Counselor Thoughts with Michelle Nietert

Hosted by Michelle Nietert, a professional counselor and speaker empowering audiences in and out of the office for over 20 years, Counselor Thoughts provides solutions for life for you and your loved ones. Each episode launches with expert discussions with guests including professional Christian counselors, parenting and mental health experts, and nationally published authors. Our goal is to equip you in areas such parenting, mental health, life skills, emotion coaching, relationships and any challenges that life brings your way. These discussions of 20 minutes or less also provide a scripture along with a prayer that you can use in your everyday walk or share with your child. For additional resources, check out Michelle's blog and speaking schedule at
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Dec 21, 2018

The holiday season often brings festive activities and get-togethers for many, but it also means that finding time to rest can pose as a challenge. Join Michelle Nietert as she speaks with author and sister, Melissa Spoelstra of Total Family Makeover, on what Scripture says about rest and what restorative activities may look like for you and your family, especially during the busy holiday season.

Melissa explores what true rest may look like for families and how modeling restorative activities for your children can impact not only them, but the entire family as well. More importantly, she places importance on finding rest in your relationship with Jesus and how he modeled that for us. Jesus took time to rest during his ministry and so should you!

Notes from the show:

Why is rest so important? What does it look like in your family? Rest often gets the most pushback from children—but it's essential to create that margin that works for your family to allow your soul to be restored through rest.

God took the last day to rest when he created the world—he modeled rest for us! The fourth commandment also told us to take Sabbath. Jesus was never racing from one thing to another and had a relaxed attitude toward life. Even though we're not bound to Sabbath by law since Jesus fulfilled the Sabbath, it's still important to take time to rest.

We need to value rest in a culture that values productivity. Don't confuse rest with leisure. Ask yourself, does my soul feel restored? Is it just escape or truly restful? Find what works!

Proverbs 14:30 states a relaxed attitude lengthens life!

Questions explored:

Does this activity draw me closer to the Lord or further?

How does this leave my mind, body, soul, and spirit at the end of it?

Did it produce anything? True rest doesn't produce anything but solely resting.

What are you modeling for your child?

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Dec 5, 2018

Has blending families proven to a much bigger challenge than you anticipated? The key to a harmonious life may just be a perspective shift away.

In this episode, Michelle and author Gayla Grace ( breakdown five myths about stepfamily life that can help adjust expectations and bring the contentment you've been searching for.


5 Myths About Step Family Life
Step Parenting with Grace

For additional show notes and resources discussed in this podcast, please visit

Dec 1, 2017

In this episode, Michelle and Dr. Michelle Bengtson discuss having a hope that prevails in the midst of depression. Visit Michelle's blog at for more details and resources.

Nov 14, 2017
Today on the podcast, Tricia Goyer, author of 70 books including her latest Walk It Out joins me as we talk about illness, grief and walking beside someone as they enter heaven.
I also wrote a blog post on Tricia‘s website regarding this topic
Show notes will be available soon at
For information regarding Tricia, please visit her website
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Nov 1, 2017

Both parents and students struggle with perfectionism especially when it comes to academic performance. Join counselor Michelle Nietert as she talks with author and mom of 5 adult children Jill Savage about the 10 Dangers of the Perfection Infection and some helpful antidotes.

You can discover more about Jill and her No More Perfect series of books and other resources at
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Oct 15, 2017

In this episode, Michelle and Lee Nienhuis ( discuss answering God's call in your everyday life to prayer. They discuss the movement and how we can offensively make a difference in the culture that surrounds our children. Lee also shares her tips regarding being BRAVE. Visit Michelle's blog at for more details and resources

Oct 1, 2017

Joining Michelle Today is Suzanne Eller. Suzie is a Proverbs 31 Ministries writer, bestselling author, and listed in the Top 100 Christian women bloggers three years in a row. Releasing this week is her new bio, "Come With Me: A Year of Walking With Jesus" which we are focusing on and for every woman who pre-orders a copy, she is giving one to a woman in need. We hope you enjoy as they talk about criticism, rejection, divorce, and the power of forgiveness!

Sep 15, 2017

Joining Licensed Professional Counselor Michelle Nietert today on Counselor Thoughts is Mary DeMuth, author of 30 books translated into 5 languages and the founder of the Restory Conference, a local event coming to the DFW area on September 16th. In this episode, Mary and Michelle discuss the idea not only of reframing a life event but also seeing the hope that comes when we heal from our past.  Whether it involves traumatic relationships, divorce, a move or ending of a relationship or friendship we once held dear, many of us long to restory our lives so that we can create a new story filled with belonging, freedom and new life.  The discussion also includes practical ways a parent can coach their children towards healthy friendships and specific ways they can pray for their children as they face life struggles.

If you’d like more information on Mary and her resources please visit The Restory Conference is a Saturday morning event and ticket prices will increase on September 8th.  I’d love to see you there and you can learn more about the conference and purchase tickets at

Thanks again for joining Counselor Thoughts. If you have questions for Michelle or suggestions for future episodes, feel free to contact her - and if you are enjoying this podcast, we encourage you to subscribe and tell us and others what you think by leaving a review.

Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God: Encouragement to Refresh Your Soul (Hearts at Home Book)

Building the Christian Family You Never Had: A Practical Guide for Pioneer Parents

Sep 5, 2017

In this episode licensed professional counselor is once again joined by Cory Bertrand, another professional counselor and staff member at Community Counseling Associates. 

As they discuss healthy relationships, topics are covered such as:

  • Understanding the difference between giving, taking and mutuality in friendships 
  • Sharing or giving away Toya, clothes and other Items going in and out of your home
  • The 5 love languages and how we give and receive them
  • Using different strengths to bless one another 
  •  The skill of speaking the truth in love (Eph 4:15)
  • Speaking and hearing "no" in relationships
  • Reaching out when experiencing a season of busyness

The conversation closes with prayer suggestions regarding character, resilience, discernment, and mutuality in relationship.

Thanks again for your interest in the counselor thoughts podcast. We invite you to check out the show notes post at for resource links. 

If you are interested in local counseling services in the DFW with Michelle, Cory or one of the CCA staff, please visit


Aug 29, 2017

It's hard to let go of our kids and watch them face the struggles of this world. In this episode Michelle and her guest Proverbs 31 speaker Lynn Cowell discuss practical ways to instill independence and confidence in your child(ren) as they develop throughout childhood all the way to releasing them as leave the home. We want our kids to know even as they continue to become more independent that we are on their team and available to them.  This episode discusses the importance of not doing everything for them but still being available to encourage their hearts and be their safety nets when they truly need one. 

As the episode continues they discuss and challenge all of us to model confidence and trust in God to our children empowering them to embrace that as well. We can have confidence knowing that God not only goes before them but works in and through them in all aspects of their every day lives. 

Lynn is the author of Brave Beauty, a new book releasing for tween girls in the coming week. 

Listeners can discover more about Lynn at

The book can be purchased at Amazon by following this link: 

You can find more formation about the book by going on social media and searching for #bravebeautybook

Be sure to visit as often Michelle posts additional resources she discusses in her podcast episodes such as the one today. 

If you are local to the Dallas area, and looking for additional support. Michelle and her staff would love to assist you. You can find out more information about their services at

Thanks for listening to today's episode. If you like what you hear we encourage you to subscribe and leave a 5 star review with your thoughts. 

Aug 22, 2017


As school starts, many parents worry about their child's academic success. Did you know there was more than one kind of smart? I can't wait for you to join me and my guest, Dr. Kathy Koch. Dr. Kathy is a dynamic cheerleader of kids and intentional parenting as she speaks often inspiring her audiences with humor and essential ideas. 
On today's podcast, we are discussing every child and human's five core needs and then continue our discussion with an introduction to her multifaceted learning approach of 8 Great Smarts. 
Want more information regarding today's content? 
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Or check out her book:
8 Great Smarts Available in Amazon

Aug 15, 2017

In this episode, Michelle discusses how to develop great socials skills in your child with guest Cory Bertrand, Licensed Professional Counselor at Community Counseling Associates in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Aug 10, 2017

Counselor Thoughts equips you with life solutions for you and your family. Each session we focus on providing a discussion with a professional Christian counselor to take on the challenges of parenting, faith, and anything that life brings your way.