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 39: Dr. Mary Claire Haver Is Helping Us All Through Menopause With the Galveston Diet

Everywhere I turn, people are talking about menopause. Finally!

This phase of life that used to be ignored, or even considered shameful, is now getting its long overdue spotlight as a worthy wellness topic and normal rite of passage for women.

Oprah recently produced a special with a panel of experts on the subject of perimenopause and menopause. Naomi Watts has helped create a line of holistic beauty & wellness products for menopausal women. And Dr. Mary Claire Haver is inspiring, educating, and empowering thousands of women to navigate this stage of life with confidence by helping them create sustainable, healthy habits.

Dr. Haver is on the Cracking Open podcast today, and I am so excited to share her wisdom with you all!

Episode 36: Getting Vulnerable With Molly Carroll, Host of the Cracking Open Podcast

For months now my team has been encouraging me to do a solo podcast episode where I talk, teach, and just riff about life, parenting, psychology, and anything else that I am inspired by that may also resonate with our listeners.

I initially had a lot of resistance to this idea. Maybe it was the mixture of fear and the choir of voices telling me, “Who would want to listen to just me, and what would I talk about for an hour that would be interesting to the Cracking Open audience?”

But then my dear friend (and episode 9 podcast guest) Tory Junkin offered to interview me and I knew immediately that it was a resounding YES.

Episode 35: Larry Zier, OTR/L on facing Grief and Sobriety to shape your Life Experience and Parenting

In this episode, Larry teaches us that true connection comes from learning how to regulate your nervous system. He even helps me navigate a challenging incident with my daughter in real time!

Join me as Larry helps us all realize that life (and parenting!) is truly about connection, not compliance, teaches us how to repair when there is a rupture, and guides us toward the power of presence we all experience when we have the courage to embrace the truth in our hearts.

Episode 34: Help Heal Your Anxiety With Dr. Russell Kennedy

Dr. Russell Kennedy, aka “The Anxiety MD”, specializes in the art and neuroscience of helping people recover from anxiety disorders. He knows anxiety from the inside out, as he developed his own anxiety disorder as a result of growing up with a dad with severe schizophrenia.

We are all so lucky to have Dr. Russ join us for today’s episode of Cracking Open. He shares his personal story of how he healed his anxiety and teaches us that anxiety is simply old trauma energy that is stuck in our body and nervous system which sets off alarms over and over again telling us that we are not safe.

Episode 33: Linda Siversten, author and host of the Beautiful Writers Podcast teaches us about the truth of writing and following your heart

We are kicking off this new season with Linda Sivertsen, a woman whom I have admired and learned from for many years – not only as an accomplished writer, but as a mom, woman, and fellow soul seeker.

Linda always wanted to be a writer. And even though she was in the bottom third of her class academically, she had a dream one night where she saw herself as a writer of several books. That was all the encouragement that this dreamer needed to persevere through her old stories of not being good enough.

Today Linda Sivertsen is known throughout the world as "Book Mama". She is a book proposal doctor, author whisperer, agent connector, idea-fairy, and huge-hearted cheerleader of creativity for writers of all genres–and every gold-plated publishing dream. In the past twenty-four years, she has authored & co-authored eleven books. Her titles have won awards and hit all the lists as an author, co-author, and former magazine editor and ghostwriter.

Liz Dozier, Founder of Chicago Beyond, Reminds Us To Step Fully Into Life and Say, “It’s On!”

Three years ago to the day that I lost my mom, the most devout Catholic I've ever known, I interviewed this week's podcast guest, who just so happens to be the daughter of a nun. Life is full of surprises, but rarely any accidents.

Liz Dozier is the Founder & CEO of Chicago Beyond, an organization whose mission is to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to live a free and full life. Since its inception in 2016, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $40M in barriers to equity – from education, to youth safety, to health, wellness, and beyond.

Episode 31: Tami Simon, Founder of Sounds True, Teaches Us How To Reach Our Highest Potential

Have you ever had a conversation with someone you just met, where time seems to come to a standstill and it feels like you have known this person for years? This is exactly what it felt like when I interviewed Tami Simon.

Tami is the Founder and CEO of Sounds True, a wildly successful multimedia publishing company that she launched more than three decades ago with a dream and one clear mission – to disseminate spiritual wisdom. Now one of the top publishing companies for many of the leading teachers and visionaries of our time, Tami and her team of more than 110 employees are accomplishing their mission to wake up the world.

Episode 29: Learn How A Finance Executive Turned to Kundalini Yoga and Sound Healing To Heal Her Chronic Back Pain and Soul With Candace Blair

We all know that presence is hard to come by this time of year with the busyness of the holiday season, as we attend parties and performances, wrap up year-end work deadlines, and check off our “to-do” lists.

But what I'm realizing is that our presence truly makes the best presents of all.

So I am gifting you the presence of this week’s special podcast guest, Candace Blair.

Candace has been teaching Kundalini for over 10 years, is an experienced sound healer, a certified “Cacaoista”, a shamanic reiki practitioner & a lead coach for the “Alchemy of Becoming” methodology.

Episode 28: Learn About the Four Attachment Styles and How To Heal Your Attachment Wounds With Dr. Diane Poole Heller

I don’t know about you, but whenever I spend time with family over the holidays, I become even more curious about people’s personalities, especially my own.

Why are we so attached to some family members, but not to others?

Why do we feel safe around some people, but want to avoid or run
away from others?

Why are some of us so uptight about cooking, while others can do it
with ease?

Why do we sometimes crave solitude while other times love being in
a large group?

I have found that one of the greatest times of year to take a deeper look into our choices, our triggers, and even our own souls, is over the holidays.

That makes this the perfect time to listen to attachment style expert Dr. Diane Poole Heller this week on the Cracking Open podcast!



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