Reclaim Yourself Through Trauma with Sharon K. Ball

Interview by
Dr. Chad Prevost
Dr. Shelley Prevost
Published on
June 23, 2023

In this episode

Sharon K. Ball is a licensed professional counselor–mental health service provider, national board-certified counselor, and an accredited Enneagram teacher through the International Enneagram Association.

Because of her background, Sharon has provided trauma-response counseling for victims of mass shootings and hurricanes. She’s been called upon to provide crisis-intervention services during national and international disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami and the Haiti earthquake. As the founder of the 9Paths Center for Wellbeing, a clinical counseling center located in the Nashville region, Sharon provides informed trauma care to individuals, couples, and families.

I think you’ll find a lot of depth and insight in our unscripted conversation today.

I think what Sharon Ball is helping us to understand is that you can take your failure as an opportunity to open up, become more vulnerable, more open to learning and humbly starting again. Sometimes, if we’re honest with ourselves, we don’t allow ourselves to get to these points of openness and honesty until we face a crisis of one kind or another. And, you know, so long as we do end up getting there, learning the power of reinventing ourselves, and the joy that comes with it, we should cut ourselves a little slack.

Our Discussion

3:51--Sharon shares her idea of what it means to be living in your Big Self

9:58--Sharon's story of going through a complicated, highly visible divorce

13:12--People who work through trauma still have a resilience and a pursuit of something better, and how Sharon sees the world through a trauma lens and a hopeful one

19:27--Putting the pieces back after trauma to pursue the bigger, fuller self

25:10--Integrating the Enneagram with trauma work

30:37--We're in this together, and you are not broken