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Laura Davis

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Laura Davis is the author of seven non-fiction books, including The Courage to Heal, Becoming the Parent You Want to Be and I Thought We’d Never Speak Again. Laura’s groundbreaking books have sold more than 1.8 million copies around the world. Laura leads weekly writing groups and memoir writing retreats in the Santa Cruz, CA region, as well as an annual summer writing retreat in Bolinas, California and a two-week long writing and yoga retreat in Bali. Laura also sends out a free weekly inspirational quote and writing prompt, called the Writer’s Journey Roadmap each week, and readers can post their written responses to the weekly prompts on her supportive, vibrant online community. To learn more about Laura, her books or her workshops, visi ...more

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This self-published book has stolen the title of The Courage to Heal: For Women Healing from Child Sexual Abuse, the classic book on the healing process from child sexual abuse, written by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis in 1988. If your therapist or anot ...more
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“Abuse manipulates and twists a child’s natural sense of trust and love. Her innocent feelings are belittled or mocked and she learns to ignore her feelings. She can’t afford to feel the full range of feelings in her body while she’s being abused—pain, outrage, hate, vengeance, confusion, arousal. So she short-circuits them and goes numb. For many children, any expression of feelings, even a single tear, is cause for more severe abuse. Again, the only recourse is to shut down. Feelings go underground.”
Laura Davis, Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

“Many survivors insist they’re not courageous: ‘If I were courageous I would have stopped the abuse.’ ‘If I were courageous, I wouldn't be scared’... Most of us have it mixed up. You don’t start with courage and then face fear. You become courageous because you face your fear.”
Laura Davis

“Survivors often develop an exaggerated need for control in their adult relationships. It’s the only way they feel safe. They also struggle with commitment—saying yes in a relationship means being trapped in yet another family situation where abuse might take place. So the survivor panics as her relationship gets closer, certain that something terrible is going to happen. She pulls away, rejects, or tests her partner all the time.”
Laura Davis, Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Is a Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse

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