Author Archives: Patricia O'Gorman, PhD

About Patricia O'Gorman, PhD

Patricia A. O'Gorman, Ph.D., is a psychologist in private practice. She is noted for her work on women, trauma, and substance abuse and for her warm, inspiring, and amusing presentations that make complex issues accessible and even fun. She has served as a consultant to organizations across the country in preventative and clinical strategic planning. Dr. O'Gorman is a cofounder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, and she has held positions ranging from director of a rape crisis center to clinical director of a child welfare agency, and director of the division of prevention for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). She is a veteran of numerous television appearances, including Good Morning America, Today, and AM Sunday and is the author of eight books including: The Girly Thoughts 10 Day Detox Plan (2014), The Resilient Woman: Mastering the 7 Steps to Personal Power (2013), and Healing Trauma Through Self-Parenting (2012) 12 Steps to Self-Parenting.

On Valentine’s Day—Why Let Your Man Define You?

February 13th, 2016 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Body Image | Girly Thoughts | Relationships | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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 Wanting to be liked is important to all of us, and yes, we’re feeling the pressure on Valentine’s Day. But for you, and for many other women, this desire can move from wanting to be liked to desperately needing to be liked once a man enters the picture. For this, you pay a huge price—you …
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Awareness, not deprivation, informs what you eat.” —Geneen Roth   Yes, over the holidays you ate more than you wished you had, and now you feel . . . fat.   Girly Thought #1: I’m Fat   Become aware that the multi-billion dollar diet industry has ramped up, telling you that you need to lose …
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Austin Geidt credits her road to sobriety with her success in developing Uber. But that’s not the whole story. Let’s understand what she is saying in terms of how this journey also helped her re-define herself as a woman. Her road to recovery had her going back to basics, dropping out of college, and getting …
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It’s the happy holiday season, and you’re already feeling the pressure. If you’re like most of us, you’re already hearing that inner voice that pushes you to do more, reminding you that it is up to you to make this a holiday season to remember while telling you that no matter what you’re doing, it …
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Overcoming Toxic Girly Thoughts With Powerlifting

December 11th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Body Image | Girly Thoughts | Health & Wellness | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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Have you ever met someone and thought, “Wow, here’s someone without girly thoughts!”? That’s not unusual for me. When I meet a woman for the first time, I quickly assess to see if she is measures herself against societal standards and the self-defeating thoughts I’ve named “girly thoughts.” I always silently applaud when I encounter someone who doesn’t. Alese is one such …
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The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. —Gloria Steinman                   Are you aware that most drug studies are conducted on men? This has been true for testing even “routine” medications that are taken by both women and men. The reason always given …
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No Turn-On Here: Toxic Girly Thoughts in the Boudoir

October 23rd, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Body Image | Girly Thoughts | Relationships | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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Have you ever read anything on Facebook that caused you to tear up? Yesterday I had that experience when reading “Husband’s Heartwarming Response to Retouched Boudoir Photos of His Wife.” In her article, Barbara Diamond perfectly captures how our toxic girly thoughts have us doing to ourselves what society does to us:   focusing on …
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Back to School: Your Daughter, Drugs, and Girly Thoughts

September 8th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Adolescents | Adolescents' Issues | Girly Thoughts | Parenting | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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                    Image source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sukianto/15029498813/in/photostream/   Yes, it is back-to-school time. You and your daughter have worked to get her ready. She has pushed you to buy her the latest fashions so she will fit in; you’ve bought her school supplies and paid for her haircut. Maybe you …
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Is Trump Doing Women a Favor?

August 21st, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Girly Thoughts | Women's Issues | Workplace Issues - (Comments Off)
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Even though we are 53 percent of the voting public, women do not always see things the same way. But no matter how different our views might be, one thing we do share is being a woman. This means we share similar health worries, have faced similar challenges in our personal lives, and have dealt …
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