Weathering Personal Storms and Growing Resilient Families

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In her new book, famed author/psychologist shows how to ‘bloom again’ after personal trauma

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In Blooming Again: Weathering Personal Storms and Growing Resilient Families (published by AuthorHouse) celebrated psychologist and popular author Dr. Darlene Powell Garlington examines how a traumatic experience often triggers anxiety and depression but can also lead to inner awakening and post-traumatic growth. Using her own personal trauma and her private practice experience, Dr. Darlene takes readers through the process of building individual, family and community resiliency.

Blooming Again is a candid memoir of Garlington’s most personal challenges, as well as a how-to for readers looking to move beyond their own trauma and feelings of devastation. Using an integrative holistic health approach addressing mind, body and spirit, she challenges the reader to take provocative self-inventories and establish a "new normal" that leads to peace and joy again. There is also a section with Dr. Darlene’s exclusive family photos.

When Garlington’s husband, Dr. Ernest Garlington, is unjustly arrested, tried and convicted of conspiracy to commit murder against her ex-husband and sentenced to 33 years, Garlington’s life is turned upside down. Calling upon her faith, inner strength and resilience, Garlington tells how she redirected her life, while continuing to fight for her husband’s innocence and freedom. With intimate storytelling, Garlington inspires readers by sharing how she and her family not only persevered through their devastation, but thrived and continue to “bloom.” Her husband has developed a prison education program to improve educational opportunities and reduce recidivism; her 24-year-old daughter is on the dean's list and pursuing a Ph.D. in school psychology; her 18-year-old son, a senior in college, is also on the dean’s list and studying broadcast journalism. Readers will also learn:

  •     Why Dr. Garlington once declined to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show
  •     What she has learned from her many other talk show experiences
  •     What she thinks of divorce and remarriage
  •     How she works with patients in her private practice
  •     What her darkest moment was during her trauma
  •     How she and her husband maintain their intimacy
  •     The blessings and burdens of parenting during a crisis
  •     How the Boston Celtics basketball star Ray Allen treated her children when their biological father married his mother, making Allen their stepbrother
  •     The shock of hearing the presiding judge in her husband's trial remark that his own realtor wife needed to “shake the money tree” in connection with showing an $8.7 million home to Ray Allen
  •     How she was a support to the mother of Lil’ Kim, the star rapper and actress
  •     How totaling her prized Jaguar and walking away without a scratch was an epiphany and an awakening to God's plan for her life
  •     How readers can learn from her true-life experiences and professional knowledge and begin to rebuild and live their lives in a richer, more fulfilling way

Written with sensitivity and practicality, Blooming Again challenges the reader to explore the sometimes tough, sometimes unspoken questions of the meaning of life during times of pain and suffering.

Proven principles, skills and techniques will help readers recover, heal and thrive after a crisis through everyday interactions that will help to express positive feelings, communicate more effectively, resolve conflicts and, most importantly, rely on God.

About the Author
Dr. Darlene Powell Garlington is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist and media psychologist who specializes in providing services for military families. She is the renowned author of eight books published by Simon & Schuster, William Morrow, John Wiley and self-published on a range of topics including parenting, family dynamics, multiculturalism, psychology and spirituality, co-parenting, male-female relationships and diversity. She holds a master’s degree in applied behavioral psychology and a second master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical school psychology. She is currently a senior policy analyst at Altarum Institute, consulting with the Department of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. She has been an associate professor at Hampton University in Hampton, Va., and an adjunct professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. She has been in private practice for more than 20 years.

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