Tonight's special guest is Ed K from Baltimore, Maryland, a child abuse survivor and artist. Ed is now a 66 year old man, with recovered memories of abandonment and sexual trauma in childhood at roughly 55 years old. He lived with mental health unidentified symptoms of them for 45-49 years. Ed has been exploring numerous avenues of healing for years, including Visual art, songwriting, Buddhism, Jungian and depth psychotherapy, 12 step programs and is now doing IFS (Internal Family Systems) as well. Ed's early years are a blackout. He discovered this was due to severe neglect. "At age one my mother was unable to bond with me after giving birth to a stillborn baby," he explains. Ed was drugged and raped at 9 by neighbors. Ed pushed the trauma deep down to survive, later being misdiagnosed as schizophrenic, and placed on heavy antipsychotics. "My life spiraled down and around and I survived or went further down.” He goes on, "Years later, in 1995, I found a more open, compassionate psychiatrist and found meds which finally allowed me to rekindle my creative flames. Leaving the corporate world behind I began to play music in nursing homes professionally." Then he tried a new approach to healing, IFS (Internal Family Systems). IFS is a powerfully transformative, evidence-based model of psychotherapy. "We believe the mind is naturally multiple. Our inner parts contain valuable qualities and our core Self knows how to heal, allowing us to become integrated and whole. In IFS all parts are welcome." IFS Institute welcomes all people into the Internal Family Systems community. Individual and Organizational IFS Training Scholarships are avilable.