Westside Notes

“We spend precious hours fearing the
inevitable. It would be wise to use that
time adoring our families, cherishing
our friends, and living our lives.”

                                                     — Maya Angelou

Welcome to the Fall issue of Westside Notes. As we begin to enter the holiday season, I’d like to take this opportunity to give thanks to those people in my life who choose to be in my corner year after year. It’s hard to believe that 2009 is almost drawing to a close, and I find myself full of gratitude for the tremendous gifts in my life.

Conferences in Review

Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health Annual Conference (San Diego)

In September I gave a presentation entitled THE JOY OF SEXual recovery where I shared tools and ideas from both coaching and positive psychology. It’s always fun to look through the lens of coaching (along with a dash of 12-step wisdom and Somatic Experiencing tools) because I get to focus on wellness and empowerment rather than pathology and deficits.

2009 Southern California Recovery Summit
(Los Angeles)

In October I was part of a panel discussion focusing on Recovery Coaching, and it was an energizing session as the audience was clearly hungry for new ways to approach an old problem. We had the opportunity to dialogue about coaching and how it supports those in recovery, and it felt in sync with my ongoing efforts to spread the word through Recovery Coaches International (www.recoverycoaching.org). Because coaching has been so instrumental in my personal and professional life, it’s easy to get the word out with enthusiasm.

Office Space Available on
“Both Sides of the Hill”

Part-time office space is still available in both my Overland Suite (West L.A.) and in my aunt’s Encino Suite (Ventura & Woodley). If you know any therapists, coaches, psychiatrists or other related professionals who may be looking for a terrific space for their practice, please forward this information and have them contact me directly at 310.281.8681.

Article of the Month
Recovery Coaching vs.
Therapy vs. Sponsorship

Through the years the most common question people ask me about coaching is “What are the differences between coaching and therapy?” Because I’ve focused quite a bit on coaching those in recovery, I put together a chart outlining the differences between Recovery Coaching, therapy and sponsorship. Click here.

Resource of the Month
Foundation for Human Enrichment

As I wrap up my 3 year training in Somatic Experiencing (SE), I want to express my gratitude to the Foundation for Human Enrichment for developing and implementing this transformative program. Not only has my private practice been infused with a new dimension to work with my clients, but it has also been incredibly valuable on a personal level. If you have any questions about the training or SE in general, please let me know or click here to find out more.

I wish you a peaceful holiday season and a very healthy new year. If you prefer not to receive future mailings, simply unsubscribe below.



Fall 2009

In This Issue:

  • Conferences in Review
  • Office Space Available
  • Article of the Month
  • Resource of the Month

About Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, MSW is a psychotherapist, coach, author and consultant who brings over 17 years of experience to his work. As a pioneer in the cutting-edge field of Recovery Coaching, he is passionate about introducing this revolutionary process to the addiction recovery community.
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