Month: October 2017

Mental Health Megacast – Ep. 7 – Halloween, Mental Health, and Self Care.

Welcome back everyone to Ep 7 of the Mental Health Megacast! A round table discussion from 3 guys who are advocates for mental health awareness.

Your hosts for the Megacast are Wes from, Mike from, and myself. Each of us are podcasters and bloggers in support of not only Mental Health, but also addiction recovery, depression, self-harm, and trauma survivors.

In this episode we are talking about Halloween! We cover topics such as:
-Our thoughts on Halloween and how we celebrate it, or don’t celebrate it.
-What our triggers are around this holiday, including the anxiety that can be caused by social media, the movies, television, haunted attractions, and more.
-The importance of self care during this time, not only from being triggered about the events themselves but also the feelings of peer pressure, loneliness, depression, and more.
-Plus we talk about what we’re up too and potential topics for Ep 8 which will air in early December, 2017.

So grab those headphones or plug us into your car stereo and join us for the Mental Health Megacast.

Be sure and subscribe to each of our podcasts and follow us on social media for updates on what’s coming up!

Wes – Twitter: @WesA1966
Mike – Twitter: @MIke_Douglas_
Matt – Twitter: @BeyondYourPast

Podcast – Ep. 50 – Miranda Pacchiana – Coping with family as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse

I’m joined by Miranda Pacchiana, MSW. Miranda is here to share her story as a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, while she was a child.

In this episode we not only learn of her story of survival, but also Miranda shares insight into coping with a family who does not support your healing journey.

You’ll learn why family members react in the manner that Miranda’s did and why this is unfortunately so common when you share the realization of a traumatic past.

We’ll also talk about forgiveness and how personal that is, unique to each survivor. There is a emotional freedom from forgiveness, but ultimately it is up to the survivor alone to determine when, how, or if that should ever be approached.

You have the right to share your story the way that you know it to be true. You have a right to not be silenced.

Miranda’s story will validate and encourage you in your journey, and inspire you that your past does not have to define your future. You are more than your trauma, even with a lack of support from family.

Be sure and checked out Miranda on Twitter: @MirandaPacchian , Her blog –, and on Facebook.

And stay tuned to the podcast for more amazing guests and stories of survival, on Surviving My Podcast.

Podcast – Ep. 49 – Julie Coons – Author of This Does Not Leave This House

Today I’m joined by special guest and author, Julie Coons. Julie wrote the book, This does not leave this house. A story about growing up with an abusive mother, surviving sexual assault, and escaping an abusive relationship.

Julie is here with me today to talk about her book and share some of her experiences as a survivor, in hopes of reaching as many as possible with her story, to help inspire hope and validate all who have endured similar struggles.

We cover topics including:

1. Why she decided to write her book and where the inspiration for the title came from.
2. The different types of abuse that she endured throughout her life.
3. New realizations of her mother and how that relates to narcissistic abuse.
4. Her future plans for not only her current book but future books and speaking engagements.

Julie’s story is one of not only a traumatic past, but also a story of a resilient survivor who refused to stay silent.

Be sure and follow her on Twitter: @JulieCoons1 and stay tuned to her social media for information on the publish date of her book and future projects.

So grab those headphones or plug us in to your car and join us for a time of sharing, validation, and healing. Don’t forget to head over to to find out more about Rachel, her program – Beyond Surviving, and all of the amazing resources she has available.

Be sure and stay tuned to for weekly blog posts, more podcasts, and my future coaching work!