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Tanya J. Peterson created Wellbeing & Words to empower people to transcend challenges, create a quality life regardless of circumstances, and to provide an opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment.

Peterson is credentialed as a National Certified Counselor, and she has both personal and professional experience with mental health care. Tanya J. Peterson is a prolific writer of books and articles that both inform and entertain.

She has authored ten books: five novels and five self-help books. Her self-help books take people on journeys to wellbeing, discovering and using mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, and other tools for creating and living their unique version of a quality life.

Peterson’s novels center on the struggles and triumphs of living with various mental health challenges. Two novels, My Life in a Nutshell and Twenty-Four Shadows respectively, have been named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014 and 2016. Losing Elizabeth received the Storytellers Campfire Marble Book Award for being a book that makes a “significant difference in the world.” Her novels are recommended and acclaimed by such sources as The Midwest Book Review, Kirkus Reviews, The U.S. Review of Books, and The San Francisco Book Review.

She also writes extensively for, one of the largest consumer mental health sites on the web, including the weekly Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blogweekly newsletter, and hundreds of mental health articles throughout the site. Peterson is also a regular contributor to Choosing Therapy, a large, credible resource for mental and behavioral health content. Peterson has written articles related to anxiety, wellbeing, and general mental health topics appearing in various online and print sources.

Tanya J. Peterson speaks and presents in multiple locations both in her home state of Oregon and nationally about mental health, wellbeing, and books. Venus include, but aren’t limited to, community mental health centers, schools, libraries, state and national conferences, large bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, and small, independent bookstores.

Peterson has both professional and lived experience with mental health. She has been a teacher and a counselor (primarily in the school setting), and she was previously active in her local NAMI affiliate where she served as secretary of the board of directors, co-led support groups, and gave presentations about mental health and illness to various community groups. On a personal level, Peterson experienced a traumatic brain injury in a motor vehicle accident and was subsequently hospitalized in a behavior health hospital where she was treated for anxiety disorders and other mental health issues. In 2019, she was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune disorders and digestive disorders and is thriving anyway.

Peterson draws on her professional and personal experiences to write books and articles to help people enhance wellbeing and create a quality life despite challenges.

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