39 episodes

Mother and daughter tell parallel stories about trauma and its impact on the generations that follow. Jann Simmons’ story is a heart wrenching account of an orphaned child who suffered brutality at the hands of her mother, as well as many others. As an adult, Jann’s mind was closed to the horrors of her abuse, betrayal and abandonment until the day they all came flooding back to her conscious mind. That awareness began a 40-year transformation from a passive victim to resilient warrior. As a young teen, Shari struggled to make sense of her mother’s pain, but as a career mental-health therapist, she began to understand her mother’s journey and learn how trauma affects the brain. She offers strategies in this book for those suffering from past or present trauma or for those who love someone who is suffering. Both women tell their stories and drive home the fact that the choices we make can lead to self-hatred and resentment or to a life of courage, healing and beauty. An unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with mothers, daughters, trauma survivors, those who love them and those who’ve made a career out of helping them heal.

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Mother and daughter tell parallel stories about trauma and its impact on the generations that follow. Jann Simmons’ story is a heart wrenching account of an orphaned child who suffered brutality at the hands of her mother, as well as many others. As an adult, Jann’s mind was closed to the horrors of her abuse, betrayal and abandonment until the day they all came flooding back to her conscious mind. That awareness began a 40-year transformation from a passive victim to resilient warrior. As a young teen, Shari struggled to make sense of her mother’s pain, but as a career mental-health therapist, she began to understand her mother’s journey and learn how trauma affects the brain. She offers strategies in this book for those suffering from past or present trauma or for those who love someone who is suffering. Both women tell their stories and drive home the fact that the choices we make can lead to self-hatred and resentment or to a life of courage, healing and beauty. An unforgettable story of love and transformation that will resonate with mothers, daughters, trauma survivors, those who love them and those who’ve made a career out of helping them heal.

    Straight talk about shame and self-acceptance: “Every layer of who you are is welcome here.”

    Straight talk about shame and self-acceptance: “Every layer of who you are is welcome here.”

    “You're too much.” "You’re not enough.” “You’re too short.” “You’re too tall.” We’ve all heard the negative messages. This podcast is special for many reasons, one of which is that Megan is a new member of our family! Bias aside, she speaks unabashedly about battling a shame narrative that began in her youth, then manifested as body image issues and continues to affect her pursuit of healing as an adult. Social media plays a profound role in how we see ourselves, as do the subtle messages we receive throughout a lifetime ("enduring vulnerabilities") that annihilate our sense of worth and cause deep wounding. Megan candidly reveals her journey of self-acceptance with an insight that is both relatable and inspiring.

    Megan lives in Colorado. Aside from working as a blogger and educational development liaison, she is active in church ministry alongside her husband, Hunter.

    • 49 min
    Awakening - When the Soul says it’s time to wake up!

    Awakening - When the Soul says it’s time to wake up!

    Author of Hugging Trees In The Dark - Finding The Courage To Free The Heart, Robin Jillian joins us for this podcast to discuss what she refers to as her “dark night of the soul”. With transparency, she discusses her own battle with inner demons and the choice she made to take action toward creating the life she was destined to have. Robin eloquently points out that sometimes “we have to fall apart to come back together again”. She can be found at www.robinjillian.com or awakenradio.net. Hugging Trees In The Dark - Finding The Courage to Free The Heart can be purchased on Amazon.

    • 41 min
    Wrongly Accused - “Locked Up for a crime I didn’t commit”

    Wrongly Accused - “Locked Up for a crime I didn’t commit”

    On this podcast, our guest, Spencer Delva lived out anyone’s worst nightmare when he was wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit as an adolescent. He was thrown into juvenile jail and then residential treatment with no way to fight back. Spencer rose above the very system that attempted to crush him, with integrity, dignity and purpose. In the end, Spencer found the best justice of all….running his own business and starting his own facility for endangered youth.

    • 42 min
    The Lenses We View the World From

    The Lenses We View the World From

    In this show, podcasters Shari and Jann Simmons discuss how our experiences can be perceived differently when they are viewed through a lens of gratitude or trauma or pessimism, etc. For example, when viewing life from a lens of positivity, one might see a traffic jam as an opportunity to spend some time alone in the car, listening to music. If a traffic jam goes through a filter of negativity, it will most likely be seen as a frustrating inconvenience that leaves us tense and stressed out. The power of these filters in determining our choices is discussed. Join us for Part II in a couple weeks when we talk about how to throw out filters that no longer work!

    • 29 min
    When life throws, not 1 but 3 curveballs - Real talk about cancer, mortality and relinquishing control

    When life throws, not 1 but 3 curveballs - Real talk about cancer, mortality and relinquishing control

    In today’s podcast, we are honored to talk with Leah Barrett, who gracefully speaks about her six year journey through three cancer diagnoses. What Leah has endured has been both frightening and freeing. With beautiful poignancy, she describes how life redefined itself and has ultimately left her with an acute appreciation of what really matters.

    Leah is a highly sought after therapist in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. To learn more about her work and her story, she can be found at www.leahbarrett.com

    • 49 min
    Sex Trafficking - One woman’s unbelievable story and how she found her voice in the darkness

    Sex Trafficking - One woman’s unbelievable story and how she found her voice in the darkness

    Wow! This real and raw podcast features Mel Wells, a survivor who rose from the ashes of an adolescence that left her broken, traumatized and fleeing for her life. After years of abuse from a family member, Mel found herself in the clutches of a perpetrator who groomed her and sold her into sex slavery. She spent years running from one state to another to escape his brainwashing until she finally found what she was looking for...herself.

    Mel is the proud mother of three adult children and precious grand baby. She started her facebook page, Safe Place for Survivors where she inspires others to embrace their power, own their strength and create a new narrative.

    For a PDF on Human Trafficking, please visit www.thetraumaspeakers.com

    • 47 min

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