"Sanity: Lost and Found, is an extraordinary story told with remarkable clarity, by author and psychotherapist Tarra Judson Stariell. In spite of the fact that Ms. Stariell’s memoir describes numerous moments of profound suffering and hurt, she does so in such a way that the reader is safely pulled along until they arrive at an ending in which she regains her identity, self-love, and discovers her ability to contribute to others’ healing as a result of her own journey. It is a memoir about surviving psychological abuse, substance abuse, childhood sexual abuse, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. It is also a memoir about the enduring and powerful role of relationships in the search for meaning and identity. Sanity: Lost and Found is a meaningful and honest illustration of the process of recovery toward wholeness that can support mental health professionals and the survivors that they serve."
"When we each began reading Sanity: Lost and Found, we could not put it down. It was both gripping with mystery and horrifying in reality. No other books we have read about this subject of the search for self-affirmation have been so personally written. It is also unique in leading to a conclusion of how psychotherapy can help, step by painful step, toward a resolution of the core journey in life. We highly recommend this book, particularly for anyone who has experienced or is working with trauma, addiction, or dissociative disorders."
"In hopes of helping those similarly suffering, Tarra Judson Stariell lays bare her soul in Sanity Lost & Found. Ms. Stariell’s commitment to those tyrannized by violence is made all the more impressive given that she herself has bravely undertaken the painstaking journey toward freedom and healing. Readers will be both simultaneously horrified and deeply inspired as Ms. Stariell weaves her story through the hands of a gifted writer and the heart of a compassionate trauma therapist. I stand proud to be counted amongst her peers."
"Tarra’s book was compelling from start to finish! It is horrifying to read that an intelligent, educated, personable woman from a middle-class family could be BRAINWASHED and give up more than a decade of her life! It is also gut- wrenching and seems unbelievable. Thankfully, her account of the road back to herself and recovery is equally as compelling and spectacular. Fortuitously, she found a form of therapy that could heal all aspects of herself--her feelings, beliefs, trauma and lost relationships. Bioenergetics, in the hands of her talented and caring therapist, brought her to a self she had never known; back to her body and life itself. Over many months and years with much support from therapist and groups, she pealed-off layers to uncover the true feelings lost to her from her lack of support as a child and her years as a victim. This culminated in the awesome knowing that she could LOVE HERSELF, trust and believe in and express herself. Tarra’s account of her healing steps continually challenged me to check within myself to see if I had fully claimed and healed myself; my “little girl within”. It gives hope and reassurance to the reader that healing, and life, are indeed your birth right... and attainable."