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Working up the courage to share our stories can be daunting, but the healing power of giving a voice to our experiences-- the good, the bad, and the ugly—is unparalled.

Revisiting a traumatic memory is often overwhelming and deeply upsetting. It takes a lot of bravery to share deep-rooted suffering and trauma. When bad things happen to us, it takes time to repair that damage and feel safe again. This is a courageous journey, leaving residual effects of shame, guilt, and a battered nervous system. Many of us have experienced some level of trauma without even being conscious of the underlying imprints it has left on our subconscious.

As of recently, we’ve all been battling the same high-stress situation. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc as it jumps from country to country and household to household, millions of people have been consumed by fear and anxiety. The pandemic has brought about a boatload of new issues with it ranging from lost jobs to limited supplies. We have all been affected by this in one way or another, and when it passes, we’re sure to see that lasting imprint in our communities. Overcoming this is not impossible.

This podcast is one that is especially dear to my heart as I share one my clients and we discuss her story and path to healing that trauma. Her growth and willingness to share in order to be of service to others touches my heart so deeply and I am hopeful this will spread to my listeners. It has been, and still is, such an honor for me as a therapist to be able to witness the evolution of her healing journey and provide a platform for her to put it out into the world.

As I mentioned before, it takes a lot of courage to be vocal about our hardships. Yet, Ilana reminds us to look within. This process is liberating. We don’t have to settle for feeling alone and disconnected.

As a team at @serenitytraumahealingcenter , we are constantly working together to create an environment for our clients to feel loved, supported, and acknowledged. When we begin to tell our story in a safe space and trust that there is light ahead, we begin the process of healing.

For those who listen in, please know that there is someone out there who cares about you and you are never alone. When navigating the fear of finding your voice, remember that there is so many people out there to listen. Keeping our trauma bottled up can be immensely damaging. It isn’t until you take that first baby step to opening up that a different perspective, a freeing perspective, will uncover itself. Feelings of shame and guilt quickly wash away when in a safe, supportive place. Hope and a promise of a brighter tomorrow are soon to follow.

From this place we begin to make sense of and organize memories in a more constructive way, allowing our nervous system to relax. Listen in with Ilana and I for an introduction to making healthier, happier choices.

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