Episode 109: Wake Up Call with Alex Runolfson: Grief and Trauma

December 10, 2018
We're excited to have Alex Runolfosn on to talk about Grief and Trauma
About Alex:

I started Bloom Recovery after experiencing my own traumas and struggling find a truly helpful and safe environment to heal.

I know firsthand the pain people can experience, the courage it takes to ask for help, and the joy that can come from healing from the root. I have worked extensively with trauma, grief/loss, depression, anxiety, and all forms of addiction. I am trained in multiple theories and modalities and love creating unique and individualized approaches by combining EMDR, DBT, REBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Therapies, and a number of Mindfulness Approaches. 

I love to travel and have been to 6/7 continents and hope to hit the last one, Antartica, soon. I have been to over 40 different countries and love to experience all different types of people, culture, cuisine, and adventure. I try to embrace life to the fullest and have sailed the pacific rim, scuba dived the great barrier reef, climbed mountains, skydived, caught wild crocodiles by hand in Africa, tracked and studied mountain lions in Argentina, just to name a few adventures. 

I’m a geek at heart and love all things pop culture (be prepared for Harry Potter metaphors, Star Trek analogies, and any number of other references). 

Although I can’t draw a balanced stick figure to save my life, and my singing voice is atrocious, I love to incorporate art, music, and overall creativity into my practice and encourage the people I work with to discover their creativity and tap into their own passions. 

If you would like to know more about me all you have to do is ask. 

You can find Alex at bloom-recovery.com


Episode 108: Recovery Healing with your Children (5-10)

December 3, 2018
What happens when your kids get more word savvy, are willing to argue and debate with you, are clearly blossoming into their own person, and the whole family is recovering from the effects of active addiction and betrayal?  We continue our series on healing and recovery in the larger family system.
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Episode 107: Recovery and Healing with your Children (0-5)

November 26, 2018
Jackie and Jon continue their series on healing within families.  This episode focus on navigating recovery and parenting in recovery with children 0 to 5 years old.



Episode 106: Getting the Right Level of Care with Tim Kiernon

November 19, 2018
We're talking to Tim Kiernon with Outer Circle Recovery, a Sober living house for people in recovery with sexual problems in Tennessee.  Tim shares his experience with us working with people from the highest levels of residential care to his experience in the rooms.
You can learn more about Tim and Outer Circle at 

outercirclerecovery.com or by calling 615-988- 9088 ext. 102 to talk with Tim directly.



Episode 105: Healing the Damage done by addiction with Children

November 5, 2018
This episode is the first in a series where we will be looking at recovery an healing in a family system.  This episode focuses on what has happened in the family due to addiction and the resulting chaos and what is possible in healing those relationships in the future.  This series was inspired by one of our own listeners who wrote:

"Hi, your podcasts have been a tremendous help. Could you do some on how to 'repair' the attachment and trauma damage done to children by remorseful parents? My kids are still under 10 yo and both me and my spouse are in recovery and realized we had unknowingly inflicted attachment and traumatic damages during the kids 0-4 years of age. What can we do henceforth to "reverse/repair/reduce" those wounds and damage suffered by the kids? Thanks... really appreciate it... "  

Stay tuned for more deep dives in future episodes!

Episode 104: Prodependence with Rob Weiss

October 29, 2018
We are excited to have Dr. Rob Weiss back on the podcast!  Rob is talking about his groundbreaking research and new book identifying the problem with the way addiction treatment has traditionally approached partners and relationships. 
You can find out more about Dr. Rob and his work at www.prodependence.com
His books can be found on amazon.com



Episode 103: Later-Stage Sex and Love Addiction Recovery for Women with Staci Sprout

October 15, 2018
We're excited to be talking with Staci Sprout- therapist and author of the memoir: Naked in Public.  Staci talks with us about the 4 phases of recovery for women and focuses on the gifts in stage 3 and 4.
You can learn more about Staci by visiting her website www.stacisprout.com



Episode 102: Effective Apologies

October 8, 2018
Every news cycle highlights something that someone wants an apology for.  The apology rarely happens, and when it does, it is often underwhelming and leaves much to be desired.  Jon and Jackie dissect a 2014 paper written by Stanford Psychologist Karina Schumann in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology that suggests a good apology has eight specific parts:
The words "I'm sorry."
The words "I was wrong," or some variation thereof.
An acknowledgment of the action being apologized for.
An honest description of the action without blaming others.
An emphasis on understanding how the wronged person has been hurt.
An outline of plans to make amends for the damage the was done.
An assurance that what's being apologized for won't happen again.
An ask for forgiveness.  

Episode 101: Therapeutic Disclosure with Hope Ray

October 1, 2018
Disclosure is a process that helps bring a culture of honesty to a relationship.  It's also a place where many are tempted to take shortcuts.  Jackie and Jon talk with Hope Ray, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist in Michigan.  Hope is a specialist in Therapeutic Disclosure with couples in recovery.
You can learn more about our guest, Hope Ray, on her website www.hoperaytherapy.com.

Episode 100:  Catching Up

September 25, 2018
We're celebrating 100 episodes, two years of Thanks for Sharing!  Jon and Jackie update their life stories with the last two years of change, growth, and challenges.