I have been a psychologist in private practice for over twenty years. I am just narcissistic enough to believe that I might have something fresh or funny to say about what I have learned.
Perhaps you should know a little about me. I was born and raised in southern Arkansas in the 60’s and 70’s. My dad owned a funeral home and was a bank director. My beautiful mother was a stay-at-home mom who was never seen without her hair and make-up done. I walked with a book on my head and took etiquette lessons from Mrs. Vashti Triplett, a widowed grande dame of the town.
I am the Mental Health columnist for the online magazine Midlife Boulevard, and a featured contributor to the Huffington Post, The Gottman Blog, The Mighty, The Good Men Project, BlogHer, BetterAfter50, and Arkansas Women Bloggers. I’ve been interviewed as an expert in depression with websites such as The List, Psychology Today, Psychologies, Reader’s Digest, and Prevention as well as podcasts for Voice America, Giving Voice To Depression,Talk Healthy Today and Sorta Awesome. I have written my own ebook, “Seven Commandments of Good Therapy,” which is about the basics anyone can expect out of a therapist and a guide on how to select one. That book is available free for a subscription to my website.
But in 2016, I wanted to extend the walls of my practice even more. So I began my own podcast, SelfWork with Dr. Margaret Rutherford. It’s very exciting to reach listeners who might never read a blogpost. And I published a book, “Marriage Is Not For Chickens,” with funny and poignant words about marriage that received 200,000 “likes” and over 53,000 shares when seen on The Huffington Post. With its evocative images from around the world, it’s designed to be an anniversary or engagement gift, or simply as an expression of your own love for a partner.
You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will answer you, confidentially. I always love to know who’s joined me on this mental health journey.