Finding Confidence and Healing through Inner Child and Inner Family Work
Join, us via Zoom, as Elizabeth welcomes Asha Lightbearer, a seasoned alchemical hypnotherapist and psychic energy healer. Asha is a CSA survivor who has been helping clients find their confidence and reclaim their lives for over two decades. Her sessions are engaging and transformative, filled with imaginative healing techniques like inner child and shadow work, persona posturing, and more.
Register via Zoom
Conversations with Elizabeth is a program provided by EmpowerSurvivors, a nonprofit organization that helps survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. In this interactive program, Elizabeth will introduce conversation starters and discuss issues of interest for survivors. The program is recorded and added to the EmpowerSurvivors YouTube channel. Participants can turn off the video and change their names to protect their privacy.
If you would like to know more about EmpowerSurvivors, our mission, and our programs, please visit our website at https://www.empowersurvivors.net/.
Each week Elizabeth will introduce conversation starters and discuss issues of interest for survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma. Join us from the comfort of your own home as we introduce special guests and topics that are sure to be of interest! Elizabeth will help you feel relaxed, and supported in this interactive group that meets weekly to discuss issues of healing, wellness, mental health, and more!
EmpowerSurvivors is now booking guests for our 2024 podcasts!
Are you a mental health professional, a nonprofit that supports survivors, a trauma coach, a holistic health practitioner, an author, or an individual who would like to be our guest for our upcoming podcast, Conversations with Elizabeth?
EmpowerSurvivors is currently looking for guests with knowledge of :
* Healing from childhood sexual abuse/ trauma education
* PTSD education and skill development
* Trauma-informed yoga /holistic trauma-informed practices
* Explanations of therapy methods
( EMDR, Cognitive behavioral therapy, Dialectical behavior therapy, equine therapy, etc.)
* Survivor stories of journey, healing, and wellness
* How churches can support survivors
* Common symptoms of childhood sexual trauma
* Internal Family Systems
* health and wellness topics
* Incest and sibling childhood sexual abuse
* Self-regulating methods
* Developing a sense of self
* Healing & Wellness
* Adverse childhood experiences and mental health
* Cognitive distortions
* Creative forms of healing
* Parenting a survivor of childhood sexual abuse
We invite you to reach out and submit your speaker topics, bio, availability, and information to Elizabeth at:
EmpowerSurvivors is offering a new peer-led Zoom support group for individuals looking for peer support and healing from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse. Gain insight from the challenges and successes of others facing similar experiences, build understanding and awareness, and connect with others. The group is led by a trained leader with lived experience. Meetings are 90 minutes long. Running from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm ( central time). This group meets for 8 Thursdays beginning, Thursday, February 1, 2024, and ending Thursday, March 21, 2024.
Cost for 8 weeks: $45.00 ( non-refundable)
Class size- up to10 participants
Facilitator: Elizabeth Sullivan
Register at: EmpowerSurvivors@gmail.com
(Please write " February Zoom Peer Support" in the subject line. Zoom links will be sent after connecting with the facilitator, registering, and payments made.
1) We ask all participants to enter the Zoom online group 5 minutes before the group starts.
2) What is said in the group, stays in the group.
3) All participants are expected to treat all participants with kindness, respect, and a supportive attitude. Violators will result in expulsion from the group.
4) All participants are responsible for self-care, triggers, and seeking a mental health specialist if in crisis.
5) While in the meeting all participants are asked to protect group privacy by not having any persons outside of the group in hearing distance. Participants can use headphones.
Want to learn more about the EmpowerSurvivors organization?
Feel free to visit our website at: www.EmpowerSurvivors.net
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The Power of YOU is a collection of written stories by survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
EmpowerSurvivors believes that by sharing our stories of childhood sexual abuse and recovery we begin to lose the grip shame can have on us.
It is also a way to reach other survivors who may be living in silence and have never heard someone else's story of abuse, healing, and wellness.
Share your story by submitting up to a one-page entry ( 500 words) that includes an overview of your experience of childhood sexual abuse, the recovery process, and healing. Entries can remain anonymous.
Entries can be emailed to Elizabeth Sullivan at EmpowerSurvivors@gmail.com
EmpowerSurvivors ( www.EmpowerSurvivors.net ) will not alter your story in any way and will publish it exactly as you submitted it.
For me, it was my stepfather. He had lived with us since I was two years old. I grew up with physical, emotional/mental, and sexual abuse from the age of 7 or 8. Some memories are still surfacing. My stepfather was a raging alcoholic. A Jekyll and Hyde type of guy. I walked on eggshells my whole life. He started molesting me after my brother went into the Navy. He knew I had no one to protect me anymore. I never told anyone about the molestation because they wouldn’t do anything about it. I knew this because even though they knew about the physical abuse, they didn’t do anything about that either. No one called the police or reported it in any way. Ever.
He continued until I was 18 and went to college. I went as far away as I could, which was only a couple of hours away, but it was far enough. I then turned to alcohol, drugs, and sex but didn’t know why. I would get so angry when I got drunk that I would want to fight. I was raped while in college and it was one of those nights, so I blamed myself. I lost friends but those who stuck by me are still in my life today. I realized that I was suppressing a lifetime of hurt and abuse and that was the only coping mechanism I knew. I eventually met a good man and settled down, stopped drinking and drugs, got married, and had two boys. The best thing that happened to me was meeting my husband. I am so grateful for him and my two boys. They are the reason I live.
I fought the healing process every day until I got so bad with depression that I found myself on my knees praying for God to do something, anything to stop the pain. I prayed for him to take me. That was the moment I decided I needed to start therapy. I started going and found a great therapist, but she wasn’t equipped to deal with trauma, so she referred me to a colleague of hers. This was the best move I ever made. I have come so far in my healing, one, because I found a great trauma therapist, and two, because I allowed myself to start feeling and letting people in. That vulnerability is something I still work on today.
I have had some bad downs, but I have always found my way back up with the support of a select few, my therapist and this group. This group has been a lifeline and helped me grow not just in the support of others but with the education that is shared here as well. I am so grateful for all the positives in my life and for the path that has brought me here. I used to worry that I didn’t have a purpose here on earth, but I think mine is the journey. All the hard work is worth it. And it is hard, but if you keep with it and really practice your tools, you can move through the healing process and one day see just how far you have come.
Sunday is Funday!!!!!!
Join us at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse in Hudson, WI
June 11, 2023, from 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Money from this event will go to support the EmpowerSurvivors nonprofit and survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Music by the Whiskey Ticks, buffet, 50/50/ raffles, silent auction, and more!!!!
We hope to see you there!!!!
A Very Big Thank you!!!
Thank you Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse for a great night, all our volunteers, friends, family and community for coming out and supporting EmpowerSurvivors !!!!!!
Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise $1,642.00!!!!!
We look forward to seeing everyone back at Big Guys BBQ Roadhouse Sunday, June 11,2023 for our big fundraiser featuring music by the Whiskey Ticks, buffet, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, raffles and more!!!
**** TRIGGER WARNING****
In this first week of the Artist Way, we discuss the impacts of childhood sexual abuse and some of our experiences navigating the ability to consistently feel safe inside.
Learn more about the EmpowerSurvivors nonprofit: https://www.empowersurvivors.net/
As May comes to a close and you start making plans for June, we hope those plans include joining us at our upcoming fundraiser on June 11th and meat raffle on June 2nd!
Don’t miss out on live music performed by the Whiskey Ticks, awesome prizes, delicious food, and more on the 11th at Big Guys BBQ!
If you would like to support our fundraiser by either sponsoring the auction/raffle or volunteering at either event; please contact Gabbie Vogel through Facebook or by emailing her at email@example.com.
Words can’t express our gratitude to those that have already committed to sponsoring our event. This event couldn’t be possible without the support from these generous businesses:
All Excavating - Somerset, WI
EagleView Wealth Management Group - RBC Stillwater, MN
The Lumberjack / Madcapper - Stillwater, MN
Subway - New Richmond, WI
Green Bay Packers #packersgiveback
Mark Kranz, AWM, Senior VP / Financial Advisor - RBC Stillwater, MN
Angel’s Pet World - Hudson, WI
Anez Party Rentals - Somerset, WI
Carbones - Hudson, WI
Healing Within Acupuncture & Wellness Relief - Stillwater, MN
Darn Knit Anyway - Stillwater, MN
Stillwater Escape Company - Stillwater, MN
Devil’s Advocate - Stillwater, MN
First State Bank & Trust - Stillwater, MN
Anytime Fitness - New Richmond, WI
My Happy Place - Somerset, WI
Culver’s - Hudson, WI
Gareis Welding - Somerset, WI
The Belisle Family