11 episodes

On this podcast, I will be interviewing a variety of people including mental health professionals, social workers, registered dietitians, and body liberation advocates. We will be covering a wide range of topics from the basics of intuitive eating and what it means to be fat positive to vulnerability and social media ethics of sharing as a mental health professional to faith transitions and recovery in the lgbtq+ community.

The Lovely Becomin‪g‬ Mimi

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On this podcast, I will be interviewing a variety of people including mental health professionals, social workers, registered dietitians, and body liberation advocates. We will be covering a wide range of topics from the basics of intuitive eating and what it means to be fat positive to vulnerability and social media ethics of sharing as a mental health professional to faith transitions and recovery in the lgbtq+ community.

    10. Writing, Body Kindness, Grief, and more with Author, Poet, and Beautiful Human, Arielle Estoria

    10. Writing, Body Kindness, Grief, and more with Author, Poet, and Beautiful Human, Arielle Estoria

    In this episode, Mimi talks with poet, creative, author, speaker, writer (and so much more), Arielle Estoria. We talk about what body kindness and grief look like for her, managing negative conflicts and setting boundaries, and her writing.

    Born and raised in foggy Northern California and now residing in Los Angeles CA, Arielle ​Estoria is a Spoken Word Poet, gifted Writer and Author, captivating and authentic Emcee and Speaker. Through various aspects of storytelling, Arielle creates environments and spaces where audiences have the permission to be vulnerable and seen. Her motto, "Words not for the ears but for the soul" stems from her dedication to remind anyone who encounters her and her work that words are meant to be felt and experienced not just heard. With a specific heart in empowering, encouraging and making space for audiences of womxn to feel at home in their own bodies.

    Arielle has shared her work through spoken word and themed keynote talks with companies such as Google, Sofar Sounds, Lululemon, Dressember, Tedx, the SKIMS campaign by Kim Kardashian, and the Rise Conference by Rachel Hollis and more. She has consecutively emceed annual conferences such as, Yellow Conference for creative and entrepreneurial women, Hair Camp a conference for Hairstylists in the industry and Anchored in Love, for teenage girls featuring surfer Bethany Hamilton. Arielle has lead writing, social media and self-acceptance workshops in various settings ranging from students to professional development spaces.

    Arielle is the Co-Author of two self-published collections of poetry: Vagabonds and Zealots (2014), Write Bloody Spill Pretty (2017) which can both be found on Amazon.com and in 2016, released her EP of poetry and music titled Symphony of a Lioness.
    When she’s not on stage or on the road, you can also find Arielle being interviewed and featured on various well known podcasts such as: the GoalDigger Podcast by Jenna Kutcher, The Birds Papaya Podcast with Sarah Nicole Landry, Striptd Down with Ali Levine, Raw Beauty Talks by Erin Treloar, and Let’s Talk About It Podcast with TV personality Taylor Nolan.

    • 27 min
    9. Intergenerational trauma, Attachment, and Grief with Hatty J. Lee, LMFT

    9. Intergenerational trauma, Attachment, and Grief with Hatty J. Lee, LMFT

    In this episode, Hatty and I talk about how trauma is passed down both relationally through patterns of attachment and genetics. We also laugh about our favorite foods and talk about what authenticity is.

    Hatty (she/her) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Brainspotting practitioner who has been practicing for over a decade. As the founder of a group practice in Los Angeles, California, she supports people to deepen connection with themselves and the most important people in their lives. She is the co-creator of @indwell_co (a guidebook on navigating your mental health) and also writes about various mental health topics on her Instagram account @hattyjlee. Her work has been featured in multiple editorials, including Women's Health Magazine and Reader's Digest.

    • 39 min
    8. Boundaries, Relationships, and Trauma with Jordan Pickell, MCP, RCC

    8. Boundaries, Relationships, and Trauma with Jordan Pickell, MCP, RCC

    In this episode, Jordan and Mimi talk about what boundaries and trauma really are, parent-child relationships, and incorporating vulnerability and self-compassion into our lives. Jordan Pickell is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and relationship and trauma therapist in private practice in Vancouver, Canada. She has a background in community mental health and anti-violence working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault. Jordan is also a writer, offering insights about boundaries, self-compassion, trauma, and relationships.

    • 45 min
    7. Diabetes Myth Busting and Intuitive Eating with Lauren Newman, RD

    7. Diabetes Myth Busting and Intuitive Eating with Lauren Newman, RD

    Lauren and Mimi talk about common myths about diabetes (esp type 2), intuitive eating, and the comorbidities between eating disorders and diabetes beyond diabulimia.


    Lauren Newman is a registered dietitian passionate about helping individuals with diabetes make peace with food and their bodies. Lauren practices from a Health At Every Size® and weight inclusive approach to help clients connect with their body’s needs, and learn to respond without rigidity, restriction, or shame. Lauren received her degree in nutrition and dietetics & completed her dietetic internship all at The University of Texas at Austin. Lauren has experience supporting clients with eating disorders at all levels of care, and currently works with clients through her own private practice specialized in diabetes management. 

    • 31 min
    6. Collaborative, Weight Inclusive Medical Care with Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, MD

    6. Collaborative, Weight Inclusive Medical Care with Dr. Jennifer Gaudiani, MD

    In this episode, Mimi and Dr. Gaudiani talk about medical aspects of eating disorders and weight inclusive care for all.

    Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS-S, FAED, is the Founder and Medical Director of the Gaudiani Clinic. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, she completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard, medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, and her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Yale. Dr. Gaudiani has been a leader in the eating disorders field since 2008 and served as the Medical Director at the ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders prior to founding the Gaudiani Clinic, which is a Denver-based outpatient medical clinic dedicated to people with eating disorders and disordered eating. The Gaudiani Clinic is a HAES- (Health At Every Size®) informed provider and embraces treating and offering weight stigma- free primary care to people of all sizes. The Gaudiani Clinic is licensed to practice in over 35 US states via telemedicine and offers worldwide professional consultation, education, and supervision.

    Dr. Gaudiani has lectured nationally and internationally, and she is widely published in the scientific literature as well as on blogs. She is a current member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders Medical Care Standards Committee, and the Residential Eating Disorders Consortium Ethics Committee. Additionally, Dr. Gaudiani is a former board member of iaedp and is one of a very small number of internal medicine physicians who is certified as an eating disorders expert. She is also a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders. Dr. Gaudiani’s first book, Sick Enough: A Guide to the Medical Complications of Eating Disorders, was released by Routledge in October 2018 and is available on Amazon.

    Gaudiani Family Ricotta Filling
    From a recipe for Cassata alla Siciliana from Meem

    1 large or two small containers whole milk ricotta
    3 oz cream cheese
    ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    ¼ tsp almond extract

    Whir together until smooth (Cuisinart or mixer)

    Add plenty of cinnamon to taste
    ½-1 cup mini semi-sweet morsels hand-stirred in

    Eat immediately, or chill and eat, or stuff into cannoli shells and eat
    Great with biscotti and clementines and coffee

    • 39 min
    5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with Alegra Kastens, AMFT

    5. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) with Alegra Kastens, AMFT

    In this episode, Mimi and Alegra talk about the basics of obsessive compulsive disorder, what it looks like to treat the very disorder she suffered from, and social justice from a therapist’s perspective. Alegra is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist who received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University.  She currently practices in Los Angeles, CA, specializing in the treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, and Eating Disorders. Her clinical work focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure & Response Prevention, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness skills training for adults, adolescents, and children.


    Prior to her work in private practice, Alegra worked as a psychotherapist at The OCD Center of Los Angeles specializing in the treatment of OCD, BRFB's and anxiety disorders across the life span. She also trained extensively in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with an emphasis on Exposure & Response Prevention, at the UCLA Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program, where she assisted in providing hands-on ERP with clients experiencing moderate to severe OCD. Additional clinical experience includes Alegra’s work as a counselor at The Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills, where she provided individual therapy and couples therapy for clients struggling with anxiety disorders, depression, grief, and complex trauma.


    In addition to clinical experience, Alegra has a lifetime of experience as a human being.  Her passion for OCD treatment, education, and advocacy comes from her own personal experience with the disorder.  She understands firsthand the relentlessness of the disorder and how painfully it holds one’s life captive.  Alegra also understands that relief and recovery are real with a large dose of evidence-based treatment and an equally large dose of willingness.

    • 38 min

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