Eric Maisel

Walnut Creek, California

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is the author of more than fifty books. His books include The Future of Mental Health, Humane Helping, and 60 Innovative Cognitive Strategies for the Smart, the Sensitive and the Creative with Routledge, Rethinking Depression, Life Purpose Boot Camp, Overcoming Your Difficult Family, Coaching the Artist Within, The Van Gogh Blues, Mastering Creative Anxiety and The Atheist’s Way with New World Library, Why Smart People Hurt (Conari), Ten Zen Seconds (Dover/Sourcebooks), Toxic Criticism (McGraw-Hill), Creative Recovery (Shambhala), Fearless Creating (Tarcher), and many others.

A retired family therapist, active creativity coach, and mental health advocate in the areas of critical psychology and critical psychiatry, Dr. Maisel writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” blog for Psychology Today, the “Coaching the Artist Within” print column for Professional Artist Magazine, and serves as editor for parent resources at Mad in America.  Dr. Maisel lectures nationally and internationally, facilitates deep writing workshops in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, and Rome and at workshop centers like the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Yoga Center, and presents keynote addresses for organizations like the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and maintains a worldwide coaching practice via phone and Skype.

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Topics: Atheism & Secularism, Philosophy, Psychology
Subtopics: Coming out atheist, Meaning of life, Mental illness

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