Elisabeth is a survivor of family-controlled child sex trafficking and sex abuse. Her education in social work and her personal experiences as a survivor inform her intimate dialogue about the biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of trauma recovery, which she discusses on her blog at BeatingTrauma.com.
Elisabeth writes about breaking the cycle of abuse through conscious parenting, navigating intimate relationships as a survivor, balancing the memory recovery process with daily life, coping with self-doubt, and overcoming the physical symptoms of a traumatic childhood.
Elisabeth guides other survivors as they navigate life and parenting with private sessions, workshops and a forum. She also works with media and organizations through her workshops, writing, and speaking.
You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.
What Led to the Specialization of Trauma?
Elisabeth talks about how when she went back to school to get her MSW, she wasn’t quite sure about why she was getting her degree. The pull to get in to the field of psychology was subconscious for Elisabeth.
A Crucial Early Mistake
Elisabeth talks about how even before she began her recovery, she spent over 30 years ignoring her trauma. And when I became an adult, I knew something wasn’t right. This realization led to the beginning of her recovery.
What keeps me going in my own recovery is my children. Why do I keep doing this work? It’s an absolute passion!
- Don’t ever advise a survivor to ignore that intuitive sense that something isn’t right.
- It’s so important as a therapist that you understand your own triggers.
Elisabeth’s go-to books
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, Eckhart Tolle
- Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence–From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, Judith L. Herman