Maybe you made your way here after seeing me on "This is Life with Lisa Ling". If not, please watch the video below for more info.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, in an extremely abusive and neglectful family. As a child, there were many days I didn't think I would survive, but not only did I survive, I thrived.
Interesting tidbits about me:
My first business venture was at age five, when I began collecting deposit bottles to help feed myself and my twin brother.
At age 14 I started a successful printing press business. One of my clients was the Piedmont Unified School District (where I was a student), and I even printed my own report card!
At age 21 I started a business with a $100 investment, which eventually grew into an 8 million dollar a year company.
I was once a semi-professional race car driver who was featured on ESPN.
At age 25 I started seeing a therapist to help me heal from my abusive childhood. We worked together for 35 years!
By age 30 I had been listed 3 times on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500, a listing of the 500 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the USA.
At age 60 I started working with a surrogate partner therapist, and it has been a deeply healing experience.
I love dogs, especially Boxers!
I also love fly fishing!
I've come to realize, through my personal journey, that it's my mission in life to help other abuse survivors know they are not alone and that healing is possible. If you are an abuse survivor yourself, check out my resources section below.
You are not alone . . .
There is wonderful support out there to help you improve your life.
Emiko is my Surrogate Partner Therapist and you'll see us working together on the video above. Surrogate Partner Therapy can give you the opportunity to explore greater levels of intimacy and can help you create a richer relationship with yourself and others.
IPSA supports a worldwide community of professionals in the field of surrogate partner therapy, which includes surrogate partners, therapists, and individuals in need of and supportive of surrogate partner therapy.
Although the long-term effects of sexual abuse by men have been studied extensively, minimal research has explored the effects of sexual abuse by women. This qualitative study explores the experience and long-term impact of sexual abuse by women, especially by Mothers.
What is happening with these kids is what mental health professionals call "secondary traumatization" and "intergenerational transmission of trauma," according research that can be found on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.