Stuff in the ‘PTSD’ Category

7 June, 2019

Pearce

Dr. Michelle Pearce is a clinical psychologist, author, researcher, health and wellness coach, and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has always been fascinated by what helps people cope with adversity and why some people thrive in adversity, while others do not. Her upcoming book, Night Bloomers: 12 Principles for Thriving in Adversity (Ixia Press/Dover Publications/Fall 2020), is a profound guide to writing your way through the dark times in life. Drawing upon the growing body of research on post-traumatic growth, the book reveals how dealing with the challenges of loss, grief, and tragedy can be a catalyst for transformation. Using the metaphor of flowers that bloom in the night, Dr. Pearce shares her empirically-based principles, clinical expertise, and inspiring stories of other Night Bloomers to provide hope and healing.

Dr. Pearce received her Ph.D. from Yale University and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in CBT and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health. She researches the relationship between religion/spirituality, coping, and health, as well as the integration of spirituality into the practice of psychotherapy. Her current research includes the development of Spiritually Integrative Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat moral injury and PSTD among Veterans and active duty military service members. She is the co-developer of the national online edX training program for mental health providers called Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health. Dr. Pearce is the author of the book Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Christians with Depression: A Practical, Tool-Based Primer and co-author of Religion and Recovery from PTSD (to be released late 2019).

Dr. Pearce has a passion for the application of clinical research to improve patient care and quality of life. She is also committed to teaching and training students and health care professionals. She directs three graduate certificate programs: Aging and Applied Thanatology, Integrative Health and Wellness, and Science Communication, and teaches a number of graduate courses. Her areas of clinical expertise include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, spiritual and existential issues, positive psychology, mind-body stress reduction methods, and behavioral medicine to address the intersection of mental and physical illness.

Dr. Pearce has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, has given numerous local and national speeches, and has received several honors in her field. These honors include an early career psychologist credentialing scholarship awarded by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology; the Jack Shand Research Award granted by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion for excellence in graduate research on the empirical study of religion; several awards from Yale University for distinguished academic achievement; and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council doctoral fellowship granted by the federal government of Canada.

In her free time, she loves to salsa dance, hike in the woods, and curl up with a good book.

Connect with Dr. Pearce at www.DrMichellePearce.com


30 August, 2017

AFTER 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning, Helaina Hovitz

NOW IN PAPERBACK! (Skyhorse, September 5, 2017)

“This impressive debut is both deeply evocative and intensely personal.” ― Peter Canby, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

“A moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope….” ― Sean Elder, contributor, Newsweek

Helaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in middle school just blocks away when the World Trade Center was attacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with PTSD after living through the events firsthand. After 9/11 chronicles its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence, following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion.

The events of 9/11 were a very real part of Helaina’s life and are still vivid in her memory today. Hundreds were stranded in the neighborhood, including Helaina, without phones or electricity or anyone to help. Fear and despair took over her life. It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD ― and subsequent alcohol addiction ― that went misdiagnosed and mistreated. In many ways, After 9/11 is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day ―and for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to make a new beginning. This new trade paperback edition includes tips on how to cope with trauma, an FAQ section, and a guide to discussing 9/11 with children.

“Inspirational, courageous and beautifully told. After 9/11 is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.” ― Cathy Free, correspondent, PEOPLE magazine

“This impressive debut is both deeply evocative and intensely personal.” ― Peter Canby, Senior Editor, The New Yorker

“A moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope that she could reclaim her life, no matter how grim things looked.” ― Sean Elder, contributor, Newsweek


7 September, 2016

AFTER 9/11: One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness

Helaina Hovitz was twelve years old and in middle school three blocks away when the World Trade Center was 41yJLsdN4ELHovitzattacked. Her memoir encapsulates the journey of a girl growing up with PTSD after living through the events firsthand, chronicling its effects on a young girl at the outset of adolescence and following her as she spirals into addiction and rebellion, through loss, chaos, and confusion.

The events and experiences that are now common knowledge to everyone were a very real part of Helaina’s life and are still as vivid in her memory today: the sickening thud of falling bodies hitting cars, the crumbling towers, running for her life as she tried to get home, her universe literally engulfed in a cloud. Hundreds, including Helaina, were stranded in the neighborhood, also just blocks from the towers, without phones or electricity or anyone to help. For fear of subsequent attacks, not to mention the toxic substances in the air, everyone was urged to stay inside their debris-filled apartments.

Anyone who has survived a horrific event knows that just because a body remains in motion does not mean everything will simply “go back to normal.” The chemistry of the brain and the body changes, impacting our relationships, our choices, and how we experience the world around us. Yet, we rarely find out what actually happens to people as they try to move on from a life-threatening experience—especially children, who are just beginning to develop an understanding of the world around them.

It would take Helaina more than a decade to overcome the PTSD — and subsequent alcohol addiction — that went misdiagnosed and mistreated for so many years. In many ways, After 9/11:  One Girl’s Journey Through Darkness to a New Beginning is the story of a generation growing up in the aftermath of America’s darkest day. And for one young woman, it is the story of a survivor who, after witnessing the end, got to start over.

“Hovitz shows us, for the first time, what it was like for families in New York City who suddenly had to live like other war refugees, with no idea where their loved ones were or when the next attack might come. After 9/11 is a moving and remarkable testament to a time that changed our country, told beautifully by a young woman who never gave up hope that she could reclaim her life, no matter how grim things looked.”
–Sean Elder, Newsweek
“Hovitz’s memoir is distinctive and larger than her own experience. Through her engaging and beautifully crafted narrative, we see the lasting scars that have lingered on so many of us.” — Ilana Masad, Read it Forward
 
Hovitz had the grit, determination and resources to pull herself out of the morass of PTSD. She has rendered a valuable service in adding her voice to the memory of this momentous interstice in world history.”Janet Levine, New York Journal of Books
Helaina Hovitz is a journalist and editor, specializing in positive and inspiring stories. She has written for the “New York Times,” “Salon,” “The New York Observer,” “Forbes,” “Marie Claire,” “Huffington Post,” “Teen Vogue,” and “Newsday.” She is hard at work on her latest venture, a news service called Headlines for the Hopeful. She lives with her fiance and their rescue dog, Wiley.