Close the Chapter Podcast

September 20, 2023 // The Importance of Self-Awareness & How It Impacts Your Relationships with Dr. Tanya Stephenson

In this episode, Kristen sits down with Dr. Tanya Stephenson, a mental health and peak performance coach and clinical hypnotherapist, to explore the profound importance of self-awareness in both personal and relational growth. The conversation delves into practical steps and strategies for cultivating self-awareness, offering valuable guidance for anyone seeking to enhance their self-understanding and relationship dynamics.

September 13, 2023 // What Makes Relationships Work and Last with Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

In this episode, Kristen talks with Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, author, and co-founder of the PACT Institute, about building better relationships, addressing common couple challenges, and strategies for making relationships last.

September 6, 2023 // Moving on Doesn't Mean Letting Go: A Grief Survival Guide with Gina Moffa, LCSW

In this episode, Kristen sits down with Gina Moffa, a licensed psychotherapist, and author, bringing almost two decades of experience in trauma and grief therapy. Their heartfelt conversation delves deeper into the multifaceted aspects of grief, discussing topics such as coping with loss, the importance of self-compassion, the power of cherished memories, and finding joy amidst the grieving journey.

August 30, 2023 // Unpacking and Healing the Mother Relationship with Laura Davis

In this episode, Kristen talks with author Laura Davis about her latest memoir "The Burning Light of Two Stars: A Mother-Daughter Story," delving into the journey of healing and reconciling the mother-daughter relationship. The conversation highlights the profound insights gained from navigating a challenging family dynamic.

August 23, 2023 // Biggest Myths of Parenting

In this episode, Kristen delves deep into the often-overlooked aspects of parenting, addressing the myth of unmet needs and emotional growth. She offers practical insights on empathy, fostering individuality, and nurturing your child's well-being.

August 16, 2023 // How to Overcome Self-Doubt to Chase Your Dreams or Make A Transition with Kayley Hamilton

In this episode, Kristen sits down with Kayley Hamilton, a two-time Emmy award-winning celebrity news reporter and founder of Kayley Media. Kayley shares her incredible journey from a shy girl with big dreams to confidently interviewing Hollywood's elite on the red carpet. They share some valuable tips for conquering self-doubt and pursuing your own aspirations.

August 9, 2023 // How to Transform Suffering with Tim Desmond, LMFT

In this episode, Kristen talks with Tim Desmond, a psychotherapist, and best-selling author, about the profound concept of transforming suffering through self-compassion. They delve into the power of embracing pain with love while also cultivating joy in life.

August 2, 2023 // Learning to Listen and Heal Your Inner Child with Jana Wilson

In this episode, Kristen sits down with Jana Wilson, author of "The Wise Little One: A Prescriptive Memoir - Learning to Love and Listen to My Inner Child." They delve into Jana's remarkable healing journey, connecting with her inner child, and the importance of self-work and inner guidance.

July 26, 2023 // The Truth About Narcissism & Healing From Narcissistic Abuse with Brenda Stephens, MS, LPCC

In this episode, Kristen sits down with Brenda Stephens, a licensed professional clinical counselor who works solely with survivors of narcissistic abuse and Brtrauma. They delve into the truth about narcissism and the process of healing from narcissistic abuse. They also explore the three types of narcissists and highlight the red flags to watch out for in narcissistic relationships.

July 19, 2023 // Understanding High Functioning Anxiety and the Keys to Working Through It with Nancy Jane Smith, Ms.Ed.

In this episode, Kristen interviews Nancy Jane Smith, a licensed professional counselor and high functioning anxiety expert. They delve into the topic of high functioning anxiety, discussing its impact, strategies for coping with it, and the importance of self-loyalty. Nancy shares her personal journey and insights, offering valuable perspectives on understanding and navigating high functioning anxiety.

July 12, 2023 // 5 Levels of Disconnection and Strategies on How to Reconnect with Dr. Karol Darsa

In this episode, Kristen welcomes Dr. Karol Darsa, the author of "The Trauma Map" to discuss her book and the five steps to reconnecting with oneself. They explore the journey many individuals go through to shed beliefs that no longer serve them and work through their past to live more fully in the present.

July 5, 2023 // Understanding Neuroscience to Heal Your Emotional Pain and Calm the Inner Critic with Sarah Peyton

In this episode, Kristen talks with Sarah Peyton, a neuroscience educator and author, about her transformative journey from battling inner critics to finding healing and resilience. They dive into the profound impact of relational trauma on the brain and explore the power of resonance in changing and healing the self.

June 28, 2023 // Understanding Anger and Using It as a Compass with Moshe Ratson

In this episode, Kristen talks with Moshe Ratson, a psychotherapist and author of "Anger is Your Compass: Harness the Wisdom of Anger and Transform Your Life," about getting uncomfortable with emotions, specifically anger. They discuss the distinction between anger and aggression, the needs underlying anger, and how to work through feeling unseen and unheard when expressing our needs to others.

June 21, 2023 // Helpful Strategies on How to Heal Chronic Pain & Trauma with Dr. Christy Gibson

In this episode, Kristen talks with Dr. Christy Gibson, author of "The Modern Trauma Toolkit," about healing chronic pain and trauma with a focus on shifting healthcare paradigms. Dr. Gibson shares insights on trauma's impact on the mind-body system and the importance of self-compassion and mental flexibility in managing chronic pain.

June 14, 2023 // Making Your Path Back To Yourself After Trauma and Loss with Suzanne Anderson

In this episode, Kristen talks with Suzanne Anderson, author of "Finding Your Way Back: A Guide to Reclaiming Your True Self," about navigating the challenging journey of healing after trauma and loss. They share practical strategies and empowering perspectives to guide you on your path to self-restoration.

June 7, 2023 // Giving Yourself Permission for Self-Care without the Guilt with Taylor Elyse Morrison

In this episode, Kristen talks with Donna Kendrick, a financial planner and author who specializes in helping widows and widowers navigate the financial aspects of their loss. They discuss the importance of addressing the shame and fear associated with finances and providing resources and support for those going through grief and transition.

May 31, 2023 // Giving Yourself Permission for Self-Care without the Guilt with Taylor Elyse Morrison

In this episode, Kristen talks with Taylor Elyse Morrison, a founder, facilitator coach, and serial entrepreneur, about the importance of self-care and the journey to becoming one's own self-care expert. They delve into various self-care practices and strategies for nurturing personal well-being without guilt or shame.

May 24, 2023 // Exploring Bipolar Disorder & Saying It Out Loud with Vasavi Kumar

In this episode, Kristen talks with Vasavi Kumar, the author of the book “Say it Out Loud,” about bipolar disorder, authenticity and more. They delve into challenging misconceptions about bipolar disorder, exploring family dynamics, and navigating the ongoing path of self-discovery.

About the show

Each week, I release a new podcast episode designed to help you close the chapter on the stress, anxiety, and negativity in your life—and open the door to more beautiful possibilities.

2021 winner of the Podcast for Business Awards - Best Health and Wellness Podcast and with 20 years of experience under my belt as a practicing psychotherapist, the CTC Podcast is designed to show you ways to navigate life’s hardest (and most joyful) transitions; with practicable, actionable takeaways and coping strategies you can apply immediately.

Featuring frequent guest interviews alongside my own insights from 20 years as a practicing psychotherapist, every episode features a combination of empowering information and inspirational, motivational content as we explore topics like:

• Relationships
• Self worth/Self love
• Stress management
• Work/life balance
• Parenthood
• Divorce
• Retirement
• And more

The ultimate goal? To give you a different way of looking at life, and the tools you need to feel calmer, happier, and lighter—every day.

Press play to begin your journey. The therapist is in.