Healing Series: Identity

Lesli A. Johnson, MFT answers a listener question about finding our identity.

“Lesli kept saying it was important to know your narrative as a way to heal trauma. I don't know mine. I don't know really anything about how I came into the world, I don't even know who my father is. Half of my ancestry is a big black hole. And society tells me to be grateful for that. How do we move forward without knowing our first chapter?”

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Show Notes


  • Three books Lesli recommends in the area of identity formation:
    • Dear Wonderful You, Letters to Adopted & Fostered Youth (The AN-YA Project) ed. by Diane Rene Christian
    • Pieces of Me: Who Do I Want to Be? Voices for and by Adopted Teens ed. by Robert L Ballard
    • Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens by Debbie Riley and John Meeks

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