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Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell

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Dr. Karin Anderson Abrell

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Take charge of your thoughts, take charge of your life! On Love & Life, Dr. Karin explores research-based methods for happy, hopeful, positive living! She delves into all the good stuff—how to have true intimacy in romantic relationships, more meaningful friendships, healthier family connections, and more fulfilling careers. Each episode leaves listeners with a Love & Life Hack—a quick fix to improve your emotional wellness TODAY! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

Latest Episodes

S5 Bonus: Finding Gratitude to Find Joy (Even While Living with Chronic Illness)

Recently, I asked my newsletter community if anyone wanted to share an encouraging and empowering story on the podcast. Quin Taylor (one of my former students from Chicago State University) answered the call, agreeing to speak about living with a chronic illness. She describes how intentionally focusing on gratitude allows her to maintain a positive, empowered perspective in the midst of daily physical challenges. Quin shares: · How to move from grieving the life you were “supposed” to live to celebrating the life you’re “purposed” to live! · How to avoid wallowing in bitterness because, as Quin puts it, we can stay stuck in bitterness but “nothing really changes.” · Her powerful mantra—“I declare and decree today will be amazing. Amazing things are happening to and for me and I will do amazing things!” · The freedom of falling in love with your authentic self—even when that entails a chronic illness. Quin describes herself as a “gratitude enthusiast!” Join us to up your gratitude game this Thanksgiving! Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

38 min1 w ago
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S5 Bonus: Finding Gratitude to Find Joy (Even While Living with Chronic Illness)

Turn Toward Anxiety to Heal! with Psychotherapist Linda Ruvalcaba Ep. 112

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults (18.1% of the population). The ADAA asserts, “anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.” Psychotherapist Linda Ruvalcaba understands anxiety—both from a clinical perspective and from personal experience! She endured anxiety’s terrifying grip after a horribly painful breakup. Anxiety permeated her life—the physical symptoms and intrusive thoughts not only made it difficult for her to focus on personal concerns, they also impaired her ability to work with her therapy clients. She realized avoiding anxiety only reinforced its hold on her. She could no longer run away; she needed to lean into it. Join us to hear how Linda found healing by facing anxiety head on—and as a bonus, she found herself! Linda Ruvalcaba Website: https://www.latinxtherapistsactionnetwork.org/linda-ruvalcaba Dr. Karin Website: https://loveandlifemedia.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

59 minNOV 3
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Turn Toward Anxiety to Heal! with Psychotherapist Linda Ruvalcaba Ep. 112

Rewire Your Brain to Heal from Trauma! with Neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman Ep. 111

We’ve all been there—we got knocked down and we’re trying our best to recover but we feel stuck. We find it hard to feel happy. We sink into depressed moods. We’ve lost our joy and even worse, we wonder, can I ever get back to my former self? Well, according to neuropsychologist, Dr. Rhonda Freeman, we absolutely can! Join us to learn how to: · pivot away from ruminating thoughts—which psych research shows are related to depression. · activate the regions of your brain that will bring you healing and peace post trauma! · journal in a manner that activates your prefrontal cortex—and why this is imperative. · get your brain to think rationally again by quieting the limbic system and activating the frontal lobe. · rewire your brain to get it back to its “pre-trauma” balance. We say it every week on Love & Life, “Take charge of your thoughts. Take charge of your life!” And now, thanks to Dr. Freeman, we see the neuroscience behind why taking charge of our thoughts is so powerful and does, in fact, rewire our brains—allowing us to take charge of our lives! Dr. Rhonda Freeman 20% off Dr. Freeman's course "How to Use Neuroscience toAccelerate Recovery" for Love & Life listeners (choose Enroll Now at the bottom of the page) - https://neurosagacity.com/p/narcissistic-abuse/?product_id=2533645&coupon_code=20PERCENTOFFDRKARIN Free eBook: Seven Steps toward the Path to Healing - https://neuroinstincts.com/lp/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. Karin Website: http://loveandlifemedia.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

55 minOCT 27
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Rewire Your Brain to Heal from Trauma! with Neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman Ep. 111

Boundaries with Dr. Jaime Zuckerman Ep. 110

We all know we’re supposed to maintain boundaries. We understand they’re healthy—that they help us distinguish distinctions between ourselves and others. But many listeners have asked me, “HOW do I establish boundaries? Every time I try to put one in place I feel guilty!” Clinical psychologist, Dr. Jaime Zuckerman joins me for a deep dive into all things boundaries. We discuss the following: · How to establish boundaries. · Managing the pushback from others. · Dealing with the guilt you’ll likely feel. · Why boundaries are so difficult to create, but so imperative for healthy functioning. · The connection between boundaries in our family of origin and boundaries in our adult relationships—including friendships and romantic relationships. Join us to learn how firm boundaries allow us to level up in all realms of love and life! Dr. Jaime Website: https://www.drjaimezuckerman.com/ Dr. Karin Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

55 minOCT 19
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Boundaries with Dr. Jaime Zuckerman Ep. 110

Listeners’ Choice: Your Questions About Dating, Relating, and Ruminating! Ep. 109

This week I cover the questions and topics you want me to address! We discuss the following (and more!): · How to set boundaries. · How to manage intrusive thoughts. · How to cope with your bf’s ex—especially when there are kids involved. · How to get over heartbreak. · How to know what’s reasonable and what’s perhaps too picky? Join me as I share my thoughts on the subjects you care about most! Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

48 minOCT 13
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Listeners’ Choice: Your Questions About Dating, Relating, and Ruminating! Ep. 109

When Close is Too Close: Enmeshment and Differentiation with Mary Beth Somich, LPC Ep. 108

According to Family Systems theorists, our family of origin’s expectations for connectedness and separateness influence—and, at times, may impede—our ability to carve out and cultivate an independent identity and authentic sense of self. Clearly, our family of origin impacts us beyond childhood—in terms of our friendships, work relationships, and certainly, our romantic connections. Mary Beth Somich, LPC joins me to discuss the construct of enmeshment, how we can differentiate from an overly close family system, and why we absolutely need to in order to thrive in love and life! Mary Beth Somich Website: yourjourneythrough.com Free Quiz: Is Your Family Enmeshed?https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f16de5959b56b0026662110 Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

54 minOCT 6
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When Close is Too Close: Enmeshment and Differentiation with Mary Beth Somich, LPC Ep. 108

Take Charge of Your Negative Thoughts, Part II: Techniques from REBT Ep. 107

According to psychologist Albert Ellis, “People don’t just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness.” And, specifically, it’s irrational thinking that contributes to our “upsetness.” As the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Ellis encourages us to identify our irrational beliefs, challenge them, and replace them with rational beliefs. He asserts—and research substantiates—that by doing so, we can greatly reduce negative emotions. Join me to learn another approach from cognitive therapy for taking charge of your thoughts! I share my personal experience with the power of REBT—including a specific time when a hidden irrational belief was making me miserable and how I uncovered it, disputed it, and found my joy again! Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

31 minSEP 29
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Take Charge of Your Negative Thoughts, Part II: Techniques from REBT Ep. 107

S5 Bonus: Top 5 Things Single Women Hate to Hear

If you’re single, your love life (or lack thereof) is fair game. Friends, family members, and even random strangers provide “solutions” to your “problem.” Or, they interrogate you, determined to uncover the hidden reason you aren’t coupled up—even if you’re perfectly content sans partner! In this Love & Life bonus episode, Debbi Rice of Single and Amazing, Leslie Kaz of Single Girl Bliss, and I discuss the top 5 asinine comments single women hear. Join us for some single girl commiserating and lots of laughs! We’re here for you! Leslie Kaz Website: lesliekaz.com Debbi Rice Website: singleandamazing.com Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

66 minSEP 24
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S5 Bonus: Top 5 Things Single Women Hate to Hear

I Stopped Seeing Singlehood as Something "I Needed to Fix" with Shani Silver Ep. 106

It’s National Unmarried and Single Americans Week! To kick it off, I’ve invited Shani Silver, host of A Single Serving podcast, to share how she moved from complaining about dating to championing the single life! According to Shani, “I came out of a hole and I know the way out of the hole. I want to tell other people that it’s possible.” Here are a few more gems of wisdom from my conversation with Shani: · “Enjoying a single life—not as a consolation, but as ‘on par’ with life in partnership—is entirely possible. I know this because I’m living it.” · “It is 100% possible to love your single life and want a relationship at the same time. Both of those things can coexist.” · “I decided that what was meant for me was going to connect with me. And it was not going to be because I was fighting to find it. Because I had fought to find it for a decade and I didn’t. So that method didn’t serve me. Maybe just relaxing and letting go and living life will connect me with who I’m meant to be with anyway.” Join us for a celebration of empowered single living! Shani Silver Website: shanisilver.com Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

63 minSEP 22
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I Stopped Seeing Singlehood as Something "I Needed to Fix" with Shani Silver Ep. 106

Grieving the Life You Thought You’d Have: The Radical Stepmoms Ep. 105

When life doesn’t play out as planned, we experience loss—of expectations, hopes, and dreams. And, as with every loss, we grieve. But how do we grieve something we never had in the first place? Christina and Genet of The Radical Stepmoms podcast join me to discuss just that—grieving the life they thought they’d have, while still embracing and cherishing the life they do have. At some point (or many points!) in life, we all find ourselves stepping into roles and realities we didn’t anticipate. Join us to learn strategies for navigating these uncharted waters. Radical Stepmoms Website: radicalstepmomspodcast.com Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

54 minSEP 15
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Grieving the Life You Thought You’d Have: The Radical Stepmoms Ep. 105

Latest Episodes

S5 Bonus: Finding Gratitude to Find Joy (Even While Living with Chronic Illness)

Recently, I asked my newsletter community if anyone wanted to share an encouraging and empowering story on the podcast. Quin Taylor (one of my former students from Chicago State University) answered the call, agreeing to speak about living with a chronic illness. She describes how intentionally focusing on gratitude allows her to maintain a positive, empowered perspective in the midst of daily physical challenges. Quin shares: · How to move from grieving the life you were “supposed” to live to celebrating the life you’re “purposed” to live! · How to avoid wallowing in bitterness because, as Quin puts it, we can stay stuck in bitterness but “nothing really changes.” · Her powerful mantra—“I declare and decree today will be amazing. Amazing things are happening to and for me and I will do amazing things!” · The freedom of falling in love with your authentic self—even when that entails a chronic illness. Quin describes herself as a “gratitude enthusiast!” Join us to up your gratitude game this Thanksgiving! Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

38 min1 w ago
Comments
S5 Bonus: Finding Gratitude to Find Joy (Even While Living with Chronic Illness)

Turn Toward Anxiety to Heal! with Psychotherapist Linda Ruvalcaba Ep. 112

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults (18.1% of the population). The ADAA asserts, “anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.” Psychotherapist Linda Ruvalcaba understands anxiety—both from a clinical perspective and from personal experience! She endured anxiety’s terrifying grip after a horribly painful breakup. Anxiety permeated her life—the physical symptoms and intrusive thoughts not only made it difficult for her to focus on personal concerns, they also impaired her ability to work with her therapy clients. She realized avoiding anxiety only reinforced its hold on her. She could no longer run away; she needed to lean into it. Join us to hear how Linda found healing by facing anxiety head on—and as a bonus, she found herself! Linda Ruvalcaba Website: https://www.latinxtherapistsactionnetwork.org/linda-ruvalcaba Dr. Karin Website: https://loveandlifemedia.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

59 minNOV 3
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Turn Toward Anxiety to Heal! with Psychotherapist Linda Ruvalcaba Ep. 112

Rewire Your Brain to Heal from Trauma! with Neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman Ep. 111

We’ve all been there—we got knocked down and we’re trying our best to recover but we feel stuck. We find it hard to feel happy. We sink into depressed moods. We’ve lost our joy and even worse, we wonder, can I ever get back to my former self? Well, according to neuropsychologist, Dr. Rhonda Freeman, we absolutely can! Join us to learn how to: · pivot away from ruminating thoughts—which psych research shows are related to depression. · activate the regions of your brain that will bring you healing and peace post trauma! · journal in a manner that activates your prefrontal cortex—and why this is imperative. · get your brain to think rationally again by quieting the limbic system and activating the frontal lobe. · rewire your brain to get it back to its “pre-trauma” balance. We say it every week on Love & Life, “Take charge of your thoughts. Take charge of your life!” And now, thanks to Dr. Freeman, we see the neuroscience behind why taking charge of our thoughts is so powerful and does, in fact, rewire our brains—allowing us to take charge of our lives! Dr. Rhonda Freeman 20% off Dr. Freeman's course "How to Use Neuroscience toAccelerate Recovery" for Love & Life listeners (choose Enroll Now at the bottom of the page) - https://neurosagacity.com/p/narcissistic-abuse/?product_id=2533645&coupon_code=20PERCENTOFFDRKARIN Free eBook: Seven Steps toward the Path to Healing - https://neuroinstincts.com/lp/ ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Dr. Karin Website: http://loveandlifemedia.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

55 minOCT 27
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Rewire Your Brain to Heal from Trauma! with Neuropsychologist Dr. Rhonda Freeman Ep. 111

Boundaries with Dr. Jaime Zuckerman Ep. 110

We all know we’re supposed to maintain boundaries. We understand they’re healthy—that they help us distinguish distinctions between ourselves and others. But many listeners have asked me, “HOW do I establish boundaries? Every time I try to put one in place I feel guilty!” Clinical psychologist, Dr. Jaime Zuckerman joins me for a deep dive into all things boundaries. We discuss the following: · How to establish boundaries. · Managing the pushback from others. · Dealing with the guilt you’ll likely feel. · Why boundaries are so difficult to create, but so imperative for healthy functioning. · The connection between boundaries in our family of origin and boundaries in our adult relationships—including friendships and romantic relationships. Join us to learn how firm boundaries allow us to level up in all realms of love and life! Dr. Jaime Website: https://www.drjaimezuckerman.com/ Dr. Karin Website: http://www.loveandlifemedia.com/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

55 minOCT 19
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Boundaries with Dr. Jaime Zuckerman Ep. 110

Listeners’ Choice: Your Questions About Dating, Relating, and Ruminating! Ep. 109

This week I cover the questions and topics you want me to address! We discuss the following (and more!): · How to set boundaries. · How to manage intrusive thoughts. · How to cope with your bf’s ex—especially when there are kids involved. · How to get over heartbreak. · How to know what’s reasonable and what’s perhaps too picky? Join me as I share my thoughts on the subjects you care about most! Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

48 minOCT 13
Comments
Listeners’ Choice: Your Questions About Dating, Relating, and Ruminating! Ep. 109

When Close is Too Close: Enmeshment and Differentiation with Mary Beth Somich, LPC Ep. 108

According to Family Systems theorists, our family of origin’s expectations for connectedness and separateness influence—and, at times, may impede—our ability to carve out and cultivate an independent identity and authentic sense of self. Clearly, our family of origin impacts us beyond childhood—in terms of our friendships, work relationships, and certainly, our romantic connections. Mary Beth Somich, LPC joins me to discuss the construct of enmeshment, how we can differentiate from an overly close family system, and why we absolutely need to in order to thrive in love and life! Mary Beth Somich Website: yourjourneythrough.com Free Quiz: Is Your Family Enmeshed?https://view.flodesk.com/pages/5f16de5959b56b0026662110 Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

54 minOCT 6
Comments
When Close is Too Close: Enmeshment and Differentiation with Mary Beth Somich, LPC Ep. 108

Take Charge of Your Negative Thoughts, Part II: Techniques from REBT Ep. 107

According to psychologist Albert Ellis, “People don’t just get upset. They contribute to their upsetness.” And, specifically, it’s irrational thinking that contributes to our “upsetness.” As the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Ellis encourages us to identify our irrational beliefs, challenge them, and replace them with rational beliefs. He asserts—and research substantiates—that by doing so, we can greatly reduce negative emotions. Join me to learn another approach from cognitive therapy for taking charge of your thoughts! I share my personal experience with the power of REBT—including a specific time when a hidden irrational belief was making me miserable and how I uncovered it, disputed it, and found my joy again! Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

31 minSEP 29
Comments
Take Charge of Your Negative Thoughts, Part II: Techniques from REBT Ep. 107

S5 Bonus: Top 5 Things Single Women Hate to Hear

If you’re single, your love life (or lack thereof) is fair game. Friends, family members, and even random strangers provide “solutions” to your “problem.” Or, they interrogate you, determined to uncover the hidden reason you aren’t coupled up—even if you’re perfectly content sans partner! In this Love & Life bonus episode, Debbi Rice of Single and Amazing, Leslie Kaz of Single Girl Bliss, and I discuss the top 5 asinine comments single women hear. Join us for some single girl commiserating and lots of laughs! We’re here for you! Leslie Kaz Website: lesliekaz.com Debbi Rice Website: singleandamazing.com Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

66 minSEP 24
Comments
S5 Bonus: Top 5 Things Single Women Hate to Hear

I Stopped Seeing Singlehood as Something "I Needed to Fix" with Shani Silver Ep. 106

It’s National Unmarried and Single Americans Week! To kick it off, I’ve invited Shani Silver, host of A Single Serving podcast, to share how she moved from complaining about dating to championing the single life! According to Shani, “I came out of a hole and I know the way out of the hole. I want to tell other people that it’s possible.” Here are a few more gems of wisdom from my conversation with Shani: · “Enjoying a single life—not as a consolation, but as ‘on par’ with life in partnership—is entirely possible. I know this because I’m living it.” · “It is 100% possible to love your single life and want a relationship at the same time. Both of those things can coexist.” · “I decided that what was meant for me was going to connect with me. And it was not going to be because I was fighting to find it. Because I had fought to find it for a decade and I didn’t. So that method didn’t serve me. Maybe just relaxing and letting go and living life will connect me with who I’m meant to be with anyway.” Join us for a celebration of empowered single living! Shani Silver Website: shanisilver.com Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

63 minSEP 22
Comments
I Stopped Seeing Singlehood as Something "I Needed to Fix" with Shani Silver Ep. 106

Grieving the Life You Thought You’d Have: The Radical Stepmoms Ep. 105

When life doesn’t play out as planned, we experience loss—of expectations, hopes, and dreams. And, as with every loss, we grieve. But how do we grieve something we never had in the first place? Christina and Genet of The Radical Stepmoms podcast join me to discuss just that—grieving the life they thought they’d have, while still embracing and cherishing the life they do have. At some point (or many points!) in life, we all find ourselves stepping into roles and realities we didn’t anticipate. Join us to learn strategies for navigating these uncharted waters. Radical Stepmoms Website: radicalstepmomspodcast.com Dr. Karin Website: loveandlifemedia.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/love-and-life-media/support

54 minSEP 15
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Grieving the Life You Thought You’d Have: The Radical Stepmoms Ep. 105
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