Empowering Survivors for Post-Traumatic Growth
The most important way you can help someone who has experienced abuse is to find them the support that works best for them. Starting therapy as soon as possible will help build resiliency and start them on their path to post-traumatic growth. It may also be the last thing the survivor wants to do. They do not want to discuss what happened to them. Depending on the age of the victim at time of disclosure. there are different options. For minors, the best place to start is at your child advocacy center. For adults, whether you were abused as a child, assaulted as an adult, therapy is still the best start but there are other ways that can help.
Survivors have their own unique story, experience, and needs. I help you find your path forward, whatever that may be.
You may not feel comfortable with the words victim or survivor. These words aren’t meant to label you, only to describe what you have been through. The words do not have to hold a negative energy. No matter where you are at on your healing journey, I want to help you move forward. It is possible to achieve post-traumatic growth. We don’t hear as much about post-traumatic growth as we hear about ptsd or post-traumatic stress disorder, and I want to change that because it is possible.
There is no way of measuring trauma. What might be traumatic for you may not be traumatic for others. There is no way to measure the amount of sexual abuse or assault one has experienced. It all matters. Your experience, and your symptoms are valid, you do not have to go through this on your own. You deserve help.
Healing and moving forward are the same. Everyone moves forward in their own way and at their own pace. Research shows that trauma experiences get stuck in the body, the body keeps the score. There are many different methods that have been developed to help relieve the body and the mind of the trauma.
I can help you find what works for you.
One-on-one coaching -
We go at your pace and use what works for you. We can figure that out by discussing your needs and by trying different methods that have been proven successful for others until we find what works for you. This is not the same as therapy.
I have been trained and certified as a counselor of sexual assault and domestic violence through the Center for Community Solutions and the State of California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). I am not a therapist, that is a different skill set (and licensing) that can also be helpful for you and I can provide you a referral to therapists if needed.
Survivor Retreats -
Retreats in beautiful, private settings. Empowering and inspiring rituals, creative art projects, trauma-informed yoga, sound healing, self-care tips and exercises, healing and healthy food. See our upcoming retreats here.
Support Groups -
Small, private support groups for survivors of sexual abuse or assault.