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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Online Therapy Service for Fictional Characters!

In case you guys have never heard of THE CHARACTER THERAPIST, I want to introduce you to Jeannie Campbell.

Jeannie is launching her brand new website, THE CHARACTER THERAPIST, and here is the scoop on what it is (in Jeannie's own words):

What is Character Therapy?

Character Therapy is what I do when I use my professional training and experience as a licensed clinician to evaluate and diagnose fictional characters.

How can you—a published or aspiring writer—benefit?

1) Write characters more realistically.
Using a search engine to find out information about a mental disorder yields a very different result than asking a therapist who has treated those same problems in real life. Instead of getting a bunch of stale facts, I can help you breathe life into your characters while taking into consideration your unique story world.

2) Plot more feasibly.
Plotting the external conflict around your character’s internal conflict is essential to create tension on every page. Understanding the character’s driving goals and motivation in relation to their emotional state will help you figure out what plot points need to occur to maximize the character’s arc to its fullest potential.

3) Avoid clich├ęd or incorrect depictions of mental disorders.
My passion is helping those not afflicted with mental disorders understand those who are. Since one in four adults have a mental disorder, the likelihood of one of your characters having one is pretty high. But you want every nuance to ring true about the character, not feel cardboard cutout or stereotyped. So pick my brain instead of yours to avoid pitfalls of re-writing later.

Have I piqued your curiosity? Think your characters might benefit from some couch time?

Then please check out THE CHARACTER THERAPIST!

BIO: Jeannie Campbell is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She is Head of Clinical Services for a large non-profit and enjoys working mainly with children and couples. She has a Masters of Divinity in Psychology and Counseling and bachelors degrees in both psychology and journalism. Two of Jeannie’s “therapeutic romance” manuscripts have garnered the high praise of being finalists in the Genesis Contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), of which she is an active member. She writes a popular monthly column for Christian Fiction Online Magazine and has been featured in many other e-zines, newspapers, and blogs.


Kelly H-Y said...

Have been away from the blog for the past month and totally missed the release of your newest novel, "Solstice"!!! I am SO excited for you!!!! Congrats! It sounds awesome!! Can't wait to read it AND get my teen nieces to read it! You go girl!

PJ Hoover said...

Thank you, Kelly! I really appreciate it! And sometimes it's nice to take a blog vacation :) Welcome back.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

thanks for having me on your blog pj! i really appreciate the shout out. :)

the character therapist

PJ Hoover said...

I'm thrilled to feature you and your awesome blog, Jeannie!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Ooh, fantastic! I just love Jeannie! Hey, c'mon over and show some more Jeannie love and join our MC Blogfest! It'll be fun! :D

Diane said...

Just stopping by to say hi. I'm also a friend of Jeannie's. Hope you have a great week! :O)

PJ Hoover said...

Thanks for dropping by, Elizabeth and Diane! I'm thrilled to be part of the tour.