In My Rearview Mirror

One man’s journey of uncovering, recovering and overcoming

his traumatic childhood to truly experiencing his life today

By Jeremy G. Schneider, MFT


In My Rearview Mirror is a story for those who have experienced trauma and pain, their friends and families and professionals who work with survivors. It is for people who believe life can be better than it is right this very moment. Jeremy’s story is not about surviving life, but of how you travel from surviving to truly experiencing all that life has to offer including a family of love and laughter, the exact opposite of what he survived growing up.

In his late teens, Jeremy experienced two endings, his parents’ divorce and his mother cut him out of her life (so devastating he ended up in the emergency room, figuratively and literally broken-hearted).

And he couldn’t imagine how his life could get any worse.

What he didn’t yet realize was that it already had been worse and it was haunting him every single day.

These endings were, in fact, beginnings–everything good in his life stems from those two endings, the beginning of everything positive in his life today.

This is the story of his intensely personal and emotionally challenging journey of not only remembering the trauma of his childhood and how he survived it, but realizing that surviving was no longer good enough.

How does a man feel the love in his present

without being consumed by the pain of his past?

In My Rearview Mirror is a story of a man somehow believing life could be better than what it was, who made a commitment to his life—and his family: a vow to be the last in his family to experience abuse. This terrible family tradition was going to end with him.

In My Rearview Mirror includes:

  • Insights from Jeremy’s intense journey, which is not only a moving story, but a potential road map for others to follow.
  • Jeremy’s unique theories on the impact of depression and trauma and how to change their effects, explained in easy-to-understand metaphors.
  • How Jeremy used his own style of music therapy to help him face his abusive past, survive the wellspring of overwhelming emotions his memories evoked, and tap into life’s joys so that he could begin to thrive.
  • Lessons Jeremy learned to help move from just surviving life to fully experiencing all that life has to offer.
  • Jeremy’s very personal style of conversational writing gives readers the sense Jeremy is speaking directly to them and sharing his innermost thoughts and feelings building a connection together as his story unfolds.