“It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.”
Welcome to the Spring 2014 issue of Westside Notes, and in this newsletter we will be focusing primarily on the ever-present issue of stress and anxiety. We live with it every day of our lives, but how do we respond to it? In graduate school I completed my research project focusing on stress management among teens, and I studied the work of Hans Selye, an Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist who is considered by many to be one of the first scientists to identify the existence of physiological stress. As a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, I've become acutely-aware of the vulnerability of our autonomic nervous system to become dysregulated (e.g. generalized anxiety and panic attacks) due to stored trauma as well as the resiliency and resourcefulness within us to regulate once again. Because every one of my clients asks me at one time or another about ways to manage anxiety, I recently compiled a list of practical reminders available to each of us.
Anxiety Relief: Tools & Strategies
One of the most powerful tools for anxiety relief is meditation, and Maria Gray has written a personal account of her journey toward meditation which dispels the myths while at the same time illustrates ways to integrate this often-misunderstood ancient practice into everyday life.
By now you might have heard about the many benefits of practicing meditation. I don't know about you, but my mind begins to snap shut as soon as someone tells me that something is good for me (especially when it comes to lima beans). So I won't tell you why meditation is good for you — instead I will share some of my own experience with meditation and some tips for starting your own meditation practice. I hope to dispel some of the myths that I had to overcome when I began practicing.
Get Mindful, Be Happy:
Maria will be offering a free afternoon workshop entitled Get Mindful, Be Happy at the Santa Monica Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd) on Saturday, May 3rd from 1-2pm. Positive Psychology is an innovative, research-based model of psychology which is founded on the belief that people want to cultivate what is best within themselves and enhance their experience in the areas of work, love and play. The workshop will explore the relationship between mindfulness and happiness and offer proven suggestions for enhancing your level of happiness by using mindfulness techniques. For more information contact Maria at 310.319.6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflections on AGPA's
I had heard about the AGPA (American Group Psychotherapy Association) Annual Meeting for years, and this year I made the decision to attend — and I'm thankful that I did. In February I went to Boston with the belief that I would return with new knowledge and skills that would assist me in my professional work as a clinician and instructor. However, I underestimated the impact it would have on me personally, as well.
Current Group Openings
Second Stage Recovery Group
Private Practice Internships Available Soon
Currently, I have three very talented associates (aka interns) in my practice, and as they prepare to cross the threshold into licensure, I'm beginning to meet with prospective candidates interested in joining my practice. Warmly,
In This Issue:
About Andrew Susskind —
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