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Dr. Shelia to dicuss East of Mecca her new book

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Ophelia Rigault

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Shelia Flaherty is a writer and clinical psychologist who specializes in helping people navigate through life changes with grace and ease.  She grew up as an “Army brat” and as a young woman she lived in numerous places in the states and overseas including Germany and Singapore. Her life experiences and extensive education make her a kind, intuitive, and life-transforming therapist. Flaherty has had a thriving counseling practice in the Chicago area for the past 30 years, except for one year spent in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Shelia has always been passionately drawn to righting injustice. While living in Saudi, her compassion led her to practice counseling secretly, helping to empower the American and Saudi women she met. This experience inspired her to write East of Mecca, a novel about women living within the confines of a violent, oppressive, male-dominated society.  This moving and unforgettable novel, East of Mecca, tells a timely, harrowing, and heartbreaking story of love and betrayal, the transcendent power of sisterhood, and the ultimate price of oppression.

Ophelia and Sheila will discuss the grit, determination and intuitive guidance it took to write this amazing story.