My name is Jody, and I am the owner of Brave Wings Trauma and Crisis Informed Coaching. I work with both individuals and groups. I am a twice published author, and a freelance writer and editor, but above all, I am a survivor.
Life doesn’t always turn out how we had planned or hoped it would. We experience traumas, hurt and pain yet we have no option but to face it and carry on. I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Chronic Suicidal Ideation, Persistent Depressive Disorder and Anxiety. I have survived three suicide attempts and 14 years of sexual abuse. I have been fighting to survive since the day I was born. It is a life long war, but I am starting to win some of the battles along the way.
I do all I can to help myself move from just surviving, to perhaps thriving. I take meds, I go to therapy, I practice new thought processes, so perhaps one day they will become instinctual. I took a six month trauma informed coaching course, and a certified crisis text responder. I have taken CBT, and DBT and have spent years researching and learning about my illnesses.
After some intensive therapy, I decided to share my story online and was stunned by the responses I received. I thought I was alone, and that no one could possibly understand how I was feeling. I started with a brief introduction, and as the number of blogs increased, so did my confidence, and that encouraged me to share the most intimate details of my life. Being able to express my feelings with strangers actually feels like a weight lifted off my shoulders, and it helps me to know that my words could make someone feel less alone, and more understood.
Depression, anxiety and all other forms of mental illness are not things anyone would choose to live with. It’s exhausting to constantly be at war with yourself, and sometimes, it can take every last ounce of strength to just survive the day. However, you do survive. You hold onto anything, absolutely anything that can get you through the next few minutes, hours or days. You have a reserve of strength you don’t even know about that is brought forth when we are at the end of our ropes.
Don’t suffer alone. Don’t suffer in silence. Sharing your story may help you, and will definitely help others. That is the reason I started Coaching and Peer Support Groups, and my podcast. I want to make use of the knowledge I have learned because of all the traumas I went through. I provide a non-judgemental, empathetic and validating space for us to work through your traumas. I want to help educate the masses, which will hopefully help in breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health.
Please remember, no matter how alone you feel, there are so many others sharing the same types of feelings. You are never alone. Reach out to whomever you can. You are worthy of love and support, simply because you are you. You can contact me at jodybetty.com for Coaching and Peer Support, or for Freelance writing and editing.