Hi! I'm Emily Ann Peterson

I help business owners with post-traumatic chaos find sustainable sources of confidence.

(and the bestselling author of Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous too!)






Am I uniquely qualified to be *your* trauma-informed business coach?

That's for you to decide.

↓ and when you're ready to get started, let's chat! ↓


Credentials & Certifications

  • Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS), Int'l Trauma Institute
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA), The Johns Hopkins University
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), accredited by IAOTH, International Association of Therapists
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) Life Coach,  accredited by the CPD Standards Agency
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), International Council for Small Business
  • Music Educator, Cello Instructor, Suzuki Assoc. of the Americas
  • Reiki I, Eileen Dey Wurst’s Reiki Training Program, board-approved by the NCBTMB

Degrees & Specialties

  • Bachelor in Business Administration Management from Texas Tech University's Rawls College of Business, with emphasis in entrepreneurship
  • Master of Business Administration candidate in the University of Wyoming's executive program, expected graduation August 2022
  • Graduate minor in Gender & Women's Studies with a focus in marketing psychology, coercive control, and the power of (cult) influence 

IRL Business Experience

In the throes of the 2008 recession, I launched a soon-to-be-booming business as a full-time professional cellist and cello teacher. I was naive. I made all the mistakes and learned how to turn lemons into a musically delicious (and fun!) lemonade stand.

To this day, I've never had a 9-to-5 job. Despite my arms being covered in tattoos, Fortune500's and startups hire me as a corporate speaker and consultant, so that's cool!

#1 Amazon Best-Selling Book

I can't believe it some days either, LOL, but it's true... In 2018, I self-published a #1 Amazon bestselling book called Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous. The research for that began as a top-rated podcast by the same name. 

Emily Ann Peterson - photo by Rah Foard (2 of 69)

My favorite clients are...

  • trauma survivors
  • LGBTQI-friendly
  • anti-racist
  • pro-sex work & sex-positive
  • body-positive & anti-diet
  • neurodivergent
  • creative misfits

Clients get my best work when they...

  • enjoy throwing spaghetti and confetti
  • accept that I'm not their guru or anyone else's
  • are willing to do some "emotional spelunking"
  • regularly see a mental health professional in addition to our work together

New clients are often seeking...

  • customer acquisition ideas
  • ethical marketing strategies
  • time management solutions
  • content creation blueprints
  • enjoyable business practices 
  • sustainable day-to-day growth

New clients often struggle with... 

  • impostor syndrome
  • self-sabotage
  • existential overwhelm
  • feast or famine bank accounts
  • people pleasing burnout

Most importantly, I'm a survivor & I still struggle too.

I understand the daily implications of trauma recovery, especially for a business owner. This is why I continue to "do my own work" with a team of therapists, coaches, medical professionals, and ongoing training. 

I'm a survivor of:

  • religious trauma (exvangelical)
  • disordered eating
  • chronic illness
  • academic & career sexual assault
  • and whatever you'd call being a woman in the music industry

* I also have a late-life diagnosis of ADHD, which might not be directly related to trauma (scientific research can't yet confirm this), but it certainly means that I'm used to molding "traditional business" to fit my own needs & capacity.

↓ When you're ready to get started, let's chat! ↓

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Other Cool Stuff

  • TEDx speaker on "The Value of Shared Experiences"
  • nonprofit organization co-founder
  • founding board member
  • Plus, I've dyed my hair almost every color in the rainbow!

I'm a proud member of these professional organizations...

and these are some of my favorite collaborations:

(among many others)


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