Breaking free from trauma bonding

I am delighted to welcome Sarah Westbrook to the podcast who joins me from Missouri, United States.

Sarah Westbrook, MS, LPC, NCC, is the founder of Westbrook Counseling Services and Daisy Girl Communications. As a trauma survivor herself, she understands the work that goes into healing. She helps her clients work through their pain to achieve lasting results, laughing along the way to becoming their most authentic selves.

A National Certified Counselor (NCC) and a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), Sarah entered clinical practice as a professional counselor in 2014. With a master of science in mental health counseling from Walden University and focused continued education in Trauma Informed Therapy, The Gottman Method, DBT, and CBT, she provides individual therapy, couples and family counseling, and weekend psychoeducational training courses.

After a dysfunctional and abusive Mormon upbringing, Sarah left the religion and began her journey to heal from c-PTSD and the religious trauma of her childhood. She shares her story of surviving personality-disordered parents, and her faith transition, along with advice for healing from toxic cult-like religious systems, on her podcast Unpacking Mormonism and Other Religious Trauma.

She also hosts Raising Crazy: Growing Up to Show Up, where she offers psychoeducation for parents and caregivers, especially those with behaviorally challenging children. After traveling the US as an Army wife and mother of seven, Sarah and her family put down roots in central Missouri.

It has been my pleasure to have Sarah join me, and I know, my listeners, that you will enjoy the episode.

Enjoy the episode, and a special thank you to my listeners for joining me on this journey.

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About The Host

Marlene McConnell

Marlene McConnell is an author, podcast host, self-love teacher and trauma survivor. She believes that trauma recovery is accessible to everyone, and that it starts with the acknowledgement that something has happened to you combined with a willingness to heal. McConnell’s book and podcast was inspired by the realization that she touched many lives by sharing her story at a support group. Her message of hope not only resonated with the survivors, but also with the family members and friends who supported them at the group sessions. Marlene is also an attorney who holds B.Proc, LLB and LLM law degrees. She loves travel, Pilates, nature, learning new languages, and good food.