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.

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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When Hip Hop, Misogyny, and Girly Thoughts are “Straight Outta Compton”

August 19th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Girly Thoughts | Relationships | Sexuality | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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To be a woman who loves hip hop at times is to be in love with your abuser. —Ava DuVernay     I’m a woman who loves hip hop. I’m pulled in by the energy, the irreverence of some of the lyrics, the sense of being so alive in its beat. And yet, as a woman, …
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Is Society, or YOU, Holding Your Daughter Back?

August 14th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Adolescents | Adolescents' Issues | Family Issues | Girly Thoughts | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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Good Housekeeping just posted a terrific piece giving advice to mothers, titled, “5 Ways to Encourage Confidence in Your Daughter” An important part of the message is that for women to consciously build confidence in their daughters, they also have to undo the messages they have bought into—self-defeating beliefs and behaviors I call toxic girly …
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I’m Not Mad, This is My Resting Bitch Face. Deal With it.

August 7th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Body Image | Girly Thoughts | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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Did you see the article in Saturday’s New York Times Fashion and Style section titled “I’m Not Mad. That’s Just My RBF”? In it, author Jessica Bennett writes,   For those who need a review, RBF is a face that, when at ease, is perceived as angry, irritated or simply … expressionless. It’s the kind …
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Yes or No: A Good Way to Begin Each Day

July 17th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Girly Thoughts | Grief - (Comments Off)
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/candace-johnson/living-in-the-moment_b_7754246.html   I’ve attached a blog written by someone who may be familiar to you, Candace Johnson, the editor of my last three books, who I praise in my acknowledgments. She sent me this blog on July 11, just before my book signing in Lake Placid, NY. With all of the busyness of my life, …
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New: Heal Your Own Trauma Through Self-Parenting via Audiobook

July 10th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Girly Thoughts | Health & Wellness | Men's Issues | Trauma | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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My toxic girly thoughts told me I should just put this information on my website and not make a big deal about it. After all, isn’t this boasting? Then my resilience kicked in and said, “You worked hard to write this book—so shout about it!”   What’s All the Fuss About?   My most recent …
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Immaculate Conception, Really?

July 7th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Family Issues | Girly Thoughts | Parenting | Relationships | Sexuality | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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Bristol Palin is in the news again for being pregnant and unmarried. But the real question is: why is this news? Was this an immaculate conception? If not, then we need to ask why this is concerned newsworthy . . .  unless there is an underlying bias.   Why Isn’t the Father in the News? …
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Do you have this constant yammering in your head telling you that you can’t do something, that you’re so dumb you’ll screw this up? Does this toxic inner voice tell you you’re just not smart enough? I’ve named this energy-draining voice girly thoughts. Yes, it’s a miserable name for a terrible feeling we have been …
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Have Your Girly Thoughts Caused You to Loose Your Clit?

June 19th, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Body Image | Girly Thoughts | Health & Wellness | Relationships | Sexuality | Women's Issues - (Comments Off)
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Shocking? Yes. Toxic girly thoughts, those societally determined standards of right and wrong for women that have you trying to be the good girl in so many ways—including sexually—have had a powerful effect on you. When you consider this, you know you have been conditioned by the media and the greater society to feel comfortable …
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