The Courage to Change: A Recovery Podcast

11 | Sex-Trafficked as a Child: A Survivor’s Story of Healing from C-PTSD Through Therapy - with Amy Peterson

Episode Summary

Amy is an alchemist working to transform her traumatic childhood experiences into a life of her own choosing. Two years ago, Amy changed her life when she reached out for help from an amazing psychotherapist. Through the healing process, Amy discovered a passion to provide a voice for the voiceless through documenting her journey on Instagram. Amy now uses art as a creative process for coping with trauma. In her spare time, she balances her work as the Operations Manager for an online public school with managing a degenerative skeletal-muscular disease (Klippel-Feil Syndrome) and most importantly, finding time to cuddle up to Netflix with a phenomenally kind, patient, and loving husband. She's one hell of a woman!

Episode Notes

Amy is an alchemist working to transform her traumatic childhood experiences into a life of her own choosing. Two years ago, Amy changed her life when she reached out for help from an amazing psychotherapist. Through the healing process, Amy discovered a passion to provide a voice for the voiceless through documenting her journey on Instagram.

Amy now uses art as a creative process for coping with trauma. In her spare time, she balances her work as the Operations Manager for an online public school with managing a degenerative skeletal-muscular disease (Klippel-Feil Syndrome) and most importantly, finding time to cuddle up to Netflix with a phenomenally kind, patient, and loving husband. She's one hell of a woman!

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Show Notes:

3:35 - Amy starts discussing her background and childhood

7:35 - The sexual assault: beginnings and what it turned into

8:45 - The start of being sex trafficked

10:38 - How Amy figured out what it was called/what sex trafficking actually looks like locally

16:10 - Becoming the “sacrificial lamb” of the family

21:02 - The first time she was raped + dissociating

22:50 - Being waterboarded at age 9

26:27 - Assaulted at age 17

31:38 - Using substances to cope

36:27 - Making the decision to seek out therapy

41:15 - Adding EMDR to her therapy and treatment plan

43:28 - Discussing her therapy assignments and the high value of therapy

47:30 - College and choosing an education for herself

51:56 - Discussing her recovery from trauma

53:38 - Getting re-triggered by trauma as an adult, and how she was able to work through the incident by creating her Instagram account @cptsdchronicles

1:00:15 - Hearing from others who were trafficked

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