Frequently Asked Questions
Is this course for female-identifying participants only?
No, the course is open to survivors of all gender and sexual identities. We welcome and value diversity, including all sexualities, genders, body sizes, abilities, and races.
Who is this course for?
This course is open to survivors of sexual trauma, whether the events were recent, long ago in the past, or somewhere in between.
Is the course open to participants outside of the USA?
Yes, part of our motivation for creating this course is to reach survivors who need it, wherever they reside.
What's included in this course?
The course includes 18 recorded hour + instructional video modules broken down into shorter more digestible segments, and four private 1 on 1 30 minute coaching calls, 2 with Laura and 2 with Erika scheduled within a six week time frame. All designed to teach you about your body's relation to trauma and somatic (body based) skills to help you connect with a felt sense of safety/presence in your body, to learn to identify and set boundaries and to live with resilience. This course is made up of a combination of didactic and experiential practices. You will come away with a wealth of practices and techniques that you can return to again and again as you continue your healing journey.
I’m afraid of what I’ll discover if I do the work to heal. Is this something you see a lot?
Yes, in fact this is the biggest reason people are fearful of turning inward and doing the work to heal. Having named the fear is a great first step. Naming it helps to diminish fear’s power over you. It’s natural to resist change, our brains are wired that way – to fear the unknown. Yet most everything you’ve ever accomplished, including taking your very first step, brought up fear or anxiety before you took that leap; and trauma symptoms tend to lurk under the surface, affecting us more than we realize in our day-to-day life.
We’re not going to mislead you, the work of healing from sexual trauma is not easy. It takes courage and determination to improve the quality of your life. And with the wounds of trauma, sometimes you can feel a little worse before you feel better. Yet you can move through the course at your own pace, strengthening your capacity to do the work as you practice the techniques and connect or reconnect with a felt sense of safety/presence. We can assure you from first-hand experience and countless client feedback, when you get to the point of symptom relief it will all feel well worth it!
It has been said that our essence, our soul, is ever present like the sun, yet like the sun, it can become obscured by clouds. These clouds represent the wounds and trauma you've experienced throughout your life, along with the defenses that have helped you survive, yet these defenses (dissociating, people pleasing, rage...) may no longer serve you. Together we can bring awareness and begin to relax these defenses allowing more of your true self, your gifts, your ever-present essence to shine through.
Does this course include homework?
Every modules that includes videos will include prompts, handouts, and invitations to practice what you’re learning between sessions. For best results, we will ask you to practice some of the techniques as “homework,” which will take no more than about 12 minutes per day. Every 4th week is a week of practice and rest, a time to review, catch up, and schedule one of your coaching calls.
Just as you wouldn’t try to learn to ride a bicycle if you needed to get away from a burning building fast, you cannot expect to learn these practices when your nervous system is in a fight, flight, or freeze response. Practicing these techniques for 12 minutes a day will help you access a more consistent state of grounded presence, and will make the practices easier for you to access and more effective when you find your nervous system becoming activated. This in turn decreases the frequency and severity of activation.
Do you offer refunds?
We are unable to provide refunds once the course has commenced, so please follow your own best judgment when making the decision to take this course. We are confident that this course contains a wealth of high-quality content, but you are the best judge of what is right for you.
Should you have any questions or concerns about our refund policy, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Yes, we hope to make this course accessible to as many participants as possible by offering an interest-free payment plan of 6 equal installments of $300.
It is important to us that participants who elect to use the payment plan are not penalized with any additional fees, so we are absorbing the extra processing costs involved in offering a payment plan rather than passing them on to the customer.
The cost for the course is equivalent to what we would charge for an in-person group.
Do I have to attend the live calls?
We hope you’ll be able to join us for as many of the live calls as possible because we want you to feel connected to the course community. However, all of the live calls will be recorded and kept in the course library with the other recorded modules, where you can access them at your convenience.
How long will I have access to the course material?
As long as we continue to offer this course, which we expect to be for years to come, you will have access to the recorded modules and live call recordings. The live portion of the course ends after we have delivered 6 months of weekly content.
How will I access the course?
Weekly modules will be uploaded to the membership area beginning September 19th. Upon registration you will receive an e-mail containing login details to access the course materials in the membership area.
Live Q&A calls will take place via Zoom. You will be sent the Zoom details via e-mail. The calls will be recorded if you are unable to attend live, and the recordings will be uploaded to the membership area.
Can I interact with the course instructors and participants between live Q & A meetings?
When you join, you will be invited to the private Facebook group just for course participants and instructors. This will be the place our community will keep in touch between meetings. Laura and Erika will take turns responding to fb posts and emails on a weekly basis.