Elizabeth McDonald


About the Author
Liz McDonald is a well established Private Practise Mental Health Social Worker/Psychotherapist. She enjoys writing therapy books for children’s mental health and emotional needs; however her skills in writing are multi-genre with her exploring the realms of children’s fiction, adult biography and adult therapy and health.
Away from writing Liz works in her own mental health practise with an eclectic therapy base including CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Symbol & Sandplay Therapy, Schema Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Guided Mindfulness and Art Therapy.
Liz’s practise includes working with children, teens and adults. Her passion includes working with children with anxiety, behaviour disorders and autism spectrum disorders. In regard to working with adult mental health; Liz has a long history and skill base with co-morbid mental health including drug and alcohol. She is skilled with eating disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, OCD, anxiety, trauma, etc. Her work has resulted in her being accredited as a victims of crime therapist working with adults and children.
A new and special interest in therapy has resulted in a special focus on dissociative disorders including dissociative identity disorder. Liz does not profess to be an expert in regard to DID but is a keen supporter and passionate advocate for those identifying with this disorder who may or may not be formally diagnosed.
Other interests and activities include lecturing on mental illness with Monash University Medical Hub, writing articles for newspapers and magazines, public speaking and supporting in parent/family education programs.
Liz is the published Author of What If Worries; guided therapy book for childhood anxiety disorders, available in paperback or download. The second book written by Liz; When Jarrod’s Grandpa Died is a supportive educational book for childhood understanding of terminal illness, death and the funeral process.
A third ebook released through Smashwords is a liquid diet book specific to medical needs that require a special diet.
My Body Book about me and how I can keep my body safe is the forth published therapy book for Liz and was released in May 2014. It is available now via Liz's Website or through Xlibris publishing, Barnes and Nobel and Amazon.
Currently Liz is working on her first novel and hopes to have it published by the end of the year

Smashwords Interview

Why did you decide to publish your books in Ebook formatt as well as hardcopy?
After I published What If Worries in paperback I promoted it in Canada and decided that I wanted an easy option for purchase for international customers. I also wanted to make it more affordable for families.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in primary school and had a relief teacher who told me my story was really good & he would take it & have it bound for me. I was so excited but he never returned with my story!
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Where to find Elizabeth McDonald online


Liquid Diets
Price: $2.89 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Health & Healing / Weight Control
Liquid diets are used for many medical conditions such as pancreatitis, digestive complications; irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, gall bladder problems, weight loss, oesophageal problems, post surgery for oral surgeries, most stomach surgeries including bariatric surgeries such as gastric banding or bypass and bowel surgery.
When Jarrod's Grandpa Died
Price: $8.60 USD. Words: 1,220. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Social Issues / Death & Dying
(5.00 from 1 review)
Children often struggle with the concept of terminal illness and death of a loved one. After all this is a tough topic for all of us. For a child with limited understanding and coping skills it becomes even more challenging. When Jarrods Grandpa Died; gives children a concrete description of the terminal illness, death and funeral process.
What If Worries
Price: $9.10 USD. Words: 5,410. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Anxiety, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Health
(5.00 from 1 review)
What If Worries is a guided therapy book designed to help children build skills to manage worry thoughts and anxiety disorders. It takes the child and parent/care provider or therapist through the symptoms of anxiety. It also provides explanations for some of the body symptoms that commonly occur. Finally it gives a therapy or treatment guide to managing anxiety disorder.

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