Beyond Surviving Childhood Sexual Abuse

An interview with Rachel Grant about the sexual abuse she suffered as a ten-year-old at the hands of her grandfather, and the work she has done to counteract its lasting impact on her life.  Despite her training in psychotherapy Rachel became a coach because she wanted to be able to use her own story as a way to help others.  Rachel describes the many beliefs that she and other abuse survivors often struggle with [Read more…]

Child Abuse by a Priest

An interview with Episcopal priest Carl Russell about the childhood sexual abuse he experienced at the hands of the priest of his family’s congregation.  Carl tells the story of how both he and his family were groomed for the abuse, as the priest worked to gain his family’s trust and esteem.  [Read more…]

Emotional Abuse of Children in Violent Homes

An interview with child advocate Brie Masselli about her own experience growing up in a home with domestic violence.  Brie tells the story of running to school to escape her stepfather’s violent outbursts, and how her childhood struggles in and out of school were missed by those who might have helped. [Read more…]

Child Abuse and Physical Health 25 Years Later

An interview with Dr. Vincent Felitti about his groundbreaking research to show that Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s, like abuse, neglect and severe family dysfunction) are correlated not only with mental illness and addiction, but also with physical illnesses like heart disease, lung disease and even auto-immune diseases.  He reports that just asking patients about the presence of such painful experiences results in [Read more…]

Yoga Nidra for Returning Vets

An interview with yoga teacher, researcher and author, Richard Miller about his adaptation of yoga nidra for use with returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Richard describes studies done by the department of defense showing that yoga nidra can be effective at reducing the symptoms of PTSD, allowing vets to sleep through the night, to feel safe inside themselves, and to gain a sense of mastery over outbursts of anger and rage.  He describes how yoga nidra works to create a state of consciousness where we become aware of our sensations, thoughts, feelings and breath with acceptance and openness.  He works with pairs of opposite feelings to help participants gain a sense of being more than their feelings and sensations.  As an example he works with feelings of shame, helplessness and collapse, that many veterans feel, at being unable to prevent the death of a friend, and works with its opposite, the feeling of potency and vitality that allow the shame to begin to dissipate.  We end with a brief taste of yoga nidra.  You can find out more at www.irest.us