It was when I started my Master of Gestalt where we were required as part of our degree to do 10 hours a year of personal therapy. We had the option to do 20 hours a year. I did the whole kit and caboodle, chalking up 80 hours of personal therapy by the end of my degree. It was in this therapy that I started to uncover that I had unresolved trauma. When I read “Trauma is part of living this life, it does not, however, have to be a life sentence” by Peter Levine, from his book Waking the Tiger, I felt something shift inside me. It was like I recognized something I hadn’t before and that there was hope and that trauma can be healed.
This led me into the work I do today and my understanding that we have three major disconnects.
1. Disconnection from Self,
2. Disconnection to Others, and
3. Disconnection from our Environment.
I have often been told by clients who come to work with me that there is something different about me. My usual response is that I have done the hard yards that you are embarking on now and I know what it takes to recover from trauma.
When we stop addressing the symptoms of trauma and get to the core, we are able to have that inner switch and start to recognize ourselves with compassion, deep understanding and appreciation for how clever we are to be able to adapt, even if dysfunctionally, and survive our life. We then have the opportunity to integrate our experiences and make peace with what happened to us and start to live our lives fully present. If anyone would love to begin their own Journey Back Home with me, my new online program called, funnily enough, Journey Back Home, I would love to work with you.
The program is for three months and I facilitate it in an online group of no more than 12 people. I’m excited to offer it this way because one of the major things that I found myself and that I know others have found is that we feel alone in our suffering. When held in a group and witnessed by others, this has an incredible healing for everyone. I have seen it over and over again in the groups I have facilitated.
You can find all the details here.
I am excited to meet those who are drawn to this work and feel ready to embark on THEIR JOURNEY BACK HOME.
May you all be well and may you all be happy