What Makes Emily Ann Peterson Different From Other Trauma-Informed Business Coaches?


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There are some really phenomenal business coaches. There are some really knowledgeable trauma-informed business coaches too. If you're looking for a trauma-informed business coach, you've got lots of choices!

So what might make me different from other trauma-informed business coaches?

I don't advocate for "toxic positivity" or "forced gratitude." In other words, I won't ask my clients to do "money mindset" work or to solve their problems by "just think better thoughts!" or "say this mantra 10x every day." Unfortunately, there are coaches out there preaching that stuff which may work beautifully for some people, but more often than not, these strategies would do trauma survivors (and many others) a tragic disservice.

I will frequently recommend evidence-based business skills and tools that are backed by peer-reviewed academic research, science, math, facts, and other dependable sources of information. These tools are extremely beneficial for trauma survivors, due to the nature of trauma's effect on the brain's ability to make decisions.

I will forever find it so freaking cool that when trauma survivors learn easier ways to live life and run businesses. I love to share access to resources like understandable numbers and facts that matter. These are business tools that make it exponentially easier to create mutual reciprocity, support, and long-term financial sustainability long-term. In other words, hard, cold facts provide the safety and stability that trauma survivors need to make confident, reliable decisions.

I get to dip into my formal education (BBA, MBA), my real-world business experience, and my continued education in trauma research. There aren't many business coaches who have a business degree or better yet, two business degrees. In fact, when I'm not with a client, it's a pretty good bet that I'm either meeting with someone from my team of coaches, mental health professionals, or mentors or reading, researching, and taking a class on some badass subject that helps you do you more confidently and easily. (ex: I'm a member of the Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), a non-hierarchical framework for value-based decision-making, and attend many of their workshops.) 

I'm neurodiverse! By way of *two* late-life diagnoses to boot! My clients get the benefit of my "racecar brain" and "kaleidoscope goggles." A neurodiverse coach has the potential to be a golden ticket for a trauma survivor—especially regarding the mitigation of the long-term effects of trauma and adapting to the enduring symptoms of it. Not only do the symptoms of neurodiversity and trauma overlap a lot, but the neurodiversity community can offer trauma survivors tools of resilience, empathy, and history of shared/similar lived experiences. 

My business clients get the benefit of my living for decades with the suspicion that I was fundamentally different, traumatized, while unknowingly learning how to adapt and modify my modes of operation to become resilient within an ableist society.

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