Cracking Open Podcast
with Molly Carroll, MA, LPC

Molly Carroll

Hi, I’m your host, Molly Carroll.

Join me each week as I share the stories of thought leaders and spiritual teachers, actors and athletes, parents, and prophets’ on how their “cracking open” moment; the death of a loved one, getting thrown in jail, bullied in grade school, or hitting rock bottom with an addiction changed their life forever and will change yours too.

So get comfy in a chair and grab yourself a cup of tea, or buckle up while driving and listen while we dive deep to what it means to crack open and forever be transformed.




Episode 24: How To Heal Your Body by Healing Your Soul With Registered Dietitian Heather K. Jones

How many of you look at your legs and bellies, and curse them for their shapes and sizes?

Do you feel shame about your body in any way, or restrict what you do or don't eat?

Do you worry about eating dairy, gluten, sugar, or meat, and wonder if you should be on a vegan, vegetarian, or keto diet?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. An estimated 45 million people go on diets yearly, and 33 billion dollars are spent on weight loss and wellness products.

Episode 23: Dr. Dan Siegel, UCLA School of Medicine Professor, Is Using Science To Bring More Compassion Into the World

What a way to launch Season 3’s Cracking Open Podcast! Get ready for a deep and honest conversation about meditation, psychedelics, and how to obtain a positive mindset.

Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight and teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families, and communities.

Episode 18: Therapist and New York Times Best Selling Author, Terry Real, Teaches Us How To Heal Our Trauma, and Reconnect With Our Partners To Create Healthier Relationships

I will never forget the day I was in my therapist’s office sharing about how my anxiety was through the roof. I was grieving the death of my father, saddened by my mother’s cancer diagnosis, and fearful that my husband’s business would have to close its doors. I was the epitome of “down and out” in my life and marriage.

My therapist had the ability to show deep compassion but also called me out on my denial when necessary. She said, “Molly, you need help and I think you should begin with the book Fierce Intimacy by Terry Real."

Episode 16: Discover How Olympian Kelly Gunther Comes Back From What ‘Could Be a Tragic’ Yet ‘Turned Triumphant’ Story

“It’s not an easy road and there will be days you will not want to get out of bed and face your challenges… but through your struggles, your mess will become your message.”

This quote is from our incredibly vulnerable and raw podcast guest today, Kelly Gunther, an Olympian skater known as the Comeback Kid for all the times she has had to persevere and come back from a challenge.

Episode 15: Discover How Prison, Divorce, and a Loving Family Created More Peace and Joy With Eric Plantenberg

“Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”

This quote by Mother Teresa is one of Eric Plantenberg’s favorites, and I now know exactly why.

While you are listening to today's guest, you will feel like you are the nearest person to him, and will be mesmerized by the wisdom he has attained from the ups and downs in his life.



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