Date(s) - 03/28/2020
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
As a psychologist and survivor of horrific child abuse, Dr. Michelle Stevens is in a unique position to write and speak on the subject of trauma. Her dual roles as therapist and patient allow her to comprehend psychological issues from the inside out and the outside in. This gives her an uncanny ability to explain the complicated nuances of trauma in ways that are accessible to a broad audience. She strives to use this gift to educate others on the effects of abuse and violence, while inspiring survivors to overcome their pain.
After suffering more than ten years of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of a sadistic pedophile and the sex ring to which he belonged, Michelle escaped and went on to study writing at New York University. She earned her doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, where her thesis was honored as the “Dissertation of Distinction.” She has presented her research to the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Los Angeles County Psychological Association, where she also received an award for Outstanding Research. Her writing about trauma has appeared in The New York Times, Time, People, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Good Housekeeping, and The Hollywood Reporter.
Michelle is the author of Scared Selfless: My Journey from Abuse and Madness to Surviving and Thriving, an inspiring memoir that vividly describes her triumph over childhood abuse and the mental illness it created. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Post-Traumatic Success, a non-profit organization that provides education and inspiration to those affected by psychological trauma.
As a therapist, Michelle has been honored to help hundreds of survivors of child abuse through her work at various social service organizations and in private practice. She has spoken publicly about overcoming child abuse to organizations around the globe, encouraging survivors to fight for better lives.