Carolyn Spring is a writer and speaker in the field of trauma recovery and mental health. Her podcast is an encouraging, inspirational and yet candid look at some of the key issues, for both survivors and helping professionals, in reversing adversity. Check out her website at www.carolynspring.com
Podcast: #15 – Trauma is not just a distressing event
Trauma isn’t something we’re supposed to get over easily. It’s supposed to impact us. It’s supposed to change us. That’s part of why it’s so hard to shift. The problem isn’t with us. In this podcast, Carolyn talks about the impacts of trauma and how it isn't something that we can just "get over" easily.
Podcast: #14 – Falling down, getting back up again: my journey over the last year
Sometimes life doesn't go to plan. In this episode, Carolyn discusses the circumstances that led her back into therapy, the return of dissociative parts of the personality, and how she's rising again after being knocked (and literally falling) down.
Podcast: #13 – Kindness is revolutionary
Unkindness is rife in our society. Extreme unkindness is, in simplistic terms, called abuse. To heal from abuse, we need an abundance of kindness. But our survival-based back brain preferentially focuses on unkindness, on danger and threat. In this podcast Carolyn talks about how to retrain our front brains to focus on and notice the many kindnesses that are in fact all around us.
Podcast: #12 – What does recovery from trauma look like?
Recovery from trauma is a journey, an orientation, a direction, not a specific location. Just head north - where you're at is less important than which direction you're headed in. In this podcast, Carolyn discusses why we can feel that recovery is impossible, how recovery perhaps doesn't look as we imagine it to, and how society needs to help with 'public transport' to help us on our way.
Podcast: #11 – Recovering from developmental trauma
Recovering from trauma takes time. In this podcast, Carolyn looks at how we often missed out on developmental stages during childhood, and how we have to learn what we were not in a position to learn as children - not least our ability to regulate our emotions, which isn’t a sign of character deficiency, but simply the loss of opportunity.
Podcast: #10 – This is my new life
When we have suffered trauma and pain, our brains find it hard to experience joy. But we need to put ourselves in the right place to find joy, and we need to cultivate it. In this podcast Carolyn talks about a life-transforming trip from 2012 and how the big breakthroughs are built on the backs of daily small breakthroughs.
Very real. Very smart. Very kind. Very real.
Both academic, structured and lived experience, Carolyn is also incredibly articulate about both 'sides' of how it is to live with, heal from, and sometimes setbacks and forward movements in healing. I can't recommend this highly enough. For those who share some of these experiences it's so recognisable, but also hopeful. In a realistic way.
You are a lighthouse
Keep guiding me forward with your refreshing wisdom and thought provoking perspective. Thank you!
So grateful to have found you today.
Your insights on developmental trauma were so therapeutic to me today. Reminding me to be gentle with myself. Thanks so much 💖✨✨