Ali's first book Breakdown
is available now!
Praise for Breakdown: A Therapist's Journey of Losing It and Finding It
"From the first page to the last I was captivated by sketches of a life splashed onto a canvas. Sometimes funny, sometimes devastating Ms. Psiuk shares with great honesty and depth how we can and do overcome the greatest challenges through trust, self-reflection and the simple act of moving forward."
- Rachel Zinman, Author of Yoga for Diabetes, How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda
“I absolutely had to find out what Ali’s next adventure or misadventure would be on her extraordinary inner and outer journey. Her writing was generous and funny and endlessly compelling, at once self-effacing and totally self aware.”
- Alia Beeton, Author of Lucid Lips: Life Letters on the Sacred to Awaken and the Profane to Entertain
"Ali Psiuk catapults herself into the psychologically fraught and potentially career limiting task of memoir writing with the same fearlessness she drew on as an elite young gymnast practicing difficult and painful moves. Unlike traditional books by therapists, she makes herself her case study, demonstrating the honesty that's needed to heal and move forward. People struggling with eating disorders, psychosis, and depression may find the healing resonance they have been seeking."
- Elise, Amazon reviewer
A captivating memoir detailing the wildly winding path of a creative and spiritual seeker as she unravels into mental illness and painfully, beautifully, weaves her disparate parts back together. We follow Ali's fascinating evolution from a young and closeted elite gymnast with an eating disorder to circus performer, modern dancer, showgirl, Broadway dresser, psych ward patient and, eventually, licensed psychotherapist.
Through Ali’s poignant and often hilarious storytelling, we witness the emotional, mental and spiritual transformation that is possible when someone is forged in a crucible and emerges triumphant with greater access to their inner gold.
With tremendous honesty, humor, and heart, Breakdown: A Therapist's Journey of Losing It and Finding It gives us a rare insight into one person’s lived experience of mental illness and shows us a brilliant possibility of a path through.
"Ali is an amazing storyteller. Learning about her life through the pages of this book has taught me so much about strength and resilience. I was deeply moved and inspired by her journey. I actually felt sad when I read the last page as I realized I had been captivated by her experience and wanted to keep reading and continue living vicariously through her experience."
- Elizabeth Hoke, Portland Clinical Director, Liberation Institute