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Behind the mic

Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP

The Beyond Your Past Podcast is hosted by Certified Life Coach, NLP Master Practitioner, and Mental Health Advocate, Matthew Pappas. He is also the founder of, a blog in support of all who have survived the Trauma of Abuse.

As a survivor of childhood trauma himself, he is keenly aware of the struggles that every day life brings when you’re working through a traumatic past. On top of that he is also someone who’s dealt with extreme anxiety, to the point of it running his life and dictating his entire being, for decades. 

After deciding that enough was enough, and this was no way to live, he reached out for help from a therapist and coach to start taking his life back.  Throughout that process he began to realize his true calling; helping others in the ways that he was helped. 

Through research, and connecting with incredible mentors like Jodi Aman, Athena Moberg, and a host of other amazing professionals, he is using his life story, experiences, and training to help others realize that there is hope after a traumatic past, and you too can live free and move forward from what’s been holding you back in life. 

If you’d like to learn more about working with Matt as your coach, just head over to and schedule your free 1 hr intro coaching session!


joanne-cipressi - cohost - beyond your past podcast

Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP

Joanne Cipressi joined the podcast in February 2019. She is an award-winning life coach and the author of Ditch Your Doubt. She specializes in helping people to overcome emotional pain, habits, fears and intimacy issues, especially after trauma, betrayal, and abuse. She guides people to open their heart, to develop self-trust and inner peace, to build self-confidence and to love again.

Joanne is certified and trained in NLP, Advanced Clinical Hypnosis, Time-Line Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Therapy, EFT, and is a Reiki Master. In addition to these certifications and others, Joanne has experienced sexual abuse and various types of betrayals. Therefore, she personally understands the devastating effects and struggles that happen after abuse and betrayal.

However, she also understands that it’s possible to heal, trust, and love again because she has. She firmly believes that if she can change, then anyone can change. This is why Joanne has devoted most of the past 20 years of her life to helping people in her private practice and in volunteer work. She is thrilled to be the co-host of Beyond Your Past and hopes to encourage and inspire even more people to heal their past and to move forward with love, trust, and self-confidence.   

If you’d like to learn more about working with Joanne as your coach, just head over to and be sure to check out her book, Ditch Your Doubt.


About the Podcast

Beyond Your Past Radio began in 2016, starting out originally as a place for Matt to share his daily life, thoughts, and struggles as a survivor.  It was initially called, Surviving My Podcast, and designed to complement the trauma survivors blog,, which he started to help share his story with other survivors and break his own silence. 

So he got himself a cheap mic, some free software and just started talking, and it took off from there. 

Overtime the podcast has continued to grow and evolve, always keeping its core mission of sharing inspiring stories and encouraging everyone to break free from the chains of their past, and embrace the hope that comes with healing.

Each Monday you’ll hear a full length episode where Matt & Joanne chat with Coaches, Clinicians, and Advocates, and share insightful tips and helpful strategies to help encourage you each day as you break free from your past.

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