Today we discuss healing, self-love, and the courage to live free from addiction. 


My first guest, Jessica Baum, is the founder of the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach and a psychotherapist, helping women empower themselves in becoming self-full. She joins me today to share how we can heal ourselves from the inside out by creating a self-full state of internal connection, which can lead to a much more fulfilling personal life and healthier relationships.

My second guest, Kay White, is a Spiritual Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, and the Founder and Executive Director at Villa Kali Ma, which is a recovery program exclusively for women. She joins me today to discuss dissolving past pain, shame, blame, anger, self-loathing, and trauma, and shares a radically different approach to recovery and healing.

My third guest, Danielle Hering, is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience, who uses a combination of EMDR and Breathwork to help clients heal their core wounding. She joins me today to share how we can identify, heal, and release false beliefs and trauma in order to embrace a deeper level of self-acceptance and self-love.


We Discuss:

  • Why there seems to be an increase in the struggle with addiction during this pandemic
  • What is means to be codependent in a relationship and how we can break away from this
  • Why being selfless can often go along with being stuck in a cycle of codependency
  • How becoming self-full can improve our romantic relationships, work-life, and personal life
  • Learning how to develop awareness and self-love rather than fill a void with external things
  • Why emotional pain and unhealed trauma often contribute to addictive behaviors
  • The important elements of a successful recovery program that create fundamental change
  • Dissolving past pain, shame, blame, anger, self-loathing, and trauma in order to heal
  • How EMDR and breathwork allow us to acknowledge, process, and release stuck emotions


“Learning how to meet your own emotional needs, show up for that space, and sit in uncomfortability and work in that arena is the key to unlocking some of your addictive dependencies.”  –  Jessica Baum


About Jessica:
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Jessica Baum LMHC is the founder of the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach and a psychotherapist, helping women empower themselves in becoming self-full.

Jessica’s journey to becoming a Psychotherapist started when she was just a little girl. She would always ask the question why? “Why was this happening?” or, “Why do I feel like this?” She has constantly been interested in the why’s of life and digging deeper into understanding what was going on inside of herself.

Growing up and experiencing the highs and lows of life, Jessica was inspired to complete her studies in mental health Counselling. She specialized in psychodrama and experiential therapy, whilst also practicing cognitive therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, EMDR therapy, and Post Induction Therapy.

Upon receiving her undergraduate degree at Fordham University, Jessica went on to complete a master’s degree in mental health counseling from South University. She then became a certified Imago Therapist (relationship modality therapist) and an addiction specialist focused on chemical abuse, dependency, co-dependency, and anxiety.

Jessica created the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach to help establish healthier relationships between individuals.

She has always been fascinated with the idea of energy, uncovering what was “behind the veil” of reality, and she is a strong believer in the connection and understanding of our internal selves and how that is reflected in our reality.

Jessica started to self-heal while deepening her knowledge, understanding, and passion for human relationships. Building a relationship with her inner self became a key ingredient to truly becoming self-full®.

Through her master’s degree in Mental Health Counselling, certification in substance abuse, and certification in Imago Therapy, Jessica deepened her knowledge, passion, and obsession with relationships.

Since opening the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach, she has been able to use her own experiences, degrees, love for connections, energy, and knowledge to help many couples heal by creating a deeper understanding, empathy, and communication within that relationship.


About Kay:
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The idea of Villa Kali Ma came to Kay White while she was in Bali Indonesia taking a 200-hour Yoga Teacher training in early 2012. Just prior to this she had attended a 30-day residential treatment center and spent 4 months in a women’s sober living facility.

As a result, Kay had experienced a dramatic transformation and healing of her psyche, as well as an ‘awakening’ experience that was so profound that it radically changed the way she thinks and lives her life. From these experiences, the idea for Villa Kali Ma manifested.

After Kay’s first teacher training in Bali, she continued to study and expand her knowledge and skills in yoga, spirituality, and meditation.  She began with taking a Spiritual Life Coach certification course and then began training with every enlightened teacher she could find.

Kay studied and took courses with over 15 internationally known Yoga and Meditation teachers from around the world. She completed a second 200-hour teacher certification course in Kundalini Yoga and completed the Inner Engineering Training Course with internationally known spiritual mystic Sadhguru. Kay is a certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, and is also certified in Lifeforce Yoga for Depression.

Along with all of the yoga and meditation studies, she also attended approximately 15 continuing education conferences for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment over a period of 4 years, taking courses in Addictions, Eating Disorders, Trauma/PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, Attachment Disorder, Co-Dependence, Love Addiction, and other Mental Health Disorders.  She is currently studying the ancient healing art of Ayurveda and will soon be a certified Ayurvedic Counselor.

Kay opened Villa Kali Ma in late 2012 as a Transitional Living Program for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery. She taught yoga, meditation, and spirituality groups daily, and ran the whole program on her own.

Kay was the chef, driver, teacher, life coach, group leader, and housekeeper. Four years later, after gaining enough experience and knowledge in the field, she obtained licensure as a Residential Treatment Center in late 2016. Besides fulfilling her role as Executive Director at Villa Kali Ma, Kay still works directly with the clients and leads a group called Mindfulness, Meditation, & Movement 3 days each week.  As the head Chef, she does the meal planning and prepares dinner for the clients 5 nights per week.

“Villa Kali Ma is a such a gift from beyond. I could have never planned or imagined my life would lead me here, but I am beyond happy and extremely grateful that I believed in this idea and somehow was gifted the tireless drive and inexhaustible willpower that it took to bring it to fruition. Now many amazingly talented women who are passionate about holistic healing have joined with me and together we have made Villa Kali Ma one of the most unique and powerful places on Earth for women to come and transform their lives.”


“It is a difficult decision to come to treatment, but it’s the best gift that you can ever give yourself.”  –  Kay White


About Danielle:
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Danielle Hering is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience.

Passionate about helping people heal, she was always looking for additional modalities to expedite the process.

Eleven years ago, Danielle began studying with Intuitive Healer, David Elliott, who developed this style of Breathwork meditation.

In addition to facilitating the Breathwork meditation, Danielle now teaches others how to become Breathwork healers and has taken over the role of Teacher Trainor.

Danielle is the Trauma therapist at Villa Kali Ma, using a combination of EMDR and Breathwork to help clients heal their core wounding.


“It’s in healing our wounds that the transformation happens, and then the freedom exists after that to no longer have to self medicate. ”  –  Danielle Hering


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