December 27, 2016

People often ask me whether writing my book has been therapeutic - and I answer, "No…but the publishing process sure has been."

You've probably heard a dozen times that writing a book is easy compared to getting it published. Whether you choose the traditional publishing route or the self-publishing path, both avenues require boatloads of work, which, for us creative types can be fraught with anxi...

December 12, 2016

I'm often asked why, as a therapist, I chose to write a novel rather than a non-fiction or self-help book. My response is that sometimes lessons are easier to swallow when conveyed in a story.

Early on in my career I learned to circumnavigate the defense mechanisms of my clients by going in "the side door" as I call it.

To make a counselee's painful realities easier to accept, sometimes I'd disclos...

December 7, 2016

For me, a good novel is an exploration that expands our self-awareness. It's also an escape from our daily dramas and unrealized dreams, even allowing us to see reality differently. And in the intense reality of this election year, a compelling novel can even help us surrender mindsets that no longer serve us.

In Natural Disasters, A Love Story, the protagonist Maggie Chisholm had to let go of who...

December 2, 2016

...or "golden nuggets," as protagonist Maggie Chisholm calls them. "We can usually find something to be grateful for if we squint long enough at a situation," she says, in Natural Disasters, A Love Story.

As a psychotherapist, I'm always looking for the gifts enveloped in the midst of apparent calamity.

One of the major gifts is that of self-discovery. Opportunities for personal growth an...

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