New book by Philip Kenney

The Writer's Crucible: Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity

Phil Kenney

Philip Kenney is a practicing psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon. He did his post-graduate work in British Object Relations at the Washington D.C. School of Psychiatry and has taught Self Psychology as part of his private practice. A long time meditator and poet, Mr. Kenney is the author of the novel, Radiance, and a collection of poetry, Where Roses Bloom. He strives to bring together the worlds of psychology, creativity and spirituality in his work and is the author of a new book on those subjects entitled, The Writer's Crucible: Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity.

Welcome to my website. I practice psychotherapy and am the author of two novels, a collection of poetry and a new book on creativity. My work is shaped by a belief that psychology, creativity and spirituality are not separate domains, but intimately connected aspects of a force that moves through us all.

So please, come visit these pages where you will learn something of my thoughts on therapy, why I write and what I care about. There are blogs and interviews to read, and introductions to books I have written. I hope you enjoy your visit.

Available at Broadway Books in Portland or on line at Amazon:

The Writer's Crucible:
Meditations on Emotion, Being and Creativity

The Writer's Crucible provides a detailed map for navigating the turbulent emotional waters of a creative life. Writers will come to understand the psychology of vulnerability, perhaps the most common of which is a persistent sense of not being good enough. (read more)

The Writer’s Crucible selected as a finalist for Red City Review non-fiction Book of the Year!

★★★★★  “Perhaps the best part of Kenney’s book is that it seeks to connect writers over a common problem—this nagging and unflagging feeling of not being good enough.

— Red City Review

Independent Book Review

★★★★★ Philip Kenney knocks it out of the park with his nonfiction book THE WRITER'S CRUCIBLE. Find out why R. Read of Independent Book Review gives it FIVE STARS.
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The Writer’s Crucible:  KBOO Radiozine interview with Ken Jones

If you're a writer, or an artist, or composer. Or really anyone doing something creative, you might have been filled at one time with self doubt. It's very common for even the most successful artists to feel they're just not good enough. And this can hamper their creativity, sometimes to the point of paralysis. Click here for the full interview.

There is so much wisdom and gentle love in this book. Kenney's message for writers, "as one of you, for all of us," shepherds us to our deeper selves where we can learn to confront and overcome the sometimes crippling shame that keeps us from the intrinsic goodness of our creative selves.

— Suzy Vitello Author of The Moment Before and The Empress Chronicles

In Other News...

An essay of mine was chosen by The Timberline Review, for publication in issue #7 on the theme of rebirth. The essay is entitled: The Rebirth of Masculinity: What We Can Learn From Harvey Weinstein and Co. It takes an in depth look into the psychology and cultural conditionings that shape the behaviors and identify structures of little boys and grown men. You can find The Timberline Review in Portland at Broadway Books or on Amazon.

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