Fiction in Psychology


My life-long fascination with the human psyche and the power of human relationships; my many years of fulfilling experiences as a psychotherapist; and the passion for creative writing expression dating back to my childhood, are the intertwining roots for the development of a career as a writer of fiction in psychology.   

I consider psychological fiction or psychological realism a narrative genre that emphasizes interior characterization, emotion and motivation to explore the lives of the characters.  I aspire to elements of psychological thrill, by incorporating deep secrets that lead to shocking and life-c

hanging climaxes.   

My debut novel, The Language of Dreams, reveals the intriguing world of psychotherapy from both sides of the couch, bringing alive the perspective and experiences of therapist and client inside and outside of the therapy room.  In complement with the dream analysis, free association and art therapy incorporated into the plot, the reader will find a sprinkle of magical realism apparent in some of the scenes. 

I intend to write fiction that is meaningful to a wide-ranging readership.  Within industry standards, The Language of Dreams might best be classified as upmarket fiction for the book club market.  It may appeal to therapists with diverse backgrounds, as relevant beta readers have indicated; it will also appeal to readers more generally who are curious about the intriguing world of psychotherapy embedded in complex plot lines and deep characterizations, such as Bev Thomas’ A Good Enough Mother (2019). 

Fans of TV series, such as the psychotherapy-focused  In Treatment (now in its eighth season on HBO) or the sit-com Workin’ Moms (currently preparing for its sixth season on CBC) will also enjoy reading The Language of Dreams.  The relatable  Workin’ Moms. about the friendships among four working mothers,  deals with postpartum depression and features the perspective of psychiatrist “Dr. Anne Carlson” as one of the four women leads.  My beta readers for The Language of Dreams encompassed not only therapists but avid readers of fiction, more generally, and leaders of book clubs.  These beta readers said they enjoyed the twists and turns of plot, characterizations, and treatment of family ties and women’s issues.