Nia Conversations with Siya Ben

Nia Conversations with Siya Ben
The Nia Conversations Podcast was inspired by my own journey as a rape survivor. After going through this traumatic experience in 2013, I struggled to find content that I could resonate with and that made the healing process very lonely. The podcast is aimed at reaching out to others who’ve been through, or are still going through life-changing traumas. Through my journey, I hope to shine the spotlight on healing, mental health, wellness, meaningful conversations, wellness and and my walk with God.

20. A reminder of God’s love
Aug 21 • 15 min
Today I was reminded of God’s love for me. This came unexpectedly while I was listening to one of my favourite gospel songs, Kirk Franklin’s “Hold Me Now”. It took me back to a very dark, painful and difficult season and was a reminder of how faithful and…
19. How I’m keeping sane during lockdown
Jul 14 • 28 min
It’s been a rather challenging time. A lot has changed in the world in the last couple of months. Here, I share some of the things I’ve been doing to keep myself afloat.
18. How gratitude changed my life
Jun 29 • 30 min
Keeping a gratitude journal has truly changed my life. Practicing gratitude has shown me that I have so much to be grateful for, every single day, and that I already have everything I need.
17. Self-love: You are enough
Jun 16 • 39 min
You are enough, just as you are. There’s this misconception that worldly success somehow increases your value as a person. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Nothing can ever take away from the fact that you are enough, and your value as a…
16. Why victims don’t report rape
Jun 9 • 27 min
It’s 2020 and I cannot believe that there are people who still blame and shame victims after they share their stories. There are many reasons why people who’ve been sexually violated decide not to report their experiences, and this episode will discuss a…
15. Healing comes in waves
Jun 2 • 15 min
This is a reminder that healing is not a linear process. Sometimes you’re okay, and other times you’re not okay. And that’s perfectly normal.
14. God meets you in your brokenness
Jun 1 • 34 min
Have you ever been so broken that it felt like your whole world was ending? I’ve been there and I know how painful and confusing that season can be. I’ve learned, though, that God always meets us right in our brokenness. So, even if your world is falling…
13. You can’t give what you don’t have
May 25 • 26 min
This episode talks about the importance of pouring into yourself first, before giving to others. You can only give to others what you give (or have given) to yourself.
12. God is the ultimate healer
May 18 • 23 min
It’s amazing what God can do with our pain. Over the years, I’ve come to truly know Him as a healer. This episode details on my experience with God’s healing power and how He has, and continues to make me whole.
11. Why I’ve forgiven the man who violated me
May 13 • 22 min
I really do believe that hurt people hurt people. It’s taken me a few years to understand this and to be able to forgive the person who raped me, and release him. It hasn’t been easy, but it has helped me to move forward in my healing journey. Forgiveness…
10. The importance of confronting unhealed trauma
Apr 28 • 28 min
I think we can all agree that we’ve experienced at least one thing that has left us with scars. We’ve been through things, whether from childhood or adulthood, that have negatively impacted the people we are. Today I speak about unhealed trauma and the…
9. Choosing to live my truth (even the ugly parts)
Apr 20 • 29 min
Have you noticed how we’re not allowed to talk about things that are deemed as “shameful”? This is a sad reality for many of us and we end up having g to carry the weight (or shame) of things we didn’t choose. We carry the pain and burden for years…
8. Where do you draw your strength from?
Apr 7 • 29 min
They say you can’t give from an empty cup. I totally agree with this statement! This week, I chat about what I do when I find myself in a place where I can no longer give to others (and myself). For me, when I get to that place, it’s all about working on…
7. Checking in + vulnerability
Mar 30 • 56 min
Are you in a good space? A lot is happening in the world right now and I’m going through all kinds of emotions. On this episode I share my current mental space and the things that are coming up in terms of my healing. I’ve been presented with yet another…
Supporting someone with depression
Mar 23 • 22 min
When your loved one has been diagnosed with depression, a lot of things probably go through your head. On this episode I share a few ways in which you can support your loved one. I also reached out to LifeLine Western Cape and one of their counsellors,…
5. Becoming: Let’s talk about therapy
Mar 17 • 41 min
I believe that therapy is one of the most beautiful gifts you can give yourself. On this episode I speak about what made me go to a therapist. I share my experience and unpack some of the things I’ve learned so far. The journey hasn’t been an easy one,…
4. Beauty for Ashes
Mar 10 • 19 min
This time I talk about how a bible scripture became my theme in 2018. It was all about Isaiah 61:1-3. God proved to me that He was listening to my prayers — He sent people and resources my way in order to not only confirm and fulfill His word, but to also…
3. What healing really looks like
Mar 2 • 37 min
I’ve learned that healing comes in layers. It’s certainly not an easy journey and process — some days are better than others. Here, I talk about what my healing journey has looked like. It’s been filled with a lot of ups and downs, overwhelming moments…
2. Life after rape: how my healing journey started
Feb 24 • 28 min
Trauma does really change a person’s life. It’s just one of those things that comes unexpectedly and you have no choice but to accept it. For me, my life changed drastically after I was raped in 2013. This episode is about the day that incident happened,…
Nia Conversations With Siya Ben
Feb 18 • 7 min
On this first episode I introduce the Nia Conversations Podcast. This podcast was inspired by my story as a rape survivor and it’s aimed at reaching out the thousands of rape survivors and other people who’ve been through life-changing traumas not only in…