Taking Back Ourselves

Taking Back Ourselves

TBD, 2020

Cost:  $650 - Triple Room, $750 - Double Room

Room,Board & Supplies Included

In the last three years, at centers in Ohio, Utah, Connecticut, and California, Taking Back Ourselves has been an incredible space for women survivors to experience being truly empowered and whole.   Taking Back Ourselves (TBO) has provided an experiential Weekend of Recovery that offer women something unprecedented in traditional recovery support.  

Taking Back OurselvesTogether with our phenominal team, the women of TBO create an extraordinary community, with hope, joy—and more life.  And over the years they have continued to keep their connections with one another and to the power they have touched within themselves. 

Taking Back Ourselves Weekend of Recovery will be returning to the beautiful Hope Springs Institute, in Peebles, Ohio, September 29-October 1. In our many years of retreat and conference experiences with both male survivors and the women who participate in Taking Back Ourselves, Hope Springs has proven to be one of the best environments by far for meeting our community’s needs for restoration and recovery by providing comfort, space, wonderful food, and complete support. Hope Springs is a unique space that enables women and men to do deep life changing work in an atmosphere of safety and care.



Hope Springs is a beautiful, comfortable space that truly supports the work of recovery. The cost of the 3-day Weekend is $650 for a triple room, $750 for a double room. Scholarships are available.  TBO intends to make Weekends affordable to any woman survivor who wants to come.  So, we maintain a commitment to helping potential participants find alternative resources in cases of financial hardship or limited income.  But Taking Back Ourselves is committed to making it possible for each and every participant who applies to be there. We have limited scholarships available. 

To apply and register: https://takingbackourselves.org/apply-register/


Denise BallnikDenise Ballnik MA ADTR MFT has been a practicing Dance/movement therapist and psychotherapist in the Los Angeles area for 30 years.    For the past two decades, she has worked with trauma, especially male and female sexual abuse .  She has facilitated groups for women survivors of sexual abuse  and currentlyis facilitating a group for male survivors.  She brings authentic movement, guided imagery, commitment  and the creative process  to her work with her clients to facilitate healing.


Peter BotteasPeter Bottéas, MA, LMHC, is a multilingual and multicultural therapist in Cambridge, MA, and is part of the facilitation team of the MaleSurvivor organization’s Weekends of Recovery. For several years, he was a counselor, group facilitator, and victim advocate with the Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health in Boston, working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual trauma, bias crimes, and other life-altering events. 


Chad CorbleyChad Corbley, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist working in private practice in Columbus, OH. He is co-owner of Affirmations, a practice with a long history of service to an extremely diverse clientele, including countless men and women survivors of sexual abuse. The practice was previously owned by Howard Fradkin, Ph.D. (still on board as partner emeritus) and Don Laufersweiler, M.S., both longstanding members of the MaleSurvivor organization and the weekends of recovery. Dr. Corbley's areas of speciality include GLB and Trans concerns, HIV/AIDS, and survivors of trauma. He is very excited to be joining the extraordinary group of therapists on the TBO team!


Sandi FortiSandi Forti, Ph.D. is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Columbus, Ohio. She has a thriving practice in central Ohio with years of experience dealing with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties.  She has more than two decades of AIDS work in California and Ohio, building on previous work in the areas of pain management and physical disabilities.  Her dual interests in archetypal psychology and body awareness have added breadth and depth to her work with individuals who are seeking to heal from past traumas and who desire new ground for a relationship with the present. She sees herself as providing context within which trauma can be understood as part of the landscape of soul, and healing can lay the foundation for the development and expression of the authentic self. She has worked for many years with victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse, as well as working with the families who struggle to love and heal both the victim and the offender. She is also versed in working with the patterns of thinking and behavior that grow out of the effort to cope with abuse, such as depression, dissociation, use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, etc.

Denise Francis-MontanoDenise Francis-Montaño, PhD, is a psychologist, trainer, and advocate from Salt Lake City, Utah. Denise has spent over 15 years integrating\training Culture-, Gender-, and Trauma-Sensitive awareness in teaching, counseling, advising, and administration. She has served widely diverse communities in higher education and Indian Health, Veterans Health, Criminal Justice and Workforce services. Her understanding of the complexities of historically marginalized identities including all genders, ethnicity/nationality/race, LGB, refugee/ immigration spirituality and, age/appearance centers her work. Denise co facilitates cultural dialogues and is a trained victim’s advocate/consultant for rape and sexual assault recovery centers. She currently co coordinates the Utah Association for Women in Psychology, serves as a commissioner on the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission board and is chairperson for the Conference to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW.

Breeze HannafordBreeze Hannaford, LCSW is an outpatient mental health therapist and the LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator for the Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SLC VAMC).  She was also the Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Program coordinator for the SLC VAMC from 2010-2014. Breeze specializes in working with individuals struggling with PTSD, dissociative disorders, and gender dysphoria. She is passionate about and skilled in empowering individuals to see their own wholeness and reclaim their souls after surviving trauma, betrayal, and injustice. For the past 20 years she has honed her skills of being a compassionate listener, a fierce advocate, and an enthusiastic cheerleader for those desiring to find purpose and meaning in life after trauma.  Breeze was given an award by the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) in recognition of her efforts to “End Sexual Violence in Utah” for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) 2013, and was granted the George E. Wahlen VA Medical Center medal of honor for her efforts in creating and expanding mental health and medical services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Veteran Population. 

Mikele RauchMikele Rauch LMFT.  Since 1983, Mikele Rauch, LMFT, has worked with men and women specializing in the areas of physical, sexual, religious, and ritual abuse and violence, utilizing art, music, bodywork and mindfulness practices to the work of recovery.  She is co founder and a facilitator of the MaleSurvivor Weekends of Recovery for male survivors of sexual and clergy abuse (www.malesurvivor.org ). She was a member of the Victims Rights Committee in Boston, MAfrom 2003-2005, an Independent Review Board of psychologists and legal experts whose purpose was to oversee the Catholic Church’s policies and procedures regarding survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Her book, Recovering the Soul after Religious Abuse: The Dark Heaven of Recovery, Praeger Publications, was published in Spring of 2009. www.mikelerauch.com.

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