Breakdown: A Therapist’s Journey of Losing It and Finding It is now available in Paperback or Kindle!
This memoir details the wildly winding path of a creative and spiritual seeker as she unravels into mental illness and then painfully, beautifully, weaves her disparate parts back together. We follow her 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 yet often hilarious storytelling, we witness the emotional, mental and spiritual transformation that is possible when someone is forged in a crucible and emerges resilient with 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.
Praise for Breakdown
"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 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