Moxie & Candor is a lifestyle magazine and blog designed to help us take better care of ourselves.


Moxie & Candor’s mission is to provide content that empowers us to take better care of ourselves, lead more value-driven lives, and advocate for ourselves more effectively.  Moxie and Candor is for everyone who wants to become more fully realized versions of themselves. We provide evidence-based strategies, opinion pieces based on lived experiences, and interviews that bring us closer to living our lives in ways we are proud of. 

Why use succulents as a symbol?

It’s said that succulents symbolize enduring love. Beyond their beauty, they store water in their leaves to weather harsh conditions. They are scrappy and resilient. Those traits are at heart of creating change.


Nehjla Mashal, PhD  Writer, Founder, & Editor

Nehjla Mashal, PhD

Writer, Founder, & Editor

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Dr. Nehjla Mashal is a licensed psychologist (PSY28893) providing evidenced-based individual psychotherapy for adults and teens in San Francisco. She has a direct and collaborative style and treats each client with warmth and respect. Her areas of expertise include the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, and depressive disorders, such as Major Depressive Disorder and Persistent Depressive Disorder. She is also interested in topics such as assertiveness and effective communication strategies, diversity and intersectionality, and the relationship between anxiety and interpersonal functioning. She strives to help her clients make meaningful changes in their lives and is inspired and energized by their strength, resiliency, and capacity for change.

Dr. Mashal received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University. She has served as a study therapist on a randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder and a pilot study of problem solving therapy for anxiety disorders. Dr. Mashal had a dual appointment as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Centers (MIRECC) at VA Palo Alto Health Care System and at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Dr. Mashal has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Problem Solving Therapy (PST), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and applied tension and exposure for blood-injection-injury (BII) phobia. Dr. Mashal also provides clinical supervision to trainees and engages in diversity and inclusion work.

See Dr. Mashal’s Featured Therapist Interview with the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies at:

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Jordan Jones, LICSW  Contributor & Editor

Jordan Jones, LICSW

Contributor & Editor

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Jordan Jones is a Licensed Clinical Independent Social Worker (LICSW) providing outpatient individual psychotherapy to adults and adolescents in the Twin Cities metro area. She provides a supportive environment where clients can reorient themselves, build skills, and develop new insights in order to reach their goals. She is trained in Narrative Exposure Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Mindfulness interventions, and works with both English and Spanish speakers. Jordan enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, gardening, and foraging for mushrooms.