Dr. Bonnie Weil Provides Expert Advice on Amanda Knox and Adjusting to Life Back in Society

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Upon the release of Amanda Knox, Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil provides expert advice on adjusting back to life in society. "One family is celebrating the release as another family is in search of closure," says Dr. Bonnie. "We should learn to look before we leap, to evaluate the decisions we make, while also embracing and truly appreciating those who are closest to us."

Not only did the community surrounding Amanda likely help her stay strong and believe that good people were still out there, they probably also helped her believe in herself." Says Dr. Bonnie

Upon the release of Amanda Knox, Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil provides expert advice on adjusting back to life in society. "One family is celebrating the release as another family is in search of closure," says Dr. Bonnie. "We should learn to look before we leap, to evaluate the decisions we make, while also embracing and truly appreciating those who are closest to us."

"Amanda Knox's release from Italian jail speaks to the magic of the power of love, faith and the community," says Dr. Bonnie. When Amanda Knox was released from Italian jail this week following a nealry four year ordeal and murder charges (http://alturl.com/eyc29), it's her family and community that will provide her with a sense of normalcy as she reaclimates to life. Amanda went to Italy from the US for a semester abroad but ended up held in connection with the death of her roommate. Through the ensuing years, Amanda's friends and family worked to appeal her case and prove her innocence. Says Dr Bonnie Eaker Weil, this tirelessness likely provided her with the belief in humanity that she needed in order to get through her years in prison. "Not only did the community surrounding Amanda likely help her stay strong and believe that good people were still out there, they probably also helped her believe in herself, says Dr. Bonnie.

To begin her healing, Dr. Bonnie suggests Amanda do a Grateful Exercise - naming, on a daily basis, the things that she is grateful for. Dr. Bonnie says this is something beneficial for us all, but especially after experiencing something traumatic: "It is very important to turn to something that you believe in as you take the journey back to normalcy, whether it be meditation, religion, sports, hobbies and work."

Dr. Bonnie believes Amanda may suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as well, which means she will be reliving the trauma of the four years of incarceration and court hearings through flashbacks and recurring nightmares. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can effect potential interpersonal relationships. She may also have survival guilt that she is alive and celebrating as her roommate is past. It is imperative that she receive individual therapy as well as family therapy to help cope through the various emotions and feelings.

After being released, Dr. Bonnie anticipates that Amanda will have a two-fold reaction to her freedom: she will probably be overjoyed and extremely loving and appreciative of those around her; conversely she may feel wary and distrustful of people after being accused and imprisoned for so long. This is a good lesson for all of us, says Dr. Bonnie. We should learn to look before we leap, to evaluate the decisions we make, while also embracing and truly appreciating those who are closest to us. Those who are dearest to us should be the ones we hold closest.

Dr. Bonnie Eaker Weil (Dr. Bonnie) is a relationship expert who was named by Psychology Today as one of America’s best therapists, and by New York Magazine as one of New York City’s best therapists. She was recently honored with the 2011 New York Award in the Therapists category by the USCA "Best of Local Business Award". She is known as “The Adultery Buster” and the “No. 1 Love Expert,” she is the best-selling author of Adultery: The Forgivable Sin (adapted into a Lifetime movie starring actress Kate Jackson), Make Up Don’t Break Up, Finding and Keeping Love for Singles and Couples (Revised edition Feb 2010, including DVD How to Fall in Love and Stay in Love for Singles and Couples) and winner of the NY Times Reader’s Choice award for best dating book 2010, Can We Cure and Forgive Adultery?, Staying Not Straying, How Not to (S)mother Your Man and Keep a Woman Happy, and Financial Infidelity (Making Money Sexy).

Dr. Bonnie has appeared on a Discovery Health documentary titled "Unfaithful" and A&E on addictions. ABC’s Good Morning America, a three-day series on NBC’s The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show five times, a four day series on Fox TV regarding dating. She appears frequently on ABC, Fox, CBS and NBC News, The View, 20/20, and CNN. Visit Dr. Bonnie at http://www.DoctorBonnie.com.

Dr. Bonnie can be reached to speak on this topic as well as other topics at short notice. She can be reached at info(at)doctorbonnie(dot)com for media and appointments or 917-538-5842

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