SURVIVOR AND AUTHOR
As an author, speaker, and coach, Katie is deeply passionate about oversharing. Her mission is to share her very real (and frequently awkward) stories of navigating healing from eighteen years of childhood sexual abuse so that others feel comfortable laughing about, loving, and sharing their own stories.
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, significant moments in her life. She wanted a different kind of conversation about sexual abuse. Katie’s debut book, Cake Pops and Coffee, is that new type of conversation.
In her book and in her work, Katie gets very real about the whole story of 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 past with the people she loves. She shares how she cut through all the bullshit that resulted from the abuse and how she learned to step into her power, love herself on a deeper level, and truly live after trauma - all while sharing tips and guidance on how you can do the same.
Katie’s tips have been featured in Painted Magazine and Live Fervently Podcast, an inspirational podcast for game-changing women. One reader described her book, Cake Pops and Coffee, as “she has managed to write a book that discusses some of the heaviest things I’ve ever heard while also being really funny and inviting. I just can’t get over that because I need you to understand how much skill it takes to accomplish that!”
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. So, grab some cake pops and coffee and get ready to share some stories.