After surviving years of domestic violence and abuse, Nataleen Henry learned to use dance and the retelling of her story to heal and empower others. The Brave Files.

Resilience in the Dark

With Featured Guest

Nataleen Henry


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After surviving years of domestic violence and abuse, Nataleen Henry learned to use dance and the retelling of her story to heal and empower others. The Brave Files.

Resilience in the Dark

With Featured Guest

Nataleen Henry


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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • Even in the dark moments, you can still be resilient and strong.
  • Using your past experiences, no matter how painful, to help others is a true example of bravery.
  • Healing is a beautiful thing.

Please Be Aware: In this episode, we talk about kidnapping, rape, and domestic violence.

First and foremost, Nataleen Henry is a survivor in every sense of the word. Indeed, her story began in a completely heartbreaking way. However, it certainly has a happy ending. Today, Nataleen uses dance as a way to heal from her past abuse and bravely taps into her own voice to help others heal as well.

A Tragic Beginning

Tragically, when Nataleen was just sixteen years old, she was kidnapped and raped. Her instincts of self-preservation kicked in, and she decided not to fight. Obviously, this terrifying event shook Nataleen to her core. This trauma left her unable to trust anyone. She never reported the attack or told anyone what had happened. For years, Nataleen suffered in silence. Subsequently, she fell into a deep depression.

The Abuse Continues

A few years later, Nataleen found herself in a long-term physically abusive relationship. Unfortunately, she struggled intensely with low self-esteem and low self-confidence. Nataleen believed the relationship was founded in love even while the cycle of violence continued.

Eventually, and very fortunately, Nataleen had a realization. As a whole, she couldn’t live this way any longer. She was a woman of faith, and she knew there had to be a way out. Nataleen’s bravery saved her life.

Healing for Abuse

Without a doubt, Nataleen knew she needed to heal. She began to study dance and learned to use her art as a form of expression and deep healing. Christian dancing, specifically, is her chosen method of worship and healing. There is a great power found through moving your body, and Nataleen discovered this could be used to grow closer to a higher power and create a sense of peace.

Helpful Resources Mentioned in Nataleen’s Interview

A blog post about the impact that celebration has on gratitude

Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Women’s Aid – UK

If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. There are resources available; you are not alone.


Nataleen now connects with other women, through both dancing and speaking engagements, to offer encouragement. She uses her voice and bravely relives her story of abuse and healing in order to empower others. Additionally, she shares her art of dance at weddings and spiritual conferences.

Her memoir, Beauty for Ashes, is newly released and can be found here.

Nateleen Henry Beauty for Ashes. Resilience in the dark. The Brave Files Podcast.

Giving is Good

As a survivor of abuse herself, Nataleen supports Women’s Aid, an organization in the UK that provides help to those experiencing abuse in any form. This nonprofit offers information, resources, and direct support to those directly impacted by domestic violence as well as those who work with victims. The national helpline can be reached directly at 0808 2000 247.

"For someone currently in an abusive situation, know that you are worth so much more."

- Nataleen Henry

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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