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trauma Recovery
Mentorship
for women

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“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”

Bessel van der Kolk - The Body Keeps the Score

Navigating complex trauma recovery can be overwhelming and isolating.
Finding the resources that work for you and integrating those tools into your daily life is really challenging. We need relational support, understanding, and encouragement to help us develop an inner compassionate foundation from which to heal and recover. The Survivor Wise Mentorship offers education and resources within a compassionate healing relationship and community to promote integration and progress.

WHat is a
survivor wise
 mentorship?

Mentorship is a survivor-driven program that provides access to trauma-informed, science-backed recovery tools delivered through the lived experience and story of a person who has used them herself to heal - the mentor.

A mentorship is a healing relationship between two complex trauma survivors where trust and safety can be developed through sharing compassion, strength, wisdom, and hope together.


What Mentorship Offers:

  • Trauma education offered in an accessible and relatable way

  • Survivor insight around trauma recovery modalities

  • Holding space for self exploration and understanding

  • Building support and resources around the ways trauma affects the present

  • A compassionate lens around the impacts of trauma

  • An introduction to parts work, somatic support, emotional literacy, and nervous system regulation

  • Connection to a survivor community

What Mentorship DOES NOT Offer:

  • Licensed clinical diagnosis, practice, or cure

  • Licensed therapy

  • An expectation or requirement to retrieve or revisit past traumas

WHat is a mentor?

A mentor is an experienced and empathetic guide. The mentor survivor is a survivor who has more experience on the path of recovery who can offer options and choices to other survivor's who are getting started and in need of support. A recovery mentor provides guidance, perspective, compassion, emotional support, and witnessing as one who has walked the path too. A recovery mentor empowers other survivors to own and direct their recovery journey.

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Meet your mentor

Hi! I'm Sara, and I am a complex PTSD survivor and have been in recovering from complex trauma for over 15 years. Without an official diagnosis for complex PTSD in the DSM (the diagnostic tool for mental health professionals in the USA), I had to carve out my own recovery plan based on personal research and discovery. Utilizing my degree in biology, I have spent over a decade deepening my understanding of complex trauma, its effects on the brain and body, discovering effective treatments, and putting those tools and resources to work in my own recovery journey. 

I can honestly say that I am experiencing healing in ways that I never thought possible, and because of this I want to share my lived experience with other survivors to empower them to heal and find hope. 

Sara's educational experience
  • Internal Family Systems Informed Introductory Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with Education Certification & Writing Certification

  • 15 Years of Personal Research Around Complex Trauma, Family Dynamics, Generational Trauma, Somatic Healing, Relational Healing, Internal Family Systems, Etc.

  • 8 Years Experience Facilitating Trauma Recovery Groups

  • 5 Years Experience Mentoring Women in Trauma Recovery Programs

  • Consultation on Sexual Trauma Recovery Support Groups Pilot Program

Sara's lived experience
  • A recovering complex PTSD survivor

  • An understanding of what it is like navigating the trauma recovery system and the challenges that brings

  • An understanding of trauma from a lived experience point of view

  • An understanding of what it is like using and practicing trauma-informed tools

  • An understanding of the day-to-day, in the trenches, type work that healing is

  • A compassionate lens around trauma-related behavior and how it shows up

Components of
survivor wise Mentorship

14-Week Program for Women
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each 14 week Survivor wise Mentorship Includes:
  • 14 Weeks of online learning modules on complex trauma recovery topics

  • A program workbook designed for self-discovery and reflection

  • Weekly exercises to help you build a recovery toolbox

  • Weekly one hour ZOOM mentoring calls with Sara

  • Weekly meeting reflection notes and healing tools to consider

  • Support throughout the week via instant messaging

  • 3 support group ZOOM calls with other mentees in the program

  • Curated Mentee Community Chat on SLACK

  • Access to the Survivor Wise Recovery Library

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Financial investment for mentorship
14 Weekly and Automated Payments of $150
Compassionate FOundations
Phase ONe of the survivor wise mentorship
Developing Self Compassion Is The Aim Of Mentorship

Whether we are curious about parts work or interested in befriending our bodies, whether we are processing the past or learning to live in the present, self compassion is the key to deep and long-lasting healing and recovery, yet it is often one of the most qualities to develop as a complex trauma survivor. Shame and self-criticism tend to be our home base, and even as we enter therapy and recovery, we may struggle with the weight of constant self-criticism and judgment. We may feel stuck, unable to access the change and growth we so desperately want.

"When we are mindful of our struggles, and respond to ourselves with compassion, kindness, and support in times of difficulty, things start to change. We can learn to embrace ourselves and our lives, despite inner and outer imperfections, and provide ourselves with the strength needed to thrive."

Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer - The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion - mindful.org

How do we cultivate a compassionate foundation within us to support us through our healing and recovery?

In my experience, self compassion is actually built relationally, when our experience is seen, heard, and understood by another, when we realize that we aren't alone in our story, when we can co-regulate and resonate with safe people. These are the moments that slowly accumulate into self-compassion. They are often moments we didn't experience growing up, and so self-compassion feels elusive. The aim of the Survivor Wise Mentorship is to help survivors develop an inner compassionate foundation through relational safety, trust, and understanding.

What is covered in the
Compassionate foundations program?

The Compassionate Foundations program is grounded in two important trauma-informed recovery concepts: curiosity and compassion. Through curiosity, we come to healing with an open mind and a desire to understand ourselves and our behaviors through a trauma lens. We begin to see that our responses make sense given what we have experienced. As we begin to better understand ourselves and our responses, we start to develop compassion for ourselves and our stories. Through compassion, we cultivate hope in our capacity to grow and heal beyond our trauma.

This program is divided into two main sections:
Getting Curious - Understanding Complex Trauma
Getting Compassionate - Creating a Recovery Recipe

This recovery mentorship will focus on the basics of complex PTSD recovery, including understanding how trauma impacts the nervous system, dissociation, and shame, as well as recovery tools such as shame resilience, boundary setting, and more. This program will introduce you to parts work, somatic support, emotional literacy, and nervous system regulation. The goal of this program is to give you a solid compassionate foundation from which to continue your recovery journey.

Getting Curious
Understanding Complex Trauma

Introduction to Recovery Essentials

Week 1: Getting Oriented

Getting Curious - Understanding Complex PTSD

Understanding Trauma and Your Nervous System

Week 2: Unmet Developmental and Neurological Needs

     The Creation of the Inner War

Week 3: Mapping Out Your Nervous System

     Smoke Alarm and Watch Tower

     Polyvagal Theory and Fight, Flight, and Freeze
 

Understanding Dissociation - The First Protector

Week 4: In the mind: Fragmentation, Compartmentalization, and Identity Loss

Week 5: In the body: Depersonalization, Derealization, and Time Loss
 

Understanding Shame - The Second Protector

Week 6: Getting to Know the Inner Critic

 

Week 7: Cultivating Rest Practices

Getting Compassionate
Creating a Recovery Recipe

Getting Compassionate - Creating a Recovery Recipe

Shame Resilience

Week 8: Standing up to the Inner Critic and Setting Internal Boundaries

Emotional and Nervous System Regulation

Week 9: Unpacking Your Relationship with Emotion

     Decoding the Messages of Emotions

     Body Awareness, Interoception, and Cues

Week 10: Navigating Trauma Triggers

     Safety Plans

     Body-Based Regulators

Identifying Needs and Boundaries

Week 11: Unpacking Your Relationship with Receiving

     Exploring Overworking, Human Giver Syndrome, and Resentment

     Identifying Needs Via Emotional Awareness

     Self Care Routines

Week 12: Unpacking Your Relationship with Boundaries

     Boundaries as Defining Who We Are

     Boundaries with Self: Self Trust

     Boundaries with Others: Hoops of Trust

Asking For Help

Week 13: Asking For Help

     Unpacking Why It Is Hard to Ask for Help

     Relational Healing: Trust, Boundaries, and Limits

Week 14: What are my next steps?

Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the mentorship programs?

Each mentorship program lasts 14 weeks, with an option to continue working with Sara through the different stages of the mentorship.

How do I apply for the mentorship program?

To apply for mentorship, consider which Stage 1 program you are most interested in. Then, complete the mentorship application to schedule a discovery call.

What are Sara's training and credentials?

I am not a licensed therapist or counselor. My expertise is grounded in my sixteen years of lived experience navigating complex trauma recovery, therapy, and education. I have a bachelors degree in Biology and a secondary education teaching license, which has deeply influenced how I approach and research trauma recovery topics and spread education and awareness on those topics. As a complex trauma survivor, I had to learn to advocate for my own recovery and treatment in a mental health system that in many ways fails to acknowledge and address the layers of complex PTSD. Throughout my recovery journey, I have facilitated a variety of support groups, mentored women, and have been mentored myself. Several years ago, I returned to school to complete a Writing Certificate with the intent to use my voice and experience to help other survivors get access to the knowledge, tools, and options they needed to recover from complex trauma. Since then, I have participated in trainings to become "IFS-informed" to support my parts work mentorship and plan to continue growing my understanding of that modality, which was deeply healing for me.

What is the financial cost of mentorship?

At Stage 1, each 14 week mentorship program is $150 a week for 14 weeks. If you continue into other stages of mentorship, the weekly price gradually decreases.