I was determined to make a difference and help save the world. Honestly, I’m not radically different now, I just go about things a little more diplomatically, with a little more focus and grace.
As a feisty twenty-three-year-old I worked with a charity called Reprieve. At the time they were helping repatriate people held unlawfully in Guantanamo Bay. You know those Sliding Doors moments in life? When you make a fundamental choice that takes you away from one life and towards another? Working with Reprieve was one of those moments for me. I’d worked on other campaigns before, but this was the first time I saw (really saw) trauma.
I saw the pain of those returning from Guantanamo, and from that moment I claimed trauma as my topic.
I completed the prestigious Experimental Psychology MSc at the University of Sussex in 2009, and was awarded a distinction for my research into cognitive models of trauma. After spending some time on the ground, working in addiction and eating disorder rehab centres, I returned to research.
My PhD, funded by the UK’s Medical Research Council (MRC), explored how our social worlds and relationships affect the development of trauma symptoms. My research has been published in notable peer-reviewed journals and I’ve just completed a large national study of birth trauma, conducted in partnership with the UK’s NCT.
I’ve given you an outline of what I’ve been up to in my professional work because I want you to know that when it comes to trauma, I know what I’m talking about. I say this without ego, to let you know that what I say about trauma isn’t guess work.
To be real though, none of my research would matter at all if I hadn’t done my own personal work. I am committed to a life of recovery and healing. I say this because more important than my knowledge about trauma is the fact that I’ve done my work and then some…
I’ve given you an outline of what I’ve been up to in my professional work because I want you to know that when it comes to trauma, I know what I’m talking about.
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