Katie Maloney: Redefining the Discourse on Trauma
As an Author, Speaker, and Trauma Survivor Coach, Katie Maloney, is deeply passionate about oversharing. Through sharing her very real (and frequently awkward) stories of navigating healing from eighteen years of childhood sexual abuse, Katie is changing the way we talk about sexual assault. She believes that we can have conversations about trauma with laughter and approachability instead of heaviness and discomfort, all while feeling supported and safe.
When Katie first started working through the abuse, she looked to books for guidance on how to talk about her experiences. But all she could find were psychology books or heavily titled self-help books that made her feel like the vastness of her shit was insurmountable. No one talked about the other parts of her story – all the parts that included the beautiful, lighthearted, meaningful, funny, and significant moments in her life. She wanted a different kind of conversation about sexual abuse. So, she decided to write the book she always needed – Cake Pops and Coffee: A New Conversation About Trauma.
“I believe that we can talk about trauma as if we are sipping coffee, eating cake pops, and having conversations with our best friends,” said Katie. “I want people to read the title and look at the cover of this book and immediately feel happy,” she said. “I have seen so many books about healing from trauma that felt heavy before I even opened them, so it’s really important to me that people feel welcomed and excited to read this book as soon as they see it.”
In her book, Katie gets very real about the whole story of healing from trauma – the difficult and the beautiful. She talks about how she made herself small and sabotaged her success because of negative beliefs that caused her to be afraid of being seen. She talks about saving her past selves and learning how to find safety within herself.
She shares how she learned to masturbate in a way that transformed her perception of pleasure and allowed her to connect with her partner during intimacy. She talks about navigating relationships and sharing her story with the people she loves. She shares how she cut through all the negative beliefs that resulted from the abuse and how she learned to step into her power, love herself on a deeper level, and truly move forward from the trauma – all while sharing tips and guidance on how you can do the same. So, grab some cake pops, coffee, and a copy of her book, and get ready to share some stories.
You can get a copy of Cake Pops and Coffee: A New Conversation about Trauma here.