Surf therapy helps women overcome trauma and find empowerment

NBC’s Natalie Morales heads to San Diego to meet with Natalie Small and Leanne Tibiatowski of Groundswell Community Project. The nonprofit supports a unique type of therapy that uses surfing to help women face fears, overcome trauma and feel empowered.

Surfers and scientists examine why “blue space” is so beneficial to mental health.

“The eight-week program was the best and most difficult thing that I have ever done,” says Leanne Tibiatowski, a California resident who enrolled with Groundswell in summer 2018. “After every session I’d come out feeling more peace and joy, more body acceptance, less anxiety, and a sense of freedom and belonging.” 

Healing Trauma Through Surf Therapy and Waves of Love with Natalie Small LMFT and Leanne Tibiatowski

Leanne attended the groundswell community project to help process and heal from complicated trauma. She found it to be so healing that she bravely decided to share her story to validate and provide light and hope to others.

Paddle-out at La Jolla Shores supports Black Lives Matter

Groundswell Community Project partnered with Black Girls Surf and Native Life water inviting Surfers, kayakers, and paddleboarders to gather in memorial and peaceful protest for a Paddle Out June 5 at La Jolla Shores to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

inner-view with Leanne Tibiatowski • trauma • ptsd • emdr • surf therapy • healing

Video Podcast: Leanne a survivor of severe trauma and PTSD, and an incredible force of nature! In this inner-view, She shares with bold transparency about how she is transforming the pain and confusion that comes with trauma into clarity, inner peace, and newfound joy.

Fox Inside San Diego Sports Segment: Surf Therapy

Fox Inside San Diego Sports segment on the history of Groundswell Community Project, their unique surf therapy model and highlights Leanne Tibiatowski’s powerful trauma recovery as she learned to surf as a way to navigate delayed-onset PTSD and find her way back home to herself and the sea.

Groundswell Community Project: KUSI Surf Therapy Segment

KUSI Good Morning San Diego talks Surf Therapy with Natalie Small and Leanne Tibiatowski.
This segment is the first time Leanne bravely shares her story of delayed-onset- PTSD changing her life and how surf-therapy with Natalie saved her life.

Meet Leanne Tibiatowski of Together We Rise in Ocean Beach

San Diego Voyager interviewed Leanne Tibiatowski about her work with women in her passion project Together We Rise. Timed in the early days of the #metoo movement, Leanne courageously shared her story of surviving sexual assault as a teenager for the very first time.