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First Name Mary
Last Name O'Sullivan
Member Since July 20, 2020
Email maryosullivanwriter@gmail.com
City Mississauga,
State ON
Country Canada
Pen Name Mary O'Sullivan
Branch Affiliation Toronto
Website Maryosullivan.com
Blog Maryosullivan.com
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Bio I am a retired social worker. I have a master's degree in psychology from OISE at the University of Toronto. I worked with families who supportd mermbers with intellectual disabilities. When one of my clients became homeless, I took him in temporarily. It turned out that he has severe complex PTSD, and he began recovering memories of abuse. My husband and I have been caring for him for the past 20 years, and I have learned a remarkable amount about PTSD and how to manage it on a daily basis.
Publications My first book, Lazarus Heart, tells the story of how Chris came to live with us, and how he recovered years of suppressed memories. In one section, Chris tells his own story, from childhood until we met. I have finished the first draft of a second book, Under the Surface, which tells how Chris's relatives responded to his disclosure of abuse. I am beginning a third book, Broken Gold, which introduces Chris's therapist, Dr. Michael Irving, and talks about Chris's younger selves coming out.
Other Memberships Amnest International, SOS Children's Villages, HAVOCA (Helping Adult Victims of Child Abuse), Malesurvivor.
Awards Lazarus heart is a finalist in the Whistler Independent Book Award, nonfiction category.
Contests As above
Genres Autobiography, Biography & Memoir, e-Book, Nonfiction
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