction therapy support in Southern California, please visit:, or

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Mari is the real deal.  A therapist, mentor, entrepreneur.  She does it all!  I was extremely humbled when talking to her.  I hope you enjoy the episode as much as I do!  Below are some of the resources we talk about in the episode:

Wellness: prayer/meditation, nature hikes, pets, dance.  (Speaking of pets, here is Willie, my awesome 9 year old dog)

Book: "Daring Greatly" by Brene Brown- I'm actually reading this book for the second time right now.  It's a "must read" for therapists.

Internet Resources: hiring a virtual assistant; Canva; Asana

For more information about Mari, go to:;

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Virtual LPC Podcast #17 featuring Dr. Traci Lowenthal

Traci Lowenthal, Psy.D. began her training at the AIDS Service Center in Pasadena in 2003, while completing her Doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of La Verne.  Dr. Lowenthal’s approach to client work is strengths based and her clinical experience includes the following groups: persons identifying as LGBTQIA, those living with HIV/AIDS, Caregivers of Cancer patients, college students, older adults and survivors of sexual trauma. 

Upon licensure, Dr. Lowenthal opened her private practice specializing in work with persons identifying as LGBTQIA. She is committed and passionate about providing quality mental health care to this richly diverse group. Dr. Lowenthal is a long time advocate of equality for the LGTBQIA community and brings tireless commitment to her work as a clinician and educator. In 2014, Dr. Lowenthal developed Creative Insights Counseling as a way to work with interns and provide supervision to those looking to work in a private practice setting. Together with her staff, Dr. Lowenthal now provides training and outreach in many different settings.  Her writing has also been featured in many articles and websites. 

Dr. Lowenthal is adjunct faculty at the University of La Verne and the University of Redlands.


What a wonderful opportunity to be privileged to spend some time with Traci!  I think you will find her story of creating a second career in mental health to be extremely motivating.

In the episode, Traci discusses some of the ups and downs she encountered during the creation of her practice.  She also talks about her latest project, educating other medical professionals about best practices when working with LGBTQIA clients.  Here are some helpful resources she uses in her practice:

Wellness- connect with a personal therapist (YES, we too need to work on ourselves); exercise; and Headspace App

Book- "The Gift of Therapy" by Dr. Irvin Yalom

Internet Resources: hire a virtual assistant; Therapy Notes; Constant Contact

Briefly, I'll speak on hiring a virtual assistant.  After talking with Traci, I actually reached and tried it.  I hired a lady to help me create a slide presentation for an upcoming workshop I was presenting.  It worked out GREAT!  I didn't stress at all, and allowed someone else to take my ideas and create the presentation.  I will definitely be utilizing the services of virtual assistants more often.

For more information about all the great work Traci is doing, go to her website HERE!

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Virtual LPC Podcast #16 featuring Dr. Martha Ireland

Martha Ireland, PhD, RN, CS, CEDS, DCC is a Psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Nurse Specialist, Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Supervisor, and a Distance Credentialed Counselor with over 25 years of experience working with the eating disorder community. She successfully owned and operated a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic for treatment of disordered eating. She has been a CEO of both profit and nonprofit organizations, been published, led workshops, and lectured around the country. 

Dr. Ireland, Co-Founder of Virtual Therapy Connect, is currently active integrating technology with mental health services. Virtual Therapy Connect is a cost effective turn-key secure video teleconferencing platform that is a HIPPA and HITECH compliant solution for clinicians, groups or institutions to connect, with clients, from their virtual office.  She is currently located in Ashburn, Virginia.


In this episode I talk with Dr. Ireland about her journey as a therapist.  Currently, she has created a virtual therapy site that I amazing.  Click the link below for more details:

During the episode, Dr. Ireland discusses the ups and downs of creating a private practice, as well as an online counseling website.  I love to hear her excitement and enthusiasm when talking about her work.

Below are some other resources she uses to maintain her life and practice:

Wellness: technology free Sundays (this is great.  I need to start implementing this!); meditation, exercise, and remaining connected to her personal life.

Books: Conscious Evolution by Barbara Marx Hubbard and Online Counseling by Ron Kraus

Internet Resources: Virtual Therapy Connect (Dr. Ireland's site); American Telemedicine Association; Zur Institute; Telemental Health Institute, Therapy Sites, and Influential Therapist.

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Virtual LPC Podcast #15 featuring Mercedes Samudio, LCSW

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Please welcome Mercedes Samudio!  Below is an excerpt from her About Me page:

"Since 2007 I have been working with families and children to help them develop healthy communication skills, manage severe emotional issues, develop coping skills to manage behaviors, create dynamic parent-child bonds, and navigate social media & technology as a family. Throughout the course of my career I have worked with adoptive families, foster families teen parents, parents navigating the child protective services system, and children living with mental illness. In 2014 I began to transition into my private practice where I focused on parent coaching and guiding families to reducing unwanted behaviors, developing effective parenting strategies, creating healthy communication habits, and designing social media/tech plans for their household."

What a great episode!  In this episode, I talk with Mercedes about lots of cool things, but the main takeaway I received came from our discussion on coaching versus counseling.  I think you will find it to be interesting as well.  Mercedes has transitioned her practice into working as a parent coach.  Check out her website for more information on all the cool stuff she is doing.

The Parenting Skill

Here are some of the other helpful resources shared by Mercedes during the episode:

Wellness practice: exercise using pole fitness

Book: "Get Rich, Lucky Bitch" by Denise Duffield Thomas

Internet Resource: Canva

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Virtual LPC Podcast #14 featuring Rebecca Wong, LCSW

A short exert from Rebecca's "About" page:
"I guide my clients into reconnecting with themselves, each other and their dear ones by teaching sustainable ways to infuse more intimacy, fun and ease into their relationship, family and into daily living."


WOW!  This is an episode full of wonderful insights!  During the episode, Rebecca discusses how "we get to manifest our ideal day."  That really stood out to me.  WE get to decide and create our day.  Rebecca discusses her journey into the creation of her private practice and how she has developed a thriving practice.

Currently, Rebecca is running her private practice, as well as developing some really cool projects such as (RE)SPARK- an online parenting couples class.

Below are some of the resources Rebecca shared that are helpful in her practice:

Wellness: yoga, walking, and training her dog

Book: "Creatures of a Day" by Irvin Yalom; "Passionate Marriage" by David Schnarch; and "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl.

Internet Resource: (great website full of helpful information on starting a private counseling practice)

For more information about Rebecca and her work, check out:


You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram by searching for "connectfulness"

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