I recently wrote a first person essay in The Family Therapy Magazine. It was the hardest piece of writing I have done to this date. It was difficult because it brought up a lot of childhood memories that I had with my parents. It was difficult because those memories were unpleasant and painful. But I needed to voice them; it was my therapy. Our lives are not just pleasant memories but memories much like nightmares. They have to be looked at so we understand who we are and how we became who we are.
Here is the link to the June Family Therapy Magazine. In Dreams Begin Nightmares is on page 84. (You have to scroll down until you get to page 84.)