My recovery journey began a few years ago, slowly and unsteadily, when I started therapy for a violent sexual attack that happened when I was in my late twenties. Therapy acted like a light, revealing different parts of me that needed attention, layers that needed removing, old wounds that needed tending to, voices and needs that needed to be heard.

The journey that this process sent me on is proving to be the best thing that ever happened to me: it’s helped me learn how to heal my body and my mind and, in the process, it has allowed me to begin again, not by erasing the past, but by sorting through it and keeping those experiences and memories that can serve me in the present and future.

This past December I turned fifty and so far this year has been a succession of mini milestones, each one cementing my resolve to live well, with kindness and integrity. This blog is about sharing my experiences and the skills and tools that have helped me along the way in the hope that it can help others too. Recovering and healing from trauma and the self-destructive behaviour that often comes in its wake is not easy, but it is possible. The first thing it takes is kindness. If we begin each day with the intention of treating ourselves and others kindly, the rest becomes easier.

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