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Check out our website at www.hangingontohope.org The Hanging Onto Hope Podcast is a unique approach to healing where we interview inspiring guests to encourage and uplift you. It is a resource for healing and education for all types of abuse and a support to those who do not have a voice.

Brenda J and Karen Wonder


    • Jan 27, 2023 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekdays NEW EPISODES
    • 22m AVG DURATION
    • 161 EPISODES


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    From Our Hearts With Brenda J and Karen W

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2023 33:50


    Brenda J and Karen W invite you to listen and be part of the conversation of things happening in their communities, in America, and in their personal lives. They speak from their hearts on the topic of homelessness, domestic violence, and shelters based on recent events and advocacy they participated in with their non-profit. They also give an update on their personal lives and future vision of the non-profit. Thank you to all of our listeners and please help spread this free healing resource! https://hangingontohope.org

    #104 Hope In Motion With Liz Michaelis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 23:11


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Liz Michaelis, an abuse survivor, social worker, and runs a prison ministry. Liz founded a nonprofit called Hope in Motion, which helps youth in juvenile prison transition into the real world. She has also helped establish programs in the prisons to help with this real life transition. Liz's passion has helped changed the lives of so many youth and young adults. Thank You Liz! https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer For Hope In Motion With Liz Michaelis

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 1:17


    Sneak Peek into Episode 104, Hope In Motion, with Liz Michaelis

    #103 A Walk Down Podcast Lane With Brenda J and Karen W

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 40:37


    Brenda J and Karen W continue their discussion from episode 100, where they were discussing different episodes, authors, therapists, and survivors. They truly love every podcast and guest and appreciate all of their listeners and are so grateful. Very insightful and helpful to a survivor of any type of abuse. https://hangingontohope.org

    #102 Part 2 Of Let US Bring Change To The World In 2023 With Jet Trudeau, Mandy Hall, Nycole Wilkins, and Danielle Foreman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 27:56


    Brenda J and Karen W bring back to the show Jet Trudeau, Mandy Hall, Nycole Wilkins, and Danielle Foreman to discuss what has been on their hearts in 2022 that they want to see change in 2023. None of the women know ahead time what each others topic is.  It is inspiring and heartfelt conversation and we hope you are with us in bringing much needed change to the world in 2023! https://hangingontohope.org

    #101 Let US Bring Change To The World In 2023 With Jet Trudeau, Mandy Hall, Nycole Wilkins, and Danielle Foreman

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 26:25


    Brenda J and Karen W bring back to the show Jet Trudeau, Mandy Hall, Nycole Wilkins, and Danielle Foreman to discuss what has been on their hearts in 2022 that they want to see change in 2023. None of the women know ahead time what each others topic is.  It is inspiring and heartfelt conversation and we hope you are with us in bringing much needed change to the world in 2023! https://hangingontohope.org

    #100 Special 100th Episode, A Celebration With Jet Trudeau, Mandy Hall, Nycole Wilkins, and Danielle Foreman

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 38:44


    Brenda J and Karen W celebrate their 100th episode by interviewing four of their biggest supporters, Jet Trudeau, Mandy Hall, Nycole Wilkins, and Danielle Foreman. Please join in on the celebration by listening and continuing to support this very important tool in healing from abuse and trauma. https://hangingontohope.org

    #99 Healing From Trauma and Abuse Through Martial Arts With Jessica and LIz

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 27:45


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Jessica Knight and Liz Michealis. They are both trauma and abuse survivors that have used martial arts to heal. They talk about having a trauma informed approach and how to look for an instructor that is educated and experienced with trauma victims, They also discuss the importance of learning from self defense perspective. https://hangingontohope.org

    #98 Part 2 of Human Trafficking Education and Prevention With Jessica and Ruth

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 27:43


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Jessica and Ruth, both who work with human trafficking victims through their non profits. Jessica tells her story of how she escaped human trafficking and her mother was actually trafficked. Both women talk about how they help human trafficking victims and discuss the signs to look for to help put an end to this horrific form of abuse and trauma.   National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888  https://thefirerevolution.com https://www.brilliantlightinternational.com https://hangingontohope.org

    #97 Human Trafficking Education and Prevention With Jessica and Ruth

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2022 29:59


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Jessica and Ruth, both who work with human trafficking victims through their non profits. Jessica tells her story of how she escaped human trafficking and her mother was actually trafficked. Both women talk about how they help human trafficking victims and discuss the signs to look for to help put an end to this horrific form of abuse and trauma.  National Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888  https://thefirerevolution.com https://www.brilliantlightinternational.com https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer For Human Trafficking Education and Prevention With Jessica and Ruth

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2022 1:13


    Sneak peek into episodes 97 and 98 Human Trafficking Education and Prevention With Jessica and Ruth,

    Part Three of Explore With Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2022 29:01


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn on their book Explore, A Guided Journey to Being Loved. Celestia is Co-Founder of Mending the Soul, author of twelve books and workbooks, and a professional trauma counselor.  Drawing from twenty-five years of teaching and training experience in areas of abuse and healing, secondary trauma, intimacy and bonding, biblical sexuality, and soul care, Celestia ensures that all Mending the Soul curricula and trainings are psychologically-informed and using best practice models. Nancy is the artist in Explore, a Mending The Soul facilitator, and abuse survivor. The four women take a deep dive into the book and it is extremely educational and healing. https://mendingthesoul.org https://hangingontohope.org

    #95 Part 2 of Explore, A Guided Journey to Being Loved, With Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 33:14


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn on their book Explore, A Guided Journey to Being Loved. Celestia is Co-Founder of Mending the Soul, author of twelve books and workbooks, and a professional trauma counselor.  Drawing from twenty-five years of teaching and training experience in areas of abuse and healing, secondary trauma, intimacy and bonding, biblical sexuality, and soul care, Celestia ensures that all Mending the Soul curricula and trainings are psychologically-informed and using best practice models. Nancy is the artist in Explore, a Mending The Soul facilitator, and abuse survivor. The four women take a deep dive into the book and it is extremely educational and healing. https://mendingthesoul.org https://hangingontohope.org

    #94 Part 1 of Explore, A Guided Journey to Being Loved, With Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 38:26


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn on their book Explore, A Guided Journey to Being Loved. Celestia is Co-Founder of Mending the Soul, author of twelve books and workbooks, and a professional trauma counselor.  Drawing from twenty-five years of teaching and training experience in areas of abuse and healing, secondary trauma, intimacy and bonding, biblical sexuality, and soul care, Celestia ensures that all Mending the Soul curricula and trainings are psychologically-informed and using best practice models. Nancy is the artist in Explore, a Mending The Soul facilitator, and abuse survivor. The four women take a deep dive into the book and it is extremely educational and healing. https://mendingthesoul.org https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer for Explore, A Guided Journey To Being Loved With Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 1:14


    Sneak peek into episodes 94, 95, and 96, Explore, A Guided Journey To Being Loved With Celestia Tracy and Nancy Galassini-Gunn

    #93 Love, Pray, Listen, Parenting Your Wayward Adult Kids With Joy With Mary Demuth

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 23:51


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Mary Demuth, International Speaker. Podcaster, and Author of over 40 books! They take a deep dive into the topic of parenting your wayward adult kids and Mary explains how we need to love, pray, and listen to them more as the relationship changes. This subject is rarely talked about and is educational for parents with children of any age. marydemuth.com https://hangingontohope.org

    #92 Love, Pray, Listen. Parenting Your Wayward Adult Kids With Joy With Mary DeMuth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 28:08


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Mary Demuth, International Speaker. Podcaster, and Author of over 40 books! They take a deep dive into the topic of parenting your wayward adult kids and Mary explains how we need to love, pray, and listen to them more as the relationship changes. This subject is rarely talked about and is educational for parents with children of any age. marydemuth.com https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer for Love, Pray, Listen. Parenting Your Wayward Adult Kids With Joy With Mary DeMuth

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2022 1:15


    Sneak peek into episodes 92 and 93 Love, Pray, Listen. Parenting Your Wayward Adult Kids With Joy With Mary DeMuth.

    #91 Real People Real Voices With Haley and Laura

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2022 31:17


    Brenda J and Karen W are so excited to present to you another episode of Real People Real Voices, a series of mini podcasts that focus on healing. We interview abuse survivors that are ready and willing to share their stories so it can bring healing to them and to our listeners. In this episode, we interview Haley and Laura. Haley is an abuse survivor and Celebrate Recovery leader and Laura now works to help victims of Human Trafficking. Two amazing survivor stories that bring hope and healing!

    Trailer For Real People Real Voices With Haley and Laura

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 2:15


    Sneak Peek into Episode 91 Real People Real Voices With Haley and Laura.

    #90 Our Story Of Overcoming Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness With Leonard Jae Sloan and Taylor Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2022 41:26


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Leonard Jae Sloan and Taylor Jones. Leonard is a musician and tells his story of alcohol and drug addiction and during that time discovered that he struggled with mental illness as well. Taylor gives her perspective as his fiance and how she at times had to love from a distance. A must listen.

    Trailer For Our Story Of Overcoming Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness With Leonard Jae Sloan and Taylor Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 1:37


    Sneak peek into episode 90 Our Story Of Overcoming Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction, and Mental Illness With Leonard Jae Sloan and Taylor Jones.

    #89 Part 2 Of EMDR and DBT Therapies With Lori Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 25:01


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Lori Jones, a trauma counselor for over 20 years, specializing in EMDR and DBT therapies. Lori tells her own story of abuse and how it led to her becoming a trauma counselor. She discusses the types and phases of EMDR and why EMDR is necessary when the brain has experienced trauma. Lori also talks about how DBT's sometimes need to be addressed before you can start EMDR therapy. inspiredcounselingaz.com https://hangingontohope.org

    #88 Part 1 Of EMDR and DBT Therapies With Lori Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 23:37


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Lori Jones, a trauma counselor for over 20 years, specializing in EMDR and DBT therapies. Lori tells her own story of abuse and how it led to her becoming a trauma counselor. She discusses the types and phases of EMDR and why EMDR is necessary when the brain has experienced trauma. Lori also talks about how DBT's sometimes need to be addressed before you can start EMDR therapy. inspiredcounselingaz.com https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer For EMDR and DBT Therapies With Lori Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 1:13


    Sneak peek into episodes 88 and 89 EMDR and DBT Therapies With Lori Jones.

    #87 Part 2 of Redeeming Heartache With Cathy Loerzel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2022 35:11


    Brenda J and Karen Wonder interview Cathy Loerzel, co-author of Redeeming Heartache. She is also a licensed counselor and speaker and is Co-Founder of The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Cathy discusses many deep topics including disassociation, isolation and fragmentation. They dive deep into a new therapeutic approach called Story Work that moves people past stories of heartache to heal and discover healthier ways of being in the world. https://theallendercenter.org https://hangingontohope.org

    #86 Part 1 of Redeeming Heartache With Cathy Loerzel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 38:04


    Brenda J and Karen Wonder interview Cathy Loerzel, co-author of Redeeming Heartache. She is also a licensed counselor and speaker and is Co-Founder of The Allender Center at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Cathy discusses many deep topics including disassociation, isolation and fragmentation. They dive deep into a new therapeutic approach called Story Work that moves people past stories of heartache to heal and discover healthier ways of being in the world. https://theallendercenter.org https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer for Redeeming Heartache With Cathy Loerzel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 1:06


    Sneak peek into episodes 86 and 87 Redeeming Heartache With Cathy Loerzel.

    #85 A Former Abuser's Path To Change, An interview With Steve

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 35:28


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Steve, a former abuser and now Celebrate Recovery leader. Steve is very sensitive to our listeners as he tells his story of how he was abusive. He explains how he called the Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE to get help to stop abusing others. They guided him with direction and information on counseling and groups as his first step toward real change and stopping his abusive behavior. Steve now helps other abusers that want to change.  A must listen! https://www.celebraterecovery.com https://hangingontohope.org 

    Trailer for A Former Abuser's Path To Change With Steve

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 1:13


    Sneak peek into episode 85 A Former Abuser's Path To Change With Steve.

    #84 Part 2 of Unlikely Warrior, Healing From Child Sexual Abuse And Exploitation With Lisa Michelle

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2022 30:41


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Lisa Michelle. Author of Unlikely Warrior, A Voice Rising Out Of Darkness OF Child Sexual Abuse And Exploitation. She is now a Pastor and also the founder of Untethered Ministries and Lily and Company, which helps sexually exploited survivors. Lisa Michelle tells her incredible story and how she was able to heal from child sexual abuse and forgive her father. She also talks about how she now ministers in strip clubs and has dedicated her life to helping others heal. https://lisamichelle.org https://hangingontohope.org

    #83 Unlikely Warrior, Healing from Child Sexual Abuse And Exploitation With Lisa Michelle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 31:55


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Lisa Michelle. Author of Unlikely Warrior, A Voice Rising Out Of Darkness OF Child Sexual Abuse And Exploitation. She is now a Pastor and also the founder of Untethered Ministries and Lily and Company, which helps sexually exploited survivors. Lisa Michelle tells her incredible story and how she was able to heal from child sexual abuse and forgive her father. She also talks about how she now ministers in strip clubs and has dedicated her life to helping others heal. https://lisamichelle.org https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer For Unlikely Warrior With Lisa Michelle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 1:31


    Sneak Peek into episodes 83 and 84 Unlikely Warrior With Lisa Michelle

    #82 Part 2 of Boundaries With Patrick Doyle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 30:44


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Patrick Doyle, a counselor, ex pastor, and abuse advocate. They discuss the topic of boundaries and Patrick expresses the importance of setting a boundary you can keep. They discuss why it is so difficult for most people to set boundaries, especially abuse victims. Patrick expresses how he believes many churches hinder boundary setting by making the male more important than the female. Powerful podcast! patrickdoyle.life https://hangingontohope.org

    #81 Part 1 of Boundaries With Patrick Doyle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 37:46


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Patrick Doyle, a counselor, ex pastor, and abuse advocate. They discuss the topic of boundaries and Patrick expresses the importance of setting a boundary you can keep. They discuss why it is so difficult for most people to set boundaries, especially abuse victims. Patrick expresses how he believes many churches hinder boundary setting by making the male more important than the female. Powerful podcast! patrickdoyle.life https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer For Boundaries With Patrick Doyle

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 1:17


    Sneak peek into episodes 81 and 82 Boundaries With Patrick Doyle.

    #80 Attachment Theory With Gini Larsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 44:40


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Gini Larsen, a counselor for over 18 years. Brenda and Karen met at a Mending The Soul Group that Gini orchestrated. Gini talks about attachment theory and the 4 different attachment styles in detail. They discuss how abuse and trauma can affect your attachment style. A very educational and fascinating topic! biblicalhopecounseling.org https://hangingontohope.org

    Trailer For Attachment Theory With Gini Larsen

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 1:07


    Sneak Peek Into Episode 80 Attachment Theory With Gini Larsen

    #79 Part 2 of Stumbling Towards Wholeness With Andrew Bauman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 28:01


    Brenda J and Karen W bring Andrew Bauman back to the show to discuss his book, Stumbling Towards Wholeness. This book was instrumental in both Brenda and Karen's healing journey. The book discusses the story of the prodigal son how we can all relate. Andrew adds helpful insight as they quote from his book on how to heal from shame, self contempt, and heal through the love of the Father.  https://andrewjbauman.com https://hangingontohope.org christiancc.org

    #78 Part 1 of Stumbling Towards Wholeness With Andrew Bauman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 27:43


    Brenda J and Karen W bring Andrew Bauman back to the show to discuss his book, Stumbling Towards Wholeness. This book was instrumental in both Brenda and Karen's healing journey. The book discusses the story of the prodigal son how we can all relate. Andrew adds helpful insight as they quote from his book on how to heal from shame, self contempt, and heal through the love of the Father. 

    Trailer for Stumbling Towards Wholeness With Andrew Bauman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 1:07


    Sneak peek into episodes 78 and 79 Stumbling Towards Wholeness With Andrew Bauman

    #77 How Not To Be An Ass With Andrew Bauman

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 24:10


    Brenda J and Karen W bring Andrew Bauman back to the show to discuss his latest book, "How Not To Be An A**" Andrew is an Author, Therapist, and Abuse Advocate and runs The Christian Counseling Center For Sexual Health and Trauma. Andrew goes over the characteristics of a healthy, good and safe man and compares it with a man that is considered an ass. Andrew has healed from a porn addiction and used his life experiences in writing this book. https://andrewjbauman.com christiancc.org https://hangingontohope.org

    #76 Part 2 Of Understanding Cults With Allison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 33:19


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Allison, a former member of Bill Gothard's cult. Allison tells her story of growing up in a cult and how she has been able to heal. Brenda J also shares a little of her experience. This is a very educational podcast as well as they go over the characteristics of cult leaders and a checklist to help identify cults.

    #75 Part 1 Of Understanding Cults With Allison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 36:41


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Allison, a former member of Bill Gothard's cult. Allison tells her story of growing up in a cult and how she has been able to heal. Brenda J also shares a little of her experience. This is a very educational podcast as well as they go over the characteristics of cult leaders and a checklist to help identify cults.

    Trailer For Understanding Cults With Allison

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2022 1:07


    Sneak Peek into episodes 75 and 76 Understanding Cults With Allison

    #74 Part 2 of Healing From PTSD With Brothers In Healing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2022 37:43


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Jeremy and Chris, the founders of the Non Profit, Brothers In Healing. They each tell a little of their stories and how it stirred up passion to start Brothers In Healing. They discuss in detail how the Non Profit helps financially to provide treatment for PTSD therapy. They also talk about their efforts to stop bullying and suicide. Their story is uplifting and inspires those that have suffered from trauma to have hope. brothersinhealing.com  

    #73 Healing From PTSD with Brothers In Healing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2022 36:16


    Brenda J and Karen W interview Jeremy and Chris, the founders of the Non Profit, Brothers In Healing. They each tell a little of their stories and how it stirred up passion to start Brothers In Healing. They discuss in detail how the Non Profit helps financially to provide treatment for PTSD therapy. They also talk about their efforts to stop bullying and suicide. Their story is uplifting and inspires those that have suffered from trauma to have hope. brothersinhealing.com

    Trailer for Healing From PTSD With Brothers in Healing

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 1:16


    Sneak Peek into episodes 73 and 74 Healing from PTSD with Brothers In Healing

    #72 Part 2 of The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex With Sheila Wray Gregoire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 25:48


    Brenda J and Karen W bring back to the show, Sheila Wray Gregoire. Sheila is an Author, Podcaster, and Blogger on the topic of sex.  They discuss her newest book, The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex. Sheila talks about how destructive and abusive relationships cause great damage when it comes to sex. She expounds on what a healthy sexual relationship is and they discuss further topics. Tune in to find out more!

    #71 Part 1 of The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex With Sheila Wray Gregoire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2022 26:41


    Brenda J and Karen W bring back to the show, Sheila Wray Gregoire. Sheila is an Author, Podcaster, and Blogger on the topic of sex.  They discuss her newest book, The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex. Sheila talks about how destructive and abusive relationships cause great damage when it comes to sex. She expounds on what a healthy sexual relationship is and they discuss further topics. Tune in to find out more!

    Trailer for The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex With Sheila Wray Gregoire

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 1:20


    Sneak peek into episodes 71 and 72 The Good Girls Guide To Great Sex With Sheila Wray Gregoire.

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