Loving someone with ACOA Trauma Syndrome

By: Riana Milne My Relationship Coach Special to the Delray Newspaper
As a LMHC (Life Mental Health Counselor, a CAP (Cert Addictions Professional); and a Certified Life Relationship Coach; I do see clients in my Delray office who are concerned about how their angry, toxic behavior patterns, and poor communication style has affected their lives and love relationships. Many don’t understand the origin of their behaviors, and you can’t change what you don’t understand.
I specialize in an area called – ACOA (Adult Child of an Alcoholic) Personality Trauma Syndrome; working with adult clients (and their partners) who suffered trauma as children. Strangely enough, it is not a condition or a Personality Disorder described in the DSM – IV; the Diagnostic book for Mental Health Therapists; although I feel it should be. There is an ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics 12 step program founded on the belief that

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