More than 70% of the population have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Childhood trauma is one of the leading factors contributing to the drug epidemic, mass shootings, alcoholism, cancer, domestic violence, suicide, and much more.
When trauma happens in relationship, experts in the field like Bessel Van Der Kolk, Peter Levine, Dan Siegel, and more have discovered that healing doesn't happen as effectively in traditional talk therapy as it does with other methods.
As research continues to develop, the concept of restoring the ability to have and maintain healthy relationships has become one of the primary goals, as well as methods, in healing from relational trauma.
How do we do this? Following the example of Jesus Christ and putting practical tools hand-in-hand with biblical truth.
Samantha Means is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and has experienced more than twenty-five years of relational trauma and spent more than fifteen years in various forms of counseling. None of it worked as effectively as she wanted, and she had resigned herself to a life with limits and superficial relationships.
Her personal breakthrough occurred during a transformational relational journey with Jesus Christ and the women he put in her life in a season when her husband left and she lost her job, her home, and her church within a matter of months. That journey of relational connection transformed her perspective on healing.
Since 2012 Samantha has written four novels and three non-fiction books about healing from trauma in relationship with Jesus, self, and others. She has a bachelors degree in human development and a master's in divinity and spent the last ten years traveling the world coming alongside the hurting. She's worked with the elderly in the end of life stages, troubled youth in drug rehabilitation, women in the throes of sex trafficking, the homeless, Middle Eastern refugees, and more.
Currently she's the trauma and healing department head at a Christian counseling agency, and operates a trauma-focused equine assisted counseling program with Embrace Equine Ministry in north Idaho. In her spare time she can be found on her horse or with her dogs in the mountains.