Westside Notes

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
                                                     — Margaret Mead

Welcome to the Winter edition of Westside Notes. Margaret Mead’s quote speaks to the profound power of group process. Having facilitated therapy groups for the past 18 years, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing small groups of thoughtful people impact one another which in turn transforms relationships, families and communities through greater consciousness. Currently, I’m spreading the word about the tremendous value of groups which will be demonstrated at this upcoming event:

The Roads Merge:
Where Addiction Recovery Meets Group Therapy
Sunday, April 10, 2011

In early April the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) will be hosting a one-day, groundbreaking conference, and I’ll be moderating the event which will focus on addictions and trauma within the group process. In the 20 years that I’ve been in the field, I don’t recall a conference of this nature, and we’re very excited to bring together these two professional communities—group therapists and addiction professionals—to create a meaningful dialogue and build a stronger bridge between them.

For more details and to register for this event, please visit Upcoming Events at www.gpala.org.

Current Openings in My Groups

Co-ed Psychotherapy Group
Mondays 6 – 7:30pm

Men’s Psychotherapy Group
Wednesdays 7- 8:30pm

Both groups are designed for clients who have 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 310.281.8681 or andrew@westsidetherapist.com.

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Westside Pavilion)

  • Part-time space (full/half days) in both windowed and interior offices.
  • 2-story, modern building (built in 2008).
  • 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.

Book review: The Center Cannot Hold:
My Journey Through Madness
Elyn R. Saks

Written by a professor of law and psychiatry at USC, this memoir is truly a courageous act which parallels An Unquiet Mind (i.e. Kaye Jamison’s memoir about bipolar illness) as her emotional transparency reveals the minute details of her journey. I was riveted by the utter darkness of her psychotic episodes and inspired by her resiliency and perseverance.
                                          Publishers Weekly Review


I hope to see many of you at the GPALA conference in April—I’d be happy to speak with you directly if you have any questions. If you prefer not to receive future mailings, simply unsubscribe below.



Winter 2011

In This Issue:

  • Upcoming Group Therapy Conference
  • Current Group Openings
  • Office Space Now Available
  • Book Recommendation

About Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, MSW is a psychotherapist, coach, and somatic experiencing practitioner who brings more than 20 years of experience to his practice.

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