I host a weekly podcast show, Thrive: Mental Health and the Art of Living Free. Every week, I talk to people I respect about faith and mental health. My passion is helping you overcome challenges, process painful emotions, and understand your God-given identity.
This season, we are talking about self-care. Specifically, ways to care for your mental, spiritual, physical, emotional, and relational self. If you are struggling to survive, this show is for you!
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Wonderful insightful conversationsIn this hustling-for-approval world, Melissa is a breath of fresh air. Helping women who want to live an emotionally and spiritually healthy life, she and her guests do so in honest, authentic ways that deepen their relationship to Jesus. Highly recommended. It is real. No fluff. Just getting down to the grit and grace of it all.
Parenting Through Anxiety: Navigating School Shootings and Fostering Resilience
This heartfelt episode explores the anxiety that arises from school shootings and their impact on parents and children. We discuss navigating our anxiety, promoting mental health, and processing emotions after such tragedies. Our guest, Dr. Jessica Peck, shares her experiences as a pediatric nurse practitioner and first responder in her community. We also touch on…
The Art of Awe: Rediscovering Enchantment in Our Anxious Lives
If you feel burned out and helpless, this episode is for you! Today, we are sitting down and talking with Katherine May. Katherine offers advice from her new book, Enchantment: Awaken Wonder in an Anxious Age, on how to reignite wonder in our everyday lives. She shares stories of her journey to rekindle her sense…
Healing Body Image Issues: A Conversation with Counselor Rachael Gilbert:: [Episode 144]
This episode tackles the all-too-common issue of body image struggles, including shame and insecurity. Joined by fellow counselor and podcast host Rachael Gilbert, they dive into a body image renovation, exploring biblical perspectives on eating, fitness, and godly self-confidence. We also discuss the impact of addressing body image issues on our relationships and the…
Breathe: Transforming Chaos to Calm with Bonnie Gray :: [Episode 143]
Are you dealing with stress and anxiety? If so, this episode will be like a breath of fresh air for you! My special guest today, Bonnie Gray, is here to help bring the calm but also shares her practical tools to eliminate the chaos! Bonnie is a soul-care mentor, inspirational retreat speaker, and author of…
Healing after Sexual Trauma with Dr. Elizabeth Stevens :: [Episode 142]
Today’s episode is so important as we dive into the topic of unresolved trauma. Unfortunately, each of us will or has encountered some trauma in our lives. When we don’t process past experiences, we unknowingly get tied to the past when we don’t explore and process past traumatic experiences. Dr. Elizabeth Stevens discusses PTSD,…
The Journey to Forgiveness with Rev. David Peterson :: [Episode 141]
This week on Thrive, we discuss an important path to your freedom: Forgiveness. Unforgiveness impacts not only your relationships but also your mind, body, and spirit. In today’s episode, we are talking with Rev. David Peterson about his new book: Journey to Forgiveness: 21 Milestones to Freedom. Listen in to learn about: Rev. David’s…
Why We Need a Spiritual Diet Change with Amy Seiffert :: [Episode140]
This week on Thrive, we are talking with Amy Seiffert about making changes to your diet, your spiritual diet. Amy helps us see that we consuming, we’re filling up, we’re taking in, but at the end of the day, our souls are still starving. So many of us feel dissatisfied and empty—emotionally, physically, and…
When Life Hurts with Mike Novotny :: [Ep. 139]
This week on Thrive, we are tackling a tough but important topic: suffering. The theology of suffering is something most of us wrestle with at some point in our lives. Asking questions like, if God is good, then how can He allow bad things to happen? Or, why does God allow good people to…
Thoughtful and Insightful!
This is a podcast you don’t want to miss! Melissa chats about beyond-surface-level topics that get you thinking and pondering. I love her focus on faith, and the conversations she has with incredible guests! It’s a must-listen!