Leah Peterson is a Queer, Gender-fluid Writer, Sex and Body Positive Health & Wellness Mentor, Reiki Master and mental health advocate. Her book, Heal Something Good, is available for free at the website HealSomethingGood.com, and the 15 year anniversary edition of her first book, Not Otherwise Specified, is available on Amazon. Leah’s dramatic health journey has been an inspiration to many.

Leah paved the way for a deeper conversation about the stigma and impact of mental illness as one of the first bloggers to speak openly about her own mental health online. She was a consultant on the Showtime series, United States of Tara, where her life and experiences were used as a springboard for the main character played by Toni Collette. Leah speaks to groups about the Mind/Body Connection, recovering from chronic illness, and navigating life as a Highly Sensitive Person. Leah uses her voice to educate and encourage others to live a healthy life as well as sing badly in the car (with the windows rolled up).

 

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ShowtimeAfter reading Leah’s first book, Not Otherwise Specified about living with a dissociative disorder, award-winning writer Diablo Cody asked Leah to be a consultant for her Showtime series, The United States of Tara, starring Toni Collette playing a woman with DID.

JuanValdezLeah was sent to meet Juan Valdez and cover the coffee trade in Colombia by Blogher in 2008, doing video and blog posts to report on the trip. Blogher also sent Leah to the Republican National Convention in 2008 to do a video series with Mary Katherine Ham.
AmySedarisLeah was moderator of the international The Art of Crafts panel plus conference wrangler for Amy Sedaris at Blogher 2007. She was also moderator of the Using Other Forms of Media – Photography, Audio, Video, Art – To Enhance Your Website panel at Mom 2.0 in 2010. Leah spoke on the panel Sensitive Topics and Outreach at Blogher 2006 about being public about living with mental illness.

Leah’s essays and interviews have been published in books, magazines, and online. Her blogger interview series (2004-2007) was one of the first of its kind, bringing to the forefront up-and-coming bloggers as well as highlighting celebrity and established bloggers and authors.

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Testimonials

Diablo Cody “Leah Peterson never stops creating. She’s a quintuple threat: writer, artist, consultant, mother, and all-around rock star. She’s proof that inspiration is contagious; just being around her makes me feel like I want to do more and be more.”
Karen Walrond “Leah’s warmth, intelligence and incisive humour makes watching one of her interviews a real joy. She’s witty without being condescending, and probing without being prying. I love watching her speak, and working with her has always been a delight. Would that more interviewers and speakers had her style and charisma!”
Rob Morhaim “I’ve appeared on many panels in my career, and can honestly say that I’ve never seen a better prepared moderated than Leah Peterson. Leah asked insightful, thought-provoking questions and kept the discussion focused and on-track.”
Isabel Kallman “Leah was a wonderful video interview series producer. She was organized and prepared for her interviews and then was a first-take-Sally on camera. On-camera interviews are tough and Leah was a natural.More importantly she made the subjects feel comfortable and was able to bring the best out of them on camera.”
Faces_Anon_JM_2 “I have learned so much from working with Leah and she’s also helped me uncover and reinforce things I already knew that I didn’t quite know I knew. She’s an incredibly gifted teacher and listener -she hears what I’m saying even when I have trouble finding the words to say it. I sleep better, work smarter, play more joyfully, and love with more tenderness and appreciation.”
Brett Baer “Leah’s been our biggest asset at The United States of Tara. As a consultant, her open and honest answers to our never-ending onslaught of intrusive and far too personal questions have proven immeasurably invaluable. We’re lucky to have Leah’s innate ability to explain even the most complicated psychological dynamics with clarity and a healthy dose of humor.”
Nat Zee Drieu “Leah Peterson has real talent that comes through in her writing and speaking engagements. I’ve found her to be a great moderator: organized and insightful in her questions. In her writing for CRAFT, I’ve found them not only impeccably written but beautifully crafted as well. She has a way of bringing her fun personality into her writing that is truly unique.”
Faces_Anon_AE_2 “It has been such a beautiful experience, uncovering bits of me that I did not know I had; protections and layers that I did not know I had built. Leah has taught me how to be self aware, soothe my anxieties and fears, recognize my emotions and where they may be stuck. Every time I walk out of her office, I am lighter, a little more myself, and a little more resolute in taking the next steps in my story. I want everyone I know to experience Leah, her love, and her touch. She is amazing.”