Season 4  Episode 15: Neurodiversity and Trauma: Unraveling the Ties

In this powerful episode of the You Are Not Your Trauma podcast, our guest, Shakira Reliford shares her unique perspective on living with OCD and how it intersects with trauma. This episode explores the intricate relationship between neurodiversity and trauma.

Shakira Robinson brings over 12 years of experience as a behavior analyst and mental health professional. She is a trauma-informed specialist, educator, and someone who has lived with OCD. Her personal experiences have fueled her passion to help others navigate the challenges of OCD and trauma. Shakira is also the founder of the Connecting Youth Achievement Center, a nonprofit that supports Black and Indigenous youth with neurodivergence in marginalized communities.

Shakira Releford is an Associate Professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences. Her expertise comes from 12 years of experience as a behavior analyst, mental health professional in recovery, trauma-informed specialist, and educator. Her personal experience living with OCD has motivated her to take control of her life and share her lived experience as an entrepreneur, facilitator, and trauma-informed yoga teacher to inspire others to reduce their anxiety and fulfill their purpose-driven life. Shakira founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Connecting Youth Achievement Center, to provide social-emotional and educational support to Black and Indigenous youth with neurodivergence in marginalized communities. Shakira uses positive intelligence and biblical teachings to help change people's lives. She works as a consultant for neurodivergent business owners and charitable organizations.

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