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Separating the Suffering, the Stigma, and the Self w/Danny Holcomb

Danny Holcomb is a peer recovery specialist, a survivor of mental health and substance use disorders, a light worker, artist, and beautiful human. This discussion sheds light on the internalized stigma that can be experienced by individuals with a history of mental health or substance use disorders and often creates barriers and limiting beliefs. Recovery is a process, an action word, that requires on-going commitment to well-being. Following the discussion is an original piece written by Danny for a ReStory group session entitled, Heaven. Stick around to check that out and visit The If You Could See Me Project YouTube channel to experience Danny’s story from the 2019 men’s group performance.

Danny Holcomb on The If You Could See Me Project stage, December 2019:

Danny will facilitate the 2021 IYCSM Men’s/Male Identifying group. Visit to find out more and reach out to express your interest in participating.

The “Why Try” Effect w/Traci Jones

The “Why Try” Effect is a form of self-stigma experienced by individuals who have known failure in the face of mental health, substance use, disability and other learning issues. As a peer recovery specialist, founder of Rise Phoenix Rise and animal assisted wellness organization, and Ph.D. student in organizational leadership with her own lived experience of physical and mental health conditions Traci wants to help others understand this form of self-stigma and develop tools to fight back against it.

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Brain Injury Awareness w/Melissa Earley

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The IYCSM project Director of Community Outreach, Melissa Earley is also a brain injury survivor. Melissa joins Erin to talk about life after brain injury and all of the complex factors that impact the life of an individual post TBI. In 2019 the NIH released a study indicating that 1 in 5 people who experience a TBI develop a mental health condition, most commonly major depression.

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If you have a story or personal account about TBI visit and click “Share Your Story” at the top of the home page.

Saturday Morning Coffee with Erin and Lucretia

Erin and Lucretia talked about all the things once again this time! That Black History Month is every month, and how to effectively respond to someone in a mental health crisis. Check out Lucretia’s brand new website and check out her latest Anti-Racist Parenting group series.

Join me every Saturday morning at 10 am on Facebook Live for a new conversation with fascinating people sharing thoughts and ideas on issues related to mental health.

Hope, Healing, Self-Advocacy and Llama power with Heather Pate

This week Erin had a powerful conversation with her friend, IYCSM family member, and co-Founder/Board Chair of Robin’s Hope, an organization that helps adults overcome traumatic life events and toxic stress through building hope, resilience and social connection. Heather Pate is a registered peer recovery specialist who has faced multiple traumatic experiences throughout life which have affected her in numerous ways. She has found that being in a safe and supportive environment has helped her a great deal. She hopes to pass on tools that have helped as she comes alongside others on their healing journeys.

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For more information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)

Saturday Morning Coffee with Erin and Lucretia

This week Erin spends a Saturday morning over coffee talking to her friend and fellow healer Lucretia Marie. Lucretia will join Erin each month as a Co-Host of Saturday Morning Coffee (3rd Saturday of each month), Live on Facebook, You can join them THIS Saturday, 2/13/21 at 10 am. In the meantime, enjoy this episode where they discuss life in this moment and the many thoughtful messages within the recent Pixar release “Soul.” (SPOILERS)

Lucretia Marie (she/they/them) is a mindfulness advocate and Artist of the Spirit certified Life, Energetic, and Spiritual coach who works with women, adolescents, adult creatives, and folx across the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ spectrums to move through the issues that affect them most.

Lucretia Marie Anderson, Owner of Joyful Muse Coaching:

Lucretia Marie (Anderson) is a dynamic workshop facilitator, speaker, and writer whose career began in arts and humanities education and nonprofit administration. Their exuberant coaching and facilitation style brings compassion, authenticity, and joy to the forefront of personal and professional development. They use mindfulness based stress reduction, MindBody Therapy, energy healing, and creative arts techniques in their work with clients in individual or group settings.

After experiencing their own Racial Awakening and after 20 years as a social justice artist/activist/educator in the Richmond, VA and Washington, DC areas, they developed the Compassionate Anti-Racism and Equity (CARE) training program to offer an approach to diversity, equity and inclusion that centers individual and interpersonal healing in education around social and racial justice.

Feelings tell an important story: Mindful Self-Compassion w/Steve Hickman

This week Erin has an essential conversation with Dr. Steve Hickman from the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. After one hell of a week in the U.S. on top of an incredibly difficult year it seems only right that the discussion turns to being kind to ourselves and learning to hear the messages our difficult emotions are trying to tell us.

The If You Could See Me Live (via zoom) show is on Friday, 1/22 at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets and join us for an evening of music, powerful storytelling, and conversation about the healing power of story! Get your Tickets:
Steven Hickman, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Clinical Professor in the UC San Diego Department of Family Medicine & Public Health. His role is to provide oversight, vision, direction and focus for the development and expansion of CMSC around the world. He is also the Director of Professional Training, overseeing the training of teachers from “start to finish” and assuring the highest quality standards and the best possible resources for teaching. Steve is the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness, a program of community building, clinical care, professional training and research. He has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for 19 years and has trained teachers of MBSR and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Steve is an MSC teacher trainer, and leads MSC intensives and workshops around the world. Learn more:

Wise Mind and Spontaneous Combustion

Happy New Year! The longest year in recent history has finally come to an end and whatever happens 2021 will be a year and we will meet it. This week Erin talks about Marsha Linehan’s Wise Mind concept from Dialectical Behavior Therapy. There are stories and self reflections, and a bonus original meditation track to help you find peace, motivation, and resilience as you usher in this new year. Check out the infographic on instagram mentioned in the episode.

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Resilience Triggers w/the Master of Disaster

This week Erin speaks to the amazing, inspiring, kind, lovely Dr. Lennis Echterling. They talk disaster, resilience, and the origins of his nickname. Remember to grab your tickets to the upcoming If You Could See Me show “Showing-up” which will be held live via zoom on Friday, January 22nd, at 7:30 pm. This will be an unforgettable evening of stories, music, and conversation about the ways we show-up for ourselves and others, make meaning from tragedy, and find the will to keep going. You don’t want to miss it! Get your tickets at

Lennis G. Echterling, an award-winning counselor educator, is a professor at James Madison University. Since earning his PhD at Purdue University, he has taught graduate students, provided counseling and therapy, and authored numerous books, chapters, and articles with colleagues. He has provided outreach disaster intervention services throughout the United States and around the world, including Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech shooting. He has been helping support men and women through the Valley crisis team. He focuses on counseling education to prevent burnout and encourage flourishing within the counseling profession. He studies resilience, how people can be resilient in traumatic situations and how positive emotions can help in these situations.

The Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion minisode

On this minisode, Erin talks about the Yin and Yang of Self-Compassion originated by
Kristin Neff and the incredible power of learning to nurture ourselves, quiet the inner critic, and take action when necessary to create the things we need for our own peace and success. This is an excerpt from a recent Facebook Live that Erin hosted. Contact Erin Mahone for more information about how to work with her, hire her, and join the community of brave storytellers working together to heal and create change,
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