Anna Dowe


Anna Dowe has firsthand experience in helping others conquer challenges and guiding them toward solutions. Growing up, she was separated from both of her parents for the majority of her childhood, but through those difficult circumstances, Anna learned the life skills necessary to survive in the trenches, no matter what life throws at her.

As a teenager, she was reunited with her family and moved to a new country, thrust into a new environment, where she experienced a new language and a life with parents she barely knew. When she stepped into this family she had longed for throughout her entire young life, she quickly learned the dysfunction and pain of living with alcohol abuse. Continuously surrounded by those who leaned on her for advice, support, and wisdom, Anna was naturally drawn towards the field of psychology.

Today, Anna Dowe is an international speaker, coach, guide, and mentor, with many satisfied clients. In the past, she has worked with newcomers and segments of the troubled population, including abused women, addicts, those at risk of suicide, and individuals and families requiring coaching and counseling. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (BA Psychology) from York University and is also certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Time Line Therapy (TLT), and Hypnotherapy (C.HT)

After earning her degree at York University, Anna traveled the world and settled in Asia for some time. During her travels, she met John, her ex-husband, and they chose to settle down in Canada in 2005 to build a home and family together. John, a veteran of the Canadian military, was diagnosed with and suffered from PTSD for the better part of their ten-year marriage. Due to his illness, Anna and their two young sons also encountered secondary traumatization. Anna experienced the hardships of being a spouse in such a relationship, having to make tough decisions for her and their children. Bent Not Broken is her story, a message of healing and hope and a gift to other spouses caught in the same situation.

Anna is a giver, a compassionate beacon of light for those in need of guidance, and her own example of living a life filled with power, passion, and purpose has made her the person she is today. Her unique personal story is inarguably her greatest credential, a testament to the fact that a person who is knocked around by life can still come out victorious. Anna now uses her hard-earned wisdom to help others transform their own stories from tales of tragedy to tales of triumph.



Spouses whose partners suffer from Post-Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) often feel isolated and confused as they watch their beloved morph into a human they do not quite recognize or even understand.

Often, partnerships that were once blissful become havens of discord, anger, and heartache. Many relationships fall apart as the couple is thrown into a whirlwind of confusion, pain, and frustration as both partners now battle with their new reality.

Bent Not Broken provides hope, guidance, and inspiration for spouses of those brave troops who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is dedicated to all the strong spouses on the home front; those who must fight daily to triumph over this life and relationship altering disorder. The goal of Bent Not Broken is to shed light on the secondary traumatization effects experienced by those closest to the PTSD victim.

Author Anna Dowe delivers transparent, practical, inspiring advice for spouses immersed in the aftermath of their partner’s PTSD. Bent Not Broken is a heart-opening, educational look at the process of coping with and surviving a family member’s suffering from PTSD. Readers are provided with practical skills and workable tools, backed by modern research, professional insights, and real-life first and third person accounts.

These remarkably insightful stories from Anna’s personal accounts and those of other spouses, peer support staff, counselors, doctors, and psychologists will truly help you and your family find power, passion, and purpose once again, even after the tragedy of combat and war.


In the PTSD world, Bent Not Broken offers hope, strength, and courage for the spouses of PTSD victims, women in particular, by helping them gain control of their lives and rediscover self-worth, self-love, and self-compassion.


  • How you see yourself impacts how you see the world.
  • Powerful decisions are never made without clarity of purpose.
  • A burnt-out brain is a recipe for disaster.
  • No worthy objective is attained in isolation.
  • Your biggest goals will force you to face your insecurities.
  • An unpredictable world is an untapped world, one waiting to be explored.
  • Fear is the enemy of freedom.
  • A sense of feeling heard, understood, and respected can go a long way.
  • Direction and action are the keys to your new life.
  • When purpose is unclear, anxiety will take its place.
  • Allowing yourself to grieve is the fastest way to regain your strength.
  • If you don’t look after yourself, your body will do it for you.
  • How to find YOU again.