Permission to Speak

A Conversation with Samara Bay

Streamed live July 26, 2023. Some offers may no longer be available.

Join Psychotherapy Networker editor-in-chief Livia Kent and psychotherapist Mark O’Connell as they chat with author Samara Bay about her new book Permission to Speak, and how we can embody our true voices in our lives—and in the therapy room.

Get a taste of Samara’s book by downloading your FREE excerpt at And don’t miss out on Mark’s book review as well as Ryan Howes’s interview with Samara in the March/April issue of Psychotherapy Networker.

Livia Kent

Livia Kent, MFA, is the editor in chief of Psychotherapy Networker. She worked for 10 years with Rich Simon as managing editor of Psychotherapy Networker, and taught writing at American University as well as for various programs around the country. As a bibliotherapist, she’s facilitated therapy groups in Washington, DC-area schools and in the DC prison system. In 2020, she was named one of Folio Magazine’s Top Women in Media “Change-Makers.” She’s the recipient of Roux Magazine‘s Editor’s Choice Award, The Ledge Magazine‘s National Fiction Award, and American University’s Myra Sklarew Award for Original Novel.

Mark O'Connell

Mark O’Connell, LCSW-R, MFA, is a psychotherapist and professional actor in New York City. He’s the author of the new book The Performing Art of Therapy: Acting Insights and Techniques for Clinicians, and writes for Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, as well as clinical journals.