— I’m a psychotherapist —
Since 2002, I’ve been working as a psychotherapist helping people address issues ranging from depression and anxiety to parenting problems and stress management. I’ve worked in community mental health centers, schools, and doctor’s offices. Over the years, I noticed that some people were more resilient than others and I began to study what makes people mentally strong.
— My interest in mental strength is personal —
In 2003, my mother passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurysm. Then, on the three year anniversary of her death, my 26-year-old husband died of a heart attack. A few years later, my father-in-law lost his battle with cancer. My personal journey through grief taught me a lot about mental strength.
— I’m also an author —
In 2013—at one of the lowest points in my life—I wrote a letter to myself called 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. I published it online in hopes it might help someone else. My letter went viral and was read by over 50 million people across the globe. Soon after, I wrote a book, also called 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. It became an international bestseller and has been translated into more than 25 languages. My next book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, goes on sale September 19.
— And I’m a mental strength trainer —
I speak to organizations all over the world about mental strength. Whether it’s a quick keynote speech to a group of salespeople or it’s an all-day workshop for pro athletes, I teach people to train their brains to think differently so they can reach their greatest potential. I also teach individuals how to build mental muscle in my online Mental Strength course. I’m also a columnist for Inc., Forbes, and Psychology Today and I am a parenting expert for Verywell.