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Guest Speaker Chats


The Pandora's Aquarium chat room hosts guest speakers who provide information and field questions about their areas of expertise.  These popular chats are geared toward sexual violence recovery, and speakers have included healing inspirations, authors, and activists.

Transcripts of past guest speaker chats are available below:

 

  • Surviving and Overcoming Addiction
    Donna Mae Depola
    Ms. DePola is a survivor, substance abuse counsellor, author, and CEO/Founder of both the Resource Counselling Center and the Resource Training Center, the largest school for training substance abuse counsellors in NY.

 

  • Healing and Learning to Be Assertive
    Rachel Grant - Trauma Counselor
    Rachel holds a master's degree in counseling and works with survivors of trauma, and she answered survivors' questions about communicating their needs clearly.

 

 

  • Survivors and Communication
    Rachel Grant - Trauma Counselor
    Rachel holds a master's degree in counseling and works with survivors of trauma, and she answered survivors' questions about communicating their needs clearly.

 

  • Coping with Triggers
    Randi Nathenson - Social Worker
    Randi is a clinical social worker based in the United States who works with clients with a trauma history. Her clinical interests are trauma, grief, and anxiety.


  • Different Aspects of Healing from Sexual Assault
    Rachel Grant - Trauma Counselor
    Rachel holds a master's degree in counseling and works with survivors of trauma, and she answered survivors' questions about aspects of healing such as getting the most our of therapy and managing feelings.

 

 

 

  • Acceptance and Living with PTSD
    Marla Handy, PhD - author of No Comfort Zone: Notes on Living with PTSD
    In this chat, Marla leads a discussion on living with chronic PTSD, accepting it ad still living a meaingful life.

 

  • Sex, Intimacy, and Survivors Transcript
    Wendy Maltz, MSW - therapist and author of The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
    In this chat, Wendy leads a discussion of healthy relationships and sex after sexual violence, sex therapy, building trust and intimacy, and achieving a healthy body image.

 

 

  • Getting the Most out of Therapy Transcript
    Dr. Patti Levin - EMDR and trauma expert
    Dr. Levin discusses therapy after sexual violence: how to select a therapist, how to resolve conflict within therapy, and the benefits of EMDR.

 

 

  • Rape, Sexual Abuse, Grief, and Loss
    Allyson Maida, CSW - Therapist, consultant, and speaker
    Sexual violation leads its victims down a path that is filled with clashing emotions. For many, there is an enormous void – an indescribable gap – that hangs in the center of life. This chat discusses that void, and how to heal.

 

  • Speaking Out, Activism, and Finding Joy
    Angela Shelton - Activist, model, actress, writer, comedian, and filmmaker
    In a candid, uplifting, and humorous chat, Angela Shelton, a sexual abuse survivor, filmmaker behind Searching for Angela Shelton, and author of Finding Angela Shelton, shares advice on speaking out and rising above trauma.

 

  • Criminal Justice for Rape & Sexual Abuse Survivors
    Joanne Archambault - President of SATI and Founder of EVAW (End Violence Against Women)
    This chat on criminal justice answers questions from rape and sexual abuse survivors about changes necessary for law enforcement, tips for reporting sexual violence, and info on Archambault's many contributions to end violence.

 

  • Understanding & Breaking Free From Relationship Violence
    Lundy Bancroft - Author, activist, and expert on trauma, abuse, and healing
    Lundy helps survivors understand relationship violence, how to hold abusers accountable, and how survivors can cope with the trauma of intimate partner sexual violence.

 

 

  • Survivors and Healthy Body image
    Sally McGraw -Style and Body Image Expert
    Sally dedicates her work to helping women feel comfortable with their body image fashionably

 

 

  • Believing that Healing is Possible
    Rachel Grant - Trauma Counselor
    Rachel holds a master's degree in counseling and works with survivors of trauma, and she spoke to members on the topic of "Believing that healing is possible".

 

  • Managing PTSD
    Randi Nathenson - Social Worker
    Randi is a clinical social worker based in the United States who works with clients with a trauma history. Her clinical interests are trauma, grief, and anxiety.

 

  • Coping with Doubt and Minimization
    Randi Nathenson - Social Worker
    Randi is a clinical social worker based in the United States who works with clients with a trauma history. Her clinical interests are trauma, grief, and anxiety.

 

If you would like to suggest a topic or speaker for future guest speaker chats, please contact us!


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