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LIVE BOLDLY with Sara Schulting Kranz

Apr 29, 2020

How can your trauma become your treasure?

Licensed psychotherapist and coach Amy Van Slambrook uses her personal journey of healing lifelong traumas to help others do the same, by giving voice to the unhealed wounds affecting their lives and relationships. With over 20 years professional experience in healthcare administration and finance, genetic and psychological research, domestic violence, and entrepreneurship, Amy brings vast experience to her work in post-traumatic growth and overall wellness in mind, body and spirit.

In addition to a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelors in Psychology, she has trained with some of the foremost experts in the fields of faith, relationships, trauma, women’s issues, abuse recovery, brain health and functional medicine, including Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk and Dr. Daniel Amen. As a licensed psychotherapist, certified life coach, experienced consultant, and published author, she has helped countless women and couples heal their trauma, find the gifts it gave them and go on to have lives and relationships of purpose and passion they never imagined possible.

In this episode, Amy and I have a powerful conversation about trauma. Amy dives deep into her background and explains the traumas she has suffered, including toxic relationships and a painful divorce. Amy got on the scale one day and realized she really did suffer from anorexia. From that point on, she has been on a journey of health. We talk about the holistic approach to trauma and how we can accept love after trauma. Later, we speak about letting our hearts do their thing and why we need to spend more time in nature.

In This Episode:

  • About Amy Van Slambrook [ 3:15 ]
  • Amy dives deep into her background [ 6:30 ]
  • Connecting our emotions with the traumas [ 12:10 ]
  • How to accept love after trauma [ 15:15 ]
  • How we can entertain future possibilities after traumas [ 21:10 ]
  • About holistic approaches to dealing with trauma [ 30:00 ]
  • How to let your heart do its thing [ 42:45 ]
  • Why we need to spend more time in nature [ 50:00 ]
  • About Amy’s coaching business [ 56:00 ]



  • “We don’t have to be afraid of our trauma.”
  • “When we face our trauma head-on, we can heal because of it.”
  • “Trauma puts us in a two-dimensional world.”
  • “I never thought of myself as having intimacy issues.”
  • “Love and joy are both intertwined with pain.”
  • “I purged all my wounds onto paper.”
  • “Your brain is so beautiful.”

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