In this episode of The Grass Gets Greener podcast, I'm joined by Elisabeth Corey of BeatingTrauma.com. Elisabeth joins me to share her story of growing up in an environment of family-controlled child sex abuse and trafficking and how she's been able to process the trauma by allowing herself to feel the emotions.
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Elisabeth was sexually abused starting at the age of 2 as a way of being "indoctrinated" into the abuse that was the norm in her family. She was then trafficked between the ages of 8 and 10 until her parents divorced. She continued to be sexually abused until she left for college.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Elisabeth was hopeless and suicidal at the age of 9. In order to cope she repressed her memories, which started coming back to her at the age of 34. She had previously been stuck in abusive relationships. She experienced a lot of anxiety and health issues like chronic pain, fertility problems, and always getting sick.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
Allowing herself to feel the emotions and release them from her body has greatly helped Elisabeth. She's used things like yoga, Reiki, and acupuncture to help with this. Journaling has also played a major role by aiding her in recovering the memories. She's also used individual and group therapy. Reading other's stories as well as sharing her own have also helped.
What Elisabeth does today:
Elisabeth runs her website and blog, Beating Trauma. She's also planning to offer coaching services and workshops in the near future. And she trains others on the topics of holistic trauma and trauma-informed care as well as family-controlled trafficking.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Elisabeth's Answer: There is hope and a way to get out and you'll eventually be completely in control of that.
BeatingTrauma.com - Elisabeth's website where you can get in touch with her
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