Eric Maisel, PhD – Long Bio


Dr. Eric Maisel is the author of more than 40 books in the areas of creativity, meaning and mental health. A licensed California psychotherapist, he is widely regarded as America’s foremost creativity coach and founded the profession of creativity coaching. He provides core trainings for the Creativity Coaching Association and leads workshops nationally and internationally.

His books include Rethinking Depression, Why Smart People Hurt, The Van Gogh Blues, and Creative Recovery (with Dr. Susan Raeburn). He writes the Rethinking Mental Health column for Psychology Today and contributes pieces on mental health to the Huffington Post.

His books for creative and performing artists include Secrets of a Creativity Coach, Making Your Creative Mark, Fearless Creating, Coaching the Artist Within, The Creativity Book, Affirmations for Artists, Performance Anxiety, Write Mind, Deep Writing, A Writer’s Space, A Writer’s Paris, A Writer’s San Francisco, and Creativity for Life.

Dr. Maisel presents at workshop centers like Omega, Kripalu, Esalen, Hollyhock, and Rowe, at events like the Paris Writers Workshop, at annual conferences of organizations like Romance Writers of America and the American Psychological Association, and in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Prague, Rome and Berlin.

Dr. Maisel lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where he maintains an active creativity coaching practice.