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Shari Botwin

Shari BotwinSpecialties: trauma, abuse, eating disorders, anxiety and depression
Home base: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Web site: www.sharibotwin.com

Shari Botwin, LCSW, has been counseling survivors of all types of trauma in her Cherry Hill, New Jersey, private practice for over 22 years. Her second book, Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing (Rowman & Littlefield, November 2019), deals with overcoming trauma, including physical and sexual abuse, war-related injury, loss due to tragedy or illness and natural disasters. Real stories and practical tools shed light on how to let go of the shame, guilt, anger and despair after a traumatic experience. . Thriving After Trauma: Stories of Living and Healing, by Shari Botwin

Thriving After Trauma addresses readers who have experienced trauma or loss due to a variety of xperiences—whether accident, abuse or injury. Shari Botwin shows readers, through personal stories, how many who have experienced the worst kinds of trauma have managed to move on and thrive beyond their experiences.

Often those who live through trauma come away with feelings of shame, guilt, anger and despair. These are common, even normal, responses in the immediate aftermath. Left unaddressed, though, those feelings may develop into substance abuse problems, eating disorders, depression or anxiety. Learning how to move on, to pick up and live life again, takes effort and guidance. She guides readers through the stories of others who have gone on to live fulfilling, happy lives, and provides tips and tools for healing and moving on.

Letting go of the shame, guilt, anger and fear associated with tragic events is crucial to reclaiming a full life. Strategies such as journaling, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral restructuring and healthy relationships to aid in recovery are explored and explained, so readers can adopt those strategies that work best for them.

It is not the trauma itself that results in so many people developing self-destructive tendencies and life threatening illnesses. It is the lack of having a way to digest and make sense of the trauma-related feelings that can lead one to mental illness, disconnection and, in some cases, even death. Readers will learn how to live with the trauma versus how to get over the trauma, so they can move forward healthfully and mindfully.

Shari has conducted keynote presentations for universities and professional conferences throughout the country. She has given expert testimony on breaking stories related to trauma on a variety of international media outlets, including, NBC News, ABC News, CBS News, CTV News, CP-24 News, CNN, Prevention Magazine, The Associated Press and Radio Europe. Shari has also published feature articles in several online trade magazines includingThrive Global, Huffington Post, The Toronto Star, The Authority Magazine, Medium and The Philadelphia Inquirer..

Suggested Topics

  • How Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder develops over time
  • Why it is important to speak our truth and keep telling our stories of trauma and/or abuse
  • The role of shame in keeping someone stuck in trauma
  • Patient stories that address abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, shootings, combat related death or injury, sudden illness, natural disasters and terrorist attacks
  • How loved ones and friends can support people in recovery
  • How survivors can go on to live full lives and thrive after trauma
  • Coping mechanisms to manage feelings associated with shame, grief, sadness, anger and fear after trauma
  • Strategies to manage flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks, social isolation and suicidal tendencies.
  • The role of dissociation in surviving trauma

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