Stories of Life After Trauma
Robillard & Marcel A. Duclos
This is the story of two psychotherapists who have worked in the
field of trauma and healing. They join together for the purpose
of creating a book, which brings the reader inside the lives of
Through art, poetry and short
stories the reader travels through time as these children grow,
change, make choices and become adults. The threads of abuse
follow them influencing their lives in what appears to be
This book brings us closer to the
reality of the far-reaching effects of trauma and child sexual
abuse. At the same time, it is the story of courage, resiliency
and the ability to heal.
There is one purpose for this
literary journey - healing.
information or to buy our book, view the
Common Threads: Stories of Life After Trauma Website.
and Marcel Duclos have also created a
Documentary on DVD based on this book.
A Doorway in the Desert
An e-book by
Connie Robillard & Marcel A. Duclos
Do we enter into a
vision or do our hearts see what is really before us in all of
its truth, goodness, beauty and love?
The characters in
this story are on an internal quest. They travel to a Native
American mission in an effort to find what they need. Each
learns, in their own way, that prayers are not answered within
time and space.
An old man, long
passed over to the other side, lingers on among the people he
loves. Some are strangers and yet he knows them. He understands
their world from the inside out. He remains part of an earthly
life in a holy place.
A twenty first
century woman senses the old man’s presence and a story unfolds
that brings the reader into the world of universal themes.
Those in need seek
refuge from fear and loss. They enter the mission with hope and
leave through the same doorway, forever changed.
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Watering the Cracks in the
Cultivating Hope With Child Abuse Survivors
A woman bends close to gray concrete,
the weeds that grow between the sidewalk cracks.
would call her insane.
But she is witness to the life that bends,
and grows determinedly
green in a
gray, unwelcoming place.
weeds between sidewalk cracks,
honoring, paying tribute to
the life of
Common Threads: Stories of Life After Trauma
“The human mind is naturally divided into parts. The parts of
one person demonstrate different temperaments, talents desires,
ages and gender. Together they form an internal family, which
organizes in the same way as other human systems.”
Goulding - The Mosaic Mind, 1995
The goal of this book is
to bring awareness and understanding to the struggles of
children. Growing children is like growing plants -all of
them need individualized care.
As human parents and
caregivers we make mistakes. For that reason all children are
vulnerable to abuse. Trauma is measured in degrees, longevity
and by the depth of psychological wounds.
As authors, we share our
stories from an inner place rather then a historically accurate
place. Human beings experience traumatic events through parts of
their internal emotional system.
Different parts of us wrote these chapters, poems and
As you read, take time
to notice the different parts of you that become emotionally
activated by the writings.
Welcome all of your
parts because like children, whether they have grown in
primarily supportive or inhospitable places, they are all good.
Marcel A. Duclos
into the world of trauma is like looking into a fractured glass:
the familiar appears disjointed and disturbing.”