Total loan: $9,500
Los Angeles, CA, United States / Education
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I had a pretty rocky childhood. And despite there being Love in my family... there was also a great deal of chaos, instability, aggression and violence. All of this leaving me with a gnawing sense of shame, fear, and this ever-growing sense that I was really just unimportant. Then, when I was in high school, one of my brothers encouraged me to see a counselor. I still remember the simultaneous relief and outpouring of emotion in that first session, at just having someone show compassion and concern for my life. As an adult, I pursued a career as a trauma therapist, so I could this powerful and transformative work. Shortly after becoming a therapist, however, it dawned on me that being a "good" therapist simply meant being human - loving, respectful and humane - in the face of other people's pain, hurt, fears and anger. And this was something other professionals - namely, teachers - could do too. So I shifted my focus to find creative, actionable, and effective ways to help the professionals who needed it most - educators - to learn how to work with their students in a trauma-informed manner. And through shifting to this entrepreneurial mindset, the ideas came flowing through. I developed an online training course, I've spoken at conferences, a membership site is underway, and I even have a podcast in the making! This is my life's work. As my cousin once said to me: "Trauma Camp is your 'Lemonade,' Julia Rose." (All you Beyonce fans will understand the reference!) TC is a work of professional and personal Art and Expertise that is fundamentally rooted in the story of my life, and is something I now extend to the rest of the world with hope, humility, advocacy and love.