a Positive Parenting Program for Parent Survivors of Childhood Trauma
What is Getting to Gold?
The Getting to Gold Project is a community and movement dedicated to inspiring and empowering parents who are survivors of child abuse to transform their past and reclaim their strengths, gifts, and life purpose.
I began working with Megan initially to learn to better support my 3 year old granddaughter, who is experiencing effects from trauma and grief after her mom's struggles with addiction led to us seek legal custody. My granddaughter was having a lot of strong emotions, understandably, and I learned that she needed to develop stronger attachments since she did not develop a healthy sense of attachment to her mom when she was an infant. Megan gently, and with such understanding, helped me to see my that my granddaughter needed to be responded to as if she was still an infant so that we could go back and I could help her create the secure bonds she was missing. It worked, and she moved quickly through a lot of areas of recovery! She and I are very strongly connected (and she is connected to her Papa and uncle as well) and she is much less reactive and anxious than she was. It is amazing to see the transformation in her and it feels great to know how to respond to her when she is struggling.
I also learned how missed connection and insecure attachment can stay with a person their whole life. In the process of working with Megan for my granddaughter, I was able to see how some of my own childhood experiences have continued to impact my own life and I am learning to respond to situations with more intention rather than out of emotion.
The tools I have learned while working with Megan have not only been of benefit to my own family, they will help me in my work as a preschool teacher. I am so grateful to Megan and highly recommend her for helping to strengthen the relationships in your life!
I first began working with Megan when I attended a workshop, approximately 4 years ago. The message was refreshing because she focused on the care that we give ourselves that allow us to care for our children. She specifically addressed those parents who experienced trauma in their upbringing and provided tools for helping ourselves through the triggers that come up when our own children express strong emotions. It is slow progress learning these skills and Megan always encourages the self compassion that I so desperately need. Thank you Megan for the wonderful work that you do!