A psychologist by training, Dr. Hickman has worked with many different types of clients, all of whom brought unique challenges. After ten years in private practice, she transitioned into contract work in order to broaden her experiences. Her work has taken her from correctional institutions in Tennessee and Washington State to the Air Force in Alaska.
Along the way, however, Dr. Hickman became aware that basic mental and emotional skills were lacking in most clients, leading to issues such as relationship failures, emotional dysregulation, work difficulties, substance abuse or general life dissatisfaction and underachievement. Rather than focusing on disorders, her interests moved to promoting mental fitness skills and she founded the Mental Fitness Institute in 2014. Unlike most psychology-based services that target mentally ill individuals, mental fitness skills are for everyone and focus on positive, solution-focused learning of skills to improve everyday quality of life.
A creative herself, Dr. Hickman developed a private coaching practice dedicated to supporting creatives who wished to share their knowledge and expertise with the world. She worked with authors in achieving specific goals as they planned their project, worked through common obstacles, and navigated mental and emotional challenges or other unforeseen difficulties that arose throughout the creative process. With a focus on solving problems rather than being captured by them, clients learned how to remain firmly focused on writing goals, consistently meet deadlines, and practice healthy mental management skills to keep them moving forward and into completion.
In working with individual clients, Dr. Hickman was inspired to found The Write Cause as a means of providing a greater range of supportive services beyond coaching, not only for her own clients but for writers at large. Our team firmly believes that every person has something to say that will potentially elevate humanity, if only to a small degree. After all, if we have cause to write, we must also have the courage to share. Helping writers find their voice and develop skills for masterful expression are core callings and passions of The Write Cause.
The Write Cause aims to support the aspirations of writers from idea conception to the planning stages, throughout the writing process, and into the editing and publishing phases. We believe writers are some of the most important people in the world because writing is one of the most powerful means of sharing ideas. Powerful ideas, after all, have shaped and reshaped our world since written symbols were invented and important ideas preserved. Where would we be without the inventive, scientific and creative masterpieces of history? What amazing and life-altering ideas are being penned right now and by whom? If that work does not traverse from pen to page to publication, we may never know.
As part of her creative ventures, Dr. Hickman has a private fused glass studio. Fused glass is a distinct form of glass art that is separate from stained glass (cold glass) or blown glass (hot glass). In fused glass work, glass is cut in desired shapes, layered into a desired pattern and fused in a kiln (called warm glass).
Dr. Hickman travels across the U.S. to learn fused glass skills from various artists and spent a week of intensive classes at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning New York in 2020 and Ed Hoy studio outside of Chicago in 2019.