Writing portfolio

This writing portfolio includes the books I’ve authored, other platforms I write on, and academic journal publications.  You can also check out my portfolio on Contently.

I blog under the name ashleyleia, but otherwise write primarily as Ashley L. Peterson.


Author of Psych Meds Made Simple (2019).

Author/editor of Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis (2019).

Contributor to The Silent Scream: An Anthology of Despair, Struggle, And Hope by Maria Alfieri (2020).

Author of Managing the Depression Puzzle (2020).

Mental Health @ Home Books covers: Psych Meds Made Simple, Managing the Depression Puzzle, and Making Sense of Psychiatric Diagnosis

Articles/Guest Posts

Bella Grace (June 2019). Turning outward.

Canadian Nurse (2014). It can happen to anyone: Reaching out.

I am 1 in 4 (2018). Mental illness and the dreaded job interview.


Libero Magazine

Mental Health Matters (2018)Evidence-based supplements for depression.

NAMI (2020. Why Stereotypes About Psychosis Are Harmful.

New Life Outlook (2018). My story: Ashley Peterson.

Psychreg (2019). Blogging as a therapeutic tool for mental health.

Respect Yourself (2017). Using your voice for mental health.

Stigma Fighters (2017). Personal story.

The Mighty:

Time to Change (2018). Ron saw through my mental illness to the real me.

Uncomfortable Revolution (2019 ). A Venetian romantic getaway for me and my depression.

Unsinkable (2020). Mental Health Professionals Aren’t Immune to Mental Illness.

Visions: BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal (2014). On both sides of the desk: Working as a mental health nurse with a mental illness. 

Vocal Media: Author page.

Guest Appearances on Other Blogs

Facing the Challenges of Mental Health. Interviewed.

Happiness Between Tails.

Our DID Journey (2019). Featured Hero in the mist.

Panoramic Counseling (2019). My therapy journal.

Renard’s World

Secretladyspider Blog (2019). When body meets brain.

Undercover Superhero (2020). Interviewed for The reality of major depressive disorder.

Selected Articles in Medium.com Publications

1 Minute Reads (2019)

A Few Words

Age of Awareness

Candour (2019)

Demystifying (2019)

Feel, Heal, Share (2019)

  • InkMend (2019)

Invisible Illness

Live Your Life On Purpose (2019)

Mariposa Magazine (2019)

Messy Mind (2019)

Noteworthy – The Journal Blog (2019): My Fortress of solitude

P.S I Love You (2019)

The Ascent

The Haven

The Mile High Club (2019)

The Obscured (2019): Depression is a thief

The Startup

The Writing Cooperative

Warm Hearts

Writers On The Run

Academic publications

Peterson, A.L. (2017). Experiencing stigma as a nurse with mental illness. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 24(5), 314-321.

Peterson, A.L. (2016). Finding identity and meaning as a nurse with a mental illness. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 30(5), 558-562.

Peterson, A.L. (2015). A case for the use of autoethnography in nursing research. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 7(1), 226-233.

Peterson, A.L. (2015). Being a mental health nurse with a mental illness: An autoethnography (Master’s thesis).

Peterson, A.L. (2013). Integrating mental health and addictions services to improve client outcomes. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34(10), 752-756.

Peterson, A.L. (2013). Getting published for the first time: Tips for new graduate students. Nurse Author & Editor, 23(2).