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Still Becoming is a podcast about how it's never too late to become more free, more yourself, or try something new. We are all in the process of becoming more or less of something, of growing into ourselves. Informed by her own journey of struggling through anxiety to now working with others as a psychotherapist, Monica DiCristina interviews people about their stories of overcoming and becoming, or starting something new, as well as experts we can all learn from. We are not designed to stay the same, we are all still becoming.

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Still Becoming is a podcast about how it's never too late to become more free, more yourself, or try something new. We are all in the process of becoming more or less of something, of growing into ourselves. Informed by her own journey of struggling through anxiety to now working with others as a psychotherapist, Monica DiCristina interviews people about their stories of overcoming and becoming, or starting something new, as well as experts we can all learn from. We are not designed to stay the same, we are all still becoming.

    Episode 72 - Conversation with Carl Binger: Depression, Ending Stigma, and Hope

    Episode 72 - Conversation with Carl Binger: Depression, Ending Stigma, and Hope

    I am so honored and grateful to have author, therapist, and podcaster Carl Binger on the Still Becoming Podcast. In this powerful episode Carl shares with us some of his personal experience, as well as his professional expertise about depression. This combination of the personal and the professional Carl brings is so illuminating, helpful, and hopeful. We talk about men specifically in depression, and how depression can look different in men than women. We talk about the pandemic and depression. We also talk about the different types of stigmas that Carl faced, and we all might face, in getting help for depression. We start the episode off with Carl reading one of his poems about his experience with depression. The creative use of words and writing to describe something like depression is so impactful for the validation of those who have experienced it, and for the understanding of those trying to learn about it. This episode will leave you informed, validated, hopeful, and impacted by the power of vulnerability in sharing our stories, and the power of giving something the right name.⁣

    ⁣Carl Binger, LMHC, is a husband to Carissa and the father of Marcus, Derek, and Travis. He has been following Jesus since 2003 and has been practicing counseling since 2014. Carl is the author of his new book the Progessive Darkness: For the Christian Losing Hope in Depression, the founder of the Facebook group and Podcase called Surviving Depression, and the owner of his own practice, Luminance Mental Health Counseling. He hopes to spread a message of hope to anyone struggling with depression. He raises awareness about depression by writing, facilitating educational workshops, counseling, and talking to his community. You can follow Carl's work on his website: https://www.survivingdepressiongroup.com/.⁣


    ⁣Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/453905639323274/⁣
    ⁣Instagram: survivingdepression_fb_group⁣
    ⁣Twitter: @LuminanceMental

    • 37 min
    Episode 71 - Guided Meditation: The Ease and Freedom of the Word "And"

    Episode 71 - Guided Meditation: The Ease and Freedom of the Word "And"

    This is a short meditation all about the word "And."

    "And" is one of my favorite words because in this simple word we can find an unexpected cure to many of the contradictions we fear it is not ok to be, feel, think or believe. Many of us were taught an "either or" kind of thinking, and the word "and" blows right through that - creating both permission and space.

    I hope this short meditation brings your freedom and ease for whatever bookends your "and."


    For more Still Becoming, follow Monica on Instagram @monicadicristina.

    • 13 min
    Episode 70 - Conversation with Laura Tremaine: The Power in "Sharing Your Stuff" with Friends and in Therapy

    Episode 70 - Conversation with Laura Tremaine: The Power in "Sharing Your Stuff" with Friends and in Therapy

    I enjoyed every part of this conversation with Laura Tremaine. Laura's new book Share Your Stuff, I'll Go First was the foundation for this helpful conversation. In her book Laura invites all of us in to process and share our own stories by first sharing her own. I loved this book, and I loved this conversation. It is a rare gift when someone shares about their life in a way that invites you in to do the same. Laura's honesty is just like a key that makes you want to unlock and share your own story - whether that is with yourself, a friend, or a therapist. We both share a love for therapy, and discuss this at length - and I know this will be helpful for anyone wanting to know more about what therapy is actually like. Laura's openness really breaks down so much of the stigma some might still hold about therapy. We also discuss how there's always a place to share everything (this is good news), but not everything should be shared in every place.

    Laura Tremaine is a writer and podcaster. On her weekly podcast 10 Things To Tell You, she encourages listeners to take the episode prompts to a friend or to their journal, because meaningful connections come from good conversations. Her first book Share Your Stuff. I’ll Go First. released February 2, 2021. Laura lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeff, and their two children. 
    Find Laura, her book, and her podcast 10 Things to Tell You here: lauratremaine.com

    For more Still Becoming, follow Monica on Instagram @monicadicristina.

    • 44 min
    Episode 68 - Conversation With Sarah Bragg: "Just Because You're Afraid, Doesn't Mean You're Not Supposed to Do It"

    Episode 68 - Conversation With Sarah Bragg: "Just Because You're Afraid, Doesn't Mean You're Not Supposed to Do It"

    It was so fun to interview podcast host Sarah Bragg. She so generously walked us through our technical difficulties for this episode, and made time to share all of her podcast knowledge with me. And that is just the way she shows up in the world. Sarah is disarming in her kindness. In this episode we discuss some of the roadblocks to taking the next step in your life - whether that is a dream, calling, going back to school, or asking for a promotion. We discuss in particular roadblocks women may run into, and roadblocks mothers may run into. Sarah shares insights from her own experience as a podcaster, author, and mother about how we can all learn to listen to ourselves, belong to ourselves, how every "yes" is a "no", and to do the next step - whatever it is - scared. That is where we start to make and see progress towards what we want.

    Sarah Bragg is a popular podcast host, communicator, and author. You can find her on iTunes hosting the podcast Surviving Sarah. She is also the author of A Mother’s Guide to Raising Herself: What Parenting Taught Me About Life, Faith and Myself. She is also a wife, mother of girls, and a creative entrepreneur. Sarah is a master at brewing coffee and helping others survive well right where they are. Sarah and her family reside in Tennessee. You can find more from her at SarahBragg.com and @sarahwbragg.

    For more information, follow Monica on Instagram @monicadicristina.

    • 34 min
    Episode 67 - Mental Health Check-In: Why Your Inner Critic is Wrong

    Episode 67 - Mental Health Check-In: Why Your Inner Critic is Wrong

    Each month, Still Becoming brings you a Mental Health Check-In episode. These episodes are focused on mental health, emotional health, or personal growth, and involve a short teaching and a few take aways in around 15 to 20 minutes. The idea is to take a therapeutic topic or technique and expand it to help us in our everyday lives.⁣⁣

    ⁣This week we are talking your "inner critic," and why that inner critic is wrong. This is a big topic, and there are many different ways to slice this topic - but in this episode I try to break it down into an accessible package for us to think through. Awareness is key when working towards any sort of growth and healing, and I hope this episode will provide some. But even more than that, I hope you walk away from this episode feeling more sure of your worth and lovability, and more. ready to disagree with any voice - internal or external - that disagrees with those truths.⁣

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    To find Still Becoming on Instagram, follow Monica at @monicadicristina.

    • 20 min
    Episode 66 - Guided Mediation: Validate Where You Are

    Episode 66 - Guided Mediation: Validate Where You Are

    This is a short meditation all about validation. I think trying to be good - performing and earning your worth - are the opposite of validation. Love begins by seeing you where you are and naming it.⁣

    In this short meditation we will listen to a poem by Mary Oliver, and walk through putting down things that keep us from validating ourselves...and then naming and making room for how we feel.⁣

    Make room for the truth of where you are. I hope these moments feel loving, and help you to love yourself, receive love, and love others.⁣

    For more Still Becoming, follow Monica on Instagram @monicadicristina.

    • 14 min

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