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Episode 65: Melissa Bernstein (she/hers) of Melissa and Doug toy company gives a vulnerable account of her mental health struggles

Catherine and Francis are thrilled to welcome Melissa Bernstein to the program! Along with her husband Doug, Melissa is the Co-Founder of the toy company Melissa & Doug, which has created over 5,000 children’s products and sold billions of dollars of toys since its inception. Raised by educators, Melissa and Doug started the business in their garage in 1988, and they’ve been on a mission ever since to provide open-ended, inventive, non-technologically driven playthings for young children. Throughout Melissa’s remarkable career, she kept secret her lifelong battle with severe depression and anxiety and an early life experience with an eating disorder. She reveals her struggles in LIFELINES, her first book, which she wrote to help others who are also suffering. Melissa’s book heralds the launch of LifeLines.com, an online ecosystem she and Doug are underwriting to support those seeking support, guidance, and community on their mental health journeys. Through the Lifelines community, Melissa’s goal is to show individuals that they are not alone.

We hope you tune in to this vulnerable and remarkable sharing of a life full of struggle, strength, experience, and hope.

CW: suicide ideation, depression, anxiety, eating disorder behaviors

Episode 64: Kelly Davidson (she/hers), Registered Dietitian, talks about her role as an anti-diet dietitian in eating disorder treatment

Catherine and Francis are excited to speak with Kelly Davidson, RDN, a Nutrition Therapist working with individuals experiencing eating disorders, having done so at the inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient levels of care. Her approach towards nutrition is from a Health at Every Size® lens and she is passionate about fighting weight stigma and the negative messages of diet culture. In this episode, Kelly talks through what a RDN’s role in an individual’s eating disorder treatment and recovery looks like, the physiological and mental consequences of undernourishment, and how her complicated and and times harmful relationship with food and body motivated her career choice. Kelly completed her B.A. at Rutgers the State University of NJ and her dietetic internship at Rutgers School of Health Professions. You can follow Kelly on Instagram @kellyd.rd

CW: eating disorder symptoms and behaviors, weigh gain/loss in the context of treatment of an eating disorder, fat phobia, diet culture, body dissatisfaction

Episode 63: Vance Goodman (she/hers) was told by professionals her eating disorder was chronic. She proved them wrong. This is her story.

Vance Goodman, who works as a Service Coordinator for the Council on Aging of Buncombe County, joins Catherine and Francis for a retelling of her inspiring path towards recovery from an eating disorder. Noting that the eating disorder was her trauma (and that trauma had not underpinned the eating disorder) she recalls how medical professionals eventually told her that the symptoms she was experiencing were likely to be with her for life. Discouraged but resilient, Vance eventually found the work of an eating disorder specialist who focused on rewiring the brain’s neural pathways and introduced Vance to the concept of energy deficit. While every day new successes and challenges, Vance eventually found her path towards recovery. This is her story.

CW: eating disorder behaviors, eating disorder treatment, conversation about weight increase and decrease as part of treatment, divorce, religion and spirituality.

For more resources and information about Vance, please visit our website www.navigatingrecoverypodcast.com

S6E4: Angela Gevaudan

Today we chat with dear friend Angela Gevaudan. Hear about her path to healing after she lost her husband in the line of duty during the Moncton shootings in 2014. We also talk about a new program that was developed by Wounded Warriors Canada, which she is a part of, the Surviving Spouses’ Program.

Episode Links

Surviving Spouses’ Program
https://woundedwarriors.ca/our-programs/surviving-spouses-program/

The Tema Foundation
https://www.tema.foundation/

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Episode 62: JL Keez (she/hers) shares her story and explores how Reality Therapy helped create her path in recovery

Catherine and Francis are privileged to welcome JL Keez to the podcast. JL – who resides in Adeliade, Australia – provides a vulnerable recollection of her nine-year lived experience with an eating disorder and how it took many years to find the right path in recovery. Now, an author and therapist, JL dedicates her time and energy towards helping and advocating for those experiencing eating disorders. She recently wrote a book, “Anorexia Unlocked: Understanding Your Story Through Mine” with the intention of making it easier for those who wish to share their stories to do so. As a therapist, JL practices Reality Therapy with clients, and shares the underpinnings of the modality on the podcast today. JL believes recovery is possible no matter how long you have experienced an eating disorder and hopes to be an example of just how it is possible. We’re grateful for her insight and expertise.

Content Warning: eating disorder behaviors, trauma, sexual abuse, suicidal ideation

Episode 61: Jason Shiers (he/him) is a certified transformative coach and psychotherapist working with eating disorders and addiction

Catherine and Francis are excited to welcome Jason Shiers, a Certified Transformative Coach & Certified Psychotherapist who has been working with addictions and mental health for over 20 years in evolving ways, to the program. After his own recovery started 25 years ago in 12 steps, he had been searching for something different, following the path to a degree in transactional analysis, a psychodynamic theory of how people work, he found he was still not happy.

After a chance encounter, Jason found the work of another transformative coach which changed his life in unrecognizable ways. He has been teaching and sharing the principals of his work with addictions ever since; and to him, it made no sense to practice any other way. Addiction no longer looked like something that needed a complex theory or diagnostic label to overcome. As a result Jason realized people can spontaneously recovery and change their lives from any mental health diagnosis, to being happy joyous and truly free. We’re grateful for his time, insights, and energy.

For more information about Jason and his work, please visit www.wideworldcoaching.com.

CW: eating disorder behaviors, substance use disorder behaviors, trauma, suicidal ideation, brief mention of intentional weight loss.

S6E3: Michael Sugrue

Episode 60 Jenn Hicks (she/hers), Nia Instructor, shares her story of healing that was ignited through joyful movement

We are so excited to welcome Jenn Hicks, a Nia instructor who also runs a private practice in Speech-Language Pathology, specializing in acquired brain injury, to the podcast. Nia is a holistic movement and wellness practice addressing each aspect of one’s life, including body, mind, and soul, and is a practice Jenn has been teaching Nia through a body/fat positivity and Health At Every Size lens ever since recovering from her eating disorder and exercise addiction. During the interview, Jenn speaks to the importance of changing our perspective from “no pain no gain” to one that allows to align with the core principle of Nia: finding joy in movement.

We are so grateful for Jenn’s time and insights, and if you would like to reach out to Jenn and find out more information, please visit www.jennhicks.ca.

Be well!

Episode 59: Kristie Amadio (she/hers), Certified Eating Disorders Coach and founder of Recovered Living, shares her story of recovery

EDNR is thrilled to introduce Kristie Amadio, Certified Eating Disorders Coach and founder of Recovered Living, an eating disorder recovery coaching company in the United States. As with every aspect of her life, Kristie brings forth a one-of-kind, irrepressible enthusiasm and candid honesty – the foundation which forms the basis of Kristie’s essence. She is a former elite athlete who experienced an eating disorder and body dysmorphic disorder for 14 years before finding full recovery. She trained and worked as a counselor in both Australia and New Zealand before starting Recovered Living, an online recovery coaching service as well as having 24/7 live-ins across the Globe, including the United States (she’ll talk about what a “live-in” is on the show!).

After the interview, Catherine and Francis reflect on the conversation, specifically about access to treatment, noting that the amazing work Kristie and her team are doing should be available for more people to experience to help them fully recovery.

For more information about Kristie and her endeavors, please visit www.recoveredliving.com

We’re so grateful for Kristie’s time, energy, and insights. Enjoy!

S6E2: Andrew Gorman

In this episode I sit down for a chat with my good friend Canadian Forces Veteran, Andrew Gorman. We talk about his struggles and growth, and the challenges of running a peer support group. We also chat about my struggles over the last few months. This episode comes out on the day and time that Andrew and his wife, Courtney, will be welcoming their first child, a daughter, into the world!

Fort McMurray Peer Support Group on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ymmptsdpeersupportgroup

Presented by Wayfound Mental Health Group
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Sponsored by We Are Warriors Magazine
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