Melissa Kirk is a writer and editor who works as an acquisitions and developmental editor at New Harbinger Publications, a self-help psychology publisher in Oakland, CA. She edits and contributes to the blog Joy at the Heart of Things here: joyattheheart.
Melissa has struggled with depression and anxiety for most of her life. She had her first therapist at age 7 and bought her first self-help book at age 10. Now a veteran of more self-help books, workshops, and methods than she can count, she writes about what she learns from her job editing self-help books, as well as the always juicy lessons that life throws her way. She's the co-author of Depression 101: A Practical Guide to Treatments, Self-Help Strategies, and Preventing Relapse.