About Carolyn Spring

Carolyn is an author, speaker, trainer and trauma survivor.

She has written and published numerous books, articles, resources, blog posts and podcasts and delivered training to tens of thousands of survivors and professionals both in person and online.

Through her unique blend of lived experience, research, training and consultancy, and with a distinctive communication style, she helps people to recover from trauma and to reverse adversity. She loves to make the complex simple and to give hope for recovery from even the most extreme suffering. She brings a rare positivity and compassion to issues of abuse, shame, suicide and trauma.

“I have spent my entire adulthood reversing adversity. I developed dissociative identity disorder (DID) as a result of extensive childhood trauma, leaving me helpless, hopeless and suicidal. Alongside this, I developed chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), leaving me wheelchair-bound for several years. I wasn’t able to have children and in the end even my marriage ended in divorce.

I’ve spent over a decade researching and learning how the brain is impacted by trauma and suffering and how it can process and recover from such suffering. After spending years believing that I would never recover, I began to find the answers. With help, I began to turn things around to reverse adversity.

If I can turn things around, when I had so much going against me, then so can you. And that’s the hope I want to offer you. I want to show you how it’s done. It’s not easy – it takes a lot of hard work, but I want to share with you everything I’ve learned over the last fifteen years. Because recovery really is possible.”

Watch the video below for a fuller introduction to Carolyn’s story and her work to make ‘recovery her best revenge‘.

Meet the rest of the team

Carolyn is supported in her work by a close-knit team who are all passionate about reversing adversity.

Luke Cawley

Luke Cawley

Digital Content Developer

My role is always growing and developing with each new week. When I joined the team in September 2017, I was an admin assistant who also helped out on live training days, but my potential was quickly realised and I soon began applying my degree knowledge to develop and improve the digital services that we offer as an organisation. Now my role sees me as a web developer one day, a videographer on another and a sound engineer on others.

I graduated from university in the summer of 2017 and moved back in to the family home, where I currently live with my parents and older sister.

Hannah Roussel

Hannah Roussel

Engagement Manager

I was delighted to join the team in November 2020 to help increase engagement and bring Carolyn’s unique approach to reversing adversity to as wide an audience as possible.

I also have the joy of helping organisations on the frontline of working with trauma to access Carolyn’s training.

Outside of work, I care for my three primary-aged daughters, plus a dog, a kitten and a one-eyed cat thrown in for good measure!  I love spending time in the countryside around our home in Scotland, meeting new people, music and vintage fashion.

Joining Carolyn’s team has been a total joy and I feel uniquely privileged to do my own small bit to help others heal from trauma.



Best dog

Pepsi is Carolyn’s Miniature Schnauzer – personal bodyguard, walking coach, and faithful friend. She is exquisitely empathic, shows relentless unconditional positive regard, and maintains immaculate confidentiality at all times. She likes paddling in river or the sea at low tide, but doesn’t like getting her head wet. She also enjoys barking at anyone within a 100m radius and spends most of the day whilst Carolyn is working watching for cats, Amazon delivery drivers and spiders from her very own sofa by the window.

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