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Foster Youth to EMDR Therapist: A Journey of Healing and Resilience

Updated: Aug 23, 2023

The journey of healing takes on a profound meaning when seen through the lens of lived experience. As someone who aged out of the foster care system, the path to recovery was a challenging one. My story is one of overcoming the odds, finding strength in the midst of adversity, and of transforming pain into a powerful force for healing.


It all began during my years as a foster youth, a time marked by challenges that seemed insurmountable. But within those trials, I was placed in therapy. I found talk therapy to provide a brief relief from the pain I carried.


Yet, as much as talk therapy offered momentary relief, it wasn't a lasting solution. There were times when I felt like giving up on the healing process altogether. That was until I learned about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an approach that allowed me to finally confront the pain and suffering I had carried for far too long.


My journey was not one traveled alone. Along the way, there were individuals who believed in me, who saw my potential even when I couldn't see it myself. But there were also skeptics, those who doubted my aspirations and could not see beyond the label of foster youth as I worked towards pursuing a Master's in Social Work. Despite the obstacles, a desire burned within me, pushing me towards my ultimate goal to find my own healing and dedicate my career to guiding others on their own journeys to recovery.


From a foster youth seeking security, to an EMDR client navigating the path of healing, my evolution continued until I achieved the role of an EMDR therapist. The last few years have been filled with a whirlwind of transformation, and I often find myself in disbelief at how far I have come. The narrative that had once been defined by pain and adversity has now transformed into a powerful testament of resilience and growth.


My story is a reminder that no matter our beginnings, we have the power to rewrite our narratives. It's a testament to the unyielding human spirit, the capacity for healing, and the pursuit of a life filled with love, peace, and fulfillment.


Interested in learning more about how EMDR can help you? Schedule a free 15 min consult to learn more! With offices in Gilbert & Phoenix Arizona, our therapists are ready to help you achieve your limitless potential.





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