That Time I Got Certified

A year ago, I couldn't have told you what trauma-informed care really meant. I had no idea that advocacy is actually part of the recovery process. I had no idea that trauma can take on many different forms and should be looked at from an individualized approach rather than a global approach. I knew none of this. 

I just knew that I wanted to help others. I knew that there was something bubbling inside of me after years and years of being silenced and hesitant to talk about my own trauma. 

All that changed in the past six months. 

As much as I wanted to help others, throughout this process, I've realized that I also needed to help myself. I never truly understood the power of what it means to take control of your recovery until I began the certification process. 

I also didn’t realize how strong of a bond I’d feel with my fellow classmates and the other coaches. The amount of empathy and power we have as a group is astounding and only proves to me that what we’re doing is important work. Witnessing how hard everyone has worked — all for the cause of helping others — inspires me and fills me with hope that humanity isn’t lost. Together, we can make a difference. We can change lives.

I will change lives. 

It’s from these emotions that I can tell you that becoming an advocate for others is one of the highest forms of recovery and it changed my life.

It is such an honor that I now get to be part of that life-changing process for others. For survivors who may have never been told that they matter or have been silenced their entire lives. For survivors who know they have so much to offer the world, but their trauma is holding them back. 

Everyone (whether you’ve suffered trauma or not) wants to be loved and wants to matter. When we’re denied those basics things, the world becomes bleak and unbearable at times.

But it doesn’t have to be. 

There are people out there like myself who are here for that exact reason. To care. To make sure you know that you matter. 

Trauma Recovery is a big, complex topic and I’m sure many of you don’t know exactly what it means. If you’re interested, I encourage you to read some of these posts that may help provide clarity on what exactly a Trauma Recovery Coach is and how we approach working with survivors. 

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P.S. I want to acknowledge that I did not achieve this certification all on my own. I absolutely believe I wouldn’t be here if not for the support of my “tribe.” From my husband, to my parents, my incredible family, my best friends, other soon-to-be coaches, the leadership team at the IAOTRC, my coworkers and boss. There have been people I barely know who have sent me messages of support. The amount of love I have in my heart for each and every one of you is incredible. I have never felt so blessed, honored and aware to have you all in my life… even those of you who cheer me on silently and from far away. I became certified today because of you all.

P.S.S. If you are interested in becoming a Certified Trauma Recovery Coach - the course is starting at the end of this month and I invite you to join the incoming class. Check out the certification course here