This collection of prose and therapeutic insights creates a powerful commentary on incest, rape, abuse, and the recovery process. Women and men share their personal experiences of childhood abuse and walk with the reader along the path toward wellness. They reflect each stage of healing with a clarity that, while often painful, is also hopeful. Addressing various aspects of abuse, including ritualistic abuse, multiple personality disorder, and partnering as well as providing a therapist's insights on the stages of healing, Triumph Over Darkness helps readers to understand recovery as a predictable process and see that healing is possible.
Wendy Ann Wood, MA, is the founder and executive director of Echoes Network Counseling Center, Inc., in Portland, Oregon. During her ten-year career as a therapist, Ms. Wood has conducted workshops, training sessions, and seminars across the country. She also leads experiential workshops that incorporate art, music, movement, and play therapy. Her work has been nationally recognized and she is the recipient of the “Volunteer Spirit of America Award” presented by McDonalds and KPTV, the “Real Hero Award” presented by Maxwell House, and a letter of commendation from the President of the United States and the Thousand Points of Light Foundation.
"The voices Wendy Ann Wood has gathered are sorrowful, yet uplifting: they extend the language of love with messages of recovery. The book's straight-forward, instructive passages should be helpful to many victims in their struggle to become survivors and advocates. Triumph Over Darkness is empowered by its insistence on the triumph of simple human dignity." -- Jason Barry, author of Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children