Mary Ellen Mann
Licensed Therapist . Speaker . Writer . Educator . Trainer . Advocate
From Pain to Power
After working with sexual trauma survivors in my practice, I began to see patterns emerge in both their experiences and their healing. From that, From Pain to Power was born. It braids together three distinct elements—psychology, theology, and survival with eventual thriving restoration. I want survivors and allies to feel welcomed into the journey of reclaiming purpose, vision and vitality. As a psychotherapist that works directly in the field of trauma, I want to guide but I also want to validate and hold space for each unique story. I define a survivor as a warrior who is embattled because of the priceless value held as a mouthpiece of truth in all its forms. I want survivors to be encouraged in their understanding of a God Who welcomes theirs angst and rage. I'm hopeful that these words also give permission to examine how God’s omnipotence intersects with the free will He gave humans to help or to harm. Within the pages is ample scientific evidence that trauma incurred by sexual violation is an injury to the brain and body, not a disorder. What you have survived makes you strong and courageous - a warrior. My hope is that these words serve to help survivors define their truest selves, and recover what has been lost.