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Join host, Melanie Vann and speaker Maddie Caballo as they discuss Maddie’s journey of healing from ritualistic abuse. Suffering from C-PTSD, Maddie has been able to overcome her struggles and become a speaker, coach, and advocate for others.

Maddie Caballo is an Education/Equine Facilitated Learning Specialist with over 25 years of experience working in the field of education. She has developed curriculum, specialized in accreditation, and assisted over 12,000 students to reach their personal goals. Through her own trauma recovery work, she discovered the powerful experience that occurs when you take the learning to the paddock with the horses. The combination of her education experience with her training in equine facilitated learning creates a powerful learning opportunity for clients.

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Psychotherapist, life coach and equine therapist Melanie Vann combines clinical expertise, her own and others’ struggles with mental health and abuse to inspire and empower listeners.

Mental Health News Radio Network now features Memoirs of Madness, a podcast hosted by psychotherapist, life coach and equine therapist Melanie Vann. In addition to her clinical credentials Vann is the Network’s Program and Advocacy Director. She also regularly co-hosts the popular Empowered Empaths segment on Mental Health News Radio.

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Host, Melanie Vann, interviews life coach Rachel Grant to discuss moving forward after sexual abuse. Rachel Grant is the owner and founder of Rachel Grant Coaching and is a Sexual Abuse Recovery Coach. She is also the author of Beyond Surviving: The Final Stage in Recovery from Sexual Abuse.

She brings to the table a passionate belief that her clients do not have to remain trapped or confronted daily by the thoughts or behaviors that result from abuse.

Based on her desire to foster community, intimacy, and connection, she has dedicated much of her time to understanding relationships and communication and how they are impacted by abuse.

Her program, Beyond Surviving, has been specifically designed to change the way we think about and heal from abuse. Based on her educational training, study of neuroscience, and lessons learned from her own journey, she has successfully used this program since 2007 to help her clients break free from the past and move on with their lives.

She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She provides a compassionate and challenging approach for her clients while using coaching as opposed to therapeutic models. She is also a member of San Francisco Coaches and CSA Survivor Force.

Beautifully written and astonishingly intimate, Because We Are Bad recounts a childhood consumed by OCD.  As a child, Lily created a second girl inside her mind – “I” became “we” – to give order to the fears and compulsions that shadowed every moment of her life. As she charts her journey from checking on her younger sister dozens of times a night, to mentally reviewing lists of hundreds of her perceived wrongdoings, to eventually seeking psychological help and finding new ways to navigate a world that refuses to stay in check, Bailey offers readers a nuanced and urgent portrait of an often-misunderstood condition.

Lily Bailey is a model and writer. She became a journalist in London in 2012, editing a news site and writing features and fashion articles for local publications including the Richmond Magazine and the Kingston Magazine. Lily lives in London with her dog, Rocky. Written when she was just 21 years old, Because We Are Bad is Lily Bailey’s first book.

Tune in to hear host, Melanie Vann, and Lily discuss her journey through OCD and how she has been able to overcome her struggles and live a meaningful life.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch




Join host Melanie Vann with Author and Advocate Larry Ruhl as they discuss sexual abuse, addiction, and recovery. Larry Ruhl serves as a board member for Taking Back Ourselves, which facilitates weekends of recovery for female survivors of sexual abuse, and is a registered speaker with the RAINN network (Rape Abuse Incest National Network). He previously served as a board member at Male Survivor. He also spoke at colleges and retreats to increase awareness of sexual abuse against men and boys. Today he shares his story publicly to spread awareness and to help others shed the shame and stigma associated with sexual abuse. He graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), with a degree in Display & Exhibit Design. Breaking the Ruhls is his first book.


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