Continuing my work to get more and more women's recovery stories out there - que Lisa. She is amazing. I was truly inspired by her compassion and empathy towards those she encountered on her road to recovery. I am honored to bring her story to you. Remember, when we share our story or hear the stories of others, a new piece in our own life heals. That was definitely the case with Lisa. I'm forever grateful for her willingness to share so much with us!
What an amazing opportunity to have Kristal Garcia on the podcast! I was inspired by her radical self-love and forgiveness. I was challenged by her confidence and boldness. I was changed by her story. Every time I hear the story of another woman, a little piece of my heart heals. That was definitely the case here.
You can read about Kristal and hear here stories here: https://www.kristaldenisegarcia.com/
The video that inspired me that I cite on the episode is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUPLBdWyHL8
I love having guests on the podcast. I love it even more when they are women sharing their own recovery journey. Rosario is a brave young woman sharing her battle with sex and love addiction. She discusses her struggle with religion and relationships. She shares how bad it got and what made it better. She talks about how self-compassion is the way she started to find healing and what her recovery looks like today.
I'm on a journey to share as many women's stories as I can during the rest of 2020! Do you want to share your story? It doesn't matter where you are in your recovery journey - at the beginning or many years in - your story is important and can make a huge difference for people. I'd love to have you on the podcast! Reach out! firstname.lastname@example.org and let's make it happen!
Alice Taylor is the author of "Restored: A Women's Guide to Overcoming Pornography", a book full of amazing, practical tools to help you in your recovery. She generously agreed to share her story with us as part of our Women's Stories series. I'm grateful for her courage.
You can read more about her story and order Restored at her website: https://thegracespot.com/
I’d love to connect with you! If you want to talk about coaching, the worth circle, online sex addiction groups – OR if you just want to talk to someone who gets it – schedule a time with me here: https://worthrecovery.com/recovery-coaching/
Interested in learning more about the Worth Circle? Awesome, I’d love to tell you. You can either schedule a time to talk to me above or check out the website with more information here: https://worthrecovery.com/worthcircle/
Want to join my sex addiction groups for women starting in May, 2020? I’d love to have you! You can email me, schedule a time to talk or read more here: https://www.healingpathsrecovery.com/events/
You can always email me: email@example.com
In the conclusion of Natalie's story, we hear more about her recovery journey, the groups she attended, the problems she has faced in finding help, as well as more about her current relationship. Each time I hear stories of others a piece of me heals. I definitely found that to be true with Natalie. I hope you find that to be true for yourself as well.
There are great resources available for women in the UK. Natalie generously compiled a list of for those seeking help:
Domestic abuse help for woman
Welsh women’s aid https://www.welshwomensaid.org.uk
Womans aid UK https://www.womensaid.org.uk
Abuse help For men
Men's advice line https://mensadviceline.org.uk
For any gender
Live fear free helpline https://gov.wales/live-fear-free
National abuse helpline https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk
Safe line https://www.safeline.org.uk
Sexual assault / abuse help
Sexual Assault and Referral Centres https://rapecrisis.org.uk/get-help/
The survivors trust https://www.thesurvivorstrust.org
New pathways http://www.newpathways.org.uk
NHS information and help line https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/help-after-rape-and-sexual-assault/
Addiction recovery support
CAIS (the living room Cardiff and other centres in wales) https://www.cais.co.uk
24 hr Support
The Samaritans 24hr support line https://www.samaritans.org/how-we-can-help/contact-samaritan/
Part 2 of Natalie's Story: Another brave woman coming forward to share her story! I'm always so honored when women are willing to share their story with us! Natalie is from the UK and is an amazing trauma survivor and recovery addict. I've had the privilege of knowing her for just over three years and am continually impressed with her resilience and engagement in recovery. In this 3 part story, Natalie shares her family history, trauma story, and her brave recovery journey. Every time I hear the story of another woman, a new piece of me heals.
Another brave woman coming forward to share her story! I'm always so honored when women are willing to share their story with us! Natalie is from the UK and is an amazing trauma survivor and recovery addict. I've had the privilege of knowing her for just over three years and am continually impressed with her resilience and engagement in recovery. In this 3 part story, Natalie shares her family history, trauma story, and her brave recovery journey. Every time I hear the story of another woman, a new piece of me heals.
Marnie Feree is one of the pioneers of sex addiction recovery for women. Having been in addiction recovery for over 20 years - she was one of the first to ever show up in the 12-step circle as a woman. She conintues her work for women at Bethesda Workshops (http://www.bethesdaworkshops.org/), the first outpatient intensive program for women in sex addiction. In this episode, Marnie shares some of her own story and the amazing work she does for women and teens in recovery.
When we grow up in dysfunctional systems, we learn to protect ourselves. One of those survival mechanisms is keeping ourselves small, invisible, unknown. At the same time, we often develop a hyper vigilance to thosearound us and feel like we know everything about them. Or we can go the opposite way--overexposing ourselves and being shameless in our interactions with others. Listen to Amy share her experiences with the courage and desire to be known and how we can do a little bit more of that in our own lives.