Jerry Waxler, M.S.
Speaker, therapist, teacher, author
When I left high school in 1965, I planned to become a doctor. But when I flew from Philadelphia to Madison, Wisconsin, the counterculture was just getting started. Over the next four years, I fell into a world of war protests, marijuana, and radical ideas. By the time I emerged I had veered far off course, totally unprepared to heal anyone. In fact, I was the one who needed help.
For years, I worked to regain my confidence. I meditated every day to understand my spiritual nature. I wrote in a journal every day to understand the words flowing through my mind. And I talked to a therapist every week, trying to untie my mental and emotional knots. As I climbed my way into career and family, I had grown accustomed to self-improvement.
After decades of striving to become a better person, I returned to my original childhood impulse to be a healer. So I entered a master’s degree program in counseling psychology at Villanova University. In that program, I learned how to help people overcome problems.
When I finished, I loved to help the people who reached out to me. But I longed to send them home with the best possible tools that would empower them to continue this work on their own. Then I discovered the Memoir Revolution. In the rising acceptance of stories about ordinary life, authors tapped into the universal thought-system of Story. By transforming memories into memoirs, they reframed their past into a coherent whole. When clients saw the power of turning their lives into a story, our work together became a partnership. Together we applied a lifetime of appreciation for stories to the journeys of their own lives. Working together on such a project turned therapy into an exciting partnership.
The only missing ingredient was me. There was so much about myself I didn’t understand, especially those mysterious years when I lost my way in the sixties. I embarked on a twelve-year odyssey to turn hazy memories into a compelling narrative. The resulting memoir provided me with a far greater understanding of myself, and at the same time prepared me more than ever to help people find their stories.
Writing the story of your life
Self-development for writers
PO Box 99
Quakertown, PA 18951
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How to Become a Heroic Writer
Learn to Write your Memoir in Four Weeks
Thinking My Way to the End of the World: a Memoir
Columnist in the Bucks County Herald, WildRiverReview, Association for Personal Historians, Empty Nest, Encore Careers
Overcome writer's block and achieve your goals.
Record the Story of your life
Writing as an aid to Spirituality
Find Meaning in your Memories
How to Write a Memoir
University of Wisconsin, B.A. Physics
Villanova University, M.S. Counseling Psychology
Writing Group Committees:
Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group, Former Board of Directors
Program Director, National Association of Memoir Writers
Philadelphia Writers Conference, Former Vice President
Places I've taught or spoken:
Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group
Philadelphia Writers Conference
Writers Corner USA - Doylestown, PA
Unitarian Universalist Church of Lehigh Valley
WDIY Public Radio in Lehigh Valley
ING Mature Living Expo
Lehigh County Senior Center, Allentown, PA
Rotary Club, Saucon Valley, PA
Peak Center, Lansdale, PA
Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem, PA
Presbyterian Church Adult Forum, Abington, PA
Chaffee County Writers Exchange, Buena Vista, CO
Association of Personal Historians, Annual Conference, Valley Forge, PA
Montgomery County Community College, Writers Conference, Blue Bell, PA
Penn Club of New York
Northampton Community College
Listen to Your Mother