Illuminate: Gaelyn Rae Emerson - How women can heal from relationship abandonment - Episode 57

illuminate podcast Apr 23, 2020

Gaelyn Rae Emerson joins me to talk about the impact of abandonment on women dealing with betrayal trauma from pornography and sexual addiction. She outlines a method she uses to help women move toward healing when they've been abandoned. In this episode: 

- She defines the term “sexual abandonment”.

- She describes the role...

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Illuminate: Gaelyn Rae Emerson - Staying resilient when your husband relapses - Episode 56

illuminate podcast Apr 09, 2020

The uncertainty of a potential relapse often leaves betrayed women anxious and tense. They wonder when the next betrayal will happen and how they'll respond. Even though there is no way to predict the future, my guest in this episode, Gaelyn Rae Emerson, says that women can prepare themselves and develop resilience in the face of future relapses,...

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Q&A with Geoff: I feel like I’m only a paycheck to my wife

q&a with geoff Apr 06, 2020

Question

My wife and I have been married for many years, and we have a large and loving family. However, our relationship has always been somewhat distant and shallow, even as newlyweds, since we dated and married fairly quickly. I have taken responsibility for this, as I’ve never been good at relationships and have always defaulted to sulking...

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Illuminate: Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT - Help for distressed couples during quarantine - Episode 55

Sheltering in place is tough for most people, but it's especially difficult for couples who were already distressed before they were required to spend days on end together. And, tragically, sheltering in place can also increase the risk of physical and emotional abuse for vulnerable family members. In this episode, I share eleven ways distressed...

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You are more than a paycheck - Helping men thrive during COVID-19

covid-19 help Apr 02, 2020

Lots of men are telling me they're feeling overwhelmed with fear about providing for their families during this COVID-19 economic downturn. Even though both men and women are losing income during this time, men generally take it harder. A lot of guys will numb out on TV, phones, gaming, food, and isolate away from their loved ones. Some will get...

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Q&A with Geoff: How do I know if I’ve found the woman I should marry?

q&a with geoff Apr 02, 2020

Question

I am currently in a relationship in which we have been dating for six months. A few months ago, we were talking about marriage, and there were times I felt like it could work and times where I felt sincere doubt about that choice.

I’ve sought confirmation from God that it’s right, and I’ve felt good about the relationship. I...

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Illuminate: Amy Cluff - Staying emotionally healthy during a pandemic - Episode 54

How do we stay emotionally healthy in the midst of a global pandemic? In this special episode, I team up with Amy Cluff, a therapist who specializes in working with betrayal trauma and child/family therapy, to talk about specific ways we can all maintain our emotional health when facing these unprecedented global fears and uncertainties. 

 

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Illuminate: Steven Shields - Why you should share your addiction recovery story (and how) - Episode 53

illuminate podcast Mar 12, 2020

Building an authentic community around those struggling with pornography addiction and betrayal trauma is essential for recovery. Steven, from Unashamed Unafraid, shares his experience of hearing how many couples have shared their story of addiction recovery. Geoff and Steven discuss why it is important for those struggling to share their story and...

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Q&A with Geoff: My stepdaughter went behind my back to reunite my dying husband and his ex

q&a with geoff Mar 12, 2020

Question

My husband and his then-girlfriend had a baby girl when they were teenagers. They placed this child for adoption, and their teenage relationship didn’t last long after that and they broke up. Forty years later, this daughter contacted my husband, they met, we met, we get along, she and her husband come to family gatherings, and...

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Q&A with Geoff - My daughter won’t accept my advice for her health

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2020

 

Question

Our fifth child is in her early 30s and living with us at home for the past several years. She’s divorced with no children. When she was a baby, she seemed to suffer with brain fog. Life is difficult for her.

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