Episodes: Masonry

Mental Health Megacast: What We’ve Learned in Therapy and How We Continue to Heal.

The long-awaited and wildly anticipated (more or less) return of the Mental Health Megacast is here! Season 3, Ep. 2 I believe is where we are, although truth be told it’s hard to say for sure what episode it is. If you’re a regular listener of these podcast episodes with Wes, Mike, and Myself, you...

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Gratitude and Forgiveness, Essential Aspects of Healing and Empowerment, with Lisa Cybaniak

Gratitude and Forgiveness are not exactly easy things to embrace, especially for survivors of trauma. In fact, just the very mention of either of those two can send chills down your spine, regardless of whether you’re a survivor of childhood trauma or other forms of abuse. Both bring up a multitude of emotions and require...

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Re-Victimized, the Risk of Sharing Your Trauma Story with Family.

It takes a long time, for many survivors it can take decades, to come to terms with the abuse they experienced as a child. You spend years denying it, pretending it didn’t happen, barely giving it a second thought, and trying to avoid any thoughts of it whatsoever, but the only way to truly experience...

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“The Rule of 7”, How Narcissists Use Repetition to Manipulate You, with Kim Saeed

Gaslighting, Cognitive Dissonance, and so many other terms can seem foreign, and downright intimidating when you first begin researching what narcissistic abuse is, and what it means to be in a relationship with a toxic person who has been manipulating you into embracing a reality you never imagined you would find yourself in. Our guest...

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There is No Shame in Recovery from Addiction, with Lisa Boucher

Recovery and addiction sadly often go hand in hand. What is modeled for us as a child, or not modeled for us, along the trauma of any type of abuse can lead to struggles with addictions of drugs and alcohol. Studies outline that there is a clear and distinct correlation between childhood trauma and drug...

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Taking Charge of Your Trauma Narrative, with Dorothy Pierre-Joseph.

When you first begin to realize that you experienced some type of trauma, you realize that you were a victim. You were a victim unspeakable acts that nobody should ever have to endure. You may not even fully comprehend, understand, or remember everything that happened, but you’ve got some bits and pieces that will eventually...

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Navigating Daily Life and Continued Healing, after Sharing Your Survivor Story, with Larry Ruhl.

When you come to a point in healing from childhood trauma where you feel like it’s time to share your story, it’s truly a monumental moment in your recovery. While sharing openly about those personal struggles is not for everyone, and that’s ok, it can be incredibly validating for those who do wish to end...

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Self-Esteem and Reframing Negative Core Beliefs in Healing from Complex PTSD.

There are so many aspects to healing from Complex PTSD; not only is it working through the traumatic events themselves; opening up those old wounds or discovering wounds we never knew were there, but it’s also about dealing with the after-effects of the trauma. A case can certainly be made that, while uncovering and working...

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Childhood Trauma, Addiction, and the Hope of Recovery, with Tricia Moceo

Childhood trauma and addiction, unfortunately, go hand in hand quite often. According to SAMHSA: In the United States, 61 percent of men and 51 percent of women report exposure to at least one-lifetime traumatic event, and 90 percent of clients in public behavioral health care settings have experienced trauma. In addition, the Adverse Childhood Experience...

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Living with BPD, One Hourly Battle at a Time, with Jody Betty

Our good friend, Jody Betty, joins us on this episode of the podcast to talk more about her advocacy work and what it’s like living with BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). The official definition of Borderline Personality Disorder, as outlined by the National Institute of Mental Health: Borderline personality disorder is a mental illness marked by...

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A Diagnosis She Would Not Accept, and a Holistic Approach to Healing that Changed Her Life.

When you get a diagnosis that you cannot accept, especially one that is life-altering at a very young age, you have two choices: accept it or get a second opinion. Or third, or fourth, or fifth. Essentially you have to decide if you’re going to fight or go quietly into the night…so to speak. Our...

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“Feel to Heal”, Finding Balance in Healing and Life through Integrative Wellness, with Delisa Richardson

‘Life is all about balance”, something most of us have probably heard many times growing up and even more so today. Trying to balance all of the responsibilities that daily life throws at us, professionally, personally, relationally, spiritually, is tough, to say the least. For those that do that have kind of balance now, you...

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