Savoy Bookshop & Café presents an open house book signing featuring local author Giulia Jaramillo, who will sign copies of her memoir Navigating in the Dark: Personal Stories and Techniques for Overcoming Challenges and Saying Yes to Life. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Book
Rarely does a story hold the power and emotion of Navigating in the Dark—a roller-coaster ride of deception, truth, and the damage that can be created in a young, disabled girl’s life when everyone around her is keeping a secret… Author and practicing Psychotherapist Giulia Jaramillo was born with a disease called Macular Degeneration, but it took 35 years of searching to find out about the truth of her condition, and the web of deceit that kept her in the dark about who she really was. Her journey from childhood abuse and trauma to success as an esteemed psychotherapist in her community is inspiring and compelling. With honesty and expertise derived from years of training, Giulia tells the story of a girl lost in confusion—her life full of lies, physical and emotional abuse, and the pain of being branded as the “dumb, blind girl” for so many years. In this stunning portrayal of the difficult world that the disabled may face, Jaramillo offers hope to all of us: the power of truth, compassion, and the positive practices that will transform despair into determination and purpose. "Navigating in the Dark" will shock you, and wake you up! Everyone who picks up this book will be moved by the story, and see clearly the changes needed if we truly desire a better, more inclusive world.
About the Author
Giulia Jaramillo was born in Italy and emigrated with her parents to the United States in 1968. Her first diagnosis of Macular Degeneration came in 1971. Her education includes graduating from Westerly High and Cosmetology School, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001. She furthered her studies with a Master of Science degree in Marital and family therapy, thereby establishing her shoreline, Connecticut psychotherapy practice that she continues today.
Her knowledge includes various techniques such as Reiki, Mindfulness, and other non-traditional modalities, and she has treated patients with anxiety, depression, trauma, and the ravages of PTSD. She works with disabled individuals, couples, families in crisis, and regularly supports the Court Support Services Division in court cases.
Her family remains Giulia’s primary focus. She and her husband Dan live close by to their two beloved grown sons. Together, they are dedicated to serving their community without judgment or prejudice.