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.

Cultural studies

November 21, 2015

Living With Insecurity

Last Friday night in Paris, many people who left home for a fun night out on the town did not return home alive. What happened in Paris on Friday night is not only a horrific reminder of the horror of terrorism, but a ghastly introduction to a new reality stripped of the illusion of safety. … + read more

September 1, 2015

Longing, Art and the Problem of Nearly

The scent of Autumn begins to find us this time of year in Oregon. Last night’s storm, the gusting winds, big rolling thunder and oh so sweet rain brought that Autumn feel all the closer. Growing up in New England when October was nothing less than enchanting has left me with a fondness and longing … + read more

August 2, 2015

My son is leaving home

My belly often fills with that sick feeling of regret for the many lessons too late for learning and certainly too late to use. At the top of a lengthy list is a span of time in my twenties and thirties when I treated my parents with terrible neglect and often outright hostility. It took … + read more


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