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My sexual abuse does not define me, it fuels me. I am not a victim, I’m a fighter.

These are the words of my guest today, Christian Griffith.

This interview is a powerful and inspiring one, and it’s also one that some might find hard to listen to at times. So please listen with discretion and take care of yourselves.

This interview is also a great example of why I do this podcast: to talk to incredibly courageous people and to help build awareness about the subject of trauma.

First, a huge thank you to my sponsors for making this podcast happen:

Somatic Experiencing

Trauma may be a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. Somatic Experiencing is a psychobiological method of addressing clients’ physical and emotional trauma conditions, and helps to give voice to their experiences without a need for them to retell the story.

SE was founded by Dr. Peter Levine, author of the bestseller Waking the Tiger, who developed Somatic Experiencing based on explorations of how animals deal with threat, nervous system overwhelm, and traumatic experiences on a daily basis.

SE focuses on regulation of the nervous system and offers the opportunity to engage, complete, and resolve the body’s instinctual responses to traumatic experiences. For more information regarding Somatic Experiencing and the SE professional training program, please visit:


Gould Farm

Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.

In a supportive community environment made up of residents, staff and their families, we help adults begin to rebuild and regain their lives.

Gould Farm offers a full continuum of care, with programs in both Boston and Western Massachusetts for those ready for new challenges and structured transition.

To learn more visit: 

Christian has completed over 100 races of marathon distance or farther, racing over volcanoes, across deserts, and through tropical jungles and infested swamps, all over the world. He’s earned his 50-mile bib at the World’s Toughest Mudder on CBS, took a beating on American Ninja Warrior on NBC, and survived hell as a finisher on The Selection: Special Operations Experiment, on History Channel. 

Now, Christian helps to raise money for Help For Children.

HFC has grown from a single fundraising event in NYC to a global foundation that operates in 12 cities in 7 countries, and has just one overriding mission: the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Over the past 20 years they have distributed close to $50 million in grants to organizations who protect and heal children.

 In This Episode

Mark Epstein, MD. Buddhism, Psychotherapy and Trauma
Sam Himelstein, PhD. Trauma-Informed Mindfulness With Teens.

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