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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 beyond...

Duration: 00:42:15

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 brain...

Duration: 00:28:51

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...

Duration: 01:09:38

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...

Duration: 00:36:32

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...

Duration: 00:31:27

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...

Duration: 00:28:34

Podcast - Ep. 43 - Katia Cooper - Author of An Elf's Journey - Mental Health and Survivor Podcast

In this episode, I am joined by special guest, author, survivor, and healing creatrix, Katia Cooper. We discuss her book, An Elf's Journey, Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse. This amazing resource for survivors is sure to inspire and encourage you as follow an endearing elf who carries a burden that didn't belong to her. This book will tug at your heart and validate you at the same time as you gain a unique perspective on healing from childhood trauma. Be sure and check out

Duration: 00:40:36

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...

Duration: 00:45:21

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...

Duration: 00:58:22

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,...

Duration: 00:39:35

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...

Duration: 00:38:18

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...

Duration: 00:35:54

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...

Duration: 00:32:59

Podcast - Ep. 35 - Nikki DuBose - Survivor-Author-Advocate-Ambassador

I am honored to talk with Survivor, Author, Advocate, and Ambassador, Nikki Dubose. Cast into a world of excess, superficiality, and vanity, Nikki traveled the globe and experienced the finest that the material world had to offer, all while feeling empty inside. Her disorders, addictions and mental health issues took her to the brink of mortality and only though a deeply painful inner-battle and her mother's death was she able to reconnect the lost pieces of her soul and see the person she...

Duration: 00:40:10

Podcast - Ep. 34 - Neuroplasticity, healing the mind and body from chronic illness and trauma

Hope for healing for abuse survivors and those living with chronic illness, that's the topic of this podcast with Kami Lingren. Specifically, we discuss neuroplasticity and the DNRS program. Kami is a chronic illness blogger on and also a participant in the DNRS program. After a few months, her results both on her physical and emotional health, have been remarkable and we share those along with her experiences so far in working through the program. I hope this episode...

Duration: 00:30:48

Podcast - Ep. 33 - Communication tips for partners of abuse survivors

The importance of open, honest, communication is key for any relationship to thrive. That important is paramount also in the lives of abuse survivors and partners of survivors. The support and encouragement of a spouse, family member, or close friend is incredibly helpful as a survivor navigates his or her own healing journey. In this podcast I welcome back returning guest, Heather Tuba, and she shares her insight as the wife of a childhood trauma survivor. Her tips and questions will help...

Duration: 00:34:18

Podcast - Ep. 32 - Developing healthy boundaries for children and adults - with Rachel Grant

In this podcast I'm joined by returning guest, author, and sexual abuse survivor coach, Rachel Grant. In support of child abuse prevention month, we discuss developing and enforcing healthy boundaries for children and youth. We also discuss how our self-agency is damaged as a result of abuse but there is always hope and healing to embrace. We also the pressures that today's youth feel from not only peers but also from social media and how boundaries are...

Duration: 00:34:20

Podcast - Ep. 31 - 5 Steps to preventing abuse as outlined on Darkness to Light

Continuing with my series of podcasts during Child abuse prevention month 2017, I'm joined by returning guest, friend, advocate, and coach, Svava Brooks. In this podcast we discuss the 5 steps to preventing child abuse, as outlined by darkness to light. Join us as we discuss these steps, and deep dive into what it means to really educate ourselves and our children to give us all the best possible chance to keep our children safe.

Duration: 00:42:11

Podcast - Ep. 30 - Preventing Child Abuse - Talking with your kids, Social Media Pressures

In honor of child abuse prevention month 2017, I'm honored to be joined by a returning guest, friend, and survivor coach, Kelley McElreath. This is the first of several podcasts that will be uploaded in honor of this important month. In this podcast, we talk about: Being a survivor and a parent, and talking with our kids about prevention. Discussing some reasons why child abuse may not be able to be prevented initially, and sharing hope of how to rectify that. Talking with kids about...

Duration: 00:29:56

Podcast - Ep. 29 - The Gate House - Resources for Abuse Survivors

In this episode of the podcast, I am joined by friend, fellow survivor, and radio show host, Stewart Thompson. Stew joins me on the show and we discuss some of his survivor journey as he heals from abuse, and what led him to The Gatehouse. He talks about all of the amazing programs that are offered there, and how this organization has changed his life. We also discuss CSA international and other programs that are sponsored by the Gate House, to help survivors all over the world connect and...

Duration: 00:34:07

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