Therapy Chat Episode 276

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In this week’s episode of Therapy Chat, host Laura Reagan, LCSW-C interviews returning guest Tim Ambrose Desmond. Tim is the author of Self Compassion in Psychotherapy; “the Self Compassion Workbook”; and his most recent book, “How to Stay Human in A F*cked Up World.” He is a student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and the co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center in New Hampshire. His most recent project is Peer Collective.

In our conversation, you will hear Tim talk about the need for accessible support and counseling and how he developed Peer Collective. He also speaks about how this program works to provide empathic support to individuals who are struggling with various concerns. 

Guest’s bio: 

Tim Desmondis a psychotherapist, author, Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Antioch University New England, and student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Founder of Peer Collective, and co-founder of Morning Sun Mindfulness Center, he lives in Alstead, NH, and teaches mindfulness and self-compassion practices to audiences around the world. His publications include Self-Compassion in Psychotherapy (W.W.Norton, 2015), The Self-Compassion Skills Workbook (W.W.Norton, 2017), and How to Stay Human in a F*cked Up World (HarperOne, 2019).


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Tim’s website: 

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Other Links:

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Therapists: thinking of adding coaching to your toolkit but not sure where to start? Check out Katie Read’s course which guides you through literally everything you need to know and be sure to tell them you heard about it from Laura Reagan on Therapy Chat! (affiliate link) – I’m currently participating in the course and it is so comprehensive! I’ve learned a ton – she makes it easy!

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Original Date

May 7, 2021

About the Host

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C

Laura Reagan, LCSW-C is an integrative trauma therapist and owner of a group practice, the Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing. She is also the host of Therapy Chat and Trauma Chat podcasts and the founder of the Trauma Therapist Network, a website for learning information about trauma and finding resources and help for trauma.

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