Laura K Kerr
I am a writer and an independent, interdisciplinary scholar. I use depth psychology, trauma studies, sociology, religious studies, and deep history of human cultures to explore the social, cultural, and psychological aspects of trauma and mental illness. I am working on two books—one examines how and why humans evolved spirituality and what this early adaptation suggests we need to fully develop as human beings in our globalized, techno-mediated, and seemingly pre-apocalyptic world; the other book, a combination of memoir and research, looks at the imaginal (imagination, fantasies, dreams) as central to recovery from trauma & mental illness instead of a source of pathology that needs to be medicated away.
For over twenty years, I lectured, taught, and wrote extensively about the psychological, biological, and social aspects of trauma & mental illness. I have also advocated for mental health reform and practiced Jungian and trauma-focused psychotherapy. Many of my writings and publications derived from these experiences can be found on my website, https://www.laurakkerr.com. In 2018, I created Ambivalent Goddesses, a web-based project that details the process of recovery from sexual trauma (https://ambivalentgoddesses.com) .
When not working on book projects, I am a student of poetry and the visual arts.