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Get inspired and gain some wisdom to help you on your healing journey with Amber Cook and her expert guests through open - honest - real conversations.

The Dragonfly Connection Amber Cook

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 14 Ratings

Get inspired and gain some wisdom to help you on your healing journey with Amber Cook and her expert guests through open - honest - real conversations.

    No Apologies Needed

    No Apologies Needed

    "If you're in that dark place any piece of light is going to help you move forward." - Bethany Nicole

    In this conversation, Bethany and Amber are chatting about relationships, forgiveness, and even writing for self-care. She shares a ton of great tips! 

    Bethany Nicole is an author, freelance writer and relationship expert. She was recently named one of the Top 25 Authors in Los Angeles by Los Angeles Entrepreneurs Magazine. She has many published pieces and interviews that you can check out at her website bethanynicole.com or on social media (links below). 

    If you're a "Married At First Sight" fan there's some bonus material for you in this episode too! 

    Check out the book she recommends if you're interested in writing. "On Writing" by Stephen King.

    Connect with Bethany on Facebook @bartonbn

    And, on Instagram @bethanynicoleauthor

    • 45 min
    Healing Naturally

    Healing Naturally

    Happy New Year! As a reminder, Amber plans to have a new episode for you every week until the end of the year. She'll be taking December off, but until then she's got a ton a great topics and guests waiting in the wings ready to inspire and empower you on your healing journey this year and beyond. 

    So, if you haven't already, make sure and subscribe and please share, this episode or the whole podcast! 

    Who's ready to slim down a little...or alot this year? Or just start feeling better all around?

    In this episode Amber is chatting with Sue-Anne Hickey about both of these topics. What they aren't chatting about is diets! So, put down that calorie counter app...cancel that subscription and learn how to get real, lasting, holistic results now. 

    Sue-Anne is a Certified Naturopath,  weight loss specialist, and the creator of Bodytypology.  She helps people like us heal our ailments naturally, lose weight, and regain our energy using her personalized body type eating and lifestyle plan. 

    She combines this with Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) to uncover limiting beliefs and release them, creating permanent change and lasting healing. 

    When she’s not coaching clients or leading groups, she loves yoga, biking, skiing and walking in the woods. Check out her Instagram page to see pics of some of her latest adventures. 

    After listening you need to hop onto her website and take her body type quiz. It is definitely unique and Amber found it very helpful. Seh's already started using a small portion of Sue-Anne's suggestions for her body type and says she can feel a difference....especially in hunger and cravings. 

    The quiz along with tons of free resources can be found on her website and social media pages. All the links are below. 

    Once you find out what your body type is hop onto Ambers Instagram post about this episode and let us know! 



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    • 44 min
    Transforming Relationships

    Transforming Relationships

    "A healthy relationship with yourself allows for healthy, happy relationships with other people." -Ted Smith

    If you've spent any amount of time on self-improvement you've come across some version of this statement at some point. In this episode, Ted Smith and Amber dive a little deeper into why it's so important, along with some great tips on how to start improving the most valuable relationship you have - the one with yourself. 

    Hopefully this episode will inspire and empower you to keep growing and healing so you're better equipped to weather the storms that 2022 inevitably has in store for us. 

    Ted Smith is a relationship and personal coach who has dedicated himself to helping people develop, maintain, and enjoy happy and healthy relationships with themselves and others. He understands the challenges of unhealthy relationships and he's also an example of hope, strength, and transformation.

    Ted is the author of "Happy Me, Healthy We: Transforming Relationships with Yourself and Others". In this episode he shares more details about his book and the inspiration behind it. 

    Ted believes no matter what challenges appear in your relationships with a romantic partner, family members, friends, or coworkers, you have the power to change them from difficult to thriving and from unhealthy to healthy. But, you first have to examine, heal, and transform the relationship with yourself.

    If you're struggling in any kind of relationship or would like to just have a happier, healthier life. This episode is for you!

    Learn all the ways you can connect with Ted below; along with links to purchase his book. "Happy Me, Healthy We". 

    If you're listening near January 1st, jump onto Instagram or Facebook and wish Ted a happy birthday.

    Happy Birthday Ted, and cheers to a new (healthier, happier) year for all of us!  

    Purchase Ted's book HERE!

    Ted's author website: mandalatreepress.com/ted-smith/

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/tedsmith.life/

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/tedsmith.life

    • 53 min
    Getting Unstuck

    Getting Unstuck

    In today's episode Amber and her guest, Marina Yanay-Triner, will be talking about trauma and the body again...because honestly, there's always things we can learn about it. We all have experienced some sort of trauma and that trauma likes to hide out in our bodies. 

    Marina calls herself the compassionate somatic coach. Her passion is helping people who are disengaged with life, burnt out and checked out by using body-based somatic approaches to support a connection back to the body; strengthen their connection with their instincts and intuition, and flourish! 

    This is similar to what Laura Rowe, from episode 3 of this season, titled "Embodiment" talked about, AND also different. Both of their messages are so fascinating and important!

    As a trauma-informed coach, Marina works with clients to go deep into the roots of behavioral patterns that hold you back from experiencing life to its fullest. She helps you look at and explore childhood-rooted beliefs, emotions, behavioral patterns, and the unconscious so you can experience life with more joy and aliveness. 

    In this episode Marina explains what "trauma informed" means and how working with a professional who is trauma informed is really important. She also explains why the pandemic is so triggering for so many of us!

    Along with some very helpful tips to help you on your overall healing journey, she shares a very easy, yet powerful method to settle your nervous system next time you're feeling anxious. If you're looking for more, she has a ton of free resources on her website. 

    Amber highly recommends working with her or any practitioner who specializes in somatic work, especially if you're finding that talk therapy or other methods just aren't getting to the heart of your struggles. 

    If this all resonates with you, please share with your people. Tis the season of giving. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

    You can connect with Marina on her website marinayt.com, and find great resources and tips on her Instagram and Facebook pages. 


    • 53 min
    Holiday Mental Health Tips

    Holiday Mental Health Tips

    Although the holidays are often considered the most wonderful time of the year by many, they can also be a difficult time for people with mental health problems…and right now we’re in a mental health crisis in the US and It’s probably safe to say most of the world! 

    So you you probably know someone who is struggling right now...or maybe it's you.  

    In this episode, it's just 11 days until Christmas; and The Dragonfly Connection's Creator, wellness practitioner, and CPTSD warrior, Amber Cook is sharing some ways to help you and your loved ones have a happier, healthier holiday season in spite of it all. 

    Amber shares her personal experience with the holiday blues to remind you that you are not alone. Connect with her on Instagram @the_dragonfly_momma.

    If you're in need of support, don't wait to get help, even if you're not yet suicidal. Being in a mental health crisis does not mean you're contemplating suicide. 

    Here are a list of resources for all kinds of mental health crisis's and most are free:

    https://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/ Text HOME to 741741 to reach a volunteer Crisis Counselor.

    National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) 

    The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides referrals to support groups and mental health professionals, resources on loss, and suicide prevention information (888-333-2377)

    The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides 24/7 crisis intervention, safety planning and information on domestic violence (800-799-7233)
    The Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects callers to trained crisis counselors (800-273-8255)

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


    24 hours a day / 7 days a week
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    24/7 Lifeline Crisis Chat Line
    En español: 1-888-628-9454
    TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)


    Offers teen to teen crisis help with both a phone line and a texting support line through Lines for Life.
    Teens respond from 4:00 to 10:00 PM Monday through Friday
    24 hours a day / 7 days a week
    Call 1-877-968-8491
    Text teen2teen to 839863

    Veterans Crisis Line

    Confidential help for veterans and their families.
    Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
    Text to 838255

    Trans Lifeline

    A trans-led oganization that offers direct service, material support, advocacy, and education.
    Peer support hotline available 7 am to 1 am PST

    The Trevor Project

    For lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people.
    24 hours a day / 7 days a week

    https://www.befrienders.org/Volunteer Action to Prevent Suicide

    Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) provides information on prevention, treatment and symptoms of anxiety, depression and related conditions (240-485-1001)      

    Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) provides information and referrals on ADHD, including local support groups (800-233-4050)

    Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) provides information on bipolar disorder and depression, offers in-person and online support groups and forums (800-826-3632)

    Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) offers Schizophrenia Anonymous self-help groups and toll-free teleconferences (240-423-9432)

    Sidran Institute helps people understand, manage and treat trauma and dissociation; maintains a helpline for information and referrals (410-825-8888)

    Treatment and Research Advancements for Borderline Personality Disorder (TARA) offers a referral center for information, support, education and treatment options for BPD (888-482-7227)

    • 21 min


    "Life has a way of throwing things at us that causes us to turn away from our own body wisdom." 

    Wondering what that means? Listen to this episode to learn what those "things" are and how to connect with your bodies wisdom. 

    Todays guest, Laura Rowe is Ambers friend, colleague, member of The HealingWaze Team (Ambers holistic wellness company) and her personal energy healer. Laura's definition of embodiment is the act of connecting your consciousness to your body. 

    Very interesting topic! 

    And, if this resonates with you, you have to check out the 4 week online class she's co-hosting with Carrie Craven, a long time member in Ambers Holistic Success Membership program through HealingWaze.com; a personal trainer and Reembody practitioner. 

    This class, called Embodied Alignment is designed to help re-establish the mind-body-spirit connection. Together, they will combine structural movement exercises, journaling prompts, and guided meditations that will explore your relationship with your body while reconnecting with the joy and fun of movement. It starts January 5th. Join HERE. 

    If you don't remember Laura from the 1st and 2nd seasons of this podcast, here's a reminder.

    Laura is an empath, spiritual seeker, and intuitive healer. She founded The Vital Spirit in 2013 and has worked with hundreds of empaths helping them feel comfortable in their skin and connected in this world. 

    Laura knows the struggle of feeling different, misunderstood, and judged for her sensitivities. Her passion is empowering empaths to inhabit their whole self — accepting and deeply connecting with the truth of their being.

    In this episode Laura leads an embodiment meditation. If you like the meditation, you can become a patron on Ambers Patreon Page and get access to just the meditation any time you like. 

    Connect with Laura on her website with lots of free resources: thevitalspirit.net

    And on Facebook, Instagram and HealingWaze. 

    If you would like to learn more about her and Carrie's class Embodied Alignment click HERE.


    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

JMareeK ,

Great inspiration

This is a great episode! I was listening while walking and while Bruce shared stories from his amazing life, I was so inspired for my own life! Thank you!

Dating Coach Ronnie Ann Ryan ,

Beautiful Message and So Applicable!

This episode of Amber's podcast was created on the fly - but what a great job! She turned a sad story about high school days into something amazing and empowering. I could really relate to her story and found her way of looking at this situation incredibly helpful and eye-opening regarding what is possible. Mindet is EVERYTHING. Thanks Amber!

Ladyness25 ,

A great down-to-earth podcast on healing

These are great and interesting conversations about healing from those in the forefront of the healing professions and also those who are on the healing journey. Interesting points of view in a down-to-earth conversation!

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