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Phyllis Leavitt (she/her)

Phyllis joined Momma on January 15, 2024 live on Twitch & YouTube to talk about why We ALL Need Therapy & the Benefits of Collective Healing

About Phyllis

Phyllis Leavitt has a Masters’ Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Antioch University. She co-directed the Parents United sexual abuse treatment program in Santa Fe, New Mexico for two years and then went into private practice full time. Phyllis has treated children, families, couples, and individual adults for 34 years, and has worked extensively with abuse and dysfunctional family dynamics, their aftermath, and some of the most important elements for healing. She has two previous books, A Light in the Darkness and Into the Fire. Her latest book, America in Therapy: A New Approach to Hope and Healing for a Nation in Crisis, published by Morgan James Publishing, explores the roots of divisiveness and violence in America from a psychological point of view, with the goal of bringing the best of what heals relationships and  restores us to safety, into national conversation. Phyllis lives with her husband in Taos, NM and is now focusing on writing and speaking.

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Episode Summary

Dive into the raw truth about therapy and collective healing with MommaFoxFire and Phyllis Leavitt – an unfiltered conversation for anyone seeking real talk about mental health.

Key Takeaways

In this episode, MommaFoxFire interviewed Phyllis Leavitt, exploring various aspects of therapy, mental health, and the importance of collective healing. The conversation began with a focus on the courageous step folks take when they choose therapy as a path towards healing emotional pain. Phyllis emphasized that while the choice of therapy method is important, the crucial element lies in the connection with the therapist and feeling understood during the treatment process. She highlighted the misconception that therapy is a sign of weakness, stressing the need to address such stigma to encourage more people to seek help for their mental health challenges.

Representation and normalization of mental health issues in mainstream media were discussed as essential in reducing stigma and promoting understanding and acceptance. Phyllis emphasized the power of love, support, and community in promoting mental well-being, underscoring the profound impact of compassion on individuals facing mental health challenges.

The conversation also touched on the significance of family dynamics in shaping an individual's mental health. Phyllis emphasized the importance of understanding family systems in therapy and how they influence an individual's behavior and mindset.

The interplay between nature and nurture in shaping individuals was another key theme. Phyllis acknowledged that while individuals may have certain inherent traits, nurture is what they have control over and can work on to promote their well-being.

The duration of therapy was discussed as varying for each individual, with progress marked by positive changes and breakthroughs in behavior and mindset. Phyllis emphasized that therapy is not a one-size-fits-all approach and that its duration depends on the individual's needs and circumstances.

Looking towards the future, the conversation explored the importance of healing relationships, promoting empathy, and addressing mental health challenges at a national level. Phyllis stressed the role of individuals in influencing positive change in society through their actions, kindness, and commitment to promoting mental health awareness.

Overall, the conversation provided valuable insights into the complexities of mental health and the potential for growth and healing through therapy, community support, and collective efforts towards promoting mental well-being. Phyllis Leavitt's expertise and perspective shed light on the importance of therapy as a tool for individual healing and the broader implications for societal change through collective healing efforts.