Let me introduce myself
My name is Caroline Strawson, and I am a no.1 bestselling author, international and multi-award winning Trauma Informed therapist and coach specialising in healing NARCISSISTIC TRAUMA & ABUSE
I help you move from complex post-traumatic stress disorder to post-traumatic growth achieving higher-level living BECAUSE of your trauma.
I am obsessed with how trauma affects the brain, mind and the body and I use a unique integration of the latest somatic and cognitive therapies which I term TRAUMA UNLOCKING® such as :
- Brainspotting Phase 3
- EMDR/Flash EMDR
- Internal Family Systems Level 3
- Somatic Experiencing (year 1)
- Polyvagal Guided
- Clinical Hypnptherapist & Master Trainer
- Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology
- High Performance Coaching
I have been personally trained by world leaders in their field and spoken on stages to over 3000 people inspiring hope that you can live a more joyful and connected life free from your past.
I am widely regarded as an expert in my area and have appeared on the national news, BBC radio, national newspapers, and magazines and appeared on multiple global podcasts.
I host the #1 iTunes podcast, The Narcissistic Trauma Recovery Podcast and have a Youtube channel sharing lost of FREE content to support you
I use my own darkness to now be your light guiding you through your healing journey. I myself suffered from complex PTSD, depression, anxiety and even in desperation using the edge of my toothpaste to self-harm and make my thighs bleed to numb the pain from an abusive marriage to a narcissist, £70,000 of debt and losing my home.
I know what it’s like to hit rock bottom and feel lost, lonely, and helpless with no way out. It’s my passion and purpose to give light to you after my own self-healing journey to true transformation.
I BELIEVE YOU
I SEE YOU
I HEAR YOU
Time does not heal narcissistic abuse, you need to go within and heal the deep wounds that the narcissist is shining a spotlight on. Codependency is often the precursor for someone finding themselves in a relationship with a narcissist. This does not mean it is your fault, but a marker in the power to heal lies within.
I do not want you to sit in a victim mentality but empower you to recognise you were VICTIMISED by the narcissist and they were the ABUSER and you suffered TRAUMA. Trauma is not what happens to you BUT what you say to yourself on a deep cellular level as to what has happened to you. This is what causes the dysregulation which means the POWER to heal is within YOU
Codependency is a lack of “SELF”, meaning you do not feel worthy, loveable or good enough and are always looking for external approval and validation. Can you relate?
This often happens in childhood when you have attached meaning and interpretation to events whether they be abuse, neglect or a lack of attachment to caregivers for various reasons.
For example, I was codependent with feelings of lack of self-worth as whatever I did, my father never praised me so my interpretation was that I was not good enough. Now of course as a child, I was good enough, it was just my father parenting me to his capability from his childhood but I did not have this cognitive capacity to recognise that as a child so the negative belief that got wired into my brain was “I AM NOT GOOD ENOUGH”. This resulted in somatic memory. This emory was stored quite literally in my body and anything that would trigger and take me back to those painful feelings meant that I would get activated and blend with my protector parts to distract me away from feeling like this. This meant my blueprint became a people pleasing, high achieving perfectionist!!
This then made me a magnet to toxic friendships and relationships and led me to marry a narcissist. Codependents are a magnet to narcissists.
In my integration of therapies, we go right back and heal the inner child with reparenting techniques and belief clearing so you fill that empty hole in your soul yourself to a starting point of I AM ENOUGH
You can read about EMDR, BRAINSPOTTING, INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS and HYPNOTHERAPY on my other pages because using this Trauma Unlocking™ integration helps upgrade that faulty subconscious belief and clear the stuck trauma that is held in the body causing all those feelings of anxiety and exhaustion which if left can lead to disease and illness.
I am the Winner of multiple business awards, including Business Woman of the Year and Rising Star Award, I truly believe that trauma does not need to define you but can in fact lead you to transform and live an even more connected and joyful life. This is why I founded The Post Traumatic Growth Academy, which is driven by “Healing Narcissistic Trauma, Helping You Find Meaning To Awaken Your Purpose From Your Pain”
That may seem way off for you right now, but POST TRAUMATIC GROWTH is my ultimate goal and gift to bring to you, just like I live my life now.
I am a loud voice in education and raising awareness of the effects the trauma of narcissistic abuse has on the brain, mind, and body through a trauma informed lens as it is sadly often misunderstood in the world.
- Brainspotting Consultant Phase 3
- EMDR/Flash EMDR Practitioner
- Internal Family Systems Level 3
- Master Trainer Hypnotherapy
- Clinical Hypnotherapist
- Accredited Divorce & Breakup Coach
- Certified High-Performance Coach
- Polyvagal Guided
- Post Grad Dip Applied Positive Psychology & Coaching Psychology
- Certificate in Applied Neuroscience & Brain Health
- Smart Body, Smart Mind Cert
- Bachelor of Science