Contributing Writers

Special thanks to the talented and knowledgeable group of contributing writers who have elected to publish their work on Blunt Therapy.


Randy Withers, LCMHC
Randy Withers, LCMHC

Managing Editor

Randy Withers, LCMHC is a Board-Certified and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor at a private practice in North Carolina where he specializes in co-occurring disorders. He has masters degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University and Education from Florida State University, and is the managing editor of Blunt Therapy. He writes about mental health, therapy, and addictions. In his spare time, you can find him watching reruns of Star Trek: TNG with his dog. Connect with him on LinkedIn. You can also see what he writes about on Medium.

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Contributing Writers on Blunt Therapy

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Beth is the Managing Editor at Body+Mind. She is passionate about writing about addictions, mental health, fitness and medicine. Beth is well-respected in the mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment spaces. In her spare time, Beth enjoys trying out new recipes and going for runs with her dog.
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Jason is a certified polygraph examiner and a twenty year veteran in the field of forensic IT. He is the owner, chief examiner of Lie Detectors-UK and the Secretary of the UKPA. He qualified in America at APS Fort Myers under the supervision of his mentor Benjamin Blalock.
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Arina Struk, PsyD is a clinical psychologist and the main therapist and methodologist at Therappy. She graduated from the Faculty of Psychology at St. Petersburg State University. Arina has professional training in perinatal psychology, assistance to children and adults with trauma, and EMDR therapy. As a therapist, she has helped more than 12,000 clients cope with mental illness through the Therappy app.
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Ginger Abbot is an education, career and learning writer with a special interest in mental health. She has more than three years of experience in educational writing and research. Read more of her work on Classrooms.com, where she acts as Editor-in-Chief.
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Brandon Landgraf is the Digital Marketing Manager for Carex Health Brands, a leader in bright light therapy lamps. He finds passion and fulfillment in creating content that enhances, improves, and enlivens others' quality of life. All of his written work is formulated to offer essential advice and tips and back it with proven studies and experts. His mission is to connect with readers and provide steps to make their lives better.
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April Sutphen is a writer for online porn addiction platform Stop Together. Starting in 2020, April helped create the Stop Together program utilizing the experience of doctors, mental wellbeing experts & psychotherapists. The program has gone on to help thousands of people get over their porn addiction.
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Dr. Mark D. Rego is a psychiatrist with 30 years of experience. He spent 25 years in practice and has now written a book, “Frontal Fatigue. The Impact of Modern Life and Technology on Mental Illness”. It will be out October 12th, 2021. Visit his website at: markdregomd.com.
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Reena Goenka is a SAC Registered Counsellor & Supervisor. She is a director of Insightful Counselling & Training. Reena is a caring Mother, an understanding counselor, a healing therapist, a whiz consultant, an expert trainer, and a brilliant writer, holding expertise in mental health, psychotherapy treatments, professional counseling, and clinical supervision.
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McKenna Schueler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in Psychology and works as a content specialist for the behavioral health company, Ark Behavioral Health, which owns a network of substance abuse treatment centers in Massachusetts. On a freelance basis, McKenna contributes local news coverage on labor, politics, and criminal justice from where she lives in Tampa Bay, Florida.
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Kelsey is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health, travel, and lifestyle topics. She completed a B.A. in Art History with a minor in Spanish at UC Riverside and a Master’s in International Education at the School for International Training (SIT). Before becoming a writer, Kelsey spent four years in the field of international higher education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.
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Andy earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and is a storyteller who loves good books and good jokes. In the rare moments he isn’t writing, you can find him jogging in the park or perfecting bbq ribs. He is a contributing author at GoDates, and several other online magazines.
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Elliot Figueira is an experienced analyst and journalist with over seven years of experience in digital content creation. Elliot has written for major tech blogs, news and wound care sites. In his mind, one of the best things about writing for a living is the chance to learn new things every single day. Outside of writing, Elliot enjoys science-fiction literature and cultivating various types of cacti.
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James Black runs an outdoor research website – Wilderness Redefined. He is an academic based in the United Kingdom, with a Master of Science degree in Statistics and Economics. He aims to better understand the impact of outdoor activity through research and to promote engagement with nature in the general population.
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Winston Peki is a cannabis and CBD expert, he's the founder of Herbonaut.com, an informative website where you can find reviews of scientific articles about cannabis and CBD.
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Alexander Burgemeester is the owner and main writer of TheNarcissisticLife.com. His website is full of articles that help you understand who the Narcissist is and why Narcissists are how they are. Alexander studied Neuropsychology at the University of Amsterdam and worked in different settings. He started reading and writing about Narcissism 10 years ago and never stopped doing what he loves, writing.
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Kate Haldeman is a licensed professional counselor, mental health advocate, and writer. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Indiana Wesleyan University and a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. She has worked in a variety of mental health settings including inpatient mental health, non-profit organizations, and university mental health services. She specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and sexual trauma.
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Dr Kev Patel is the Clinical Director, Practice Principal and a dentist in Baker Street at Bond Dental with a degree from Kings College London Dental Institute. Kev is a big believer in preventative dentistry and educates patients with calm and friendly approach. He enjoys spending time in the gym, playing tennis and salsa dancing, when not in the surgery.
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Dr. Barbara Rexer, DSW, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, ICCS, DRCC, is the Executive Director of Advanced Health & Education, a Sprout Health Group facility. Passionate about substance abuse recovery, she has been in the field for 15 years.
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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
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Cristin Howard runs Smart Parent Advice, a site that provides parenting advice for moms and dads. Cristin writes about all of the different ups and downs of parenting, provides solutions to common challenges, and reviews products that parents need to purchase.
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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.
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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.
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Stacey Weisberg, Licensed Professional Counselor, has nearly 30 years of clinical experience and directs Mental Health Services at Jewish Family Service, including Mental Health Specialists, Refugee Mental Health, and KidSuccess/International KidSuccess.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jaymie E. Thomas has spent the last ten years volunteering as a suicide prevention advocate and mental health writer. She has also pursued professional roles in psychology as a former Registered Behavioral Therapist. Currently, she works as a Research Coordinator at a Litigation Support Firm.
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Matthew Boyle is the Chief Operating Officer of Landmark Outpatient Services, a new psychiatric and clinical practice that provides services for mental health in Louisville, KY. Matthew graduated from Duke University in 2011 and has worked in the healthcare industry ever since.
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Saguren Redyrs is a personal trainer from South Africa who focuses on how small everyday changes impact overall quality of life. You can read more of his work on his site, SA Spotters
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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.
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Kim Rosenthal, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist with more than 20 years of experience helping people with substance use disorders and mental illness. She spent most of her career as a travelling doctor, affording her the chance to work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, rehabs, detox units, and forensic facilities. These days she practices medicine in a state hospital in North Carolina. Rosenthal founded the Outside-the-Box Recovery movement to promote a zest for sober living through illustrated, fun, and clinically-relevant treatment material. Her latest book is the Outside-the-Box Recovery Workbook , a 30-day journey into the world of sobriety, where relapse prevention and CBT meet cartoons, art therapy, creative writing, puzzles, and the occasional joke. The workbook is available on Amazon.
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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.
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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.
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Randy Withers, LCMHC is a Board-Certified and Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor at a private practice in North Carolina where he specializes in co-occurring disorders. He has masters degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University and Education from Florida State University, and is the managing editor of Blunt Therapy. He writes about mental health, therapy, and addictions. In his spare time, you can find him watching reruns of Star Trek: TNG with his dog. Connect with him on LinkedIn. You can also see what he writes about on Medium.
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