Hi, I’m Laurie.

Welcome to Perks of a Psychotic Break, a newsletter for people who have survived some serious hardships and see the world through a different lens. While some aspects of our lives–careers, relationships, parenting–are significantly more difficult than for those who have not experienced trauma, we are also blessed with such gifts as empathy, emotional intelligence, creativity, situational awareness, and more. Some of us are the fiercest parents on Earth!

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Why Subscribe?

Are you a person who knows or suspects you experienced trauma such as childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence or rape? Do you value compassion for others, authenticity, and truth? Do you long for a community for commiseration? You may find this newsletter helpful if:

  • You have a strong desire to feel better, maybe even “normal.”

  • You long for something that will actually help you feel better.

  • You want to feel less alone, or at least like you aren’t the only one.

  • You need to be believed.

  • You worry there is “something wrong with you” and you need validation.

  • You’re ready to feel hopeful for positive change.

  • You dream of feeling less at the whim of your emotions.

  • You want to learn to self-advocate.

My intent is to help you feel connected to a community of like-minded people. My ultimate goal is to help you feel better.

About Me

I’m Laurie Timms, a writer and survivor who aims to banish the stigma around trauma recovery, especially for women who have experienced physical abuse. In my coming memoir, Perks of a Psychotic Break, I share the story of how my mental break was actually the best thing that ever happened to me. It was a turning point that helped me face and recover from multiple traumas I had worked so hard to avoid thinking about. My hope is that my story of both what happened to me and how I recovered will help other women break free from the long term shame and despair many feel after trauma occurs.

Today, I’m a wife, mother, and accomplished marketing professional, but more importantly, I’ve made the long journey back to embracing myself. I want women to know that there is hope, there is wholeness and a sense of belonging and purpose outside the anger, fear, and confusion they might feel now. Experts say that unresolved fear, anger, hurt, and other emotions will haunt us unless we learn healthy ways to recover and move through and past it. Women in the professional sphere had their #MeToo movement, and now it’s time for survivors of domestic traumas to be heard and heal together, too.

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A courageous and tenacious survivor of Big-T Trauma, Laurie shares her story and learnings to empower other survivors of molestation, rape and abuse.