When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you will be taught to fly. ― Patrick Overton, The Leaning Tree


If you experienced chronic childhood trauma you learned, early on, to disconnect as a form of mental and emotional self-protection. Your limbic brain (the part wired for survival) signals fight, flight or freeze when it encounters a threat to safety. Since you did not have the option to run away (flight) or physically protect yourself (fight), your only option was to shut down (freeze) the wounded parts of yourself. These sequestered, wounded child parts are the origin of your inexplicable triggers. What the subconscious chooses to suppress becomes an obstacle to clarity and peace within. But only clarity can liberate you from the effects of childhood trauma which continues to haunt you in your adult life.

Adults wrestling with the lingering effects of chronic childhood trauma often feel they are living on the periphery of life, happiness and, sometimes, even sanity. Struggling to comprehend how and why “normal” people function as they do, only increases their sorrow, anger, frustration and confusion. They consistently experience varying degrees of being disconnected from those in their familial, social and professional circles; worst of all, they exist in an inescapable limbo where they are disconnected from themselves. They know something is awry, but they can never quite seem to identify exactly what that elusive something is.

I know what It is. I lived It. I nearly didn’t survive It. But I did. It is because of my willingness to keep going no matter how excruciating (and often exhilerating!) the journey that I am prepared to help you now. The most important thing to learn as you heal is that there is NOTHING inherently wrong with you. You can remove the effects of the trauma layer by layer until you arrive at your wise and loving True Self. Your greatest challenge in life is removing all the obstacles within you to self-love, self-acceptance and self-fulfillment. I promise you this though – it is possible! I know, because I did it and so can you. In my book WORTHY: A Comprehensive Guide For Healing Childhood Trauma is the Childhood Trauma Recovery for Adults Program (264 pages) and the accompanying Workbook (122 pages). To be published soon. Please subscribe to receive notification when it is available.

You can read excerpts from WORTHY: A Comprehensive Guide For Healing Childhood Trauma in my blog posts. Thank you for visiting and please subscribe to follow my blog on overcoming childhood trauma as an adult.

Copyright ©2014 Josephine Faulk, MPH (Excerpt from WORTHY: A Comprehensive Guide For Healing Childhood Trauma by Josephine Faulk,MPH. To be published soon)

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