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June 6, 2019

#107 | Eating Disorders vs Disordered Eating: Dealing with Addictions with Mollie Birney

About This Episode

After battling with bulimia for years, plunging into depression and eventually recovering through the 12-Step Program, Mollie Birney is now a clinical coach helping others overcome addiction. She comes by her specialization in Eating Disorder Recovery, holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in addiction and eating disorders

Her treatment-oriented and therapeutic experience include work as a primary therapist/group facilitator, coach, and recovery consultant in various associations and recovery centers across the US doing case management and coaching for families and individuals suffering from complex mental health, providing counseling, psychoeducation, crisis management, and treatment placement. Her extensive experience, both personally and professionally, grants her a unique insight into the battle faced by individuals and families suffering from a full range of disorders. She is a frequent speaker at schools, treatment centers, and recovery-focused organizations. Most recently she was the keynote speaker at the 2018 National Conference for the National Council for Addiction and Drug Dependence in Washington DC, and this spring at the 2019 North Carolina TIDE Annual Conference on Behavioral Health.

“I certainly still have my own shame. The difference is it doesn’t have me… Let’s be in relationship with shame. Let’s have a conversation with it. Let’s invite it over for dinner. Let’s figure out how to be friends with this things because trying to amputate it is certainly not going to be effective.”

Join us for an insightful conversation about addiction recovery, its causes and effects and how to create a relationship with shame and anxiety. Here is what we talk about:

  • Dealing with depression and mental illness in the modern world
  • The cognitive distortion of social media and its perpetuating effects of fear and shame
  • Current trends and paradigm shifts in values and behavior
  • The suffering that comes as a result of the “obsession of the other”
  • The difference between an eating disorder and disordered eating
  • Being with shame and sitting with anxiety. Where is shame coming from?
  • How to create a relationship with shame
  • Taking responsibility for your own addictions and cravings and dealing with consequences
  • Deconstructing the psychological behavior of food cravings & triggers
  • and much more…




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Tools & Resources Mentioned

People/Blogs to Follow

  •  The Pema Chodron Foundation – Beloved Buddhist teacher, author, nun and mother, Pema Chodron has inspired millions of people from around the world who have been touched by her example and message of practicing peace in these turbulent times. The Pema Chodron Foundation is dedicated to preserving and sharing Pema’s inspiration and teachings in order that they might help us all awaken wisdom and compassion in ourselves and the world around us.
  • Breck Costin – Breck has an innate talent for excavating the truth in a person’s life, flipping it like a pancake, then serving up radical shifts in perspective and life. His profound instinct has garnered him the status as L.A.’s most renowned private coach for an international clientele of discerning, high-performing individuals. He has transformed the lives of professional athletes, CEO’s, studio heads, music executives, and many prominent actors; has lead innovative workshops with everyone from NASA to famous rock bands.
  • Elizabeth Gilbert – an American author. She is best known for her 2006 memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, which as of December 2010 had spent 199 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and which was also made into a film by the same name in 2010.
  • Paul Simon – During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honors and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”, “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland”) were albums of the year. In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel. He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, a recipient of their Johnny Mercer Award and is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song “Mrs. Robinson” from the motion picture “The Graduate” was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Songs.
  • Eddie Izzard – is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and political activist. His comedic style takes the form of rambling whimsical monologue and self-referential pantomime. He had a starring role in the television series The Riches as Wayne Malloy and has appeared in films such as Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Mystery Men, and many more.

Recommended Books

  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain – Bourdain spares no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain’s first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain’s tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable.
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson – Although Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime. The work that was published during her lifetime was usually altered significantly by the publishers to fit the conventional poetic rules of the time. Although most of her acquaintances were probably aware of Dickinson’s writing, it was not until after her death in 1886-when Lavinia, Emily’s younger sister, discovered her cache of poems-that the breadth of Dickinson’s work became apparent.
  • Billy Collins books – Billy Collins is the author of eleven collections of poetry. He is also the editor of Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry, 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, and Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds. A Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, and Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Winter Park Institute of Rollins College, he was Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003 and New York State Poet from 2004 to 2006. In 2016 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
  • Mary Oliver books – A private person by nature, Mary Oliver has given very few interviews over the years. Instead, she prefers to let her work speak for itself. And speak it has, for the past five decades, to countless readers. The New York Times recently acknowledged Mary Oliver as “far and away, this country’s best-selling poet.”
  • E. E. Cummings books – E. E. Cummings (1894-1962) was among the most influential, widely read, and revered modernist poets. His many awards included an Academy of American Poets Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, and the Bollingen Prize. Among his many volumes are The Enormous Room and Tulips & Chimneys.

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