Westside Notes

Welcome to the Spring issue of Westside Notes. Several weeks ago I was up in Northern California for a 6-day Somatic Experiencing (SE) training as part of my 3-year certification process. It was held at a retreat center called the Mercy Center in Burlingame just south of the San Francisco Airport, and the gardens were in bloom with cherry blossoms, azaleas and freesia. Each morning I walked the labyrinth which was nestled into the gardens, and this meditative ritual helped me center myself each of my days away from home. Not only has the SE training continued to revitalize my therapy practice, but it’s also been a way to experience my own capacity to show up more fully in my life. For more information about SE and its trainings, visit the website at www.traumahealing.com.

My Recovery Coaching Blog Goes Live

I’m very pleased to announce that my new Recovery Coaching blog entitled Westside Post: Recovery Coaching Today will be launched Thursday May 8th. After setting an intention last year to start blogging (a new part of my vocabulary), I’m super excited to see it go live this week. Please visit my blog at Westside Post and become a part of my blogging community.

Article of the Month

Jana Heckerman, the founder of Tapestry Lodge in Pagosa Springs, Colorado (www.tapestrycoaching.com), recently published a terrific article about Recovery Coaching in Addiction Professional magazine, and it mentions my intentions to develop a pilot project to study our cutting-edge work.

Programs Could Use Some Coaching
by Jana Heckerman

It takes time and requires patience for any new idea to become integrated effectively into an existing culture. Recovery Coaching is a relatively new idea. It is just beginning to gain serious traction, showing strong signs of being much more than a passing fad. Consolidations and acquisitions within the addiction treatment industry will make coaching more attractive to administrators who want to find ways to differentiate their programs and to deliver high-quality care in the most cost-effective manner possible.
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Resource of the Month

For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Bodin Group (www.thebodingroup.com), here’s a resource you’ll want to keep handy for the future. Recently, I asked their L.A.-based team to describe their program, and here’s their description: Bodin has been providing assessment, placement, and case management to individuals and families since 1979.
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Women's Psychotherapy Group

Dr.Ruth Schneider and my intern, Ana Adal, M.A. are currently forming a women’s group which will meet in our Westside office on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 7-8:45pm. The group fee is $160 per month and Dr. Schneider is currently meeting with all prospective candidates. For more information or to set up a group consultation, please call 818.906.7568

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Spring 2008

In This Issue:

  • Recovery Coaching Blog Goes Live
  • Article of the Month
  • Resource of the Month
  • Women's Psychotherapy Group

About Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, MSW is a psychotherapist, coach, author and consultant who brings over 16 years of professional 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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