Emily Ann Peterson

Am I *uniquely* qualified to be your coach or consultant?

That's for you to decide.

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Approaches to Client Relationships

  • Trauma sensitive; not trauma-focused
  • Creativity-infused
  • Strength-based
  • Liberation motivated
  • Low-pressure; curiosity-driven
  • Somatic; body-conscious
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)
  • Rational Emotive Behavior (REBT)

Prices & Rates

I am deeply committed to a world where financial accessibility and fair compensation can coexist. All offerings are available with either:

  • sliding scales; freely available, no application required
  • interest-free payment plans; no financial punishment for sustainable decisions

Trauma Specialties

  • Religious Trauma: survivors of cults, new age communes, extremist communities, and other authoritative adverse religious experiences
  • High-Control Organizations & Relationships: survivors of intense, exploitative, or abusive dynamics or environments (i.e. military, domestic violence, abusive romantic relationships)
  • Commercial Cults: multi-level marketing companies, or other fraudulent employers like Enron, WeWork, Theranos, HealthSouth, Wells Fargo, Amazon, and many others
  • Full list here

Approaches to Business 

  • (Eco)feminist
  • Decolonization & globally-minded, locally-driven
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Regenerative commerce (anti-capitalist)
  • Value-based leadership
  • Empirical decision making
  • Holistically sustainable strategies (anti-burnout)
  • Ethical & transparent marketing (anti-manipulation)

Business Degrees & Qualifications

  • Consulting since 2008 for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs)
  • Master of Business Administration 
    • University of Wyoming, emphasis in marketing psychology, consumer behavior, and the power of (cult) influence. 
  • Bachelor in Business Administration Management
    • Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business, with emphasis in entrepreneurship
  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®), Scrum Alliance Inc.
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Int'l Council for Small Business
  • Full CV Here    

Trauma Training & Other Credentials 

  • Trauma & Resilience Life Coach (TRLC), Arizona Trauma Institute
  • Certified Trauma Support Specialist (CTSS), International Trauma Institute
  • Psychological First Aid (PFA), The Johns Hopkins University
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), accredited by IAOTH, International Association of Therapists
  • Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT) Life Coach,  accredited by the CPD Standards Agency

I grew up discussing graduate-level marketing research at the dinner table.

My dad received his PhD in marketing before I knew the full meaning of money. This explains why, at age 6, my first lemonade stand was so wildly successful and why I immediately spent it *all* on dress-up clothes.

It also explains why my teenage attempts at selling AVON almost got me banned from my dad's university. Evidently, it *is* possible to leave one too many catalogues hanging in bathroom stalls across campus. (Feel free to add this humiliation to the long list of reasons why multi-level marketing companies are the absolute worst.)

15+ years as a business consultant began when my first business defied the 2008 recession.

With the combined resources of a Bachelor in Business Administration from Texas Tech University, my skills as a musician, and training as a Suzuki cello teacher—my Seattle-based music studio became a fast success.

Creative and music industry colleagues soon reached out for consulting and the clients snowballed from there. 

#1 Amazon bestselling book

Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous, was written after receiving a career-halting health diagnosis—a degenerative, neurological hand tremor. Knowing I’d have to “be brave,” but not knowing what that really meant, I got curious. Really curious. (Hint: True bravery never feels brave.)

In the following years, I blended my musical offerings and consulting to include song-infused keynotes and workshops for Fortune500 companies, tech startups, and corporate conferences.

Trauma symptoms snuck in.

Symptoms from my religious trauma and other earlier traumas began cropping up in the day-to-day operations of business. The consulting practice grew and so did frustrations with trauma-related annoyances. Business clients soon echoed their own encounters with post-traumatic career chaos. One client aptly said, "Ain't nobody got time for a panic attack!"

Curiosity struck again.

COVID-19 and my mother's terminal battle with glioblastoma presented the opportunity to pursue a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Wyoming. My curiosity narrowed while supporting my clients through their own pandemic trauma and grief; my academic studies focused on the power of (cult) influence, coercive control in marketing psychology, and consumer behavior. 

Peterson Resilience Consulting exists as a model of resilience for my clients. I walk the talk by working smart, not hard and by being honest about my boundaries. Through business consulting and career coaching with me, clients learn to thrive beyond their traumas while creating sustainable structures and systems that support their well-being and recovery.


I am a survivor too.

religious trauma (exvangelical and more)

disordered eating

chronic illness & neurodiversity

academic & career sexual assault

and whatever you'd call being a woman in the music industry

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Other Cool Stuff

  • TEDx speaker on "The Value of Shared Experiences"
  • nonprofit organization co-founder
  • founding board member
  • Plus, I've dyed my hair almost every color in the rainbow

Meet the Furkids:

Freddie Mercury is my tiny blind cat. He thinks Google Meet calls were invented for shoulder-sitting and that dog tails are the best toy in the world!!! 

Beau, my dog, doesn't understand why his tail is so much fun, but he really enjoys howling with fire trucks and sharing this skill on Google Meet with clients.

Yuki (Japanese for "Snow flower") is the newest member of the family. He ensures that we are host to WrestleMeownia WWE-style!

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What's with the Dalahäst?

The Peterson Resilience Consulting logo is a nod to my entrepreneurial and Swedish heritage and to my specialty in helping folks with religious trauma.

Symbol of Resilience & Religious Adversity: Not many people know this, but in the 1600's, Swedish Christians referred to the dala horse as a "devil's toy" because it had ties to underground pagan practices. Fittingly, among other things, today the dalahäst is also a symbol of resilience.

Entrepreneurial & Swedish Heritage: I am one-quarter Swedish. When my paternal great-grandmother, Signe, was a teenager, she bravely emigrated alone from Sweden for hardship reasons. She eventually met and married my great-grandfather, Hilding, whose parents also emigrated from Fjallbacka and Sundsvall, Sweden. They became proud small business owners of a road-side diner in Michigan, called Saw-Bridg. 

More about Signe & her story of resilience here >>

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