Rebekah Demirel is a Seattle-area acupuncturist, clinical counselor, and writer. She draws especially from her work leading trauma integration workshops, and from hardships she herself endured growing up to inform her debut book, Nothing’s for Nothing: Transformation Through Trauma (Rose Hips Books).
“Not for nothing did my friend and colleague Rebekah Demirel write Nothing’s for Nothing. The project began as a series of blogs in which Rebekah chronicled the feel of her life, feelings that came up for her day to day and the memories attached to those feelings ... In the story fragments she records in this book Rebekah evokes the memories of past miseries and struggles, but always as a way of stepping into the present with power and humor … Rebekah’s greatest gift in this charming volume is resilience. She truly is one of the most resilient people I know, and her writing conveys that effortlessly. The book is a collection of brief recollections and cogent, succinct thoughts regarding the lessons derived from those memories. The resilience resides in those lessons, but even more in the very lightness with which Rebekah touches upon her own—and the reader’s—pain…So this book is about a life, a life if not always lived consciously, then remembered consciously in a way that makes the reader more alive and aware.” - Gabor Maté M.D., from the Foreword.