Sifting Through the Ashes: Finding Beauty, Peace, Love, and Strength Through Trauma

“The beauty of healing from trauma comes when we embrace our strength, find peace within ourselves, and open our hearts to the love that surrounds us. It’s a process of sifting through the ashes and creating something beautiful, something that can never be taken away.” ~ Darla Gale


Sifting Through the Ashes: Finding Beauty, Peace, Love, and Strength through Trauma is a collection of real stories from those who survived the devastating Camp Fire of November 8, 2018. Through these stories, readers are invited to journey alongside the survivors as they share their experiences and search for strength and resilience in the face of tragedy. Additionally, clinical guidance is provided to help readers process their own experiences of trauma and grief, as well as tips for self-care and healing. This book encourages readers to find beauty, peace, love, and strength amidst the ashes of trauma and to emerge stronger than ever before. It is a powerful reminder that we can all rise above even the darkest of moments and find hope in the midst of darkness.

An Empowering Read for Those Who Have Suffered Through Trauma of Any Kind

Diverse Perspectives from Real-Life Fire Survivors of the November 8, 2018 Camp Fire

Guidance for Healing, Resilience, and Growth

Access to Over 30 Clinical Checklists, Exercises, Techniques, and Resources


Sifting Through the Ashes: Finding Beauty, Peace, Love, and Strength through Trauma will guide you through the emotional process toward healing and peace. It includes access to more than 30 self-help checklists, exercises, techniques, and resources to help you start your healing journey.


Sifting Through the Ashes: Finding Beauty, Peace, Love, and Strength through Trauma is a must-read for anyone who is struggling with their own trauma, as well as for those who are trying to understand and support the loved ones in their lives affected by trauma. The book provides unique insights into the psychological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of trauma and provides practical tools to help readers find beauty, peace, love, and strength in the midst of difficult times. It is an invaluable source of insight and hope for those who are trying to make sense of their experiences in the face of personal trauma. The book is a powerful and necessary resource for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of trauma and find a path forward.


Order your copy of Sifting Through the Ashes today and help support the Heartstrings Crisis and Disaster Counseling Program. All profits from each sale will be donated to this incredible program which provides free counseling sessions to trauma survivors and first responders (California residents only). By purchasing this book, you are helping to give those affected by trauma  the support they need to thrive.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to show your support by purchasing a book for yourself or as a gift for someone you know. Another option is to purchase a book and donate it directly to Heartstrings Counseling, Inc., so they can provide it to a trauma survivor or first responder in need. This allows you to give the gift of reading while also helping those who have been impacted by trauma.

About the authors.

Darla Gale

Darla Gale is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the CEO/Founder of Heartstrings Counseling, Inc. and Darla Gale Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapist, Inc. Darla graduated from Brandman University and has a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. She is a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and a certified First Responder Counselor. She has also completed the Faith in Crisis Academy training with a specialized focus on trauma.

She has a deep desire to provide healing to those who are hurting, to give each individual the resources for positive change, and to help them gain insight and understanding, resulting in a brighter tomorrow. Darla holds the belief that you cannot change the past, but you can be strengthened by it. One of her favorite quotes is “It’s OK to look back into the past; just don’t stare.” She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children bound by anxiety, depression, obsession compulsion, ADHD, anger, addiction, grief, and personality disorders. In addition, she works with couples who are experiencing difficulties with conflict, communication, and unhealthy relational patterns.

Darla’s therapeutic approach is creative and engaging, as she combines spiritual, mindful, cognitive, and behavioral principles in her process. Darla believes the client-therapist relationship is of the utmost importance. Her goal is to lead individuals on a personal journey of awareness while providing them with hope, empathy, and unconditional positive regard. In her spare time, she enjoys crochet, cross-stitch, reading, kayaking, fishing, boating, road trips with her husband, and her dogs.

Alice Rodriguez is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADCII), and a certified brainspotting practitioner in California. She is a trauma-informed therapist who helps people identify past and present issues and heal from the issues that prevent them from living their best life. Providing therapy to veterans and first responders is one of her core passions. Alice strives to provide a safe, nonjudgmental environment where people can recognize their strengths, learn and develop new skills and knowledge, and use these resources to heal and move forward.

Alice Rodriguez