Nicola O'Hanlon
Meet our Editor-In-Chief, Nicola O'Hanlon. She created this website, along with the help of the InTheRooms team in September 2015. Her work has been published in several recovery magazines, including Recovery Today, In Recovery Magazine, AfterPartyChat.com, Psychology Today and Reach Out Recovery to name but a few. She has also had her work published in two Feminist anthologies and a book of personal recovery stories. Born and raised in Wexford, Ireland she still lives there with her two children, Christopher and Jessica. Her background is in healing through Massage Therapy, Reflexology and Sechiem Energy Healer. She has combined her professional and life experience and now coaches women on how to empower themselves. She runs the Womens Wisdom Healing Circle meeting, on InTheRooms.com every Sunday (Noon est 5pm UK & Ireland), which is a non program specific gathering of women seeking support, encouragement and healing. Already an expert on how not to live life she is a constant seeker of new and better ways of being. Nature is her Higher Power and she believes in magic, crystals and blames the phases of the moon for her multiple personalities.

Anna David – Recovery, Creativity and 17 Years of Being Sober (almost) – Podcast

  I spoke with my longtime colleague and writing mentor Anna David on The Cafes latest podcast. We met back in the day, when she first created AfterParty Magazine and I was but a fledgling. She gave me my first shot at a writing career. She is a New York Times bestselling author of six books, is a regular on many T.V. talk shows and has an extensive writing portfolio for some of the biggest magazines on the planet. In this podcast (link below), we talk a little bit about the before and after of her recovery experience, our working relationship and her workshop for rehabs as well as her online coaching program. Check out Annas’ Website here to find out more about this remarkable lady! Continue reading

Is Your Fear Of Success Holding You Back? – Nicola O’Hanlon

I often get asked by clients, friends and acquaintances how to get to where they want to be in life. All of us have aspirations for our future. Self-help books and gurus tell us to dream big – if you can dream it you can be/do it. And we all know about the Law of Attraction. It suggests that positive thinking and affirmation manifests our dreams and desires into real and tangible things. I’m betting that you’ve embarked on at least one attempt at positive affirmation and made at least one vision board containing all the things you want for your life. Perhaps that’s worked for you? If it has, it means that you have overcome or never had an issue with the two biggest blocks in the human psyche when it comes to attaining what we want. Fear of success and feeling deserving. I sat with a client recently… Continue reading

Could God Be A Girl? – Podcast with Trista Hendren

  I connected with Trista Hendren in 2015, during the deep self discovery phase of my recovery. Trista is founder and creator of The Girl God series of books, which you ABSOLUTELY, have to check out. In this podcast we talk about the development of the Girl God books, her memoir, Hearts Aren’t Made Of Glass, living with an alcoholic and of course my favourite topic of The Goddess. Trista is originally from Portland in the USA and now lives with her family in Norway. I’ve been lucky enough to have two pieces of work published in two Anthologies in this series. They are truly beautiful books both in word and illustration. You can purchase all of Tristas books on Amazon  and at her website here   Continue reading

Psyche. The totality of the mind; conscious and unconscious – Nicola O’Hanlon

  It’s been a tricky week. A week where I’ve been evaluating the triggers of a deep depression I’ve experienced for a month or two. Perhaps a bit longer. Gladly I seem to be out the other side of it, but boy was it brutal. It rendered me breathless, thoughtless and bottomless. It felt like a roller-coaster that was plummeting really fast, but I didn’t know when it would stop. However, I knew that it would. Stop. I don’t really get to the point of hopelessness anymore. Experience has taught me that it eventually ends. I’ve had bouts of serious depression which lasted years. I stopped questioning when it would end, because I’d forgotten what it was like to be depression free. I’d forgotten that there was a place where I could breathe, think and be grounded. The breathless, thoughtless, bottomless existence was normal then. I’d stopped looking for relief.… Continue reading

Intolerance in the Recovery Community – By Nicola O’Hanlon

  It occurred to me this past week, that the level of intolerance is rising within the recovery community at quite a disturbing level. It seems to be stemming from the fact that people are choosing for themselves what their recovery process will be and especially because of the new thinking and concepts that are arising around recovery programs. In some quarters, you’re always sick, you’re always selfish and your own thoughts, decisions and understanding is completely unreliable. And you are told that on a constant basis. But thankfully, people now have access to a plethora of information and possibility to learn and understand from a vast array of teaching, philosophies and concepts. There’s no limit to what we can access when seeking to overcome our difficulties be it from addiction or any other self-harming behaviour. I’ve been a member of the Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Community for over… Continue reading