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“Our wounds choose our intimate partners. We repeat our histories because we’re trying to heal them. It’s an attempt at redemption.” – Dr. Frank G. Anderson


I am so excited to welcome Dr. Frank Anderson, renowned trauma expert, to the show to talk about his newest book, To Be Loved: A Story of Truth, Trauma, and Transformation.

It’s both a memoir and a beautiful exploration of healing trauma. I absolutely loved what Frank had to share about the different types of trauma, the healing process, forgiving the perpetrator, forgiving ourselves, and reclaiming our own narratives.

If you’ve experienced childhood trauma of any type, I think you’ll get a lot out of this conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Gentle TW: there is a mention of suicide at 20:20. If this is a tender topic for you, please skip forward 10 seconds


  • 5:35 How Frank’s own experiences led him to trauma work
  • 9:05 The different types of traumas that people experience throughout their lives
  • 20:00 How creating a family can be a chance to heal trauma and admit mistakes
  • 25:00 The power of openly and honestly choosing yourself 
  • 29:20 Does healing require forgiveness?
  • 44:10 Finding gratitude for the influence that all experiences have on your life, even unpleasant ones
  • 45:30 Frank’s most challenging boundary struggles with his children

Connect with Dr. Frank G. Anderson

Dr. Frank Anderson, world-renowned trauma expert, psychiatrist, and author, whose highly anticipated memoir, To Be Loved: A Story of Truth, Trauma, and Transformation, is a rare inside look at how a leader in the field endured his own heartbreaking yet powerful personal experience with trauma to then transform his life and heal from his tumultuous past.


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