Julie M. Simon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Author of The Emotional Eater’s Repair Manual: A Practical Mind-Body-Spirit Guide for Putting an End to Overeating and Dieting, shares her own story of struggling with overeating, emotional eating, binge eating, and her healing journey from an eating disorder to a healthy, balanced life. Julie also shares some great insights on a holistic intuitive approach to eating disorders and struggles. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
Some of my favorite insights Julie shared were:
From an early age even as she struggled:“I always had an intuitive sense that our bodies are supposed to be a natural weight, not overweight and not underweight. Always had a feeling that eating was supposed to be intuitive. I didn’t think that we were meant to live on diets.”
On understanding and healing emotions:“I could actually identify emotions. Sit with emotions. I didn’t have to go exercise them away. I didn’t have to go eat them away. I could actually tolerate them. I could learn how to comfort and soothe myself with them.”
Words of encouragement for someone facing an eating struggle:“It doesn’t require willpower. It doesn’t require white knuckling it. It doesn’t require willpower. It doesn’t require going hungry. All it requires is willingness.”
Merrill Powers, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Approved EMDR Consultant, shares her journey of how childhood attachment wounds made launching into adulthood very difficult and how low self esteem, anxiety, and difficulty in making decisions affected her relationship choices which led to further abuse and trauma in an adult love relationship. Merrill gives an excellent understanding of how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is bringing phenomenal change to the lives of her clients. Merrill also discusses with David the difference between big “T” traumas and small “t” traumas.
One of my favorite things that Merrill said during the interview was: “Because of being in healing relationships with my clients, it has healed me as well.”
Ronald Mah, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and author of The One-Minute Temper Tantrum Solution, shares about his healing journey through anxiety, hypervigilance, terror, and the fear of screwing up due to physical abuse from an elementary school teacher. Ronald also shares about the great healing effect of developing deeper self compassion through psychotherapy and healthy self care practices. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
My favorite quote of Ronald’s interview is, “The whole process of empowerment is: I am worthy and I can do something about it.”
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Catherine Auman, LMFT and author of Shortcuts to Mindfulness: 100 Ways to Personal & Spiritual Growth, shares about how mindfulness and meditation have helped her through chronic depression. Catherine shares about how she uses Transpersonal Psychology to help her clients move towards change. Catherine also explains the benefits of mindfulness to help with anxiety. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.
One of my favorite quotes from Catherine during the show that she asks her clients in therapy is: “How would you know your life is better? And let’s get there.”
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Brian Kypta, is on the show this week sharing about his struggle with finding a sense of belonging throughout his life. Brian also talks with David about how Emotionally Focused Therapy is helping his clients to relate to themselves and their loved ones in the ‘here and now’ of psychotherapy. Push the play button above to listen to the show or use the links below to listen on iTunes or Stitcher Radio.