Estrangement: Can It Help You Reconnect with Yourself? Interview with Jess Reed | #17


Today’s episode is a long one, but SO AMAZING! I have my sister Jess (they/them) on the show with me and we dig into our childhood experiences, what brought us to the choice of parental estrangement, and the ways we’ve reconnected with our intuitive, creative selves in the years since. 

Trigger warnings: mentions of racism and homophobia, stories about emotional abuse and dissociation, sexual assault, death of a parent, and death of a pet.

When the people in your closest relationships are telling you that your ideas aren’t good, or safe, or worth pursuing, that really puts a damper on your creative expression and your ability to try new things and push outside your comfort zone. 

In this episode we talk about boundaries, childhood creativity, being adult children of abusive/toxic parents, and what estrangement MEANS for people who choose it. Spoilers: It’s not a moral choice and isn’t something you HAVE to do in order to heal. 

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And I did make a blog post about books I recommend for trauma processing and healing childhood wounds, which are very helpful in the decision making process around estrangement. Check out that blog at 

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Music by Leave Nelson B.

Photography by Jen Hearn.

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Caitlin writes and coaches about trauma recovery, relationships, motivation and confidence, self-love, queer identity, and social justice. They are the author of The Gaslighting of the Millennial Generation. Find their work at

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