This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LifeStar
Nietzsche once wrote “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” This presentation explores the psychology of survival and how it applies to those who have experienced betrayal trauma and heartbreak. It presents observations of change and growth that are sometimes overlooked in the aftermath of trauma and it attempts to help participants begin to rewrite their own personal stories of trauma and growth.
Dorothy Maryon is a full time practicing Clinical Mental Health Counselor at the LifeStar Salt Lake Clinic specializing in partner’s issues associated with sexual addiction and compulsivity. She is also in private practice and works primarily with women's issues including depression, anxiety, compulsivity, and trauma.
Since 2007 she has focused on women's issues and has pivotally shaped the LifeStar protocol for women in significant trauma from their partner’s addictive behaviors. She has contributed on official curriculum, individual, couples, and group therapy practices. An accomplished speaker, she presents at many conferences on topics such as betrayal trauma; creating safety; shame and resilience; posttraumatic growth; steps to a healthy marriage; and sexual addiction and compulsivity.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dorothy is a cofounder of SOL; Healing Through Action, which offers specialized retreats for women and couples that actively address trauma and healthy living through and beyond recovery.
Dorothy lives in Salt Lake City where she loves to swim and bike. She recently summited Mt. Killimanjaro in Africa where she learned that although it is amazing to be on top of the world there is a significant lack of air there. She is the wife of the late Dan Maryon, mother of three inspiring children, and Nana to three little princesses.