Courageous Journeys® ~ Impact & healing from childhood trauma

Courageous Journeys® ~ Impact & healing from childhood trauma

On a journey of healing childhood trauma? If so, you're not alone. I'm so glad you're here. As a former trauma therapist and survivor, I share information, inspiration, and stories to help you understand yourself better from a place of compassion, not judgment or shame. I’ll share practices to help you internalize and integrate it all to help you trust and feel grounded in the truth of who you are and all you’re worthy of. Grab a cup of tea, your favorite journal and join me as we take this journey together. This podcast is for informational purposes and is not mental health advice.

Episodes

June 14, 2024 16 mins

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About a year and a half ago I spit in a tube and sent it off to 23andme to learn more about my ancestry. I ended up getting a little more than I bargained for…

There have been some interesting and surprising things that have arisen since learning my father is not who I believed he was.

In this episode, I'm opening up about the unexp...

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Whether it’s watching fiction on television or the 24 hour news and images of the devastation across the world, it’s nearly impossible to not feel the impact of the trauma so many are experiencing.

For survivors of childhood or complex trauma, the impact can feel even heavier because it tangles into the web of our own trauma… fear, betrayal, heartbreak, and grief.

In this episode, I share ...

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You know those moments when you hear or experience something and your way of thinking or perspective suddenly changes? Those “aha” moments.

These are pretty common along this healing journey. However, there are a few that are “AAHHHAAAA” kind of moments. An experience or realization that becomes more like a tectonic shift.

In this episode I’m sharing something that came up in a recent sess...

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One of the major challenges people face when trying to set boundaries is dealing with the unhappiness and pushback from others. It can be so difficult, especially if you've spent much of your life being a people-pleaser and putting others' feelings above your own.

In this episode, I'll share one of the most important things to remember as you consider setting a boundary. I’ll a...

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There's a video going around on TikTok asking the question "Would you rather run into a bear or a man in the woods?" It has sparked a really interesting… and affirming, yet alarming conversation. Today, I want to dive into that from a bit of a different angle.

For survivors of sexual trauma or harassment, there is so much self-doubt around trusting our instincts and deciding ...

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When we think of a survivor of childhood sexual trauma, we tend to have preconceived ideas, expectations, and images that come to mind.

In today’s episode, I talk briefly about where they come from and the misconceptions that abound in them. Then , I talk about the diverse realities of being a survivor of childhood trauma, shattering the notion of what society tends to perpetuates.

I’d lov...

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to help lessen the stigma around mental illness.

I think there’s another important aspect to this that I share in today’s episode. I talk about mental health vs mental illness (there should be no shame or stigma around either one) and the importance of starting with ourselves in releasing both.

We're in this together, thro...

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Today, I'm sharing a personal story that explores how self-doubt, panic, shame, and a disastrous seventh-grade haircut can resurface even after years of healing work.

I had an experience recently that brought back some familiar feelings of shame and panic from my childhood.

In this episode, I offer insights into the ongoing journey of healing, emphasizing that struggles are normal, and...

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There is a lot that goes into choosing when and with whom to share your trauma experience.

There are many ways you can be met by the person you’re sharing with. We all hope, even if we don’t think it will happen, that we’ll be met with understanding, compassion, and support.

Whomever we share with is going to have their own feelings about it. Sometimes they’re angry for you. Sometimes they...

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Returning to Wholeness: a journey of learning to trust and embody the truth of who you've always been:https://courageousjourneys.com/courses/returningtowholenessjc


As someone who has been through this healing process myself and now supports others on their journey, I really get the frustrations and self-criticism that can come when progress feels slow or nonexistent. That sense of judgment, disappointment and shame about n...

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It's Sexual Assault Awareness Month and this year's theme really resonated with me - Building Connected Communities.

In today’s episode, I talk about the role of shame that survivors often carry, and how open conversations are key to shifting societal attitudes and creating true understanding. Thus, ending shame and ultimately the prevalence and impact of what it means to be a surv...

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Honoring our needs and desires after experiencing childhood trauma is crucial to the healing journey, yet it often isn’t something that’s talked about.

When we grow up in an environment of chaos, dysfunction or abuse, we get the message, often many times over years, that our needs don't matter. So as a means of survival, we disconnect from being able to recognize or voice our authentic...

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Navigating relationships when you’ve been hurt by someone is… interesting.

It can be virtually impossible to trust in what a healthy relationship is.

This can lead to overcompensating in an unhealthy relationship or running at the first sign of something other than bliss.

Neither of which are healthy or going to help you have the type ...

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For too long, we've lived in a society where there is silence and secrecy around sex, sexuality and sexual abuse. It’s time (well actually, long overdue) for us to end the silence so we can end the shame and stigma.

In today’s episode, I talk about about the challenges and benefits of having these conversations, some of the issues ...

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If you've been following me for a while you probably hear me talk about self-acceptance and honoring your true self a lot. But, as is often the case, it can be hard to apply things we know to ourselves.

In today’s video, I share my experience of finally being able to embrace and even honor parts of myself I often believed weren’t good enough.

I hope that my experience gives you inspira...

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When a trauma survivor confides in you by sharing their experience or story, how you respond can deeply impact their healing journey. With compassion and understanding, disclosure conversations present an incredible healing opportunity. However, even when very well-intentioned. we can unknowingly invalidate survivors’ experiences which ...

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Tension and stress within our bodies- this is something most of us carry but often aren’t aware of the impact it’s having on us. Our bodies remember the pain, the fear, the uncertainty from trauma, long after our minds have tried to move on.

When you add daily stresses on top of it, the impact becomes more significant.

So today, I’ll share with you the simple, yet powerful practices that h...

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Today I’m sharing an example of the reality that we are all wounded, whether from trauma or… life. And, how these wounds and the struggle around them can show up in a variety of ways and places.

As survivors we often tend to be critical of ourselves for being wounded and for the ways our wounding and beliefs show up. Recognizing that EVERYBODY struggles can help release some of the judgmen...

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Do you ever find yourself feeling bad that you’re not feeling or doing better when there’s nothing really bad going on?

This is a common source of confusion, struggle, guilt, and even shame for many people.

In this episode, I’ll share what’s likely causing this, why it’s important to understand it, and how to navigate through it.

Don’t want to wait for the next episode? Head over to my You...

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A common misconception… or expectation, about the healing process is that when you’ve “healed” you won’t struggle with certain things, or anything at all, any longer.

In today’s episode, I share a piece of awareness that came about after reflecting on how something in my current life can bring up some not so great feelings.

Join me as I explore the how and why seemingly unrelated things ca...

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