Season 2 Episodes

Episode 1: Unmasking Unresolved Trauma

Air Date: 04/20/23

Welcome to the first episode of Season 2! In this powerful episode, I had the pleasure of having Dr. Nicole Pertillar join me again on the show. In this episode, we dive into the hidden dimensions of unresolved trauma, discussing its impact and how it can resurface unexpectedly. During our conversation, we explored its effect on relationships and personal growth, as well as the critical roles that vulnerability & self compassion play in the healing process.

Episode 2: The Impact Of Childhood Trauma Part 1

Air Date: 04/27/23


In recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, I am excited to bring you a two-part series on The Impact of Childhood Trauma. My very special guest for this series is Ms. Bianca Salazar, a social worker and champion for child Traumatology awareness, who shares her personal experience of childhood neglect and how it has influenced her work advocating for children's rights.

Episode 2: The Impact Of Childhood Trauma Part 2

Air Date: 05/04/23

In this week's episode, we continue the conversation with Ms. Bianca Salazar, a social worker, and a champion for child traumatology awareness, who began sharing with us last week the work she does to advocate for children's rights as a social worker. Today, Ms. Salazar shares valuable insights on recognizing signs of trauma in children and provides advice for individuals who have experienced childhood trauma. Her passion for helping those impacted by childhood trauma is truly inspiring.

Episode 3: Advocating for Trauma Informed Services for Children and their Families  

Air Date: 05/11/23

In today’s episode of "You Are Not Your Trauma," I am happy to have social worker Bianca Salazar with us once again to discuss the critical need for trauma-informed services for children and their families. Bianca shares her insights on how, with the right support, children can overcome the effects of childhood trauma.  Bianca provides valuable insights and guidance for anyone who has experienced childhood trauma or is seeking trauma-informed services for a child. By working together to advocate for trauma-informed policies and practices, social workers, schools, and other professionals can ensure that all children have the support and resources they need to heal and thrive.

Episode 4: Rising from the Wreckage: A Journey of Healing and Empowerment after Trauma

Air Date: 05/18/2022

In this powerful and moving episode, we speak with James Gardner, a trauma recovery coach who has not only overcome his own life-altering experiences but has made it his life's mission to help others do the same. James shares his inspiring story of resilience and healing, and insight into the strategies and tools he shares with trauma survivors to help them regain control of their lives. We discuss the importance of self-compassion, forgiveness, and embracing a mindset that doesn't allow trauma to define us.


Episode 5: Breaking The Chains Of Money Trauma 

Air Date: 5/25/2023

In this episode, we discuss a critical topic that often remains unaddressed yet impacts countless people: money trauma. This conversation aims to provide insights, strategies, and hope for those seeking to empower themselves towards financial freedom.
Our guest, Dr. Tracy Timberlake, a Multi-Award Winning Money Mindset Business Coach, Speaker, and Online Influencer, has dedicated her career to assisting individuals on their journey towards financial independence. She has created not just one, but two multi-million-dollar businesses, guiding her clients to do the same through conscious wealth creation strategies. Dr. Tracy brings an invaluable blend of personal experience and professional expertise to our discussion. We delve into the complexities of money trauma, exploring its profound effects on our lives and discussing the essential steps that can be taken to break free.


Episode 6: Breaking The Silence To Find The Right Help After Trauma 

Air Date: 6/1/2023

In this episode, we delve into the crucial topic of finding the right help after trauma. We explore the challenges survivors face when reaching out for support and discuss the various types of help available. 

Our guest, Giorgio Châtelain, a clinical social worker and trauma recovery specialist, shares his extensive experience and insights to guide us in how to break the silence and find the support needed to heal and thrive.  Giorgio has dedicated over 20 years of his life to helping trauma survivors. He has worked in a variety of settings, including inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, as well as private practice. His main goal is to support individuals in their journey of self-discovery, symptom reduction, and learning better coping mechanisms for a healthier and fulfilling life.

Episode 7:  Transforming Trauma to Triumph

Air Date: 6/8/2023

In this riveting episode, we explore the extraordinary journey of resilience and transformation with our esteemed guest, Jimmi Toro - a multifaceted talent, and a living embodiment of triumph over trauma. Overcoming extreme childhood trauma, Jimmi harnessed his pain to power his purpose, leading him to establish Rescue11, a non-profit organization committed to creating a safer world for children. This episode is not just a testament to the strength of the human spirit, but a rallying call to all of us that transformation and triumph are indeed possible.

Episode 8: The Vital Role of Support Systems for Trauma Survivors Part 1

Air Date: 6/15/2023

In this powerful first episode of a new two-part series, I am joined by Corey Harper, a mental health professional who has devoted his career to helping trauma survivors, especially those with a history of sexual trauma. Corey will share his invaluable insights into the crucial role that support systems play in trauma recovery. He discusses the profound impact of support systems in facilitating emotional healing and psychological recovery. Filled with real-life experiences and practical insights, this series is essential listening for survivors, their loved ones, and professionals in the field.

Episode 8: The Vital Role of Support Systems for Trauma Survivors Part 2

Air Date: 6/22/2023

This week, in the second episode of our insightful two-part series: "The Vital Role of Support Systems for Trauma Survivors." We continue our deep-dive with Corey Harper, a seasoned mental health professional who has spent his career aiding trauma survivors, specifically those with a history of sexual trauma.

In this second episode, we'll focus on the essential elements of an effective support system and how to establish them. Corey will share his expertise on how these support systems enable trauma survivors to build resilience and better cope with personal and interpersonal consequences. He will also share valuable advice for loved ones who wish to be a part of a trauma survivor's support system, and gain insights into resources and organizations that can assist in building these networks.

Episode 9: Understanding the Physical Manifestations of Trauma

Air Date: 6/29/2023

In this week’s episode, we explore how unresolved trauma can manifest as physical symptoms and conditions, emphasizing the need to address the underlying trauma for improved physical health outcomes. Our guest, Jenny Dittes, PA-C and CEO of HOPE Family Health shares her insights on this topic and discusses the holistic approach her organization takes in addressing trauma-related physical issues.

Episode 10: Life Beyond the Trauma Identity

Air Date: 7/6/2023

In this enlightening conversation, we explore 'trauma identity', a concept that is often formed due to the constant focus on trauma in our society. While acknowledging trauma is a crucial part of the healing process, an overemphasis can bind an individual to their past pain and inhibit growth and recovery.

I’m joined by Dr. Avgi Saketopoulou, a renowned psychoanalyst from New York and a respected faculty member at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Dr. Saketopoulou brings a wealth of experience and a unique perspective to this enlightening discussion.

Episode 11: Unmasking Trauma: Confronting Shame, Guilt, and Isolation

Air Date: 07/13/2023

In this compelling episode, we explore the concept of ‘emotional masks’—the protective fronts we often put up in response to trauma. Our guest, Traumatology Counselor Akua Feathers, helps us navigate through the complex territories of these masks, such as isolation, shame, and guilt. We discuss their impact, how they might intensify our trauma, and the journey towards unmasking and healing.

Our guest, Akua Feathers, is not just a Traumatology Counselor but also a survivor herself who has guided many through their healing journey. Her expertise and personal experiences breathe life into the discussion, offering a unique perspective on the concept of emotional masks and the healing process.

Episode 12: Healing Inherited Wounds: Discovering the Impact of Intergenerational Trauma

Air Date: 7/20/2023

In this insightful episode, we turn our attention to a profound facet of trauma that remains hidden yet influential in many lives. This discussion unravels the intricacies of intergenerational trauma, a form of distress that isn't necessarily rooted in one's personal experiences but can instead stem from traumatic events that occurred in previous generations. These inherited psychological wounds subtly yet significantly shape lives, often persisting until someone bravely confronts, processes, and begins to heal this generational legacy of pain. Today’s guest, Terance Dawkins, a respected Licensed Independent Social Worker, introduces us to the complexities of intergenerational trauma, its manifestations, and the paths towards healing. 

Terance shares invaluable insights from his extensive experience in the field of mental health, enlightening us on how we can break the cycle and heal these inherited wounds.

Episode 13: Unraveling Trauma's Influence on Identity

Air Date: 7/27/2023

In this week’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Don St. John, an accomplished psychotherapist, teacher, author, and Mestre. Drawing from his personal journey and professional expertise, Dr. St. John shares his deep insights on the complex relationship between trauma and identity. This episode serves as an exploration of trauma’s effects on self-perception and the road to reclaiming our authentic selves.

Together, we navigate the complex terrain of trauma’s influence on identity with the guidance of Dr. St. John. His wisdom and insights promise to illuminate our understanding and inspire our healing journey.

Episode 14: Unveiling The Trauma Of Grief

Air Date: 8/3/2023

In this powerful episode, we explore the often-misunderstood journey of grief with Jessica Storch, founder of theGrief22. From experiencing the pain of multiple losses, including the tragic loss of her son, Jessica has transformed her grief into a force for good. She has dedicated her life to helping others navigate their unique paths through grief.

This intimate conversation provides insight into Jessica's journey, while providing valuable insights into the grief process, and advice on how to transform our tragedies into triumphs.

Remember, you're not alone on your journey!

Episode 15- Thriving Beyond The Trauma Of Child Abuse

Air Date: 8/10/2023

This season finale brings to light a compelling conversation with Rev. Barbara Lane, as we focus on the resilient journey one takes from the shadows of trauma to the brightness of healing and thriving. This episode is filled with powerful insights, personal tales, and strategies to rise above and rewrite your narrative.

Rev. Barbara Lane joins me in this episode and interweaves her personal experiences of childhood abuse with her vast academic and professional wisdom. Together, we navigate the often-tumultuous journey from pain to empowerment, challenging the stereotypes and stigmas surrounding survivors, and providing a road map towards holistic healing.