4 stages of trauma – how to move through them with your lion cubs!

lion cubs and 4 stages of healing trauma joy-based living photo by Abdel Rodriquez

We’re in SEASON 2 of The Sassy Southern Yankee podcast! This season will be CLEAN LANGUAGE AND KID FRIENDLY. I am swearing to give up swear words during these podcasts because your young ones are at home and you need this info to be heard and shared freely!! We want to help you you be the calm amidst the storm. We know how much you love your kids and we know how much you care.

We want you to be a great lioness during these times. And we want your children to be happy lion cubs!

About this episode

How would you like to use this time you have at home to increase your self confidence and build your self-esteem while releasing insecurities?

Here’s how. When feelings get stuck in our bodies, we don’t feel like our best selves. The “stuckness” is the beginning of emotional trauma. Strangely enough, by accepting stuckness, you begin to release resistance. And this helps release insecurities. Which helps you be more confident about who you are! Positive contribution = Happiness. And it’s so much easier to be a positive contributor when you don’t have trauma stuck in your body.

Dr. Gabor Maté says that trauma is simply “disconnection from the self.” In this episode, Michele and talk about moving through the 4 stages of trauma. They are:

  1. Stuck
  2. Shocked
  3. Heck NO!
  4. Heck YES!

If you want to read more about trauma and the stages and o so much more, you can download SANCTUARY here at Joy-Based Living. It’s free. SANCTUARY is written for adults and mature/ older children.

Please share your questions or comments or topic suggestions right here in the comment section. Michele’s eager to do some fun doodles based on your input!!!

We plan to be here for you on the daily!!

You can play the entire episode here. You can also listen at any of your favorite podcast apps including spotify and itunes.

Thanks so much for joining us in creating a NEW NORMAL!

Here’s the video of the I DON’T THINK SO! book I mentioned during the podcast. And there’s Hiro Nakamura, best puppy in the whole Universe!

Sending you great big hugs,

Debbie Happy Cohen and Michele Stone

Happy Debbie at JBL VillageDebbie Happy Cohen, author and coach, is also the founder of Joy-Based Living. Her Master’s Degree is in counseling, specializing in family systems, trauma and turning OY into JOY! She lives on Lookout Mountain in Alabama, near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Debbie’s books include Reach Your Stars!, SANCTUARY and It’s All About Kids: Every Child Deserves a Teacher of the Year. Her friends have nicknamed her Happy D! and Reverend SASSY SHORTS! You can write to her at her blog at http://www.joybasedliving.com.

Michele Stone bio photoMichele Stone is a professional artist in Tampa, Florida as well as a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. She teaches classes for children and seniors and also curates art exhibits at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. Masterpieces with Michele, LLC is her company where provides painting parties for adults at their workplaces.  You can watch her videos and subscribe to her youtube station here.


This podcast is for all you moms and dads out there freaking out about what to do with your children for the next 2-4 weeks, while we are all quarantined. We plan to do a whole series of refreshing topics and life hacks to keep the stress and frustration down to a minimum. They will cover a wide range of topics, including emotional intelligence, doodling, navigating challenging times, resistance and so much more. Please leave a comment and I might draw out a doodle for you!! 

2 thoughts on “4 stages of trauma – how to move through them with your lion cubs!

  1. LOVE IT!!! GOOD STUFF!!! And “YAY!” for posting the “I Don’t Think So!” video with HIRO NAKAMURA!!! 😉
    Happy Saturday Night, Debbie!

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