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164 – Sara Moskowitz – Donor-conceived Trauma and Healing Sacred Roots

“Trauma” exists in many forms. Sara Moskowitz, LCSW, SEP, can trace some of her wounding back generations through the Jewish experience. Beyond that, much of the ongoing personal healing to which she’s committed stems from a thoroughly modern – and complex – family dynamic.

Donor-conceived humans – those individuals conceived using a third party to supply the sperm, egg (or combination), or embryo – often have additional existential baggage to unpack, especially if the donor in question is anonymous. Sara experienced a lifetime of unsubstantiated inklings that something was amiss. She didn’t uncover the truth until her late 20s.

Sara’s story is an excellent example of failure in the environment, not a failure in the parent. Her journey also speaks to the importance of therapists doing the work on themselves. That’s something of a manifesto around here. How can we expect to meet our clients where they are, accompany them on this journey, and provide them with the tools they need to heal if we’re not exactly sure how these tools work?

Just when you think you’ve heard every variation of trauma – boom! – someone like Sara comes along to remind us how rich the human experience is. 


Sara Moskowitz, LCSW, SEP is a Chicago-based psychotherapist, mother and artist. She specializes in developmental trauma and anxiety, and guides clients to gain access to the wisdom contained within their bodies. Sara is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and holds Master’s degrees in both social work and education.

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