When you first begin to realize that you experienced some type of trauma, you realize that you were a victim. You were a victim unspeakable acts that nobody should ever have to endure. You may not even fully comprehend, understand, or remember everything that happened, but you’ve got some bits and pieces that will eventually come together and formulate the narrative that is your trauma story.
How do you figure out what those pieces are, how do you even know if what you went through was indeed trauma? What steps can you take to make sense of all the struggles you’ve endured throughout life, and how can they be traced back to that trauma you may have experienced?
These types of questions are what our guest on the podcast helps you begin to figure out. Dorothy Pierre-Joseph talks about the movement she is starting, “The Trauma Tour”, where you can come and experience a safe place of learning about trauma and how to not only tell your story but also embrace the progress you make as you begin to heal.
As Dorothy Pierre-Joseph outlines on her website: Born to immigrant parents from Haiti, I can tell you from experience that life can be challenging. I was a product of a very abusive relationship and a victim of sexual abuse as a child. Much of my life was spent in anger and darkness. My decisions were heavily influenced by my brokenness. However, I always had a passion for learning and helping. I just did not realize that in order to fully help others I had to get healing myself. After a tumultuous period in my life, I attempted suicide and that was the turning point in my life.
When you understand and come to the point of only identifying God as your source and earnestly asking him to help, your entire life changes. It does take work, dedication, and time to get a healthy mind. It can be done! The beautiful thing is once you do, you begin to unlock an abundance that God has waiting for you. As a psychiatric nurse, mindset coach, and minister I can teach you how.
Today I am a wife to a wonderful man who has shown me just how beautiful love can be. I am a mother of 5 loving and charismatic children. An entrepreneur and blessed beyond my imagination. I am honored to be a survivor and honored to journey with women all over the world to live their best life. It is my passion to help women transition from heartbrake to breakthrough. The transition starts in the mind. As a mindset coach and inner healing enthusiast, I empower women to unlock what is naturally divinely deposited in them to manifest a power from their pain. Your abundant life exceeds your seasonal drought. Let us journey together.
During our chat, Dorothy begins by sharing her background, which is in Psychiatric Nursing, and the circumstances that lead her to change her career direction from seeking to become a doctor, to become a nurse.
We discuss what a trauma narrative is, and how when we begin to first tell our story, it’s often from the perspective of being a victim, because that’s all we know. She shares how we learn to tell our story as we heal and not make the victim side of the story, the only side of the story. As Dorothy mentions, “Learning to Command Your Story, not Your Story Command You”.
She shares how as you begin to heal, not only does your story change but you change. You become more confident, more empowered, and able to release the shame of what you experienced…to not be bound by those experiences in life.
In addition, we discuss the importance of changing the culture of not talking about mental health. Dorothy was raised in an environment where you had 3 options when it came to expressing struggles or talking about mental illness, “Be Quiet, Let it Go, or Pray About It”. There was no conversation, no support, no option of asking for help and being vulnerable.
We also discuss the challenges of being a parent and struggling through your own healing, while trying to stop shield your kids from the pain you experienced and put an end to the intergenerational trauma. What if there’s a different way though, what if by including your kids in your healing, they can be a support to you? Dorothy shares the benefits of doing so, and ways you can go about it.
We wrap up by learning more about the trauma tour, what it’s all about, and how you can learn more and experience these healing events for yourself.
If you’d like to learn more about Dorothy Pierre-Joseph and the Trauma Tour, check out her website, HeartBrake2BreakThrough.com.
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