Fall is my favorite season in Los Angeles, watching the birds change color and fall from the trees.
— David Letterman

As an East Coast transplant and a Letterman fan, Iíve always loved the absurdity of this quote. Yet, thereís a bit of nostalgia for me because Fall used to be my favorite season. Nowadays, I find this time of year tolerable, but there will always be a part of me that misses the cooler days and the changing of the leaves back East. Donít get me wrong—after thirty years, L.A. is home for me, and in so many ways, I love my life here. I guess Iíll just keep looking for the birds falling from the trees.

Itís Not About the Sex
(Release Date June 2019)

Not only does the Autumn season bring shorter days, itís also the season of edits and revisions for my upcoming book, Itís Not About the Sex. I suppose editing is like being a bear as I retreat to my den and hibernate until all of the edits are complete. And after all of the revisions have been made, Iíll re-emerge ready to share the fruits of my labor.

My editor, Dan Hernandez at Central Recovery Press has been instrumental in fine-tuning my manuscript and helping me refine it sentence by sentence, page by page. He reviews it with a fine-tooth comb to help me create a more cohesive work. We plan to have the editing process finished by the end of the year, and the release date is planned for June 2019. Stay tuned for more details.

The Curiosity Project
by Jen Davis, AMFT

The Curiosity Project magically emerged in my life during a time of great losses. I was thirty-years-old and did not yet know how to hold so much loss. I was sitting on my front porch in Los Angeles; heartbroken, stuck, staring down the barrel of another beautiful sunny day. This was when the gift appeared. A voice within me said, I cannot do this again today. I cannot sit here and eat my feelings like cake. Then a solution, Go do things youíve never done before.

Read more . . .

The Principles of Group Psychotherapy
(November 3-4, 2018)

The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (www.gpala.org) is offering this 2-day course, and Iíll be part of the faculty with my esteemed colleagues, Monica Farassat, Michael Frank and Keith Rand. I hope to see some of you in November at Clearview Treatment Center in Venice, CA.

This course provides training on issues unique to the practice of group therapy including a basic understanding of theory, principles, and applications. The course includes didactic presentations, discussions, and experiential group demonstrations. Itís intended for graduate students and mental health practitioners at any experience level who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in group therapy practice. (This event is currently sold out and will be held again in 2019.)

Brainspotting Presentation:
Evolution of Addiction Treatment

On Saturday January 26, 2019 Iíll be a co-presenter with Claudia Lewis and Maria Gray at the Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference here in Los Angeles. The name of the workshop is Brainspotting and Addiction: Regulating the Nervous System toward Sustainable Sobriety, and we would love to see you there. For more information, visit www.theevolutionofaddictiontreatment.com.

This past July I travelled to Boulder with Claudia Lewis to attend a weekend Master Class with Dr. David Grand, the founder of Brainspotting. After watching him demonstrate Brainspotting for three days, I returned to my practice feeling more freedom, creativity and spontaneity with my clients. Please let me know if I can answer any questions or curiosities you may have for me.

Office Space Now Available:
2550 Overland Avenue

Exceptional, part-time office space now available in my West L.A. psychotherapy suite designed by therapists for therapists. Centrally-located near Overland and Pico. Full/half days in windowed offices now available in 2-story, modern building. Tastefully-furnished, excellent soundproofing, ample parking options, call lights, separate exit, wireless. Call 310.281.8681 or email andrew@westsidetherapist.com. Click here for photos of our suite.

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Fall 2018

In This Issue:

  • Andrewís Upcoming Book
  • An Article from Jen Davis
  • Group Therapy Training
  • Brainspotting Update
  • Office Space Available

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About Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Group Psychotherapist
and Certified Brainspotting Practitioner who brings more than 27 years of experience to his work.


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