76 episodes

Alcoholic wife and addict husband chatting with like-minded, inspirational peers about stigmatized topics such as; mental illness, sexual orientation, addiction, sex work, parenthood, age, sex life, and more. We are not scientist nor doctors, we only aim to have honest and raw conversations in order to learn, connect and share. Wanna share your story? Visit https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/ to share your story! Our motto is honesty, open-mindedness, and humor. Chat soon!

We Are The Stigma Melissa & Cody Kreutz

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 71 Ratings

Alcoholic wife and addict husband chatting with like-minded, inspirational peers about stigmatized topics such as; mental illness, sexual orientation, addiction, sex work, parenthood, age, sex life, and more. We are not scientist nor doctors, we only aim to have honest and raw conversations in order to learn, connect and share. Wanna share your story? Visit https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/ to share your story! Our motto is honesty, open-mindedness, and humor. Chat soon!

    321. Trauma & Self-Healing w/Emily Katz BONUS EPISODE

    321. Trauma & Self-Healing w/Emily Katz BONUS EPISODE

    We've been sitting on this episode for a little while and we HAVE to share it! In this short but inspirational episode we chat with self-healing consultant, Emily Katz! Emily describes herself as a "professional problem solver," and we can't think of a more perfect way to describe her! She is a POWERHOUSE dedicated to helping others overcome the darkness and master their mental health. It was an honor chatting with her, and we are so excited to share her message.

    In this episode we discuss:
    -Mental health
    -Self-healing
    -Trauma

    As always, Thanks for your support and we'll see you for SEASON 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    -You can find Ashley on Instagram @the.self.healing.consultant

    -You can follow us @_wearethestigma on Instagram and Facebook
    -You can follow Cody’s spiritual journey here on YouTube & his Limiting Beliefs Sessions on Instagram @CodyKreutz
    -Find Melissa on Instagram @_thepetitecactus

    **The best way to support We Are The Stigma is by leaving us a five-star review on iTunes! Take a screenshot of your written review, and we'll send you any book written by our past guests! It's a way we can support them and you!
    ***As always share with others, and reach out if you’d like to share your story https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/

    • 40 min
    320. Repressed Childhood Trauma & Awakening w/ Ashley Arruda

    320. Repressed Childhood Trauma & Awakening w/ Ashley Arruda

    **Trigger Warning:  This episode deals childhood sexual abuse and suicide - if you
    After taking a few weeks off, we are finishing this season STRONG! In this episode, we share a brave and powerful conversation with Ashley Arruda.  After hearing the stories of Jen Elizabeth, Desi Martin, and others, Ashley asked to share her story - and we are deeply grateful that she chose to trust us.

    Ashley's story of childhood sexual abuse, addiction, spirituality, and everything in between reminds us that we are not alone wherever we are on our journeys. We are all up against something. However, when we can recognize the similarities and connect with each other, we can survive.

    Ashley's story is a BEAUTIFUL reminder - wherever you are on your journey, YOUR STORY MATTERS xox

    Topics Include:
    - Childhood sexual trauma & Repressed memories
    -Spiritual Awakening
    -Addiction & Sobriety

    Ashley is a 33 years old woman living in Ontario, Canada. A spiritual awakening in 2017 jarred open repressed memories of childhood sexual trauma. Since rediscovering these memories, Ashley has found sobriety. Like many who battle addiction, her sober journey has had its difficult moments. Still, she continues to pick herself back up! Ashley found power in the stories of others and is now on a mission to help those struggling through sharing her journey.

    Ashley enjoys nature, cooking and spending time with loved ones.
    -You can find Ashley on Instagram @optionaltoaster

    -You can follow us @_wearethestigma on Instagram and Facebook
    -You can follow Cody’s spiritual journey here on YouTube & his Limiting Beliefs Sessions on Instagram @CodyKreutz
    -Find Melissa on Instagram @_thepetitecactus

    **The best way to support We Are The Stigma is by leaving us a five-star review on iTunes! Take a screenshot of your written review, and we'll send you any book written by our past guests! It's a way we can support them and you!
    ***As always share with others, and reach out if you’d like to share your story https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/

    • 39 min
    319. Self-Healing & Transformation w/Ally Bazely

    319. Self-Healing & Transformation w/Ally Bazely

    This week we sit down with our very dear friend, Ally Bazely. If you're looking to get juiced up and inspired - this is IT my friends. Ally's story of personal transformation will get you hyped on for your own journey! We are reminded that the end, is just the beginning, and that the rock bottom is the most profound place to build again. This episode is powerfully pack with mental health, personal growth, taking back your life - and a little bit of magic. 

    Topics Include:
    -Healing & Transformation
    -Manifestation
    -Self-betrayal

    Ally believes it is her purpose to embody the work that has allowed her to change her own life for the BEST. As a person who has experienced many trials in her life - divorce, grief, chronic illness, and medical trauma to name only a few - Ally has remarkably transformed her entire life one baby step at a time over the last two and a half years, and desires to show the world how possible it is to make big life changes by keeping teeny, tiny commitments to yourself.
    She is the right hand woman for her friend and mentor Kristina Furia at Your New Frequency (@yournewfrequency) and Chief Spiritual Officer/Intuitive Tarot Reader for Ally Reads Tarot (@allyreadstarot)  You'll also find her sharing her journey of transformation every single day at @allybazely

    -You can follow us @_wearethestigma on Instagram and Facebook
    -You can follow Cody’s spiritual journey here on YouTube & his Limiting Beliefs Sessions on Instagram
    -Find Melissa on Instagram @_thepetitecactus
    **The best way to support We Are The Stigma is by leaving us a five-star review on iTunes! Take a screenshot of your written review, and we'll send you any book written by our past guests! It's a way we can support them and you!
    ***As always share with others, and reach out if you’d like to share your story https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/

    • 54 min
    318. Self-Loathing & Limiting Beliefs w/Kyra Evans

    318. Self-Loathing & Limiting Beliefs w/Kyra Evans

    This week we are chatting with our very dear internet friend, Kyra Evans!

    Kyra is an author, speaker, and self-empathy teacher. Her first book, “The Dictionary of Limiting Beliefs: Transforming your inner narrative to manifest a wholehearted life,” launched in June of this year and has quickly been adopted by spiritual seekers, coaches, and therapists as a transformational personal development tool. Kyra lives in a cabin in the woods of Muskoka, Canada, with her husband and daughter.
    This conversation left us feeling educated and full of self-love, and we are so excited for you to hear it. Check out our Instagram for your chance to win a copy of Kyra's self-illuminating book! 

    In this episode, we explore:
    - How to soothe self-loathing and heal your inner critic
    - How to access and reprogram your Limiting Beliefs
    - Why HSPs lose trust in themselves and how to gain it back
    - Why Self-Empathy is the key to changing the world
    Where To Find Kyra:
    -IG: @kyra_evans_writer
    -Website: kyraevans.com
    -Book: kyraevans.com/dictionary
    -Sessions: kyraevans.com/sessions

    -You can follow us @_wearethestigma on Instagram and Facebook
    -You can follow Cody’s spiritual journey here on YouTube & his Limiting Beliefs Sessions on Instagram
    -Find Melissa on Instagram @_thepetitecactus
    **The best way to support We Are The Stigma is by leaving us a five-star review on iTunes! Take a screenshot of your written review, and we'll send you any book written by our past guests! It's a way we can support them and you!
    ***As always share with others, and reach out if you’d like to share your story https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/

    • 1 hr 11 min
    317. Addiction & Sobriety w/ The Recovery Baddie Hayley Waters

    317. Addiction & Sobriety w/ The Recovery Baddie Hayley Waters

    It is national recovery month, so we’re going back to out home base - Sobriety and Recovery! We’re talking to Hayley Waters, the Recovery Baddie. This interview was such a good time and we’re so excited to have you sit in on this powerful conversation! Hayley is one badass sober babe and we are HERE FOR IT!!!! 
    In this episode we discuss:
    - Identifying as an alcoholic/addict vs. being alcohol-free (labels) 
    -Shame associated with being an alcoholic/ addict as a mother
    -Gratitude
    "My name is Hayley. I’m 35, from Washington, D.C., and my sobriety date is August 28th, 2020.  I grew up in an American military family. Looking back, I started displaying signs of addiction at a very early age. Early in childhood, my parents divorced; I grew up fast, experimented young, and struggled to find my identity and purpose in life.
    By 16, I began partying often. When my peers stopped or moved on, I was looking for the next “scene” and the next group of friends that accepted my lifestyle without judgment or questions. By nothing short of a miracle, I made it to adulthood. I fell in love, had a beautiful child, and shortly after his birth, I was diagnosed with Stage II Lymphoma. After 6 months of chemotherapy, I came out on the other side. Nevertheless, I struggled with an endless search to reveal why I survived, what incredible thing was I destined to do that granted this second chance? Shame for disappointing the universe and my perception of higher purpose reverted me to the only thing I knew to cope with- substance abuse.
    I retreated into my disease quickly. I lost relationships, engaged in risky behavior over and over, and continued to down a shame spiral perpetuated by my addiction. At the height of it, I was drinking from the moment I woke up; to the moment I went to bed and stopped loving myself.   In August 2020, I checked myself into detox and I’ve been in recovery ever since. Through meetings, my program, and my sober support network, I have a life I never thought possible, and that I finally believe I deserve. I love myself more than I ever thought possible. If you’re struggling to understand your relationship with addiction, stay because you’re finally home."

    -Follow Hayley on Instagram @recoverybaddie
    -Get 20% off Pro Recovery Power Merch w/Code HAYLEY20 prorecoverypower.com

    -You can follow us @_wearethestigma on Instagram and Facebook
    -You can follow Cody’s spiritual journey here on YouTube & his Limiting Beliefs Sessions on Instagram
    -Find Melissa on Instagram @_thepetitecactus
    **The best way to support We Are The Stigma is by leaving us a five-star review on iTunes! Take a screenshot of your written review, and we'll send you any book written by our past guests! It's a way we can support them and you! 
    ***As always share with others, and reach out if you’d like to share your story https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/

     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    316. Trauma & Spirituality w/ Kevin Carton

    316. Trauma & Spirituality w/ Kevin Carton

    This week we are joined by Spiritual Life and Business Coach, Kevin Carton for a juiced up and deep conversation. Get your feels out and sit down as the forth member in this convo, we are so glad you're here with us! 

    Topics include:
    -How trauma isn't always "big T" trauma
    -Releasing shame/guilt for having challenges with mental health
    -The importance of community for our overall well-being
    Kevin specializes in empowering people to discover and live their soul’s purpose. He began his journey when he took a leap of faith to leave pharmacy school to pursue his purpose. Within a year he established himself as a budding expert in the personal development industry.
    Now as a Spiritual Life & Business Coach, Kevin has spoken on stage in front of thousands of people, which led to him being described as a young Bob Proctor and the next Tony Robbins. He shares daily inspiration on his Instagram @kevinfcarton and his podcast "Science & Spirituality" with an international community of tens of thousands of like-minded people soaking in his advice

    Where To Find Kevin:
    -Website: www.kevincarton.com
    -IG: @kevinfcarton

    -You can follow us @_wearethestigma on Instagram and Facebook
    -You can follow Cody’s spiritual journey here on YouTube & his Limiting Beliefs Sessions on Instagram
    -Find Melissa on Instagram @_thepetitecactus
    **The best way to support We Are The Stigma is by leaving us a five-star review on iTunes! Take a screenshot of your written review, and we'll send you any book written by our past guests! It's a way we can support them and you! 
    ***As always share with others, and reach out if you’d like to share your story https://wearethestigma.com/be-a-guest-on-our-show/

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

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Real people. Real stories. Real emotions.

Love this podcast! It’s so authentic and comes from a space of healing and growing. The hosts are themselves and don’t hold back! It’s a raw conversation that shows the power of vulnerability. Highly recommend subscribing to this one!

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Thank you!

Thank you guys for doing these things! It is beautiful! We need more of this and these are my favorite podcasts to listen to! Love you guys!

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