Every one of us experiences traumatic moments in life. Whether you’ve suffered a devastating loss or even struggle with PTSD, God sees you in your struggle and healing is possible!

Join host, Barb Roose, and certified life coach, author, and Bible teacher, Elisa Pulliam, for a powerful conversation on how you can recover and align your life with God’s best for you. She will also tell us more about equine therapy for trauma recovery.


Big Ideas from Today’s Show

1. The Definition and Kinds of Trauma

Trauma is when your brain perceives the need for survival and goes into fight, flight, freeze or fawn mode but remains stuck in that place. This results in us living in a state of fear or alarm. Elisa makes it clear that trauma is meant to be a state, not a trait.

Causes of trauma include: experiencing the death of a loved one, a car accident, betrayal, and even a sudden job loss or the need to relocate on a moment’s notice.

Common symptoms of trauma are: struggling to connect with others, issues being present, anger issues, shutting down thoughts of the past, and hypervigilance (this can include perfectionism, overperformance, and workaholism).

2. Barriers to Healing

Elisa shared common barriers to healing including the fear that therapists are not credible or trustworthy. To overcome this barrier, she encouraged us to do our research! Check out their history, education, and therapeutic method and then give them a try! If you don’t hit it off, it’s okay to switch therapists after giving them a genuine chance.

3. Important First Steps

Elisa taught us about the power of equine therapy and how horses can be used to help us in the process of trauma recovery. She also provided us with incredible resources to help us discover if coaching is right for us! You can find all of those resources in the links section below!


About Our Guest Elisa Pulliam

Elisa Pulliam is the founder of MoreToBe.com, where she offers biblically-based coaching and coach training for women as well as in-person equine-assisted coaching for women, families, and leadership teams. Her passion is to see women align their lives with God’s best through the pursuit of whole-life healing. She is also the host of the More to Be Podcast and author of numerous books and bible studies, including Meet the New You, Unblinded Faith, and Impact Together. Her joys include her relationship with God, her husband of nearly 25 years, their four entering-into-adulthood children, and unrushed time with God, people, and horses.

Links from today’s episode:

Elisa’s Website


Equine-assisted coaching:

Learn more about equine therapy here.

The Align Quiz:

Take the Align Quiz here.

The Sisterhood Membership:

Join the sisterhood here.

Better Together host Barb Roose is a popular speaker and author with a passion to help women live beautifully strong and courageous in Jesus’ name. She’s the author of multiple books and Bible studies, including Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle. Visit Barb’s online home at barbroose.com.

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