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Confessions of a Trauma Therapist


Confessions of a Trauma Therapist 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.


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.

“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

Aging and Staying in Charge of Your Life: A Memoir


Join me in my older woman’s journey through aging, downsizing, de-cluttering and, as is typical of my age group, moving to a new city in order to be close to our offspring. Come watch as I carve my own path to happiness and write my newest memoir, Aging and Staying in Charge of Your Life.

At the age of 78, I have found an inner freedom that eluded me in my marriage for decades. My message to women? It’s never too late to take your own power.

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Mary K. Armstrong

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