‘Experience has taught us that we have only one enduring weapon in our struggle against mental illness : the emotional discovery and emotional acceptance of the truth in the individual and unique history of our childhood.’
– Alice Miller (1923-2010)
Psychologist and leading expert in child psychology.
‘He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep, pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.’
— AESCHYLUS, AGAMEMNON
‘In my beginning,
Is my end’
– T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets
‘In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me lay an invincible summer.’
– Albert Camus.
ABOUT THIS SITE:
The articles on this site are intended to serve as an accessible, informative and concise introduction to childhood trauma and child abuse and their relationship to depression and anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD), borderline personality disorder (BPD) and other conditions.
Both causes and effects of childhood trauma are examined in detail, as are treatments and therapies available to survivors.
I was educated at the University of London (Goldsmith’s College) and hold two degrees (BSc Hons and MSc) and a post-graduate teaching diploma; all three qualifications are in Psychology.
I have worked as a researcher, teacher, lecturer and paper-boy (although not in that order, obviously). My qualifications exceed those required for Graduate Membership of The British Psychological Society.
I also have first hand experience of severe childhood trauma, and its (in my own particular case, very nearly fatal) emotional consequences, including what I believed at the time to be a fool- proof suicide attempt, hospitalizations and even electroconvulsive shock therapy (ECT).
My own experiences, insatiable intellectual curiosity, and training in psychology combine to fuel the powerful motivation necessary to run this site; I do this in the hope of helping both myself, and others, in our respective recoveries.
Whilst, in relation to my own psychological problems, I received some excellent professional help, I also spent a great deal of time helping myself. In particular, I read widely about my own condition (also referred to as bibliotherapy) and utilized the self-help therapies of mindfulness and advanced self hypnosis audios; I recommend such self-help techniques to others as an adjunct to other appropriate therapeutic interventions, or as stand – alone therapies to reduce symptoms of trauma such as anxiety and phobias.
As understanding of the effects of childhood trauma progresses, and with so much research now being conducted on the subject, we can all feel increasingly optimistic that our conditions (if we have them) can be effectively treated. There is, therefore, every reason to be hopeful.
email Address: david@childhoodtraumarecovery
Facebook Address : facebook.com/davidhosiermsc
David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE).