The Girls Within: A True Story of Triumph over Trauma and Abuse (Illustrated)

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Author: Gill Frost

Publisher: Phoenix Publishing House

Published: 13/11/2020

ISBN: 9781912691593

The star of this book is an extraordinary, bright-spirited, and entertaining six-year-old girl, called Little Vivvi, who experienced shocking abuse from within her family. Yet Little Vivvi lives within Vivian, a middle-aged woman. The challenging process of psychotherapy is laid bare, as Little Vivvi wrestles with overwhelming memories of childhood abuse. Alongside talking therapy, energy treatment, which she calls Wooshing, is utilised to astonishing effect, becoming the enigmatic ingredient that finally enables Little Vivvi to find relief from the distress and fear that had dominated her existence. As therapy appears to draw to a close, Izzy appears. A very sensitive, thoughtful and mature eight-year-old, Izzy too needs love, support and treatment to speak about her trauma. After overcoming her understandable distrust, Izzy enables an exceptional ending to the therapeutic journey, far beyond anything Vivian and her therapist, Gill, could have dreamed. Little Vivvi and Izzy will make you want to laugh out loud as well as to cry. Their story teaches so much about suffering, dissociation and survival. Their aim is to enlighten, inspire and offer hope to others through reading their incredible stories, which reveal the astonishing power of the girls within. Gill Frost started her career as a teacher and went on to be a counsellor and psychotherapist for 35 years. After ten years with Relate, Gill took a masters in psychodynamic counselling. She then worked for several years as a student counsellor and trainer at Warwick and Coventry Universities, and a clinical tutor and lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Gill set up in private practice over 20 years ago and undertook further training in energy psychotherapy, specifically advanced integrative therapy (AIT) and internal family systems (IFS).