MARY K. ARMSTRONG spent her working life as a social work psychotherapist, specializing in psychological trauma. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the School of Social Work, University of Toronto, and has trained extensively in the techniques of Focusing and EMDR. Now retired, Mary lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Confessions of a Trauma Therapist 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.
A collection of blog posts detailing my journey through aging, downsizing, de-cluttering and, as is typical of my age group, moving to a new city in order to be close to my offspring.
At the age of 78, after leaving my marriage of 55 years, I found an inner freedom that had eluded me for decades. My message to women? It’s never too late to take your own power – whatever it takes.
“Trauma therapist Mary K. Armstrong embarks on an illuminating journey into her own secret past and emerges with a renewed sense of personal authenticity and joy in helping others. A compelling synthesis of Eastern and Western healing wisdom.”
– Sylvia Fraser, author of My Father’s House: A Memoir of Incest and Healing