My Why

I'm an author, speaker, and trainer, who is passionate about guiding others who have experienced setbacks, traumas, or brokenness, rejuvenate to wholeness, discover their purpose,  and empower their potential.
As a sexual abuse survivor, award winning author, and certified speaker, I am passionate about guiding others that have experienced trauma or brokenness, rejuvenate to wholeness, discover their purpose, and empower their potential. 

As a Darkness to Light facilitator, I guide parents, groups, and organizations to raise their awareness to how we, as a community can defeat child sexual abuse by learning strategies and actionable steps to prevent and respond appropriately.

The Story Behind
Broken to Beautifully Whole

“Author Cathy Studer’s story begins with the trauma of years of sexual abuse by her step-father, but it doesn’t end there. Step by step, she takes the reader through attributes that healed her, that are applicable not just to abuse survivors, but to anyone dealing with challenges who wants to move toward healing and wholeness. From encouragement to applying gratitude in your life (because finding things to be grateful for increases our happiness), to learning self-compassion rather than self-criticism, to forgiving in order to establish your own worth and joy, she offers practical advice and encouragement. “You have the choice to live with joy and purpose. You have the choice to not let your tragedy or trauma define you.” Wise words and advice from a survivor with not just a compelling story, but a voice for strength and hope.”

~S. Hudson, Verified Purchase

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What People Say

"BROKEN TO BEAUTIFULLY WHOLE ... is information, healing, and empowerment embodied"
~ Daphne V. Smith, Author of WHAT'S YOUR SCARLET LETTER?
"Cathy Studer has an amazing way of communicating some of the most important lessons in life, both in person and in her book, “Broken To Beautifully Whole”. Her passion to help those in need by laying out the six attributes of healing is representative of her true nature and caring for others. Cathy Studer is a remarkable person and has truly thrown her whole being into making this a journey to change the life of others. If you are looking for ways to heal, I highly advise reading this book and putting her recommendations in place. Cathy, thank you for sharing your life with us so that we can flourish and be all we can be. "
~ Mary Jean Boone, Senior Diabetes Care Specialist, Novo Nordisk at Novo Nordisk A/S
“Cathy's ability to connect with survivors is seamless and honest.”
~ Lori Poland, MA, LPC, Executive Director for the National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect
“If you haven’t read Cathy’s book, Broken to Beautifully Whole, you should. Whether you have read her book or not, everyone would enjoy this workshop and take gifts from it. Not only do you create a beautiful piece of art, yet you learn about six healing attributes that help build more resilience no matter what your wounds or challenges may be. Creating can be stressful, but this was soothing and informative. I highly recommend!”
~ Hiliary Stai, Columbus, Ohio
"Cathy’s passion is to bring awareness to the sickening statistics of childhood sexual abuse and create opportunities for people to have an open dialogue and a path to healing. She is also dedicated to educating people about child abuse and how to prevent it. Cathy knows it is an uncomfortable topic, and she tackles it with sensitivity. I wholeheartedly recommend Cathy as a speaker. Her story of victim to victor will inspire you and educate you on how to be more aware of sexual abuse and how to prevent or stop it in your loved ones’ lives."
~ Angela McDermott, Shareholder + Managing Director Operations at Kaiser Consulting

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Central Ohio author writing book series to help children with mental health.

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