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Webinars, Workshops, & Podcasts

“To the patient who wants to die: a psychologist’s perspective [PODCAST].” https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2021/07/to-the-patient-who-wants-to-die-a-psychologists-perspective-podcast.html (2021).

“Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).” Virtual Conference: The 2020 Migraine Symposium Hosted by The Association of Migraine Disorders. https://www.migrainedisorders.org/podcast/s3ep22-acceptance-commitment-therapy/

"Compassion with Comorbidities." Presented at the Virtual RetreatMigraine, Sponsored by CHAMP (2020).

"Migraine and Mental Health: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly." Co-presented with Jamie Sanders. Opening workshop at RetreatMigraine, Sponsored by CHAMP (2019). https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2322677541311958&id=858189684367140

INvisible Project: “Voices Heard.” This video was first shown on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the U.S. Pain Foundation's Real Hope Real Heroes Gala. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kSqG-0SbLs&t=90s

"Mindfulness and Chronic Pain: Going Beyond One's Psychological Suffering." 3 Part Webinar with The International Pain Foundation (iPain) (2016).

     Part 1: https://youtu.be/AN3zXbIoxCE

     Part 2: https://youtu.be/G_wEUCG-Fr4

     Part 3: https://youtu.be/3T10ykjK1UY

"It Could be Worse...and other things NOT to say to patients with Chronic Pain." Presented at The Midwest Pain Expo (2016). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPs2uNUx1Uk Please note that when this was recorded, person first language was solely used (ex. person with chronic pain). Later that year I educated doctors on how many people prefer to refer to themselves as "disabled" instead of a "person with disabilities." While this is entirely up to personal preference, I felt it was important to make note of it.

My iPain Featurette with The International Pain Foundation (iPain). (2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBP81espuCA (I now have many more conditions that were not mentioned in this video!)

"The Impact of Chronic Pain in Adolescence." Recorded at PAINWeek 2016. https://www.painweek.org/media/video/impact-chronic-pain-adolescence

"Issues in Patient-Provider Communications on Chronic Pain." Recorded at PAINWeek 2016. https://www.painweek.org/media/videos/issues-patient-provider-communications-chronic-pain

Melissa Geraghty PAINWeek 2014 On-the-Spot Interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9iqdpLDfKQ




“Dr. Melissa Geraghty Psy.D. of Phoenix Rising with Dr. G." Rare Revolution Magazine (2022). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/honored-to-be-featured-in-rare-revolution-magazine

"I'm an Eating Disorder Psychologist--These are my 4 tips to help parents." Newsweek (2022). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/i-m-an-eating-disorder-psychologist-these-are-my-4-tips-to-help-parents

"3 eating disorder myths that healthcare professionals should debunk." (2022). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/3-eating-disorder-myths-that-health-care-professionals-should-debunk

"How to manage Long COVID." Author: Stephanie Cajigal. I am quoted in this article. (2021). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/quoted-in-brain-life-magazine

"The keyboard warriors will never stop--but we can stop reacting." (2021). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/the-keyboard-warriors-will-never-stop-but-we-can-stop-reacting

"To the patient who wants to die: a psychologist's perspective." (2021). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/to-the-patient-who-wants-to-die-a-psychologist-s-perspective

Spinal CSF Leak Foundation (2021). Interviewed for #duradash spotlight: Melissa Geraghty. https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/duradash-spotlight-melissa-geraghty

"The ‘Covid Cloud’ Is Real." Author: Dr. Jessi Gold. I am quoted in this article. (2020). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/quoted-in-instyle-magazine-the-covid-cloud-is-real

"I Got COVID 9 Months Ago and Still Have Symptoms." Newsweek (2020). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/i-got-covid-9-months-ago-and-still-have-symptoms

What's a pain psychologist? Dr. Melissa Geraghty can explain. (2019). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/what-s-a-pain-psychologist-dr-melissa-geraghty-can-explain-2

"What Parents Can do to Promote Body Acceptance." (2018). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/what-parents-can-do-to-promote-body-acceptance

"Weight culture escapes no one." (2018) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/weight-culture-escapes-no-one

"When you have chronic pain, and then you become sick." (2018) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/when-you-have-chronic-pain-and-then-you-become-sick

INvisible Project: Migraine Addition (1st Edition). U.S. Pain Foundation (2017). https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/dr-g-is-featured-in-the-invisible-project-migraine-addition-1st-edition

“Medical history and current medications documents.” (2017) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/medical-history-and-current-medications-documents

"A Letter to Caregivers." (2017) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/a-letter-to-caregivers

“Commitment and Chronic Pain: A Potent Combination.” (2016) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/commitment-and-chronic-pain-a-potent-combination

"The One Thing People with Chronic Pain Think but Cannot Say Out Loud." (2016) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/the-one-thing-people-with-chronic-pain-think-but-cannot-say-out-loud

"Chronic Pain and the Patient/Provider Conversation." (2016) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/chronic-pain-and-the-patient-provider-conversation-painweek

"Chronic Pain in Adolescence: What's Different, What's the Same?" (2016) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/chronic-pain-in-adolescence-what-s-different-what-s-the-same-painweek

"The Biopsychosocialspiritual Impact of Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness, and Physical Disabilities in Adolescence." (2015) Co-Author: Dr. Dawn Buse, Ph.D. https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/the-biopsychosocialspiritual-impact-of-chronic-pain-chronic-illness-and-physical-disabilities-in-adolescence

"Bereavement: Healing from the Loss of Someone You Love." (2015) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/bereavement-healing-from-the-loss-of-someone-you-love

"Pregnancy and Beyond: Is it the Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?" (2015) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/pregnancy-and-beyond-is-it-the-baby-blues-or-postpartum-depression

"Living with Chronic Pain." (2015) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/living-with-chronic-pain

"Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)." (2015) https://www.phoenixrisingwithdrg.com/blog/acceptance-commitment-therapy-act

Recommended Resources

Over the years, many patients and their families have asked me for recommendations of books, workbooks, and comfort items. I have compiled the following lists with my recommendations (items will be added periodically):

  • Pain, Medical, and Chronic Illness
  • Eating Disorder Books
  • Mindfulness Books
  • Therapy Books and Workbooks
  • Grief Books
  • Intimate Relationships Books
  • Pregnancy and Parenting Books
  • Care for Skin, Lips, and Hair
  • Tea
  • And for fun…Everything Dogs!

Please click the below link to take you to these resources:


Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. #AmazonInfluencer

All information provided on my Amazon Storefront (www.amazon.com/shop/mindfuldrg) is meant to be informational and does not replace any advice from a healthcare professional. By accessing the suggested lists you agree to indemnity and hold Dr. Melissa Geraghty harmless from and against all liabilities, legal fees, damages, losses, costs and other expenses in relation to any claims of actions.

Supportive Websites

The Coalition For Headache And Migraine Patients (CHAMP) is a new organization that provides support to people with headache, migraine and cluster diseases who are often stigmatized and under-served. CHAMP brings together organizations and leaders in this disease area to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration to more effectively help people wherever they are on their patient journey. CHAMP is working to identify unmet needs of those with headache, migraine and cluster diseases, and will work to better support patients and their caregivers.” Dr. Geraghty is a CHAMP Inaugural Board Member. https://headachemigraine.org/

The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD) is a non-profit (501 c 3) organization working in the areas of support, awareness, advocacy, referral, education, and prevention of eating disorders.” Dr. Geraghty was an ANAD Board Member from 2018-2021. https://anad.org/

U.S. Pain Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving those who live with conditions that cause chronic pain, as well as their caregivers and care providers.” https://uspainfoundation.org/

The International Pain Foundation (iPain) is devoted to advancing access and quality care in order to help people suffering from a variety of muscular skeletal, inflammatory, neurological, emotional, degenerative and often rare conditions that involve chronic pain through education, awareness, and access to care projects.” https://internationalpain.org/

Inspire: “Leading social network for health that connects patients and caregivers in a safe permission-based manner.” https://www.inspire.com/join/

Wellness House envisions a community where all people affected by cancer thrive. Offered at no cost, and as a complement to medical treatment, our programs educate, support, and empower participants so they will improve their physical and emotional well-being.” www.wellnesshouse.org

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.” https://www.nami.org/home

To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.” https://twloha.com/

Crisis & Support Services

Phoenix Rising with Dr. G and any interactions with Dr. Melissa Geraghty are not substitutes for psychological care or medical assistance, nor will psychological guidance be administered. Dr. Melissa Geraghty is unable to support you during a crisis, or answer any of your medical or psychological questions, as she is not your clinical health psychologist. 

If you feel you need to speak with a mental health professional, you can find a psychologist (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) or a counselor or social worker (LCPC, LPC, LCSW, LSW) in your area by searching the following websites or checking with your insurance provider (Dr. Geraghty cannot guarantee the quality of these websites, healthcare professionals, or if their information is up-to-date):



Upon searching for a psychologist or counselor, call or email them to find out if they specialize in the difficulties you are experiencing. Remember, you have the right to ask questions and find someone who you connect with.

If you are in an emotional or suicidal crisis, call 911 or 800.273.TALK (8255) or go to your nearest emergency room.

Dr. Melissa Geraghty cannot guarantee the crisis line information below is up-to-date or accurate and she cannot guarantee the quality of the services provided by any crisis line or crisis resource.

Crisis Line Information:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Number: 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255)

Website:  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

The Trevor Project

Number: 1.866.488.7386

Website: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/section/get-help

Info: Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. TrevorChat and TrevorText also available.

Veteran’s Crisis Line

Number: 1.800.273.8255, Press 1

Website: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

Online Chat: http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx