“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation,
Welcome to the Summer 2014 issue of Westside Notes. Brene Brown’s quote about vulnerability seems especially relevant as I put together this edition of my quarterly newsletter. Although I’ve been publishing this ezine since 2007, this is the first time I get to announce my very own publication entitled From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery that will be officially released in early September. For those of you in the L.A. area, my book release gathering will be held on Saturday September 27th from 3–5pm in Venice (details to follow).
From Now On:
Introduction & Testimonials
Recovery from addiction is not a cookie-cutter process. Every addict experiences addiction differently, and every addict has a unique path of recovery. This workbook will complement your existing approaches to recovery whether they are 12-step programs, treatment centers, psychotherapy, and/or coaching.
Sometimes my clients ask me how they can get their minds to quiet down. I am a big fan of mindfulness and meditation. I recommend starting with 5 minutes of silent meditation in the morning. Some people think that if they meditate "properly," they will have a "blank mind." As a longtime meditator, I am here to report that I have never experienced a "blank mind" and I still have "stinking thinking" on a regular basis.
Private Practice Internships
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:
GPALA Outreach Committee Update
Maria Gray and I have been enthusiastically collaborating with our committee to roll out an innovative initiative and create brand-new relationships between GPALA (The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles) and the local clinical community. Our committee is dedicated to getting the word out about group therapy to as many clinicians as possible in the L.A. area, and we strongly believe that group therapy is one of the most effective and underutilized forms of psychotherapy available. In our efforts to generate visibility and establish alliances with training sites, agencies and programs all over the Southland, I welcome you to let us know about anyone who may benefit from a presentation to its interns and/or staff. If you have any leads, please let us know, and we will happily contact them.
Current Group Openings
Mixed Adult Psychotherapy Group (1 opening)
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