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How Faith Played a Role in My Healing Journey with Ashley Austin Morris

Molly talks with comedian and actress friend Ashley Austin Morris. Together, they unpack Ashley’s road to recovery from her trauma-induced eating disorder. From her childhood and upbringing to her current career, she discusses her perspective of her unique healing journey. 

Ashley goes in-depth about how God and her faith played a key role in her recovery from her past trauma that induced an eating disorder she struggled with for many years. 

Listen in as Ashley and Molly work through what exactly it was that brought Ashley to recovery, the details of how she found her path to healing, dealing with relapse, and the daily battles she continues to fight. 

Episode Quotes

  • “You never know which attempt at healing is going to work for you.” – Molly Carmel 
  • “Stop leaving yourself on the side of the highway.” – Ashley Morris 
  • “We row, and God steers.” – Molly Carmel

Key Highlights

  • How faith and God can be the only means of recovery and healing from eating disorders for some people no matter what 
  • Generational trauma and how it impacts Ashley’s story
  • Eating disorders and the thoughts that can still come to mind years later for those who have recovered from them and live healthy lives in the present. 

About Ashley Austin Morris:

Ashley Austin Morris is an Actor, Comedian and Writer

Ashley currently plays Roxanne Hertz in FX’s Fleishman Is In Trouble and can be seen as Nicole in Shonda Rhimes series for Netflix INVENTING ANNA.

Other Credits include:

CBS’s THE BITE , Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show (Netflix), Tommy (CBS), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon) Prodigal Son (FOX) The Other Two on Comedy Central.

Ashley had a recurring role on A&E’s digital series, Think Tank, Ashley has been featured as a guest star on Murphy Brown (CBS 2018) The Big Bang Theory (CBS), The Good Wife (CBS), Desperate Housewives (ABC), Ugly Betty (ABC), and many more. She has also appeared on Divorce (HBO), and The Deuce (HBO). Ashley is the only actress ever to not be featured on Law and Order! EVER!

Ashley’s film roles include a feature in Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Columbia Pictures’ Premium Rush, and Voltage Pictures’ Generation Um.

Stand UP: regularly at New York Comedy Club, Gotham Comedy Club, West Side Comedy, Stand Up NY, and many more clubs and Theaters across the Country. She has also appeared on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live.

Off Broadway: New World Stages in Die Mommie Die, West Side, Love Loss and What I wore (more upon request)

Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of Romance Novels for Dummies The Alley’s production of The Other Place, Theresa Rebeck The Way Of The World at Folgers Shakespeare Theatre.

You may also have heard her vocal contributions as a principal in the video game Red Dead Redemption, and Prankster Planet

Writing Credits include: Libido Limbo (finalist young playwright’s festival) contributing writer for Stuffed which ran off Broadway at the west side theatre and the women’s project,

Ashley’s debut comedy album SLIGHTLY OFF is currently number 1 on the comedy charts. Available on apple – you can follow Ashley’s HILARIOUS Instagram account that I repost often.

Connect with Ashley Morris:

Instagram: @ashaustinmorris

About Molly Carmel

Molly is a leading addiction and eating disorder therapist and the founder of the Beacon Program, which offers individual and group solutions to help people break free from their destructive relationships with food and dieting. She is also the author of ‘Breaking up with Sugar’ and the host of ‘What You’re Craving’ Podcast.

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