A healing space to connect through the holiday season
We begin November 27th
Registration Closes @ 6pm MST
...because the holidays are not the happiest time of year for everyone
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see the start of the holiday decorations put up or when you hear the beginning notes of Rudolph start to play the day after Halloween… or whenever it begins where you are?
If you’re like many of the women I know, it’s generally not fond family memories around the dinner table on Christmas.
Nor is it joyful anticipation of what’s to come over the next couple of months.
Instead, there is often a sense of overwhelm, loneliness, or loss.
Even for those who enjoy aspects of the holiday season, the expectations… your own, your family’s, or society’s, can make you feel like you’re failing.
I used to feel like I was the only one who struggled with the holidays.
It seemed anytime the topic of the holiday(s) came up, people shared how much they were looking forward to the time with family and all the festivities.
It wasn’t until a couple years into being a therapist that I realized how many people felt exactly as I did, even if the reasons may have been a bit different. My clients didn't realize this either... because it's never really been okay to struggle when everyone around you is telling you all the reasons you should be happy.
In the two decades since that realization, I’ve spoken with so many women who share the struggle of family dynamics and expectations, the loss of the type of family that you’d look forward to spending time with, and for some, the loss of never knowing the feeling of a truly joy-filled holiday.
Sometimes this can be the normal family and sibling struggle that most families experience or loss related to the death of someone you love.
But, for many, the isolation and grief can be much deeper and triggering.
Whether you relate more to the former or the latter, managing expectations, stress, boundaries, and self-care this time of year is crucial to getting through the season without feeling like you’ve taken huge steps back in your healing journey.
And, it just feels nice to be surrounded by people who get it.
This is why I created Courageous Connections
A virtual space to connect with women around the globe where you can show up exactly as you are
November 27 - January 7
We'll have our own little corner in Facebook where we'll be connecting and sharing through the season. A place for you to leave the mask behind and talk about what's on your mind and heart without judgment or having to explain why you're feeling the way you do or don't want to do the things expected of you.
I'll be hosting live Q&As throughout our time together. You'll be able to ask any questions you have and, just as importantly, be able to recognize, to truly feel, that you're not alone.
I'll share posts and prompts designed to help you honor yourself and your needs for self-care, boundaries, coping, and connection.
Peggy, words can't describe how I feel about the support and dedication you have put into the work you do. It is very evident in the content of this program, as well as in the heart felt participation you engage in within this group as well as in private sessions, that you are knowledgeable, compassionate, dedicated and an astronomical individual who guides with such incredible wisdom and kindness. There isn't a moment when we got together that you didn't provide individual attention to our presenting needs in the moment. You just know what to say, when to say things and what to say to each one of us which touches our hearts and souls.This is so beneficial to the growth, development, and understanding of each person who participated.I thank you and appreciate you...I am healing every day thanks to your incredible guidance.
Peggy’s energy, passion, and care created a safe container for deep healing. The meditations allowed us to settle in and leave the day behind. She provided a warm place of acceptance, as did all those who participated. The journal prompts and questions were challenging in the gentlest of ways, and led to powerful “aha” moments; understanding of things I had never been able to see before. The sense of community and acceptance helped me feel brave enough to share, which I never would have believed possible. Seeing the other women nod in agreement to each other’s sharing gave a deep feeling of not being alone.
Courageous Connections for the holiday season
Join us in Sisterhood as we navigate the stress of the holiday season together and create practices for self-care and boundaries you'll continue to use long after the holidays and throughout your journey.
Peggy Oliveira, MSW is a trauma therapist, author, mentor, survivor, and speaker. (Clinical License Retired)
Known as the Survivor Whisperer®, she weaves her story of impact & healing from childhood sexual abuse with her 20+ years as a trauma therapist and advocate to guide and inspire us to heal the lasting impact of childhood abuse and courageously step into the life we deserve.
Her soulful way of getting us to connect to our truth... pain, fears, dreams, and desires inspires us, with arms and hearts wide open, to look under the surface and honor the whisper of our soul.
Peggy is the founder of Courageous Journeys®, a practice of guiding people on their Journey of becoming deeply rooted and embodied through virtual 1:1 sessions and groups, online courses and workshops, and transformational healing retreats.
You don't have to go through this season on your own
I am so very glad that a friend introduced me to Peggy's YouTube videos, which then led me to her Facebook pages and groups.This course made me see and understand things differently, and helped me to change many of my (false) beliefs from childhood... that it was my fault, that the childhood sexual abuse was about me, that I am damaged and unlovable and unworthy of love, and that I will carry this pain to my grave. Peggy's video lessons, journal prompts and questions, mediations, live Q&As, and live group sessions were a godsend.
(It) has been a truly amazing experience and a turning point in my healing journey. Peggy facilitates a group environment that is calm, encouraging, thought provoking and supportive, and which allows incredible healing to take place. I've learnt so much about myself, and for the first time in my life I'm feeling positive about what the future holds and my ability to heal.I am so very grateful for this experience.
I highly recommend any of Peggy's courses. Peggy gives 100% to everything she does and this was obvious in her commitment to those who participated.The course was undertook in a contained, safe and trusting environment. Well done to you, Peggy and thank you. 😊
This course definitely helped me become more vulnerable with myself and with others. I would have never thought I'd share what I have in these past few months. I like that I can get support from my fellow sisters and I have become more comfortable in reaching out for help. This course helped me in so many ways.
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I never thought I would be participating in a group, especially not one online with Web Cam. However, overcoming the feelings associated with participating in group allowed me to recognize strengths I never thought I had before. Thank you! Peggy, for allowing me to accomplish this goal. I'm proud to share this experience with my therapist next time we meet, I'm sure she'll be surprised & glad progress is happening.
Thank you, Peggy, for all that you do for survivors. "Courageous Conversations" is an excellent term for what you do. The depth of how important your communications are for anyone who is going through or surviving abuse is impossible to quantify, but I will try. In knowing many well-meaning therapists who lack the mental or emotional wholeness to help survivors, I recognize every time you speak how important what you do is. Your level of wholeness (healing) and ability to recognize and address all sides of a situation is invaluable. Your willingness and competence in delicately yet honestly discussing the most controversial and uncomfortable of conversations is invaluable. For me, finding people who would discuss openly such matters in a healthy way is what helped me heal. For me, it was fellow survivors because no provider would or could do this. Thank you for letting yourself be used to help others in healing. Thank you for being vulnerable. Thank you!
Simply an amazing experience. I'm so happy to have had this healing experience with such a supportive and kind group of women. Peggy is an amazingly kind, caring, and supportive guide on this healing journey. Don't allow yourself to miss out through fear or financial cost. This was a superb healing experience.
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I thought my therapist of 30 years "got me!" He has been a Godsend in many ways. But in a couple hours you have explained through your videos what has taken me almost a lifetime of therapy to learn. And I feel you truly get it and talk about the key points that are so relatable and more importantly helpful!
Genuine support and healing this holiday season is just one click away.