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Restorya is a podcast focused on the benefits of transformational storytelling, narrative therapy, and deconstruction as a movement towards self-discovery and healing. Hosted by Kate Marlena Leone, trained narrative therapist, author, lawyer, and social justice advocate.

Restory‪a‬ Kate Marlena Leone

    • Mental Health
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Restorya is a podcast focused on the benefits of transformational storytelling, narrative therapy, and deconstruction as a movement towards self-discovery and healing. Hosted by Kate Marlena Leone, trained narrative therapist, author, lawyer, and social justice advocate.

    E17: I Got Hypnotized

    E17: I Got Hypnotized

    Last summer I got hypnotized for over two hours and I wanted to share about this experience as well as the relationship I found between narrative healing and subconscious imagery. In this episode I interview Marta Styczen about her hypnotherapy practice and we talk about my session, including the process of going under hypnosis, what it is really like, whether anyone is susceptible to hypnosis, what I learned, and how I found it to be such a powerful source of healing and information. While there was also a situation of what could be considered "past life regression," we also talked about the role of imagery, metaphor, and of course, narrative. 
    I talk about how the session unlocked some early experiences, some painful, but also awakened some understandings for me around relationships with men, my past, and my current energies.
    Marta shares about her Quantum Healing Hypnosis practice, the role of deep meditation, connecting with a higher self, and how she is self-recovered from schizophrenia. 
    We also talk about how language itself is an artificial construct and is limited in communicating some messages and ideas and how the right side of our brain uses imagery to tell stories. 
    For more information about Marta:
    current location & session booking via website www.selfhealing.work or IG @marta.styczen.
    Mental health advocacy projects: neurodivergencegallery.org & IG @neuro_gallery
    Instagram: @restorya
    FB: Kate Marlena-Restorya
    Restorya is a member of Bear Radio.
    Theme music by Kenichi and the Sun

    • 54 min
    E16- Suffering is Optional- Attachment Stories

    E16- Suffering is Optional- Attachment Stories

    Today I want to talk about something I call “Attachment Stories,” and it’s the stories that attach themselves to events, issues, or traits about ourselves, our families, communities etc. Basically, it’s the accompanying stories that might crop up in a damaging way.
    Many of you have probably heard this expression: “Pain inevitable, suffering is optional” an ancient Buddhist expression, made popular by Haruki Murakami. This quote is basically the premise of how to face attachment stories. That is to say that the human experience will inevitably involve pain: we will face hardship, loss, and eventually death, but the suffering that accompanies it will be of our own making. So, beyond the other Buddhist tenants of acceptance and impermanence, we can also look more practically at these attachment stories that really can exacerbate the suffering of our lives.
    In this episode I share about my own experiences in the last month- a new lockdown, my daughter's brain surgery last month, getting served divorce papers, and losing my apartment. I share about how these experience triggered my old self narratives and how I was able to reconnect with other stories around love, connection, and self-empowerment. 

    • 25 min
    E15: Why Me? When Bad Things Happen

    E15: Why Me? When Bad Things Happen

    I used to think I could insulate myself against pain or hardship by doing the right thing or making "good decisions." When my daughter was diagnosed with a rare brain condition, I had to face my greatest fears of illness, vulnerability, and a total loss of control. In this episode I share about going through the transition from denying and fighting against hardship and how learning to accept difficult fates and struggles has taught me about connection, humanity, and empathy. 
    This episode was inspired by an essay I wrote called, "The Things We Cannot Handle," originally published in Scary Mommy in 2017. 
    If you are interested in learning more about narrative please check out my website www.restoryatherapy.com and feel free to book a session with me. 
    You can find more content at Patreon and please consider subscribing to support my work. 
    https://www.patreon.com/join/restorya
    Email: kate@restoryatherapy.com
    @restorya on Instagram
    Facebook: Kate Marlena-Restorya
    Restorya is a member of Bear Radio, the premier English speaking podcast network of Berlin
    Our theme music is the song JEANNE by KENICHI & THE SUN from album White Fire which you can find here.

    • 24 min
    E14: I'm Successful, How Could I Be An Addict?

    E14: I'm Successful, How Could I Be An Addict?

    I hated the thought of being an addict or an alcoholic. I would often point to my external successes as a straight A student, a lawyer, having a good job and other markers of "well-being" to distract from my problem with alcohol, my depression, anxiety, and my pain. After going through recovery I've noticed that so many addicts are actually "successful" in many other areas of their lives. But, how is this narrative of success preventing them from getting help?
    Today I am bringing you an interview that I did over the summer with Eilene Zimmerman who I first discovered after reading her viral article in the New York Times called, “The Lawyer, The Addict.”
    I actually was doing my own research on this intersection between lawyers and addiction and this was a fascinating story about Eilene and her husband Peter, a high-powered attorney who died of a drug overdose, without her even knowing he had an addiction.
    What is interesting to me about this story is the many ways that our cultural representations of addiction and drug and alcohol use mask the reality that these problems happen at every level of society and this rise of white collar addiction is actually a testament to some of the systemic issues arising from materialism, wealth, spiritual or emotional detachment and the pressure of career or financial success.
    This interview is actually a conversation about her story and her book Smacked, which is currently being optioned for film by Elizabeth Moss and her film company Love & Squalor, who you might know from Madmen and The Handmaid’s Tale.
    We talk about why attorneys have a propensity for addiction, co-dependency and marriage to an addict, and why the competition and conditioning of the legal profession is killing lawyers. Eilene also shares about her own trauma recovery, and how writing a memoir and her story helped her overcome grief, loss, and reclaim her sense of self.
    Email: kate@restoryatherapy.com
    @restorya on Instagram
    Facebook: Kate Marlena-Restorya
    Restorya is a member of Bear Radio, the premier English speaking podcast network of Berlin
    Our theme music is the song JEANNE by KENICHI & THE SUN from album White Fire which you can find here.
     
     
     
     

    • 52 min
    E13- Sick of Gratitude Lists? Try My Shit List

    E13- Sick of Gratitude Lists? Try My Shit List

    I love gratitude lists, but I think sometimes the pressure to focus on the positive (and shaming for negative thinking) can be destructive. In this episode I want to share my experience with learning to acknowledge some of the challenges in my life, taking an honest approach to hardship. This is about self compassion and learning to get real when things kind of suck. 

    • 14 min
    E12- Getting Over a Break-Up, Divorce, Love Lost

    E12- Getting Over a Break-Up, Divorce, Love Lost

    Break-ups are HARD and the heartache can last years. This episode explores the relationship between self-identity and break-ups and why the pain is often because of the stories we tell ourselves about why things ended. Whether you left a 20 year marriage or you got ghosted after a few Tinder dates, this episode is for you. Kate explores four steps to narrative healing:
    1- What stories are you telling yourself about the relationship or the break-up?
    2- What stories are you telling yourself about YOURSELF? What power does this story have over you?
    3- Challenge negative biases and beliefs around these stories.
    4- Recall and remember the positive things you have learned, what you might take forward, and the strengths you showed during and after the end of a relationship.
    This is one example of how narrative work can help in empowerment, self discovery, and personal transformation.
    www.restoryatherapy.com
    Insta: @restorya
    Facebook: Kate Marlena- Restorya
    Restorya is a member of Bear Radio, the premier English-speaking podcast network of Berlin. 
    Theme Music: Jeanne by Kenichi and the Sun from the album White Fire

    • 31 min

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I was lucky to be a guest on this terrific podcast. Kate has illuminating discussions, interesting guests (and not just cause I was one of them….) and a wealth of information to share with listeners.

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this is really helpful!

I've listened to the episode about changing your narrative around a breakup twice already.... such a helpful perspective that you don't hear in the many other podcasts and videos about the same topic.

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This episode captured my attention immediately. We all deal with a plethora of issues, fears and concerns. Kate’s preparation and knowledge really impacted me. Her thoughtful approach made listening comfortable for a tough topic. Great work here.

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