About the Coauthors

Matthew McKay, PhD, is a professor at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, including The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook, Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, When Anger Hurts, and ACT on Life Not on Anger. McKay received his PhD in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, and specializes in the cognitive behavioral treatment of anxiety and depression. He lives and works in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.


Michelle Skeen, PsyD, is a therapist who lives and works in San Francisco, CA. She helps individuals overcome fear-based beliefs utilizing schema awareness, self-compassion, and behavioral-and mindfulness-based
approaches. She is author of Love Me, Don’t Leave Me and coauthor of Communication Skills for Teens. Skeen hosts a weekly radio show called Relationships 2.0 with Dr. Michelle Skeen. To find out more, visit her website at www.michelleskeen.com.


Patrick Fanning is a professional writer in the mental health field, and founder of a men’s support group in Northern California. He has authored and coauthored eight self-help books, including Self-Esteem, Thoughts and Feelings, Couple Skills, and Mind and Emotions.