Podcast Episodes

Oliver Sykes

Paul’s 41 year-old friend talks (and laughs) about his arrested emotional development and struggle to be an adult after a childhood where he often had to parent his parents because of their addictions, mental illnesses (including hospitalizations and suicide attempts) and lack of boundaries.

This episode is sponsored by Audible.  For a free 30 day trial and a free downloadable audio book go to www.audible.com/mentalpod and sign up.

 

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Gillian Callahan Chachere

The Marriage and Family Therapist Intern opens up about the rarely-discussed trauma of miscarriage, the lack of traditional grief support in our culture, and the surprising results she got from seeking an alternative healing therapy (a full spectrum doula) after her fifth miscarriage.

The blog piece that Gillian wrote is called The Closing of the Bones.

Her therapy website is http://gillianchacheretherapy.com/

The Youtube piece that Paul referenced about sexual trauma survivors’ is here.

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Bulimia & Anorexia w/Noemi

The 24 year-old first generation Mexican-American is currently unable to stop her anorexia, bulimia or blackout drinking.  She shares what her struggle is like and about the abusive ex-boyfriend whose chaos and trauma-bonding helped distract her from her feelings and finally she shares about the family life where most of her pain originated

This episode is sponsored by Cards Against Humanity visit them at www.cardsagainsthumanity.com

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Former NHL Goalie Clint Malarchuk (voted #3 ep of 2014)

The former NHL goalie opens up about his difficult childhood and the OCD that helped him professionally but ultimately almost ended his life.  He shares about his anxiety, depression, alcoholism, suicide attempt and the PTSD from a skate to the neck that almost caused him to bleed to death during a televised game in 1989.   Clint has survived it all an more importantly got the help his “cowboy” upbringing had stigmatized for years as “weak”.   Clint’s book is called A Matter of Inches (in Canada it’s called The Crazy Game).

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Joni G.

“No man ever pleased me like cocaine did.”  The 60 year-old shares about the drug that helped her with her ADD, feel skinnier, prettier and more powerful especially when she began dealing it by the kilo.  She also opens up about her stint in prison and the things she learned there that helped her emotionally when being treated for breast cancer.  She is currently a certified drug and alcohol counselor studying to become a MFT (Marriage and Family therapist).

This episode is sponsored by the hilariously offensive party game Cards Against Humanity and their 10 Days or Whatever of Kwanza.   For more info go to www.holidaybullshit.com

This episode is sponsored by LootCrate.  For 10% off any subscription go to www.lootcrate.com/happyhour and use offer code HAPPYHOUR

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Samantha C.

Born with achondroplasia dwarfism to emotionally unavailable Taiwanese immigrant parents, Sam shares about being a “litte person” and the ways support groups have helped her navigate dealing with love addiction, sex addiction and co-dependency.

SquareSpace sponsored this episode.  For a Free Trial and 10% off, go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL.

Harry’s shaving products sponsored this episode.  To get $5 off your first purchase go to www.Harrys.com and use the offer code Mentalpod

 

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Laurenne Sala

What happens when the Homecoming Queen takes off her popularity mask and deals with the pain of her co-dependent mom and the suicide of her gay father?  One of the most compassionate and truth-seeking guests we’ve ever had.

Some links for Laurenne: laurenne.com (for writing and work) tabootales.org (taboo tales!) http://gilhedley.com/ (cadaver training program) and @laurenne (twitter)

SquareSpace sponsored this episode.  For a Free Trial and 10% off, go to www.squarespace.com and use offer code MENTAL.

Audible sponsored this episode.  For a free 30 day trial and a free audiobook, go to www.audiblepodcast.com/mental .

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