My Book

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 father. As 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.

Book Launch Video

Buy the Book:

Confessions of a Trauma Therapist Book is available at:, Caversham Booksellers and Chapters/Indigo.

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The eBook is also available for reading on your e-reading devices such as the KindleiPad, Sony Reader, Kobo and more, as well as in PDF format for those of you who prefer to read from your computer screen. Shop for it at Chapters/Indigo and Sony eBookstore.

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Click link to Read Chapter 18 – Guidelines for Healing

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


  1. Jan Winhall says:

    While this book is one of the most painful pieces of writing that I have encountered it is worth every moment.It shatters any attempt at societal dissociation re child sexual abuse. As the author takes us into her vulnerable world and shares the REAl story of desperation and fog she forces us to imagine…to touch into her world of horror.If we can bear to stay with her we begin to see how she learns to make meaning of her life. From her yoga teacher she learns to find her inner core through breathe,to ground herself in a way that was robbed from her by her abusers.
    In her wisdom she realizes that she wants to grow past her need for a guru and learn a way to lead from within.
    She finds this way in discovering Focusing.
    For survivors of abuse this book is a gift. For therapists this book is essential reading. We learn how the author weaves in theory with the practice in a bodily informed way.
    We can only show the deepest respect for such an honest and vulnerable sharing. Meant to inspire ….and that it does.

  2. Hi Mary,
    I came across your blog and just wanted to say that I so appreciate your guts for doing what you’re doing! For the book, the therapy, and the blog.

    • And I appreciate the fact that you took the time to let me know that you support my work. Thanks so much. The blog and the work in general are very important to me. It’s only when someone tells me they help, that I actually get feedback. Thanks again, Guy.

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