October 19, 2021
This episode is sponsored by Trauma Warriors.
In Healing from Co-dependency, Licensed Psychotherapist Sharon Martin talks about understanding and healing from codependency.
Sharon Martin, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist in San Jose, California, specializing in co-dependency recovery. Sharon writes the blog Conquering Co-dependency for Psychology Today and is the author of "Navigating the Co-dependency Maze", "The CBT Workbook for Perfectionism" and her new book "The Better Boundaries Workbook".
In Healing from Codependency, Sharon also talks about:
- What brought her to this work
- Co-dependency and the helping professions
- Girls and self-sacrificing
- What is co-dependency?
- What does co-dependency look like?
- What does co-dependency feel like?
- Shame and co-dependency
- What is developmental trauma?
- Codependency as a coping mechanism
- The people pleaser and the perfectionist
- Healing from co-dependency
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-healing-from-co-dependency/
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October 7, 2021
In Are You There Buddha? Author and CBCA winner, Pip Harry talks about coming of age, the mother-daughter relationship, periods and starting high school.
Pip Harry is an Australian children’s author and journalist. Her novel, The Little Wave, won the CBCA 2020 Book of the Year Award for younger readers and the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for the 2020 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Her young adult novels include I’ll Tell You Mine, Head of the River, and Because of You, shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Award, Victorian Premier's Literary Award and Queensland Literary Award. Her latest novel is Are You There, Buddha? and she is currently working on a new middle grade novel due for release in 2022.
In Are You There Buddha? Pip also talks about:
- How Pip became an author
- Are you there God, it is me Margaret
- The 80s: Cleo & Dolly magazines
- Periods in the 80s
- Why & when Pip wrote Are You There Buddha?
- From Playboy to periods: I reread Judy Blume with my tween. She found it perplexing by Pip Harry
- The mother-daughter relationship
- The narcissistic mother
- Motherless daughters, eating disorders
- Abandonment and lack of attunement
- Absent mothers
- How a child feels when the mother abandons the family
- The May Gibbs Fellowship
- The step-mother and step-daughter relationship
- Mindfulness, meditation and Buddha
- Bee and Buddha
- The Great Mother and the feminine
- The noisy world that teenagers are growing up in and finding one's inner self
- Facebook aware of Instagram’s harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals
- Yumi Stynes, Welcome to Your Period
- The other relationships in Are You There Buddha?
- Leon, the perfect role model for boys
- Talking about climate change
- Criticism, rejection and the superego
- Create a period pack of books
- Dr Lara Owen: Her Blood is Gold
- Pip's first book in Big W
- Book face - Are You There Buddha is the perfect cover to create a book face
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-039-are-you-buddha-with-pip-harry/
September 26, 2021
In 10 Advantages to Liking Your Body As It Is, Gestalt Psychotherapist Cindy Blank-Edelman shares with us about:
- Being radical
- Body freedom
- What is Gestalt therapy?
- The paradoxical theory of change
- Acceptance & change
- What is body image?
- Diet culture, oppression, racism, sexism and misogyny
- Negative bias and Velcro
- Negative body image is bad for our health
- Top 10 advantages to liking your body as it is
- Freedom tastes better than thin
- How therapists miss people
- Dieting and control
This episode is for anyone who has suffered with trauma (developmental trauma, complex trauma, childhood trauma, fat trauma), disordered eating, eating disorders and other food, weight and body image concerns.
For the show notes, go to https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-38-10-advantages-to-liking-your-body-as-it-is/
September 7, 2021
In Our Body Is The Home For Our Soul, Podcast Host, Trauma & Disordered eating Specialist, Jodie Gale shares about:
- Feeling at home in our body
- Our true identity
- Manifesting soul
- Diet culture
- The trance of unworthiness
- The call of the soul
- Coming home to our true self
For the show notes: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-body-and-soul/
August 24, 2021
In Treating Trauma with Somatic & Talk Therapy, Psychotherapist Andrea Szasz from Brave Therapy talks about healing the split between somatic and talk therapy. She also talks about:
- What brought Andrea to this work?
- What is attachment?
- What are the attachment styles?
- The secure base
- Fight, flight and freeze
- Why and how do we bring the body into the room?
- Emotions, feelings and the body
- Somatic Therapies: Somatic experiencing, Sensorimotor, Hakomi, Embodied Imagination
- Trauma informed yoga
- Emotional regulation
- Somatic therapy versus talk therapy
- Healing the split between somatic and talk therapy
- Healing the split by Nelson
- Master talk therapists, relationship and attunement
- Pat Ogden, Bessel van der Kolk, Norman Doidge
- Bad talk therapy doesn't work
- Disconnection and connection
- Psychotherapy wars / Kung Fu wars
- EMDR and brainspotting
- Long-term trauma therapy
- University of Sydney Trauma Informed Psychotherapy
- The Daring Way
- Adult Attachment Interview
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-36-treating-trauma/
August 10, 2021
In Should I Get the COVID Vaccine?, Immunologist Dr. Tania Gourley answers all of your questions about whether you should get vaccinated or not.
Dr. Tania Gourley received her Ph.D. in 2002 from the University of Michigan in Microbiology and Immunology. Her post-doctoral training was with Dr. Rafi Ahmed at Emory University, a world leader in immunological responses to viral infection and vaccination. Dr. Gourley's post-doctoral research focussed on the antibody and T cell responses to both viral infection and vaccination including influenza vaccination in immune compromised individuals. Currently, she is working as a Senior Project Coordinator in the Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology/Emory Vaccine Center at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Gourley manages research studies on viral immunity including a Covid-19 study which is evaluating the longevity of the immune response to the SARS-CoV-2 virus in infected individuals over a two year period. Dr. Gourley grew up in New Zealand and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and three dogs.
In Should I Get the COVID Vaccine? Dr Gourley and I talk about:
- Why she became an immunologist
- Our family history of lock-downs and vaccination
- Influenza, Tuberculosis and Polio
- Trauma and the immune system
- What is a vaccine?
- How are vaccines developed and tested?
- Are the vaccines new?
- Some of the vaccine trials were paused, why?
- How do the COVID vaccines work?
- Who should get the COVID vaccine?
- Who shouldn't get the COVID vaccine?
- What are the side effects of a COVID vaccine?
- Are the vaccines safe?
- Am I playing Russian Roulette if I get the vaccine?
- What's Andrew Jeremy Wakefield got to do with the COVID anti-vax movement? (Andrew Wakefield was struck off the medical register due to his involvement in the Lancet MMR autism fraud, a 1998 study that falsely claimed a link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism).
- What are the benefits of a COVID vaccine?
- Myth busting about the COVID vaccine
- COVID is just like the flu, we should open up and just live with it
- The COVID vaccines are new and are still in a trial phase – we are all guinea pigs
- The COVID vaccines could cause infertility
- The government are really injecting microchips into our arms
- My immune system is top notch, I eat clean and I have a spiritual practice, my immune system will fight off COVID, I therefore have no need for a mask or the vaccine
- You can still catch COVID even though you have the vaccine so there is no point in taking it
- At the end of the World Health Organisation vaccine video series, they say, 'stay safe, stay healthy and stick with science' Why is it important that we stick with the science here and not just opinions?
- There are a lot of people saying, ‘I’ll just wait and see’ – what is your advice for people who are still hesitant?
- Personal choice and the anti-vax movement
Head to the Show Notes: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-should-i-get-the-covid-vaccine/ for the links mentioned in this episode:
The Anti-Vax Conspiracy
Vaccines Weren't Rushed
Lockdowns, Masks & Conspiracy Theories
The COVID Fertility Issue
Pandemics result From the Destruction of Nature
How disgraced anti-vaxxer Andrew Wakefield was embraced by Trump's America
The Hill of Hope Sanitorium, Christchurch, NZ
Signs of Spiritual Narcissism
July 27, 2021
In this episode, Disordered Eating, Food, Weight & Body Image Concerns Psychotherapy and Mind Body Image Coach, Jodie Gale shares the HAES Manifesto by Lindo Bacon to help you understand Health at Every Size and how intentional weight loss and dieting can cause harm.
July 13, 2021
In What is Eating Disorder Coaching? Eating Disorder Recovery Coach Sarah Lee shares with us about becoming an eating psychology and eating disorder recovery coach. This super authentic episode will be of much value to women suffering with dieting, disordered eating and eating disorders. It will also be of value to counsellors and therapists who would like to know more about how an eating disorder coach could be of service to their clients.
Sarah also talks about:
- Her recovery story from bulimia
- Giving birth and baby weight
- Being the 'perfect' weight watcher
- Why Carolyn Costin sets the bar high for coach training
- Mothers, daughters and disordered eating - what's the biggest problem?
- Diet culture
- FAO therapists - not all coaching is flimsy
- What type of clients is coaching suitable for?
- The 10 Phases of Eating Disorder Recovery
- What do coaches actually do?
- Eating, food and clothes shopping with clients
- Meal challenges
- Finding an eating disorder recovery team
- Can someone fully recover from an eating disorder?
- What does it mean to be recovered?
- Care of the Soul
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-eating-disorder-coaching/
June 29, 2021
In Veganism & Mental Health: The Cost of Caring, counsellor Amanda Atchison shares with us about the mental health trauma caused by being vegan in a non-vegan world. She also gives tips to counsellors and psychotherapists who work with vegan clients and how to support them.
Amanda also talks about:
- How veganism has become more widespread due to climate change, more access to vegan products, and documentaries such as Forks Over Knives, Game Changers, Cowspiracy & Blackfish
- What people gain by becoming vegan
- What is vistopia? Clare Mann, vegan psychologist
- The different types of vegans
- The types of people who become vegan
- The Bunnings Vegan BBQ uproar
- Veganism and sensitivity
- Eating disorders and veganism
- What eating disorder therapists need to know about
- The mental health issues re harming animals
- The importance of social connection
- The principle of Do No Harm
- Veganism Australia
For the show notes and links to vegan and plant-based recipes, go to: https://bit.ly/2SxmAFD
June 8, 2021
In M-Bodied Mothering Medicine for Disordered Eating Recovery, Caroline shares her model to help love your body and rediscover food and exercise from pleasurable, sustainable practices through mothering metaphors. Caroline talks about: What is M-Bodied? The good enough mother. Mothering medicine. What’s oxytocin got to do with it? There are many mothers. Mothering as a verb. What is Polyvagal Theory? What makes us feel unsafe? Big Ts and little ts. Trauma and attachment theory. Multigenerational trauma. Why building the relationship in therapy is so important for recovery. Why anger is crucial. The real meaning of depression. Attunement and needs. Family Based Therapy (FBT). Eating disorders are family disorders. What can people do at home to heal. Nature and Mother Earth as healer.
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-31-m-bodied/
May 25, 2021
In this episode, host Jodie Gale, talks about how to find meaning and purpose throughout difficult times.
She also shares about: famous people throughout time who have experienced great suffering and who have overcome difficult times; suffering through COVID; Viktor Frankl and Man's Search for Meaning; Positive Thinking & Toxic Positivity; IVF failures; On Grief & Grieving by David Kessler & Elisabeth Kubler Ross; The 5 Stages of Grief; Transformation & Post-Traumatic Growth; Journal Prompts for Overcoming; A book list for overcoming adversity; Repression of the sublime.
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-finding-meaning-and-purpose/
May 11, 2021
In this episode, Abby Seixas talks about her bestselling book, Finding the Deep River Within.
Abby Seixas is a psychotherapist, author and speaker specializing in issues of self-care for women. She offers workshops, retreats and individualized coaching as well as her popular “Deep River”™ groups. Her television appearances include NBC’s The Today Show and her work has been featured in O–The Oprah Magazine, Self, Woman’s Day, Fitness, Body & Soul, and The Boston Globe.
Abby talks with us about Meditation and the human potential movement, The pandemic and mental health, What is the deep river within? What are blocking beliefs? Time-In, Boundaries, Befriending Feelings, Taming expectations and presence.
Show notes: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-finding-the-deep-river-within/
April 27, 2021
In Stop the Fat Talk, BodyMatters founder Sarah McMahon talks about dieting, disordered eating (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, orthorexia), body image, fat talking and diet culture.
Sarah also talks about:
- Why Sarah has dedicated her career to working with people suffering from eating disorders
- Health at every size
- Fat talking statistics
- Why are we consumed by fat talk?
- What is fat talk?
- The diet, medical, fashion, beauty industry
- Everyone is a health expert
- The consequences of fat talking
- How to stop the fat talk
- Boundaries with friends who fat talk
- Tips for parents who fat talk
- How to heal from fat talk
- BodyMatters services
For the show notes, go to: https://www.thesoulcentre.online/soul-sessions-stop-the-fat-talk/
April 13, 2021
In this episode, I interview Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Mari Lee, about women who have experienced sexual deception and betrayal trauma due to their partner’s sex addiction and/or porn addiction.
Mari A. Lee is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Certified in Sex Addiction and Partners, Betrayal Trauma, and Mindfulness.
Mari also discusses what it was that brought her to this work, sex and porn addiction, sexual compulsivity, is porn harmful? What is betrayal trauma? Gaslighting and betrayal trauma, boundaries, the grief cycle, the impact of betrayal on the body, mind & soul, complex trauma, and how to heal from trauma.
For the show notes, go to: 027: Sexual Deception & Betrayal Trauma with Mari Lee - The Soul Centre
March 30, 2021
Returning guest, Dr. Lara Owen talks about the perils of extreme positive thinking, toxic positivity, and how to be your true self in a world dominated by social media and consumerism.
Lara also talks about behavioural and material sustainability, the earth as a precious resource, living through the pandemic, slowing down, ego, soul and authenticity, existential and spiritual crisis.
You can find the show notes at
March 16, 2021
In Psycho-Spiritual Healing from Trauma, my guest Amy Babish talks about healing from trauma (complex trauma, attachment trauma, interpersonal trauma, CPTSD) from a psycho-spiritual and movement therapy lens.
Amy also shares about her own recovery from disordered eating, soul-work, the wise woman within, the lone wolf within, family constellations, somatic psychotherapy, resourcing, and movement therapy.
March 1, 2021
In Recovering from Sexual Abuse, I talk with Therapy Chat Podcast Host & Trauma Therapist, Laura Reagan. In this episode we talk about childhood sexual abuse, grooming, it is always the abuser's fault, how parents respond to disclosure, trauma (CPTSD) responses, how women can begin to heal and trauma informed yoga.
February 16, 2021
In Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN), I talk with Dr Jonice Webb about the pain and effects of CEN, emotional eating, and the steps to healing outlined in her book Running on Empty. Jonice also talks about childhood trauma (attachment trauma. complex trauma (CPTSD)), the types of parents who emotionally neglect their children, narcissistic parents, shame, anger, the inner child and how to reparent oneself.
February 1, 2021
In What is Psychotherapy? I dive deep into all things psychotherapy with Certified Transactional Analyst Jo Frasca. This episode will help clients who have suffered with attachment trauma, interpersonal trauma and complex trauma (CPTSD) learn more about how to find a properly trained psychotherapist, what happens in psychotherapy and how it works. This episode is also a wonderful resource for mental health professionals to learn more about psychotherapy and how it differs from counselling, social work, psychology and coaching, as well as how psychotherapy differs from techniques such as CBT and EMDR.
January 18, 2021
In The Insidious Nature of Shame, Dr. Sona Delurgio talks about trauma, shame and disordered eating. Sona also talks about contemporary psychoanalysis, attunement between caregiver and child is crucial to well-being, attachment, the different attachment styles, cptsd, complex trauma, developing a sense of security, how shame shows up in women's lives, shame and disordered eating, intuitive eating, the therapeutic frame, why once a week is the gold standard for therapy to work, why starting psychotherapy is the most courageous thing you can do, how psychotherapy helps you to move through your suffering, there is nothing like the the relationship you will have with your therapist.
January 5, 2021
In How to Stick to New Year's Resolutions, Soul Sessions podcast host and founder of thesoulcentre.online, Jodie Gale shares about the different types of will: strong will, skillful will, goodwill, Transpersonal Will. She also talks about the different types of love: for oneself, for others and for the planet. We need a balance of love (feminine energy) and will (masculine energy) and New Year's Resolutions based on value, meaning and purpose in order to reach our goals.
December 29, 2020
In 7 Tips to Help You Ditch Your New Year Diet Resolutions, Soul Sessions host Jodie Gale talks about feeling broken, attempted failed attempts at weight loss, whatever your soul calls for - do that! health at every size, focusing on weight is a red herring, diet culture seduction, thoughts and feelings, the inner critic, self-compassion, advocate for fat talk free and how to live a big life now regardless of your size.
December 20, 2020
In 30 COVID Friendly Alternatives to a Dysfunctional Family Christmas, I talk about my history of complex trauma (CPTSD, attachment trauma) and dysfunctional family Christmas', How I used food to cope, How to set boundaries throughout the holidays, Reasons you may be dreading Christmas, Martha Becks ideas for surviving your next family Christmas, Family estrangement throughout COVID and the holidays, Being COVID safe throughout the holidays, and my list of 30 COVID friendly alternatives to a dysfunctional family Christmas.
This episode covers recovery tools for addiction, anxiety, depression, dieting, eating disorders, health at every size, life crisis, relationships and spiritual awakening.
December 16, 2020
In Trauma, Gratitude & When We Met Oprah, I talk with Anna Dwyer about trauma (CPTSD, attachment trauma, complex trauma), Black Lives Matter, Aboriginal, Indigenous and First Nations of Australia, what white people need to know being a police sergeant on COVID hotel quarantine, what is gratitude? and when we met Oprah.
December 9, 2020
In Embodied Recovery, I talk with Paula Scatoloni and Rachel Lewis Marlow about complex trauma and disordered eating from a sensorimotor and somatic psychotherapy perspective.
Rachel and Paula also talk about their own history with trauma, disordered eating and working in this field, what is sensorimotor and somatic psychotherapy?, what is embodied recovery?, the body as a resource, what is the window of tolerance?, emotional regulation and dysregulation, attachment trauma, relational trauma, interpersonal trauma, CPTSD and how one begins to heal from disordered eating and eating disorders.