Choose Positive Living with Sara Troy and her guest Carolin Hauser-Carson, on air from April 17th
|After #MeToo, What Comes Next? Finding Your Voice Just Isn’t Enough
Humanistic Psychotherapist Explains How to “Integrate” The Trauma and Own Your Magnificence So You Can Truly Live Well and Love Fully
|So under the welcome sweeping influence of the #MeToo movement, you’ve found the courage to denounce your sexual harasser. Or maybe you’ve just finally told someone, or simply felt validated by the stories of so many others who experienced what you did. But is it enough?
Statistics show that 1 in 4 women will be sexually abused or assaulted in their lifetime and will on average be up to 4 times more likely to develop depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD, drug and alcohol abuse, eating disorders, relationship problems and physical and/or mental health issues. And, if unhealed, will not be able to live free, purposeful and joyful lives.
While #MeToo may give you back your voice, is it enough to bring about the healing you desire? Will voice what happened, in and of itself, repair a stunted life? Can years of self-blame, failed relationships, the envy of perceived “normal” happy women, addictive behaviour or other self-destructive thinking or habits be eradicated by merely verbalizing what happened to you?
No, says Carolin Hauser-Carson, a renowned Humanistic Psychotherapist with a large and successful practice that helps women who have been victims of sexual abuse. Getting validation or voicing your anger is only the starting point.
The key to healing from sexual trauma is “integration.” In the past, women have been taught to process trauma. But, only through integration and letting go can one truly be released from the full energetic impact of it. Processing merely leaves you with a stored energetic impact that leads to emotional and mental distress. Through Carolin’s 7-Step Blossom Journey, the integration process is completed so that wholeness is restored and normal healthy relationships become possible.
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In her book, Blossom: 7 Steps to Sexual Healing, Carolin lays out a simple and very effective 7-week program that brings about the healing necessary to allow women to create the life they truly dream of living.
Blossom stands for:
But Carolin didn’t choose to become a Naturopathic Doctor, Family Constellations Practitioner, Humanistic Psychotherapist, Healer or Women’s Empowerment Expert solely out of professional interest. As she explains in the first half of her book, she was sexually abused, first by her grandfather from the ages of 3 to 7, and then by her mother’s boyfriend from 11 to 13, in her native Germany. This led to many years of chronic food addiction and eating disorders, a constant sense of alienation, unsatisfying and aborted relationships, financial ruin and self-destructive coping mechanisms. All too commonly adopted by women who have suffered from sexual abuse.
Carolin began her own Blossom Journey on the floor of her bathroom when she realized that binging and purging would eventually end her life and that the love she sought so desperately could never be hers unless she changed. And that was the moment she “committed to love itself,” the first step that her clients must take to start the Blossom Journey-to open their hearts to love in all its forms.
Since arriving in the U.S. from Germany 13 years ago with only $7 in her pocket and a passion to help others, Carolin Hauser-Carson has developed a thriving international coaching practice with women from her home base in Santa Barbara, CA. She has also married her Divine Partner Paul and they are committed to co-creating and advocating, for all, the actualization of the most pleasure-filled experience life has to offer.
With so many women finding cathartic relief in the power and wake of the #MeToo movement, they must now understand that the work that needs to be done to unravel the damage of the past and truly heal has only just begun. #WhatNext?