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Dr. Michele DeMarco is an award-winning writer and a specialist in the fields of psychology, trauma, health, and spirituality. She is also a professionally trained therapist, clinical ethicist, and researcher who’s spent the last two decades studying trauma generally, moral injury and lost innocence specifically, and resilience. She is one of Medium’s Top Writer’s for Mental Health and Health, respectively, and the author of the Psychology Today blog “Soul Console: Healing from Moral Injury.”

Michele’s writing has appeared in national and international publications, including the New York Times, POLITICO, The Boston Globe, The Daily News, Psychology Today, The War Horse, Medium, Forge, Elemental, and One Zero, among others. She has been featured as a psychology and spirituality expert for MindBodyGreen, The Daily News, Integrative Practitioner, Lifehacker, Bloomberg/WNBP Radio, Partners HealthCare, and the American Heart Association. Her upcoming novel, About Others, won the national Mystery Writers of America’s Helen McCloy Award for Mystery Writing. She has taught Creative Nonfiction and Conflict Transformation at California Institute of Integral Studies.

Michele’s research spans the fields of moral injury, psychology, trauma, neuroscience, and somatic and creative art therapies, respectively, and world wisdom and spirituality, Out of this research, she has developed a science-backed Writing Therapy (WT), specifically for moral injury and moral distress called embodied disclosure therapy (EDT).

Michele lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner, Andrew, and their unabashedly spoiled Maine Coon cats, Sophie and Seamus.

She is represented by Kimberley Cameron & Associates.

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Sample Reviews

Michele DeMarco has written a wise and welcoming guide to what comes after survival—the rebuilding of hope, spirit, resilience, joy.

Anne Lamott, New York Times Bestselling Author


There’s no shortage of advice on Medium and elsewhere on how best to manage the stress we all feel in these hard, scary times. As an editor, I appreciate quite a lot of it, but as a human, I also scroll past quite a lot of it. Encountering an author that not only expands my understanding, but also holds my hand as I try out a strategy to dial back the former and uplevel the latter, is a real treat. Hallelujah for instruction!

Kate Green Tripp, Senior Editor at Elemental


DeMarco presents a right-on-time articulation of this new collective moment we find ourselves in. She calls it ‘moral distress’ and shows how to cultivate moral resilience … I loved [her piece], as did millions of others.

Siobhan O’Connor, VP Editorial at Medium


I’m Okay…Right Now…Really is a perfect little book. In simple language, it presents deep psychological truths and insight and offers real-time tips for calming down and greatly brightening our outlook whenever we feel stressed. I read it and immediately sent a copy to each of my grown sons. DeMarco offers meaningful comfort and hope that will change your daily life.

Erin Byrne, author of Wings: Gifts of Art, Life, and Travel in France


Michele quickly became an expert upon whom I relied extensively to deliver important information about resilience, surviving adversity, coping with extreme stress, and finding new directions in life in order to improve health and vitality.

Bloomberg Radio, WNBP


Without exception, when Michele spoke, you could hear a pin drop in the room. She managed to make a hotel ballroom room of 1500 people feel like an intimate gathering among friends.

Judy Soroko, Patient Ombudsman Services at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital


There is no exercise better for the human heart and soul than reaching down and lifting people up. This is what DeMarco does so well–through her knowledge and expertise, her perspective and insights, and her presence and compassion When you find Michele, you simply find the best.

Deborah Chiaravalloti, Vice President, Partners Healthcare

We cannot recreate our lives going backward.
We can only reclaim our life moving forward.
-Michele DeMarco, PhD, from Holding Onto Air: The Art and Science for Building a Resilient Spirit