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Lessons Learned While Healing from Trauma – Ep. 134

Periodically, Joanne and I like to get behind the mics and just chat about healing, life, challenges, wins, and various aspects of mental health. This episode we decided to do just that and discuss lessons we’ve learned along the way during our healing journey as survivors. For that matter, lessons we are still learning since...

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Living an Authentic Life, with Leslie Peters, RN – Ep. 133

Living an authentic life, something I think most of us can agree is important. When we are being true to ourselves, living life in a way that is congruent with our beliefs, values, morals, and yes “just feels right”, it shows in how we interact with the world and how we treat ourselves. It’s not...

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Releasing Shame and Recovering Repressed Memories through Writing, with Elisabeth Corey – Ep. 132

One of the most helpful strategies you can utilize in your healing journey is writing. Whether it’s journaling, keeping a diary, blogging, writing letters that you’ll never send, or other writing methods, the benefits can yield incredibly validating and groundbreaking results. Writing is also one of the more difficult things to do for many survivors,...

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Life with DID and Giving Your Alters a Voice, with Kelli Gettel – Ep. 131

If there’s one thing about being a survivor that is abundantly true, it’s that this whole healing journey thing is a process. It’s full of new memories, seemingly unending struggles especially early on, new realizations about what happened and when, and a host of emotions ranging from sadness to anger, to despair, loneliness, and everything...

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Strategies for Recognizing and Responding to Your Inner Critic – Ep. 130

Everybody has one, and it follows you around, constantly causing you to second guess your decisions. It creates an element of self-doubt, perpetuates anxious feelings, and generally make your life miserable if you allow it that kind of power. What is it…Your Inner Critic. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are come from,...

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How Childhood Trauma Affects Your Relationships & Boundaries, with Vennie Kocsis – Ep. 130

I’m honored to welcome back returning guest, Vennie Kocsis, as we continue our conversation on how childhood trauma manifests itself in your life, both physically and emotionally. In particular, we’re discussing the effects on dating and romantic relationships. In Part I, we discussed the Physiology of Childhood Trauma, and how it affects not only emotional...

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The Physiology of Childhood Trauma, how Abuse Affects our Mental and Physical Health, with Vennie Kocsis – Ep. 129

My returning guest for this episode is my good friend, fellow survivor, and advocate for survivors of childhood trauma, Vennie Kocsis. I first connected with Vennie during the early stages of reaching out for support online from the survivor community. I still remember like it was yesterday, she had responded to an article I wrote...

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Preventing Burnout in Trauma Recovery – Ep. 128

Raise your hand if you’ve heard this before, “pace yourself so you don’t burnout”. Or how about, “take your time, what’s the rush?” I’m pretty certain I’m not the only one who is literally sitting here in my chair with my hand raised right now. That kind of advice is timeless and applies virtually any...

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Solace in Chaos, how a Survivor of Childhood Trauma found his Peace and his Passion – Ep. 127

Finding your peace, your happy place, that particular thing that you absolutely enjoy and you are as comfortable as you can possibly be, that’s a special thing.  It’s cool enough when you discover what that means for you if you’re not a survivor of childhood trauma, but those of us who are survivors, discovering that...

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Mental Health Megacast – Talking about Personal Struggles & Advocacy with others.

Welcome back to the Mental Health Megacast, a semi-regular round table discussion with 3 mental health advocates, podcasters, and survivors of circumstances we’d rather forget, who are trying to find our way through life and make a difference. Officially, this is Season 3, Ep. 1– but our numbering system isn’t an exact science since this...

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4 Benefits of Working Through the Pain of Your Past – Ep. 125

So what’s the deal with the importance of working through a past full of trauma, pain, and events we’d probably rather just forget about? Is there a point to working through all of those memories and revisiting situations that we’ve buried in the bottom of our minds for years, perhaps decades? The short answer, but...

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Arkhangel, a Story of Battling Schizophrenia along a Journey of Self-Discovery, – Ep. 124

When I was first approached by Professor and Author, Leo Zaccari, about being a guest on the podcast, I was intrigued not only because of the book he recently published, but also how the inspiration for the book came about and the research that lead him to create a character who was not only a...

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Do Your Alters Agree with the Diagnosis of DID? Ep – 123

One of the things I enjoy most about talking with guests who live with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is how the experiences they have, vary as greatly as they are similar. The ways each one experiences daily life reminds me of what a previous guest said, or something I’ve researched, yet at the same time,...

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Listen to the Cry of a Child, Barbara Joy Hansen Shares her Story and her Faith – Ep. 122

This podcast and my first blog, Surviving My Past, began as a way for me to help tell my survivor story. A story of experiencing childhood sexual abuse, emotional neglect, and bullying, which began between the ages of 5-10 and lasted into early high school. While this podcast has evolved into all types of survivor...

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Guillain Barre Syndrome Recovery, One Year Later – Ep. 121

Every podcast episode and every incredible guest I have the pleasure of speaking with is special and amazing. I’m truly honored to be able to hang out with you for awhile each week and share the stories of people from all walks of life, who’ve overcome incredible hardships, traumatic pasts, and difficulties that many could...

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Overcoming the Effects of Childhood Bullying, and Developing Resilience – Ep. 120

If you know what it feels like to be bullied, things like resiliency, self-compassion, and developing trust aren’t words you would use to describe yourself at the time, most likely. From my own personal experience, I can tell you that I would never have looked at myself and use words even close to that. If...

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Introduction & Chat with new Podcast Co-host, Joanne Cipressi, Coach & Survivor – Ep. 119

Ever since I started this podcast, it’s been quite an interesting and exciting journey, to say the least. From the very first episode where I sat in front of my laptop, talking about being a survivor and the struggles of daily life, to now interviewing coaches, clinicians, and advocates every week; sharing their work and...

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You Don’t Need to be a Supermom, You Just Need to be You, with Dr. Raquel Muller – Ep. 118

Comparing yourself to another person is debilitating, exhausting, and quite honestly one of the most detrimental things you can do to yourself, physically and emotionally. Trying to “keep up with the Jones” and do what they do is no way to live, yet so often many of us find ourselves going down this road.  Not only...

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Using Mindfulness and Emotional Regulation to Help with Anxiety, with Melanie Vann – Ep. 117

Being anxious, and feeling the effects of an anxiety attack can start when we’re very young, but if we don’t know what anxiety is, or why we feel so uneasy or panicky in certain situations, that in itself can perpetuate the very thing we don’t understand. Therefore the cycle of anxiety begins before we ever...

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Homeless and Runaway Youth, it’s More Complicated than You Think, with Marnie Grundman – Ep. 116

Every year, in North America alone, 1.2 – 2.8 million children run away from home. Just pause for a second and let that sink in. On top of that, statistics show that on any given night there are 1.3 million youth living on the streets and in abandoned buildings. Stats like this can be hard...

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Learning to Thrive after Childhood Trauma, with Emily Samuelson, Ph.D. – Ep. 115

Years ago, I was at a place that every survivor inevitably comes to when they decide to reach out for help and begin healing from a childhood that involved trauma. That place where you ask yourself, “am I ready to share my story?” Now, to be clear, not every survivor chooses to share their story,...

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The Sexy-Brilliant Mindset of Empowerment and Personal Development, with Devina Kaur – Ep. 114

Taking a unique approach to personal development, making it your own based on the circumstances you had to overcome and what message resonates with you, is exactly what my guest on this episode of the podcast, Devina Kaur, has done. After all, when you are dealing a history of mental health challenges, the cookie cutter...

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Experiencing the Freedom of Trauma Recovery in Your Own Way, with Michele Rosenthal – Ep. 113

The very thing that started this podcast, my first blog called Surviving My Past, lead to becoming a coach, and what has been driving me for years now, has been my own personal journey of healing from the past trauma in my life. The childhood sexual abuse between the ages of 5-10, the endless bullying...

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Anxiety and New Years Resolutions, Setting Yourself Up for Success – Ep. 112

So…New Years Resolutions. The very thought often brings about an eye roll, anxious feelings, perhaps apathy, just to name a few. If you’re like many, you don’t even bother with them because you feel like the don’t work anyway so what’s the point. For others, the start of each new year is an opportunity to...

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Parenting as a Survivor of Childhood Trauma and Healing Your Past, with Jeremy Schneider, MFT – Ep. 111

If there’s one thing you realize when you become a parent, it’s that for all of resources available, there is no end-all-be-all rulebook on how to raise children. Sure there are countless books and resources available, each offering their take on best practices to employ, but as any parent knows, a child can create a...

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