Tonight's special guest is Rivka Edery, MSW, LCSW, from NYC, a survivor of childhood abuse on every level, who is intimately familiar with the challenges of surviving, and thriving, in the aftermath. Grateful for the spiritual recovery of the 12 Steps of AA, she's also the author of the book “Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide." Rivka explains. "I experienced complex trauma as a child, and most acutely, I experienced attachment-loss trauma as my parents were mired in their own problems. They were completely unavailable, and I suffered in excruciating silence." She goes on, "My childhood included an unfortunate intergenerational transmission of trauma, and I was not alone in my suffering and torment. I constantly wrestled with why bad things happen to innocent children, most notably: what actually happened and why, and other questions that seem to have no answer to. I also developed a resiliency and intuitive insight into people that I will always be thankful for." These days, Rivka is a highly intuitive, sensitive, licensed clinical social worker. With her new book, "Trauma and Transformation: A 12-Step Guide”, Rivka establishes herself as a first time author specializing in trauma recovery and spirituality, active in the recovery field for over 17 years. "As an adult, I am infinitely grateful for the spiritual recovery of the 12 Steps of AA, as it brought me directly to my root spiritual and emotional issues," Rivka says. "The most urgent issue for me was an intense and core sense of being disconnected from my Higher Power. While I now understand this to be a common issue with adult children of complex trauma, I was not emotionally connected to this truth, until I became ready to face it."
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