About me ...
Hi, I'm Mary-Claire Hanlon ...
I’m committed to helping people to appreciate and boldly embrace who they are and who they can be, which entails honest self-evaluation and reflection.
What I do and what I write, can lead to deep transformation.
I am the product of many influences, including my family, friends and community. I also have literary and academic influences, and I am thankful for their inspiration and skill.
In terms of my literary heritage, my influences include authors such as -
So, if you're familiar with any of those authors, you'll realise that I'm interested in historical biographies and fiction, with a sprinkling of fantasy and spiritualism thrown in.
Pearl S Buck was the one who took me from girlhood to grown-up; her novels were heart-wrenchingly real and heartbreakingly tragic. I think her books were the first historical fictions I ever read; and I could never get enough. More recently, Anne O'Brien, Anita Diamant, John Man and Helen Castor have inspired me and satisfied a need in me for well-balanced characters telling their truths intelligently.
In terms of my academic heritage, I have had the privilege to work alongside professionals known for innovative and wholistic work, in the fields of cancer treatment (Jarad Martin, Jim Denham and colleagues), healthy weight in severe mental illness (Lesley MacDonald-Wicks, Mark McEvoy and Doreen Mucheru), schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders (Linda Campbell, Martin Cohen, Helen Stain, David Castle, Vera Morgan, Anna Waterreus, Vaughan Carr, Ulrich Schall and Robyn Langdon), and social psychology (Stefania Paolini and Mark Rubin).
As much as I write "self-help" books, my style is nothing like the usual self-help book. I like to start with a story; a fiction with which to resonate. This gives my readers the chance to ponder the concept of "another life"; and the idea that there is a place for chance, but also for choice, in our existence. Rather than overwhelming the reader with lots of words and references, I prefer my books to feel like a conversation.
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My credentials: Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry.
My PubFacts Profile (for scientific publications) is here.
My PubMatch Profile (for literary purposes) is here.
Here's a bio that you can use when advertising me for your seminar, conference, trade show, planning day, or workshop (it's under 100 words; please include the hyperlinks):
Self-help author and internationally-sought-after public speaker, Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon runs The Centre of Serendipity, independently publishing books that facilitate self-transformation. An engaging adult educator and speaker, awarded for her mental health research, Mary-Claire uses psychological techniques to creatively produce change. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Honours in Psychology, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychiatry.
Mary-Claire has written two self-help books. Her first book, [RE]BIRTH, is about self-awareness. Her second book, Study Skills for Success, is designed to help learners to learn better! Readers love her gentleness and depth, and her easy writing style.