About Me

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My 
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For Those Who Have Survived Childhood Trauma and Refuse to Settle for Anything Less Than an Extraordinary Life

I work with women entrepreneurs who want to take ownership of their healing and design their future.

I understand. Your trauma is valid. The impact from past abuse and neglect is alive inside of you today, here, now. I see your struggle to maintain your external sense of togetherness as your inner world wants to crumble. I've lived it, and I lost it all too many times.

By applying complementary approaches and techniques, we'll work together to unearth long-standing perceptions and behavior patterns that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

My goal is to help you uncover your true potential. While we can't change past difficult situations, we can work together to better understand and process them so that they no longer have a stronghold on your future.

How to Stop Suffering from Complex PTSD and Start Living Joyfully in the Present.

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." Brene Brown

Hi. I'm Crystal Kormos, a CPTSD recovery specialist, and a survivor.

My message comes from my mess. Change is possible. In fact, transformation is possible when we remove the mental and emotional blocks, Peel off the outer layers, and take a long hard look at the fundamental forces driving our behavior.

I am a survivor of complex trauma and abuse who began my healing journey at 23. I am using my journey of recovery and healing to help others and help survivors feel less alone, validated, encouraged, and enable others to understand themselves more. Complex trauma, particularly from severe, prolonged childhood abuse, is profoundly life-changing and produces complex adults.

The symptoms of childhood trauma due to growing up in an abusive alcoholic home showed up through my own substance abuse, which I no longer enact. I still see its effects on the struggles I have with mental health, intimacy, and self-esteem. When it comes to love, it results in frustrating and unfulfilling behavior, like giving myself to people who can't give back.

I left home at the earliest opportunity; at the age of 18, I moved in with my then-boyfriend, who was 11 years older than me.

In my mid-twenties, I was diagnosed with depression after a suicide attempt.  I was confused and in a pit of despair.  I couldn't accept the responsibility for the situations that I got myself into, and I made excuses and pointed the finger at everything and everyone in an attempt to feel better about myself.  However, pointing fingers at others and blaming my circumstances on 'bad luck' just intensified my negative emotions.  I tried to distract myself with drugs, food, alcohol, sex, and work to gain some semblance of control over my life.  It was when I was admitted to the hospital that I finally decided that things had to change.  I couldn't keep traveling down the path of destruction I was on.  I got serious about my recovery as an adult child of an alcoholic and became consciously aware of my behavior's consequences. 

I cultivated a love for self-development when a friend introduced me to Alanon (a twelve-step program for people living with or dealing with an alcoholic) and CoDA (Co-dependency Anonymous).

Gradually, I began to make new empowering decisions that freed me from the self-destructive patterns. 

Seemingly I was doing all the right things, working on my recovery, working a job, friends, and eventually marriage, but nothing relieved the turmoil inside me.

In my early thirties, motherhood arrived accidentally, but I loved it and was terrified all simultaneously.

Doctors threw a bunch of medications at symptoms of anxiety, depression, migraines, and more.

Medications helped with symptoms but didn't get to the root of the problem.

Perhaps you feel like I did for much of my childhood and early adulthood: entirely consumed by depression, self-doubt, chronic pain, and an inability to dream.

CPTSD crippled my ability to thrive.

Trauma is held in the body and leads to long-term, adverse outcomes: emotional maladaptation, chronic illness, chronic pain, addiction, mental illness, general life difficulties, and re-traumatization.

Once I learned about how the brain worked and discovered new ways to deal with past trauma, I could free myself and feel fully alive.

Never did I think I'd be where I am today.

Throughout my life, I have searched for knowledge on how to identify personal fulfillment, improve health and wellness, develop a healthy sense of self, and maintain momentum for personal transformation.

The methods I use unearths trauma in a non-confrontational and supportive way, guiding clients to connect to their inner wisdom and inner child. By leveraging the deep connection with the body and inner truth, profound transformation results. Ultimately, the goal with every client is not only to heal but to awaken to your authentic self and live a fulfilling life.

I hope you will find a sense of hope and possibility here. So, if you're frustrated by your inability to make a change in your habits, if you're tired of feeling anxious, if you long for a sense of peace and freedom, don't look for the next aspirin to dull your headache. Instead, consider addressing the hidden causes of your pain and using your stress and anxiety as an impetus to change your life radically. Now is the time.

It's not all about the past! Dreaming up your own personally fulfilling, meaningful future will do wonders for healing and growth.

If you want to get help, reach me here or book an appointment.  It is time to live the life you deserve.