Candle In A Dark Room

Candle In A Dark Room

Welcome to the Candle In A Dark Room Podcast with your host Desi Garcia who is the President and founder of The Candle In A Dark Room Foundation. CIADR is a nonprofit organization that helps survivors of physical and sexual trauma, as well as mental health that stems from trauma. We help guide survivors through the healing journey so they never feel alone. We show survivors that regardless of your situation and the trauma you have experienced, you can still find the light, and be a light. I started this podcast to tell you the story of my life, how I survived physical and sexual trauma, & the mental health issues I've dealt with because of my trauma including PTSD and D.I.D (Disassociation Identity Disorder). But in spite of all of that, I talk about how I live in recovery today. I will also have discussions with experts in the trauma field as well as other survivors who will share their experiences with trauma & give advice on how they found light in their darkness. Survivors of all sexual violence, mental health, eating disorders, sex trafficking, & anything else trauma related. This is to help survivors take their power back by using their voices. We talk about all of the "off limit" subjects that society has taught us to feel shame about & ignore. We help survivors take their power back & find light. ***You can find our podcast on all podcast resources. Please show support by following our foundation on social media and subscribe to our website and Youtube because you will see all of the resources our foundation has to offer for survivors including coaching, support groups, group coaching courses, healing retreats and so much more. Desi is a 32 year old wife and mother •She is a survivor of physical & sexual child abuse •She is the podcast host and CEO of the C.I.A.D.R foundation •She is a sexual assault, trauma & mental health counselor •She has worked with adolescents and adults •She is a crisis worker and has worked in crisis intervention •She does court advocacy •She has 13 years of professional experience and a lifetime of personal experience •She is a motivational speaker •She is a trauma informed coach and offers 1:1 coaching with her unique program which is a mix of therapy and trauma informed coaching •She works with all forms of trauma; acute, chronic, and complex trauma www.candleinadarkroom@gmail.com Instgram: @candleinadarkroom Faceboook: Candle In A Dark Room ✨Remember, you can ALWAYS find light in the darkest of darkness✨ SUBSCRIBE, SAVE, & SHARE #speakyourtruth #youcandohardthings #candleinadarkroom #unapologeticallyme #mentalhealthawareness #breakthestigma #worldmentalhealthday #metoo #survivor #sexualabuseawareness #podcast #podcastlife #podcastmovement #saam #warrior #metoomovement #yourvoicematters #preventionstartswithyou #bodypositivity #thisbody #shatterlabels #loveyourself #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtips #selflove #acceptance #childabuse #lightwarriors #suicideawareness #heal #traumacoach

Episodes

March 10, 2022 39 min
Season 3, Episode 3 "She Rises" w/ Kayla Hayes ✨is LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧
This weeks beautiful guest is the brave Kayla Hayes. Kayla is 23 years old and an advocate, speaker and author. She rose like an angel and walked away from a past filled with childhood sexual abuse and teenage domestic violence. The tragedies she endured stole her identity, her self-worth, and her confidence. She had two choices: succumb to t...
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Season 3, Episode 2 "Fostering love and healing in the world of trauma w/ Rachel Garrett" ✨is LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧 
This weeks guest is Rachel Garrett. Rachel is a former high-school history teacher, a mother of two, a licensed CASA (Court appointed state advocate), and a foster mom. She is currently in a Master of Child and Adolescent Development Psychology program, and refuses to look away from the pain and tra...
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Season 3, Episode 1 "Finding the light in my darkness" w/ Jaimee Johnson is now✨LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧 
Jaimee Johnson is a lived experience expert on domestic sex trafficking and the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Sisters of the Streets nonprofit organization. She also holds the title of mother, motivational speaker, advocate, first responder, consultant, social media marketer, entrepreneur and activis...
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Season 2, Episode 20 “Societies perpetuation of silence w/ Kate Oseen is now✨LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧
Kate is a mom of two, wife and a passionate digital creator, but she’s well known on social media as an advocate for human trafficking! With over 63K Instagram followers, Kate uses her platform to educate and amplify preventative information to bring more awareness to Human Trafficking. In this episode we talk about why this...
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Season 2, Episode 19 “When I found HER” w/ Stevie Croisant is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧
On this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, fellow advocate, survivor and founder of the nonprofit organization “We Are HER” thats purpose is to provide a community for survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault to become healed, empowered, and restored. Stevie start We Are HER in 2016, 6 months after she left her abus...
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Season 2, Episode 18 “Making justice & healing synonymous” w/ Marlee Liss is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧 
On todays episode I got to interview the beautiful Marlee Liss. Marlee is a survivor of a rape that occurred in 2016. Because of her experience Marlee decided she wanted to make a difference, she is now a Sacred Sensuality Coach & Restorative Justice Advocate. She is a coach, retreat facilitator, public speaker, pub...
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Season 2, Episode 17 “ICONfidence” w/ Sarah Foley is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧
I had the honor to sit down with this badass, strong and inspiring women Sarah Foley, also known as Vertical Blonde! She is the epitome of getting back up when you have been knocked down!
In 2012 Sarah was in a horrible ATV accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down.
From that day Sarah has gone through all of the stages of trauma from deni...
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Season 2, Episode 16 “Parenting Safe Children” w/ Feather Berkower is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧

I got the pleasure to sit down with this awesome women Feather who is a LCSW, author, and advocate, and have an in depth, honest and educational conversation. Feather Berkower is the
Founder of @parentingsafechildren. She is a licensed clinical social worker and one of the nation’s leading experts in child sexual assault preven...
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Season 2, Episode 15 “Baby Be Brave” w/ Michelle McManus is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧

We’re back!! We took a break from podcasts for a bit, but we’re back now excited and ready to share more amazing and inspiring episodes. We have incredible guests and stories coming up that I’m so excited to share.
So today let’s start with this inspiring one that I did with a very close friend of mine, Michelle McManus from the IGTV live s...
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In today’s episode I sat down with this beautiful and inspiring momma, Allie Whitworth.
Allie was married to her high school sweet heart Cale, until everything changed a year and a half ago when he unexpectedly lost his life at just 27 years old while recovering from the flu. They had two daughters together and new baby boy who was only 6 months old. They had just built a house together and were living their best life. They had a b...
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September 18, 2020 89 min
In this episode I got to see down with 5 amazing women! Cassie Scerbo, Seak Smith, Amber Rose which of who have all already been guests on my podcast and are here for amazing support. Then we have two new amazing women that I’ve had a chance to meet because of Cassie! Brittany Sugarman and Alexa Mey. Brittany and Alexa talk about their experience with sexual assault. They both live and work in the entertainment industry and know a ...
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I got to sit down with my friend Nola Hayes. Nola is a survivor of child sexual abuse by a family member, sexual assault, she's an activist and the co founder of the podcast "Sex, Love and you". She is also an actress, dancer and the social media director for the Do good bus. In this episode Nola talks about how she didn't remember her trauma until she was an adult and the damage that did to her once she remembered....
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On this episode I got to sit down with my friend Jose. Jose is a Human Trafficking Survivor, Public Speaker, Author, Advocate and Activist. Jose was physically and sexually abused as a child. He did not have the love and support of his parents or family because he was "too feminine" and later came out as gay, and his father strongly disapproved. When he was a lost teenager looking for love and acceptance, he was put into hu...
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In this episode I sat down with one of my brothers closest friends, Zach Deardorff. Zach is a survivor of child sexual abuse at the hands of his own brother.  1 in 6 boys are sexually abused or assaulted, and unfortunately Zach falls into that statistic. He talks about how he was trapped in a life of abuse with no one to count on and protect him including the relationship with his toxic father. Zach had to basically raise himself a...
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Todays episode is with the beautiful Kay Jenkins. On this episode Kay and I dive deep into her life, how she grew up and the traumatic events that changed her life and made her who she is today. On the outside Kay is a beautiful, fit, confident and an independent strong women. She is a top real estate agent here in Utah, a business consultant, life coach and a model. But Kay has not always had the life she has now. She grew up in a...
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I got to sit down with Kenny Akers. Kenny is a black man that has recently been known in Utah because back in June he stopped and gave a powerful speech to the looters who were robbing and destroying a 7-11. He spoke to them and gave them empathy and understanding, but all while teaching them this isn't the right way to handle the situation. Kenny talks about how he has dealt with racism in Utah and that he has learned that lov...
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In this episode I got to interview my friend Ashley Simpson. Ashley is a survivor of child sexual abuse from her step father as well. We have similar stories except Ashley has had to unfortunately deal with the backlash from her family after she reported her truth once she was an adult. Her family including her own mother, chose to side with her perpetrator (her step dad). In this episode Ashley tells us her story of survival as we...
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In this episode I sat down with my girl Paige Watts. Paige is a social media influencer and digital creator! Paige is in front of the camera often and comes across as having confidence in her beauty, but what people don't know or see is the struggle she deals with on the inside. Paige has struggled with body dysmorphia, anxiety and other mental health struggles. She talks about why doing what she does actually helps her and how...
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June 11, 2020 52 min
Hey everyone! On this weeks episode I have 3 of my friends here with me. I have Tamika, Lisi, Jordyn and myself.  We are all have different colors of skin and are all different nationalities, such as African American, Polynesian, Caucasian and Latina. I thought it would be a good idea to get all of our perspectives on our thoughts about the black lives matter movement and about the recent events that have triggered it. This is our ...
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This is one of my favorite episodes to date! In this episode my beautiful friend Keelan talks about the horrific ordeal that occurred in October 2018 while she was abroad with some friends to Portugal. Keelan tells the story of how her last night there turned into a complete nightmare when she woke up in a brothel type setting with dozens of men around her. The last thing she remembered before waking up was being in a bar and getti...
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