Panel Discussions and “Allen v. Farrow”

As a previous protective parent and a survivor of abuse, I was interested in viewing “Allen v. Farrow” on HBO. After each of the four segments of “Allen v. Farrow”, there was a panel discussion comprised of experts that followed and correlated with the topic of the “Allen v. Farrow” episode. I highly recommend these panel discussions as well as watching Allen v. Farrow. The panelists are currently in the field and the information given is pertinent to life as it is now, especially in the family court system.

(For people who do not have access to HBO or the four segments of “Allen v. Farrow”, the panel discussions are easily available online. It is not necessary to see the “Allen v. Farrow” documentary to gain an abundance of information from the experts participating in the panel discussions.)

The topics of the Allen v. Farrow episodes and the panel discussions are:

Allen v. Farrow Episode 1 – “Grooming & Child Protection

Allen v. Farrow Episode 2 – “The Protective Parent’s Dilemma”

Allen v. Farrow Episode 3 – “Parental Alienation Syndrome & Family Courts”

Allen v. Farrow Episode 4 – “Long Term Effects of Abuse on Survivors”

Here is the link to the panel discussions only:

This is the link to the HBO “Allen v. Farrow” documentary series:

Often times, people are caught in a system or a situation without much knowledge. Then the person is forced to quickly research, network, acquire information on the actuality of the workings of institutions, court systems, etc. This gathering of knowledge and support is often unfortunately done under extreme pressure. I know this firsthand from my past experiences. It is my hope that others can become more informed before a stressful situation occurs in their lives and/or that the people with knowledge can quickly share it with those in need.

As always, I wish you well. Please take gentle care of yourself and others.

@Gail Mulczynski, 2022


freedom list 



Today I am introducing the idea of a freedom list. (This post is also appearing on my life coaching site, I am delighted to also share these thoughts with the readers of!) I like gratitude lists, as my readers and friends know. Gratitude brings forth a sense of joy or peace especially in time periods when life seems gloomy and despair is near or here. When I was first in a 12-step program, the idea of a gratitude list was introduced to me. It became a yearly habit each October or November to put a blank piece of paper on the refrigerator. My young daughter, Megan, and I would write whatever either one of us was grateful for on any given day. Some items were funny, some poignant, some unusual, as well as the normal things people feel thanksgiving. After Thanksgiving, I would remove the list. After several years of gratitude lists, it was interesting to reread the recordings of our gratitude. Growth occurred. No matter what was occurring in our lives, there were always many items on the paper. Gratitude existed.

July 4th, Independence Day, always brings to mind my own independence. Thoughts of victims still in domestic violence relationships, incest, or other type of abusive situations weigh heavy on my mind also. My heart goes out to you. If you are still in a situation of trauma and abuse, please do your best to take care of yourself, and to hopefully extricate yourself from the abusive situation. Please seek guidance and help. Your freedom is so very important. Survivors are many and thriving is possible!

My freedom from the perpetrators (abusers), from the actual abuse and torture, and eventually freedom from the damage caused by the trauma has been a journey of healing and hope. Facing the truth has been liberating. Dealing with the PAIN and PROFOUND SADNESS was excruciating at times. I am extremely grateful for the strength within me as well as all the support I received on this road. As I write this, there is peace and joy within me. I survived! I survived the abuse and the difficult healing process! I thrive!

This June, I decided to make a personal freedom list. Every once in a while, I would be prompted from within to add an item or two. It made me smile. I am so much freer than in any other time in my life. Not only am I physically free from the abuse and mind control (brainwashing), but I am spiritually, mentally and emotionally free.

I, as a survivor who thrives and as a life coach, recommend you take a blank piece of paper and post it somewhere. Make sure you see the paper a few times a day. When the mood hits, write your own freedom list. Let it evolve. Do not force thoughts to appear. Keep it available for 30 days or so. Date it. Put it aside. Next year, next June or July, make a new freedom list. Once a year, glance at all the freedom lists you have written. Notice what is similar as well as the difference. Smile.

Today I want to share my first freedom list with you, my readers. The items are not in any order of importance. They came spontaneously and are from my heart. 


I have the freedom:

To smile

To be comfortable with my body

To feel all emotions from rage to joy. Numbness does not reign anymore!

To tell my story, to speak of the abuse and torture, to tell the secrets.

From defending myself and my past

To not share my story if I choose

To sleep

To show my happiness and pleasure knowing I will not be punished for it later.

To sit in peaceful solitude

From suicidal brainwashing (mind control) thoughts

To know my own worth as a human being with dignity

To show compassion and perform acts of kindnesses to others

To understand I am worth of love and I am lovable!

To know that feeling deep, intense PAIN means I can also feel deep, intense PEACE & JOY

To state my opinion

To make mistakes, to admit my mistakes, to learn from my mistakes, and to know I am just another human being who is not perfect.

To be an inspiration to others who may not believe they can endure another moment on this earth due to the PAIN they feel at any given moment in time

To glance back and see how far I have travelled on this road of freedom and peace

To know I have earned a place on this earth even though I know none of us need to earn a place on this earth!

To explore various spiritual paths

To look at myself in the mirror and acknowledge the courage and strength in me, especially the courage to become free of the abuse and face the past.

To acknowledge I would do it all over again – protecting my daughter, Megan Mulczynski, for as long as I could and the best I could.

To love myself compassionately

To see the beauty in my face

To know I did my best, especially as a protective parent even though the outcome was not beneficial to Megan nor I after we were discovered

To be friends with anyone I choose

To live where I desire

To sit in the sun with a deep sense of peace to witness life of all forms (human, animal) and see life’s preciousness.

To realize material goods (though necessary in our world) are so unimportant in the scheme of life

To savor moments of conversations with friends and others knowing life is not permanent.

To acknowledge my faults without shame

To laugh!

To write from my heart!

To give and receive hugs (when I choose)

To glance into someone’s eyes and, at times, sense a connection on a spiritual level.

To accept life as it was and as it is

To cry … to shed all the tears that need to be released

To open my heart for Love and Light!

To share my story with those who benefit from the telling

To be silent

To not judge

To let go of more and more pain

To be a peace with myself and who I am

To stand tall with integrity and authenticity

To swing in the park with child-like joy  freedom as a child

To experience profound gratitude

To love more freely and easily

To live life with less fear and apprehension

To open myself to life’s experiences

To more frequently be fully present in the moment. What a joy!

To sit in solitude with a contented heart!!

© 2016, Gail Mulczynski


This week I started a new blog as well as a new journey. Here is the link:

 will remain available; and, I will most likely add a post intermittently. This website is extremely near and dear to my heart. It was mostly written after my daughter, Megan Mulczynski, and I were found and as I awaited trial for custodial interference for attempting to protect my daughter from abuse perpetrated by her father. It amazes me that I was able to focus and write my story as clearly as I did considering the deep, heavy load of grief at the time. The fear for my daughter’s welfare and for my uncertain future combined with PTSD made it a very potent and nearly overwhelming situation.

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”

                                                                                                                                        – Lao-tzu

It reminds me that love can give us strength to endure what is almost not possible to endure. Survivors of any type of abuse can relate to that statement. We survive the actual abuse. We deal with the aftermath. Too many survivors lead lives of self-destruction or deadened emotional lives that appear normal enough because they are unable to fully cope and to heal. I hope that all survivors can find inner strength to discover their own worth and value. Self-love is needed, even in tiny amounts such as the size of a mustard seed, to regain health, authenticity, and genuineness. I hope you each find the courage and strength to look inside oneself … to one day awaken and find the true love within and outside of yourself!


© 2015, Gail Mulczynski



Reading has been and is a source of healing for me. Ever since I was a child, I read avariciously. During the years of abuse, books became a way to escape my daily life. Eventually I read books to connect with others in similar situations. Now I tend to read a bit less; but, I usually read books and articles that foster my healing and sense of well-being.



The above titled book came highly recommended to me by several sources. Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D., is the author. I am quite impressed with his writings. “THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE” contains the most current information on trauma and its aftermath.

The book focus is on the brain, the body, and the mind. There is not one treatment that reigns supreme. In many cases, more than one modality is needed for healing. Treatments may include talk therapy, neurofeedback, yoga, medication, EMDR, theater and others. Some of the treatments were first mainly used to treat veterans. Trauma victims include not only those deployed in a war. The victims may have experienced trauma from child abuse, violence in neighborhoods, domestic violence, and more.

Judith Herman’s book, “Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence—from Domestic Violence to Political Terror” also resonates with me. It was of interest to note that Bessel A. van der Kolk and Judith Herman researched trauma together at one point. They are both extremely knowledgeable and willing to share their information with all.

People ask me questions regarding memory and trauma. Bessel van der Kolk offers the answers to those questions in language that we all can comprehend. I know at least one university that uses this book as a textbook. It is a book I would like to keep in my small, but treasured, personal library.

There is probably not one of us who does not know someone (child or adult) who has been affected by trauma. We, individually and together, have an opportunity to make a personal choice to help ourselves and others by gaining a wider understanding of trauma, the aftermath of trauma, and its treatments. We can become part of the solution!

© 2015, Gail E. Mulczynski

Independence Day – the celebration of one’s freedom from tyranny

(A Letter to Megan Ellen)


Healing is a journey that takes various forms. As I now am further along on my path, I have the good fortune of reframing my past to recognize both the positive and negative aspects.

In the years since I have posted last, I have taken a road that contained life experiences that challenged and tested me. I cannot say it was or is easy.

Materially, I am living mostly paycheck to paycheck as many humans do; and, I am renting a room in someone’s basement. My job as a barista for the last nearly three years has given me time to further myself emotionally and spiritually (outside of work) as well as teaching me better communication skills especially as a team member at work. Now I am definitely ready to move into a career that will truly sustain me financially and provide more intrinsic rewards for myself and others.

Beginnings and endings are difficult for me. This first entry after years of this website lying dormant is an important one. Recently my daughter, Megan, visited me for a week. Megan and I talk often; but, we very seldom see each other in person. I wrote the below letter to Megan; and, decided to share it with you, my readers.

Survivors have much in common. It is my wish that this letter might somehow resonate with you and with family and friends who care about you. I wish you all true freedom!




June 21, 2014

My dearest, darling daughter, Megan,

It has been some time since I’ve written you a heartfelt letter. Your visit was a true blessing. I love your company; and I love you!

Megan, as you know that Pooh saying resonates with me regarding both you and I.

 “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”

 ― A.A. Milne

I believe we are both braver, stronger and smarter than we think. I also believe that you, Megan, are as strong if not stronger than I in many ways. Deep inside, we both are sweet, gentle souls with a toughness and strength.

Sometimes I look back at my childhood and yours. I cannot and do not want to compare for each individual is different. I had very little love at my foundation of my life; but, there must have been enough. I’m grateful that you have had and do have the experience of a mom who loves you deeply in actions, words, and heartfelt emotions. Love — true Love — was also experienced by you from many people from the Landstuhl Catholic Community as well as elsewhere. One of our conversations last week contained the agreement between us that LOVE & GOODNESS is much more powerful than hate and evil. LOVE WINS! Good wins. Truth wins. Oh, it may take time; but, ultimately TRUTH & LOVE & GOODNESS triumph.

One day, daughter, you will most likely awake to the truth of your past, to the truth of the abuse you endured perpetrated by your father and others. Of course, I would like to help you on your healing journey. Whether I am available or not will not prevent you from healing.

I have faith in you as well as faith and trust in God. I know the strengths and love contained within you. I know the truth matters to you, to your soul, and spirit. As I mentioned to you, I finally am being a more authentic and genuine person; and, it shows in my daily life (as some people have used those specific words to describe me). The gentle, sweet, and genuine parts of me as well as the strong parts are able to surface more often and be noticed by myself and others. It is freedom to be me (defects and all). I am grateful. I finally am internalizing I am worthy of Love; and, I am learning to love myself via self care and self compassion. Facing the truth of the abuse was self-preserving and a very compassionate action even though it was extremely painful. You were the impetus to face the abuse; and, it freed me. (Unfortunately your freedom has not arrived yet for the consequences at your age for telling the truth of the abuse were so damaging).

I believe that when you face the truth of your past that you, Megan Ellen, will have the strength and determination to travel your healing path with courage and resolve. You are strong. You are gentle. You are capable. You are most likely stronger than I … with many more years ahead of you … You are worthy of true self love and love from others.

Resources are available and I do not need to say that any more. Even with support, the healing journey is rough; but, it is worth it. You are worth it.

Oh, Meggie, I love you.

I carry you in my heart always. I send my love & prayers to you always … Be good to yourself.



P.S. Maybe one day you will write the book we talked of writing together! I think of that often. Before November, 2007, you said you would write of the abuse, of the truth from your perspective as a young person; and, I would write it from mine (as a former wife and mom). It would be one book sharing the same truth …. our story of surviving terrible abuse and torture, but thriving ….

Books are not the most important things though. Healing … love … truth … compassion … of oneself and others is what matters.

(c) Gail Mulczynski, 2014