I just wanted to express my gratitude for your books Wellspring of Compassion and Presence After Trauma. As a survivor of domestic violence who has been trying to heal over the past eight years, they have offered some of the most meaningful, grounding, and affirming support I have encountered.
I only came across them a few years ago but cried when I first opened Wellspring of Compassion. It was so clear to me that you were speaking from experience and I have found that for me, that makes all the difference. In my search for answers and healing, I've come to feel acutely the gap between knowledge and experience with my therapists, professional advocates, ministers and scholarly conversation partners. I was surrounded by those with knowledge and expertise who had never experienced it themselves. It makes sense to me now why I started to feel so stuck and even a bit broken.
Reading Wellspring of Compassion, I was overcome because I no longer felt that gap. The anti-oppression framework and the concrete tools resonated with me as rooted in experience and practice. And I no longer felt so alone in it. I chose “presence” as my intention for this year in preparation for reading Presence After Trauma. It has been challenging to be present when I have worked so hard at hiding myself these past eight years, but it has been a challenge that feels manageable.
Both books helped me to trust more profoundly what I know to be true about my experience, encouraged me to find and build support among other survivors, and emboldened me to start creating the survivor resources that I needed (and continue to need) in hopes they may also be of help to others.
Your work is truly a gift and I am ever so grateful for that "help unknown" that was already on the way.
October 12, 2019
I wanted to let you know that I continue to get so much from your newsletters. I really appreciate your ability to speak to so many facets of trauma and I always read these feeling 1) extreme compassion coming from you through your words and 2) validation for my experience past and present and 3) food for thought on how I can help myself and others.
May 2, 2019
Kristin H.Your writing voice is really strong in a beautiful way and compassion flows through your actual words. I'm a writer too and I can usually tell within one paragraph whether I'll be able to track with another writer's voice. I feel like a lot of writers know a lot of content in their soul, but it doesn't flow out of the passion in their spirit so it feels sorta bland. Your writing seems to flow out of your spirit, and all the soul knowledge and experience in working in the body realm really enhances that. Anyway, thank you! With each article that I've read, I feel like I walk away lighter, comforted, educated, and encouraged.
October 4, 2018
Gabrielle P.Thank you for your newsletter, I find my way back to something important every time I receive it. It is precious to keeping me on track in my healing process.
June 3, 2018
When I was facing what seemed like an unsolvable family problem, the sessions I had with Sonia were very healing and supportive. She repeatedly made it feel safe for me to talk about memories of the past and fears about the future, and then, with acceptance and empathy, she would gently invite me to turn my attention to the physical sensations that accompanied the emotions. Over the course of seven sessions my original problem gradually shrunk in size to the point where it is now very manageable. And the fear and anxiety that it once held for me has all but evaporated. I'm so very grateful to Sonia for her healing skills and intuition, her wise understanding and inspired guidance during this process.
May 12, 2018
It's very healing and refreshing to see articles that are so positive realistic and healing. When I am struggling your website is the number one I come to to re read the articles. It really grounds me and re assures me.
May 11, 2018
I really appreciate, in your writing and in our work together, your gracious acceptance of things the way they are. It feels like fresh air and forgiveness.
March 9, 2018
Even though I work in healing trauma, your articles have a depth and embodied-ness that's rare. Also, I really appreciate that you focus on the symptoms and their impact on life rather than specific traumas. Even though I do have an experience of sexual abuse, its this workplace stuff that really affected me, so I find the holistic nature of your articles more accessible than ones that more narrowly focus on sexual abuse.
February 27, 2018
I have purchased both of your books and have found them to be of huge comfort. They are often the first place I turn to for support when I am struggling with an issue. There is something deeply reassuring in your books. You speak with great clarity and make issues that feel huge, complex and unfathomable in my own head, somehow more manageable and clear.
December 23, 2017
Sonia Connolly is an amazing healer who has helped me through many difficult times over the past year. She has been very patient, intuitive, knowledgeable and professional during every visit. My injury stems from damage to the brain stem. This affects my entire autonomic nervous system (breathing, blood flow/pressure, digestion, etc) and constantly throws my energy out of balance. It affects my body randomly, which can make me a difficult patient to treat as I have different needs every visit. Through these treatments Sonia has proven to me that she has a wide range of expertise when it comes to reiki, cranial-sacial treatments and energy work. I highly recommend her and will continue these treatments.
September 26, 2017