Susan O'Doherty

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"Susan O'Doherty unblocked me in 27 minutes flat!"--Mel Robbins

Susan O'Doherty is a writer and clinical psychologist who lives in Brooklyn, New York.

She is the author of Getting Unstuck Without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity. Her popular advice column for writers, “The Doctor Is In,” appears every Friday on MJ Rose’s publishing blog, "Buzz, Balls, & Hype."

Susan’s stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Eureka Literary Magazine, Northwest Review, Apalachee Review, Eclectica, Literary Mama, Reflection’s Edge, Cantaraville , JMWW, VerbSap, Hospital Drive,Carve, Word Riot, Style & Sense, Phoebe, and the anthologies Sex for America (Harper Perennial, 2008),Mama, Ph.D. (Rutgers, 2008) About What Was Lost: Twenty Writers on Miscarriage, Healing, and Hope (Penguin, 2007), It’s a Boy! (Seal Press, 2005), The Best of Carve, Volume VI, and Familiar (The People's Press, 2005). New work is scheduled to appear in Ars Medica, Ozone Park, and Feed Me! (Random House, 2008).

Her story “Passing” was chosen as the New York Story for Ballyhoo Stories’ ongoing Fifty States Project. It is currently distributed in chapbook form in bookstores and coffeehouses.

Susan has a private psychotherapy practice in Brooklyn Heights. Her specialty is helping clients discover and develop their creative gifts.

Selected Works

Books: Self-help
A practical and accessible guidebook to help women overcome creative blocks.
A teenaged girl's "date" with a small-time political aide goes awry.
An account of my experience with a series of miscarriages before the birth of my son.
An exploration of the meaning and consequences of my son’s adoption of some traditionally feminine attributes.