Observing PTSD Awareness Month (Solo transcript and audio)

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Amy Watson 0:02 Hey, everybody, and welcome to the last episode of June of 2022. This is the Wednesday’s with Watson podcast. And I am Amy Watson, by now, you know, I’m your host, shows us today, as we talk about a little bit about season three is we are definitely nearing the end of this season. And so we have a lot of new listeners, a lot of new followers. And so I just wanted to spend this last this fifth, Wednesday in June, this is a month that we have focused on racial trauma. And so we’ll talk about those episodes a little bit in just a few minutes. But it’s also PTSD Awareness Month. Now, this is a podcast that focuses primarily on post traumatic stress disorder. And we have spent 60 Plus episodes talking about PTSD. And so that is why I wanted to use the month of June, which is when we observe Juneteenth, and really segwaying into July, which is it’s mental health awareness month for people that are black, indigenous or people of color. And so with that is why I wanted to invest every episode during the month of June because I know some of you are catching up on the podcast, and you will actually hear these episodes in July. And so I learned a lot guys on the racial trauma series. And we’re going to talk about that in a few minutes. But I would love to do a little bit of just kind of a an update on on where the Wednesday’s with Watson podcast is, where it’s going, and how you possibly can help. But before we do that, for those of you who are new here, there are many episodes in the season that you may find helpful. And so I would love to tell you about them. When I when it came time to do season three. So season one is a season called PTSD, Jesus and me. And that is a season especially early on. As a matter of fact, I think the only guests I have on that podcast are Chrissy who has on episodes called the Memory Keeper. My friend Cheryl and Chrissy walk of daylight counseling, and my counselor Dr. Pettit. But for the most part that first season PTSD, Jesus and me, it was my opportunity to get behind a microphone and share my story and share my story and my journey about or share my journey, I should say, with PTSD, including and leading up to the diagnosis and really how life has been after it started. The podcast is immediately almost immediately after the pandemic started in April of 2020. Because I was bored and didn’t have anything else to do. And really my own PTSD was incredibly activated on so many levels. I did not feel safe. I didn’t feel any of the things that’s important for PTSD patients to feel. And I was laying in my hammock one day and looked up to the sky and literally said to the to the Lord now what and he said about that podcast that your friend JT has been telling you to start and so I went in my house got LMI hammock, I was super comfortable when in my house and bought a microphone on on on Amazon, before the whole world did and started that podcast. And so that first season, I said in the very first episode healing that doesn’t make sense that this podcast will evolve that it would grow in that I would grow. I didn’t have any idea though, that that first season season PTSD, Jesus to me would be as cathartic as it was for me. And just getting behind the microphone and sharing with people who wanted to know how, you know, how can I live, How then shall we live? When when it comes to things like PTSD. And so that first season in the shownotes, I’ll click it where you can find kind of the whole season together. And then the second season was PTSD, Jesus and you and that was mostly the stories of other people. There is an episode and season two called This isn’t my story. These are my songs. And it was the last public place that I shared some intricate parts of my story. And unless God tells me differently, it will be the last public time I did. And my friend Phil Baker, who has his own podcast, came on there and sang many of my favorite songs as I shared my story. And so that is Season Two PTSD Jesus and to you is a story of other people. And we’ve got we covered everything from medical PTSD on there to losing a spouse or losing a child. And also another season when we had a bunch of a couple therapists on and so that’s PTSD, Jesus and you and so when it came time to do season three, I did not want to pigeonhole ourselves into just post traumatic stress disorder, though that is what I have and what I’m studying and what I’m writing on and I write for the complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder found nation. So it is a lot of what we talk about that moving into season three, I wanted to, I really as a person grew from wanting to help the whole world to wanting to provide access to, to help to the whole world. And so when I said in that first episode healing, that doesn’t make sense that I would evolve to that is what I mean is that I know that there’s nothing I can do from behind this mic to actually help you. But I can provide you access to help. And that comes ultimately through the star of the story, who is Jesus, and everyone who’s ever listened to any part of this podcast knows that. So when it came time for season three, I wanted to continue to be more practical, I wanted to provide access to some some resources that would help people as they navigated through trauma. So we’ve called this season trauma spaces, spaces and aces. And so we started with an ace. And so the first nine episodes, and even some before that, there were a couple up Enneagram episodes before these nine episodes, including an interview with my own Enneagram coach Carissa Harrison, and so that so we use that as a framework, if you will, the anagram how God made us, because I wanted people to understand that you are going to respond to trauma differently based on the way you’re made. And we could have picked any number of personality tests, Myers Briggs, Strength Finders, any of them, but I happen to pick the Enneagram and that didn’t sit well with some people, because there is some some scuttlebutt on the Enneagram. But I decided to to use it as a framework to help people understand why they might respond to trauma or avoid trauma, as is the case with Enneagram sevens. And so the first nine episodes are interviews with Chris He is with me on the mic. And so the first one our type one was represented by my friend and best selling Christy award winning author, Becky Wade, and she represented our Enneagram one, I of course, came in and represented our Enneagram twos, and our threes were represented by my friend and also she’s crazy award winning author. Katie cantered with three Enneagram four was Rachel Odom, who is now to somebody who I love dearly, but I came to know as a result of this podcast, she represented our fours, Sophia Walsh, represented our fives as she talked to us about surviving thyroid cancer. And that that interview was incredibly fascinating, especially as it pertains to the way she was built and, and needing information that way. Enneagram fives do Enneagram six was represented by Christy Lockridge. If you’ve listened to many of these podcasts, you’ve heard her on the mic with me before. And so she she was our Enneagram, six Enneagram. Seven was my friend, Angie D. And that was a phenomenal episode. And really, really probably the one that fit this, this this topic the most, because Enneagram sevens do not like to deal with emotional issues. And so that we call that one setting an emotional pain. And Angie shared with us how she did that and how she is on the other side of some of that stuff. And as a matter of fact, just got engaged. And so that’s really exciting. The Enneagram eight was represented by my good friend and one of my 2am friends, Jennifer Dunlap. And that interview blew my mind because she was so knowledgeable about how God made her and she herself too, had to use the framework of the Enneagram. And then the Enneagram, nine was represented by my friend Joy Tiffany, and another really powerful interview, she prepared for it so much. And so all of these episodes, we asked the same questions, and one of them being how can we do life better with people that are of your personality type. And the answers to those were really, really, really helpful. We then moved in to some sciency stuff. And we began to talk about we went to the places and spaces portion of the season. And so we picked the home and we picked a childhood trauma. So the space B and childhood trauma, the place B in the home, several interviews of people who lived through childhood trauma, and some hope and help there. And then of course for the month of June, we moved into the racial trauma as an I would tie that into children, trauma that children and black and brown communities experience that other communities wouldn’t even know about. And so the first episode on that one was Tiffany Countryman Emma Lakeya Courtney, who had some really, really powerful examples of trauma that they experienced as children that I as a white person, never in a million years would have ever thought of. And so really good episode they opened up this month for us, Tiffany countryman, Emily Kia Courtney. Next up we had TJ McKnight and TJ is interview incredibly powerful and incredibly helpful because I asked TJ a very important question on that interview and that was So what can we do? Really not wanting to make a group of people who, who have been harmed my professor, but I didn’t know any way to do it. And so I was so grateful that TJ came on. And his answer to that was was quite fascinating. And so his episode is worth a listen for sure. Then we interviewed gender Ren, who Jen and her husband, Jim, adopted two biracial children when they were in their mid 40s. And so we talked about the dynamics of raising biracial children and a family that is culturally different than the children that you adopted and how the community receives you how the black and brown community receives them, and what her greatest fear for these children will be moving forward. And so another episode really, really, really worth the listen. And then the caboose of that series was an interview with Dr. Katherine Jackson, who it was really important for me and those of you who are have listened to the podcast and ever even heard me just kind of do a recap of the podcast, since it started, knows that it’s really important for me to provide education for you. And not for me, not just for me, even though I can teach you some things from experience and study, I always like to have therapists on. And so it would have been really a disservice to have a podcast on racial trauma and not have a black therapist on And so Dr. Katherine Jackson comes on. And we talk through all of those racial trauma episodes. And she comes at us from an educational standpoint, because it does not equal therapy. But she comes at us and helps us understand even more these these traumas that these guests shared with us. And why is it important to listen, like TJ told us and so her interview, kind of could boost that interview on racial trauma. So we’re not going to be dropping every week, though. Moving forward, we’ll go back to every two weeks for the remainder of season three, and we don’t have much left and season three, this season is quite longer than many of the seasons that we’ve done in the past. But coming up are a couple of fun episodes with one of them is with my friend, Nicole, who is a guru on the connection between mental health and food. And so we talked about that in the context of children and the importance of properly nurturing them with food. And she tells us, her story, very powerful story has tried to leave this planet many, many times. And thankfully, was not successful. And absolutely everyday struggles with her own mental health diagnoses, but has really become like me a mental health advocate. And so she talks to us about food and the connection between food and mental health, as well as her story. Really, really cool and informative episode. And then the next episode after that will be with a chef whose name is Chef Kivy. And he has his own podcast called Connecting with cooking, and he has a foster parent. And he came on to tell us how he realized how he could speak into these traumatized children’s lives in the kitchen, just by asking them something simple like Hey, will you cut up some onions for me and so he has created a whole ministry of when he brings these these children in his in his home to connect with them in the kitchen. And so that episode will follow Nicole’s and then bringing up the rear of this entire season will be Dr. Thomas Pettit and then a final episode from me and then we will move on to Season Four and excited about season four. I’ll be making some announcements about season four pretty soon. We’ll be some changes around here as there’s some life changes going on for me. But I picked a topic that when I look at all the podcasts that we’ve ever dropped, this topic is top two or three most important topic that people go back and listen to, for some reason. It just really resonated with them. And so we will be doing a whole season on this particular topic. So you guys will have to wait for that a little bit more. We have officially awarded two scholarships for pro Bono’s counseling based on the fundraiser that we had at Christmas time and merchandise sales. We hope to award three more. In 2022 we will be dropping a new line of merchandise So be watching it follow me on Instagram and you’ll you’ll find out when that happens. I post mostly in stories there but also static but if you follow me on Instagram, I promise not to drive you crazy but that is where you’ll find that merchandise and that does go to fund our mission of providing hope and help to people who can’t afford it. And so we do hope to be able to award a couple more scholarships before the end of the year. And so I hope that you have taken the time to invest in this series and listen to these people who may not look like you and even if they do look like you help us all be part of that completes intends that one of our guests said simply change. And do we want to be part of the change? I do hope that those of you who did listen to the racial trauma or who will go back and listen to the racial trauma series will understand my heart and that and be able to lean into a community that you may not understand. Or if you’re in that community, I hope that you will feel loved that the Wednesday’s with Watson podcast cares about everybody but I felt very called to do this entire month on racial trauma because you matter and so exciting things going on around here and more on that and other episodes and so as we end the month of June, I hope that you guys have a fabulous July 4, we will be back here and on schedule two weeks from today. Until then, you know what I’m going to say and I mean it with every fiber of my beating heart. You are seen you are known. You’re heard you are loved so so valued. You guys have a great see in two weeks. You teach me to zoom. You excuse me oh my god you Transcribed by https://otter.ai


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