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7th Jul, 2022

Debut Kenilworth author pens true tale of triumph over childhood abuse

A NEW book from a Kenilworth author offers a true account of triumph over childhood abuse.

The Girls Within, by debut author Gill Frost, tells a true story of one woman’s battle with dissociative identity disorder – a condition which develops as a result of extreme childhood trauma.

Gill, who has 35 years of experience as a psychotherapist, visited independent store Kenilworth Books to sign copies of her book which details the emotional twists and turns of therapy between herself and client Vivian.

Vivian’s story of abuse unfolds as her traumatised internal younger parts make themselves known during therapy.

Although child abuse is not rare when training as a medic or therapist, there is virtually no core guidance given around dissociative disorders.

Gill said: “Specialist training for professionals would lead to more accurate diagnoses and appropriate treatment for survivors of childhood trauma. This vulnerable group deserve more understanding, empathy and hope for recovery.”

Kenilworth Books owner Judy Brook said: “We’re very happy to be stocking such an inspiring book, especially one from a Kenilworth author, which offers hope to survivors of childhood trauma.”

And Mayor of Kenilworth, Cllr Richard Dickson, who attended the book signing event, added: “It was fascinating to speak to Gill about how her experience with Vivian inspired her to write her first book.

“I hope this book becomes a catalyst for raising awareness of the devastating impact of childhood trauma. It could make a difference to some people’s mental and physical health in our local community and beyond.”

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