Therapy Land is the true story of a young woman’s struggle to overcome the severe anxiety-related disorders caused by a childhood spent in a dysfunctional family with a mentally ill father and severely narcissistic mother. Monica Gullotta’s humor and biting wit are ever-present as she candidly shares personal stories of her struggles to understand the impact mental illness has had on her life. Gullotta’s gifted therapist employs a unique form of counseling that not only guides her through the therapeutic process but also helps her gain insight and strength as she endeavors to recover from her past and rebuild her life. As she begins to heal, she develops a burning desire to help others who are dealing with mental illness and emotional trauma. While Gullotta shares many tragic events from her past, she also inspires us with her triumphs and eventual recovery. It is Monica’s hope that her story will bring inspiration and encouragement to her readers.
About Monica Gullotta (Syracuse, New York Author)
Monica Gullotta is an educator, lecturer, and author. In 1999, she founded and facilitated the Upstate Group for Panic, Anxiety, and Depression, where she provided educational group meetings and activities for 16 consecutive years.
In 2009, she founded the Ray of Hope Wellness Center, where she provided one-on-one mentoring sessions to educate individuals contending with anxiety and depression. Her work primarily focused on helping individuals understand the origin of their anxiety and depression, and implementing techniques to improve their overall functionality. She provided an array of coping strategies and techniques to mitigate symptoms while emphasizing the development of strategies for reframing the way anxiety and depression was viewed.
Monica has written a number of educational workshops, including: Rethinking Anxiety & Depression: Anxiety the Ally, Depression a Discovery Device, Moving Beyond Limitations, Letting Go of the Past, Overcoming A Victim Mentality, and Fear Blasting. She has both lectured and spoken on a wide range of topics at a number of venues, such as: Cayuga Community College, Baldwinsville Public Library, Fayetteville Public Library, Oneida Public Library, Nami-Promise Incorporated in Syracuse and Oneida, St. Joseph’s Mental Health Service Continuing Day Treatment Program, Jim Marshall Farms Foundation, Inc., Jamesville Correctional Facility, and the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County. Monica has authored the book Therapy Land, a memoir that chronicles her life. She is presently working on her second book.
In 2008, Monica received the Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by the Mental Health Association of Onondaga County, and was honored for "innovative work, that gives people suffering from panic, anxiety, and depression the support and knowledge needed to help themselves." This award was given each year to an individual who displayed exceptional commitment and dedication to those contending with mental illness.
Monica has attended Syracuse University and Capella University and has a master's degree specializing in counseling.