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Podcast - Ep. 58 - My experience with Guillain Barre Syndrome, When daily life, completely changed.

In this episode, I take on a topic that has never been discussed before here on the podcast. I'm not even sure there's been much said about it on podcasts at all, period. Today i'll be sharing with you an experience that has recently changed my life, one that took me from the status quo, going about my business to a complete pause. This recent health concern, and really scare if we're being honest here, took everything that I had been doing in life, and all of the plans that I'd been...


Podcast - Ep. 55 - Understanding the long term affects of bullying, with Alan Eisenberg CLC

When we think about bullying, the immediate effects include, but are not limited to, low self-esteem, lack of self-confidence, isolation, depression, loss of trust; but it's important to also realize that the effect that bullying has on our brain and our body, goes far beyond the short-term. I can remember back when I was in late elementary school, and all the way through the end of middle school, I suffered from all of those things in my life, and a few others. Not only was my self-esteem...


Podcast - Ep. 54 - You Keep Talking for Us - With Survivor and Advocate - Brian Cardoza

The "man card", the thing that supposedly defines what a man is, or should be in the eyes of his peers. It's been used in relation to everything from sports, to politics, to who's makes the best burgers. It's something that's been joked about since the beginning of time I suppose. "Dude, you just lost your man card"...."So when did your wife take your man card again?" I'm sure you've heard these and countless others before, and they can definitely be in good fun among friends. To that, did...


Podcast - Ep. 53 - Overcoming binge eating and using food as a coping mechanism - Davina Lytle

When you bring up the subject of food issues, and things like weight control and binge eating, it strikes a very personal chord for many people. It's a touchy subject, and one that often times comes with a great deal of self-shame. According to statistics, it's estimated that up to 30 million people in the US alone suffer with some type of eating disorder. * To say that you are not alone if you struggle with food in any way, is an understatement, but it's important to understand that for...


Podcast - Ep 52 - Self-Acceptance and Self-Love, with Dr Baker

On this podcast, I'm joined by friend and Psychologist, Dr. Baker. A Clinical Psychologist, based in California, Dr. Baker works with individuals, families, youth, veterans, and first responders in areas such as Anxiety and Panic, Family Issues, Self-Criticism, Trauma Recovery, PTSD and more. She is also the creator and host of the Go Friend Your Self Podcast. Dr. Baker graciously accepted my invitation to join the podcast, and what better topic to discuss, than self-acceptance and...


Mental Health Megacast - Ep. 7 - Halloween, Mental Health, and Self Care.

Welcome back everyone to Ep 7 of the Mental Health Megacast! A round table discussion from 3 guys who are advocates for mental health awareness. Your hosts for the Megacast are Wes from, Mike from, and myself. Each of us are podcasters and bloggers in support of not only Mental Health, but also addiction recovery, depression, self-harm, and trauma survivors. In this episode we are talking about Halloween! We cover topics such as: -Our thoughts on...


Podcast - Ep. 50 - Coping with family as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.

I'm joined by Miranda Pacchiana, MSW. Miranda is here to share her story as a survivor of sexual abuse at the hands of her brother, while she was a child. In this episode we not only learn of her story of survival, but also Miranda shares insight into coping with a family who does not support your healing journey. You'll learn why family members react in the manner that Miranda's did and why this is unfortunately so common when you share the realization of a traumatic past. We'll also talk...


Podcast - Ep. 49 - Julie Coons - Author of This Does Not Leave This House

Today I'm joined by special guest and author, Julie Coons. Julie wrote the book, This does not leave this house. A story about growing up with an abusive mother, surviving sexual assault, and escaping an abusive relationship. Julie is here with me today to talk about her book and share some of her experiences as a survivor, in hopes of reaching as many as possible with her story, to help inspire hope and validate all who have endured similar struggles. We cover topics including: 1. Why she...


Podcast - Ep. 48 - Josh Rivedal, Suicide Prevention, Advocacy, The I'm Possible Project

In this episode I'm talking with Advocate, Speaker, and Author, Josh Rivedal. Josh joins me as we talk about his work in suicide prevention, and his unique approach to advocacy. He uses his experience and talent in theater to share his message of not only his only suicide attempt but also enduring the loss of his father to suicide. His powerful story, shared as only he can, gives you insight to not only his life, but the feelings of others who struggle. His one man play goes above and...


Podcast - Ep. 47 - Understanding Flashbacks, Podcast with Rachel Grant

Welcome back to Surviving My Podcast! I'm please to introduce a returning guest and my good friend, Rachel Grant. Rachel is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach, and has an MA in Counseling Psychology. Her extensive research on how the brain is affected by trauma has been life changing for her clients and everyone who has read her book, Beyond Surviving, the Final Stage of Recovery from Sexual Abuse. In this podcast we discuss the topic of Flashbacks. We learn about what they are, and how our...


Mental Health MegaCast - Ep. 6 - Diversity In Blogging & Advocacy

Back again with my podcasting buddies, Wes from and Mike from - for another edition of the Mental Health Megacast. 3 guys in a round table discussion on various topics surrounding mental health advocacy and our personal struggles as guys doing blogging and podcasting on the topics of Addiction Recovery, Trauma Recovery, and Depression. In this episode we are talking about diversity in blogging and advocacy. We discuss the challenges that come with...


Podcast - Ep. 46 - Dr. Charlotte Howard - Emotional Healing, Self Love, Self Compassion, Mindfulness

I'm joined by Dr. Charlotte Howard on this episode of the podcast, where we discuss Emotional Healing from Trauma Recovery. Charlotte is a Psychologist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy in Austin, Texas. She has helped hundreds of women learn to love themselves and feel great about who they are and their place in the world. The topics we discuss also include mindfulness, self-love, self-compassion, and overcoming shame and self-blame in trauma recovery. It's an amazing show that you don't want to...


Podcast - Ep. 45 - Analie Shepherd Podcast - Survivor of Abuse in Therapy and Life with DID

In this episode, I talk with Analie Shepherd, author of Mending the Shattered Mirror: a Story of Recovery from Abuse in Therapy. We talk about her life as a survivor of abuse in therapy, living with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and her book. It's a show you don't want to miss, and be sure to head over to for more information on Analie. So grab those headphones or plug us in to your car and join us for a time of sharing, validation, and healing. Don't forget...


Podcast - Ep. 44 - Interview with Sarah Fader - Stigma Fighters

In this episode of the podcast, I am joined by the amazing Sarah Fader. Sarah started, and amazing mental health organization dedicated to helping people who live with mental illness. Sarah and I discuss topics such as how Stigma Fighters got started, the 3 volume Anthology, her advocacy work, life with mental health challenges, and so much more! Be sure and head over to and check out Sarah on Twitter @TheSarahFader. So grab those headphones or plug us...


Podcast - Ep. 42 - Rebecca Lombaro, Coping with the loss of a loved one; the impact on mentalhealth

Rebecca Lombardo joins Matt on this edition of the podcast to talk about the impact that the loss of a loved one has on our overall mental health. We discuss the importance of working through the grieving process, and how it can often bring up a multitude of emotions and memories from the past. This time of loss can have a great impact on our overall well being, especially for those that live with mental health challenges. As a suicide survivor, and someone who battles depression and...


Mental Health Megacast - Ep. 5 - Catching up & The importance of Embracing Where Your Life Is.

Welcome back to episode #5 of the Mental Health Megacast (even though Wes think it's episode 4.haha ) I'm joined by my amazing podcasting partners and brothers in advocacy, Wes from and Mike from We're catching up with where we've been, what we've been up too, and what the future plans are for each of us. Then we discuss the importance of embracing where our lives are at, and knowing when we need to slow down a bit from the hectic pace that life and...


Podcast - Ep. 39 - Working through PTSD and Triggers Over and Over - Mental Health Podcast

I am honored to be joined by my friend and warrior sister, Dawn Hendrickson, on this episode of Surviving My Podcast. Dawn, who has also guest blogged many times, shares her inspirational story of surviving childhood abuse, rape, and emotional and physical abuse. Throughout her life she has certainly experienced more than her share of struggles, but through it all she refused to give up. Join us as we also discuss working through PTSD,...


Podcast - Ep. 38 - Elisabeth Corey - Inner Parts Work - DID - Trauma Recovery

I'm honored to be joined by Elisabeth Corey, MSW, in this episode of Surviving My Podcast. She is an author, advocate, and survivor of child sex abuse and trafficking. Elisabeth uses her life experiences to help others through her Coaching practice, and to generate awareness about sexual violence and complex post-traumatic stress disorder. We cover so many amazing topics in this podcast, so you definitely don't want to miss it. Things like Inner Parts Work, Inner Child, Dissociative...


Mike Bundrant Podcast on Neuro-Linguistic Programming - NLP

In this podcast I'm honored to speak NLP Master Practitioner, Mike Bundrant. Mike is the founder of, a writer for Psych Central, and a retired Psychotherapist. Mike shares just what exactly NLP is, Neuro Linguistic Programming, and some of the ways that it can help in trauma recovery for abuse survivors. I hope you'll find this podcast encouraging as you work through your own survivor journey or as a supporting partner in their recovery. Check out for more...


Podcast - Ep. 36 - Narcissistic Abuse and Brainwashing - podcast with Lisa A Romano

In this podcast I'm honored to be joined by Breakthrough Recovery Coach, Best Selling Author, and expert on Codependency and Narcissistic abuse, Lisa Romano. Topics include discussing the emotional trauma that a narcissistic parent inflicts on a child; including brainwashing, invalidation, confusion, and low self-esteem just to name a few. We also discuss confronting a narcissist and the mindset that we as the survivor, needs to have and the expectations that need to be understood before...


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