When I was four and a half years old, I found my mother passed out on her bedroom floor. She had overdosed - shortly after giving birth to my baby brother, and she went on to spend six months in a psychiatric hospital. On one of the many days she was away, I remember sitting in the backseat of our car with my older brother as my father drove us to the store, when suddenly our car collided head-on with another vehicle. I was too young to understand everything happening at the time, but, in the months that followed, I became parentless for a span of time that seemed like years. That experience set the stage for a lifelong interest in the impacts of childhood trauma. It also sparked my passion for healing others.
Today, based on the model created by best-selling author and trauma expert Pia Mellody (Facing Co-dependence ©2003), I share with you, Gifts from a Challenging Childhood: Creating a Practice for Becoming Your Healthiest Self. In this book, you will:
Learn and adopt five core practices for healthy living
Cultivate a framework for your functional adult self
Gain clarity about your family-of-origin history
Reparent your historically hurt places
Speak your truth, and learn to have your own back
Gather and use resources to help you heal from childhood trauma