Open To Happiness

Open To Happiness

This podcast is guiding trauma survivors through their journey of self-discovery, healing and personal growth. Its host Nicoleta is a Romanian-British Psychologist, Therapist and Educator and a survivor of childhood trauma and TNBC herself. Nicoleta is interested in authentic human connection, healing and personal development and loves to help people grow conscious awareness, heal their past, develop relationship attunement, and finally open to happiness.

Episodes

January 24, 2024 58 mins

In this episode Nicoleta chats about mental health and happiness with Matt Hussey, Journalist, Therapist  and Educator  from London.

 

When happiness feels like a Hollywood story.

From the pursuit of happiness to our agency to tap into joy.

The happiness as an internal dialogue.

Watching divorcing parents fight in the court.

From failed therapy sessions to training as a therapist.

The journey of becoming a therapist.

About the messiness of...

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In this episode Nicoleta explores relational trauma and happiness with Jacquie Burgwin-Turner, psychotherapist from England.

From clinical and forensic social worker to psychotherapy.
Insights after 32 years in the service of others.
Life as a mother of seven children.
Life as a foster mom for 44 children.
The pain of living with a cruel mother.
Leaving home at adolescence. 
From loneliness and conf...

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January 10, 2024 34 mins

In this episode Nicoleta explores relational trauma and happiness with Trevor Rocca, Polyvagal and Trauma Informed Coach from Gibraltar.

 

Inside the mind and life of a Gibraltarian.

When personal training becomes thea path for self-soothing.

How understanding dissolves the self-blame and shaming.

The lack of parental affection and trauma injuries. 

Insight into relational trauma. 

Why each relationship carries relational trauma.

How the p...

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In this episode Nicoleta explores relational trauma and happiness with Mieke Vander Heyden psychotherapist and coach from Brussels, Belgium.

 

Happiness in the contentment and acceptance of where we are in life.

From angry child to adult travelling freedom.

We have the choice and we are in charge of our happiness. 

How our relationship with our parents shape our relational style.

Insight into the fascinating journey of healing.

How relati...

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December 20, 2023 41 mins

 In this episode Nicoleta talks about relational trauma and happiness with Dr. Maureen Petersen from North Carolina, USA.

Happiness is embracing the successes and failures in life.

Why life is a teacher.

When you become a doctor out of love for people and love for science.

How a paediatric doctor has dealt with her child’s cancer and type 1 diabetes.

The importance of gratitude when faced with hardship. 

Why sitting with discomfort helps...

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December 13, 2023 39 mins

 In this episode Nicoleta chats about relationships and happiness with Tripp Lanier, professional coach and author from North Carolina, USA

 

Why we should not chase or pursue happiness.

Happiness in laughing with friends and writing music.

When your mother takes her life at 13. 

Expressing anger and finding relief in music.

How using the voice leads to healing.

When humour helps us move through hardship.

Why coaching is an extension of ar...

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In this solo episode Nicoleta explores what lying is, why do we lie, what is the impact of lying and what can we do about it?
There’s nothing good coming out of lying, only pain and destruction.

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In this solo episode Nicoleta explores life when  partners are on different levels of consciousness.
What can you do when your realise you are awakening and your partner is still stuck in their tunnel mind?
Can the relationship survive?

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November 22, 2023 15 mins

In this solo episode Nicoleta explored "the best version of yourself".
Do you feel good enough or you feel rather inadequate and insufficient?
Is there a best version of yourself and if there is how do you find it?
Let's explore how the humanistic psychology inspired the empowerment culture and changed the way we think about ourselves as human beings.
Most inportantly, let's guide you find your b...

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November 15, 2023 41 mins

In this episode Nicoleta talks about relational trauma and happiness with Stephenie Zamora, coach and author of Unravel, from New Mexico, USA.

 

When depression is your companion through life.

Struggling to feel you belong. 

Navigating manipulative relationships.

When your ex commits suicide after breakup.

How you can lose your business and direction in life overnight.

When bereavement leads to PTSD.

In relationship with a drug addict.

How ...

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In this solo episode Nicoleta continues the Self-discovery series and is helping you to integrate your learnings in life and open the door to inner transformation.  

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November 1, 2023 66 mins

In this episode Nicoleta explores relationships and happiness with John Gray, the author of the best seller book Men are from Mars, women are from Venus. 

 

Learning about life from Maharishi.

From meditation teacher to author and relationship counsellor.

How misinterpreting reality creates relational struggles.

The role of biology in the dynamic between men and women.

Exploring masculinity and femininity.

Why men need a cave and imperson...

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In this solo episode Nicoleta continues the Self-discovery series and is guiding you to explore your gifts, telents and purpose in life.  

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October 18, 2023 55 mins

In this episode Nicoleta talks about monogamy and happiness with Kevin Patterson, educator and author of the award winning book “Love's Not Colour Blind”, from Philadelphia USA. 

 

Why is the world favouring monogamous relationships?

Starting dating in monogamous relationships

When you feel that something is missing in a relationship.

Why some are unhappy in monogamy?

Is exclusivity important?

How you open up a relationship.

Open rela...

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October 11, 2023 13 mins

In this solo episode Nicoleta continues the Self-discovery series and is guiding you to do a work and career review and explore your relationship with money and abundance.  

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In this episode Nicoleta talks about trauma and happiness with Andrea Nakayama, Functional Medicine Nutritionist from Oregon, USA.

 

About navigating life adversities with grace

Pregnant with husband in a terminal illness 

How to healthily move through anticipated grief 

Learn about the power of holistic healing

The difference between stress and trauma

Why trauma lives in the body 

Insight into the field of epigenetics 

Understanding the an...

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September 27, 2023 14 mins

In this solo episode Nicoleta continues the Self-discovery series drawing a line on the previous 7 episodes and setting the scene for the following ones. 

The focus today is on self-confidence, self-esteem and self-worth and the spiral of awareness that follows the 7 step framework at the core of the Trauma Healing Model. 


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In this episode Nicoleta talks about detoxification and happiness with Wendy Meyers, naturopathic doctor, functional diagnostic nutritionist and detox expert from Los Angeles, USA. 

Inspired by own health challenges at 37

The truth about air, food, water and heavy metals intake

How detoxification can help chronic fatigue and other ailments

The 5 detox foods 

Binders, minerals and saunas

About the bioenergy field around the body

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September 13, 2023 18 mins

In this solo episode Nicoleta continues the Self-discovery series and guides you explore the relationship between your personality and your happiness.

To grow in the containing space of a community join the Happiness Seekers Club here:  https://learn.nicoletaporojanu.com/happiness-seekers-club

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September 6, 2023 13 mins

In this solo episode Nicoleta continues the series on Self-discovery and guides you explore the link between your relationships and your happiness.

Elevate your experience by joining the Happiness Seekers Club:  https://learn.nicoletaporojanu.com/happiness-seekers-club

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