Thom Rutledge, LCSW

thom rutledge LCSW the teen mentor.jpegThom RUTLEDGE, LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship — as clinician and as client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 30 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion. Thom’s trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads that run throughout his unique brand of self-help psychology. (INTRApersonal Therapy)

The author of several books, Thom also writes regularly for self-help/recovery publications around the country, including Steps for Recovery (Los Angeles), The Phoenix (Minneapolis) and Recovery Today (national). Currently his monthly column, Nutshell Wisdom, is included with each edition of Serene Scene Magazine. His articles have also appeared in The Nashville Tennessean, The Indianapolis Star, The Chicago Tribune and The Philapdelphia Inquirer.

Thom is a frequent guest on talk radio shows from coast to coast and he has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The Fox Network, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Australia’s Channel 10 and he has consulted with The Dr. Phil Show.

Thom is the author of Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift, The Greater Possibilities and co-author (with Jenni Schaefer) of Life Without Ed among many others.

If you are interested in bringing Thom to your community or organization for a keynote speech or a workshop, call 615-327-3423 or e-mail

You can view Thom’s website by visiting

You can also visit Thom’s Nutshell Wisdom Gift Shop by clicking HERE.


How to Make Peace With Distress, Uncertainty & Fear

How Do I Move Forward After Having a Difficult Past?

Fear Is a Part of Life

Communication 101: The Starter Kit

Facing & Responding to an Eating Disorder

On Genuine Success: 8 Brief Lessons for Big Change

When Fear is in Charge

sit down and shut up.jpgCheck out Thom’s new Kindle E-Book, Sit Down & Shut Up: A Guide to Simple Meditation & Practical Wisdom.

Laugh. Think. Feel. Wonder. Repeat. Best selling author, Thom Rutledge, has always had a way of blending humor with the intensity that comes with facing long-standing fear, shame, and anger. With Sit Down & Shut Up, he brings the humor to the foreground without losing any of the down-to-earth usefulness readers have come to expect from him. This book belongs in a genre that is uniquely Thom Rutledge. Let’s call it Self-Helpful Entertainment. Order now and get ready to sit down and shut up. Or shout at the top of your lungs. As Thom is known to say, “totally your call.”