As a small boy, Matt Carey loved to ride his bike, play football with friends and to laugh. He loved life and was always smiling.

When he was just eight years old, he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse. He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened... not his parents, friends or family.

In his new book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of sexual abuse to discover their own healing.

The book also includes a chapter written by Matt’s trauma therapist Sarah Paton Briggs, called Soulful Space: Reflections On My Therapy Work With Matt.

Matt invited Sarah to pull back the curtain of client/therapist confidentiality and write a chapter about his therapy sessions with her from the therapist’s perspective. The chapter offers a professional perspective to his journey of healing, therapy options, and practical advice for survivors of sexual abuse who may be considering professional therapy.

A Small Boy Smiling is available to purchase as a paperback or e-book via

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