Hi! I’m Margarita!

(Yes, that’s my real name :)


I’m an associate editor at, an award–winning mental health website that’s been around since 1995! I write about everything from anxiety to body image to creativity to couples. I also write for other wonderful websites, including and

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Florida State University, and my master’s degree in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University.

Often I write the words I need to read. I write to let others know they’re not alone. You’re not alone in feeling alone. You’re not alone in feeling anxious. In having a really loud inner critic. In having a hard time navigating your grief. In having a hard time.

I write to give readers practical, empowering tips to help them take compassionate care of themselves and others. This might be anything from being kind to yourself when you’re anxious to sitting with your pain to getting out of bed when you’re depressed to making the most of your therapy sessions.

I’m originally from Moscow, where I lived until I was six years old. In 1989, I immigrated to America with my family—seven humans and one cat. When I started second grade at P.S. 52 in Brooklyn, New York, I didn’t have a clue what anyone was saying to me. I also failed every vocabulary test. For a while.

But after finally learning English, I started falling in love with words. Ordinary yet magical words. And I started falling in love with stories. And I started writing a few of my own.

Today, I live in way-too-warm Florida with my husband, Brian, and our daughter, Lily.