Best-selling author. Psychologist. Raconteur. Three memoirs. One novel and counting. Made in the US, imported to Canada. Toronto urbanite and Creemore farm hand.

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Coming out Sept.22, 2020 in America!

GOOD MORNING, MONSTER

A therapist creates moving portraits of five of her most memorable patients, men and women she considers psychological heroes.

Catherine Gildiner is a bestselling memoirist, a novelist, and a psychologist who practiced privately for 25 years. This book focuses on five brave men and women who overcame enormous trauma–in her view, heroes who should be celebrated. READ MORE

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MONSTER IS A HIT IN THE U.S.!!

Publishers Weekly  Raves about Good Morning, Monster Clinical psychologist Gildiner (Too Close to the Falls) shares heart-wrenching stories of child abuse in this pull-no-punches narrative about five of her patients. Of them, nine-year-old Laura was abandoned by her sociopathic father in a Canadian winter and left to raise her younger siblings; Read the full review

March In Calgary!!

Catch me on Calgary’s CTV Morning Live Talk in Calgary  On Monday the 9th Wednesday the 11th of March. Catch me at on Wednesday at The owls’ nest in Calgary 7:00. Great old store. Hope to see you there. If you are anywhere near Collingwood drop InMarch 25th in Collingwood library 7:00 PM – 9:00 […]

On CBC: Catherine Gildiner writes about her most memorable therapy patients in Good Morning, Monster

“When I left psychology I was burned out. I’d done it for 25 years and I’d heard everyone’s story and so much trauma. I decided to tell my own story. These five people that I write about always came back to me — out of the hundreds of people that I had seen.- Catherine  Gildiner “I waited […]

My Bestsellers

BEST SELLER

Too Close to the Falls

Winner of The Different Drummer award
Nominated for the Trillium award
154 weeks on Globe and Mail’s best seller’s list
New York Times Best seller’s list.

BEST SELLER

Coming Ashore

BEST SELLER

Seduction

Translated into four languages
Best sellers’ list in Germany and The Netherlands
Nominated for the coveted Der Speigal award for best mystery

My Book Talks
May 7th, 2020 – Milton
May 4, 2020 Lora Bay event in Thornbury, Ontario
November 19th Read for the cure 5:30
In Praise of
Good Morning, Monster

Gildiner has not written dry clinical case studies, but instead deeply moving accounts of people trying to come to terms with childhood trauma. These journeys of discovery are both thought provoking and surprising. As Gildiner writes, 'In many ways psychology is like archaeology. As you dig down to uncover each layer and carefully dust off the artifacts that emerge, you eventually find a whole buried world that seems stranger than fiction. — Creemore Echo

Too Close to the Falls

Anyone who ever was, or has , a child considered different in some way will enjoy this book..The author’s maturity, her ability to forgive rather than blame informs this book, and is the ultimate gift to the reader. - Globe Mail

After the Falls

Writing about a time of social transition and cultural upheaval, Catherine Gildiner’s voice — charming, affable, unflappable, dryly funny and keenly perceptive—guides us through severn years of her eventful, extraordinary journey on this Planet . — Wayne Johnson

Coming Ashore

Downright irresistible…Gildiner delves into the bonds of family and love, all in a voice so ifectious I’d follow it anywhere — Boston Globe

Gildiner’s Gospel
The yin and yang of Leipzig

The yin and yang of Leipzig

 I am here in Leipzig, East Germany to tag along to my husband’s medical convention of 5000 international radiologists. (They all look perilously alike. They all share one trait. They wanted to be doctors but never see patients.( Picture a town flooded with said individuals.) I am an historical artifact called the The-wife-traveling-with-her-working-husband. I am

Writing an Historical Novel :the Underground Railroad
Writing an Historical Novel :the Underground Railroad

I am having a new experience. That alone is a joy at the age 70. I am writing an historical novel! (One of my sons said I am so old my three memoirs are now historical.) It’s a big undertaking but it keeps my mind alive. I did, in fact, already write somewhat of a historical novel in

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LIFE IS A GAS IN SAN MIGUEL, MEXICO
LIFE IS A GAS IN SAN MIGUEL, MEXICO

If you think you have nothing left to learn at age seventy-—think again. I learned two invaluable lessons this week while vacationing in Mexico. It took an emergency for me to absorb them.For the last three years we have opted to find housing through airbnb in our trips to San Miguel, Mexico. Each year it has worked

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ANGER WRITES FOR ME
ANGER WRITES FOR ME

I was having coffee other day with some other writers and they were saying the worst occupational hazard they face is the dreaded Writer’s Block; that is  facing the blank  page with nothing to say. Much to everyone’s shock I said I’d never once  suffered from writers’ block. Some one asked me what motivated me and I

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Other Writing
My Article: The Globe and Mail, “My Quiet Moment with Citizen Jane”

My Article: The Globe and Mail, “My Quiet Moment with Citizen Jane”

  Photo credit: Adrian Wyld The Globe and Mail, April 4, 2006 Reprinted with permission It was May in 1981. I had just given birth to the largest identical twins ever born at Toronto’s Women’s College Hospital the previous month. I already had a two-year-old at home. Well, home was a stretch. We lived above a store three doors south of Honest Ed’s on Bathurst Street. My husband and I were students at the time. In order to pay the rent, he had gone to Inuvik to earn isolation pay. The twins cried all night every night for the first month of their life and my...

My Article: Reader’s Digest, “It’s a Wild Life”
My Article: Reader’s Digest, “It’s a Wild Life”

I wrote this article for Reader’s Digest in August 2006. Here it is in PDF format: It’s a Wild Life

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Humour and Humanity in the Memoirs of Catherine Gildiner
Humour and Humanity in the Memoirs of Catherine Gildiner

  “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.” – Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory   Review by Bob Douglas, Critics At Large.ca This apt epigraph opens Catherine Gildiner’s first volume, Too Close to the Falls (ECW Press, 1999), of a memoirs’ trilogy that was

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Recording Artist at Work
Recording Artist at Work

I’ve been taking Garageband lessons from the folks at Apple so I can bring Coming Ashore to you live from my writing studio. I’ve recorded the podcasts in segments, so you can listen to me read my escapades aloud, one chapter at a time. You can listen here.

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