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Hosted by mental health advocate and former reality television star Alexis Haines, Recovering from Reality illuminates the messy and magical path of coming home to yourself. Whether you’re on the road to recovery, seeking self-care techniques for surviving the capitalist machine, or just need a moment to remember that you’re not alone in your loneliness, we’re serving up the ultimate truth: your trauma doesn’t define you - your decision to deal with it does. Razor sharp, modern, and cultural ...
 
Queer Comedian Ali Kolbert explores dating, relationships, and mental health on her complaint-riddled journey towards adulthood. She says the things people are too afraid to, and asks the questions we are all wondering, like: “who pays on a same sex date?” “what do your porn preferences mean about your sexuality?” and “why are people so obsessed with babies anyway?!"
 
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Having crushes on your friends, steamy messages on AIM chat, meeting a girls’ mom, lesbian years vs. human years, lesbians love long distance relationships, lesbians love to pine, pride submissions, lesbian love and heartbreak, wanting to explore your relationship in a marriage, the thing about dating straight girls, instagram is the biggest dating…
 
This week’s episode is my last solo episode on the podcast. I’m choosing to listen to the signals my body is sending me and take a step back and slow down. In this episode, I dive into the Roe v. Wade reversal, the trauma of Covid, and answer your questions about what I wish I saw in the wellness community, my favorite workouts, getting in the mood…
 
This week, I had a profound conversation with activist Ashlee Marie Preston. Ashlee is a proud black, transgender woman who is constantly advocating for LGBTQ+ youth and those who are struggling. She is now 8 years sober, and has the humility and kindness to share her story of recovery from childhood abuse, meth, prostitution and homelessness with …
 
Zach is celebrated as the first gay man to be on The Ali Kolbert Show. Ali talks about how she has a male brain and the thoughts she has while she cums. Ali is pansexual and she hates it. Zack talks about how he has never had sex with a woman. Why open relationships are more accepted in “Gay Land” according to Dan Savage and my brain. Ali believes …
 
Today’s guest is Brandi Jordan! Brandi has been helping new families grow, adjust, and find balance for almost two decades. She is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Pediatric Sleep Specialist, Newborn Care Specialist and a Postpartum Doula. (bio via thecradlecompany.com) She’s also the host of the Dear Doula podcast on the Dear Media network!…
 
Julien and Ali tell the story of their engagement. Julien wonders if couples who have engagement photo shoots are too square to ever consider being open. Julien and Ali can’t imagine actually having a wedding and discuss the things they like and don’t like from wedding culture. Ali talks about getting a ring and proposing in Costa Rica. Julien and …
 
Today’s guest is Caroline Stanbury—host of Divorced Not Dead and cast member of the brand new Real Housewives of Dubai.We dive into our experiences on reality tv, common misconceptions about being a reality star, being a single and working mother, building the life of your dreams, and going through a public divorce. Our lovely sponsor this week is:…
 
Why I hate PRIDE, how to celebrate Dyke day, a lesbian proposal gone awry at an elephant sanctuary, an intimate lesbian wedding, why Liz won’t carry her wife’s egg, gender norms in marriage, how to choose a sperm donor, why I like being masculine in my dynamic with women. Ali discusses the type of open relationship she proposed with Julien. Plus! L…
 
Happy Pride Month! In this week’s episode I am sitting down with one of my closest friends—Jeff Epstein. We dive into my unhinged 30th birthday in Vegas, Grindr vs. lesbian Tinder, what pride means to us, Jeff’s coming out story, queer terminology, why you shouldn’t go to your family to vent about your partner, our thoughts on AA, first times, one-…
 
Ali and Robby share in identifying as “the boy one” in lesbain relationships. Robby talks about paying for rich girls she dates and how dykes want to lock it down immediately when they are dating. Robby shares how she grew up Hasidic and was “outed.” Robby talks about being repressed at summer camp, her first hook up with a girl, and being in a sec…
 
In this week’s episode I am sitting down with Nicole Sodoma—a Marriage-loving Divorce Attorney and Author. We discuss our shared backgrounds of growing up in divorced households, the importance of dual devotion in a partnership, what you should know about prenups, why you shouldn’t say “I’m sorry” when someone tells you they’re divorced, explaining…
 
Ali takes on a wild telling of her days as a neurotic, baby gay. Ali introdcues two new seegments - lesbian recommendations on Hummus Hour and her shit list - Shitler’s List! Ali discusses her hatred of bumper cars, shares stories from her high school graduation, and her terrible, lesbian prom. Ali talks about asking guys to school dances in her st…
 
In this week’s episode I am sitting down with Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Meera Shah—a board certified family medicine physician specializing in sexual and reproductive healthcare for all genders. Dr. Shah is the chief medical officer of Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic in New York and the medical director of Whole Women’s Health Alliance in South Be…
 
Alexis Haines denies ever saying she was a lesbian. Ali forces her to choose a label and then relents. Alexis shares her separation from her husband Evan and reflects on what worked and didn’t work in their open relationship. She discusses her partner now (dating a man!) (curveball) and reflects on her break up with her last girlfriend. She shares …
 
In this week’s episode I am joined by my good friend Ashley Montano. Ashley has two special needs children and as you know, we’ve been on a journey of getting Dakota a diagnosis and professional support. We talk our experiences raising special needs children while sober, our opinions on ABA, navigating daily schedules, the pressure co-parenting can…
 
Ashley and Ali discuss scissoring. Ashley insists that scissoring is a thing and explains how to do it. Ashley says she would want to carry a baby and explains how it is masculine to do so. The two discuss freezing your eggs, sleeping with fans, and Ashley’s bachelor energy. Ashley and Ali are despondent about Roe v. Wade and talk about different c…
 
In this week’s episode I am joined by Dr. Amanda Hanson—a clinical psychologist and coach working to reimagine Midlife & reclaim the glory of being women. We discuss the benefits of movement, the societal narrative surrounding aging, Amanda’s choice to age naturally, how our lifestyles are impacting the aging process, the intersection of gender nor…
 
Ali and Liza talk starting out in stand-up, looking for approval in the industry, how 2016 changed comedy, and Liza names names. Ali shares how she and Julien met and Liza and Ali talk about turning straight girls. Liza talks about how she was “turned” and why she thinks being straight is degrading (lol). Ali shares how she has hooked up with men i…
 
In this month’s solo episode we begin with an oracle card reading (answered prayers and divine guidance lie ahead), I address the new man in my life, this new season of monogamy, how to regulate your nervous system, the importance of breath work, and how I’ve been working through abandonment wounds. Our lovely sponsors this week are: Get 35% off wi…
 
Serena Kerriagn shares the birth of her name “Serena Fucking Kerrigan,” and explains the character that is SFK. Ali shares how SFK triggers her and Serena gets it. Serena shares her Do It For The Plot tour, we talk about radical responsibility, what it means to be the main character of your own story, and what it means to “play all in.” Produced by…
 
In this week's episode I am sitting down with Dr. Ghadir from the Fertile Life Podcast. As a founding partner of Southern California Reproductive Center, Dr. Ghadir is board-certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. He is currently an assistant clinical professor in the department of Obstetrics and …
 
Jamie and I discuss her new book, Radically Content. We talk about deprogramming from the hustle, antidepressants, treating the cause and not the symptom, “Be Do Have,” how social media makes you feel, what it means to be present, how women are taught to feel shame about “winning,” the JLaw vs. Anne Hathaway debate, being addicted to negative thoug…
 
In this week's episode I am joined by my friend Rachel Slawson. Rachel was the first openly queer Miss USA representing Utah. She joins me on the podcast today to talk about her mental health journey, what it was like growing up in the Mormon church and coming out as Bi while competing for Miss USA. Rachel is also in an open relationship so we dive…
 
Remy had never had an orgasm until she started a sex podcast while living with her grandmother. Ali and Remy talk masturbating, the shame around not being able to achieve an orgasm, “plateauing” in sex, tantric massages, female masturbation classes, how Remy finally had her first orgasm, squirting, my first time orgasming, using an electric toothbr…
 
In this week's episode I am joined by my mom, Andrea! We are discussing a new healing modality that we have both been using to heal our inner children, called Internal Family Systems (IFS). Do you ever wonder why you can’t get the voices in your head to stop repeating the same things to you over and over? Us too! Using IFS we have been able to iden…
 
Daryn and Ali discuss Daryn’s coming out story and debate whether or not scissoring is actually a thing. Ali and Daryn talk Daryn's first experience with a woman, how to come out to yourself, falling in lust with women at an early age, kissing girls in kindergarten, making out with girls for frat guys, the casualties of self exploration, making the…
 
In the last episode I briefly opened up about the struggles that I was facing in my marriage. At the time I wasn't ready to disclose the details about what had transpired or how Evan and I would be moving forward. As always, I feel that it is necessary for me to live authentically and vulnerably, even if it comes with an immense amount of temporary…
 
Therapist Amanda White joins the pod to discuss her book Not Drinking Tonight, as well as narcissism, codependency, enmeshment, why you should reconsider not going to sleep angry, not waiting for a rock bottom to make a change, cognitive dissonance with the things we over-use, what are our brains do when we instagram stalk our exes and celebrities,…
 
In this week's episode I am joined by my friend, and fellow podcast host Doug Bopst. I celebrated my 11 years in recovery on March 8th and I thought that doing an episode on recovery was only fitting. This episode will leave you feeling inspired even if you don't deal with substance issues as Doug's story is about so much more than addiction. We ta…
 
Ali and Julien explore Ali’s hatred turned obsession with Pete Davidson, Skete texting Kanye and threatening to not be nice anymore, a listener email about dating someone who just had a mental breakdown, Julien refuses to fight with Ali, Ali as a baby gay, buying a strap on in Times Square, Ali's grandmother sends a text! Produced by Dear Media.…
 
In this week's episode I am joined by NY Times best selling Author Gabrielle Bernstein. While yes, we are discussing manifestation, we are taking a deeper dive into the bigger systemic issues in the wellness and self help community. I asked her the tough questions like, "Is manifesting under capitalism sustainable?" and "Is there a correlation betw…
 
Jared Freid joins Ali on the podcast and they discuss: The Tinder Swindler, hanging out in Florida, dating multiple people at once, how much of “the game" do you play when dating, dating apps vs. dating in person, instead of “the talk” it’s “the reveal,” how to get set up, hooking up with people at comedy shows, how much time to spend with your par…
 
This week I am doing a solo Q&A on spirituality and manifestation. As we go into March I want to support you all on your path towards reclaiming your power and healing your limiting belief systems. We are talking about clearing out limiting belief systems, healing generational trauma to set us free from subconscious patterns, manifestation tools, a…
 
Ali rants on Love is Blind and then has on guest, Queer Sex Therapist, Casey Tanner, to discuss the return of “bucking" aka "gender jelly,” my coming out story, how you come out more than once!, why lesbians are so over the top, what is "lesbian bed death," what is the difference between asexual and low labido, the mystery of the female orgasm, que…
 
This week I am sitting down with Liz Marz who is a relationship coach. I was introduced to Liz through our mutual friend Angel, who has joined me on the pod a few times. In this episode we are taking a deep dive into the topic of how to cultivate healthy love in your life and looking at the blocks that might be in place that are keeping you stuck. …
 
Eva’s first porn scene with a woman, first scene with a man, what it is like doing porn while being married, how her mom found out she does porn, what it’s like telling your friends you do porn, her favorite scene she ever did, does she ever watch her own scenes, what she thinks about the unrealistic expectations of porn, do you ever develop feelin…
 
This week I am sitting down with Ali Kolbert (my lesbian wing-woman) for the second half of our swap—listen to me on Ali’s show here. We dive into Ali’s relationship advice, your disastrous dating stories, and discuss everything from titty pics to dating app lines. Upstart is the fast and easy way to pay off your debt with a personal loan–all onlin…
 
What surprised Katie about being a contestant on the bachelor, making romantic connections on reality TV, Katie sent her now boyfriend home on week 2, what it was like reconnecting with him, her and Blake breaking up, jealousy on the bachelorette, the truth about hometown visits and fantasy suites, dealing with fame, Katie’s thoughts on Greg and Bl…
 
Today I am sitting down with Sofia Franklyn—one of my most requested guests of all time! Sofia and I discuss everything in this interview including childhood traumas, experiencing a public scandal, growing up with a single mom, abandonment issues, how she healed, current manifestations, and what’s next on her journey. Sofia with an F: https://sofia…
 
Ali and Julien discuss dating men vs. women and discuss: "trading up" with men, can you turn a booty call into a relationship, what is it like dating masculine women, the shaving before a date philosophy, hooking up with bouncers, does she want to be your friend or your girlfriend?, people who “get it,” our worst dates ever, moving from the app to …
 
It’s February! This month we are talking all things love and relationships. In this solo, I discuss my recent miscarriage and the work that’s brought up, marriage and lifelong relationships, my thoughts on love languages and attachment styles, ghosting, the importance of dating yourself, and manifesting your perfect partner. Ghia is here for a good…
 
Pop Culture Expert Amanda Hirsch joins the show to discuss Kardashian conspiracies, our alleged feud, EmRata throwing shade to Amanda on Howard Stern, Kim Kardashian following Amanda on IG, what word do you use for your p*ssy, Kim meeting with Hilary Clinton, Disney adults, getting blocked by Food God, John Mulaney and Olivia Munn, tagging Anna Mar…
 
In today's episode, I am joined by Morgan—a Queer Polyamory Mentor and the creator of Chillpolyamory. She’s been consensually non-monogamous since 2012, and coaching others on their journeys since 2018. We discuss the western narrative surrounding monogamy, exploring polyamory, the negative connotations of jealousy, how Evan and I’s communication h…
 
Madi Murphy from the hit podcast The Bad Broadcast and I discuss WTF is going on with Slytherin house in Harry Potter, hilarious takes on Yellowjackets & Euphoria, Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian, rewatching old movies, diagnosing yourself on Tik Tok, are you an aisle or middle seat person on airplanes, Ali’s hilarious airplane story, dealing with…
 
In today's episode, I am joined by Danielle Bayard Jackson a certified friendship coach, PR agency owner, licensed educator, and author. We discuss how lacking friendship education is, making friends in adulthood, losing friends as you grow, how friendships are a need not a want, and working to move past friendship break-ups in a healthy way. Ghia …
 
Lesbian Tik Tok Star and News Anchor Megan Mitchell joins the pod! We discuss how she matched with my ex on a dating app, Megan’s recent break up, first gay LOVE, Megan’s coming out story, figuring out if I want children, how I see myself as Brad Pitt, who pays on lesbian dates, what it means to be masculine or feminine in a same sex relationship, …
 
In today's episode, I am joined by Tarah Dowling a model, daughter of an addict, former foster child, and creator of the documentary To the Moon and Back. We discuss Tarah’s journey experience during her mom’s active addiction, her time in foster care, how their relationship evolved as showcased in the documentary, and using a compassionate approac…
 
Ali and Lindsey talk about calling friends terms of endearment, Lindsey’s recent engagement, how opposites attract...and then attack, DINK life (double income no kids),how Ali wants to be a dad not a mom, and then fact or fiction with dating myths like whether or not men should pay, how important it is to be single and grow, when to follow someone …
 
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