A Social Worker’s Own Story of Trauma and Recovery

by Kristen Holzapfel


Selfless is the story of one woman’s journey to the dark side of social work, her dream to enter a ‘selfless profession’ that broke her heart, and nearly her body and mind.  It is the story of her descent in to anorexia nervosa, her recovery from that terrible time and her struggle with the workplace that forced her back to the front line. Faced with the stress and vicarious trauma that returned her to hospital and anorexia she had little choice but to give up the career she’d dreamed of since her childhood. This is her story of that time, and of her recovery, told as both a warning and as a beacon of hope for others dreaming of a ‘selfless career’.