Therèse Tappouni is the founder of the company Whole Heart, which is dedicated to helping people live a balanced, loving and creative life. To this end, she teaches writing workshops, workshops for women in mid-life, grief workshops, women’s history classes, resilience workshops and one-on-one coaching created from her certification as a HeartMath® Trainer and her studies with transformational teacher Jean Houston.  She has also trained in many other modalities, including Somatic Intuitive Training™ and Time Dimension Therapy™.

One Woman’s Window

I really look forward to this opportunity to have a give and take with others in that essential search for what  connects us more than divides us. You’ll find my weekly column right here at America Out Loud….

"You cannot have a stress-free life, but you can learn to build a resilience that transcends stress. I'll
show you how." Therèse Tappouni

Turning Over the Rocks

My grandfather had a saying that referred to the exposing of hidden things. He believed it was healthy to turn over the rocks and...

Pre-move Musing

It can make or break a relationship. You find out who steps up when it matters. You discover how much you have really...

The Road Taken

At the age of seventy-five I am, literally, moving. Breaking down my long life into boxes labeled “go”, “stay”, and “maybe” has been wrenching...

The Secret Shame of America

I like to see news from many different perspectives, trying to keep my opinions informed. I was saddened to my core by what I...

Is Civility in Danger of Extinction?

I can’t say I grew up in a time when civility reigned across the board. The Klan, segregation, organized labor against the companies, woman...

Seeking Solitude in Turbulence

In the cacophony of a world at war with itself, how does the sensitive soul find space for nurturing spirit? How does an artist,...

Daily Practice of This Technique Will Change Your Life

It’s time to step back from the world of politics and disaster and find True Center. The stress and grief engaging the world is...

Overwhelming Grief in a Violent World

Though I write often about Global Grief, it is becoming more and more evident that we are all suffering in our own way from...

The Blessings of Friendship – Dedicated to John O’Donohue

In these times, where people are pitted against one another—and divided—based on politics, religion, region and so many other things, what remains to hold...

“What Difference Do You Make?”

There is a flip side to this extremely important question, which was stated by Eleanor Roosevelt: “What you don’t do can be a destructive...

Therese's Books

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Grief is universal, touching each of us in unexpected ways. Therese shares her journey from pain to healing, and, finally, to understanding. Click image to find out more.
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Before we were born, we made a promise as to whom and what we would become on earth. Life’s occurrences reveal the soul’s purpose, which can only be discovered through telling your truth and recognizing when you are out of step with your real purpose. Click image to find out more.

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Therèse Tappouni is the author of six published books (fiction, poetry and non-fiction)—four of which have received major awards—and creator of two meditation/visualization CDs with her voice over the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Her latest non-fiction book, The Gifts of Grief: Finding Light in the Darkness of Loss, is available wherever books are sold, including signed copies from her website. She collaborated with Grammy®-nominated composer Michael Hoppé on his recent CD “Tapestry”, where she wrote a poem for each of his new compositions. She is currently working on a book about Iraq, and her memoir.

According to HeartMath®, Resilience is the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, challenge or adversity. In today’s world, most would agree that we face challenge and adversity. The key is in the words “prepare for.” Most people believe resilience means the ability to bounce back. Therèse teaches the skills and tools of using the body’s energy and the energies of our environment to build energy reserves in order to thrive, not just survive.

She’s led sessions for corporations, organizations and individuals from California to Florida and is convinced that our energetic connectedness is the key to moving all issues from confrontation to cooperation. She knows that if we wait any longer, it may be too late, and she challenges our leaders and our people to put aside differences and concentrate on common needs and goals. Her focus in teaching is on civility, a way of being that is becoming a rare commodity in the press, on the internet and in personal living. She is the ultimate life-time learner.

She attended Hillsborough Community College and the University of Florida, and studied writing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USF and Eckerd College. Her passion arises from being mother to six and grandmother of three. Her oldest son died at the age of eleven, and, gradually, her attention shifted to of loss and grief in our society. Clients come to the office in Tampa or work by phone. She has served on many boards in the Tampa Bay area, several devoted to education. Most recently, she served on the board of the non-profit publisher Yellow Jacket Press in Tampa. She lives with her partner Lance Ware, also an author and a therapist.