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J. Rapha Consulting, LLC was established in 2021 as Samantha began receiving more requests to help the community learn how to love and connect with those who have experienced trauma. She built a trauma training program that equips the lay person with minimal counseling experience to connect with and help people who have experienced trauma from a place of Christ-centered love and practicality.
Samantha has been in front of an audience speaking since 2006. In 2007 she joined the Marine Corps where she became a radio DJ in Okinawa, Japan. For three years she had an audience of more than 60,000 people as DJ Sam.I.Am and was voted best DJ in the Pacific in Stars and Stripes magazine in 2010.
In the last ten years she have traveled the world speaking to churches and small group settings on the mission field, has emceed for charity events and weddings, as well as in women's ministry gatherings with an audience of hundreds.
Currently she is the trauma and healing department head for a Christian counseling agency in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and is passionate about helping the lost and the hurting reconnect and heal.
If you want a passionate speaker grounded in the truth of God's Word who values and honors every man, woman, and child then check out her speaker information below.
God's Plan for Trauma
When we experience trauma, it can feel as if God was absent, that he let the traumatic experience happen, or even that he orchestrated the event as some kind of punishment. How do we come to Him when this is our perspective? How do we trust a God who is all-powerful but let this horrible event occur? Knowing the truth about God’s heart for the traumatized, as well as His divine plan, is critical for the healing process. Without compromising the reality of suffering, I draw attention to God’s reaction to trauma and His trustworthiness in the midst of it.
How to Connect with the Hurting
Understanding what’s going on in the heart and mind of the one who’s been traumatized is helpful to knowing how to help them. With a simplified look at the anatomy and physiology of the brain and body under trauma, as well as when the person is triggered and retraumatized, can empower the helper to come alongside them most effectively. I clarify the differences between a mind/body under stress and a mind/body under trauma, effective things to say and do, as well as things not to say and do.
The Wounded Healer
The call to help those in a state of trauma is one few people can answer. Those who do often lack the tools for self-care. Too often their needs are sacrificed for the sake of helping others, and not only do they suffer but their loved ones suffer as well. To help the hurting most effectively, the helper must know their own limitations, strengths, and establish healthy boundaries. Knowing when and how to say no as well as how to walk through the hard times when you think you have nothing left are key to being most effective.