My name’s Nick Wignall. I’m a clinical psychologist, writer, teacher, and podcaster.
You can learn more about my work and interests below, but everything I write about comes down to one big principle:
Emotional health comes from good habits not just nice ideas.
In the same way that the body relies on healthy habits and exercise to stay fit and strong, emotional health depends on good habits of mind.
It’s popular to talk about emotional intelligence but what I’m really interested in is emotional fitness.
Every week I write new essays, articles, and guides to help people improve their emotional health and achieve their most important personal growth goals. Topics range from cultivating emotional intelligence and self-awareness to communication skills, productivity, and self-talk.
You can get my newest articles every Monday morning when you join my weekly newsletter.
You can also browse some of my most popular articles here →
I’m the host of the Minds&Mics podcast where I interview experts in psychology, mental health, and human performance. Some popular recent episodes include:
- How to Learn New Skills Quickly with Scott Young
- Childhood Anxiety with Kristen Ohlenforst
- The Science of Procrastination with Piers Steel
- Secrets to a Happy Marriage with Sam Hamburg
- The Psychology of Overeating with Caitlin Forst
Several times per year, I run a 5-week masterclass called Emotional Fitness Bootcamp: Essential Skills to Manage Difficult Moods with Confidence.
You can learn more about it here →
It always bugged me that finding a good therapist or counselor was such a confusing process. So I wrote a book about how to do it:
Find Your Therapy: A Practical Guide to Finding Quality Therapy.
It’s a nuts-and-bolts guide to the most important factors in choosing a therapist and how to go about finding a good one, either for yourself or someone you love.
I’m a licensed psychologist at The Cognitive Behavioral Institute of Albuquerque where I do psychotherapy with adults.
Board-certified in behavioral and cognitive psychology (ABPP), I specialize in empirically-supported treatments for anxiety and insomnia, including interoceptive exposure therapy for panic attacks, exposure and response prevention (ERP) for phobias and OCD, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) for sleep difficulties.
Training & Education
I did my doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Prior to that, I earned my master’s in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Dallas.
I am board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, as well as a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the New Mexico Psychological Association.
A little bit more about me
Originally from Northern California, I’ve lived in Dallas, Rome, Chicago, and Dallas (again) before moving to Albuquerque where I live with my wife, three daughters—Elena (5), Gabriela (3), and Evangeline (1)—and our German Shepherd, Charlie (or Charles Augustus if he’s been misbehaving).
Let’s keep in touch!
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