Dark memories of
childhood can stir negative feelings within us. Parental
neglect, abuse, divorce, having been bullied at school or family
conflict and tragedy may cause repeating images in our
subconscious even as we try to move forward into adulthood. For
some individuals, troubled childhoods leave scars that will not
fade. The marks impede our ability to progress and mature, but
there are healthy ways to conquer the turmoil from within and
reign victorious over a haunted past.
CHILDHOOD, TRIUMPHANT LIFE: Healing from the Battle Scars of
Youth (March 2010, New Horizon Press) by James P.
Krehbiel, Ed.S., LPC, CCBT, is an indispensable step by step
guide to release the shame, neglect and anguish of repressed
emotions from hurtful upbringings, which we try to erase instead
of dealing with. Krehbiel calls this “magical illusions.”
Seeking to gain the approval and validation of parents who were
absent, abusive or dysfunctional, we act out destructive
behavior as adults becoming self-defeating, pessimistic and
unable to experience joy. Deterred from being comfortable and
happy, adults who can’t let go of their troubled childhoods risk
repeating this damaging chain of events with their own children.
tips and advice, Krehbiel lays the foundation for new beginnings
and provides the tools necessary for leaving the demons behind.
He interprets the thoughts and behaviors of children in response
to inadequate parenting, imparts methods of untwisting faulty
and detrimental thinking and shows how to sort through pain to
discard what didn’t work so the destructive cycle does not
and wisdom, Krehbiel outlines healthy ways to recognize the
trauma, place it in the past and strive ahead for a better
tomorrow. TROUBLED CHILDHOOD, TRIUMPHANT LIFE: Healing
from the Battle Scars of Youth will help adults
who have suffered trauma as children get on the right path to
healing and growth, letting go of the past and build productive,
Krehbiel, Ed.S., LPC, CCBT is a
licensed professional counselor and nationally certified
cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in treating
adults and children experiencing anxiety and depressive
disorders. He has taught Master’s level counselor education
courses for Chapman University. Mr. Krehbiel lives and is a
practicing counselor in Scottsdale, Arizona.
from the Battle Scars of Youth
By James P.
Krehbiel, Ed.S., LPC, CCBT