Eric Maisel

Author: Eric Maisel

Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, meaning and mental health. He is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach and has recently developed natural psychology, the new psychology of meaning. He writes the Coaching the Artist Within column for Professional Artist Magazine, and blogs for sites like the Global Summit on Diagnostic Alternatives and Mad in America.

Dr. Maisel’s books for creative and performing artists include Secrets of a Creativity Coach, Making Your Creative Mark, Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, The Van Gogh Blues, The Creativity Book, Affirmations for Artists, Performance Anxiety, Write Mind, Deep Writing, A Writer’s Space, A Writer’s Paris, A Writer’s San Francisco, Creative Recovery and Creativity for Life. His books on mental health and meaning include Why Smart People Hurt, Rethinking Depression, Brainstorm: Harnessing the Power of Productive Obsessions, Toxic Criticism, and the forthcoming Life Purpose Boot Camp.

Dr. Maisel leads workshops nationally and internationally. He presents at workshop centers like Omega, Kripalu, Esalen, Hollyhock, and Rowe, at events like the Paris Writers Workshop, at annual conferences of organizations like Romance Writers of America and the American Psychological Association, and in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Prague, Rome and Berlin.

Dr. Maisel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he maintains an active creativity coaching practice.
  • M.S., Counseling; M.A., Creative Writing; Ph.D., Counseling Psychology; Licensed California Marriage and Family Therapist; Creativity Coach
  • Creativity Coach; Founder of Creativity Coaching; Developer of Natural Psychology
  • Coaching Creative and Performing Artists; Life Purpose, Meaning, and Mental Health; Depression, Anxiety and Addiction; Mental Health Reform Advocacy
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