In Europe, we were like many other families who had to deal with the legacy of PTSD after WWI and WWII. My family has had a history of substance abuse and violence which has extended over several generations. This was particularly true on my mother’s side of the family. You see I’m a survivor of abuse and trauma myself. This abuse and trauma have really caused me deep emotional scars. However, I’ve been blessed to have had people around me who have helped me to heal emotionally. But this for me is an ongoing journey.
As a child, I didn’t feel loved or appreciated, and I didn’t have a sense of security. Over the years I’ve also been in and out of relationships all my life. Over and over again, I chose the wrong people. As a result, I have been suffering from anxiety and depression all my life.
About Therapist Holistic Healer Mateja Petje
My “escape” and where I found solace was in my journaling, music, and in relationships. In my late twenties, after yet another painful breakup, my healing journey began in earnest. That’s when I started reading many self-help and psychology books. For example books such as the famous “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus”. See I’ve always had a love for psychology.
All the challenges now make sense. Looking back those challenges were a blessing in disguise. I can relate to my clients’ Emotional Trauma and the challenges they are facing that much better. You see I’ve helped many of my clients that were abused or suffered from anxiety.