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Michelle Tennant Nicholson M.A.


Michelle Tennant Nicholson, M.A., an award-winning author and international publicist, peppers public awareness campaigns with insight from her master’s degree in human development, B.F.A. from a top-25 drama school, and expertise in seeing PR transition from typewriters to Twitter. Good Morning America producer Mable Chan once called Michelle a “five-star publicist.”

In the ’90s, Michelle helped launch an educational TV network for the National Head Start Association, coordinated national training programs with the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and developed an early childhood curriculum with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden®. She currently works with Survivors for Change, the Givefluencer Network, and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Foundation empowering millions of families, businesses, and communities.

During the pandemic, Michelle authored her memoir using the working title, The Dairy Princess Chronicles: Shining Diamonds in a Rhinestone World. It describes how she put a pedophile in jail when she was 17 years old. After Michelle incarcerated her childhood predator, she healed her own mental injury, achieved a life filled with happiness, and now teaches others how to pursue the same—whether they suffer from PTSD or not. The profits from her memoir fund charities working toward a trauma-informed society.

She speaks publicly on the method she created to address PTSD and encourages everyone to share these simple steps with anyone who is still suffering:

Write The Trauma Process™

1. Write down your trauma.

2. Relate to what's real about your trauma.

3. Interrupt the internal, incessant chatter about your trauma.

4. Tell your story to people who have earned your trust.

5. Embody the experience with exercise, theater games, therapy, brain training, sensory stimulation, and more. #WriteTheTrauma

A former professional whitewater raft guide on the New and Gauley rivers, Michelle is currently certified in group exercise, indoor cycling, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and personal training. Her B.F.A. in theater and early childhood education comes from Chicago’s DePaul University, and her masters’ degree in human development is from Pasadena’s Pacific Oaks College. She is also a graduate of Louisville’s prestigious Youth Performing Arts High School, where she first learned theater games she later used to entertain children at birthday parties.

Michelle savors life in the Smoky Mountains with her husband, husky, backyard chickens, and beehives. Lately, you can find Michelle mountain biking or hanging like a bat from her yoga trapeze. Connect with Michelle at her international PR firm, Wasabi Publicity, Inc., or via email

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