Your Life After
By with Robin Dunn Bryant
The Your Life After podcast is a place where people can talk about the lives they lead after traumas. This podcast will feature survivors, victims, and professionals sharing their experiences, expertise, insights, and struggles. The goal here is not to showcase stories of triumph, though I'm sure some of those stories will be triumphant. The goal is to shine a light on our own shared humanity and to perhaps encourage someone to move forward through their own trauma.
Parenting through trauma
Childhood emotional trauma deeply informed Catherine Register’s approach to parenting. As she started on her healing journey, doing so while raising children was immensely difficult. It was quite a challenge to overcome those hurdles and come out the other side. She has a passion and heart for parents struggling to care for their children while trying to do their own healing work.
August 17, 2021
Healing and thriving after physical and emotional abuse
Rachel Alexander wanted to spend our time together talking about navigating co-parenting with a narcissist, dating as a single parent, reactions she experienced after leaving her abusive ex, the relationship of the church with abusers, and the importance of therapy. She sees healing as a continual process and believes the more we talk about domestic violence, the more we heal and help others.
August 03, 2021
Get serious about self-care
Aisha Moore doesn’t want other women to experience what she did. She joined me to talk about how we focus on jobs and accolades and how that can lead to our soul being undernourished.
July 20, 2021
Learning to live in my own skin
Shea Atkin wants to destigmatize the word trauma and let listeners know that even though healing from trauma is messy, it’s still worth it. She says that we are only as sick as our secrets. We learn boundaries to know who is safe and has earned the right to hear our secrets and stories. Shea believes many of our current patterns (unaware or aware) are our attempts to reconcile a past that no longer exists.
July 06, 2021
Living after loss
Shayna Acree joins us to talk about the grief journey that people experience after a significant loss in their life. Because of her own experiences, she understands how difficult it is to heal. She shares her thoughts with us about the different grief stages, how many people can get stuck in their grief following loss and trauma, and how to be okay with not being okay at times.
June 22, 2021
Not simply taking up oxygen
Rebecca Kelly-Manders is a child of divorce. She survived growing up with a functioning alcoholic, joined the military where she wasn’t the greatest soldier (her words, not mine), and has had a mark left on her by the criminal justice system. She’s built a life of service through her own recovery from addiction and sharing her skills as a chef. We talk about that and more on season one’s final episode.
October 27, 2020
Shining light on dark spaces to foster family and community healing
Community advocate Talethia Edwards joins us on Your Life after to talk with me about her childhood, community activism, building her parenting toolbox to battler her ghosts in the nursery, and how parenting her children is healing her and helping her in turn heal her community.
October 13, 2020
Undoing the long-term emotional coping of trauma
The poet Reuben Jackson joins us on Your Life After to talk with me about this juncture where he is focusing on and contextualizing the impact of trauma on his life. Specifically, acknowledging and discussing the work he’s doing to work to live unmasked, no longer hiding or distancing his "soft" (or softer) sides.
September 29, 2020
How I’m learning there is no "after"
darlene anita scott was young, active (she was a marathon runner), and seemingly healthy when she was diagnosed with heart failure. By learning to manage her chronic condition, she is learning that the residuals of both the diagnosis and the interventions create a ripple-like effect in her life. We talk about the risks of exceptionalism in intervention or treatments, somatic elegies, art, and expanding the definition of wellness (because the limited view of wellness can often be a trauma itself (and a barrier to accessing it).
September 15, 2020
The alchemy of intentional living
Strategy, directed autonomy, a well-stocked pantry, and a rollicking conversation about an experience in a dungeon are all on tap in my conversation with Christina Springer. Her very intentional life has allowed her to move more seamlessly than most through the COVID-19 crisis while some of us began to examine the very essence of how we live, eat, and educate our children.
August 31, 2020
Black women and revolutionary pleasure
Liz Gilliam thinks this is a time for many to really sit with themselves to understand what it is about them that makes them happy. We talk about pleasure and self-intimacy in a way that expands beyond the erotic. And while things might not be perfect, her conversation urges us to unlock the things that bring us joy.
August 18, 2020
Rest: the original healing modality
The work she did in prison abolition led our guest, Onika Reigns to study more closely the essential idea of rest, both in the prison population and in her movement through the Black community. Her work has led her to develop her Black Rest Theory and colors the work she does in her therapeutic practice as well as in the Black Dream Escape.
August 03, 2020
Fairness, rehabilitation, and redemption: reimagining the US criminal system
We examine the criminal justice system, through the lens of criminal defense attorney, Jessica Yeary, who is also running for Public Defender. She maps out the ripple effect that one arrest can have in one relationship, one family, and one community and how the impact of children watching arrests, or being arrested themselves, can affect their ability to cope. She also explains her three-part campaign platform this is as trauma-informed as it is solution-focused. Make sure to visit the show notes for links to all mentioned resources: www.wsw.center/yourlifeafter
July 20, 2020
Crisis education in the time of COVID-19
Children around the world are being asked to tap into their education in the midst of a global pandemic and community trauma. Jason Flom joins me to talk about what wellness looks like within the context of a school ecosystem and what we might need to be prepared for when school starts again in the fall of 2020. Make sure to visit the show notes for links to all mentioned resources: www.wsw.center/yourlifeafter
July 06, 2020
Surviving the financial impacts of COVID-19
It's not a conversation focused on spreadsheets and procedures that accounting, HR, and risk management professional Christina Brown brings to the table In this episode. It's all about knowing who you are and what you want, so you can develop a stronger relationship with your money - even during a global pandemic. Make sure to visit the show notes for links to all mentioned resources: www.wsw.center/yourlifeafter
July 06, 2020
Addressing childhood trauma from COVID's quiet spaces
Slamming on the proverbial breaks during the COVID-19 quarantine has taken our guest Lateef Bryant from a hyper-busy schedule that kept him on the run from 7 AM - 10 PM most days, to a quite/still space where he had to face some of his own inner demons including the sexual abuse he suffered as a child. Make sure to visit the show notes for links to all mentioned resources: www.wsw.center/yourlifeafter
July 06, 2020
Blooming from the neck down
Episode Summary The tables are turned on Your Life After show host, Robin Dunn Bryant. Join our guest host, Lauren Kelly-Manders as she talks to Robin about her own healing paths, surviving a breast cancer diagnosis in the midst of a cross-country move, and the way she approaches personal, intergenerational, and generational trauma in the work she does with clients. Make sure to visit the show notes for links to all mentioned resources: www.wsw.center/yourlifeafter
June 29, 2020