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Patricia Brawley, PhD


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EXPERTISE: I work with people who have an idea not expressed yet, commonly called a writer's block. I can help you find the feeling and words to get you back on track with your writing. If being stuck is a general theme in your life, I offer personal coaching. I do not edit or critique your writing.

Experience in the area

I am a licensed independent professional counselor, coach, and consultant. I have experience leading writing groups and mentoring writers. I am the author of published short stories and poems, winning awards in each category. I frequently attend writing conferences and participate in an organized writing association. I speak at conferences about topics related to personal growth, mental health topics, and existential living. I have presented original research in Japan, Canada, Italy, Finland, Russia, and across the United States. I have a PhD in Psychology which serves me well to work with the way habits and beliefs interfere or motivate us to succeed. I also am a university level professor and often help people summarize, clarify, and articulate their ideas. Needless to say, I am an avid reader.


American Psychological Association American Counseling Association Gulf South Writers Association Mississippi Counseling Association Mississippi Psychological Association


The Compass - a newsletter for Counselors The Magnolia Quarterly


PhD - Psychology - Saybrook University, San Francisco,CA M.S. - Counseling Psychology - University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS B.S. - Social and Rehabilitation Counseling - University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS Over 1,000 hours continuing education hours.

Awards and Honors

1st Place - 2011 - Poetry - "Hurricane Point" 1stPlace - 2009 - Short Story - "The Earring"

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Recent Answers from Patricia Brawley, PhD

2015-06-09 Writer's block:

Hi Brooke,  I suggest you choose a week-end night (Friday or Saturday) and pretend you got it right. Most entertainment events happen on a week-end, I think.   To break through writer's block, it's not

2014-01-04 writers block:

Hi Joshua,  What an interesting idea for your story. You may have to hang out and observe young girls to get an idea about my response :)     Make a list of young girl's behavior that you know or have

2013-02-03 Writer's block:

Leah, thanks for writing to me with this problem. Here are my thoughts and suggestions: write your "boring" story. By that, I mean, write your real life stories first. At the end, you may decide that this

2012-10-28 Writing Confidence?:

Pamela, I feel your frustration and fear. Remember, you are the expert on your topic. I'm wondering if your committee's questions were a little off topic? Or, do you feel as though you just didn't know

2012-10-03 Letter writing:

Good morning,  First, I'd like to give you some feedback about the note you wrote to me. Your note was totally engaging and interesting, clear and personal. What's better than that?    So, what to write


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