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What is it about the holidays that causes us to feel emotional, anxious, and stressed? Zach and Michael interview Claire Fierman to kick-off a series of episodes with various guests that will help listeners prepare emotionally for the holidays. In this episode, Claire talks about everything from wearing family holiday pajamas to creating healthy boundaries. She shares about how her family found recovery after addiction and offers advice on codependency, how to set up healthy boundaries, and ways to be there for your kids when they have been impacted by trauma. Claire is a Licensed Professional Counselor based in Birmingham, Alabama, holds a Master’s degree in counseling with a concentration in Marriage & Family Therapy from the University of Montevallo, and she specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. She has over 11 years of clinical experience, having worked in residential treatment as a primary therapist and clinical director, and starting her own private practice. Claire’s expertise and interest in the field stems from her personal experience having family members who have struggled with addiction and, more importantly, found recovery.


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6:40 Whatever age you were most wounded, that wounded self is who will likely show up to family holiday gatherings. 

9:30 How to soothe your loved one’s nervous system through sensory responses. 

13:16 Why do the holidays cause us to be up in arms? 

16:00 COVID-19, the holidays, and a saturated mental health field. 

18:05 On being kind to yourself and remembering the holidays can be a high-stress situation. 

19:37 What are some of the signs of substance abuse to look for around the holidays? 

21:00 What is co-dependency? What are boundaries? And why people don’t have to agree with your boundaries. 

24:54 How do you start recovery? 

29:00 Addiction as a family disease, and how each person has a responsibility to do their own work to find recovery and emotional wellness. 

33:35 How does addiction impact children? How can families and caregivers have conversations with children who don’t understand? 

38:21 How do you find a good therapist? How do you find a good child therapist?

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Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh currently serves as Director of Clinical Outreach for Landmark Recovery. Michael is a Certified Intervention Professional, holds a Master’s degree in counseling and works as a consultant and coach. With more than 25 years of experience in the behavioral health field, Michael has worked extensively with individuals and families and licensed professionals affected by complex issues. He is a current board member of the C4 Recovery Foundation and the past president and CEO of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. Michael has been an advocate for patient and families’ rights, has developed recovery programs at various levels of care, and influenced policy at national and international levels. He also is a sought-after speaker regarding behavioral health issues, treatment and recovery issues, and he advocates for change in the current systems of behavioral health, addiction, and mental health for individuals and families.

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