Greetings!  If you’ve landed here, chances are you’re searching for more information about coaching, my podcast, or perhaps you’re checking into Teal Ribbon Creations for your website needs….or hey, maybe you’re here “just because”, and that’s cool too. 

Either way, I’m super stoked that you stopped by, so please make yourself at home and check things out.

While there are multiple places across the interwebs where I hang out, it seemed like a good idea to have a starting point, and then you can head out across the internet waves to your destination of choice.

So…yeah! Take a look around, and don’t hesitate to contact me anytime right here, or on any of the contact forms on my websites. I always do my best to reply within 24 hours.

Where to first? Take Your Pick!

Those boxes below will take you right to the site of your choice (in a new tab), so you can always come back here if you like. But heck if you like the other sites too, by all means spend some time there! 🙂

It's Time to Take Back Your Life


I work with clients individually or in groups, to help them discover the power already inside them to overcome anxiety, and to work through daily life as a survivor of trauma; no longer being bound to the chains of the past.

My unique approach to taking on the challenges of anxiety & being a survivor, helps you feel empowered each day, with progress you can see and build upon as you take your life back.

Beyond Your Past Radio


Each week I talk with Coaches, Clinicians, and Advocates, who are using their story and their life, to inspire you throughout yours. 

A place where hope and validation are in abundant supply, and where we empower you to keep sharing your message with the world, because you can make a difference. 

Available on iTunes, iHEARTRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, or your favorite podcasting app. Proud member of the Mental Health News Radio Network. 

Web Design and Podcast Editing


I started Teal Ribbon Creations to help provide a service to Mental Health Professionals, Advocates, and Survivors, who want to increase their presence on the web…or make one for the very first time. 

  • Website Design: Build a brand new site from the ground up, or give your existing website a fresh new look that’s on brand, and reflects you in a unique and professional way. 
  • Social Media Graphics – Using Photoshop, Canva, and other tools, I can create graphics for your social media accounts, blog posts, and more to really help draw attention to your content. 
  • Podcast Editing – If you have an existing podcast and need someone to edit your shows, add in intros and outros, and take care of those pesky sneezes or dog barks in the background…I got ya covered!

Hey There, Nice to Meet You!

Matthew Pappas, CLC, MPNLP

What’s Shakin! I’m so glad you stopped by to check things out.

As a Certified Life Coach & NLP Practitioner, as well as a Podcaster and Advocate, I’ve made it my mission in life to help people just like you figure out how to get past anxiety and take their power back, and live free from a traumatic past. 

As you’ll see, I’m not your typical coach. I’ve got certifications and experience, yes, but I’m also a regular guy who doesn’t take life so seriously all the time. I’m perfectly capable of laughing at myself, and I enjoy getting away and blowing off steam with good self-care that works for me.

In the beginning… I was a life long computer nerd who spent his working years in data centers or sitting in a cubicle. Suffice it to say it wasn’t a passion of mine, but it was the safe thing to do and fulfilled a purpose for a time. I wasn’t big into taking risks, so I just stayed put. 

I never put much stock into how fulfilling work could, and should be. To me it was just a means to keeping the lights on, food on the table, and the ability to take a yearly vacation.  I woke up each day dreading what was ahead, and merely existing at my job.  This was my life for about 25 years.

Along the way I was blessed with 3 amazing kids who never gave up on me, who continued to be a shining light in a sea of confusion. Throughout the struggles I endured, they were people who could I always count on. Had it not been for them, and my faith in the Creator, who knows where I would have ended up.

One day, as fate would have it, I realized that something had to change. Just going through the motions was getting me nowhere fast and I needed to take hard look at myself currently and also into my past. I sought out the help of a professional counselor who began to help me see that a past full of trauma and trying circumstances was influencing every aspect of my life, in ways I never even considered.  That was the first step to taking my life back, and the realization that life didn’t have to be this way anymore; I had the power to change it, and only I could do that.

So I began working towards to a new life, of doing something I loved and was passionate about…working with others! I began working on my certifications, started the podcast, and continued blogging, and along the way realizing that I was on to something that was making a difference in my own life and for others.

So…yeah, if you’d like to learn more about Anxiety and Survivor Coaching, head over to Beyond Your Past. If you’re interested in checking out the podcast, head over to Beyond Your Past Radio. If you’re website needs an overhaul or you’re looking for other similar services, check out Teal Ribbon Creations.

Thanks again for stopping by and please do hit me up on social media as well!


Daily Recovery Support

I’m honored to be part of this revolutionary approach of supporting survivors of trauma, as a co-leader and web designer. Daily Recovery Support, sponsored by, offers trauma informed support, 7 Days a Week, 365 Days a Year, in a safe, group atmosphere. 

Survivors from all walks of life come together each day to receive and give support in a safe place, where everyone is valued, heard, and appreciated and where there are never any judgments or shame. 

This affordable resource is helping to bring hope to survivors who, for many, have had very little in their lives. 

In addition to my podcasts, which are always free and always will be free, I hope that you’ll also grab your complimentary copy of my eBook, Surviving Grief, and my C.E.A.S.E. Anxiety downloadable resource. 

Surviving Grief takes you through the 5 stages of grief, as experienced through the eyes of a childhood trauma survivor. Grief comes in many forms, including the loss of your innocence and the childhood that you never head. 

C.E.A.S.E. Anxiety is a 5 step downloadable resource that you can take with you and use virtually anytime, anywhere you start to feel anxious. Take your power back with these easy to remember and actionable steps that empower you each time you use them. 

The blog that started a journey that I would have never expected, that’s what SMP means to me. It’s the very first place that I started writing about my life as a survivor of childhood trauma that included childhood sexual abuse and bullying. A place where I was able to share feelings of what it meant to start dealing with a past that I had buried away for decades. 

Over time, it’s grown into a space where other survivors share their stories as well, and continues to be a source of encouragement for anyone trying to heal from their past. 


My Story as a Survivor

From the very post back in February 2016, till now at over 300 posts and counting, I am so honored to whose who have read. comment,  and everyone who continues to follow the blog. 


Guest Bloggers

I am truly in awe of the bravery and resiliency that every survivor has shown when sharing their story; helping to end their silence and give a voice to those who are still trying to find theirs. 



Surviving My Past is not only a blog, but also a place filled with resources including downloable trackers, and content from highly respected sites from across the web that provide you with information, tips, and strategies to use in daily life as a survivor. 

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