Tonight's special guest is Sandi Atmore from California, a survivor and returning NAASCA family member who's a Life Coach & Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. Her childhood was tumultuous and she suffered physical, sexual and verbal abuse from the time she was 2 until the age of 15. The dynamic in Sandi’s home was that all bad things were to be kept behind closed doors and so to the outside world her family looked happy and normal. To deal with the stress and abuse Sandi developed the same coping skills she learned from her caregivers, denial and repression. As an adult her life revolved around moving up the corporate ladder and fitness. Childhood wounds that had left an internal feeling that something was terribly wrong with her fueled her drive. If she could just “make it” in business and have the perfect body then perhaps that terrible feeling would go away. It didn’t work. Neither did drugs or alcohol. In 2005, after facing the abuse of her childhood Sandi walked away from drugs. She discovered Grief Recovery in 2006. The Outreach Program gave her the structure and tools to heal from the inner wounds. Sandi notes, "I am a survivor and I received help in many ways. One was therapy, one was Grief Recovery (which I know teach). I am a Life Coach and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist so I help many people who have suffered through child abuse, specifically sexual." She continues, "I work with people vocationally, relationally, emotionally, mentally and spiritually to support them in inner healing which always leads to a better quality of life and the ability to break the cycles of abuse. I also volunteer at an organization called Safe Passage which helps women to recover from domestic violence, many of those women are sexual abuse victims as well."
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