40 episodes

Welcome to the Candle In A Dark Room podcast! I will tell you the story of my life, how I survived trauma & how I live in recovery today. I will also have discussions with experts in the trauma field as well as other survivors who will share their experiences with trauma & give advice on how they found light in their darkness. Survivors of all sexual violence, mental health, eating disorders, sex trafficking, & anything else trauma related. We talk about all of the "off limit" subjects that society has taught us to feel shame about & ignore. We help survivors take their power back Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/candleinadarkroom/support

Candle In A Dark Room podcast Desi Garcia

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

Welcome to the Candle In A Dark Room podcast! I will tell you the story of my life, how I survived trauma & how I live in recovery today. I will also have discussions with experts in the trauma field as well as other survivors who will share their experiences with trauma & give advice on how they found light in their darkness. Survivors of all sexual violence, mental health, eating disorders, sex trafficking, & anything else trauma related. We talk about all of the "off limit" subjects that society has taught us to feel shame about & ignore. We help survivors take their power back Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/candleinadarkroom/support

    S 3, Ep 3: "She Rises" w/ Kayla Hayes

    S 3, Ep 3: "She Rises" w/ Kayla Hayes

    Season 3, Episode 3 "She Rises" w/ Kayla Hayes ✨is LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧

    This weeks beautiful guest is the brave Kayla Hayes. Kayla is 23 years old and an advocate, speaker and author. She rose like an angel and walked away from a past filled with childhood sexual abuse and teenage domestic violence. The tragedies she endured stole her identity, her self-worth, and her confidence. She had two choices: succumb to them or rise from them. Kayla chose to rise — and wear her scars as wings.Kayla has been featured on Inside Edition, Cosmopolitan Magazine, #SheWins, and in multiple national podcasts, interviews and speaking engagements to tell her story and raise domestic violence awareness.Now she inspires other young people to rise, heal their hurts and wear their scars as wings too. Visit https://www.sheriseswithkaylahayes.com to book a speaking engagement or a Zoom book tour. Follow her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InTheEndIWillRise

    You can follow Kayla on Instagram @kaylahayes101

    Thank you so much Kayla for sharing your journey with us, and for being such a BRIGHT LIGHT in this world. Please show Kayla some love

    and support 💛💛

    ✨Make sure you LISTEN AND SHARE SHARE SHARE! Also don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our website www.candleinadarkroom@gmail.com and our podcast so you are notified when new episodes are released. Of course, also make sure you are following our social media pages on Instagram and Facebook @candleinadarkroom

    ✨Remember, you can ALWAYS find light in the darkest of darkness✨ 

    #speakyourtruth #youcandohardthings #candleinadarkroom #unapologeticallyme #mentalhealthawareness #breakthestigma #worldmentalhealthday #metoo #survivor #sexualabuseawareness #podcast #podcastlife #podcastmovement #saam #warrior #metoomovement #yourvoicematters #preventionstartswithyou #bodypositivity #thisbody #shatterlabels #loveyourself #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtips #selflove #acceptance #childabuse #lightwarriors #suicideawareness #heal #domesticviolence #domesticviolenceawareness 


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    • 39 min
    S 3, Ep 2: Fostering love and healing in the world of trauma w/ Rachel Garrett

    S 3, Ep 2: Fostering love and healing in the world of trauma w/ Rachel Garrett

    Season 3, Episode 2 "Fostering love and healing in the world of trauma w/ Rachel Garrett" ✨is LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧 

    This weeks guest is Rachel Garrett. Rachel is a former high-school history teacher, a mother of two, a licensed CASA (Court appointed state advocate), and a foster mom. She is currently in a Master of Child and Adolescent Development Psychology program, and refuses to look away from the pain and trauma youth experience. She stands in solidarity with all of those advocating, fighting for a better world for kids to grow up in. In this episode we talk about the foster system, what its like being a foster parent, and how to navigate being foster parents with young kids of her own. She talks about the process of becoming a foster parent and the trials that comes with as well as the beautiful things it comes with. These are not just kids that are put up for adoption as babies, these are also children that have been taken away from their home, their life and the only family they've ever known. Rachel discusses how her and her husband help, love and offer safety to these children through this tough journey. She has one of thee biggest hearts and I'm so grateful for her drive and ambition to do this amazing, beautiful, but hard work. 



    You can follow Rachel on Instagram @rachgarrett



    Thank you so much Rachel for sharing your journey with us, and for being there for these kids that need it the most. Please show Rachel some love

     and support 💛💛

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     #speakyourtruth #youcandohardthings #candleinadarkroom #unapologeticallyme #mentalhealthawareness #breakthestigma #worldmentalhealthday #metoo #survivor #sexualabuseawareness #podcast #podcastlife #podcastmovement #saam #warrior #metoomovement #yourvoicematters #preventionstartswithyou #bodypositivity #thisbody #shatterlabels #loveyourself #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtips #selflove #acceptance #childabuse #lightwarriors #suicideawareness #heal #fosteryouth #fostersystem 


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    • 43 min
    S 3, Ep 1: "Finding the light in my darkness" w/ Jaimee Johnson

    S 3, Ep 1: "Finding the light in my darkness" w/ Jaimee Johnson

    Season 3, Episode 1 "Finding the light in my darkness" w/ Jaimee Johnson is now✨LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧 

    Jaimee Johnson is a lived experience expert on domestic sex trafficking and the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Sisters of the Streets nonprofit organization. She also holds the title of mother, motivational speaker, advocate, first responder, consultant, social media marketer, entrepreneur and activist. Sisters of the Streets focuses on empowering those impacted by sexual exploitation. Mrs. Johnson integrates her lived experience into her work by providing mentorship and resources to those desiring to transition out of that lifestyle, while focusing on empowering the community to be a part of the solutions while identifying and addressing root issues that allow exploitation to thrive while encouraging harm reduction practices. In this episode Jaimee talks about her experienced of being trafficked as a young teen, young adult and how that turned into the life of drugs, prostitution and more. Jaimee has been through hell and back, but still chooses to advocate and fight for survivors that still live that life. She also talks about how her faith is what keeps her strong. BUT there is one surprising twist at the END of her story that most people wouldn’t expect. Jaimee is one of the strongest people I've spoken to and I'm so grateful she sat down to have this hard conversation. Thank you Jaimee 💛 



    You can follow and dm questions to Jaimee on instagram @Sisters_of_the_atreets or on her website at www.sistersofthestreets.org Please go show her some love and support!



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    PS: Because of Covid some of these episodes had to be recorded through zoom so please excuse that the sound quality isn't the best.

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    S 2, Ep 20 “Societies perpetuation of silence" w/ Kate Oseen

    S 2, Ep 20 “Societies perpetuation of silence" w/ Kate Oseen

    Season 2, Episode 20 “Societies perpetuation of silence w/ Kate Oseen is now✨LIVE✨ the LINKS IN BIO 🎧

    Kate is a mom of two, wife and a passionate digital creator, but she’s well known on social media as an advocate for human trafficking! With over 63K Instagram followers, Kate uses her platform to educate and amplify preventative information to bring more awareness to Human Trafficking. In this episode we talk about why this topic is so important to her even though she’s not a victim herself and why she uses her voice! We also discuss consent, speaking to our children about these issues and what to be aware of, the effects that pornography has on our youth today, and how porn has a big part in the trafficking industry. I’m so grateful for people like Kate that use their voice to fight for the voiceless to bring awareness and education to this important issue! 💛

    You can follow and dm questions to Kate on instagram @katejoseen or on her website at https://msha.ke/katejoseen/

    Please go show her some love and support!

    ✨Make sure you LISTEN AND SHARE SHARE SHARE! Also don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to this podcast and our YouTube, so you are notified when new episodes are released. Of course, also make sure you are following our social media pages on Instagram and Facebook @candleinadarkroom

    ✨Remember, you can ALWAYS find light in the darkest of darkness✨

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    #podcast #podcastlife #podcastmovement

    #saam #warrior #metoomovement #yourvoicematters #preventionstartswithyou #bodypositivity #thisbody #shatterlabels #loveyourself #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtips #selflove #acceptance #childabuse #lightwarriors #suicideawareness


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    S 2, Ep 19 “When I found HER” w/ Stevie Croisant

    S 2, Ep 19 “When I found HER” w/ Stevie Croisant

    Season 2, Episode 19 “When I found HER” w/ Stevie Croisant is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧
    On this episode I had the pleasure of interviewing my friend, fellow advocate, survivor and founder of the nonprofit organization “We Are HER” thats purpose is to provide a community for survivors of domestic abuse or sexual assault to become healed, empowered, and restored. Stevie start We Are HER in 2016, 6 months after she left her abuser. She is a survivor of a domestic violence. As Stevie began her healing journey, she realized that sharing her story and connecting with other survivors was crucial to her recovery. She wanted other survivors to have the same opportunity to heal, so she started HER.
    Stevie is now happy working and growing HER while living in Montana with her dog and new fiancé 😍
    Thank you so much Stevie for taking the time to share your inspiring story with so many of us💛 domestic violence is sick an important issue that needs more attention.
    You can follow or dm questions to Stevie on instagram at @wearehernetwork or @steviecroisant
    Please go show her some love
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    #podcast #podcastlife #podcastmovement
    #saam #warrior #metoomovement #yourvoicematters #preventionstartswithyou #bodypositivity #thisbody #shatterlabels #loveyourself #mentalhealthawarenesa #selflove #acceptance #childabuse #lightwarriors #stepupwithcandleinadarkroom

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    • 56 min
    S 2, Ep 18 "Making justice & healing synonymous” w/ Marlee Liss"

    S 2, Ep 18 "Making justice & healing synonymous” w/ Marlee Liss"

    Season 2, Episode 18 “Making justice & healing synonymous” w/ Marlee Liss is now ✨LIVE✨ LINK IN BIO 🎧 

    On todays episode I got to interview the beautiful Marlee Liss. Marlee is a survivor of a rape that occurred in 2016. Because of her experience Marlee decided she wanted to make a difference, she is now a Sacred Sensuality Coach & Restorative Justice Advocate. She is a coach, retreat facilitator, public speaker, published author, and the creator of the Sacred Sensual Wholeness Academy. Marlee made awesome history in the justice system when her sexual assault case became the 1st in North America to conclude with restorative justice. This means that she fought for her assailant to go to therapy & they eventually met in an 8-hour circle > proceeding to criminal trial. This is rare scenario for a victim and their offender. Since then, Marlee has done things like: Connect with survivors everyday, sit on panels for government officials, consult for the US military, deliver keynotes, and so much more. She does courses like The Sensual Queendom membership that she is offering right now. Through her coaching work, she has helped women all over the world to reclaim their self-love, sexual and sensual empowerment. With clients healing trauma, insecurity, body shame, disordered eating, dissociation, patriarchal blocks to pleasure and SO much more… Her amazing work has been featured in Forbes, Huff Post, Buzzfeed, Mel Robbins Show & more. Marlee is one on the most peaceful, and beautiful souls I've had the pleasure to interview, and become friends with. I will be doing more work with this incredible women in the near future. 

    Thank you so much Marlee for taking the time to share your inspiring and brave story with us💛

    You can follow Marlee on instagram @marleeliss and you can find more about her, her courses, etc. on her website at www.marleeliss.com

    Please go show her some love

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    Remember, you can ALWAYS find light in the darkest of darkness✨


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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Trica.ann ,

A breath of fresh air

Thank you for continuing to share your story Desi! You are helping so many of us! ((Hugs))

Stephanie Keith ,

Amazing!

This podcast is so needed! Thank you!

Barbara Steve ,

Love this show

Great bravery and honesty in the episodes. Love listening. B

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