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About A.E. Huppert

A. E. Huppert (Annmarie Esther Huppert) is an advocate for survivors struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), writer of non-fiction articles on healing PTSD, author of novels depicting PTSD survivors as lead characters, owner of Life Navigation LLC (life coaching), and visionary of The Center for Hope & Renewal – an experiential learning facility designed to empower people with a holistic approach to healing PTSD.

Annmarie’s practical, self-help perspective comes not only from 20 years studying PTSD, its therapies, and obstacles to healing, but also from being a recovered survivor. She partners with health care professionals, government officials and everyday people to provide PTSD education and healing as a motivational speaker, consultant, and strengths-focused healing coach. With an emphasis on securing citizens’ equal access to accurate PTSD diagnoses and quality recovery options, Annmarie works collaboratively with legislative officials and public policy makers as a voice for those struggling with PTSD – veterans and non-veterans alike.

Annmarie passionately delivers relief and a reason for hope through her non-fiction writing found on blogs, websites and in print media. Directed at survivors and their families, Annmarie delivers relevant, practical how-to information. As a professional outside government administration, she is respected and trusted by veterans for giving real world guidance in developing a workable healing plan. Specializing in low/no cost alternative methods, Annmarie’s natural healing advice brings proactive transformation and enlightenment to all health conscious readers.

Annmarie’s unique and effective approach for educating survivors and their families about PTSD, empowers them to initiate an individualized plan for healing. Her foundational methods incorporate concepts such as making a life style change and embracing a proactive, holistic approach that includes body, mind and spirit. A supporter of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), she acknowledges the ability of animals to assist humans in the healing process and promotes best practices that protect both. Annmarie has coined the terms healing partner, healing plan, and healing team in connection with her work.

Annmarie combines an expert knowledge of PTSD, a desire to tell other survivors’ stories and her personal PTSD recovery experience to create compelling characters and plots in her novels. Her breakout novel When I Woke Up I Was 10 is based on Annmarie’s own three year journey of experimentation and self-analysis to uncover the mysteries haunting her – putting PTSD and the past behind her once and for all. Sometimes delving into the supernatural, her novels bring the reader face to face with the inner spiritual battle of survivors and are so engaging, everyday people come away with a new understanding of what it’s like not only to suffer from PTSD but also to heal from it.

Annmarie frequently partners with other survivors in telling their own story. As a “ghost writer” of sorts, she works with survivors, their family members and friends to help transform a traumatic experience and its aftereffects into a story that not only helps others, but also brings healing to the survivor. By re-writing history, Annmarie gives survivors and those closest to them the chance to do and be different through the main characters of her fictional novels. Annmarie donates a percentage of the proceeds from all collaborative novels to charities that support healing PTSD and/or ending sexual violence.

Annmarie holds a B.A. in Psychology/Public Policy and specializes in recovery from childhood sexual abuse. She practices many of the life style changes she recommends but loves yoga, being in her garden and hanging out with Friesian horses best. Annmarie lives on Puget Sound in beautiful Gig Harbor, Washington with her partner and two pugs.

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  1. Alison Bryson

    My name is Ali. My mom Nancy forwarded your info to me. She believes that I was born with a genetic predisposition for PTSD. I am reaching out to you not because I need to rehash past trauma, treatments or healing attempts. I want to shed light on the actual loss of PTSD suffers’ freedom. I have been involuntarily admitted to mental hospitals on many occasions . I find it ironic to see proud Americans place bumper stickers ” freedom is not free” , when many free Americans lose their freedom within this country due to a subjective diagnosis by a nurse, doctor, or ems worker. The misconception of PTSD as a delusional mental illness will render the sufferer powerless and require an advocate to step in and act as a guardian even as an adult. I just want to share this side of the PTSD story. Thanks for your time.

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    • Thank you so much, Ali. You’re absolutely right. Social stigma and misconceptions about how PTSD shows up in a person’s life are not only what keeps survivors from getting the help they need, but also are fast becoming a way to ‘swift boat’ veterans and civilians into programs/treatments that disempower, or worse, strip away a person’s dignity and freedom. The reality is PTSD survivors are far more capable of advocating for themselves than most ‘normal’ people, when they are given knowledge, compassion and clear steps to achieve the level of healing they desire. Why? Because they’ve been managing a ‘perfect storm’ of physical, mental and emotional symptoms for years, sometimes decades, all while juggling a job, school, family and demands of everyday living. Freedom also means a person has the right to decide if, when, and how PTSD healing will be accomplished. Any attempts to coerce a survivor through interventions, is an invitation to secondary wounding and a step in the wrong direction – a step toward a lifetime of PTSD instead of a life worth living.

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