Conversations with Mother: Healing the Wounds of Psychological Trauma

  • Frank Kokorowski Community Network Services, King County

Abstract

The author maintains a clinical practice composed primarily of homeless Veterans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He recalls a childhood rife with tensions and insecurities, particularly in regard to his struggles with academic performance and the reactions of his parents. As an adult, he developed a deepening appreciation and understanding of the traumas suffered by his parents in Eastern Europe during World War II, and their direct impact on his personal and professional life. A signal event—his attendance of a workshop focused on the transgenerational aspects of the Holocaust—prompts an intimate, revealing, and ultimately healing dialogue with his mother.

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