Post-Traumatic Growth with Karen Allen - How to Move Through Grief and Embrace the Possibilities


Today on The Girlfriend Doctor, Karen Allen joins us to inspire post-traumatic growth in those trapped by feelings of grief and loss. After losing her husband to a tragic shooting, Karen felt overwhelmed by heartache and depression. The road to recovery was difficult, but she realized she could only move forward. Karen’s post-traumatic growth led her to become an author, thought leader, and mentor to those struggling with limiting beliefs. Grief stays with you forever, but Karen shares her methodology for accepting and facing emotional turmoil so you can continue living a life full of possibilities. 

Karen teaches you the tools to thrive after trauma. It is not about erasing grief but remembering the immense joy behind that feeling of loss. Grief is a memorial to the joyful moments lost to tragedy, and those memories stay with you forever. Karen invites you to face and feel your grief so you can move through it instead of being consumed by it. 

Life after a loss can feel hopeless, but you can learn to see the possibilities again. Karen speaks about her relationship with God, and how her faith saved her in her darkest moments. Sometimes the best way to cope is to acknowledge and feel your profound loss but to surrender and embrace the present moment. Life doesn’t stop until you do, and you may lose people and opportunities along the way, but Karen gives you the tools to stay positive in the face of tragedy. 



[3:00] How Karen moved forward from tragedy 

[6:00] Owning your healing with gratitude 

[10:00] Post-traumatic stress disorder and grief  

[13:20] Post-traumatic growth 

[17:00] The connection between grief and joy 

[20:30] Stop and shift methodology 

[22:40] Face it and feel it 

[28:00] Feeling the presence of God

[36:30] Giving people the tools to thrive







“If I didn’t choose to get up, then my son’s story was gonna be that he lost both parents and in that moment I refused to let that be his story.” [5:35] -Karen Allen

“In those moments of stress that you need to be more conscious about how we’re interacting with it, because it’s not the pain itself, it's the way that we interact with it that’s then going to make that ripple effect in our life and in the lives of others.”  [20:53] -Karen Allen


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Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca

Certified OB/GYN, Anti-Aging and Integrative Medicine expert and founder of The Girlfriend Doctor. During Dr. Anna’s health journey, she turned to research to create products to help thousands of women through menopause, hormones, and sexual health. She is the author of best-selling The Hormone Fix, and Keto-Green 16 and MenuPause.

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