Season 2 : Episode 13 Unraveling Trauma's Influence on Identity

In this week’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Don St. John, an accomplished psychotherapist, teacher, author, and Mestre. Drawing from his personal journey and professional expertise, Dr. St. John shares his deep insights on the complex relationship between trauma and identity. This episode serves as an exploration of trauma’s effects on self-perception and the road to reclaiming our authentic selves.

Together, we navigate the complex terrain of trauma’s influence on identity with the guidance of Dr. St. John. His wisdom and insights promise to illuminate our understanding and inspire our healing journey.

As a psychotherapist, teacher, author, and Mestre (teacher in a Christian-Ayahuasca church), I have been immersed in the psychological, somatic, relational, and spiritual worlds for more than fifty years. As a child I endured years of intense physical and verbal abuse in my Italian-American Catholic home. I entered adulthood in a physically hyper-tense body, emotionally frozen, relationally retarded, and spiritually void. This healing adventure of fifty plus years has resulted in a fulfilling marriage (38 years) to my life partner, the enjoyment of being in my body, trust in my own abilities and instincts, the trust given me by others to guide their journeys, a love for life, and wonderment at a higher power.

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 Dr. Don St. John

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