Marissa Esquibel on How to Start a Podcast About Codependence | PoP 553

Marissa Esquibel on How to Start a Podcast About Codependence | PoP 553
Do you struggle with codependency? Are you constantly trying to please others? Do you feel like you were raised to be a ‘good little girl’?
In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks with Marissa Esquibel on how to start a podcast about codependence.

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Meet Marissa Esquibel

Marissa Esquibel on How to Start a Podcast About CodependenceMarissa Esquibel is an LMFT and host of the Codependummy Podcast. She’s a licensed therapist, former codependent, and on a mission to empower young women to stop playing small and start taking up space. She started Podcast Launch School in October 2020, and launched her podcast in January 2021.

Visit her website and connect on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube, or listen to her podcast.



In This Podcast

  • Overcoming imposter syndrome
  • Codependency learnings
  • Dating as a codependent
  • How therapists can push back against codependency
  • The process of launching a podcast

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

It’s important to have the realisation that imposter syndrome is so pervasive. It can be difficult, but if you look at it statistically, 8% of US citizens have a Masters Degree. So, you are already in the top 8% from the day you graduate. Combine that with your personal experience, the clients you love to treat, and you realise you really are an expert.

Codependency Learnings

Here are five things Marissa has learnt on codependency, from personal experience, as well as through treating many of her clients:

  1. Many women have been raised, reinforced, and rewarded to be good little girls.
  2. We are exhausted, exasperated, and enveloped in crappy relationships (with others and ourselves).
  3. Saying “no” is extremely difficult, uncomfortable, and uncommon
  4. If you don’t address codependency early on, you’re preparing for a life of martyrdom, self-sacrifice, and discontent
  5. Working through it is totally possible!

Dating as a Codependent

Being codependent, you’re often drawn to people who are not healthy for you. If you find yourself with yet another (unhealthy) partner who looks or acts the same as your previous partner, you need to start reflecting on yourself and your past. Ask yourself what happened to you when you were a little girl / teenager that has resulted in you falling into this pattern. Also consider going to therapy.

How Therapists Can Push Back Against Codependency

A way to do this is through boundaries. Many people who are codependent often struggle with boundaries, especially in romantic relationships. Therapists who give girls the space to chat about the things they feel uncomfortable with, instead of assuming they are just being dramatic, is very helpful. Also, teaching them how to say ‘no’ and flex their boundary muscles.

The Process of Launching a Podcast

The process of launching my podcast was both agonising and exhilarating. I made sure I had accountability with Joe by sending him an update every week on the progress I had made. I also set a deadline that I wanted to launch my podcast by and announced it on social media, which got the momentum going. From there, I set a certain time apart every Sunday to work on my podcast. What’s more, the Podcast Launch School course is all-inclusive and provides a step-by-step guide on how to launch a podcast.

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Meet Joe Sanok

private practice consultant

Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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