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Knowing When To Leave

Knowing When To Leave

2023-01-2651:38

If your spouse gets mad and storms out because you don't want to have sex when they have COVID and you don't, is it time to leave? How hard is it to leave when you know you should? For many of us, it's one of the hardest things we've ever done. And so it is with Sven's two guests in this week's counseling episode. Lindsey has been tolerating spousal abuse for years, echoes of her childhood home life. She has come to realize that she has "...a past that doesn't fit my future." In a bizarre story, Megan has moved in with her boyfriend but finds that his ex controls every aspect of his life, using their children to manipulate and abuse him. Megan has tried to help to no avail, and says, "I'm the last person on his list." So far, both these women have decided to stay. Sven helps them face the reality of their situations with compassion and understanding. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XIX

Lightning Round XIX

2023-01-2201:01:43

Feeling uninspired? What inspires Sven? Feeling the pressure of being the golden child? Or resentful that you're not? When seeking therapy, do you choose a social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist? What's the real purpose and benefit of journaling? In this Lightning Round episode, Sven's online followers look for these answers and more, and Sven delivers with insight and tons of personal reflection. Come on in! Explicit content.
Would Somebody Please Care?

Would Somebody Please Care?

2023-01-1901:05:57

Sven counsels two individuals at dramatic inflection points in their work life, each discovering deep connections to their past and new hope for the future. Aislinn loves her work but her boss doesn't care about her ongoing education and aspirations, and is holding her back. Curtis, a distinguished Marine veteran, finds it difficult to get up and go to his job and feels horribly stuck. He believes no one really cares about him. Sven helps him begin to work through the effects of life-long pain from violent, abusive parents and military trauma. Getting out the pain makes career decisions easier and better...but that's just the beginning. Listen in to these illuminating conversations in this impactful episode. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XVIII

Lightning Round XVIII

2023-01-1557:391

There's a lot of inside information about counseling in this Lightning Round! Listener questions prompt Sven to discuss his philosophy of soul counseling and the reason the word "badass" fits perfectly with his approach. He fields lots of questions about core beliefs and provides powerful insight about dealing with boredom. Check out Sven's response to a question about trusting yourself after a massive failure, and much more. It's time for Lightning Round XVIII! Explicit content.
Unstuck!

Unstuck!

2023-01-1256:55

Join Sven as he counsels two clients searching for ways to get unstuck!  Nate is miserable in his job and knows what he wants to do, but is unsure how to get there. Sarah has made great progress in overcoming clinical depression, but can't figure out how to fill the void she has always felt in herself. She knows that wine and cigarettes are not the answer. Sven's insight and advice helps both these individuals deal with their pain and get on the road to a better future. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XVII

Lightning Round XVII

2023-01-0852:14

Time to release the pain! In this Lightning Round, listen in as Sven fields online questions, many dealing with flushing out the pain that gets in the way of an authentic, happier life. For example... How do I prepare for my wedding day with my narcissistic mom there?I'm 62 years old. How do I find someone without baggage?My dad killed himself 3 years ago. How do I process this?I get along better with my in-laws better than my parents and I feel guilty.My dad is abusive. How do I move on without moving out?...and more. Join us for Lightning Round XVII!
Guy Problems

Guy Problems

2023-01-0554:27

Sven counsels two men with some common problems that hit hard when it happens to you.  Daniel's core beliefs and fear of failure get in the way of his success. Brandon finds himself in a custody battle and thinks of confronting his ex about their feelings for each other -- but what does he really want and need? In this illuminating episode, Sven helps the guys understand the cause and effect of their feelings, and where to go from here. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XVI

Lightning Round XVI

2023-01-0151:23

The new year of Sven's Lightning Rounds gets off to a fast start with many questions centered around the concept of core beliefs: Why are they so hard to discover, so critical in the quest for real change, and how do they drive behaviors? Other questions in this session concern grandparents raising children, raising children who like you, and ways to overcome toxic shame. Sven also shares his feelings about seeking revenge. Join Sven and his followers for Lightning Round XVI. Explicit content.
I Want To Know What Love Is

I Want To Know What Love Is

2022-12-2901:07:16

In this deep and emotional episode, Sven counsels a client whose parents knowingly pushed them into an ongoing situation with a sexual predator, one of many examples of abuse and emotional neglect. Sven points out that the client clearly knows what love isn't, and helps them on the way to self-worth...and self-love. Listen in as the client experiences a life-changing epiphany. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XV

Lightning Round XV

2022-12-2557:47

Time to join Sven again for all the answers to questions his online followers throw at him. If you've been wondering...What to do when your partner wants to search your phone,How to move on when your partner has no problem doing it,How to accept that you may never have kids,If it's ok for a husband to take a female co-worker to dinner and share 2 bottles of wine, orWhat to do when your mother gives you a weight to carry that you were never meant to bear,then come on in and take the chill off! It's Lightning Round XV!
Sven’s client wants a good relationship with her father. But listen as she says, “Blow my mind!” when she begins to understand the profound effects of her past. If you don’t feel safe as a child, can you repair the relationship with your parents? And it’s no surprise that you want to do better with your own kids. Easier said than done, but Sven helps find the way. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XIV

Lightning Round XIV

2022-12-1852:521

Join Sven for another recorded online session as he fields rapid-fire questions from his followers on an amazing variety of subjects, including:How do you know when your marriage is not repairable?How do I deal with the anger that comes from an injustice complex?Is it normal to have no memories of childhood?My husband doesn't appreciate gifts. Should we still give them?How do I manage my first holidays without my best friend who died?and much more. Come aboard for Lightning Round XIV! 
Oy! To The World

Oy! To The World

2022-12-1555:211

Holiday season got you down? Sven has deep insight and inspiration for you! His first guest can’t remember much of her childhood but recalls that the holidays were a particularly tough time in a very volatile household, facing neglected birthdays just before Christmas, emotionally absent parents, and an unstable sister. And yet Sven’s guest finds the strength to put herself first and enjoy life—and the holidays—again.Sven’s second guest brings a heartbreaking story of losing her mother just before Thanksgiving and losing her rock, her father, just before Christmas. The magic of the holidays vanished for her, a single mom raising three boys, two with special needs. She found herself alone and without hope. Sven provides a broad shoulder and positive thoughts about managing the pain and grief, and seeing the promise of a brighter path forward. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XIII

Lightning Round XIII

2022-12-1156:52

Sven again takes to the Internet to field a steady flow of questions coming in from his followers. This time, Sven gets into some of his own family history and provides guidance on topics including:Moving on after divorce when you're stuck and your ex isn'tStaying in a relationship with a malevolent partnerBest friends who abandon youCutting ties with abusive adoptive parentsHolidays when your kids want to see your in-laws...and you don'tAnd much more. It's full badass. It's Lightning Round XIII!
Sven’s counseling session builds to a dramatic climax when his client realizes her parents never allowed her to express her own feelings. Despite a successful career in adulthood, the pattern was set for crippling depression, no sense of purpose, and suicide attempts. Sven asks the question, “Do you want to know why you’re miserable, depressed, and anxiety-ridden?” Together with his client they find the answer, and a better way forward. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XII

Lightning Round XII

2022-12-0450:00

Listeners have questions, Sven has answers. Deep answers! In this collection of Sven's followers' challenging issues:My mom doesn't realize she will lose her kids because of her narcissist husband.I can't establish boundaries with my parents because they threaten eviction.I've been abused all my life and can't find my authentic self.Is it possible to be happy alone, after a 23-year marriage?How can I get my mom to stop teaching my kids negativity like she did to me?Why do I keep going back to my abusive boyfriend?And more. Listen as Sven goes full badass for Lightning Round XII!
Echoes of Parental Abuse

Echoes of Parental Abuse

2022-12-0101:05:25

The continuing effects of parental abuse create an intolerable life for Bella, who asks for Sven’s help to find true healing for her and her children. Bella’s story includes an alcoholic father and childhood sexual abuse by relatives…and a mother who continues to welcome the abusers into family gatherings (Yes, mom knows about it). “All I ever wanted from my mother is her love and attention, and I’ve never gotten that.” Sven shows Bella how she has repeated her dysfunctional family experience in her own relationships – an “aha” moment for Bella – and how to stand up for herself and find the way to a much happier future. Explicit content.
Lightning Round XI

Lightning Round XI

2022-11-2755:05

Tons of great advice from Sven in this Lightning Round! Fears of an age gap in your relationship? Dealing with abuse resulting from your setting boundaries? Need to reset your relationship with an adult child? Have too much social anxiety? Feeling troubled after leaving your ex (even if you want them back)? Afraid to go back to school when you're over 40? Looking to get over your guilt about cutting off your parents? For Sven's insight and guidance on these and other tough topics, check out this episode of The Badass Counseling Show! Explicit content.
When you’re raising 4 kids and discover that you’re married to a serial cheater, then what? And when you confront your husband and he says he’s found religion but then quits church after a few weeks, can you ever trust him? And can you trust yourself to face your fear of being alone in an entirely new life? In this riveting counseling session, Sven guides his client through a mash-up of challenging issues to help her understand her past and find the way to her brightest future. Explicit content.
Lightning Round X

Lightning Round X

2022-11-2055:00

Sven fields more of his followers’ rapid-fire questions on a variety of tough topics. I’m living in my car and stuck in the past. Help! Sven responds from personal experience. Does journaling really work? Again from personal experience, Sven really opens up.After 8 years of emotional abuse, he says he’s changed. Really?How to let go? By holding on tighter.How can I be sane in dating when I have mommy and daddy issues? How can I deal with regret when I was so scared?And much more. Join us for Lightning Round X.
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Becky Hare

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Jan 9th
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