Confessions of a Trauma Therapist

From the Back Cover:

“To her surprise, dismay, and eventually relief,  Mary Armstrong, a former therapist with over thirty years of experience helping people heal from childhood trauma, uncovered her own history of child sexual abuse at the hands of her grandfather and fatherAs she tells her harrowing but heroic tale, she casts light as never before on the issue of repressed memories and the invisible wounds left by childhood trauma.”

Praise on the Back Cover:

“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

“This book is a brilliant, heartbreaking, and inspiring account of a child’s tragedy and a woman’s persistent growth toward light, knowledge, truth, and strength. Never has the human spirit shone through more passionately, as the author takes us on a fascinating journey from the challenges of her yoga and psychotherapy training to her hard-won personal discoveries and triumphs.”

– JUDY STEED, author of Our Little Secret: Child Sexual Abuse

Praise from Jane Rowan, Author of The River of Forgetting, on Goodreads:

Jane Rowan rated it 5 of 5 stars

“We get double insight by reading this memoir, since Mary Armstrong is both a noted trauma therapist and a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Her story is uncovered gradually as we read about her childhood, her education, marriage, and the various paths she chose. This slow build-up changes to heart-quickening revelations when Mary reaches middle age and suddenly remembers what happened to her as a child.This double vision was thoroughly engaging for me and I appreciated the sweep of the memoir, encompassing many aspects of a whole and very productive life. The descriptions of how trauma is stored in the body and how it can be released were fascinating, and the arc of the story reassuring.”


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.

MARY K. ARMSTRONG is one of Canada’s most accomplished trauma therapists. 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. Mary lives in Toronto.

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Read Sarah Hampson’s interview with Mary for The Globe & Mail.