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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.

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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

2017-01-01 Writing for a website:

Hi Brad,  What a great idea for your website.    Maybe this will help get you started. Write down a list of ailments that you know something about or are interested in.    Pick one.     Imagine someone

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


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