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If you struggle with self-care, setting boundaries, being assertive, parenting, or just don’t know who you are outside of being a mom....well the Mama Shrink Podcast if for you! Dr. Cynthia believes you can’t be an awesome Mama if you are not taking care of yourself and this is exactly what she helps moms do.

If you struggle with self-care, setting boundaries, being assertive, parenting, or just don’t know who you are outside of being a mom....well the Mama Shrink Podcast if for you! Dr. Cynthia believes you can’t be an awesome Mama if you are not taking care of yourself and this is exactly what she helps moms do.
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If you struggle with self-care, setting boundaries, being assertive, parenting, or just don’t know who you are outside of being a mom....well the Mama Shrink Podcast if for you! Dr. Cynthia believes you can’t be an awesome Mama if you are not taking care of yourself and this is exactly what she helps moms do.




Episode 20 - Dealing With Holiday Depression

Hello Mommas! The holidays are coming in so fast and before we all get busy with life, parties, kids and everything else, I just wanted to talk to you about dealing with the holidays when you’re feeling depressed, down, overwhelmed and anxious. If you are feeling these things, I want to assure you that you are not alone. 90% of people are feeling the exact same way. Holiday depression and stress is a real thing and it happens even to the best of us. Through this episode, I want to be able...


Episode 19 - The Importance of Finding Your Peeps

Happy December, Mamas! Time flew by so fast this year, I don’t even know where the year has gone. In a few weeks we’re bringing in a new year and a new decade which is pretty cool. In this episode today, I really want to focus on the importance of community and finding your peeps. One of the hardest but most common things I see in my practice is a lack of community and social support between people. It is hard and lonely to be in that space because as humans, we are biologically wired for...


Episode 18 - My Holiday Miracle of Adoption

Happy Thanksgiving, Mamas! In today’s podcast I want to share my personal story and journey of how Mama Shrink became a mama. This is my holiday miracle and the one I am always most grateful so it felt good to share it on a day that is all about giving thanks. I get asked a lot about adoption, especially when people see us with our 2 boys who are both bi-racial. I am sensitive in sharing this story from my perspective as my kids will someday have their own adoption story. There are parts of...


Episode 17 - Holiday Survival

Holidays can be a really stressful time because we deal with so many events and gatherings. Most people go through stress, depression, and many unwanted feelings especially during this season. My goal on this episode is to make the holiday season a bit more enjoyable for you and give you tips on how to get through the holidays happier and less stressed. Often, people have this vision and misconception that everyone or the people around them are all having the time of their lives and...


Episode 16 - Why Change is So Difficult

Change and growth may be one of the things that we are most fearful of in life. Going through it is hard, uncomfortable and requires so much effort. But I totally believe that you can do it… anyone can do it. I know because I’ve been through this too. It takes a lot of courage and overcoming our fears. In this episode, I’m going to be talking about mindset, overcoming the fear of change, and why change and growth are so difficult in the hopes that it will help you or someone you know if you...


Episode 15 - Self-Sabotage

I would like to dive into the concept of mindset shifting in the next 2 episodes of the Mama Shrink Podcast because I feel that this is such a big thing. It’s one thing to think about something in a certain way and it’s a whole different level when you really believe what you’re talking about. This comes down to the whole concept of the biology of belief. So today, I’m going to talk about self-sabotage. What is it, how do we do it, and why we do it. I have personally engaged in self...


Episode 14 - How To Become More Assertive

Assertiveness is a challenge for a lot of people including myself. Over the years, I have gotten much better with being assertive but I am still a work in progress. So many women struggle and worry about appearing mean or nasty if they attempt to be assertive. My goal for this episode is to make you realize that if we do not become assertive, we may end up hurting ourselves in the long-run. So being assertive is really important in our lives and in our relationships with others. Before I...


Episode 13 - Letting Go Of Perfection

Perfectionism is something that I’ve seen in so many patients that I treat as a psychologist. I was also a perfectionist myself and now call myself a “perfectionist in recovery.” I have struggled with it and I also see so much of it in other women which is why I decided to talk about it in today’s episode. I’ll be breaking perfectionism down for you to help you let go of this epidemic that can destroy not only you, but the people you around you as well. So it’s super important to be able to...


Episode 12 - Overcoming Mommy Guilt

The dreaded mommy guilt is so prevalent, difficult, and happens to all us moms. Being a mom isn’t an easy job, having a job while being a mom is twice the heartache. I hope this episode helps you to alleviate your mama guilt by helping you realize that you don’t need to feel guilty for wanting or needing to do what we need to do in order to take care of our children and ourselves. Guilt doesn’t serve us and it’s very hard for us to cope with it. I have experienced mommy guilt myself many...


Episode 11 - How To Get Your Child To Communicate With You

Communicating with our kids is one of the topics I often deal with at work. I’ve spoken to many parents and children and this is a common problem I encounter. It struck me how many parents are worried about their kids making friends, dealing with peer pressure, and all the struggles that come along with the new school year. It doesn’t matter what age they are, it’s a tough time for kids to navigate when their brains are still developing. Some teens shut down from their parents because they...


Episode 10 - Need Some Self-Esteem?

Self-esteem is one of those terms that gets thrown out a lot. According to studies, it is something that is built within us starting from childhood and solidifies around the age of twenty-one (unless you work on changing it). In simplistic terms it refers to “how much we like ourselves or not.” There are so many people who lack self-esteem and/or don’t like themselves. There is so much information I could share on this topic but for the purpose of this episode I am going to share some quick...


Episode 9 - Reparenting Ourselves

Why is there a need for us to reparent ourselves? A lot of times, we come from a background where there was physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect. You may have experienced it yourself or witnessed it. This podcast can bring up a lot of heavy feelings and if and if it does, please consider finding a trained therapist in your area that specializes in working with trauma or past childhood wounds. I hope this podcast will allow you to become free from feeling like a victim and empower you....


Episode 8 - Burnout

Before we start, I’m super excited to let you know that I am launching my first course called “Happy Momma = Happy Child.” It is designed to help all you moms take care of yourself so you can be the best possible mama! I would like to invite you to be a part of the beta launch of this life-changing course. I am giving out a huge discount - it’s the one and only time I’m offering it for half the price! If you are interested, get on my waitlist for it at or on my...


Episode 7 - Why It Is Important To Lower Your Expectations

How do we know if it’s time to lower our expectations? How do we lower our expectations so that we are not constantly getting disappointed, hurt and let down because we’ve decided to keep a person in our life thinking they will change but they never do? This is something that takes practice and as with most things in life there are times we have to do hard things. I’m going to be sharing professional and personal wisdom on this topic in today’s episode and some of my own experiences in...


Episode 6 - How To Parent With Chronic Illness

Having a chronic illness is hard.. more so if you are a mother who needs to take care of her family and kids. It can affect and impact, not only you, but your whole family. If you have a chronic illness, it’s important to know how you can talk to your children about it and how it may affect them. It is important to be open and honest without making your child feel any unnecessary worry. In this episode I share my experience with parenting my two boys while having chronic Lyme disease. Even...


Episode 5 - My Journey With Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is something that is very close to my heart and one thing that I’m very passionate about sharing. And it’s because I have it. To this day, I still struggle with sharing my story. But I have found that I have helped a lot of people when I shared the mental and physical hardships I went through and am going through, especially during the time that I was trying to get a diagnosis. This is going to be a 2-part episode. Today, I will share my story of Lyme disease, how I received...


Episode 4 - How to Parent A Strong-Willed Child

Temperaments of strong-willed children can change at a moment’s notice. One minute they are fine and the next minute they’re angry and defiant. Parenting a strong-willed child is a challenge. I feel for parents, especially single parents, who are doing this on their own. I want you to know that you are not alone. I’ve dealt with this professionally and personally. A lot of parents come in to see me asking for strategies and coping mechanisms for dealing with a strong-willed child. I also...


Episode 3 – Releasing Energy Vampires

In the previous episode I talked about setting boundaries and touched on what energy vampires and toxic people are. This time we are going to focus our conversation on those people. Letting go of these energy vampires isn’t always easy because sometimes (if not most of the time) these people are our relatives, closest friends, or people we love. But I can tell you right now, no one has ever regretted letting go of a toxic person in their life. It may not be an option for you to let go, but...


Episode 2 – How To Set Boundaries

Setting boundaries is not an easy thing to do. I know because I am a people pleaser. I struggle with being assertive and telling people how I feel or think because I don’t want them to dislike or get mad at me. BUT I also know that it is super important for me to set boundaries in my life. There will almost always be people who take advantage of us or deplete our energy. This is the reason why we need to set boundaries. We want to feel better and not be dragged in by negativity. Remember,...


Episode 1 - Mommy Self-Care

Self-care is something that many women and moms struggle with. This is actually one of the main reasons why I created Mama Shrink. I am passionate about helping moms focus on taking care of themselves. More often than not, it’s so hard to find time for ourselves as moms, more so engage in self-care. I’ve struggled with this myself - believe me! I want to be open and honest with you and let you know that you are not alone. I’ve worked so hard to overcome it. It’s not easy but it’s something...