About Our Authors
- Contributing Writers on Blunt Therapy
Special thanks to the talented writers who have contributed to Blunt Therapy.
I had the good fortune to be born in a first-world country at a time when fast international travel became possible for average people. Having shared meals with families in huts with no electricity and dirt floors, I appreciate the “little” things that my fellow Englishmen take for granted. Over the years I’ve worked in many different fields. I’ve been an archaeologist in the Scottish Hebrides, an accountant in London, and taught English in China. However, I’ve never enjoyed any other job as much as writing.
Mental health specialist Kasia Ciszewski, LPCA, of My Charleston Therapist in South Carolina, as well as a Brainspotting practitioner, serves the Charleston and Mount Pleasant area. Over 6 years in mental health counseling, with thousands of hours of experience, Kasia specializes in anxiety, stress, grief and depression issues. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling and is licensed in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Michelle Conti is a clinical child psychologist in private practice in Long Island, New York. She works with children, adolescents, and young adults ages 3-25 who are dealing with a range of issues including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, attention disorders, autism spectrum disorder, school refusal, divorce, and trauma. She works closely with families and provides behavior management strategies and parenting support. Currently, she is offering individual and group teletherapy services at a reduced rate. For further information on services and resources go to DrMichelleConti.com.
Tess DiNapoli is a freelance writer and web content strategist with over 12 years of experience. In particular, she crafts creative strategies for clients in mental health, fitness, and wellness. As a former yoga instructor, she has over 600 hours of yoga teacher training, which included studying the psychology of trauma and how it manifests in the body. Her training on psychology and trauma as it pertains to yoga was under the guidance of the Connected Warriors (for PTSD and veterans) and a certification on trauma-informed teaching from the Purple Dot Yoga Project. While she no longer teaches, Tess continues to focus on creating content for clients in medical and mental health sectors, contributing to online publications such as Thrive Global, Teach Workout Love, Marriage.com, Living The Diagnosis, Best Self and Glow Habits to mention a few.
My name is Matt. I’m excited to be writing for the Blunt Therapy Blog. I have for my entire working-life worked within the online space in various capacities. My time spent online has had me write and publish many articles on topics relating to relationships.
Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with substance abuse for over 20 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many people get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate. Through his website,
Addicted.org, and community outreach he has been able to help many more people.
Bruce Gerencser, 62, lives in rural Northwest Ohio with his wife of 41 years. He and his wife have six grown children and twelve grandchildren. Bruce pastored Evangelical churches for twenty-five years in Ohio, Texas, and Michigan. Bruce left the ministry in 2005, and in 2008 he left Christianity. Bruce is now a humanist and an atheist. For more information about Bruce, please read his About page.
Melissa Holmes Goodmon is the founder and CEO of Casa Capri Recovery, an Orange County addiction treatment center for women by women. Melissa’s struggles with addiction and passion for helping people led her to begin working in addiction recovery, culminating in the founding of Casa Capri Recovery in 2011
Elizabeth Haste is a freelance writer from Raleigh. NC. Having suffered from anxiety and depression in college, she is super passionate about mental health awareness and education.
I’m a A 22 year old, 4th year medical student studying in the South of India who is passionate about holistic healthcare. My goal is to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine in the United States. As someone who has benefited from paying attention to her mental health, I am also an ardent advocate for the same. I’m at the top of my class with numerous awards for academics, debate and writing. I volunteer for Udayan Care and Ullas Trust, a mentoring program for underprivileged kids in India, where we counsel and train students from less fortunate backgrounds. I have published two research papers – one on alcohol addiction and another on eating disorders in reputed medical journals. I also write articles and poetry on my personal blog.
Joseph Kertis is an experienced healthcare professional turned journalist. He started his journey in the medical field ten years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant for a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. His career blossomed, and within a decade, he became the Clinical Director. His experience in the field of substance abuse and addiction recovery provides a unique insight into one of our Nation’s most challenging epidemics. He utilizes this knowledge in his writing to give an expert viewpoint that spreads awareness through education. He is a featured author of the healthcare website ECDOL.org.
Michael Muldoon is a content creator and outreach specialist for Recovery Worldwide LLC, an addiction and recovery, web-based company. He writes for all four of the company’s sites, providing information for those in need on their journey towards recovery. He finds participating in that journey very rewarding, and in his free time, he enjoys bouldering with friends to keep fit and have fun.
Tia Philippart is a content marketing specialist for clients in industries of travel, business, and lifestyle. She enjoys making relevant and shareable content that enriches readers.
Beau Peters is a creative professional with a lifetime of experience in service and care. As a manager, he’s learned a slew of tricks of the trade that he enjoys sharing with others who have the same passion and dedication that he brings to his work.
Ashlyn Reid, born and raised in Southern California, is a 19 year old known for her headstrong yet compassionate characteristics. Her life instantly shifted after the sudden death of her youngest brother to suicide. To her there were two options; let this tragic event ruin her, or let this tragedy give her a purpose to grow. Determined to grow, she joined her father’s suicide prevention organization in hopes to save the lives of many.
Rita Richards is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina. She is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill. In her 20 years as a psychotherapist, she has worked with diverse populations in trauma and abuse; anxiety and depressive disorders; and Severe and Persistent Mental Illness.
Dr. Kim Rosenthal, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist at a state hospital in North Carolina. She works with the severely mentally ill and criminally insane — and believes there’s hope for everyone. Rosenthal has been practicing medicine for 19 years. She wouldn’t trade it for the world. Check out her Website for more.
My name is Jaymie E. Thomas and I have spent the last ten years volunteering as a suicide prevention advocate and mental health writer. I publish articles about mental health, parenting, and relationships on a blog entitled DeskRaven. I have also pursued professional roles in psychology as a former Registered Behavioral Therapist. Additionally, I am a mentor, moderator, and internship graduate on 7cups.com – an online resource for peer-to-peer support and mental health services. Currently, I work as a Research Coordinator at a Litigation Support Firm. I am also a Paralegal Studies undergraduate with an emphasis in Forensic Science. I am affiliated with NAMI and the ASFP.
Dale Vernor is a writer and researcher in the fields of mental health and substance abuse. After a battle with addiction Dale was able to find sobriety and become the first in his family to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Dale enjoys writing about mental health and addiction so that more people can understand these highly stigmatized issues. When not working you can look for Dale at your local basketball court.