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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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Mental Health Megacast – 3 Guys Talking about Advocacy and Recovery. – Ep. 110

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 2, Ep. 4 – but our numbering system isn’t an exact science since...

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An Ongoing Journey of Survival from a Traumatic Past, with Jody Betty – Ep. 109

Throughout this survivor of journey which has been such a huge part of my life in recent years especially, I have come across countless incredible people from all walks of life, from all around the world. I can still remember the first time I hopped online and searched for “survivor chats” on Google. That was...

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Exploring Your Archetypes to Discover and Embrace Your Life’s Purpose, with Beth Martens – Ep. 108

Searching for our life’s purpose, it’s something that we can all strive for; merely not existing in this world and “going through the motions” but finding the true desire of our heart and where our passion is, and using it to help others. To not just wake up each day feeling like we are stuck...

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Rebuilding Trust in Yourself and Others, While Healing from Trauma, with Joanne Cipressi – Ep. 107

Rebuilding trust; once it’s broken it’s one of the most difficult things to heal. Trust is one of those things that can take quite a bit of bending before it actually breaks. We give others opportunity after opportunity to save it. We can endlessly justify what someone in our life did to us, and how...

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Blogging about Life with Dissociative Identity Disorder and Complex PTSD – Ep. 106

Many guests who have joined me on the podcast come from a background of writing about their experiences. This method of coping paved the way, in many cases, to their to where they are today, and continue to aid in their ongoing journey of healing. For some, writing is an exercise in anxiety and simply...

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Healing from Emotional Abuse, with Soul Transformation Therapy & Reiki, with Elizabeth Goddard – Ep. 105

Learning to break the cycle of abuse and heal past trauma can be a very spiritual experience for some survivors, and for those who have a desire to in touch with their spiritual side and using the energy of the universe to help in healing, working with a professional who specializes in Soul Transformation Therapy...

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Antidepressants, PTSD, and Taking an Active Role in Your Treatment, with Dr. Wallace Mendelson – Ep. 104

Antidepressants, it seems to carry the idea of being a necessary evil for those who struggle with depression, any number of mental health challenges, including PTSD. It’s not something that most would want to rely on, either temporarily or in an ongoing basis, but yet their effectiveness can bring about a world of positive difference...

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Balancing Vulnerability with Mental Health and LGBTQ+ Advocacy, with Lee Thomas – Ep. 103

It’s no secret that one of the keys to life, is balance. Lean too much towards work, and we can lose focus on our personal life and risk burn out. Lean too far towards the personal side, and we can end up losing sight of the career dreams and things we want to accomplish. When...

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Healing Unresolved Trauma, Through Mind, Body, and Spirit – Ep. 102

When you come to a breaking point in your life, continuously being beaten down time after time, struggle after struggle, never seeming to gain your footing for any length of time, one of the things you might find yourself doing is praying for help and for wisdom. You reach out for help to God, the...

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Stigma Free Zone, A Community Initiative for Breaking Down Barriers of Mental Health – Ep. 101

Whether you are an advocate, mental health professional, a family member or friend of someone who struggles with a mental health challenge, or you yourself live with your own struggles, we can all agree that raising awareness and doing our part to help erase the stigma of mental health is needed now more than ever....

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Podcast – Ep. 100 – Looking Back and Moving Forward

Something I learned a long time ago, from both a therapist, and later from a coach, and to be honest more than a few others, is to celebrate the wins, no matter how small they may seem. It’s something I encourage clients to do, talk about on the podcast often, and reference in blog posts....

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Podcast – Ep. 99 – Discussing Dissociation and DID, with Kathy Broady, MSW

Since I began recording this podcast, I’ve covered the topic of Dissociative Disorders and specifically, Dissociative Identity Disorder, quite a bit. Each time I talk with a practitioner or survivor of trauma who lives with DID, I always walk away from the conversation having learned something new, and with a further appreciation of the amazing...

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Podcast – Ep. 98 – The Connection Between Trauma and Eating Disorders.

As you begin to learn how your past affects your present life, you start putting the puzzle pieces together of why you feel the way you do, what your specific triggers are and where they stem from, why you struggle in certain aspects of life, and a myriad of other things start to come into...

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Podcast – Ep. 97 – Dynamic Running Therapy, and Authenticity in Recovery, with William Pullen

One of the keys to healing from trauma, overcoming anxiety, working through depression, addictions, and virtually any other struggle is figuring out a way to get what’s in our heads, out of our heads in a way that feels safe, validating, and in compliance with who we are as individuals.  By doing so we begin...

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Podcast – Ep. 96 – Love Addiction, Sex Addiction, and Co-Dependency, with Shena Tubbs, MMFT, LPC

Admitting out loud to yourself can be difficult enough, but admitting to another person can be downright scary, embarrassing, and shame inducing. When you come face to face with an addiction of any type, it means you’re taking the first step in a difficult recovery, but one that is absolutely possible. After all, without Hope,...

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