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Name:  Kathleen Fitzgerald  

Pen Name: Kathleen Whalen FitzGerald

Genre: C:ADULT

Born: 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio


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Fitzgerald resides in Lake Forest, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

Fitzgerald was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio. The oldest of four children in an Irish Catholic Family, FitzGerald attended local public and parochial schools. Shortly after completing high school, she joined the convent and taught elementary school in the Chicago and Fort Wayne area. AFter thirteen years, she decided to leave religious life in 1969. Fitzgerald is now a professional counselor and specializes in addictions and codependency issues. She has treated both men and women who have been sexually abused by clergy. In 1988 she founded the Institute for Recovery. Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, the Institute provides professional therapy for abuse, dysfunction, addictions, family trauma, sexual trauma and co-dependency. A popular public speaker at workshops and seminars, Fitzgerald has published several books, including ''Brass: Jane Byrne and the Pursuit of Power'', ''The Good Sisters'' and ''Alcoholism: The Genertic Inheritence''. Her articles and essays have appeared in a variety of publications, including ''Newsweek'', ''Men's Health'', ''The Chicago Tribune'', and ''Professional Counselor''. Fitzgerald holds an M.A. in Classics form DePaul University and a Ph.D. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University.

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