Specializing in Women with past trauma
or Sexual Abuse
Cristina Flippen, RN, BSN, SANE-A
I consider it a privilege to sit with women individually, or in a support group; listening and attending to their stories. The work of exploring one’s story is a sacred field, allowing participants to reflect on personally held opinions related to their identity and uncover the souls yearning for more in life: emotionally, relationally, and spiritually. I am humbled to have lead women’s support groups for over 14 years. At the end of group I have heard women repeatedly express that they “wished they had committed to the re-story process earlier in life”. My personal experience of exploring my story and re-writing my narrative was one of the most valued and enlightening endeavors of my life. I am grateful that I did not travel that road alone and had attentive spiritual counselor’s that listened with their hearts. I am humbled to journey with women as they explore their past and begin to re-story their narrative to include being intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually honest, and with greater presence in their relationships.
The effects of trauma and abuse can cultivate behavior and belief systems that prevents us from living the abundant life each of us was created to experience. Our work together will look at your relational style and viewpoints that are yoked to memories of abuse. Naming the feelings and emotions tied to these memories will bring growth and greater understanding of your character, personality and humanness.
We exchange lies for truth and desolation for fruitfulness.
When we talk about your “story”, we are referencing where your childhood innocence was shattered...this is the story you don’t really tell in public. . They’re the ones we usually try to hide and avoid. The scenes we hold onto because they hold deep pockets of shame; the ones that reveal where we’ve been victimized, where we felt betrayed, or where we felt powerless or torn in two by what’s happened to us. A story where we’ve been disappointed, felt neglected, or abandoned. We’re asking you to tell those scenes or events that happened in your childhood. The ones you know that shaped you-where there was a feeling inside you where you knew that this world was no longer a safe place. A place where maybe you made commitments to never be hurt again.
I wonder if you have found a safe place to tell that story and to grieve the damage that was done to your heart? In the restoration group process we look forward to and anticipate healing and growth in our souls to begin. To loosen cords that bind us and experience restored connection in relationships with our communities and with God.
Registered Nurse, State of Colorado Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, University of Colorado Health, Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado
International Association of Forensic Nurses Board Certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Adult and Adolescent (SANE-A)
Lay Counseling Certificate I: Abuse and Trauma - Allender Center, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, Seattle, WA
Registered Nurse, women’s health – 39 years
Support Group leader for post-abortive women - 12 years
Journey Group leader/spiritual leader with focus on story work for women who have experienced abuse, trauma, and sexual abuse - 7 years
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner – 4.5 years