How I got through my son’s seizure and daughter’s sexual assault with Kate Pieper | POP 737

A photo of Kate Pieper is captured. Kate Pieper is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma and PTSD. Kate Pieper is featured on Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

How do you take care of yourself when members of your family are constantly sick? What does it take to maintain a strong marriage when your children have suffered? Which mindsets empower you to keep moving forward when life seems out of control?

In the second episode of the How I Got Through It series, Joe Sanok speaks with Kate Pieper about her son’s seizure and daughter’s sexual assault.

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Meet Kate Pieper

A photo of Kate Pieper is captured. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma and PTSD. Kate is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Kate Pieper is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in trauma and PTSD. She has many years of experience working with women, men, and teens, and she is trained in evidence-based therapy (Gottman, EMDR, and CISM).

Kate knows that each person has their own unique journey. Life is full of highs and lows – heartaches and joys. Kate enjoys inspiring others to hang on to happiness as they take their own brave, compassionate journey. With her clients, she teaches resiliency skills, allowing them to move beyond trauma and into their unique Brave Compassionate Journey.

Visit Kate Pieper’s website and connect with her on Facebook, Youtube, and LinkedIn.

In this Podcast:

  • Jacobs’s seizures
  • Maintaining a strong marriage
  • “I choose to stay”
  • How Kate got through it

Jacob’s seizures

At a time, when Kate’s son Jacob was two years old, he was having 50 to 100 seizures a day.

Now at 26, he still has seizures and needs to be taken care of, and has to be under supervision almost 24 hours a day.

It really forced us to lean into each other and forced us to understand each other. (Kate Pieper)

Kate, her husband, and her family all had to be straightforward with one another about what they needed and how they could support one another.

Maintaining a strong marriage

Kate and her husband needed to buckle down on their marriage and relationship to be able to help their son while both working and running their lives.

It’s been an effort and it’s been hard work, but I think we’re probably humble enough and foolish enough that it’s all been worth it. We pursue each other as friends and were friends before we got married. (Kate Pieper)

They both know what they are not interested in doing in their lives as individuals, and therefore work at pursuing the things that they want to do – and want from one another – as a couple, together.

“I choose to stay”

I have freedom in the fact that I choose. I don’t feel like a prisoner. I choose to be there for my husband, for my children, and for myself. I don’t have to … I don’t have to do anything, [but] that gives me freedom and that gives me joy … and the freedom to be imperfect. (Kate Pieper)

The way that Kate frames the events of life helps her to feel empowered.

She is careful with her words and uses them wisely to help her feel and be in control of her responses and her actions when life seems to be out of control.

How Kate got through it

Kate studies and practices resiliency and this has helped her get through it:

  • In heated moments, chooses to respond with kindness and chooses to affirm herself wherever possible.
  • Writing in a gratitude journal every morning.
  • Practicing some sort of spiritual grounding.
  • Make sure to get physical exercise often.

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Meet Joe Sanok

A photo of Joe Sanok is displayed. Joe, private practice consultant, offers helpful advice for group practice owners to grow their private practice. His therapist podcast, Practice of the Practice, offers this advice.

Joe Sanok helps counselors to create thriving practices that are the envy of other counselors. He has helped counselors to grow their businesses by 50-500% and is proud of all the private practice owners that are growing their income, influence, and impact on the world. Click here to explore consulting with Joe.

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