24 Mar Why I do what I do
I believe with all my heart that people can be well, whole and free. I believe in recovery and growth. I believe in self-development. I believe in therapy. I believe in retreats, groups, circles and support. I believe in the transformation that comes through our willingness to do our work.
I also believe that at our centre – mine and yours – is a strong, unbreakable self. This is the wisest part of us, our highest self that knows who we are and where we need to go. Our journey, our work, is figuring out how to reconnect with this part of ourselves. When we do? If feels like we’ve returned home, returned to who we really are.
We all carry trauma of one sort or another. It sits at the base of so much human dysfunction and pain. It’s anxiety, fear, rage, overwhelm, dissociation, brain-fog, negative thoughts, low self esteem, overeating, under-eating, alcoholism, over working, compulsive spending, gambling, chronic pain, stress, and so much more.
It’s trauma that leads us to disconnect from our central, strongest, self. It’s trauma that leads us to feel broken, powerless and damaged. It’s trauma that leads us to believe we’re not enough.
Why do I do what I do? Because I passionately believe that once people start to see their problems and pain as the outcome of past hurts and traumas, they can begin the journey of reconnecting to their self. I believe trauma explains so much, and I do what I do because I want as many people as possible to realise this and start the journey back to self.
I’ve learned all this through my work as a trauma researcher and through my personal journey. Someone said to me the other day that an author’s first book is the one they wish they’d read when they were young. This is so incredibly true of the book I’ve written. It’s the one I needed at twenty-years-old. A book that could have helped me understand that my dysfunctional coping, anxiety, fear, low self-esteem, overwhelm and negative thinking were part of my own trauma. Oh man, I really needed that book, because when I realised this truth I began to heal.
I do what I do because I believe we all deserve to heal, grow and transform. I do what I do because I believe growth is possible for us all, no matter what we’ve been through. I do what I do because trauma is still so widely misunderstood. I do what I do because I have an unshakable belief that at our centre we’re all strong and whole. I do what I do because I believe that trauma disconnects us from who we really are, and leaves us living a false life, one that wasn’t meant for us. I do what I do because I believe in me and I believe in you.
Sarah Woodhouse is a trauma expert, research psychologist and writer who delivers people the knowledge and tools to recognise and overcome self-defeating cycles, to achieve personal freedom and success.
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