Dr. Nicole LePera: How Toxic Traumas Hurt Your Health +How To Recognize Patterns +Heal Your Past


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This week I sat down with clinical psychologist and pioneer of the #SelfHealers movement, Dr. Nicole LePera, aka The Holistic Psychologist on Instagram. In these fast-moving times of high stress, this is a pivotal conversation as we discuss her newest book, “How to Do the Work: Recognize Your Patterns, Heal from Your Past, and Create Your Self.” You will learn how trauma shapes our coping mechanisms, the disconnection syndrome we may resort to (without even knowing it), and the role inflammation plays in self-healing our mental health. Dr. Nicole LePera invites us to better our health journey, as she shares her life-changing therapeutic tools to revolutionize the power of self to produce lasting change, inner peace and personal growth.

Dr. Nicole LePera was trained in clinical psychology at Cornell University and the New School for Social Research. She also studied at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis.

As a clinical psychologist in private practice, Dr. Nicole LePera often found herself frustrated by the limitations of traditional psychotherapy.  Wanting more for her patients— and for self— she began a journey to develop a united philosophy of mental, physical, and spiritual health that equips people with the tools necessary to heal themselves.

She is the creator of the #SelfHealers movement where people from around the world are joining together in community to take healing into their own hands. Her first book, How to Do the Work, is currently in pre-order with a release date of March 2021.


A few of my favorite things we cover this episode:

  • What Holistic Psychology is and her personal healing journey
  • The difficult topic of trauma and how this shapes us and our coping mechanisms
  • How inflammation has a role in mental health and why we need the flexibility to handle stress in our daily lives
  • What the future of healing the collective looks like, including how we can use social media to promote mental health healing
  • The power of belief and how we can be our own self-fulfilling prophecy to harness our goals through daily practices
  • Boundaries and why we need them


Links to things we talked about in this episode:


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Dr. Will Cole

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Dr. Will Cole, DNM, IFMCP, DC is a leading functional medicine expert who consults people around the globe, starting one of the first functional medicine telehealth centers in the world. Named one of the top 50 functional and integrative doctors in the nation, Dr. Will Cole provides a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. He is the host of the popular The Art Of Being Well podcast and the New York Times bestselling author of Intuitive Fasting, Ketotarian, The Inflammation Spectrum and the brand new book Gut Feelings: Healing the Shame-Fueled Relationship Between What You Eat and How You Feel.