Tonight's special guest is Kim Kubal, MS, a PhD candidate from Millbrae, California, who's a survivor of ritual abuse and human trafficking. "Looking back on my life," she says, "I realize that I spent most of my childhood and adolescence fragmented and out of my body." She goes on, "I now know that my situation was one of extreme and recurrent abuse and trauma. During times of abuse and torture, I simply went someplace else. I didn't feel the physical, emotional or spiritual pain." Kim felt she had to escape into multiple addictions and self-abusive behaviors .. food, sugar, sex, drugs, etc. She was in tremendous denial, as where her parents and other family members. Kim descended into a deep, suicidal depression, clinging to her therapist and several 12-Step programs she was in. "After 10 long years of healing, I finally thought I was done and could start to live life. Boy, was I wrong!" Kim says she had the sobering realization that the abuses she began to recall had indeed occurred, that her memories were real. "I pressed on, at times seeing two separate therapists each week." Kim went on spiritual retreats and attended eight different 12-Step programs dealing with 12 different addictions. Now it's paid off. "I am able to heal and give back. I am at peace within myself and love myself. I come from a place of love, and see the love, which is God, in everyone." Kim is now the Executive Director of 'Your Strength to Heal' providing a safe and nurturing inpatient and outpatient treatment facility where women can heal from trauma-related conditions. Her personal web site, KimKubal.com, is dedicated to healing and preventing trauma through education, her books, workshops and support.
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