With recent events that are happening in the news in the U.S. surrounding the U.S. Supreme court nomination of Brent Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford coming forward with her story of sexual assault, I knew I needed to have a podcast on the topic of sexual trauma. While I do plan on having an episode where I speak with a friend on the topic of sexual assault, I knew how very important it was to have an expert on to discuss this topic, as well. Because, y’all, I am not an expert in this area, but as many of you know, finding an expert in a given field is something I take very seriously.

And that is why I am honored and grateful to be welcoming back to the show, Licensed Marriage and Family and Therapist, Rebecca Bass-Ching. Rebecca is also a Certified EMDR Therapist+Consultant, Trauma Therapist and a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. Today you’ll hear us speak on the topic of sexual trauma, including: feeling triggered by sexual assault stories in the news, navigating the differencing of opinions to sexual assault, healing and processing from sexual trauma and the all important fact that there is no time limit on healing.

Trigger warning: while we go into mostly surface level conversation related to sexual trauma and assault, it’s still a very tender topic. In fact, I let Rebecca really take the reigns in this episode because, as you’ll hear, I am still unpacking and navigating my own feelings too.  

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Some reasons why we may be feeling triggered, angered or on edge related to current events about sexual trauma or assault (8 minutes and 29 seconds)
  • How to navigate feedback from people who have different opinions or reactions to sexual assault (14:02)
  • Handling the question and red herring argument, “What if your son was falsely accused of sexual assault?” (21:21)
  • Your memory network and trauma: remembering portions of trauma so very clearly (32:30)
  • Healing from trauma is very inconvenient, plus we touch on residual trauma (34:35)
  • The deep connection between sexism and racism (38:47)

Resources from this episode
Rebecca’s website
Episode 61: Dealing with shame even when you think you don’t have any, with Rebecca Bass-Ching
Registration is OPEN for The New and Improved Daring Way™ Retreat!
Books Andrea has read or currently reading that are recommended on the subject of race and racism:
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Between the World And Me by Ta-Nehisi  Coates

Rebecca Bass-Ching is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. She has extensive training in family systems therapy and mind-body approaches which take into account the whole person and the whole body in recovery.  She is a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist, a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator+Consultant (CDWF-C) (based on the research of Brené Brown), Certified EMDR Therapist+Consultant-in-Training , Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) + iaedp™ Approved Supervisor, AAMFT Approved Supervisor.

She is a founding board member and Past-President of the San Diego chapter of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She has been an adjunct professor and has taught at Bethel Seminary San Diego for their Marital and Family Therapy department, Azusa Pacific University’s San Diego Regional Center for their Marriage and Family Therapy program and Point Loma Nazarene University in the Psychology Department.

She has also been a mental health contributor (and a proud KickStarter supporter) to Darling Magazine and love doing professional case consultations with people seeking to get certified in The Daring Way™, EMDR therapy, CEDS (through iaedp™), become an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, doing Internal Family Systems consultations with those who desire to learn more about the model, and business consultations with other business owners seeking to build their own practice with thought and integrity.

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