100 episodes

Through Alyssa's experience as both a trauma therapist and a trauma survivor, she has realized how incredibly isolating and painful recovery from PTSD can be. Despite the many people who are fighting to spread messages of hope and awareness, we still live in a world full of trauma survivors who are carrying so much shame, guilt, anger, and fear.

Light After Trauma has been created for those who are looking for support, connection and guidance on how to reclaim their lives and ultimately THRIVE in the aftermath of grief, loss, and unbearable pain. Although many times we seem to feel surrounded only by darkness, the goal of this podcast is to spread awareness that there is, in fact, light to be found find in the aftermath of trauma.

https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma

Light After Trauma Alyssa Scolari

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 43 Ratings

Through Alyssa's experience as both a trauma therapist and a trauma survivor, she has realized how incredibly isolating and painful recovery from PTSD can be. Despite the many people who are fighting to spread messages of hope and awareness, we still live in a world full of trauma survivors who are carrying so much shame, guilt, anger, and fear.

Light After Trauma has been created for those who are looking for support, connection and guidance on how to reclaim their lives and ultimately THRIVE in the aftermath of grief, loss, and unbearable pain. Although many times we seem to feel surrounded only by darkness, the goal of this podcast is to spread awareness that there is, in fact, light to be found find in the aftermath of trauma.

https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma

    Holding You in the Light with Alyssa Scolari, LPC

    Holding You in the Light with Alyssa Scolari, LPC

    All good things must eventually come to an end. I thank you from the very depths of my heart for this wonderful journey!
     
     
    I am so excited to be teaching my first online course! Learn more and sign up below!
    https://www.eeglearn.com/wwb
    There are so many contradictory ideas about what it means to be healthy. Diet culture and the weight-loss industry will have you believing that you need to work out every day and restrict your calorie intake in order to be the best version of yourself. In this course, we cover topics such as why diets ultimately don’t work, how fat phobia has impacted our society, how to become an intuitive eater, and how to avoid falling into dieting and eating disorder traps that society has set up for us. This course is for you if you:
    -are burnt out from trying diet after diet
    -are a parent who wants to make sure diet culture isn’t harming your child
    -are a therapist who is looking for continuing education credits (CEUs)
    -are a mental health provider who works with people with eating disorders
    You have two course options to choose from: A 3-Session Pathway and a 4-Session Pathway. Both includes three general lectures on the topics above. The 4-Session pathway is designed for existing neurofeedback providers. Details about each pathway can be found below.
    General Sessions
    September 22, September 29, and October 6, 2022
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
    Additional Neurofeedback Session
    This session is designed for existing Nuro feedback providers to take what they learned in the first three sessions and apply it to their clinical work. We will discuss, in-depth, the theory and progression of working with clients and eating issues or disorders using neurofeedback. We will go over common qEEG findings and specific protocols.
    October 10, 2022
    4:00PM - 6:00 PM ET
    This course entitles you to 6 or 8 CE credit hours if you purchase the CE add-on. You will be offered the add-on product when checking out. The number of CEs available will depend on whether you choose to sign up for the fourth session.
    Early bird prices are valid:
    August 19, 2022 to September 9, 2022

    • 9 min
    Major Announcement: My First Ever 
Online Course Is HERE!

    Major Announcement: My First Ever 
Online Course Is HERE!

    I am so excited to be teaching my first online course! Learn more and sign up below!
    https://www.eeglearn.com/wwb
    There are so many contradictory ideas about what it means to be healthy. Diet culture and the weight-loss industry will have you believing that you need to work out every day and restrict your calorie intake in order to be the best version of yourself. In this course, we cover topics such as why diets ultimately don’t work, how fat phobia has impacted our society, how to become an intuitive eater, and how to avoid falling into dieting and eating disorder traps that society has set up for us. This course is for you if you:
    -are burnt out from trying diet after diet
    -are a parent who wants to make sure diet culture isn’t harming your child
    -are a therapist who is looking for continuing education credits (CEUs)
    -are a mental health provider who works with people with eating disorders
    You have two course options to choose from: A 3-Session Pathway and a 4-Session Pathway. Both includes three general lectures on the topics above. The 4-Session pathway is designed for existing neurofeedback providers. Details about each pathway can be found below.
    General Sessions
    September 22, September 29, and October 6, 2022
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET
    Additional Neurofeedback Session
    This session is designed for existing Nuro feedback providers to take what they learned in the first three sessions and apply it to their clinical work. We will discuss, in-depth, the theory and progression of working with clients and eating issues or disorders using neurofeedback. We will go over common qEEG findings and specific protocols.
    October 10, 2022
    4:00PM - 6:00 PM ET
    This course entitles you to 6 or 8 CE credit hours if you purchase the CE add-on. You will be offered the add-on product when checking out. The number of CEs available will depend on whether you choose to sign up for the fourth session.
    Early bird prices are valid:
    August 19, 2022 to September 9, 2022
     
    Check out the Light After Trauma website for transcripts, other episodes, Alyssa's guest appearances, and more at: www.lightaftertrauma.com
    Want to get more great content and interact with the show? Check us out on Instagram: @lightaftertrauma
    We need your help! We want to continue to make great content that can help countless trauma warriors on their journey to recovery. So, please help us in supporting the podcast by becoming a recurring patron of the show via Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma
    You can also check out Alyssa at www.alyssascolari.com
     
    Transcript:
     
    Alyssa Scolari: Hello, everybody. I am back. Well, I mean, I guess technically I didn't go anywhere, [00:00:30] but I know I've been putting out episodes every week, except the beginning of the month of August. I skipped because I was very overwhelmed and I was getting ready to go away on vacation. And then since then, I have been putting out pre-recorded episodes, so they are episodes that had been recorded earlier in the summertime, so it feels like it's been forever since I've actually sat down and recorded a podcast [00:01:00] and that is for a very good reason. And one of those reasons is that I, like I said, was on vacation. I went to Fiji, which I'm so excited to talk about.
    Alyssa Scolari: I know when I have talked to people here in my regular life, they're like, "Oh my gosh, that's so far." And I guess it is, or it isn't, depending on where you live in the world. But I live in the United States on the Eastern coast, [00:01:30] so it was really, really far for us. We crossed the International Dateline. It was like 30 plus hours of travel, just to go one way, so we were really traveling for two weeks. We stayed there for seven days, but between all of the traveling, we were really gone for about two weeks. And man, I really needed it. I don't think I even realized how [00:02:00] much I needed it until I went.
    Alyssa Scolari: It was a, I guess, six hour flight to get

    • 22 min
    Redux: Intimacy After Sexual Trauma with Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D.

    Redux: Intimacy After Sexual Trauma with Dr. Nazanin Moali, Ph.D.

    We are reaching back into our archives this week for an episode redux with Episode 34!
    Dr. Nazanin Moali is a public speaker, psychologist, and sex and relationship expert. Dr. Moali is also the host of her own podcast, titled "Sexology", where she dives into the psychology of sex and intimacy. In this week's episode, Dr. Moali and Alyssa discuss the impact that sexual trauma can have on us as well as the hope that comes with reclaiming our sexuality and discovering pleasure again. 
    Learn more about Dr. Moali and check out her podcast
     
    Check out the Light After Trauma website for transcripts, other episodes, Alyssa's guest appearances, and more at: www.lightaftertrauma.com
    Want to get more great content and interact with the show? Check us out on Instagram: @lightaftertrauma
    We need your help! We want to continue to make great content that can help countless trauma warriors on their journey to recovery. So, please help us in supporting the podcast by becoming a recurring patron of the show via Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma
    You can also check out Alyssa at www.alyssascolari.com
     
    Transcript:
    Alyssa Scolari [00:00]:
    Hello friends. I hope everybody is well. I have some exciting news. We are adding a mini episode to the podcast every week coming soon. This episode is all about you. When I say mini I'm meaning it's going to be about 10-15 minutes long and what this little segment is going to be called is Survived and Thrived Stories. After starting this podcast I started to get people from all over the world who were reaching out to me to talk to me about certain things on the podcast that I touched on, certain parts of my story, specific topics that they could identify with, and I realized that there are so many people who want to share their story and want their voice to be heard, but they don't necessarily want to be identified or they don't want to share all of their story, so I wanted to create this mini episode series called Survived and Thrived Stories where you can email in anonymously or if you want to sign your first initial or just your first name, however you want, and you can share as much or as little of your story as you want.
    Actually, part of why I really wanted to do this as well and part of why this is so special to me is because I realized that when I first started sharing my story, I did it in writing and I did it anonymously and I actually wrote into a podcast. I wrote into a very famous podcast called My Favorite Murder because I wrote in about a trauma that I experienced that I was a victim of a crime and that was my first kind of like, it was the gateway into me sharing my story and into me I think ultimately starting this podcast and helped so much in my recovery and I want to give all of you the same opportunity.
    If you are struggling with something, if you have been through a hardship, if you are experiencing PTSD or if you have recovered or you are in recovery, because I believe recovery is a lifelong journey, I want to hear from you. If there's something you want to share, send it on in and I will read it aloud on the podcast and then of course I will comment and offer any kind of support that I can. Yeah, I just think it would be a really exciting way for everybody to get their voices heard and for you to be able to inspire so many others and to reach out to others and let other people who are sitting in the darkness know that they are not alone and that they can get through this.
    Whether you want to talk about things that helped you to recover, whether you want to talk about what happened to you, you can send it on over. I want you to send it to the podcast email. That's lightaftertrauma@gmail.com. Again, that's lightaftertrauma@gmail.com. Again, you will remain anonymous. I look forward to hearing from you. I would be honored to share your story on this podcast, so looking forward to it. Stay tuned and send me your story.
    [Music 00:03:47]
    Hello all you bea

    • 40 min
    Don't Take It Personally with Alyssa Scolari, LPC

    Don't Take It Personally with Alyssa Scolari, LPC

    When people hurt us or wrong us, we often automatically assume that the problem is us. We find ourselves asking "Why don't people like me?" or "What's wrong with me?" or "What did I ever do to them?" Developing the ability to depersonalize others' actions and realize that the things people do often have very little to do with you can be life changing. 
     
    Check out the Light After Trauma website for transcripts, other episodes, Alyssa's guest appearances, and more at: www.lightaftertrauma.com
    Want to get more great content and interact with the show? Check us out on Instagram: @lightaftertrauma
    We need your help! We want to continue to make great content that can help countless trauma warriors on their journey to recovery. So, please help us in supporting the podcast by becoming a recurring patron of the show via Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma
    You can also check out Alyssa at www.alyssascolari.com
     
    Transcript
     
    Alyssa Scolari [00:23]:
    Hey, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Light After Trauma podcast. I'm your host, Alyssa Scolari, and I hope everybody is off to a good week. I am doing pretty well. I have been keeping up with my reading, which honestly has been helping me get through some difficult times. I just finished a book called The People We Meet on Vacation. Honestly, I do not recommend, unless you love a good rom-com, then you might like it. I just don't think that I'm a romantic comedy kind of gal, I didn't like it at all. I really expected it to be a little bit better in terms of like... The book is kind of like flashbacks of these friends who are on vacation in different parts of the world, and I just thought that I was going to get to feel like I was traveling with them, and that we were going to travel across the world with this book.
    But honestly, so much of it was just about sexual tension, and I swear to the lord almighty, if I had to read one more sentence about how he gently and softly swept a damp curl from her face and tucked it oh so softly behind her ear, I will vomit. It's just not me. It's just not me. No offense to the author. The writing is good, the wit is great, there were a few moments where I chuckled out loud, and I think that if you love romantic comedies, it's perhaps good, I was just not impressed.
    So I'm looking forward to my next book, which is going to be The Guest List by Lucy Foley. We will see. This one is, I think has murder in it, which I'm already much more inclined to like, and at the end of the day, I just don't think anything is going to top Where the Crawdads Sing. I'm almost sad that I've read it and that it's over, because I feel like there is no book that is going to top that. I'm sure that's not true, but right now my brain is still in Kya's world, and yeah, I just wasn't ready to leave that world. So anyway, I digress. I hope you're having a awesome, awesome week so far, let's get into it today.
    So, we are going to talk about kind of a somewhat difficult truth, and this is a truth that I have had to grapple with a lot over the course of my life, especially lately, and the truth of the matter is that not everything is about you. And I know that that can come off as harsh, and I probably shouldn't say it that harsh, because I have had people quite literally say that to me when I was a child, and it was really actually painful to hear, because I wasn't trying to make everything about me, I just was desperate for attention and help of some sort, so I shouldn't say it like that, right?
    It's not necessarily that not everything is about you. The nicer reframe for that is that you don't always have to take things so personally, because truly so many things that happen are not personal. And this is a really hard concept for so many of us, especially trauma survivors, because our brains are wired for protection. So our brains are always trying to seek out a threat, and we are trying to eliminate any potential threats before we en

    • 22 min
    When Weekly Therapy Isn’t Enough with Sarah Tatarski

    When Weekly Therapy Isn’t Enough with Sarah Tatarski

    Mental health missionary Sarah Tatarski joins Alyssa on this week’s episode to discuss options for when weekly outpatient therapy just isn’t enough. Sarah discussed her experiences with alternative treatment options such as partial hospitalization programs, ketamine, and alpha-Stim. She also provides new perspectives on navigating some of the major flaws in the mental health system.  
    Sarah Tatarski's Instagram: @vulnerableandnotafraid 
    Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families
    Info on the Alpha-Stim device
     
    Check out the Light After Trauma website for transcripts, other episodes, Alyssa's guest appearances, and more at: www.lightaftertrauma.com
    Want to get more great content and interact with the show? Check us out on Instagram: @lightaftertrauma
    We need your help! We want to continue to make great content that can help countless trauma warriors on their journey to recovery. So, please help us in supporting the podcast by becoming a recurring patron of the show via Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma
    You can also check out Alyssa at www.alyssascolari.com
     
    Transcript:
    Alyssa Scolari:
    Hey everyone, this is just a quick note that Sarah wanted me to hop on and let you all know. Sarah's mom was not her abuser, so her father was an alcoholic and he was her main abuser when he was alive. Sarah and her mom have had an enmeshed relationship since she was young.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    That caused her mother to be a trauma trigger for her, so she just wanted me to come on and clarify that just so you can know who is who and didn't you know, think that somebody was her abuser when in fact they were not.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    So, I hope you enjoy this episode.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    Hi, everybody. Welcome back to another episode of the Light After Trauma podcast. I am your host, Alyssa Scolari, and we have a guest episode today. It is so rare that we have guests on the podcast these days, but there is a special person who I met just like Jennifer Burns, which Jennifer, if you haven't listened to older episodes, Jennifer is the woman who we talked about crystals, with and how crystals have been used and have helped her with her trauma recovery.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    I met Jennifer just because she was a podcast listener and we connected. And we started talking about a topic that we were really passionate about. And a similar thing has happened with today's guest. Her name is Sarah Tatarski. And I met Sarah basically, through the podcast. She was a listener of the podcast, reached out and we started talking via Instagram.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    Now, Sarah is an artist, an aspiring entrepreneur, a cat mom, and a mental health missionary. She recently graduated from college in May of 2021, and has been on a mission since then to work through her core wounds from childhood and early adult life.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    After four years of only doing CBT and feeling ready to be deeply challenged, she tried more intensive therapeutic approaches. These include trauma focused treatment centers, family therapy, EMDR, ketamine for major depressive disorder, and the use of a cranial electrotherapy stimulation device called Alpha-Stim.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    Sarah recently started a mental health focused Instagram called Vulnerable and Not Afraid, to share her recovery from trauma and educate people on other therapeutic options that have personally helped her. Now, we are talking about a really important topic today, and I know I say that shit every week. So, forgive my redundancy, but you know how I love all things, mental health.
    Alyssa Scolari:
    But I think that this is particularly, important because for the last two years on this podcast, we have spoken about therapy and treatment pretty much from like a standard outpatient setting. So, how to process things when you're going to therapy once a week or twice a week in your standard outpatient setting. And that isn't always enough. And there certainly, have been many times where

    • 46 min
    Shoplifting: A Response to Psychological Distress with Alyssa Scolari, LPC

    Shoplifting: A Response to Psychological Distress with Alyssa Scolari, LPC

    Shoplifting and stealing are typically thought of as simple, yet shameful crimes. However, these seemingly simple crimes can be more complex than meets the eye. Tune into this week’s episode to learn about the psychological components of shoplifting and stealing. 
    Check out the Light After Trauma website for transcripts, other episodes, Alyssa's guest appearances, and more at: www.lightaftertrauma.com
    Want to get more great content and interact with the show? Check us out on Instagram: @lightaftertrauma
    We need your help! We want to continue to make great content that can help countless trauma warriors on their journey to recovery. So, please help us in supporting the podcast by becoming a recurring patron of the show via Patreon:
    https://www.patreon.com/lightaftertrauma
    You can also check out Alyssa at www.alyssascolari.com
     
    Transcript:
     
    Alyssa Scolari [00:23]:
    What is up, everybody? Welcome back to another episode of the Light After Trauma podcast. I am your host, Alyssa Scolari, here with you today. We have also my dog Macy, who is chilling out with us, looking out the window in this little... I bought her this cat perch. So if you haven't been on my Instagram and you don't see pictures of Macy, she's a little seven-pound dog, and so she is super tiny and she loves to look out the window, so I bought her a cat perch. She's sitting behind me looking out the window on her little cat perch. And sometimes neighbors will walk by and she'll bark at them and they wave to her from the window. She's like the neighborhood watchdog. So that's where I'm at today.
    Alyssa Scolari [01:12]:
    It is Sunday when I am recording this and I have been having a pretty relaxing weekend. I'm feeling pretty antsy today, actually, and I have been reading this book, Where the Crawdads Sing, which I did not know this, but apparently is really trending right now and I understand why, because it is truly one of the best books I've ever read in my life. I am obsessed. I have not been able to put it down and I have like 60 pages left, and I am going to finish it today. I am so excited. It's been nice to be able to read in this ridiculously hot weather.
    Alyssa Scolari [01:58]:
    I don't know what the weather is like where you're at, but it is so hot here and it has been so hot with zero relief. Normally it gets really hot, but then you'll have thunderstorms at the end of the day and then things cool off for a little bit and the plants get a ton of water, but there has been no rain, no thunderstorms. It is just oppressive heat and humidity day after day, and it feels like... I honestly think that this is probably day eight or nine at least above 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It's so wild to me because people say global warming's not a thing, but I remember being little and watching the news and people were making such a big deal of three-day heat waves. So if there was going to be a day where it was going to be 90 degrees or above for three days, I think that's what they call a heat wave. I remember people making a huge deal about that being like, "Oh man, three days. This is so dangerous. People are going to have heat strokes and get really sick and suffer heat exhaustion."
    Alyssa Scolari [03:19]:
    I don't think anybody imagined back then, whatever it was, 25, 20 years ago that today in 2022, we would have heat waves that last for literally 9, 10 days with zero relief. It's unreal to me. Even my plants are all wilted. No matter how much water we give them, my plants are like, "Fuck this, I'm out." They all look like they're dying and I feel so bad. I have no clue what I can do. So yeah, it is hot as shit outside and I'm over it. I like the summer, but come on. I need at least a thunderstorm. Give me a thunderstorm, because if not, I just have this heat and oppressive humidity. You walk outside and just start sweating.
    Alyssa Scolari [04:18]:
    Anyway, I digress. Today we are talking about shoplifting, which at first glance, you might be like,

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Awpll ,

Incredibly Relatable

Alyssa’s episodes are powerful. Even though I’ve been in therapy 4.5+ years and have gone to two trauma centers, I ALWAYS learn something new on Alyssa’s podcast. When I feel alone in the way I am feeling, I’ll listen to a couple of episodes, and she reminds me that I am feeling this way because my trauma shaped me to feel isolated. This podcast is a great, free resource to start deconstructing your trauma narrative and to start healing.

nataliekei1 ,

It’s more one persons, personal experience

II listen to this podcast because I was interested in hearing more about borderline personality disorder, and what kind of behaviors mark that for a person because I feel like I might have that disorder I’m not sure, and when I listen to her episodes, it was just more her personal experience then discussing the actual disorder or how that my manifest in somebody’s life. I had a lot of trauma going up and I feel like I might have that disorder but with medication and therapy. I feel like I am in remission but I’m just curious because a lot of times when I do hear people talk about it it seems very relevant to my adolescent and early 20s. I appreciate her attempt but I would say she could use some sort of topic list before she starts talking because she seems to go off on a lot of tangents that are not really relevant to anyone except for the people that might know her.
There is a part in her borderline episode that discusses her first visit with her therapist in an eating disorder clinic that has so many extra pieces that she doesn’t really say why the therapist might have come to that conclusion, except that he shouldn’t have after 20 minutes. That seems like a whole Nother discussion about miss diagnoses than it does about the actual diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. She seems to have a grudge against a lot of therapist. She has met in her life that did things she didn’t agree with and whether she agreed with them or not it just sets her temper off and I can tell she gets agitated when she talks about it so that’s why I think a topic list would help her stay on topic. Those experiences would be interesting to hear about in another episode about miss diagnoses, or her experiences with other therapist but when the podcast episode is labeled borderline, it’s confusing. It honestly just sounds like she has a grudge against those people and that might be for a good reason but that’s not why I clicked on the episode.
I think she does come from a caring place and her attempts are Ernest. She does seem new to the podcast in the world and she could use a little bit of coaching or refinement.

Health_ Coach ,

Great support, exactly what a trauma survivor would need

Humiliation and self blaming is a serious matter, people should love and empower themselves instead but this is not as easy as it seems, it requires hard work and support from experts like you Alyssa, you're doing a great job with this podcast and the world would be grateful!

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