Therapy Across Borders: Navigating Practice and Perspective in Colombia

In this episode, we delve deep into the personal and professional journey of Romel Santiago, a therapist specializing in trauma and sex therapy. Romel shares his transformative journey of relocating to Colombia and navigating the intricate process of becoming a licensed therapist there. He recounts the bureaucratic hurdles encountered, including the apostille process and engaging with various government agencies. Despite the challenges, Santiago emphasizes the opportunities and unique experiences that Colombia offers, including a fresh perspective on therapy practices, which starkly contrast with those in the US.

As the conversation unfolds, Santiago offers rich insight into the therapy landscape in Colombia, highlighting both the limitations and the avenues it opens up for practitioners. He shares his strategy for building a practice in Colombia and leveraging his niche to serve specific communities effectively. Santiago also imparts invaluable advice to aspiring therapists considering practicing in a different country, emphasizing the importance of authenticity and finding one's niche. Join us for an episode filled with laughter, learning, and the spirit of adventure, as we explore the road less traveled in the world of therapy with Romel Santiago.

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Behind TheraBundle: Tamara Howell on Creating a Resource Goldmine for Therapists

In this episode of the Traveling Therapist podcast, host Kym welcomes back Tamara Howell for her second appearance on the show. Tamara, a therapist based in France with a rich background in creating courses, webinars, and coaching groups for therapists, shares the exciting details about TheraBundle, a collaborative project she hosts. The bundle, available from October 24th to 31st, 2023, brings together a plethora of resources from 80 to 100 contributors at an affordable price of $100. It aims to foster community and collaboration, offering a diverse range of products that cater to different niches and demographics. Tamara emphasizes the importance of building organic relationships and networking to grow your business and shares how TheraBundle is designed to offer a rich experience for contributors, encouraging them to promote each other and create a community that supports one another.

Kym shares her excitement about contributing to this year's bundle with her course on leveraging AI in private practice, focusing on clinical documentation and treatment plans. The course has already sold over 250 copies and aims to help therapists streamline their documentation process using AI. Tamara highlights the upcoming launch party on October 23rd, 2023, and will be introducing the new Bundle Study Club, a space for buyers to meet up post-purchase and discuss what they are learning, fostering a sense of community and accountability. For more details and to join the waitlist for TheraBundle, listeners can find the link in the show notes. Stay tuned for more enriching episodes from the Traveling Therapist podcast.

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Listener Question Episode: Balancing Life on the Move: Work-Life Balance for Traveling Therapists

In this episode of the Traveling Therapist Podcast, your host Kym tackles, a common challenge faced by traveling therapists: maintaining a healthy work-life balance while constantly on the move. The episode begins with a listener question from Becca S. who wonders about the difficulty of establishing a consistent work routine amid changing locations. Kym shares personal anecdotes, including the Airbnb booking mishaps experienced during their travels, to illustrate the unique challenges that arise.

Throughout the episode, Kym explores the impact of this nomadic lifestyle on personal relationships, offering strategies for staying connected with loved ones while combating loneliness. Practical tips, such as prioritizing self-care, leveraging technology, and creating flexible routines, are also shared to help traveling therapists strike a balance between work and personal life. The importance of healthy boundaries, both with clients and in self-care practices, is emphasized. 

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Exploring Dreams and Nomadic Entrepreneurship: From Corporate Sales to Dream Interpreter

In this episode, Andrea shares her journey from a corporate job to becoming a digital nomad, virtual assistant,  and a dream interpreter. She discusses her passion for travel and exploring different cultures, particularly her fascination with certain areas of Vietnam. She talks about her transition from a marketing role to diving into dream interpretation, sharing her "Dream Method" for enhancing dream recall and interpretation. Andrea highlights the significance of interpreting dreams and how it became a central aspect of her identity. She opens up about meeting her partner while teaching in Thailand and their shared journey as digital nomads. Throughout the conversation, she emphasizes her commitment to helping others through dream interpretation, her virtual assistant services, and sharing her experiences as a nomadic entrepreneur.

Andrea Morrison is a Dream Guide & Business ‘Alchemist’, originally from Washington State, and now traveling the world. Andrea worked in a fast-paced TV station for over 8 years, living a glamorous life and confident she would live in Seattle forever. Then one day, an idea a popped in her head: travel to Bali. Her 2017 trip to Bali made her realize that there was so much more to life that needed to be experienced. So she took a leap of faith and quit her comfortable job to travel and develop her business. Every time she experienced a new culture, it was like she experienced a new part of herself. She has created her dream life and dream business - and now she’s guiding others to do the same. Her mission is to help people connect with their dreams, day and night.

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Website: dreamlifeconnection.com

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The Nomadic Therapist: From Lake Tahoe to AI—Travel Tales & Pro Tips for the Modern Practitioner

In this episode, Kym takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of her recent travels across the U.S., sharing everything from the tranquil beauty of Lake Tahoe to the bustling energy of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Alongside her travel tales, Kym shares pro-tips for digital nomads, including the advantages of slow travel, staying in Airbnbs, and how to manage jury duty while on the move. In addition to her journey, she also delves into her various ventures, such as the Clinical AI Club and the Traveling Therapist Membership, offering a behind-the-scenes look at upcoming content designed to elevate the practice of he fellow therapists.

Whether you're an aspiring digital nomad, a seasoned traveler, or a therapist looking to modernize your practice, this episode is jam-packed with insights. Kym discusses her evolving travel itinerary, from hitting must-see national parks like Yellowstone to exploring hidden gems like Bend, Oregon. Amidst the travel chat, she highlights some upcoming features in her thriving online communities, including how to leverage AI in private practice and the importance of building multiple income streams for a more flexible lifestyle. Don't miss this episode full of travel inspiration and professional growth!

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Breaking Screen Addiction: Strategies for Mindful Tech Use as A Traveling Therapist

On this episode of The Traveling Therapist podcast,  I interview Jake Ernst, a therapist specializing in the impact of technology on well-being, who discusses the concerning effects of screen addiction and strategies to break the dopamine addiction associated with excessive device usage. Jake and I explore the addictive nature of social media and how it affects the brain, leading to an increase in anxiety, decreased attention span, and reduced sleep quality. 

Jake emphasizes the need to replace shame with compassion when addressing screen dependency, as these apps are intentionally designed to be addictive. He offers practical tips, such as using grayscale mode on smartphones to reduce the attractiveness of apps and implementing dopamine detoxes to reset the relationship with screens.

Throughout our discussion, Jake stresses the importance of self-awareness and setting boundaries to avoid passive and antisocial screen usage. He encourages users to consider active and prosocial interactions online, like engaging with others and sharing meaningful content. Jake advocates for tech-free days to restore balance and be more present in real-life experiences. The key takeaway is to approach screen usage with compassion and recognize that breaking the dopamine addiction requires understanding the addictive design of technology and implementing mindful practices to promote healthier digital habits. We related this to the traveling therapist lifestyle and how to break away from technology especially when we are exploring the world as traveling therapists. 

Key points:

Jake Ernst is the Clinical Director at Straight Up Health, which is a mental health clinic for young people and their families in Toronto, Canada. As a therapist, Jake helps people identify patterns that are keeping them stuck so they can reconnect with themselves and build a life they love. In his work and writing, Jake explores how modern technology is changing how we think, feel, relate, and connect.

Jake Ernst, Social Worker & Psychotherapist

Jake Ernst, MSW RSW (he/him)

Clinical Director, Straight Up Health

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Embracing Nomadic Living: A Journey from the Corporate World to Becoming a Full-Time Nomadic Travel Coach

In this episode, I interview Heather Markel, who quit her corporate job to become a Travel Coach. She helps individuals transition into a nomadic lifestyle. Heather shares her journey from being a coach to becoming a full-time traveler, and how her experiences inspired her to help others embark on a similar path.

Heather talks about her background as a travel coach and how she made the leap into the world of full-time travel. She discusses the pivotal moment that led her to make this life-changing decision and the challenges she faced while adjusting to a nomadic lifestyle.

Heather delves deeper into the realities of full-time travel and the personal growth she experienced along the way. She emphasizes the importance of mindset and how addressing fears and mental barriers is crucial before tackling financial aspects. Heather also shares her insights into the dynamics of building relationships while traveling. 

She delves into the practicalities of nomadic living, including dealing with rustic traveling issues such as dealing with insects and wildlife encounters. Heather shares her mindset shift to coexist with nature. She also discusses her travel coaching services, where she helps future and current travelers address mindset, finances, and logistics to successfully transition into a nomadic lifestyle.

Heather's unique journey and expertise offer valuable lessons for aspiring travelers seeking a similar lifestyle. Her emphasis on mindset and personalized coaching approach make her a valuable resource for those looking to embrace the freedom and adventure of full-time travel. To learn more about Heather and her coaching services, visit www.fulltimetravelcoach.com.

Heather Markel spent over 25 years stuck behind a desk in her corporate career.  In 2017, she made a bold decision to quit her job and take a six-month career break to travel the world. Instead, she found a new way of life.  Since that time, she’s been to 37 countries on six continents, including being marooned in New Zealand for two years during the pandemic. Six years later, she still has no permanent address.   

Today, Heather is a New York Times featured Full Time Travel and Business Coach who works with professionals who want to start or sustain extended travel or work remotely while traveling.  She’s a best-selling author and a TEDx speaker focused on the opportunities of full-time travel.  She teaches her clients the mindset, money and mastery they need in order to achieve that lifestyle. Her mission is to help frustrated professionals seeking freedom, flexibility and fun to “ditch their desk and discover their destiny™” through full-time travel.  

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https://www.youtube.com/heathermarkel

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www.fromdesktodestiny.com

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Relocating to Portugal: An Expats Journey, Tax Benefits & Dog Adventures!

In this episode, Maggie Dickens shares her journey of moving to Portugal from the United States as a mental health professional. She highlights her reasons for choosing Portugal, including its lower cost of living, quality of life, and vibrant culture. 

She emphasizes the importance of having a stable income and the process of meeting certain income requirements to move to portugal. Maggie delves into the intricacies of Portugal's immigration process, specifically the Non-Habitual Residency (NHR) program, which offers tax benefits for retirees and self-employed professionals and the process of applying for a D-7 visa.  

She clarifies the necessary documents and financial requirements for the application. Maggie discusses the extensive documentation needed for her immigration application, especially for self-employed individuals like her. She also shares the challenges and expenses involved in relocating with her two dogs. Throughout her story, she encourages others to be assertive and well-prepared when navigating the bureaucratic processes of moving to another country.

Maggie Dickens is an Unapologetically Childfree Dog-Mom and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas. Maggie has worked solely online and recently moved to Lisbon, Portugal. With an extensive career as a mental health counselor, confidence coach, and community builder for the child free by choice & chance, she has broken free from societal expectations. She found true fulfillment through personal growth and the support of a strong network of childfree and childless women.

Maggie has faced the challenges of starting over in a foreign country while maintaining her thriving online counseling practice and hosting a Unapologetically Childfree Communities.

Maggie has been able to navigate moving from the US to Portugal including the complex visa and residency process, adjusting to a new language and culture, and managing financial and healthcare considerations in Portugal. Now, she passionately empowers other childfree women to find their uniqueness, build lasting friendships, and live life on their terms while fearlessly pursuing their dreams, no matter where they may lead.

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Traveling Therapist's Journey to Self-Trust and Personal Growth

In this episode, I had an amazing conversation with my guest, Nicole Holst, who shared her thoughts on personal growth, self-trust, and the unique challenges faced by aspiring traveling therapists or anyone attempting to achieve a new lifestyle. Nicole stressed the importance of trusting oneself and expressed the joy she feels when she is able to assist others in making life-changing decisions.

We discussed the many emails I receive from aspiring traveling therapists who feel stuck and yearn for the lifestyle that, I, and other nomadic therapists are living. Nicole acknowledged the obstacles that traveling therapists and entrepreneurs in general face, but she encourages us to heed our inner calling and overcome the obstacles.

Nicole also emphasized the importance of positive thinking and the law of attraction, stating that what one focuses on becomes their reality. She mentioned the concept of quantum entanglement, suggesting that when energies match, they are drawn together, which is why certain people find their way to her content and Traveling Therapists serendipitously find this podcast.

Nicole believes that those who desire a nomadic lifestyle are drawn to it for a reason and encourages you to follow your instincts. She acknowledges that the initial stages of such a lifestyle change can be challenging, but she assured my listeners that the eventual expansion of their life experience makes the effort worthwhile. This conversation was a great reminder of the power of positive thinking and the potential we all have to shape our own realities.

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Check out Nicole's website to book a tarot reading and see coaching program detailsFree Soul Purpose Guide to get clear on next steps and manifest your wildest dreams!

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Embracing Solo Travel: Embrace Freedom and Stay Confident

In this podcast episode, Julie shares her experiences as a solo traveler and digital nomad. She discusses her decision to leave the traditional way of life behind and become a nomad, documenting her journey on her blog and social media. She talks about how the pandemic made her realize the possibility of working from anywhere, leading her to sell her house and embrace the freedom of travel. Julie talks about the practical aspects of solo travel, such as managing her dog and navigating different transportation options as she travels through Mexico. 

She emphasizes the importance of projecting confidence and avoiding a victim mentality while exploring new places. She discusses safety as a solo female traveler and challenges the notion of constant fear and suspicion in foreign countries. She shares her belief in the universal goodness of people and encourages a positive and open perspective when traveling. She also shares a personal experience of dealing with a police checkpoint in Mexico and how her preparation and knowledge helped her confidently navigate the situation.

Overall, Julie offers insights into the mindset, practicalities, and safety considerations of solo travel. Her experiences challenge common misconceptions and provide valuable advice for those interested in embarking on their own solo adventures.

Bitten by the solo travel bug at a young age, Julie became a full-time nomad in 2020 when she sold her house and 98% of her belongings to travel 24-7. Since then, her nomadic lifestyle has taken her across all 50 states and Mexico, and almost every country in Western and Eastern Europe. Julie has visited 31 countries (and counting!) to date, and typically spends 10-11 months of the year outside of the U.S. She loves to share her experiences and perspectives on her blog and social media, showing others that a life with more travel is both fulfilling AND attainable... and she also loves to share her travel experience and destination expertise with clients, bringing their #travelinspo to life and creating immersive and life-changing moments they'll never forget.

Blog | https://juliedevivre.com/blog

Ebook: Money & Mindset: How to Take a Sabbatical | https://juliedevivre.com/ebook/

Travel with Me: Mini-Sabbaticals | https://juliedevivre.com/travel-with-me-mini-sabbatical/ 

Expert Travel Coaching | https://juliedevivre.com/expert-travel-coaching/

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