32 episodes

This podcast is both a resource for anyone affected by sexual trauma, as well as a tribute to all those who are doing the hard work of healing. This project asks the question “Where do we go from here?” – at both the individual and collective levels. To truly work in the direction of wholeness, we must not only tell the story of what happened to us, but we must also share our stories of healing. That is where we find our strength and our hope – the hope that healing is possible for ourselves, as well as for our society.

Beyond MeToo: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Trauma Molly Coeling

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.6 • 17 Ratings

This podcast is both a resource for anyone affected by sexual trauma, as well as a tribute to all those who are doing the hard work of healing. This project asks the question “Where do we go from here?” – at both the individual and collective levels. To truly work in the direction of wholeness, we must not only tell the story of what happened to us, but we must also share our stories of healing. That is where we find our strength and our hope – the hope that healing is possible for ourselves, as well as for our society.

    Amy Collins--A Survivor of Things Meant to Break Her Spirit

    Amy Collins--A Survivor of Things Meant to Break Her Spirit

    In this episode Molly interviews Amy Collins, a survivor of things that were meant to break her spirit. Being honest with her past has helped her heal in so many beautiful ways. She believes in staying true to who she is and doing what’s best for her healing. In this interview, she shares her recent experience being in recovery from addiction, an eating disorder, and PTSD and the power of groups, among other things, in her relatively recently begun healing journey.
     
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    Contact Amy: truthbadassery@gmail.com
    Contact Molly: www.theembodyconnection.com // molly@theembodyconnection.com
    Special thanks to:
     
    Jenn Baykan, content creation for somatic based healers: https://www.jbaykan.com/
     
    Dave Hiltebrand for intro and outro music original composition: https://www.davehiltebrand.com/
     
    Gina McLaughlin Photography for photo and graphic design: https://www.facebook.com/ginamclaughlinphotography/?fref=tag

    • 43 min
    The Role of Touch in Healing from Sexual Trauma

    The Role of Touch in Healing from Sexual Trauma

    “Many sexual trauma survivors went into a freeze state.. And so there’s this sense of ‘My body betrayed me, and I don’t want to be in this body, but I’m stuck here, so I’m going to do the best job I can to not be here.’ And that is the ultimate disconnection. So what we’re going for is to start to reconnect that, just a little bit at a time, maybe at first just with questions and guidance, and little by little, help you start to recognize that your body is an ally in this process of healing. And in fact, because it was the site of the crime, it’s also the site of immense healing. And until you can actually feel that, there are things you can’t heal. There are things you can’t heal with words because words weren’t what injured you.”
     
    In this conversation, Molly and regular special guest Sarah Brennan share their perspective on the role of touch in healing from sexual trauma. Some of the themes they explore are:
    The power of safe touch. Doing TO the body or making the body DO versus feeling, experiencing, and listening to the body with genuine curiosity. The body as key to healing injuries that were (and continue to be) experienced in the body. Feeling betrayed by the body’s response to assault or violation. Feeling subtle sensations again (or for the first time) after only being able to feel extreme sensations or numbing out or being hypervigilant - or any combination of the aforementioned strategic adaptations.  
     “People who are terrified need to get a sense of where their bodies are in space and of their boundaries.  Firm and reassuring touch lets them know where those boundaries are: what’s outside them, where their bodies end. They discover they do not need to constantly wonder who and where they are. They discover their body is solid and they do not have to constantly be on guard. Touch lets them know they are safe.” ~Bessel Van Der Kolk



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    Contact Sarah: www.theembodyconnection.com // sarah@theembodyconnection.com
     
    Contact Molly: www.theembodyconnection.com // molly@theembodyconnection.com
     
    Book: The Body Keeps the Score, by Bessel Van Der Kolk
     
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    Special thanks to:
     
    Jenn Baykan, content creation for somatic based healers: https://www.jbaykan.com/
     
    Dave Hiltebrand for intro and outro music original composition: https://www.davehiltebrand.com/
     
    Gina McLaughlin Photography for photo and graphic design: https://www.facebook.com/ginamclaughlinphotography/?fref=tag

    • 35 min
    Anne Jensen on religious & sexual abuse, disclosure, and healing intimacy

    Anne Jensen on religious & sexual abuse, disclosure, and healing intimacy

    “I’m still struggling with ‘my body is my own’... It really does make me angry because it feels like I’m missing out on this wonderful thing that you experience with a partner.”
     
    In this episode, Molly interviews Anne Jensen, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse within a religious cult, shares her journey over the past several years after disclosing the abuse to her family. She discusses how the process of disclosing was retraumatizing for her, how she started doing the true work of healing when she was truly ready, the role of religion & purity culture in her silencing and disempowerment, and her ongoing struggles with intimacy.
     
    Anne was born and raised in a non-denominational Christian cult in Ontario, Canada, where she endured years of sexual, emotional, and religious abuse. After her family moved out of the community, she spent her teenage years and early twenties in evangelicalism trying desperately to find some kind of healing. She stayed silent about the abuse until she was forced to reveal it in 2015. Since then she has left religion and fully committed herself to her own healing journey which has included talk therapy, yoga, meditation, and medication. She started sharing her story on social media in the hopes that it would encourage other survivors and make them feel less alone. Since she spent so many years suffering in silence, she has made it her mission to use her voice to advocate for survivors of both sexual and religious abuse. She is currently writing her memoir and hopes to get it published one day.
     
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    Contact Anne: annemargaretjensen@gmail.com
    Twitter: @annemargaretj
    IG: @annemargaretj
     
    Contact Molly: www.theembodyconnection.com // molly@theembodyconnection.com
     
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    Jenn Baykan, virtual assistant for creatives: https://www.jbaykan.com/
     
    Dave Hiltebrand for intro and outro music original composition: https://www.davehiltebrand.com/
     
    Gina McLaughlin Photography for photo and graphic design: https://www.facebook.com/ginamclaughlinphotography/?fref=tag

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Sarah and Molly on What Consent Really Means

    Sarah and Molly on What Consent Really Means

    In this conversation, Molly and regular special guest Sarah Brennan discuss consent in and out of the bedroom, fear of rejection (being rejected and/or rejecting someone else), and how communicating clear boundaries begets trust.
     
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    Contact Sarah: www.theembodyconnection.com // sarah@theembodyconnection.com
     
    Contact Molly: www.theembodyconnection.com // molly@theembodyconnection.com
     
    Washington Post Article: Consent is not enough. We need a new sexual ethic. By Christine Emba: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/03/17/sex-ethics-rethinking-consent-culture/
     
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    Jenn Baykan, copy creation for somatic based healers: https://www.jbaykan.com/
     
    Dave Hiltebrand for intro and outro music original composition: https://www.davehiltebrand.com/
     
    Gina McLaughlin Photography for photo and graphic design: https://www.facebook.com/ginamclaughlinphotography/?fref=tag

    • 36 min
    Phil Goldstein shares his perspective and poetry

    Phil Goldstein shares his perspective and poetry

    “I like to think that I grew up in a relatively progressive area of the country… but I definitely, by osmosis, absorbed the cultural expectations and ideas of what a man is and should be, and it was definitely not somebody who’d been sexually abused or taken advantage of. And I think that was another factor inhibiting me from talking about it - just not wanting to deal with the consequent shame and humiliation that I’m sure would have come.”
     
    Phil is a poet, journalist, and content marketer whose debut poetry collection, How to Bury a Boy at Sea, will be published by Stillhouse Press on April 5th, 2022 and is available for pre-order (see his website or direct link below). His poetry has been nominated for a Best of the Net award and has appeared in or is forthcoming in The Laurel Review, Rust + Moth, Two Peach, 2River View, Awakened Voices, The Indianapolis Review and elsewhere. He currently lives in Alexandria, Va., with his wife, Jenny, and their animals: a dog named Brenna, and two cats, Grady and Princess.
     
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    Contact Phil: https://www.philagoldstein.com/
    Twitter: @philgoldstein
    IG: @philagoldstein
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/philgoldsteinpoet/
     
    Pre-order Phil’s book, How to Bury a Boy at Sea: https://www.stillhousepress.org/stillhouse-store/how-to-bury-a-boy-at-sea
     
    Phil’s book upcoming events (including DC and Chicago, as well as virtual): https://www.philagoldstein.com/book-events
     
    Contact Molly: www.theembodyconnection.com // molly@theembodyconnection.com
     
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    Jenn Baykan, virtual assistant for creatives: https://www.jbaykan.com/
     
    Dave Hiltebrand for intro and outro music original composition: https://www.davehiltebrand.com/
     
    Gina McLaughlin Photography for photo and graphic design: https://www.facebook.com/ginamclaughlinphotography/?fref=tag

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Lauren Dollie Duke on Her Memoir Sh!thouse, a memoir of a brutal girlhood

    Lauren Dollie Duke on Her Memoir Sh!thouse, a memoir of a brutal girlhood

    “A lot of the work that I’m doing now is because of what happened in the backseat of that car... I would be lying if I said that that is resolved... I am recognizing that I still have a freeze response… It’s taken me nine years of resisting that there was still work to be done from that - because I didn’t want to investigate it… I lived with a very, very deep sense of shame until the last few years… The event plus the shame created this shut-down - a lack of circulation, a lack of life, a lack of movement in the middle part of my body… And even though I couldn’t articulate it, I [began] moving toward something that was regulating my nervous system and making me feel better... So I think it’s this really beautiful dance between the top-down information that I’ve learned and the bottom-up primal work that I’ve been doing. It’s helping me put myself back together.”
    In this episode, Molly interviews Lauren Dollie Duke about her new memoir, Sh!thouse, which is the story of her own brutal girlhood and her ongoing journey of untangling herself from intergenerational trauma. In this rich conversation, she and Molly explore themes including:
    Complex/relational trauma and its relationship to sexual trauma The importance of both top-down (cognitive) and bottom-up (somatic/body-based) approaches in healing The idea of “story follows state” and “fake it ‘til you make it” The nervous system, polyvagal theory, and trauma (look for Stephen Porges’s work if you’d like to learn more) The paralyzing potential of sexual trauma and shame and how that might relate to digestive issues, shallow breathing, and an overall lack of pelvic sensation/connection Yoga and breathwork techniques as tools to bring our whole bodies back online Teacher as student and healing as a lifelong journey  
    Lauren Dollie Duke is a writer, educator, healer, entrepreneur, community activist, and thought leader. She has taught thousands of yoga students over the last 15 years, led dozens of retreats and trainings, and continues to push the edges between yoga, mental health, and trauma. In a sea of corporate yoga, where most independent studios don’t survive, Lauren Duke founded a one-of-a-kind Community-Care/Yoga studio in Encinitas, California, creating a thriving community where she teaches and hosts a variety of beloved yoga classes, educational seminars, and writing workshops.
     
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    Contact Lauren: lauren@gatherencinitas.com
    Get her book: theunapologeticvoicehouse.com/lauren-duke/ (also available on Amazon)
    IG (personal): @dollieduke83
    IG (book): @shithousebook
    FB: Surviving, Healing, and Evolving
     
    Contact Molly: www.theembodyconnection.com // molly@theembodyconnection.com
     
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    Jenn Baykan, virtual assistant for creatives: https://www.jbaykan.com/
     
    Dave Hiltebrand for intro and outro music original composition: https://www.davehiltebrand.com/
     
    Gina McLaughlin Photography for photo and graphic design: https://www.facebook.com/ginamclaughlinphotography/?fref=tag

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

laurabree❤️ ,

Thank you thank you

I stumbled upon this podcast in the midst of processing years of abuse, and one of the darkest times I can recall. The trauma is imprinted on my soul and only now, as an almost 40year old woman (2weeks shy) going through a faith crisis, am I finding that the way I had framed this abuse was part of the issue, and that I hadn’t processed it at ALL really. This is saving my life. Thank you.

gto2552 ,

A Breath Of Fresh Air

I really enjoyed Molly’s take on the nuanced and complicated world of #MeToo. The best part about this podcast is how it explores real steps for survivors to take, healing trauma and anger while moving towards healing. It’s a must listen!

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