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Empathy Vs. Sympathy, A Short by Brene Brown 

In this short, Brene Brown beautifully describes the difference between empathy and sympathy. It seems that in general, many of us get these two confused. Check out this video: https://youtu.be/1Evwgu369Jw According to Brene Brown, empathy fuels connections, and sympathy drives disconnection.  “Empathy is a choice, and it’s a vulnerable one.” – Dr. Brené Brown Qualities of Empathy…

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Getting to Know Respark Therapist, Katie Green!

Katie Green is one of our Austin clinicians, and specializes in emotional and sexual satisfaction, men’s identity and sexuality issues, grief and loss, body image issues, gender identity issues, and queer and transgender individuals. Katie’s counseling style is compassionate, collaborative, curious and playful! She is sex-positive and has a particular gift at asking thought-provoking questions…

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How to be Successful in Therapy at Respark 

By Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST When people come to therapy they are often unsure of what to expect and sometimes ask about how to get the most out of our meetings. There are several important things that you can do to increase your chances for success in therapy. We define “successful therapy” as achieving…

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What Makes Respark Therapy Effective?

By Respark Owner, Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST Couples Therapists and Sex Therapists come from different backgrounds, have different levels of training, and use a wide range of theories. We know each of our clients require a unique approach, which is why we’ve built a specialized group practice of highly-qualified therapists. We have knowledgable therapists…

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The Power of Vulnerability – A Summary of Brene Brown’s TED Talk

by Taylor Spaziani – Respark’s Clinical Manager & Intake Specialist  Brene Brown is what she calls a “researcher-storyteller,” and in her Ted Talk “The Power of Vulnerability,” she discusses her 6-year research on vulnerability. As a social worker, Brene was always told to lean into the discomfort of her work, but she wants to be…

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Getting to Know our Denver Couple’s therapist, Mckenna Paulson!

At our Denver Respark Therapy Office, Mckenna Paulsen, specializes in helping couples in fun and productive therapy, sparking love, and relationship coaching involving match making! Mckenna has a deep passion for spreading light and love, and it shows up in her work with our clients (both in individual therapy and couples and sex therapy). Her dream…

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How The Concepts of “Sex Addiction” and “Porn Addiction” are Failing Our Clients

Our founder, Heather McPherson, LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST collaborated and contributed on a journal article published in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists’ Magazine, The Therapist, in their September/October 2016 issue. The article is entitled How The Concepts of “Sex Addiction” and “Porn Addiction” are Failing Our Clients.  

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What Makes Respark Therapy Unique?

What makes Respark unique? by Jehree Anderson and Heather McPherson Respark is a therapeutic group practice with offices in Denver, Colorado and Austin, Texas. Our couples therapists, individual therapists, and sex therapists are all down to earth, easy to talk with and give a comfortable safe space for all.   We held an optional retreat in…

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An Interview with Dr. Justin Lehmiller about his bestselling book, Tell me What You Want

Last April Respark Founder, Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST interviewed Dr. Justin Lehmiller through the Sexual Health Alliance. Below is the interview on his bestselling book, Tell Me What You Want. We would like to start by asking you some questions about your most recent book, Tell Me What You Want. You conducted one of the largest and…

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An Interview with Dr. David Ley about “Sex Addiction”

A couple years ago Heather McPherson LPC-S, LMFT-S, CST interviewed Dr. David Ley, CSTS through the training organization, the Sexual Health Alliance discussing “Sex Addiction.” Below Dr. Ley discusses the position statement by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). 1. Where did the idea of “sex addiction” come from? Sex addiction is truly a…

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