The Heart is The Keeper Of Truth. Julia Rose M. Polk, M.A. LMFT
When I initially began this podcast, when asked, I would have said that it’s about.
Now? It’s truly about so much more.
It’s about the incredible people and the story of their lives and what’s compelled them to do the inspiring work of helping those who’ve been impacted by trauma.
It’s about inspiration and the courage to reflect on one’s own life and the cultivation of authenticity.
My guest this week, Julia Rose, exemplifies this. And it’s the reason why, before I’d even finished my first interview with her, I knew I wanted to have her back on. And quickly.
You can listen to Julia’s first interview here, episode 272
Julia Rose is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of the West, and is Founder and President of Trauma Camp, a professional development and consultation company that trains educators about trauma-informed and relationship-based approaches in the classroom.
For over a decade, Julia Rose has been studying specifically the impacts of early childhood trauma on adult mental health and behavior, some of this research culminating into her master’s thesis entitled: The Effects of Spanking On Mental Health, and Why Clinicians Need to Know (2016).
In her work with clients over the years, she has consistently found that at the root of depression, anxiety, addiction, compulsion, and a range of other mental health issues is a childhood which involved one or more traumatic incidents that have yet to be acknowledged, expressed or resolved. Tremendous shifts occur when this is done, as it allows these wounds to begin to heal.
She is also certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Youth Trauma Treatment Professional, and has begun training from the ChildTrauma Academy’s Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics.
Importantly, Julia Rose has also spent half her life addressing, treating, reducing and resolving the impact of her own early childhood trauma–experience which serves as her foundational knowledge on this topic.
The longest journey you will ever take is the 18 inches from your head to your heart.