I’m sure there’s plenty of people out there who ask themselves that same question.
A tough reality hit me in my late thirties when I Googled the words anger and abuse. I trembled with fear and my heart pounded fiercely when I came to the painful conclusion about my abusive tendencies. After years of therapy and long moments of self-realization, I learned how my experiences with childhood trauma and abuse affected my mental health. What I also learned were the necessary skills to reshape my negative beliefs about myself. I aggressively practiced these skills and applied them daily. I started to become the potential that others saw in me and I created new self-empowering beliefs that eventually led me to become a speaker, a mental health instructor and a published author.
I realized that everyone has a story to share and it’s a matter of finding that delicate space to do that in. I found my voice through my work and managed to connect other childhood abuse and trauma survivors to a community of belonging and to a path of recovery.
I discovered that the majority of abuse survivors have been too afraid to share their stories. Like me, they feared being judged, dismissed and invalidated. But when I began to openly share my story, others realized they were no longer alone.
So, who am I?
I’m the guy next door with a passion for helping others who experienced childhood abuse, trauma and mental health challenges.
I’m also a dad, a food expert, a basketball enthusiast, friend, ramen junkie, movie loving, cat adoring, board-gaming, half marathoner, daydreaming, Coyote loving, north of the 49th parallel mental health advocate!
“I believe sharing lived experiences from a non-clinical perspective can be an invaluable recovery tool for trauma and abuse survivors, because that’s where empathy and compassion can truly emerge.”