Finding our passion, wonder and inspiration while living with the effects of trauma in ourselves or someone we love and a candid discussion on the challenges of navigating the mental system to find support for complex PTSD.
That's what this episode with Heather Tuba really highlights. How we can both survive some days and thrive other days. We really dig into how much shame is created when mental health services fall short for trauma survivors and their partners and families. Heather is fierce and clear, boundaried and compassionate. I adore and respect her.
Heather and I also talk about how she found me through an article titled CIGARETTES, SHAMES AND SELF COMPASSION, a very honest and vulnerable share of what it was like to move out of shame when I got the support I needed to recover from complex trauma.
MORE ABOUT HEATHER:
Heather Tuba is a writer, coach, and trauma-integrated practitioner with a specialization in support for partners of individuals with complex trauma. She is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, the Attachment and Trauma Centre for Healing, and is certified as a trauma recovery coach. She is also an alumni of the Humber College School for Writers.
Heather is recognized for her ability to communicate the nuanced and diverse experiences of partners within the context of another’s trauma. Her approach is multi-faceted and draws on thought and practices inside and outside the trauma field. As someone with the lived experience of being a partner to an individual with cPTSD, she is committed to the creation of practical strategies to improve the quality of partners’/supporters’ daily lives. In addition to individual coaching, she consults with sexual assault centres, trauma clinicians, and non-profits providing psychoeducation on secondary traumatic stress in partners and what partners/ supporters need to know about trauma. Her work/ideas are regularly referenced and shared on trauma related blogs and websites.