Survivor. Author. Teacher. Advocate. Speaker.
Beth Fehlbaum is a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse, award-winning author, teacher, and a person lucky enough to have crossed paths with Dr. Jaremko as a patient and continued to know him post-therapy. All of these came together to make crafting the very realistic characters in Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt an amazing experience.
Beth Fehlbaum understands what it’s like to be in the patient’s chair in a therapy session, and that gives her keen insight into the emotional lives of the characters in Trauma Recovery: Sessions With Dr. Matt. She is a member of the RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network) Speakers’ Bureau. Beth has a following in the young adult literature world and among survivors of sexual abuse because of her work with victims’ advocacy groups. Beth has been the keynote speaker at the National Crime Victims’ Week Commemoration Ceremony at the Hall of State in Dallas, Texas, and a presenter for Greater Texas Community Partners, where she addressed social workers and foster children on the subject of “Hope.”
Beth is frequently invited to teen book festivals, and while in the area, she visits high schools to discuss where ideas for her books come from and share her story as a survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse and her journey with Dr. Jaremko. She encourages students who may be experiencing abuse to tell someone / for others to listen if their friends try to tell them what’s going on. For more about her presentations, see School and Library Visits.
Beth is the author of four novels: The Patience Trilogy (Courage, Hope, and Truth) and Big Fat Disaster. Hope in Patience is a 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and Big Fat Disaster is on the 2015-2016 Spirit of Texas-High School Reading List. Sessions With Dr. Matt is her first venture into creative non-fiction.
She holds a Master’s degree in Education and has taught English for nearly 20 years. She currently teaches 9th grade English in a rural district. When she’s not teaching, Beth can usually be found in her “sanctuary”, her family’s homestead in the woods of East Texas, where she loves her gardens and the towering pine trees that she planted as saplings when she was in therapy with Dr. Jaremko.
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