Susan O'Doherty

Susan O'Doherty, Ph.D. ( is a writer and clinical psychologist who specializes in the creative process. Her stories and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Mama, Ph.D. She is the author of Getting Unstuck without Coming Unglued: A Woman's Guide to Unblocking Creativity (Seal, 2007). Her popular advice column for writers, "The Doctor is In," appears each Friday on Buzz, Balls & Hype.

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Most Recent Articles

June 16, 2013
Openings and closings.
June 9, 2013
Preparing for opening night.
June 2, 2013
Thinking about the value of (and inequities of) personal connections.
May 19, 2013
The amazing, adorable and hilarious sayings of a son.
May 12, 2013
Reflecting on needless worrying.
May 5, 2013
Discovering the world of makeup....
April 28, 2013
Considering options for new career directions....
April 21, 2013
Several weeks ago, after a successful class show, I was invited to try out for the national touring wing of a wonderful improv company.
April 14, 2013
For obvious reasons, it is not possible to rehearse an improv show. However, my class had the equivalent of the dress rehearsal for our 4-show musical improv run last night, racing through three back-to-back 25-minute improvised musical comedies.
April 7, 2013
As recorded here last week, my extended family recently traveled to Ireland. The trip, especially the Belfast portion, was deeply moving, disturbing and important to us all, given our family's history of disowning and abandoning members because of religious differences. And being in Ireland over Easter weekend — a pivotal time in the history of Irish Republicanism — reinforced our feeling that our family's history was a valid part of a much larger story.


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