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Making the connection between childhood trauma and crime has been a game-changer for me! Welcome to my empowering podcast a sanctuary for survivors seeking strength after traumatic events and toxic relationships. Join us as I engage in candid conversations with fellow survivors, delving into topics like crime, generational trauma, mental health, and recovery. But here’s the twist: we’re not just about serious discussions. We believe healing can coexist with laughter and camaraderie. So, let’ ...
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A multi-talented individual, Seth Gehle excels as an ultra marathon runner, veteran, speaker, and author. His journey is one of mental toughness, shaped by trauma from his mother’s addiction and the painful experience of being molested by a friend. Seth emphasizes the importance of reporting abuse, acceptance, and endurance in the face of adversity…
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Join us this week as we welcome Mary Beth O’Connor, who shares her inspiring three-phase journey from a tumultuous past to an extraordinary future. Despite growing up in a household marked by physical and sexual abuse, Mary Beth overcame addiction, including years of substance abuse and methamphetamine use. Twenty-nine years into recovery, she’s a …
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Growing up in a dysfunctional home leaves lasting scars, especially when addiction is at the center. In this episode with guest Lolita Guarin, we explore the experiences of Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACOA) and their struggle with relationships, self-worth, and happiness. Discover hope, resilience, and the power of self-awareness as we delve into…
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Ten years ago, Denise Dielwart faced the sudden loss of her husband, Maarten. This tragedy left her trapped in a cycle of depression, loneliness, and isolation. However, Denise didn’t follow the conventional 5 stages of grief. Instead, she developed a powerful alternative called the F.L.O.W. method. This approach encourages people to look within th…
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Natalie (NatNat) Bedard joins us this week to improve our understanding of the nervous system. She specializes in unravelling emotional blockages and reigniting intuitive connections. Daily stresses and past experiences can create obstacles that make it difficult to move forward. When facing grief and trauma, it's natural to feel trapped and stuck.…
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Victoria Danielle shares her story of growing up in a chaotic and abusive environment, experiencing trauma and abuse from a young age. She discusses the impact of witnessing violence and the subtle dynamics of emotional and verbal abuse. She opens up about her 10-year abusive marriage, the manipulation tactics used by her ex-husband, and the moment…
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Tune in and discover how to break free from the shackles of ‘never enough’ and embrace a life where you are more than your successes. Join us on a transformative journey with Leah Johnson, as she delves into the heart of perfectionism and the relentless pursuit of goals. Leah, a seasoned campaign strategist, trauma survivor, and advocate for balanc…
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In this conversation, Win Charles shares her personal story of being a survivor of abuse as a disabled individual. She discusses the abuse she experienced at the hands of a family member and the emotional and physical trauma she endured. Win emphasizes the importance of speaking up and seeking help when abuse occurs, and she encourages others to be…
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In this conversation, Shara Gabaldon discusses her experience surviving narcissistic abuse. Shara shares that she was married to her abuser for several years before being able to escape. We discuss the challenges of leaving an abusive relationship, the different forms of abuse, and the importance of healing and self-reflection. Shara emphasizes the…
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In this episode, Marci Warhaft shares her journey of overcoming tragic loss, an eating disorder, and the emotional turmoil of exploring the swinger’s lifestyle with her husband. Marci’s story is one of overcoming illness and betrayal, championing body positivity with self-worth. She addresses the pervasive problem of body image and societal expecta…
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Richard D. Bailey shares his journey as a certified fraud examiner and his encounter with Alexander Chatfield Burns, a young financial prodigy involved in a major fraud. Richard discovers discrepancies in a vineyard acquisition and uncovers evidence of a massive fraud. He cooperates with the FBI, wears a wire, and navigates the uncertainty of the i…
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In this episode, Bill Mitchell shares the tragic details of his daughter’s murder and how he turned his grief into advocacy against dating violence. He outlines key signs of toxic relationships and educates on escaping abuse. This narrative serves as a rallying cry for awareness and the strength to seek help, showcasing the indomitable human spirit…
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In this episode, JenniSue Jessen recounts her harrowing experience with trafficking from a young age and her path to justice. She stresses the importance of awareness and vigilance against human trafficking, discusses systemic legal shortcomings, and the power of reclaiming one’s voice. Her story is one of overcoming adversity, advocating for chang…
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In this episode, Kristin Rivas recounts her battle with PTSD and her healing journey through rapid resolution therapy. She discusses the transformative effects of the therapy, the crucial role of support systems, and the path to reclaiming intimacy after trauma. Kristin’s story is a beacon of hope, emphasizing personal responsibility in healing and…
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In this episode, Brooke Bralove explores the transformative effects of Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), a form of art therapy that uses rapid eye movement to reprocess distressing memories. Effective in just a few sessions, ART helps with trauma, anxiety, and more. Brooke advocates for the integration of art therapy in therapeutic practices, h…
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Listen here for a bonus episode. I had the pleasure of being on Jayson Blair's podcast called Silver Linings Handbook - Interesting conversations with interesting people. Helping the Caged Birds Sing. Silver Linings Handbook – Interesting conversations with interesting people Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/true-crime-connections-ad…
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In this episode, Shaun Coffee recounts his journey from a traumatic childhood to becoming an advocate for healing. He shares his battles with addiction and homelessness, the importance of self-forgiveness, and how his story inspires others to embrace their truth. Shaun’s advocacy work, including his book “Boys Do Cry,” underscores the power of comm…
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In this insightful episode, healer Ben Oofana discusses the healing of emotional wounds and the quest for true love. Topics include the effects of hormones on relationships, the superficiality of dating apps, the influence of past trauma, attachment styles, the spiritual vision quest, and the wisdom of indigenous healers. Ben also addresses the add…
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In this episode, Jeff O’Neill discusses the lasting effects of trauma across generations and the power of healing. Topics include historical and cultural trauma, epigenetics, and breaking the cycle of family trauma. The conversation emphasizes self-compassion, resilience, and the transformative power of personal narratives. How to contact: If you a…
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Riana Milne, a renowned therapist, and relationship coach, shares her knowledge and insights. Drawing from her extensive expertise (Global Cert. Life, Dating & Relationship Coach, CCTP, LMHC, LCADC, CAP, SAC, Certified Mindfulness Coach, Educational Speaker, and #1 Bestselling Author), Riana sheds light on how childhood experiences shape our adult …
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Alfred Anderson retired Deputy Sheriff is joining us this week and is here to tell us to shut up and stop incriminating ourselves when dealing with law enforcement. He is tired of seeing his fellow officers abusing the law that was built to protect. Alfred is the author of the book: DEPUTY - KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: A COP'S TRUE STORY and a love story cal…
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In this episode, we delve into the remarkable story of Kristof Morrow, a survivor of childhood abuse. Despite facing setbacks triggered by Tourette’s syndrome and OCD, Kristof discovered his talents as a writer and journalist. Now an award-winning author with viral TikTok videos, he shares his journey of resilience and hope. Tune in to learn how Kr…
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This week, Dee Hurley joins us to shed light on the flaws of the family court system and its role in perpetuating abuse. As an Emotion Code and Body Code Practitioner, and advocate for Quantum Living, Dee operates Lighthouse Energy Healing. She utilizes a bio-resonance scanner to detect and remedy imbalances affecting emotional and physical well-be…
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In 2005 Cyn Kubiak witnessed her husband of twenty years get shot on their front lawn by police. She shares the events leading up to the fatal shooting and while raising awareness for safer practices between police and the public, especially in cases of mental illness, so that shootings like this won’t happen again. Cyn is the author of Immune to M…
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In this powerful episode, we sit down with Stefanie Jane, a survivor of child sexual abuse and rape. From a young age, Stefanie was ensnared in a cycle of trauma, but she found hope and healing through her faith in Jesus. Join us as we explore her journey from darkness to redemption, and discover that even in the darkest moments, there is a way out…
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In this compelling episode, Paulette Buchanan recounts her ordeal with stalking and the subsequent struggle for justice that led her from Connecticut to Tennessee. She exposes courtroom corruption and shares her insights in her book, “Fighting for Justice,” which offers solace and empowerment to those battling systemic abuse and seeking accountabil…
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Dr. Allison Snowden’s journey from a challenging near-death experience to becoming a THETAHEALING® instructor is a testament to resilience. Overcoming disbelief and negative patterns, she now empowers trauma survivors to find their purpose and release limiting beliefs through the science-spirituality fusion of Theta Healing. How to contact: https:/…
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Charisse Beach, M.ED., a former principal at an alternative school for at-risk students, faced an unexpected challenge at home: her own son, Oliver, attempted to take her life during a psychotic blackout caused by his untreated bipolar disorder. Now, Charisse aims to raise awareness among parents about early signs and patterns that were overlooked,…
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Rachel Robinson, a former Deputy District Attorney in Denver, witnessed the injustices within the legal system. Driven by a mission to empower and educate survivors, she founded “The Ray of Justice,” a unique, trauma-informed victim rights law firm. How to contact: Ray of Justice (therayofjustice.com) Rachel (@therayofjustice) | TikTok Support the …
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On that fateful day in 2013, Michael Chase stood just 15 feet away from the second blast at the Boston Marathon. Amidst the chaos, he took heroic actions that saved a little girl’s life. Years later, Michael realized his dream job as a cop and now serves as a school SRO, teaching kids that kindness is more than a virtue—it’s a lifestyle. How to con…
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Who did you want to be as a child growing up? I am willing to guess it was probably a prince or princess. When that doesn't become your reality, or it actually does but is taken from you, what happens to your self-worth? Sandy Johnston is here to share her story of wearing rose-colored glasses and overlooking the signs of abuse for that one person …
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Todd Boczkowski recounts how overcoming multiple extreme traumas shaped him into who he is as a man and person. From his mother and stepmother's murder at the hands of his father to military trauma, Todd's strength to survive is an inspiration to all and has an empowering message for overcoming life's greatest challenges. Link to Letter burning exe…
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Could you imagine waking up to a text in the middle of the night that has you find your roommate beaten to death, in the bathroom at the hands of your ex-boyfriend? To then be held captive for two hours while being repeatedly raped and threatened. My guest Ashley Michelle lived that, and she is here to tell you that YOU are here for a purpose and i…
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Did you know that a perpetrator will know within as little as 7 seconds of watching you if you will be his next target? How about that 89% of attacks are done by someone you know? Join me this week as I talk with Patti Stewart with over 20 years of experience in self-defense, Patti is an internationally certified self-defense instructor who has tra…
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Laurie Gilbertson former New York City homicide, sex crimes, and organized crime prosecutor, On-air legal analyst for Court TV, educator, and entrepreneur. We get candid about how the justice system plays out from behind the counsel table. Helpful tips for sexual assault survivors who are facing their attackers on the stand and the injustice we are…
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Forensic Psychologist Joni E. Johnston, Psy .D. joins me this week to discuss two crazy cases dealing with obsession, jealousy, and passion. The case of Shirley Nelson rocked the Peanuts headquarters in 1995 after a murder-suicide was attempted. We also cover the case of Kimmi Hardy who thought her only way to keep a man was by performing a baby ab…
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On Halloween night 1985, 17-year-old Susan Snow was getting ready to go out for the night when she received a phone call that would change the family dynamic forever. Her father Thomas C Williams, a Los Angeles police detective was picking up her 6-year-old brother when he was assassinated right there at his school. His quick thinking was able to s…
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At the young age of seven, Megan Connor was being sex trafficked by her babysitter and her husband. Even at that age, she knew she could not tell her family due to growing up in a Mormon household and being told to stay silent. This would only lead her down multiple abusive relationships and the feeling of having no value. Megan is also the cousin …
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Stephany Ann shares her journey from victimhood to victory as a survivor of narcissistic abuse and having experienced relationship trauma through two narcissistic marriages. She went from working as an Attorney to an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, motivated by her transformation and a deep understanding of narcissistic abuse. Steph…
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This week I have guest Wysteria Edwards, BA, Ed.M. After many years of being a kindergarten teacher, she noticed that most of her students are crying out for love and relief. This started her journey to find answers for the broken children entering her classroom—and the wounds in her own heart—through the personal notes, speeches, and writings of F…
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This week I have guest June Collins here to share her story of every parent's worst fear, child loss. Her son Kaleb was only 2 years and three months old when he passed but his legacy will still live on forever. Anyone who has lost a child will understand what a parent goes through in this dark time. She discusses the raw emotions of child loss and…
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This week I talk with my guest Dana Diaz a wife, mother, and author of the best-selling book GASPING FOR AIR: THE STRANGLEHOLD OF NARCISSISTIC ABUSE. From the early age of one until her own child was 17 years old, she was dealing with narcissistic abuse. All that stress has left her with an autoimmune and a lung disease. Don't wear the mask that yo…
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I talk with my guest Ana Megrelishvili as she shares her story of childhood abuse and the different methods, she has tried throughout the years to help her heal. We cover hypnotherapy, EMDR, conventional therapy, group therapy and ayahuasca. When dealing with generational abuse it is so important to reflect on yourself to make sure that you are the…
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This week I talk with my guest Paul Zolman who shares his story of generational trauma that included physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse. Once we stop playing the blame game and take our responsibility back you can deal with the anger and move forward. Paul is the founder of Role of Love, a journal and dice game dedicated to helping peo…
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This week I talk with my guest Megan Jones as she shares how being raised by alcoholic parents, she didn't get the love she needed but instead gave her the fear of abandonment and the feeling of unworthiness. After learning meditation and experiencing ego death she rediscovered her purpose as a healer. Megan is passionate about shedding limiting be…
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This week I talk with my guest Michelle. After losing a close friend she wanted to live life to the fullest. Little did she know by saying that her world be turned upside down by her own husband. Not only did she find out that he has been living a secret life but the life he would introduce her would involve drugs, alcohol, and sex. Michelle was ab…
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This week I talk with my guest Eileen Santos about her heartbreaking story of teen violence. I don't know how else to explain this episode other than every parent's worst nightmare. We talk about the psychological abuse along with the physical that would ultimately cause the death of their son. Eileen now has her own podcast called Murder, Blood & …
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This week I talk with my guest Charlotte Hooper who is the Manager & Director for The Cyber Helpline. They can help with everything and anything dealing with cybercrime. More than 500,000 individuals have received help, and their helpline has opened more than 30,000 cases. If you are already worried about how A.I. is getting more and more advanced,…
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This week I talk with my guest Amanda Blackwood who was no stranger to childhood trauma. So much that she would rather be homeless than to live with her abusive family. This would later lead her down the path of becoming a three-time human trafficking survivor expanding from the United States all the way to Scotland. Amanda outsmarted her trafficke…
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This week I talk with my guest Joann Richards. Joann takes us down her journey of seven marriages all involving abuse, divorce, death and incarceration for murder. I definitely give Jo Ann some tough love about some of the choices that she has made, but we could both agree that the only life-long relationship you can count on is with yourself. Self…
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