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Does Anyone Ever Really Recover from Severe Childhood Abuse?

18 Nov

People often ask if it’s really possible to recover from hideously traumatic childhood abuse.  I’m delighted to report I’ve been lucky to know quite a few people who have.  

Many become gifted therapists themselves, applying the intuitive gifts they acquired during traumatic times to help save their skins and psyches, to their work as healers.  So maybe it’s time to again post our very own Lynne Newman’s story.  Lynne was our first “Practitioner We Love” and we now proudly carry her guided imagery recordings.

Here she is – best to let her speak for herself.

I am Lynne Newman, a 63 year old woman, who has been on a healing, spiritual journey which has led me to this wonderful place. I now do only what my heart and soul tell me to do; it is no longer acceptable to do "what I have to do" simply to please others.

Life used to be dark.....depression, rage and compulsive eating controlled my days. I could not see the colors of the world. In the past 18 years, my life changed as much as any life could; I got divorced, dealt with childhood abuse issues, completed my A.A.S., B.A. in counseling and my Master's degrees in Humanistic Psychology/Counseling. I am a Certified Reiki Master Teacher, and have received training in Thought Field Therapy, another energy based healing modality. I've volunteered as an advocate for rape and incest Survivors for over five years, running groups, going to the hospital with survivors to support them through the grueling examination procedure, and have coordinated a two day conference for survivors and professionals where I facilitated a Survivor's Speakout against Incest and Sexual Abuse.
In 1997, I opened my private counseling and healing practice where I specialize in Women's Issues, Spiritual Counseling and incorporate Reiki, other Energy Healing techniques, and Guided Imagery to help people heal from emotional, spiritual, mental and physical pain. I teach classes in energy healing, spiritual development, and facilitate a women's Circle of Light Healing and Meditation group.

I feel that I have found my life's's where my heart is. In 2002, I took a "leap of Faith" and quit my full time job to do what I love full time. My private practice is located at 45 Dolson Avenue, Middletown, New York, (845) 978-8305.  My dream of creating a healing center named Spirit Heart has come true.

I'm also a proud mother of two adult sons, each of them with unique talents, each of them doing their own part to create a better world. They have enriched my life and taught me the depth of mother-love and my life is better because they are in it! I am blessed to be the grandmother of four.

I am a poet, and love writing short stories as well. I spend as much time as possible outdoors and delight in the way the sun sparkles on the water, the roar of the ocean, the autumn leaves against a bright blue sky, and the way the wind blows through my hair. Have you ever sat for a few hours and watched a water lily go from closed-tight bud to fully opened blossom? Have you seen the golden-heart center, and rejoiced in your unfolding?

Have you opened your heart to the possibilities of forgiveness, abundance, freedom and joy that are there for you?  My joy would be to accompany you on the journey.
Open Heart

Soft pink blossoms, floating on the murky pond,
Petals tightly closed against the morning chill:
Sun rises, and I watch, with wonder,
Your unfolding in the golden light.
Petals, now outstretched, curve softly
toward the sky,
Poised like the loving hands of God,
Cradling my now-open heart,
In palms of sea-shell pink.
~ Lynne Newman

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award