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Unashamed Unafraid

89 episodes - English - Latest episode: 26 days ago - ★★★★★ - 170 ratings

Unashamed Unafraid is a show dedicated to being unashamed about sexual addiction recovery and unafraid of coming unto Christ for healing. Pornography and sexual addiction are not something you are stuck with to manage your whole life. We share real men's and couple's stories of recovery, the best resources, and information from experts, and answer anonymous questions with those who know. All to help you on the path of being 100% healed from pornography and sexual addiction.

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Ep 70: Humility and Confidence with D.J. Bishop

September 01, 2022 22:48 - 43 minutes - 40 MB

D.J. Bishop is a client centered, experiential therapist, dedicated to helping people transform their life stories. His work focuses on supporting his clients in identifying and challenging harmful narratives and cultivating more connected relationships with themselves, their loved ones, and the world around them. D.J. is a unique therapist in that he “walks the walk.”  Everything he asks his clients to do he’s done for himself in his own personal therapy work which gives D.J. a uni...

Ep 69 with Sami Bingham

July 29, 2022 22:26 - 46 minutes - 42.2 MB

The Sami Bingham Story When I was eighteen years old. I did not have anything figured out. I knew that I had to go on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; then go to school and get married. But what did I want to do? I had no clue what I wanted to do. That is not the case for Sami Bingham. She is a financial coach for her company Financial Business Solutions.She is a certified coach of Dave Ramsey Financial Solutions.  Sami grew up in an artistic househol...

Ep 68: Troy's Story

June 08, 2022 12:00 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

The only relationship you need in order to find recovery is with God.  In this episode, Jason jumps to the other side of the mic with Steve to talk to Troy about his journey through his addiction and subsequent divorce.   Growing up Troy held on to two beliefs.  The first, that he could never tell anyone about his addiction and second, that he would never be worthy.  He grew up feeling that he was his father’s least favorite son and translated some of that belief to his perception ...

Ep 67: Codependency with "Magic" Marc Pimsler

May 20, 2022 14:07 - 1 hour - 57.1 MB

Codependency: Don’t Worry About Me. I often ask myself if I am okay. Most of the time I don’t wait for the answer because this world is so crazy busy that I don’t take time to stop and listen to my body, mind, or soul. If you’re like me, this episode is a great episode to stop, drop, and scroll. Stop what you are doing, drop into a chair, and scroll into the app of your choice that you use to listen to Unashamed Unafraid. You’re not going to want to miss this one. James and Steven ...

Ep 66: Mike & Tami's Story

April 24, 2022 21:06 - 1 hour - 55.7 MB

Mike and Tami Do you ever feel like your marriage is a business partnership?  This is how Mike and Tami describe their marriage for many years, just business.  Tami was focused on being a mom.  She was content in the role of motherhood which was all she ever wanted.  Mike was struggling with shame in his addiction.  They were running the family business but not truly connecting with each other.  This story is very special to co-host James as Mike is James' childhood friend. James ...

Ep 65: Jarret's Story

March 28, 2022 07:01 - 46 minutes - 86.1 MB

Join us as James and Chris sit down with Jarrett as he openly shares about his early exposure to and  struggle with pornography.  Jarrett first realized the extent of God’s love for him, when he first opened up about his struggle while serving a mission for his church.   In this episode Jarrett reminds us that unless we deal with our trauma we will pass it onto the next generation. Jarrett’s dad was willing to share with him about his own struggles and what he learned while attendi...

Ep 65: Jarrett's Story

March 28, 2022 07:01 - 48 minutes - 44.7 MB

Join us as James and Chris sit down with Jarrett as he openly shares about his early exposure to and  struggle with pornography.  Jarrett first realized the extent of God’s love for him, when he first opened up about his struggle while serving a mission for his church.   In this episode Jarrett reminds us that unless we deal with our trauma we will pass it onto the next generation. Jarrett’s dad was willing to share with him about his own struggles and what he learned while attendi...

Ep 64: Rod's Story

March 14, 2022 16:02 - 1 hour - 60 MB

At a young age Rod realized he loved looking at girls. His fascination started at his grandparent’s home with a swimsuit edition of a certain magazine.  Like many who struggle, he kept his addiction quiet thinking it would go away with marriage.  After he had been married for a few years, and realizing his struggle was ongoing, Rod had a desire to be honest with his wife.   His path through disclosure and opening up to his children is not one he would recommend.  Rod faced severe d...

Ep 63: Jim and Leisha's Story- Healing is Real

February 22, 2022 15:36 - 1 hour - 57.4 MB

Not all addicts begin their struggles in their childhood or youth. Jim’s addiction struggle started a little later in life. Married with a young family, his life began to change as he descended into addiction. Honesty is very difficult for addicts yet so crucial to the healing process. For Jim, being fully honest with himself and with those affected by his addiction came in waves. This struggle to be fully honest negatively affected his wife’s trust and intensified her betrayal tra...

Ep 62: William's Story

January 11, 2022 15:37 - 58 minutes - 53.6 MB

If you do recovery work long enough you realize that many families have their own systems of shame.  Messages of shame were very present in Will’s home growing up.  In particular, his dad carried a lot of shame in his own life which manifested itself in the way he raised Will, including through his own absenteeism, lack of connection, and lack of vulnerability as a father.   Pornography was present in Will’s home. Due to his father’s addiction to pornography, Will was first exposed...

Ep 61: Unashamed for the New Year 2022

January 06, 2022 02:10 - 1 hour - 60.8 MB

The entire U/U Crew meet to talk about 2021. What was everyone’s song of healing for the year? How many outsiders are there and just how is that non-profit doing? They each share their hearts and get vulnerable and real. No surprises there. The crew reveals their plans for 2022 as a group and individually. Thank you for everything you all do and for listening to this podcast. Happy New Year from the U/U Crew. We love you!  - Steven, James, Chris, CT, Jason, Sway, Rachel, Cory and Ca...

Ep 60: Relationships: Communication, Conflict, and Connection with Daniel Burgess

December 18, 2021 03:00 - 56 minutes - 51.5 MB

Relationships: Communication, Conflict, and Connection Daniel is welcomed back to Unashamed Unafraid for a deep dive with Steve and Chris into something every relationship can improve on, communication.   Many of us have never had great examples of what healthy communication within relationships looks like. In this episode, therapist Daniel Burgess shares his four do’s and don’ts for healthy communication in our relationships. Daniel gained his unique perspective while working wi...

Ep 59: How to Make Repair with Daniel Burgess

December 14, 2021 15:23 - 1 hour - 56.3 MB

In our world today there is a lot of violence: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. You see it almost everywhere. Too often our first reaction to harm or hurt is to put our dukes up and punch back or go running the other direction, fight or flight. Although both are generally good options for survival they aren’t always the best for recovery. One thing that many of us struggle with in recovery is being accountable and making repair. Saying a sincere “I’m sorry” is an important ...

Ep 58: Derek's Story: Climbing Out From Multiple Addictions

October 25, 2021 19:41 - 1 hour - 60.4 MB

“Where the hell are you, God?” This is a common question for those in pain and in the depths of struggle and darkness. Finding rock bottom can be a rough journey downward. The positive is that from rock bottom, one can only climb upward. The climb can be very difficult alone and is always easier with help from others. The reason addictions develop is because people are trying to cope with painful wounds - wounds of neglect, wounds of betrayal, wounds of isolation. What starts out ...

Ep 57: Life Beyond Recovery with Doug Nielsen

October 14, 2021 04:49 - 1 hour - 55 MB

Have you ever heard the phrase once an addict, always an addict? I’ve certainly heard it during my lifetime. It is a creative bumper sticker to describe who you are—but is that truly who you are as a person? Chris, James, and Steve go on a journey with Doug Nielsen to find out what to do when you are wanting to take that next step, the step beyond recovery. I know some of us who are struggling (or have struggled) with an addiction are thinking, “I can’t even fathom what life looks ...

Ep: 56 Rob's Story

August 25, 2021 14:43 - 55 minutes - 89.6 MB

“Ultimate Poser”: That’s how Rob describes himself when he was at the height of his sexual addiction.  Take a listen as Steve and James start not at the beginning, but at the bottom of Rob’s story as he shares how working through fears and loss. Rob describes how ultimately his path led to him to discovering, not the guy not on either side of his poser life, but the third guy who God wanted him to be.   Rob was married with three children, working as an employee of the Church of Je...

Ep 56: Rob's Story

August 25, 2021 14:43 - 57 minutes - 52.9 MB

“Ultimate Poser”: That’s how Rob describes himself when he was at the height of his sexual addiction.  Take a listen as Steve and James start not at the beginning, but at the bottom of Rob’s story as he shares how working through fears and loss. Rob describes how ultimately his path led to him to discovering, not the guy not on either side of his poser life, but the third guy who God wanted him to be.   Rob was married with three children, working as an employee of the Church of Je...

Ep 55: Changing Our Default: Sam Teilemans

August 07, 2021 04:25 - 48 minutes - 44.2 MB

You may have heard the saying, “Once an addict always an addict.” But is it true? In the opinion of the UU crew, this statement is incongruent with Christ’s healing atonement. We believe that Christ can change people forever. Sometimes that change comes with the assistance of professional therapists and others, but ultimate healing is the work of Jesus Christ.  Sam Teilemans believes that the language we use is powerful. For example, he says that it may be more helpful to say, “I s...

Ep 54: Ashlee's Story

July 09, 2021 15:58 - 54 minutes - 49.9 MB

At Unashamed Unafraid we share real stories with you that prove sexual addiction has no bounds of age, background, or gender, and that recovery is possible for anyone.  Yes, women struggle too and here is more proof as Ashlee, our 2nd female to share on the podcast, opens up about her struggle with sexual addiction.  We invite you to listen as Steve and Chris challenge Ashlee to abandon her notes and go off-script, sharing her story Unashamed-style, from the heart.  Ashlee discusse...

Ep 53: Honesty in Relationships with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife

June 09, 2021 01:32 - 1 hour - 68 MB

Honesty in Relationships with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife Steve and James sit down with Jennifer Finlayson-Fife JFF and talk about what it means to be truly human; fully alive. Where does it all start? That dreaded word Honesty. Honesty is the foundation of being fully human and truly alive. But why do we shy away from being fully human if that is what all of us want? Don’t we want to be seen for who we are? Do we want to be a part of the larger story? Do we want to become the person ...

Ep 52: Cassy's Story

April 30, 2021 14:03 - 1 hour - 62.3 MB

Is pornography addiction a man’s problem? Religious groups place emphasis and belief on this. In a sense, there is some truth with this mindset. Porn media starting in the 50’s was primarily developed for men. The ensuing decades followed suit, developing for, and catering to men. Pornography became part of the man’s world.  Over the past few decades, the man’s world mindset has been slowly eroding. With this erosion, the porn industry has realized an untapped market share - women....

Ep 51: Anonymous Q and A with Miss Courtney

April 21, 2021 04:08 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

Q&A with Courtney Leak, LCSW James and Steve sit down with therapist Courtney Leak to dive into questions submitted by our listeners. As always, the questions are real, raw, and unashamed about sexual addiction, as are the answers discussed by Courtney, Steve, and James. Courtney pulls from over ten years of experience in helping people. Not only is she an experienced therapist, she co-hosts the mental health and wellness podcast “The Magic Well.” Courtney’s purpose and approach is...

Ep 50: Fatherlessness with Rob Chidester

March 19, 2021 16:44 - 1 hour - 67.8 MB

Fake it ‘til you make it. This is a common phrase many of us cling to when we are unsure of what we are doing. Be it a new job, being newly married, or trying to fix something, there is the hope that if we seem to know what we are doing, eventually we  really will know what we are doing.  Steve, Chris and James sit down with Rob Chidester and talk about Fatherlessness. All of us are Fatherless in many ways as we come from imperfect earthly fathers who cannot father us all the ways ...

Ep 49: Max’s Story

February 25, 2021 14:32 - 59 minutes - 54.3 MB

If you or someone you know is a single twenty-something,  who is battling a sexual addiction, Max’s story will hit home. His journey begins as a young boy when his childhood is cut short by the dissolution of his family and the ensuing aftermath. The wounds of his childhood are cut deeper by the loss of an intimate relationship and he plummets into a dark depression, with addiction as his only parachute. Eventually, he turns and faces the God that he has fled for so long and healing...

Ep 48: With the Dating Divas

February 13, 2021 04:47 - 54 minutes - 50.1 MB

To romance or to ROMANCE - Questions For The Dating Divas Have you ever wondered how to romance and date your wife? Have you forgotten how? We all know the joke, “What is the thing that makes a woman’s libido disappear?” Wedding Cake. Insert Laugh here. But romance also goes out the window when a man gets married too. Most guys struggle with romancing their wives. Well, you are in luck! Unashamed Unafraid interviewed two of the women, Heather (Site Director) and Becca (Vice Preside...

Ep 47: Polygraphs with Jared Rockwood

January 29, 2021 03:57 - 51 minutes - 47.1 MB

Liar, Liar pants on fire! Do you remember saying that as kids to each other? Well, Jared Rockwood sure does because he is a professional polygraph tester. You may also ask, “Why are you having a polygraph tester on this podcast?” Have you ever wondered how it works? Are movies correct? Jared talks about how it works, what it is supposed to accomplish, what questions should be asked and more. Relax, he is not going to do a polygraph on air and with any audience members. What will he ...

Ep 46: Unashamed for the New Year 2021

January 21, 2021 04:29 - 59 minutes - 54.8 MB

Unashamed Unafraid  The New Year 2021 Edition Unashamed Unafraid has taken on a few new faces this year. The newcomers are Sway and Rachel, and AZ Cory. We were able to continue to spread this message of hope, love, healing, and faith in Christ, even with COVID. We became a non-profit organization to be able to help people fight through healing from sex addiction.  We were able to give out a lot of money last year to help those with the donations from the UU Outsiders. Thank you ...

Ep 45: Chris and Sarah Ashworth

December 15, 2020 15:49 - 1 hour - 65.2 MB

Are you religious but struggle to find God? Or, do you wonder if God is even there? Do you or does someone you love manage to gain stints of sobriety, but without true healing? If you relate to any of these questions, Chris and Sarah Ashworth’s story is just the one you need to hear. In this episode, Chris takes us on his journey from agnosticism to building a deep connection with God, and Sarah recounts her experiences of her own personal healing. Chris grew up in what he says wa...

Ep 44: Keepin’ It Rhyll… SAL Style

November 25, 2020 18:35 - 1 hour - 62.5 MB

Steve and Rhyll Croshaw have an amazing story. Rhyll was going to school and was taking a marriage and family class, and for one of her assignments, she needed to set up a community program. After that class, Steve and Rhyll started to think about how to help people the same way they had been helped through their recovery from addiction and trauma.   Heavenly Father also needed them to set this up. He knew that there were several men and women who needed this style of Sexaholics An...

Ep 43: Christian and Karen's Story

November 11, 2020 05:57 - 1 hour - 67.8 MB

In their book “Love and War” John and Stasi Eldredge say, “For it is also in the heart of a man and a woman to share some sort of quest, to fight some great battle together.” This is the compelling story of Christian and Karens’ battle. Christian was first exposed to pornography in the form of magazines laying around the houses of his childhood friends. At first, it seemed innocent, even normal. Fast forward a few years into Christian and Karen’s marriage - Christian’s life is “hel...

Ep 42: You Can't Talk About That Sherie

October 16, 2020 03:37 - 1 hour - 61 MB

You Can’t Talk About That Sherry The UU Crew receives a ton of questions about how to talk about the dreadful and often shameful word sex with our kids. Well, the age old rule, at least when we were kids, was you can never talk about it. It was a terrible topic for us to talk to our parents about. The conversation was extremely awkward, shameful, or both. I know I regretted asking my parents to talk to them about sex. This is where Sherie Christiansen is a godsend.  Sherie works a...

Ep 41: Chris and Marilyn's Story

October 05, 2020 22:40 - 1 hour - 70 MB

Steve and James sit down with Chris and Marilyn. Chris and Marilyn grew up together in Santa Monica, California as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As they phrase it, they were both “box checkers” - they went to church, served a mission, got married in the temple, had kids, and served in church callings. At age eleven Chris experienced two things that would dramatically change the trajectory of their lives for the next fifty years: He was sexually abused by his assi...

Announcement: Scholarships Are Open!

September 22, 2020 16:08 - 5 minutes - 5.32 MB

Our scholarship page is up and active. We have multiple scholarships available for those who need help getting therapy or getting to a retreat. To apply or to donate, visit https://unashamedunafraid.com/scholarships

Ep 40: Beckie Hennessy On Betrayal Trauma

September 14, 2020 03:57 - 1 hour - 63.1 MB

Beckie Hennessy is a licensed clinical mental health counsellor. She began her career specializing in child trauma. She then branched out into trauma in general and now specializes in relational trauma, also known as betrayal trauma. In this episode, Beckie explains how betrayal trauma affects the brain and confirms that it is actual trauma. She also delves into attachment and its relationship to trauma. Beckie did her studies with the “Trauma Guru” Barbara Stephens. She says that ...

Ep 39: Thomas 2.0

August 21, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 58.5 MB

Thomas’s story is a miraculous journey from egotistical denial, to desperate despair, and finally, to healthy healing. It is for the man that has been hiding for most of his life and for the woman who senses that addiction has robbed her of her husband’s love. It’s a story of how one couple went from total disconnection to daily emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical connection. It’s the story of “Dark to Light: My Recovery from Pornography and Lust” (for his full story, c...

Ep 38: Disclosure: Do's and Dont's with Geoff Steurer

August 07, 2020 02:00 - 50 minutes - 46.6 MB

Geoff Steurer is a professional therapist from Lifestar Group in St. George, Utah. He co-wrote the book, “Love You, Hate the Porn.” He also has a podcast called Illuminate. He is an expert on disclosure. He walks through - with Chris and Steve - the right and wrong way to disclose the lies that addicts keep from their loved ones.  So jump into the deep end of disclosure.

Ep 37: Anonymous Q and A with Kristy

July 24, 2020 02:00 - 57 minutes - 52.2 MB

Chris, James and Steve sit down with Kristy (James’ Beautiful Bride) and discuss anonymous questions submitted by our listeners.  The episode talks about two people’s questions. The first is a deep one that asks about wanting to change but not knowing how. The second has several sub-questions from a supporter’s viewpoint. These are two very brave people who are asking questions that all addicts and supporters have asked. Sit back and buckle up. This episode is epic!

Ep 36: Seth and Nicole's Story

July 10, 2020 00:00 - 1 hour - 69.2 MB

Steve and James sit down with Seth and Nicole as they share their story.  This is a story of true redemption, and not just for Seth. Seth and Nicole talk about their stories individually and how they met. They then talk about how they both found redemption through the atonement and grace of Jesus Christ. Please have a listen and if this story touches your life or you know it will touch someone else's, please consider sharing this with them.

Ep 35: Attachment with Troy Love

June 26, 2020 02:00 - 37 minutes - 34.3 MB

Chris and Steve sit down with author and therapist Troy Love. Troy lives in Yuma  Arizona. He is a licensed clinical social worker. Troy has written three books that have been on the Amazon best seller’s list. He is extremely passionate about assisting people with attachment wounds. He loves to help them find healing, joy, peace and love. Troy has a firm belief that attachment wounds shape a person’s reality (which most of the time is wrong) about the world and those around them.  ...

Ep 34: Tim and Callie's Story

June 12, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 61.7 MB

Steve and Jason sit down with Tim and Callie as they share their story.  This is a story of true redemption, and not just for Tim. Tim and Callie talk about their stories individually and how they met. They then talk about how they both found redemption through the atonement and grace of Jesus Christ. Please have a listen and if this story touches your life or you know it will touch someone's, please consider sharing this with them.

Ep 33: Chris and Autumn's Story

May 31, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 77.6 MB

Steven and James sit down with our co-host and “Hulk of Hope” Chris and his wife Autumn Bennett. Chris talks about how he went from having multiple affairs to now over twelve years of sobriety.  Autumn shares how she went from trying to take her life to trusting Chris again.  They also talk about how they fight for each others’ hearts. If these stories resonate with you, or you know someone who might benefit from them, please feel free to share the link to the episode with them. ...

Bonus: LIVE Q and A with Chris, Autumn, Sway and Rachel

May 16, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 90.9 MB

This is a Bonus Episode for all of our listeners. Chris, Autumn, Sway and Rachel sat down on a live Zoom call and answered questions about safety, boundaries, recovery for addicts with only a few months of sobriety at a time, and many more. The panel answered about five times as many questions as usual in a normal Q&A episode. So there's a ton of great information here. They got real and honest about their own experiences and it was incredible hearing the spouse's perspective with t...

Ep 32: Anonymous Q and A with Debbie Reid

May 15, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 58.3 MB

Steve and James sit down with Debbie Reid from LifeStar Salt Lake.  She is trained in trauma in  somatic experiencing and psychodrama therapy and runs LifeStar intensives in Salt Lake City and trauma groups in Tennessee. They answer five questions submitted by our listeners.   If these stories resonate with you, or you know someone who might benefit from them, please feel free to share the link to the episode with them. Please subscribe and follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Ep 31: Joe and Amy's Story

May 01, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 65.1 MB

Joe and Amy Pierson are amazing people. Chris and Steve had the privilege to talk with them about their story. They also talk very candidly about what it took to help them through Joe’s addiction. Joe talks about his experience of surrendering to Heavenly Father. Amy talks about her experience of surrendering her trauma and Joe to Him as well. Sit back and enjoy this amazing adventure of war and redemption. If this story resonates with you please feel free to share it with those who...

Ep 30: Jason's Story

April 24, 2020 02:00 - 1 hour - 55.3 MB

Our own Darth Vader of audio, Jason, sits down with Steve and James to talk about his pornography addiction and how he found recovery through honesty and vulnerability. Recognizing that he couldn’t win this fight on his own, Jason learned to truly surrender. His relationship with God has been deepened and strengthened. He now is filled with peace, love, and joy.  If this story touches your life or you know it will touch someone's life, please consider sharing this with them.

Ep 29: Q and A with Autumn

April 17, 2020 17:44 - 1 hour - 59.8 MB

The UU Crew sits down with Autumn (Chris’ wife) and answers three questions from anonymous sources. The first question is extremely difficult to get through, so be careful if listening around impressionable little minds. It is a very difficult question. The others are not as heavy

Ep 28: Steve and Kayla

April 03, 2020 17:06 - 1 hour - 77 MB

Chris and James sit down with rapper host Steven and his wife Kayla. In this episode, Steven is more detailed with his childhood and his married life. We also get to hear Kayla tell the story from her perspective. If these stories resonate with you, or you know someone who might benefit from them, please feel free to share the link to the episode with them.

Ep 27: A Conversation with Daniel Burgess

March 19, 2020 20:46 - 1 hour - 61.8 MB

Chris and James sit down and have a phone conversation with Daniel Burgess, a licensed marriage and family therapist. He focuses on sexual addiction and healthy sexuality in marriages. Daniel is a well-known therapist, blogger, and runs a Facebook group called, “Improving Intimacy in Latter-day Saint Relationships. Daniel also has a podcast called: “Improving Intimacy in Latter-day Saint Marriages.” 

Ep 26: Hope And Healing Support with Michelle

February 27, 2020 23:31 - 1 hour - 60.2 MB

Steve, James and Kayla sit down with the owner/administrator of the website hopeandhealingsupport.com. While running a website to bring people to Christ, she found that her website was being inundated with questions about addiction and recovery for the betrayed. So she started the website hopeandhealinglds.com. Her website has information for women affected by the sexual addiction of a loved one.  We greatly appreciate Michelle sharing her heart with us.

Ep 25: Anonymous Questions Answered with Dr. Skinner

February 21, 2020 01:00 - 42 minutes - 39.1 MB

Jason and Steve sit down and talk with Dr. Skinner about anonymous questions that UnashamedUnafraid (UU) have received. He talks to them about how there is recovery, and a saving grace through recovery, from any type of addiction. The addict must give up something to get their life back. It also involves true connection to others. At UU, we believe an addict can only do it through our Savior Jesus Christ and his infinite Atonement.

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