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Tanya J. Peterson - AuthorTanya 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 seven books: five novels and two self-help books. Further, she created Find Yourself, Keep Yourself©, a curriculum for Losing Elizabeth, her only middle grade/YA novel. She takes it to classrooms and community programs to discuss toxic vs. healthy relationships and the healthy sense of self.

The two self-help books take people on journeys to wellbeing, discovering and using mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, and other tools for being.

Peterson’s novels center on the struggles and triumphs of living with various mental health challenges. Two novels have been named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014 and 2016. One 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. Peterson has written articles appearing in various online and print sources, including a regular psychology column in London’s Modern Woman magazine.

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, large bookstores such as Barnes & Noble, and small, independent bookstores.

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Honors & Awards

Twenty-Four Shadows

Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016



My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ list of Best Books of 2014




U.S. Review of Books

Recommended by the US Review of Books: Nutshell & 24 Shadows


Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog

The Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog I write for won this award.


Losing Elizabeth

Recipient of the Storytellers Campfire Marble Book Award for being a “book which has made a significant difference in the world.”


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