My name is Allison McDanel, I'm a C-PTSD Survivor and your Body & PTSD Coach. If you're reading this then chances are you've experienced trauma and pain. Maybe you've never shared those events with another--I'm here for you!!
There were many unhappy days in my childhood, starting when I was just a baby and lasting throughout high school--those traumatic events forever changed me. I learned how to dissociate in order to survive. In particular, I depersonalized just to make it through most days. What does it mean to depersonalize? Basically, I was detached from my body. I walked through my life feeling numb--my body moved, but my spirit or life force was either high above my head or floating slowly behind. I felt like a living, breathing bobble-head.
When the pain became to much, I turned to alcohol in my 30's. But then, 8 years later, even that wasn't enough to dull the pain. I read self-help book after book those 8 years--looking for the right combination of words to "fix" me. But in the end, I felt hopeless and powerless over my own life.
So, what changed???
I surrendered!! I realized I couldn't do this on my own. I needed help and support. So I asked for it; and my God heard.
I'd always been a spiritual person, but with the cloud of alcohol and self-medication I'd lost connection with Spirit. Once the haze cleared, I began a journey of self-discovery. I attended coaching certification, I found a tribe of women who loved and saw me for who I was. I also sought outside help such as EMDR, creating soulful body connection with morning rituals and a spiritual journey called The Wilderness Walk among other things.
Now, I want to share what I've learned with you. I want to support you on YOUR journey. I want to stand witness and tell you life can be more!!!