Dr. Elizabeth Stevens, D.O.
Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Author and CEO of Eden Psychiatry
Founder and Executive Director of Advancing Warriors International
Everything changed forever the moment I sustained a traumatic brain injury August 1, 2015. This event led down a journey of the destruction of my world as I knew it. I was an officer in the Air Force, a Psychiatrist, and finishing the 14,000 foot peaks in Colorado, who became the shell of a person within a moment.
The brain injury was only the beginning of a year that included rape and four more concussions. Although I had been a master at pushing down my failures, emotions, mistakes, and flaws, I had faced more than I could handle. As everything was laid bare, I came to face to face with the darkness within me.
The masks I had worn proving my worth were burned off from the traumas, but instead of being left in ashes, I felt an all-consuming love envelop me. A love I knew I did not earn or deserve. This love empowered me to stop shutting my eyes so tightly in despair, shame, and guilt, and I began to unclench my fists to receive God’s love, forgiveness, and grace. I experienced moral wounds, trauma, and loss, but received freedom, a greater purpose and my restored sense of wonder that had been lost long before these traumas.
Trauma can either be used as a catalyst for growth, sparking empathy and a closer relationship with God, or as fuel for shame, avoidance, and isolation. Many veterans and first responders know firsthand the toll that trauma can take but lack the knowledge of how to grow from it and move forward.
In UNSHACKLED, Elizabeth Stevens uses her unique perspective as both a trauma survivor and a professional psychiatrist to help veterans and first responders, as well as other trauma victims, learn how to grow and heal from their traumatic experiences so that they can experience the abundant life God has for them.
Specifically, you will come to understand and learn the effects of trauma from Elizabeth’s story of brain injury, multiple sexual assaults, an eating disorder, post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts, depression, and loss of independence;how to get past barriers to healing;which paths will move you forward;the importance of holistic healing—physical, psychological, and spiritual; and that Jesus Christ delivers the ultimate healing.
Dr. Stevens has been a guest on several podcasts, forums, and discussions as an expert in areas regarding faith, mental health and finding healing from trauma.
On the Trauma Recovery Podcast for Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their families, Ellie discusses UNSHACKLED, her faith and recovery from trauma, and the importance in paying attention to emotional, mental, and spiritual health when dealing with and recovering from trauma.
For a sermon on the topic of serving our veterans and first responders in the community, Dr. Stevens is a guest to share her story, discuss her upcoming book Unshackled and to share how her faith helped her overcome her trials and trauma.
Dr. Stevens is also the founder and Executive Director of Advancing Warriors International which is a ministry committed towards serving veterans, first responders, and their families.
Blog Posts & Articles
In addition to her published works and private practice, Dr. Stevens leads an organization called Advancing Warriors International which seeks to build disciples of Christ throughout the veteran and first responder communities.
These articles are from her own personal experiences which she shares with this community to develop relationships with God and overcome challenges of their pasts.