Total loan: $6,000


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Erie, PA, United States / Services

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William's story

Growing up as a medically frail, gay boy in a rural, western Pennsylvania town, I faced many challenges. From life-threatening surgeries, abusive step-parents, condemning religious authorities, and school bullies, some days I struggled with even wanting to stay alive. When I grew up and made it out of my intolerant and abusive childhood, I found that my adult life seemed doomed to repeat my past. Wanting to put the monsters of my early childhood trauma to rest, I found an amazing therapist and embarked on a journey of hope and healing. Three years later, I recorded all of this in my traveler's log, Dragons & Disco Socks, a memoir I wrote sharing about what therapy really looks like from the inside out. After learning how to 'dance with my own dragons' so to speak, I went on to create a vibrant therapy, consulting, and training practice to help others to find their own path to a trauma-informed life. Seeing people free themselves from the patterns and stored-up trauma through Journey to a Trauma-Informed Life makes all the hard work of my own journey well worth it.