We are so excited to have Jenna Riemersma back with us to discuss her new book, Altogether Us. Jenna doesn't hold back as we talk about everything from polyvagal theory to enneagram to trauma and moving towards marginalized communities. This is one conversation you do NOT want to miss!
Jenna Riemersma is a popular author, speaker, and certified Internal Family Systems therapist whose groundbreaking IFS books have repeatedly topped Amazon’s best-selling new release charts. A Harvard graduate, seasoned clinical director, and dynamic presenter, Jenna speaks to audiences across the globe, offering compelling and innovative solutions to the most challenging mental health issues of our day.
To purchase any of her books or check out what she's up to, go to her website!
And don't forget to listen to Episode 74: IFS & Moving Toward with Jenna Riemersma.
Counselor and doctoral student Tracy Busse joins the podcast to discuss trauma and polyvagal theory; how they relate to IFS parts; Ignatian spirituality practices; and how she discovered her enneagram number.
Tracy is a professional counselor, writer, teacher, and spiritual director. For the past twenty years, she has provided therapy to children and adult survivors of trauma and human trafficking. She also provides consultation and training to a variety of organizations who serve leaders and marginalized populations. Tracy is currently working on a doctorate in Spiritual Direction at Fuller Theological Seminary where she is exploring the intersect between spiritual formation and neuroscience. Tracy resides in Atlanta, GA and finds delight on her paddle board, hiking, playing the guitar, painting, traveling, and resting in the company of fellow image bearers.
For Tracy's newsletter focused on integration of spiritual formation, neuroscience, and justice, sign up on her website.
For information on Trainings and Consultation visit Ash Tree Center.
You can follow Tracy on Instagram and Facebook.
Join the conversation today with our guest, Nicki Schoonover, Licensed Master Social Worker and current Director of Field Education for Herzing University Master of Social Work Program. She reminds us that every behavior is trying to communicate something. She offers some tips on how to practice self care to avoid secondary traumatic stress when we work with others who are presenting with trauma responses. Nicki also offers great hope as she explains that, while understanding trauma and its impact is very important, it's also equally important to remember that there is hope! She offers some great definitions of resiliency and post-traumatic growth.
Nicki is a Licensed Master Social Worker, current Director of Field Education for Herzing University Master of Social Work Program. She has a strong passion for adolescent mental health and self care for helping professionals. She loves to be outside, read, and drink coffee. She lives in Greenville, IL with her husband and two-year-old son.
(Content warning: trafficking, abuse, and the commercial sex industry)
Trafficking survivor Ashley Chesney joins us on the podcast to discuss healing after trauma. She breaks down a little of her own story and then tells us some truths and misconceptions about trafficking, how we can move towrads those with complex trauma, and how there is always hope for a new story.
Ashley Chesney is a Survivor Leader, author, and advocate in the Anti-Trafficking Movement. She is an inspiring speaker and an expert trainer, and SFMB’s new Executive Director. Additionally, Ashley serves as a member of the CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Advisory Board through the National Center of Youth Law. It is through her own journey, she has found healing that she wants to share with others. Ashley is the author of the memoir From the Ashes and she believes that advocacy, connection, and hope are key in guiding other survivors on a path to reclaim their lives after exploitation. She graduated summa cum laude from Cal State University Monterey Bay with her B.A. in Collaborative Health and Human Services from an inter-disciplinary program that held emphasis on nonprofit management and social work. Ashley is a sex trafficking survivor turned thriver.
You can support Ashley's work at her website and by following Set Free Monterey Bay.
In Pursuit of Love by Rebecca Bender
Runaway Girl by Carissa Phelps
Scars and Stilettos by Harmony Dust
Girls Like Us by Rachel Lloyd
Purchased: Leaving the Sex Trade by Deanna Lynn
If you or someone you know is being trafficked, please call the National Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888 or contact National Rescue America.
Kelsie Olds, The Occuplaytional Therapist, joins the podcast today to talk about the importance of play - and not just for children! Kelsie addresses misconceptions and truths around what play actually is. We also talk about how we all learn, how we can overcome trauma, and how we can re-parent ourselves through play.
Kelsie is both an occupational therapist and The Occuplaytional Therapist - working offline in elementary schools with children and doing online advocacy with caregivers and professionals.
Find Kelsie on her website or on Facebook!
Graduate student Amber Runyan joins the podcast to discuss what it's like to journey from theory to application of trauma-informed care. In her own words, Amber says:
"My name is Amber Runyan. I am 22 years old. I just recently graduated with a bachelors degree in social work from Greenville University this past spring. I am currently an RA and program Care Coordinator at Eden’s Glory where I have been working almost a year and half now. I will be starting my MSW program this fall at SIUE. I think that social work and ministry has been a passion of mine long before college but in college is when I really developed a calling to the anti-trafficking field. I come from a large family and am one of 12 kids, eight of which were adopted. Being a big sister and more recently an aunt has been one of my favorite roles. I am an enneagram Nine. I believe being an enneagram Nine in a large family with lots of outside factors has give me a unique skill set and lens into crisis intervention, trauma, and peacemaking."
Clinical therapist Meghan Reedy joins the podcast today to kick off a new series on trauma. In this episode, Meghan defines trauma, including what the terms "big T Trauma" and "little t trauma" mean for everyone. She also leaves us with some practical ways we can all be a little more trauma-informed in our lives, in relationships, and in working with others.
Meghan is the Clinical Director of Eden's Glory, a restoration program for adult survivors of human trafficking. She is also the founder of their minor's program, Foster Kairos, that provides outpatient therapy and caregiver support for kids who have been trafficked or are at risk. Meghan is a licensed clinical social worker and practices several therapy modalities including Internal Family Systems as well as Brainspotting, a new therapy designed to help people process trauma using their visual field. Meghan is a wife of Phillip, mom of Emilia, coffee lover, beach enthusiast, and an enneagram 3. She believes that God provides real and deep healing and is overjoyed at the opportunity to play a part in His plan in the lives of the women and children she serves!
Deedra and Megan returned from another Dauntless Grace enneagram retreat, and they recap their favorite things about their retreats, how they got started, and how you can join in on the fun! Also, don't miss their story about staying the night in a literal treehouse in the California redwoods, and why they definitely were not prepared for that adventure.
Get updates on future retreats!
Join Megan and Deedra as they revisit the first full-length episode of The Dauntless Grace Exchange ever! They give you a behind-the-scenes commentary of episode 2 and add in information you didn't get the first time around. Plus, an update three years later!
What's the best path toward integration and wholeness for each enneagram type? It's making moves that pull up your repressed center and give you strategic ways to use your connecting lines and widen your focus of attention.
Also, Megan shares her biggest lifetime regret in this episode...and Deedra just laughs. Plus, what they really think about Winnie the Pooh.
Episode 100: The Best of You with Dr. Alison Cook
Episode 74: IFS and Moving Toward with Jenna Riemersma
Applying Scripture verses like a topical bandage isn't really what we are meant to do with the Bible. However, there is a benefit in knowing what Jesus, the embodiment of the Author of Life, says about who we were created to be.
When we understand how our enneagram triads group us around primary emotions (anger, shame, and fear), we can use those emotions as signals to speak to the exiled parts of ourselves and bring them into new wholeness and re-integration. Jesus intimately understands our core longings, desires, and fears, and he has spoken in compassionate and healing ways to each of those unique pain points.
It may be a time of celebration of national freedoms, but we don't want to overlook the real freedom we have: the freedom from dis-integration and the freedom to pursue wholeness.
Listen as Deedra and Megan talk about the Pharasaical construct of holiness and how we all can get trapped in a transactional view of God. Also, what did the New Testament mean when it says that everything is "permissible" for believers? The answer lies somewhere in what is holiness versus what is wholeness.
Deedra and Megan talk through Sabbath in this episode: what is it? why should we practice it? and why might it be different for us all? Then they break it down by enneagram type and give practical suggestions for how to enter into soul rest.
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Deedra and Megan talk through the rest of the stress signals for enneagram numbers Five, Six, Seven, Eight, and Nine. Plus, they do a deep dive into their personal theories on Eights in stress, and they try their hardest not to talk about Ones and Fours again (but they fail).
Don't miss last week's Episode 127: Enneagram and Stress Signals (part 1)
You can see the whole series on Instagram.
Deedra and Megan work through the stress signals of enneagram numbers One, Two, Three, and Four. What happens when each number starts to feel stressed? What does it look like to move towards stress numbers?
You can see the whole series on Instagram.
Check back next week for the rest of the numbers!
Each week on the Dauntless Grace Exchange podcast, Deedra Mager and Megan Hall chat with Christian women about their faith, their fears, their victories, and their struggles in the hopes to connect women to a meaningful story.