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Stress Management Interactive Episode Part 2 – Guest Niki Olsen. Episode 40



This is the second part of our mind body bridging interactive episode.  To listen to episode 22, the first part of this interactive episode, click here

Today we have Niki Olsen…AGAIN!  She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor.   She has spent over 16 years working with youth and families specializing in a modality called Mind Body Bridging which can help a variety of issues. She is married with two little girls in elementary school. She currently lives in Utah but is originally from Oregon. Niki loves to be with her family, and in her free time can be found exercising or sleeping.

We are focusing on using the technique known as “Mind Body Bridging” to help manage our stress.  Everyone experiences stress in their lives, but sometimes stress becomes so overwhelming that the stress then interferes with our ability to function.  We will identify the cause that impairs our functioning and creates a dysfunctional Mind and Body state. We will also experience ways to help manage this dysfunctional Mind Body State.  

Listen to this episode when you have time to participate in the activities with us as you will be pausing the episode to complete some writing exercises.  You will need three pieces of paper and a pencil.

We will be focusing on:

  1. Becoming aware of the Identity System that creates the overwhelming stress.
  2. Mapping out our thoughts.
  3. Coming to our Senses to decrease body tension and mind clutter.
  4. Identifying depressor thoughts and mapping them out.
  5. Identifying fixer thoughts and mapping them out.
  6. Understanding how depression and anxiety are natural results of these thoughts.
  7. Discussing the harmful cycle of depressor and fixer thoughts that occurs when our Identity System is awake and in control.
  8. Learning how to cope with these thoughts and end the harmful cycle.


Become aware of these “depressor” “fixer” thoughts that you are having throughout the week.  Become aware of that argument that you are having.  Call them what they are…just thoughts.  They do not define who we are.  They are not our identity.   Then interrupt them by using your senses.  The more that you do that, the less powerful they will become.

If you would like to learn more about Mind Body Bridging, please visit their website at  There you will find scientific studies, more in-depth information on the theory and ways to become trained if you desire. You may also contact Niki at for more ways to become trained or certified in the theory. If you would like to continue your personal Mind Body Bridging learning, we have linked many of these books below to purchase.

We want to thank Niki Olsen for her time, insight, and understanding.


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