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Welcome to Beyond Surviving, the safe space for survivors of childhood sexual abuse to receive support, resources, and share their stories. Beyond Surviving is about freedom, healing, connection, and even laughter and fun. Most importantly, it's about letting go of the pain of abuse and finally moving on! Discover the 3 Stages of Recovery from Childhood Abuse: The road to recovery is much easier when you know what stage you're in and what to do next. Find out exactly where you are in your healing journey and what kind of support you need right now. This FREE 9-page guide will give you the answers you've been seeking: www.rachelgrantcoaching.com/checklist

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In this episode, Beyond Surviving graduate Jediah shares his story.He went from never being able to keep is head together long enough to finish things (sometimes as small as a full day of work) to, after learning to retrain his brain through our work together, being able to avoid the pitfalls that take him out of the game on a momentary or daily basis. He is now seeing a new trend in his life – being able to finish what he starts! Jediah shares how he went from a struggling carpenter to building his own houseboat and how being able to navigate difficult days with a peaceful and mind is a great reward in itself! ---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode of Beyond Surviving, I connect with Crystal Protsman, who graduated from Beyond Surviving in 2020. We talk about her personal and harrowing journey navigating the court system. From making the decision to report, to going to court, and everything that came after getting her day of “justice”.Crystal Protsman wants to give back to the community that really supported her in her own healing journey of feeling stuck from her sexual abuse as a child/teen. Her passion is giving space to other survivors that just want to be noticed, heard, and connected on the most interpersonal level of life. She is working on her B.A. in Psychology and FCS/Child and Family. She is a Beyond Surviving graduate and experienced first hand that healing is possible within the correct community. She works with at risk children to help them embrace their self-worth inside themselves and to supports them turning their lives around.--Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eve talks about her experience navigating unsupportive supervisory and jobs and reflects on how what she has learned helped her persevere and advocate for her needs. Eve speaks to the pervasiveness of stigma in the field of medicine and psychology and offers hope to those of us whose lived experience can be our greatest assets to our work in human services and across industries. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jen and I talk about the deep healing work she did in Beyond Surviving that helped her tap back into empowered choice. This was critical when her Dad sent her a hurtful letter, but rather than feel victimized, she activated choice and turned it into a work of art. This led her to further explore art expression, which has become a significant part of her healing. She shares with us some pro tips on how to get started with art expression and use it in your day to day to support your own healing journey!EXERCISE:Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a calm, safe place. This could be a place that you have in your life now, a place that you have been in the past, a place you hope to go one day, or a place that you can only imagine in your mind. Create your relaxing and peaceful place with any art medium you choose. Come back to this feeling any time you need to by visualizing this safe, peaceful place again. Writing prompt: I want to live in a world where…  Connect with Jen at artandwellnesstogether@gmail.comJen is an ongoing advocate for survivors of abuse and trauma, and values people being seen and heard. She has found deep healing in her own journey as a Beyond Surviving graduate, and is reclaiming her life through writing and the creative arts. She now shares her process with others in several community based creative self-care programs, including ones for survivors. ---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, Tim shares about his deep journey to finding his voice and refusing to be silent anymore about the childhood sexual abuse he experienced. Along the way, we discuss some of the key factors that prevented him from speaking up both at the time of the abuse and later in life. He shares about the major turning point that finally gave him the courage to seek support, and all the ways he’s been surprised along the way each time he’s shared his story since breaking the silence.--Tim is a native Californian who has lived and travelled in many locales west of the Rocky Mountains. When not working with high school and college students, you will find him enjoying the outdoors climbing, skiing, surfing and strumming around a campfire. In his youth he suffered through sexual abuse that left him angry, confused and alone inside. Forty-five years passed before he committed to dealing with the effects of the secrets he held from all. He is currently travelling and climbing in the western U. S. on an endless road trip.--Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
We all experience pain and damage along the course of our lives. The focus of this conversation with Beyond Surviving Graduate, Chris, is on the experiences we face in life, whether big or small and how they could trigger our (conscious or subconscious) defensive mechanisms. We discuss how you can spot the walls you might have built up in your life and how you can bring them down by self-love, compassion, and empathy. --Chris graduated from Beyond Surviving in 2017. Every day, he continues his journey of healing and self-discovery. He has worked to let go of the resentment from past trauma and constantly strives for healthier and happier relationships with himself and others.Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, Eve and Rachel draw back the curtain to give a behind the scenes look at their work together.We both share about our passion for abuse prevention work, cultivating trauma-informed leadership, and bringing a social justice lens to sexual abuse recovery. We chat about the importance of family and community, the origin story of the Transforming Trauma podcast segment, the upcoming Emerge: Unleash Your Empowered Self Retreat...and much more! Resources:Healing from Sexual Abuse Facebook GroupWhite Rage, by Carol AndersonEmerge: Unleash Your Empowered Self Women's RetreatBoston Area Rape Crisis Center---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
This month, I reconnect with Clara Stewart Moore, who graduated from Beyond Surviving in 2017. Clara has faced so many challenges in her life, from breaking down barriers for women of color in the modeling industry to finding the strength to leave an abusive relationship.She shares with us her story as we dive deep on what causes fear, how to face it, and how tapping into your intuition plays a major role in being able to generate courage and take action! Learn more at: radianthealthandwellnessinc.com --Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Loriann Brown graduated from Beyond Surviving in 2014 and has been thriving and healing more since. She went from hating herself to celebrating all that she is. She has broken the generational trauma cycle and has happy girls who love themselves too.In this episode we explore the power of self-love, the importance of rejecting perfectionism, and how a “unicorn” hairstyle helped Loriann embrace her uniqueness and break free from the boxes and messages that had been holding her back for so long.loribbrown.comIG: loriann.brown75---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this Beyond Surviving Podcast, I catch up with Anna Holtzman, who graduated from Beyond Surviving in 2016. In her previous career editing reality TV shows, she started to have severe migraines. These increased later on after she left this role and started graduate school. Anna shares with us how her pain points have led to self-discovery.We also talk about how, following her work in Beyond Surviving, she was able to go on to help other survivors find relief from chronic pain through expressive writing.Learn more at www.annaholtzman.com.---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eve celebrates our ability to do hard things. She models techniques like practicing gratitude and recognizing both the big and little accomplishments of each day. She shares a glimpse into her world: her womxn’s circle reflecting on our needs in relationships. Listen to her insights and invitation to reflect on your own needs that you may struggle to identify or express! https://www.cnvc.org/training/resource/needs-inventoryhttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/shrinkchicks/id1483261668?i=1000505706571---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As the Beyond Surviving Podcast enters its 8th season (whoa!), I am feeling called to do something special for 2021. Every month, I am going to interview a Beyond Surviving Graduate!These amazing women and men who I have had the great honor to walk alongside in their healing journeys are going to be sharing their own stories of healing, discussing topics that they long to bring attention to – things like overcoming chronic pain, cultivating deep self-love, conquering fear, finding one’s voice, the healing power of art, navigating the court system and more!And I thought I’d kick things off with my own story and what life looks like for me now 14 years after creating the Beyond Surviving program and living by the principles of this program!I share how my story has evolved and changed over the years due to the continued integration of the abuse I’ve experienced. I get real about some of the fears I had to overcome in order to even step into this work. I share some of my favorite success stories of clients who I’ve had the honor to mentor over the years. Finally, I talk about what I hope this next year of Beyond Surviving will bring right before bursting into tears!---Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this month’s episode, I speak with Alma Cheng. She shares her personal story of trauma and we discuss one of the most powerful self-care strategies we’ve both used to navigate the pandemic and all that 2020 has brought. We discuss what it was like for her to be molested in her bed by her own father, to be shut down by Sunday School teachers, to be silenced by blood family, and to be reprimanded by the church even up to college, and to be told that the cause of immigration was more important than the safety of her body.Get a free download of Audio Listening Magazine: https://bit.ly/2JPJvXO Nominate a neighbor Audio Listening Magazine should meet: https://audiolistenmag.wixsite.com/audiomagSupport our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eve shares what’s bringing her joy and what’s been challenging during the pandemic. She offers some tips and insights into navigating this time with greater ease. In this episode, we explore the difference between acceptance of suffering versus fighting circumstances and wishing they were different.  https://www.timetotell.org/new-blog/2020/3/30/self-care-is-the-antidote-to-self-loathingSupport our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
As a sexual assault survivor who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted at the age of twelve, Kevin McNeil understands what it is like to be a victim, but more importantly he knows what it takes to move beyond that point. As a twenty-year police veteran, Kevin McNeil worked as a Special Victims Unit Detective for twelve of those years investigating child abuse crimes. After making the decision to retire from law enforcement, Kevin decided to use his extensive background and genuine insight to educate others on the effects of abuse.We cover a lot of ground in this conversation – from Kevin’s harrowing story, to his views on what needs to happen to reform the police and justice system, to his deep desire to educate and raise awareness about trauma, to the power of healing….You will not want to miss hearing Kevin’s inspiring story!Learn more at www.thetwelveproject.comSupport our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I speak with sonya shah, founder of the Ahimsa Collective, about restorative justice. We break down what it is, what role a “victim-offender dialogue” can play in one’s healing journey, and the world changing efforts that she and her team are making to radically change the way we address harm as a community.She also shares about some of the conversations she’s had with those who have caused harm and what they’ve had to say in answer to the question, “Why did you do this?”https://www.ahimsacollective.net/Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.----sonya shah initiated the Ahimsa Collective in 2016. She is also an associate professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Central to her core values are nurturing community belonging and collective care, healing, compassion, love and transforming harm. She is a Buddhist, a first-generation immigrant from the Northwestern part of India and feels most at home in nature. She has two amazing children who remind her what it means to be in love all of the time, and currently resides in northern California. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Dr. Leonie Mattision is a powerhouse woman! She and I discuss her Jamaican roots, immigration to America, battle to heal that included a stroke, and how she conquered the abuse for good.We also discuss how she studied the Bible, where she found role models in several women who bore similar suffering and grew stronger because of it. Dr. Mattison applied her academic mind to these stories and saw the parallels with modern-day personal and professional transformation. From this work, she created The T.H.R.E.A.D Six-Step System to help survivors free themselves from past trauma and live an abundant life.As we came to at the end of our talk, we both came to reinforce this truth that "Your destiny is more important than your history!"Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/BeyondSurvivingPodcastDonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.---Dr. Leonie H. Mattison is an organizational and talent development practitioner, author of the books The Thread: Imperfect Steps to a God-ordained Purpose and Beside Still Waters 21-day Devotional as well as creator of The T.H.R.E.A.D Six-Step System to help survivors free themselves from past trauma and live an abundant life. She earned a Doctorate in organizational leadership from Argosy University, a Master's in business administration from Georgian Court University and a Christian Life Coaching Certificate from Light University. She is the recipient of the 2018 18th Annual Pacific Coast Business Times "40 Under 40 Award" recognizing the forty best and brightest transformational leaders on the Central Coast under the age of forty.https://leoniemattison.com/https://www.facebook.com/LeonieMattisonOfficial/https://twitter.com/leoniemattisonhttps://www.instagram.com/leoniehmattison/Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
In this episode, return guest and powerhouse woman, Jodi Aman, speaks with us about anxiety. We tackle some tough topics, like why Generation Z seems to have more anxiety and how we can exacerbate the anxiety we are feeling. We also discuss how to de-personalize anxiety so as to escape its clutches and Jodi shares some super simple strategies that are going to help you face the helplessness that you feel and reclaim your agency.Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.---Jodi Aman has been inspirationally speaking and counseling for over 20 years. Jodi shows Generation Z, their parents, and helpers how to feel worthy, empowered and in control. On her YouTube channel, Practical Miracles, she helps audiences all over the world get clarity, push past fear, and evolve their consciousness. Because Jodi clawed her way out of her own emotional turmoil, she gets it. Through her new book for Gen Z, "Anxiety I’m So Done with You", her TEDxWilmington talk, "Calm Anxious Kids," and her best selling book, "You 1, Anxiety 0", she is changing the way we understand this current mental health crisis.jodiaman.comIG @jodiamanloveYoutube: https://youtube.com/user/jodiamanPurchase "Anxiety I'm So Done with You" on AmazonSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Eve reflects on the fear of feeling joy and the risk of getting hurt. She explores vulnerability and the impact on us and our relationships when we do the work of healing and move through emotions rather than try to bypass them or distract ourselves whether by compulsively care-taking others or being detached from ourselves. She calls White listeners to action to get involved in the fight for Black lives and to consider how shame and feeling unsafe make activism overwhelming and inaccessible at times. Resources:Brené Brown on Shame and AccountabilityHidden Water OrganizationProject LETS #beyondsurviving #healing #metoo #blm #shame #accountability #joy #takerisks #vulnerability #caretaking #activism #ally #feelyourfeelingsSupport our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Many people who have a history of trauma also struggle with their relationship with food. From eating disorders, chronic dieting and emotional eating to feeling guilty not exercising or "eating healthy", these behaviors often become a way we create a "faux window of tolerance" to try to regulate our responses to life's stimuli, whether in or outside.In this episode, my guest Tracy Brown and I discuss how to move from obsessions with food and weight and "body phobia" to using attuned eating and building capacity to bring awareness and safety to be able to respond to the needs with clarity.Support our show! If you’d like to make a donation in support of the podcast, go to http://bit.ly/beyondsurvivingpodcastdonation - all contributions will be applied towards funding scholarships, the running of donation based & free programs, & making sure that those reaching out for support get what they need.---Tracy Brown, RD, LD/N is a somatic nutrition therapist/dietitian, attuned eating coach and counseling skills teacher. She helps people come home to themselves through their bodies by healing their relationship with food and weight as well as feel safer and less stressed in their bodies. Since 2006, she has guided people one on one and in groups in healing from disordered eating and chronic dieting, many of which also have other stress-related conditions at www.tracybrownrd.com and https://www.tracybrownrd.com/intuitive-quiz/#beyondsurviving #intuitiveeating #healing #metoo #selflove #nomorebodyshame #live #thrive #funwithfoodSupport this show http://supporter.acast.com/beyond-surviving. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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Amy

such terrific insights ! Thank you !

Aug 15th
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Amy

Very practical and heart-warming episode! Thank you both!

Aug 11th
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Amy

Amy is beautiful and inspirational!

Aug 3rd
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Amy

Such an eye- opening and helpful episode! Thank you!

Aug 2nd
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Amy

What a wonderful guest! Jillian Short offers so many practical ways to get started. So practical and helpful!

Aug 2nd
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Amy

Brilliant, eye- opening episode! I'll have to listen a few times to this one. Thank you !

Aug 1st
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Amy

This is amazing 💓 Thank you both so much 💓 This discussion resonated so much with me 💓 Thank you so so so so much 💓

Jul 23rd
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Amy

Such a wonderful, nourishing episode! Thank you!!

Jul 23rd
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Amy

Such a wonderful, insightful episode! Thank you!!

Jul 20th
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Amy

Such an insightful episode! Thank you!

Jul 20th
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Mel Mtz

this is moving for me, thank you for the inspiration

Aug 7th
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