178: How to cut toxic people & family out of your life, Surviving Childhood Trauma with Hollywood’s Kimberly Shannon Murphy

by neeta bhushan


Quote: “Once we heal one part, another part pops up that we haven’t worked on or need to look at. I don’t think we’re ever healed. I think it’s an ever-growing journey.”

Hello, lovely people! Join me today as I sit down with Kimberly Shannon Murphy, a leading Hollywood stuntwoman and author of the bestselling book “Glimmer.” In this episode, we talk about Kimberly’s awe-inspiring story of survival and resilience, discussing her traumatic childhood, experiences as a stuntwoman, and the healing journey that led her to write her powerful memoir. We get into the complexities of the healing process, addressing the importance of shedding toxic relationships and the role of shame and guilt in the survivor’s narrative. Kimberly’s moving story is not just about overcoming trauma but also about breaking generational patterns and paving the way for a new lineage of strength and resilience, standing in one’s truth as a source of power and explores the impact of her book in giving survivors permission to feel and heal.

In this episode we talk about…

  • The Continued Healing Journey: A conversation highlighting how the healing journey is ongoing, even into adulthood, and the significance of surrounding oneself with supportive and healthy relationships.
  • The Role of Shame and Guilt: Kimberly shares her personal experience with shame and the realization that she needed affirmation and belief from others to overcome it. The discussion also touches on the guilt associated with speaking one’s truth, especially when it challenges family dynamics.
  • The healing power of psychedelics and Internal Family Systems therapy – breaking generational patterns of abuse and trauma.
  • Navigating motherhood and healing while raising a child


Kimberly Shannon Murphy is a leading Hollywood stuntwoman who has served as a double for numerous A-list actresses, performing in 133 feature films and television shows, including Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Captain America, The Eternals, The Old Guard, Bird Box, The Hunger Games, The Lone Ranger, Salt, Enchanted, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Euphoria, Big Little Lies, and Westworld. A Taekwondo black belt, she received the 2020 Taurus World Stunt Award for Best Fight in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. She is a two-time Screen Actors Guild Award winner for Best Stunt Ensemble and has been recognized with numerous award nominations, and since 2018, has also worked as a stunt coordinator. Kimberly currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, the stuntman and stunt coordinator Casey O’Neill, whom she met on the set of Knight and Day when the two were doubling for the film’s stars, Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise. They have an eight-year-old daughter, Capri. 

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Discussion Question:

How do you think Kimberly’s story of resilience and healing can inspire individuals who have experienced trauma to embark on their own healing journeys?

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