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Truth and Consequences is a podcast about trauma and its aftermath: what happens, what hurts, and what helps us heal. While sharing her personal stories and insights, host Miranda Pacchiana (MSW) interviews experts and survivors, sometimes with the help of her co-host Kathryn Robb, Executive Director of CHILD USAdvocacy.

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Episode 38: Somatic Therapy for Trauma Survivors with Carol Hodson

Carol Hodson’s first visit to the podcast was super popular with listeners and I’m thrilled to have her back. She talks about what she calls “stealth mental health”, simple practices of somatic experiencing therapy for trauma survivors that can help us get unstuck from trauma symptoms, especially in the early weeks, days, and even hours… Read More »Episode 38: Somatic Therapy for Trauma Survivors with Carol Hodson

Episode 37: Dr. Judith Herman on Truth and Repair

What would true justice look like for survivors of interpersonal trauma? Acknowledgement, validation, accountability for offenders, support from their communities, and offender rehabilitation. The renowned and beloved author, psychiatrist, and researcher Dr. Judith Herman has an invigorating discussion with us about her new book, Truth and Repair: How Trauma Survivors Envision Justice. Show Notes Dr.… Read More »Episode 37: Dr. Judith Herman on Truth and Repair

Episode 36: Breaking the Silence: An Interview with Rowena Chiu

In this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with Rowena Chiu, a former assistant of Harvey Weinstein whom he silenced for decades, along with her colleague Zelda Perkins. Chiu shares a range of valuable insights as a survivor, and describes the unusual experience of being portrayed in the recent movie “She Said,” based on… Read More »Episode 36: Breaking the Silence: An Interview with Rowena Chiu

Episode 35: Investigative Journalist Nicki Weisensee Egan, Chasing Cosby since 2005

Investigative journalist, podcast creator & author Nicki Weisensee Egan is dropping truth bombs and setting the record straight on the twists and turns in the Cosby case. Nicki has covered the allegations against Cosby since 2005 when no other media outlets would touch it. Listen to our compelling discussion with Kathryn Robb, Esq. as co-host.… Read More »Episode 35: Investigative Journalist Nicki Weisensee Egan, Chasing Cosby since 2005

Episode 34: The ‘Troubled Teen’ Industry (Continued)

Kathryn Robb and I continue speaking with highly knowledgeable survivor/advocates, Chelsea Maldonado and Amanda Simmons who educate us on the so-called ‘troubled teen’ industry, an under-regulated system of residential youth treatment facilities that use behavior modification and abusive tactics on minors. Last week, Chelsea told us her story. This week, it’s Amanda’s turn. Show Notes… Read More »Episode 34: The ‘Troubled Teen’ Industry (Continued)

Episode 33: The ‘Troubled Teen’ Industry with Survivors Chelsea Maldonado and Amanda Simmons, Part 1

Our guests on this episode are survivor/advocates, Chelsea Maldonado and Amanda Simmons who educate us on the so-called ‘troubled teen’ industry: a system of residential youth treatment facilities & programs. Many of these facilities operate more like prisons where children as young as nine are routinely abused in an extreme system of behavior modification, prevented… Read More »Episode 33: The ‘Troubled Teen’ Industry with Survivors Chelsea Maldonado and Amanda Simmons, Part 1

Episode 32: Andrew Pledger: Recovering from A Christian Cult

Andrew Pledger is 22 years old and on a mission to spread the word about religious trauma after being raised in a fundamentalist Christian cult. He has a gripping story to tell about coming to terms with the harm his family’s religion caused him and the extra layers of shame and fear he carried due… Read More »Episode 32: Andrew Pledger: Recovering from A Christian Cult

Episode 31: Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: Your Legal Questions Answered with Kathryn Robb, Esq. Part 3

In this last episode of our 3-part special series all about civil lawsuits for child sexual abuse, attorney Kathryn Robb and I discuss depositions (what they’re for, who’s present, advice on being deposed), defense tactics and strategies, impeachment of witnesses (casting doubt on plaintiff’s credibility, trauma and memory, dissociation, abuse disclosure), legal abuse, trial preference… Read More »Episode 31: Sexual Abuse Lawsuits: Your Legal Questions Answered with Kathryn Robb, Esq. Part 3