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Community Highlights: Meet Lindsey Fox of What The Fox?! Podcast

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey Fox.

Hi Lindsey, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Sure! For starters, I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up. I definitely never planned on becoming a therapist, business owner, or podcaster of What The Fox?!™ podcast!

I tested out a few different career paths early on in life before arriving where I am today. Two transferable skills that supported my success across different industries are my ability to assess and respond to operational breakdowns in communication, and how to speak up for what is working and what is not.

When I was in my twenties, I found myself unhappily married and settling for less because it was available. If this sounds familiar, keep reading…

I developed an insane loyalty to someone who was emotionally unavailable and ultimately realized that I was following in my family’s footsteps of repeating toxic patterns based on toxic belief systems.

I woke up one morning and decided I couldn’t live an unfulfilling life anymore and started to do the necessary heart work to generate the change I so desperately needed. I finally decided it was time to leave my marriage but not without an unsafe escalation of tensions that led me to relocate 700 miles away.

Upon deciding to hire a lawyer for help, trauma-ridden guilt and shame hijacked my ability to reason through the divorce process. I found myself unable to articulate the magnitude of events that had transpired leading up to my exit. As a result, my lawyer failed to understand my needs or how to respond to my needs. He did not understand trauma or the effects of trauma.

As a trauma therapist, I was accustomed to hearing firsthand accounts of systemic breakdowns that lacked trauma-informed care. My clients’ trauma histories or trauma-reactive behaviors were (and continue to be) largely misunderstood by doctors, CPS/DCF, and the legal system as a whole.

I found myself yearning to assume the role of an advocate more than a therapist for my clients — and more of a consultant than a client with my lawyer.

This shift in perspective-taking brought me where I am today.

Once I felt more grounded in my personal power and newfound insights, I launched a life coaching business (www.cbtwellnesscenter.com) to help others with personal and professional development through a holistic wellness approach that is both belief- and behavior-based. It addresses the person-centered skill set as well as the mindset.

CBT Wellness Center is based on the core tenets of the cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) model because research shows it can quickly help you identify and cope with specific challenges through action-oriented skill building.

CBT-informed coaching applies the techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in a *non-therapeutic way to the problems of everyday life, enabling individuals to rapidly and efficiently reach their personal development and career goals.

In addition to coaching, I provide trauma-informed consulting to legal professionals who aim to increase client retention through the development of trauma-informed language and communication to best navigate trauma-reactive clients and high conflict cases.

Lastly, as the founder of What The Fox?! podcast, we deconstruct social norms through storytelling to give rise to silenced voices and to humanize lived experiences. We invite guest speakers from all walks of life to share how they’ve transformed their adversities into advantages.

My hope is to use the What The Fox?!™ podcast as a stepping stone to promote and foster actionable steps toward change from a grassroots lens to high-level stakeholders.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
In all honesty, it depends on what part of my story you are asking about but to put it simply, no part of my journey has been easy or handed over to me without some type of challenge to overcome.

Leaving my marriage was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make — absolutely nothing about that process was easy. The second hardest decision of my life was choosing to get a restraining order in an effort to prioritize my need for safety.

As Dr. Phil says, “you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.” In my case, I wore a pair of rose-colored glasses for a long time before learning to accept the things I could not change and having the courage to change the things I could.

These struggles taught me that choosing faith over fear is the secret to living a beautiful life. I am immensely grateful for the lessons that I’ve learned and how they shaped me into becoming the person I am today.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I believe in providing an oasis of the mind for urban lives to pause, reflect, to tune in to their own greatness, so that they can regroup for their next leap forward.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands, my virtual coaching services aim to introduce clarity, self-motivation, and mindfulness by incorporating a holistic cognitive behavioral (CBT) approach. As a Masters-level clinician and cognitive-behavioral (CBT) coach, I have guided clients through life-changing transformations since 2018.

In addition to coaching, I have studied identity construction and the effects of trauma since 2006 and therefore offer trauma-informed consulting to assist legal professionals with how to best support trauma-reactive clients that are navigating high conflict cases.

All services embrace an action-oriented collaborative approach and utilize a cognitive behavioral (CBT) framework rooted in a holistic wellness approach that is both belief- and behavior-based. It addresses the person-centered skill set as well as the mindset.

Cognitive behavioral (CBT) coaching teaches techniques centered around the influence of mindset, perspective-taking, and distress tolerance to better manage the stress that comes with everyday life transitions and conflict.

If you’d like to get a sense of my personality before beginning your personal coaching transformation, tune into What The Fox?!™ on Spotify, Apple, or wherever you listen to podcasts every Tuesday to learn more! We are always in search of new guest speakers so if you want to share your journey, send me a DM at @whatthefoxpodcast on IG or FB.

*CBT Wellness Center does not diagnose or treat mental health conditions. Coaching services are not designed to replace or substitute mental health services.

How do you define success?
Wow, this is such a loaded (and subjective) question! For me, I know there is no greater goal than to love so I am actually going to reference the Success card from James Van Praagh’s oracle deck about life lessons to answer this:

“Success can mean many things to the ego self. But the Soul only knows one triumph, and that is to love. When your soul is no longer manifested in the physical dimension, it is a time of reflection on how successful it was with that endeavor.

The soul doesn’t care how big your house was or how nice your car was or how many bank accounts you had. The soul only cares about how you expressed love and compassion.

In the infinite wisdom of the Universe, the more love you demonstrate, the more you will receive… and even your ego’s definition of success is altered. Your notion of how you would be perceived as successful will change. The material things that you thought would make you happy will not have the same appeal.”

To put it simply, I define success as the presence of love and compassion for another human being.

Pricing:

  • $165 / Discover Your Greatness Intake (90 mins)
  • $150 / Personal Development (50 mins)
  • $200 / Professional Development (50 mins)
  • $5000/ Individual Trauma Informed Consulting + 6 Crisis Coaching Calls (6 Months)
  • $7500 / Trauma Informed Lawyer Certification + Individual Trauma Informed Consulting + 6 Crisis Coaching Calls (6 Months)

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Lindsey Fox + Eric Ross

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