Journey to a Trauma Informed Life

Dragons & Disco Socks

By William J. Koehler, PhD

Dragons & Disco Socks

Do you, like me, tend to hold onto the past,
no matter how hard you try to let it go?

Everyone has skeletons in their closet, ghosts in their attic, or monsters beneath their bed that occasionally rattle, haunt, or claw their way into everyday life. This is simply part of being human. However, if you feel doomed to have these horrible experiences from your past haunt you for the rest of your life, I am here to bring you on a journey of hope and healing.

Dragons & Disco Socks takes a deep dive into a two-year quest to rescue an abandoned inner child from the clutches of his nemesis, the Sparkly Man. Through a controversial technique called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), the author is guided by his trusted therapist to discover a part of himself trapped in an agonizing pattern of reliving his past. She helps him resurrect his imaginary childhood friends to form a ragtag band of travelers who help him navigate through distorted memories to set his younger self free.

Anyone who finds themselves stuck in a cycle of repeating past mistakes, negative self-talk, or toxic relationships will find this tale inspiring. I invite you to pick up this book, experience my adventure, and shine a beam of hope into the dark corners of your own past. Who knows what long-exiled parts of you will find light and healing along the way?

WillWilliam J. Koehler, PhD, LCSW is owner of Journey to a Trauma Informed Life, LLC, and Assistant Professor of Social Work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He began serving as a trauma-informed clinician in 2005 and has since become a respected trainer, instructor, researcher, and consultant in his field. His specialty areas are working with the LGBTQ+ community and helping children and adults exposed to childhood violence and abuse.
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