150: Dr. Laurie Nadel – Discovering Hope, Healing and Strength When Disaster Strikes

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What are the keys to staying balanced under pressure? I don’t just mean during. I am asking what are they even after, waaay after, when everyone else seems to be moving past a trauma and the focus is off?

I never used to think that stress was a thing. It was all just good stress. Then my body and brain started to take a little longer to come to center and then, one day, it seemed I was living a new normal where I could never seem to shake flashbacks to unsettling events and moments. I searched for answers. Well really for the questions that would allow the right answers to come to me to help.

My guest has lived through personal traumas on large scale and on personal small scales in war zones and even in her own home during Hurricane Sandy on Long Island in New York. After Hurricane Sandy, while dealing with her own trauma and helping others get through their own, she discovered that there are 5 gifts that can help us discover hope, healing and strength, before, during and after.

Join me as I interview Dr. Laurie Nadel in Part One of our two part interview on working through and moving through and most of all healing through trauma of all kinds.

Laurie Nadel, PhD., is a specialist in acute stress, trauma, and anxiety issues. She has been interviewed in The New York Times, National Public Radio, Reuters, and CNN.com.  During her 20-year career in journalism, she recognized a need to help people whose lives were shattered by violence.

After earning two doctorates through independent study and completing training in mind-body medicine. she pioneered emotional first aid tools to help  lower acute stress after catastrophic events. Dr. Laurie is a member of a critical incident stress management team working with first responders and staff who were working at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the February 14th shooting which killed 17 teachers and students while wounding another 17.

After losing her home to Hurricane Sandy, Dr. Laurie ran long-term support groups for survivors. From 2003 to 2005, she directed a program for teenagers whose fathers were killed in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and wrote the script for After the Fall: The Rise of a 9/11 Community Center, narrated by Dan Rather. Her four-time bestseller, Sixth Sense: Unlocking Your Ultimate Mind Power, was featured twice on Oprah.

A journalist for twenty years, Laurie Nadel reported for Newsweek and United Press International in South America, wrote TV news for CBS, ABC News and Reuters Television, and was a religion columnist for The New York Times’ Long Island section.

She also helped created the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization since 1981 that has fought for the rights of journalists around the world. THE FIVE GIFTS: Discovering Healing, Hope and Strength When Disaster Strikes is her seventh book. For more information, please visit www.laurienadel.com.

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