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June 2, 2021 54 min

Welcome to Health Interrupted hosted by Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Gina Lombardi, and Former Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler.

Our guest today is Dr. Kelly Donohoe. Dr. Kelly is a licensed psychologist. She earned a Masters in Applied Development Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Boston College, and her doctorate of counseling psychology at Chatham University. 

In addition to her clinical practice, she conducts research, teaches at the City College of New York, and offers to consult with individuals and companies. She’s also been featured in the media as a mental health expert and has been on shows and publications such as The Doctors TV, bustle, PopSugar, and TEDx. 

00:57 Laura & Gina introduce Dr. Kelly Donohoe.

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00:01:42 Our sponsor for today’s episode is Body of Harmony
00:04:17 Dr. Kelly talks about the most common interruption in her practice being ourselves and discusses all the ways in which we limit our possibilities.

08:38 Dr. Kelly talks about the therapeutic relationship and how it works to help her patients

00:11:12 Dr. Kelly talks about being a feminist psychologist which means she doesn’t know what’s best for her clients, her clients know what’s best for themselves

00:12:12 Gina asks Dr. Kelly how she maintains boundaries with clients living in a small town where personal business is easy to come about

00:18:37 Dr. Kelly discusses being born with hip dysplasia and how that impacted the way she saw the world, how people see each other ultimately led her to her career in psychology

00:22:06 Laura asks how can we best avoid messing our kids up!? Dr Kelly answers that we most likely will!

00:22:54 Dr. Kelly talks about perfection in motherhood

00:26:42 Dr. Kelly discusses “riding the rail in-between” being an authoritarian parent and a permissive parent and that being in between requires a million daily adjustments

00:29:24 Gina asks Dr. Kelly if as a therapist, she sees a therapist herself

00:33:40 Dr. Kelly talks about how to quiet the “monkey brain” we have playing in our heads and how that chatter gets in the way of meaningful relationships and almost everything in life.

00:35:06 Dr. Kelly talks about mindfulness

00:36:47 Dr. Kelly talks about training your brain to come back to the present because it creates space between a stimulus and your reaction

00:37:10 – Dr. Kelly shares the importance of writing our thoughts down and shares a scene in Harry Potter where Dumbledore pulls thoughts out of his head and puts it in a bowl – the importance of visualization to clear the monkey brain

00:39:40 – Dr. Kelly talks about the importance of symbolism and visualization in her practice

00:41:05 – Laura asks Dr. Kelly about dissecting childhood trauma in her practice and the “why”

00:42:31 – Dr. Kelly talks about the 5 biggest events in your life that frame who you are

00:43:50 – Dr. Kelly mentions the book PEOPLE MAKING by Virginia Satir and the updated version The New People Making

00:46:39 Dr. Kelly sits in THE HEALTH SEAT and gives her health tips 00:52:33 Dr. Kelly shares her CALL TO ACTION


Connect with our guest, Dr. Kelly Donohoe:

Instagram: @drkellydonohoe

Book: Power Up, Super Women: Stories of Courage and Empowerment 


Connect with the Hosts of Health Interrupted: 

Instagram: @healthinterruptedpodcast

Gina Lombardi 

Laura Kaeppeler 

Or go to for more information 






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