Christie Somes is a survivor of childhood sexual assaults that happened when she was just four and five years old. She carried many of the effects of her abuse for decades, not understanding the debilitating emotional, mental, and physical tolls the abuse created. In order to confront these effects, she has gone through a twelve-year journey of therapy and group support to bring about understanding, learning, and healing. Her personal knowledge of the subject of childhood sexual abuse and the practical information she learned through the healing process forms the basis for Meet Carey Jones.
Christie Somes is a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She is an entrepreneur, certified yoga instructor, and avid hiker. As a lover of the outdoors, she can also be found snowshoeing and horseback riding. Christie lives with her husband on their ranch in Colorado, and above all else, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Gerald D. Alpern, PH.D.Dr. Alpern is a former full professor at Indiana University Medical School and a clinical and developmental psychologist. His “Developmental Profile” series (wpspublish.com/DP3), which evaluates children’s development, has been used throughout many countries for more than thirty years. His clinical practice of more than fifty years involved working with children, families, and individuals. His writings include publications for both professionals and the lay public. His last book, Vets for Vets, is based on his hands-on work with the traumas of returning veterans. His contributions to Meet Carey Jones reflect his extensive clinical experience dealing with childhood traumas.