New book by Philip Kenney

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

Phil Kenney

Phil Kenney is a practicing psychotherapist in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two teenage sons. He is the author of four books of poetry, including Hours of Blue and Hymns for the Speechless.

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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.

Coming soon to a book store near you!

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)

Philip Kenney has practiced psychotherapy and meditation for over thirty years in Portland, Oregon. In addition to these practices, he writes poetry, novels, and essays on culture, psychology, and the spiritual challenges of our time. Mr. Kenney's understanding of the many emotional vulnerabilities facing writers and artists is based on his own experiences as well as those of the creative people he sees in his psychotherapy practice.

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