About Nel

For about 6 years, Discovering Serenity was my day-to-day log of my therapy.  

I’m going to continue to update this site with my healing journey.  I’ve been at this for eleven years, and boy what a journey it’s been.

The past year was the hardest by far.  My trauma therapist suddenly left her position at the non-profit trauma counseling agency where she was employed (PS: She’s back now–but in private practice).  She made the decision, a hard one for sure, because she had serious ethical conflicts with the direction the non-profit was headed.  What does that mean?  I’m not really sure, but it sounded bad.  Why else would she leave a job she loved, and had dedicated over 20 years of her life to.

When times get tough, for some reason, my parts and I get going.  Resiliency is certainly in innate ability I somehow carry.  Over the past year, I have learned an enormous amount of symptom management skills for DID.  So, I’m hoping to take Discovering Serenity in a new direction and start to share those skills and how I am using them in my daily life.

For anyone new to my blog, here’s a bit about me:

  1. I’m a survivor of complex trauma who is also diagnosed with DID.
  2. I was once a therapist, but I left the field to focus on my personal healing (please note: this blog/website is not to be considered therapeutic advice or a substitute for therapy).
  3. Being a trauma survivor isn’t my whole life.  I’m also a huge nerd!  I love Star Trek, Doctor Who, Nintendo, Marvel Comics, and Anime.
  4. I play the violin, viola, and piano.
  5. I’m no good at gardening, but I love arboretums.
  6. I love dogs, but I don’t own one.

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