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Join Coach Simona, a certified Life Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, and author of the book "111 Ways to Simplify Your Life", as she explores new ways to simplify life by rewiring your brain. The podcast focuses on bite-sized tips, coaching techniques, and CBT tools to slow down your mind and enjoy all life has to offer.
 
Tired of breaking your promise to go easy on the drinks tonight? You know your nightly habit isn’t great for your health or waistline, but it’s so hard to say no. Sound familiar? Then you need Rachel. She knows what it’s like to be fed up with your drinking, worried about judgment from others, and turned off by approaches that focus on a higher power instead of brain science. Learn the exact steps she used to change her relationship with alcohol. Discover how the brain works, the real reason ...
 
The Think Act Be podcast features conversations about thriving through stress and anxiety. Each week we’ll explore effective ways to face life’s challenges: What thoughts serve us well? What actions promote well-being? How can we practice mindful presence? Guests from a wide range of backgrounds share their expertise on ways to nourish our minds, bodies, and spirits.
 
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I have two important and enjoyable conversations to share with you this week. Both are about finding greater unity and harmony in our political conversations, even when we hold very different views. Tim Payton and Douglass Teschner are both to the right of me on the political spectrum, but we share a lot of similar values, and a deep concern about …
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to focus on your life and not others. And I’m going to share with you 4 tips that will help you learn how to focus on yourself. ⚜️ ENROLLMENT STARTS IN 2021! SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST - https://coachsimona.com/waitlist ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/b…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Joel Minden, who’s been on the podcast twice before (check out episode 21 and epidose 87). I always enjoy talking with Joel, who has such a wealth of knowledge about treating anxiety and depression. We thought together again about the most effective way to approach these conditions, especially the question of how much we t…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Jason Ong, who specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders. I’ve wanted to have Jason on the podcast for a while now because he’s done some really pioneering work in applying mindfulness to the treatment of insomnia. If you struggle with getting sound sleep sometimes, which so many of us do, Jason has a lot to say abou…
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to make 2021 your year and I’m going to share with you 5 goal setting tips for the new year. ⚜️ ENROLLMENT STARTS IN 2021! SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST - https://coachsimona.com/waitlist ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SHEET – …
 
This New Year, I’m inviting you to gift yourself the skill of learning to love your company. Your companionship with yourself is the most important relationship you’ll ever have, and I guarantee you’ll start seeing powerful shifts when you start committing to becoming your own best friend. Get full show notes and more information here: https://rach…
 
My guest this week is my friend and fellow psychologist Dr. Mitch Greene, who was on the podcast way back on episode 28. I love talking with Mitch, and this conversation was no exception. We focused on the mental health challenges we’re facing related to COVID and the shutdowns, including for the many athletes that Mitch works with in his sport psy…
 
My guest this week is Mark Gregory Karris. We discussed his recent book, Religious Refugees, which describes the process so many of us will go through of losing our faith, and needing to reconstruct it in a new way. Mark is intimately familiar with this process having gone through it himself, and he guides other religious refugees as they wrestle w…
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to believe in yourself again and I will show you exactly how to give yourself permission to go after your goals, take better care of yourself, and live life being unapologetically you. ⚜️ ENROLLMENT STARTS IN 2021! SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST - https://coachsimona.com/waitlist ❤️ CREATE A LIFE …
 
If you believe right now that alcohol is fueling your habit and that getting rid of it is the solution to your desire, I urge you to listen closely this week. You can’t say no to a drink if you don’t first understand why you’re saying yes, and I’m showing you how so many people have a false story that keeps them stuck in the habit. Get full show no…
 
I have a different kind of discussion for you this week. My guests are my brother, Timothy Gillihan, and my mom, Carolyn Gillihan. I invited them on to talk about their political differences, which came up recently in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. I want to do what I can to promote civil dialogue, and this conversation is one ste…
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to continue with part 7 of my free course called Project Femininity, where we talk about how to become more feminine. We'll also explore what makes a woman elegant, and I will share with you my 4 tips on how to be elegant and classy. ⚜️ ENROLLMENT STARTS IN 2021! SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST - https://coachsimona…
 
Listen in this week as I show you the wealth of information that urges can provide when you’re willing to examine them, and how doing this work will help you manage urges in every single area of your life. You’ll find that doing this work saves you time and energy in the long run, and it will reveal patterns of the habit that you may not yet be con…
 
My guest this week is Blake D. Bauer, author of the bestselling book, You Were Not Born to Suffer. I was really struck as I read this book by how similar many of Blake’s ideas are to the way that I see human nature. His main focus is on loving ourselves deeply, and what that means in practical terms. We also explored how denying our needs can lead …
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to stop letting others control your emotions and I will share with you 6 tips on how to stop being an emotional sponge by learning to detach yourself from other people’s negative emotions. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SH…
 
Tune in this week as I show you what commitment truly means, and how so many of you are inadvertently teaching your brains the wrong solution to the habit. This was my own experience for so many years, and I know that having the realization of what commitment really entails will finally get you on the right track. Get full show notes and more infor…
 
Join me on the podcast this week as I show you the role that rituals play in our lives, and why our brains don’t like changes to our norm. I believe that there is an unforeseen opportunity available to us all this year in creating rituals that matter, and I’m challenging you to try it out. Get full show notes and more information here: https://rach…
 
My guest this week is Jared Byas, author of the new book, Love Matters More: How Fighting to Be Right Keeps Us From Loving Like Jesus. This was a great conversation, as Jared and I found a many points of connection. The book focuses on matters of faith, but the principles apply to anything we can have strong beliefs and opinions about, including of…
 
In today's podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to stand your ground and learn how to speak up for yourself. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SHEET – https://bit.ly/98values 🔺 SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL – https://youtube.com/coachsimona…
 
How often do you speak to yourself with language that celebrates you? Does saying you’re amazing, talented, beautiful, or successful out loud make you want to crawl under a rock? I know it does for me. But staying in a lukewarm place about yourself is leading to consequences you likely don’t want in your life, and so I’m showing you just how powerf…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Scott Kellogg, a therapist in private practice in New York. He’s the author of a book called Transformational Chairwork, and we focused on what chairwork is and why it can be so powerful. It was a great discussion about how we’re all made of different parts, and we can give voice to all of these facets of ourselves in a wa…
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to practice self-compassion and I will share with you 5 mindfulness self-compassion exercises and a free download that you can use daily to reframe your negative thoughts into more compassionate ones. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD F…
 
Tune in this week as I show you where people get tripped up when it comes to changing their relationship with alcohol. If things feel fine or flat to you right now, know that nothing has gone wrong, and I’m inviting you to get curious about how to start creating a life that feels more vibrant, connected, and pleasurable without alcohol. Get full sh…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Steve Taylor. We talked about his latest book, The Clear Light. I had a great time talking with him about some pretty fascinating topics, from mind-bending spiritual concepts to very practical ways to find moments of quiet. We talked about how he met Eckhart Tolle—who wrote the foreword for Steve’s book—as well as ways to …
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to answer the question: “Why do I feel empty inside?” and I’m going to give you three in-depth tips on how to stop feeling empty and feel more peace and joy in your life. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SHEET - https://bit.ly/thoughtrecordto…
 
2020 has been a year of people wanting to hit fast-forward on life, to the end of the pandemic, or to the end of this election season. You might be reaching for a drink - or eating or overworking - to handle how you’re feeling but no matter the activity, they are all fueled by the same belief that you can’t handle what’s going on, and I’m showing y…
 
My guest this week is Anita Friday, creator of an organization called Open Hearts: A Path for Racial Healing. Anita and I talked about her experiences as a Black woman and mother, and the things that those of us who are White can take for granted. We also explored the distinction between racism and related concepts, how to make a difference right w…
 
We tell ourselves that we want a drink to feel normal, or that we deserve it after the day we’ve had, but all of these thoughts that might be coming up for you are just desire confusion. And today, I’m showing you why it gets in the way of changing the habit, and what you can do when it arises. Get full show notes and more information here: https:/…
 
I’ve got a very special guest for you this week. Professor Peter Enns, author of books that include The Sin of Certainty and How the Bible Actually Works (affiliate links), joins me for a discussion about the Bible, Christianity, love, trust, and the evolving nature of faith. I grew up with a very fundamentalist understanding of the Bible, and can …
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to stop catastrophizing and I’ll share with you 4 tips, 2 free downloads, and 2 helpful exercises that will help you stop expecting the worst and face reality in a more constructive way. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SHEE…
 
Listen in this week to discover how the advent of happy hour or cocktail hour came about, and why humans came to need this as a relief from their toils. It’s really no wonder so many people are in need of a cocktail hour, and I hope this episode helps you examine your desire for a drink at the end of the day in a different light. Get full show note…
 
My guest this week is Alison McKleroy, a psychotherapist who just wrote a book called Essential Strategies for Social Anxiety: Practical Techniques to Face Your Fears, Overcome Self-Doubt, and Thrive (affiliate link). This is episode 109 and I believe my first focusing specifically on social anxiety, so this is long overdue. Alison had a lot to sha…
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to deal with emotional manipulators and I will share with you several psychological manipulation examples: how to spot them, what to do when someone is trying to manipulate you, and how to walk away from a situation that no longer serves you. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – …
 
Listen in today as I show you why the question of trust comes up so often when it comes to drinking, and how your thoughts about why you can’t trust yourself are self-fulfilling prophecies. I’m outlining the misguided ways in which people try to prove that they can trust themselves, and what you really need to create a firm faith and reliability in…
 
My guest this week is none other than the creator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (or ACT), Dr. Steve Hayes. I was excited for the opportunity to talk with Steve, and he certainly did not disappoint. We got into some really fascinating territory together, starting with the crucial importance of psychological flexibility. From there we ranged i…
 
My guest this week is psychologist Dr. Benjamin Hardy. Ben recently wrote an excellent book called Personality Isn’t Permanent: Break Free From Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story. This conversation is all about overcoming self-imposed limitations so your past doesn’t have to define your future. I find Ben’s message very uplifting, with hi…
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about how to deal with neglect and I will share with you 5 tips that will help you begin the process of healing from childhood emotional neglect. ❤️ CREATE A LIFE YOU WON'T NEED AN ESCAPE FROM – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SHEET – https://bit.ly/thoughtrecordtool 🔺 SUBSCRIBE TO…
 
Listen in this week as I outline 3 reasons why you have developed a habit around drinking, while someone else who drinks might not. This question of why me? can be so frustrating to live with, and I’m showing you how to use the tools I teach to start bringing awareness to your unconscious decisions and habits. Get full show notes and more informati…
 
My guest this week is fellow clinical psychologist and CBT therapist Dr. Paul Greene. We talked about our experiences with mindfulness, both in our own lives and in our clinical practice. We also explored the effectiveness of CBT for treating trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and our thoughts on combining these treatment programs wit…
 
Join me this week as I show you why we drink to like people and one simple practice that will help you evaluate your relationships. There is so much freedom in learning to be around anyone, no matter the choices they make, and I’m showing you how to do the work of enjoying the people in your life. Get full show notes and more information here: http…
 
My guest this week is psychologist Dr. Jonah Paquette. We focused on his new book, Awestruck: How Embracing Wonder Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and More Connected. Jonah and I explored what awe is and what causes it, and how we can cultivate more experiences of awe in our everyday lives, even in situations that seem anything but awe-inspiring. …
 
In today’s podcast episode, we’re going to talk about the secret behind intuition and I will share with you 5 tips on how to trust your gut and strengthen your intuition. ❤️ REDUCE STRESS BY DOING LESS – https://coachsimona.com/book ⭐️ DOWNLOAD FREE CHEAT SHEET – https://bit.ly/98values 🔺 SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL – https://youtube.com/coachs…
 
Join me this week to discover what self-sabotage means and why mislabeling it is so problematic. Beating yourself up for making decisions that are at odds with your goals is only going to lead you down a shame spiral where you will find no answers, so instead, I’m inviting you to use two tools that are built into us as humans to start bringing cons…
 
My guest this week is Dr. Joseph Luciani, author of a book called Unlearning Anxiety & Depression: The 4-Step Self-Coaching Program to Reclaim Your Life. Joe and I explored some of his background in more depth-oriented psychology, especially a Jungian approach where we explore symbols and dreams and archetypes, and his transition to a more action-o…
 
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