About Psychewriter

Hi, welcome to my page. I am a psychotherapist and author, a writer of fiction and non-fiction, short stories and essays. I comment on trends in my field, including legislation that impacts the role of the therapist in our society. There are nearly 300 entries on this blog, dating back to 2013.

Currently, I am promoting a non-fiction entitled, Getting Real About Sex Addiction: A Psychodynamic Approach to Treatment of Problem Sexual Behaviors, co-written with Joe Farley, MFT and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This is a provocative look at the sex addiction treatment field, alongside a long-marginalized way of thinking about age-old problems. This effort follows The Psychology of Tommy, an examination of the rock opera Tommy by The Who through the lens of psychoanalytic, object relations, and attachment theory. This book made Kirkus Reviews’ books of the month list in June of 2019 and is based upon an academic paper (*click on link) published in the Journal of Culture and Psychology in 2016.

My last novel, entitled Blended, is about a middle-aged woman who volunteers to help a refugee family assimilate into American society in the election year of 2016. This book is my sixth novel, following previous efforts, Venus Looks Down On A Prairie Vole ,  a drama relating to sex addiction and child abuse, The Situation, which is a follow up to my 2012 novel Crystal From The Hills. These latter two are surrealist fictions about an accident, a disappearance, a trauma, and a mystery. The Situation received a four star review from Clarion magazine.


I have also written about adolescent substance abuse treatment in a book entitled Working Through Rehab, (click on link for customer reviews) as well as related issues.

Further information can be found through my professional website: http://www.selfinaddiction.com

Hope you enjoy my blog!


Graeme Daniels, MFT

One response to “About Psychewriter

  1. David Shaw

    I am writing to congratulate you on Crystal from the Hills which I finished reading last night. I was gripped from the arresting opening page and was so engaged in the second half of the book that I had to manage my time to allow long enough sessions. I found the rise in tension in the last 100 pages or so to be really gripping and right to the end I thought that Weed might reappear, though your ending was a good choice. I thought that your psychological and psychiatric knowledge was handled far better in this one: you knew from the outset the nature of Chris’s problem but you only drip fed it to us. The interspersed chapters of case history were a good idea handled well. The only other novel with a psychiatric background I can remember is Sebastian Faulks’ Enderby and whilst his use of language is not to be expected (unless you were to hit the big time!) I enjoyed your book in the same way as I did his. On the subject of language you could still help the layman by using fewer words that have their place in academic writing and don’t mean much to others. I hope you will be encouraged to write again as you have shown a talent for providing a structure of rising tension that wasn’t apparent to me in the first two books. I think I said to you after the second one that I wanted to be presented with a character I could feel sympathy and understanding with and I am happy that this time you have achieved that. I hope you manage to get through to a big enough reading public as this time you deserve it.

    Good luck and well done


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