Shawn Vierra lost his father to mental health challenges in his youth and has since dealt with the challenges that have come with that loss. He shares his story and how it has led him to start the LOVE HARD Foundation, that sets out to help children transform their tragedies into triumphs. The foundation works directly with school districts to ensure all students have access to trauma therapy.
Fred Yogo grew up in the slums of Kenya. He later immigrated to the United States. Mason met Fred while serving as companions in the Birmingham Alabama Mission. Fred shares his 10/90, stories of survival, challenges, and loss, along with his beliefs and actions that allowed him to remain positive and moving forward. Mason has tried to share the concept that it is okay to cry over trauma and loss, but we have to get up everyday and keep moving forward. Fred Yogo summed is up in four words. "Walk while you cry"
Matt has nearly two decades of experience in the mental health arena. He is the owner and creator of the Finding Strength and the Finding Strength Method, a cutting-edge therapeutic treatment approach. He is Director of Deer Hollow’s Education and Trainings. Matt is also the host of the critically acclaimed podcast, Finding Strength. He is a certified Mind-Body Bridging Therapist, specializing in a variety of evidenced based trauma treatment models including EMDR, Internal Family System, CPT, Psychodrama, and mindfulness. With over 10,000 hours of trauma focused therapy, Matt is considered an expert in the field of trauma treatment by many of his peers and colleagues.
"Use your obstacles as jet fuel to become something more."