Westside Notes

“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable
of becoming, is the only end in life.”

                                                     — Robert Louis Stevenson

Welcome to the autumn issue of Westside Notes. Here in Santa Monica it seemed like we missed out on our usual summer as the marine layer lingered above us more days than not while recent rains arrived about a month earlier than expected. Don’t get me wrong—I actually prefer this version of real weather, but this summer we were exceptionally sun-deprived here on the Westside. Now that the holiday of giving thanks approaches, I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you and wish you a very safe, healthy and peaceful holiday season.

The Roads Merge:
Where Addiction Recovery
Meets Group Therapy

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Recently, I’ve been going through a bit of a renaissance with my group work as I’ve been attending more trainings and starting a brand-new group, and here in L.A. the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (www.gpala.org) is truly the local nucleus for training, education and camaraderie. In April we’ll be hosting a ground-breaking, one-day conference entitled The Roads Merge: Where Addiction Recovery meets Group Therapy at the American Jewish University off Mulholland at the 405. It’s a rare opportunity to bring together two of my professional communities—group therapists and addiction professionals—and to create a dialogue and a stronger bridge between them. Here is an excerpt and a link to our preliminary flyer:

Addictive and compulsive behaviors are pervasive in our culture and often cause our clients a great deal of pain. In every therapy group, we hear many examples of real-life distress produced by difficulties confronting self-destructive patterns. Click here for flyer.

Therapy Group Openings

Recently, I started a brand-new therapy group (general process group for men & women) which meets every Monday from 6-7:30pm in my Westside office. The group still has room for one more male and one more female so please keep my group in mind. It’s designed for clients who have some individual therapy experience under their belt and are looking for the therapeutic support and feedback available in a group setting. For more details, please call me at 310.281.8681 or andrew@westsidetherapist.com.

Office Space Available
in My Westside Suite

  • 2550 Overland—3 blocks from Westside Pavilion.
  • Part-time space (full/half days) in both windowed and interior offices.
  • 2-story, modern, sophisticated building.
  • Designed by therapists for therapists.
  • Very good soundproofing.
  • Call light system, separate exit.
  • Bottled water, microwave/refrigerator, wireless.
  • Contact Andrew at 310.281.8681 or andrew@westsidetherapist.com.

Resource of the Month:
Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute


Most of you know that I completed the 3-year certification process to become a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and I just wanted to remind you of this valuable resource if you know anyone who is looking for clinicians trained in this approach. Below is a brief description of SE borrowed from the trauma healing website:

Somatic Experiencing® is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Peter Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of thousands. SEĀ® restores self-regulation and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away.

Click here for more information about how I integrate SE into my therapy practice.

Take good care and hope to see you in 2011 if not sooner. If you prefer not to receive future mailings, simply unsubscribe below.



Autumn 2010

In This Issue:

  • Save the Date: April 10, 2011
  • Therapy Group Openings
  • Office Space Available
  • Resource of the Month

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Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, MSW is a psychotherapist, coach, author and somatic experiencing practitioner who brings more than 18 years of experience to his practice.
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