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Reclaiming Your Life After Unfathomable Trauma

A Therapist Shares Her Ordeal, and the Steps it Took to Reclaim Her Former Self

Janice Starkman Goldfein • 11/3/2017

By Janice Starkman Goldfein - On January 4, 1994, trauma became a lived reality for me. That evening, I was grabbed from behind and heard a low, menacing voice say, "If you cooperate, I won't hurt you." In the days, weeks, and months that followed, I struggled not to allow the attack to defeat me. I had to learn how to control the fear, stop the flashbacks, and handle the anger, while dealing with an overwhelming range and intensity of feelings.

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One Woman's Refusal to Allow a Nightmare to Define Her Life

Janice Starkman Goldfein • 1/1/2004

We all know that there are people capable of intentionally brutalizing others, but for most of us, this is an intellectual awareness, not a firsthand experience. When the theoretical becomes actual, the world becomes a different, far more threatening, place. For me, I learned that recovery is made possible by shifting focus from the pain of the attack to what gives life meaning and purpose.

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Reclaiming Your Life After Unfathomable Trauma

A Therapist Shares Her Ordeal, and the Steps it Took to Reclaim Her Former Self

Janice Starkman Goldfein • 11/3/2017

By Janice Starkman Goldfein - On January 4, 1994, trauma became a lived reality for me. That evening, I was grabbed from behind and heard a low, menacing voice say, "If you cooperate, I won't hurt you." In the days, weeks, and months that followed, I struggled not to allow the attack to defeat me. I had to learn how to control the fear, stop the flashbacks, and handle the anger, while dealing with an overwhelming range and intensity of feelings.

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Reclaiming the Self

One Woman's Refusal to Allow a Nightmare to Define Her Life

Janice Starkman Goldfein • 1/1/2004

We all know that there are people capable of intentionally brutalizing others, but for most of us, this is an intellectual awareness, not a firsthand experience. When the theoretical becomes actual, the world becomes a different, far more threatening, place. For me, I learned that recovery is made possible by shifting focus from the pain of the attack to what gives life meaning and purpose.

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Janice Goldfein, L.M.S.W., A.C.S.W., is in private practice and specializes in trauma recovery, parent-child conflict, marital and family problems.