Like many of my clients, Stacey and I met at a Jack Canfield training, and when it came time to write her book, she reached out.
She is one of those brave writers whose story is bound to shift the perspective of many readers who may have had troubling experiences in childhood.
Here’s a synopsis of her book Milk & Cookies: An Intimate Story about Rising Above Childhood Sexual Abuse
“Milk and cookies shared between a grandfather and granddaughter became the first of many secrets Stacey would keep from her mom. Living in the low-income projects, Stacey grew up seeing her mom struggling as a single mom with her own demons and being physically and emotionally abused by her boyfriend. But the abuse knew no boundaries as he set his eyes on Stacey to satisfy his sexual needs, as well.
“Groomed by her grandfather and her mother’s boyfriend, sexual exploitation became normal, and Stacey’s life seemed destined to revolve around low expectations of herself and others.
“Stacey left home at eighteen to have her first child with her older boyfriend, whose family felt like an escape from the dysfunction she had known. Little did she know that she was headed for several more years of trauma and sadness, including divorce and the death of a very special friend. However, as years passed and her hard-won wisdom anchored in her soul, Stacey overcame the depression, anxiety, and feelings of low self-worth that had haunted her for much of her life to build a life for herself that she hadn’t before dared to dream.”
Find out more about Stacey and her book on her website. https://staceykirkpatrick.com/
Stacey’s Comments about Working with Kathy
“I met Kathy at a Jack Canfield seminar a decade ago, and a couple of years ago, I came across her business card. I contacted her, and she became my writing coach. But she was so much more than that. She took me through a process to help me write this book that I have been trying to write for over 30 years. Every two weeks, a new chapter was due, and we’d edit the previous chapter. Page by page, chapter by chapter, I finally got through the hardest book I will ever write. This process was therapeutic! As I write this, I am actually tearing up. It was the hardest thing I have ever done and yet so rewarding, and she was there with me every step of the way. She’s worked with some of the best. I owe Kathy more than you can imagine and am thrilled to call her not only my writing coach but a dear friend!”
Stacey Kirkpatrick, psychotherapist, author of the international best-selling book Milk & Cookies: An Intimate Story about Rising Above Childhood Sexual Abuse