Unconventional therapy helps women cope with PTSD

11 months 6 days 3 hours ago Friday, November 10 2017 Nov 10, 2017 Friday, November 10, 2017 7:33:00 PM CST November 10, 2017 in News
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – Cherie Doyen works with women and children who are victims of domestic violence daily. A victim of repeated childhood trauma and abuse herself, she said she wanted to help people heal. She calls herself a PTSD Change Agent.

 “I had three sexual abusers as a child by the time I was 15; it’s like I was being passed around,” Doyen said, “I was in therapy for 30 years, 12 prescriptions. There came a point I didn’t want to live anymore.”

After trauma, some women may feel depressed, start drinking or using drugs, or develop PTSD. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, women are more than twice as likely to develop PTSD than men.

The most common trauma for women is sexual assault or child abuse. About one in three women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime.

“I finally realized the only way I was going to shift that is to go be myself for a while and understand me,” Doyen said.

She went on to study holistic medicine to help herself and others dealing with PTSD. She studied metaphysical therapy from the University of Sedona and learned about medical intuition, emotional intuition, and astral travel to help people heal without prescriptions.

Her therapy helps take people back to the time they were hurt to gather missing pieces. She helps people feel again by identifying pressure points in the body and incorporates yoga, art therapy and meditation in her practice.

“The first thing I do with people is we’ve got to get you in this body so you can start feeling. Most people we get them on the table they can’t feel their legs, feet, fingers and they live like that,” Doyen said.

Doyen is also the founder of Women Rising, a nonprofit helping women moving from transitional situations such as human trafficking, divorce, sexual trauma and childhood trauma.

One survivor of human trafficking, Anne Richardson, has received help from Women Rising.

“I was locked in a truck with no access to anyone else outside of the truck, and when I got free in January the Coalition of Human Trafficking introduced me to Cherie to help me get through the stressors and PTSD,” Richardson said.

Doyen houses victims like Anne while they get back on their feet.

“Cherie called me and said get up here you can sleep on my couch we will get through this. In a week’s time, I have been applying for jobs; I have met some wonderful people,” Richardson said.

She said with Cherie’s techniques she teaches how to handle to stress triggers without pills.

“Since being under Cherie’s roof and having the calmness and support with her and women rising it all is coming together finally,” Richardson said.

“What I’m hoping to accomplish with Women Rising is give people pause to actually spend the time to heal, so when they actually move into life, it is created from conscious choices, not reaction,” Doyen said.  

She said her dream is to one day open Women Rising Sanctuary in Columbia to offer safe home for women and children struggling to get on their feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Neighborhood Watch recently secured funding for next year. The Columbia City Council awarded them this money... More >>
23 hours ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:17:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia woman will be collecting items to transport down to Florida in order to help the recovery... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:40:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – Burrell Behavioral Health introduced a medicine-first approach to its facilities in Missouri’s central region to help clients with... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:40:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Despite a wide gap in their campaign finances, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Josh Hawley remain locked in a... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:20:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri vehicle owners will be getting new red, white and blue license plates to commemorate the... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 5:48:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A New York man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of attempting to produce child pornography.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 4:21:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Jerome Sally, a Hickman High School assistant principal, is suing Columbia Public Schools as a result of "systemic... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 3:23:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe made a stop in Columbia Tuesday to campaign for Proposition D, the gas tax... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:28:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Royal Inn manager said Tuesday the maintenance team was beginning renovations when the building's second-floor walkway came... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:25:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A federal judge sent the lawsuit over Kenneth Suttner's death back to circuit court on Friday after... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 1:01:00 PM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- The problem of unsolicited robocalls has gotten so bad that... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:19:50 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Kansas woman connected to a deadly car crash in Boone County has been sentenced to five years... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:27:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Boonville man will spend the next decade in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly 2017 shooting.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 10:13:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
CALIFORNIA - A former employee in the Russellville and California school districts pleaded guilty Friday to having sexual contact with... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:43:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Water levels on the Mississippi River are dropping north of St. Louis after high waters forced... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:38:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A man will spend the next nine years in prison after pleading guilty to a deadly November 2017... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:37:36 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Treasurer’s Office put out a warning monday about a tax scam attempt. According... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:12:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities have charged a suburban St. Louis man with stabbing a woman 17 times after catching... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, October 16 2018 Oct 16, 2018 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:06:00 AM CDT October 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 54°
8pm 55°
9pm 53°
10pm 49°
11pm 46°