PTSD isn’t just a military diagnosis. You can suffer from PTSD (Trauma Drama) from being bullied, injured, illness, death of a loved one, divorce, strained family relationships, being bitten by a dog, etc. When I met Jo in New York this past April, I discovered that she has a real passion (and lots of experience) for helping people who suffer from “Trauma Drama”. She has published several books on the topic and is a very positive person. She travels the world speaking on her topic, and has helped many people deal with their individual Trauma Drama. She even offers online and video classes using a variety of teachers and techniques to help people recognize and overcome their Trauma Drama.

I asked Jo if she would mind being a guest on my blog. She didn’t hesitate and jumped on board with me. Read her interview and PLEASE feel free to post questions. Both of us would love to hear from you.

Jos-Madelaine Standing aka known to simply go by “Jo” is a born and raised Virginian. As a teenager accepted into a world renown school in New York City she lived in multiple major U.S. cities before moving to Canada for nearly ten years where she studied both the creative and fine arts at Universities, Colleges and Institutes. This is my interview with her at the end of the summer of 2016.

1) Tell us about your book and what inspired you to write it. 

I’ve been writing books since 2006 and have had a difficult time putting the pen down for all these years. Mostly, because I’ve experienced so much life, that writing in both the fiction and non-fiction models has allowed me to reference (and root into) my greatest observations and insights about the world. People often describe me as being “deep” and “soulful,” while at the same time “comical”, “a challenger” and “no-nonsense.”

2) What do you think about that?

Different moments require different internal ways of being. That oftentimes we get stuck in personalities that do not serve our greatest purpose on this earth, just because that is how most people know us or expect us to be.

3) What have you been writing about lately?

Since the winter of 2013, I’ve written about PTSD and its implications on both the survivor of trauma and their loved ones. I give tips on getting in alignment with wellness post-trauma in my latest books,

Conquer Trauma Drama: Get Your Life Back and Conquer Trauma Drama: The Workbook. 

4) Who inspires you?

I am inspired by many people as my life interests range far and wide from alternative living, business, world philosophy, science, travel, psychology and soul studies. Maya Angelou has been a key point of relating for both creative writing purposes and life philosophy and wisdom. Comedian and humanitarian, Chelsea Handler, First Lady Michelle Obama and author Margaret Atwood have all pioneered in bringing women’s careers to the next level by walking-the-walk. Thich Nhat Hanh, the Vietnamese monk, is a prolific author that successfully melds various world cultures so that the reader can literally see and feel the invisible thread that connects all of us. There are really so many people who inspire me. But, to name one last one, Jill Bolte Taylor truly set the precedent for public speaking to the next level.

 

5) What took you on your journey to be a resilience coach? 

I think I am a resilience coach by trade. Or, rather, by birth. I have always wanted to remove the blindfold from people’s eyes to show them that they are more than capable of exceeding not only their own expectations of themselves, but everyone else’s, too. So many people get mired in the details of their lives and other people’s lives. I do it, too. I am just more resilient in switching to “go mode”. I’ve always seen the best in people. And, if I can no longer see the best in someone because of ill-actions on their end, I simply choose to refocus on something else that feeds me and gives me energy because life is too damn beautiful and open-ended (anything can happen!) to do anything else.

 

6) Tell me about the Trauma Drama Institute and what inspired you to start this online school.

TDCI – The Trauma Drama Coaching Institute, also what I just call the Trauma Drama School, now, evolved slowly but sweetly from an idea to an actual blessing in my life and in many other people’s. I have been teaching for over a decade and well-being has always been focus. I am happy to say people, from young professionals to people in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, attend my classes. I feel grateful to be able to serve people’s personal evolution. I think that learning to view ourselves from a new angle is both one of the most challenging and rewarding accomplishments that we are capable of as human beings!

7) How can readers discover more about you and your work?

People are welcome to join me at my websites www.jostanding.com and www.traumadramaschool.com. I am also on Facebook as Jo Standing and on LinkedIn and Pinterest as Jos-Madelaine Standing, as well as on Instagram as Viva_Standing_Foundation.

You may purchase the paperback Conquer Trauma Drama: Get Your Life Back at www.tinyurl.com/conquertraumadrama that tiny link will lead you straight to Amazon. Thanks for the interview!

“As far as perseverance, I know we have “it” in us–now, it’s just about continuing to nurture “it”
-Jo Standing