Meet Yael Baldwin


I’m a psychologist (seeing individuals and couples), author (with a new book on mutual-care I’m very excited about sharing) and educator (Professor Emerita from Mars Hill University now offering courses online). I’ve spent the past three decades studying, teaching, writing about, practicing, and offering guidance on how we as humans can lessen our misery while increasing our psychological richness, joy, and flourishing.


My whole life I’ve sensed connection is the key to wellbeing. Now, in my second half of life, I know it and so devote my life (work, play, and every day) to cultivating and sustaining beautiful, meaningful, and yes sometimes messy and painful because it’s how we’re made, connections for myself and others. My work on human flourishing through connection takes place in the therapy office, classroom, on the page, in my home, and infuses all I do and am.

Following careers in ballet and film, I began providing and researching different mental health treatment options from psychoanalysis to psychedelics, was a professor of clinical psychology for twenty years, and am now Professor Emerita of Mars Hill University. I’ve written academic books, anthology chapters, and journal articles, and speak nationally and internationally on the topic of suffering and treatment. I’m excited to share these teachings and learnings with you.

Sometimes I miss the incredibly embodied practice of ballet and the powerful visual storytelling medium of the film industry, and then I remember how all these pieces of the puzzle fit together; we live and tell our embodied stories to each other in myriad ways. Career wise, the one that finally stuck, for me, was via psychology.

My latest book and project focuses on mutual-care. Mutual-care is when two people intentionally and actively cultivate and sustain each other’s psychological richness and flourishing, reciprocally. In my upcoming book, The beauty and power of mutual-care, I dive into how self-care makes a positive difference, yet mutual-care offers an even greater advantage to our wellbeing, success, and happiness.

I live nestled in the beautiful blue ridge mountains of Asheville, NC, with my family amidst a very mutually-caring community.

Educational background

My undergraduate degree from Bard College in NY was in psychology and film. I attended Bard because they advertised themselves as “A place to think.” Having spent most of my time in ballet studios and on stage from the age of 6 onwards, I left a professional career in ballet to fulfill my most fully human self, which I knew included a life of the mind. Hence, I found “a place to think.” I studied philosophy, film, psychology, and much more. After graduation, I moved to NYC and worked in the film industry but studied psychology wherever I could. Then I did a Master’s at the University of Chicago in the social sciences trying to flesh out where I wanted to go with my intellectual and career journey. I decided upon clinical psychology and went to Duquesne University to study with Dr. Bruce Fink. I earned my Ph.D. there (with my clinical internship from Duke University) and have spent the past two decades working in the field of clinical psychology, in academia and the clinic.