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Mary K. Armstrong

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Confessions of a Trauma Therapist: A Memoir of Healing and Transformation is my story of uncovering my own history of child sexual abuse in my 40s. By this time in my life I was a social work psychotherapist in private practice helping others who suffered the invisible wounds of childhood trauma.

In my 70s I decided to tell my story so that others who have suffered childhood trauma could see their pain reflected in my story of struggle and success.

Child abuse happens in secret. It is my hope that Confessions of a Trauma Therapist will help us all be more aware of this hidden crime against our world's children.

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Reflections on Leaving a Long Term Marriage

As I write this, I’m looking back on three years as a single woman who separated from her husband after 55 years. At the time I left my marriage, I thought I was unique. Turns out I was part of our society’s new demographic.  More and more couples are going their separate ways after retirement.  […]
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“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
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“I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
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“I don't want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again.”
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Craig Davidson
“How deeply do any of us know our own selves? Ask yourself. We hold a picture of how we wish to be and hope it goes forever unchallenged. Passing through life never pursuing aspects of our natures with which we'd rather not reckon. Dying strangers to ourselves.”
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Judith Lewis Herman
“when traumatic events are of human design, those who bear witness are caught in the conflict between victim and perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement and remembering.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

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