Uncovering Trauma and Its Role in Your Health Story
I am so honored to have Dr. Keesha Ewers as my guest on the show today and we chatting about a topic that really hits home for me in a big way. TRAUMA and the importance of uncovering it’s affect on your health story and how to heal complex health struggles.
We are diving deep into how unresolved trauma can manifest as autoimmune diseases and other imbalances in the mind, body and spirit, we’re discussing how these root causes can affect our health, the ways in which we show up in the world for others and how we speak to ourselves. We even discuss finding gratitude to those who caused the trauma, as challenging as that may seem – in this episode Dr. Keesha actually takes me through a powerful exercise in facing my own trauma and my perpetrator.
Before we dive in, if you feel that this discussion may not pertain to you, as you feel you are not a victim of the traumas we hear about most commonly, sexual assault, physical or emotional abuse, addiction, neglect, I urge you to please still take the time to listen to this episode. Dr Keesha unpacks and defines trauma in all senses of the world, as she calls it capital T and lower case t traumas and the many events that still affect and damage areas of the brain and our health and how trauma actually comes in so many shapes and forms. Dr. Keesha shares the many ways that events of our past can manifest not just in disease or physical imbalances, but in our relationships, our self talk and we get into all of the mighty lessons that past trauma can teach us!
About Dr. Keesha Ewers
Dr. Keesha Ewers is an integrative medicine expert, Doctor of Sexology, Family Practice ARNP, Psychotherapist, herbalist, she is board certified in functional medicine and Ayurvedic medicine and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.
Dr. Keesha has been in the medical field for over 30 years. After conducting the HURT Study in 2013 (Healing Un-Resolved Trauma), she developed the HURT Model for understanding how past childhood trauma impacts adult health. This led to the creation of the You Unbroken online program for patients to heal their own trauma and the Mystic Medicine deep immersion healing retreats she leads at her home on San Juan Island, WA.
I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Keesha speak last year and as she shared her own powerful story of healing her autoimmune disease and discovering the role unresolved trauma had in her health story – I had goosebumps and tears I my eyes listening to her words and her experiences that resonated so deeply with me and unknowingly at the time, this talk became a catalyst for me, to a huge year of self discovery and unpacking old narratives and healing from my trauma.
Over the course of 2018, I began doing some serious self assessment and I was facing head on my struggles with my self worth and my abilities to believe in myself, my perfectionism, my apprehension to trust people whose motives seem insincere, my disdain for people who abuse power or expect too much of me – all qualities in me that i most wanted to change, I began to realize were all rooted in the sexual trauma I experienced in my late teens and had told myself i had totally overcome and it was dealt with and a non-issue. it became an intense exploration into uncovering who I am and the work I needed to do yet to heal my body and my spirit so I could show up in the world in the ways I truly wanted to. And spoiler alert, like so many things – I’m still showing up for me and I am still doing the work!
It is with great pleasure I share Dr Keesha and this amazing episode with all of you, to offer some incredible insight knowledge and actionable tools.
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