“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. ”
Welcome to the Winter 2014 edition of Westside Notes. When I wrote down the date as 2014, it seemed surreal. As I nostalgically reach the half century mark this year, I'm reminded that life does seem to move by more quickly as we get older, yet hopefully there's also the opportunity to take in the meaningful moments one at a time. One of my intentions for the coming year is to be more mindful of the deep connections in my life and to open-heartedly receive the love that surrounds me. Along those lines, our featured article explores the "addiction to busy"—one socially-endorsed form of intimacy avoidance.
I am fascinated by our constant need to be occupied or busy; I like to think of it as an overall "addiction to busy" with technology playing a predominant role. Brene Brown calls it "crazy-busy." If we are always busy, we don't have time to feel the unpleasant feelings (or pleasant ones) that come up throughout the day; we numb out.
The group will be an ongoing process group open to men and women with a minimum of two years in recovery from addiction and/or codependency. The group will meet on Monday nights from 6:15pm to 7:45pm beginning in early spring, and the cost will be $65 per week. For more information, please contact Maria directly at 310.319.6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men's Group Openings
I started my men's psychotherapy group a little more than 11 years ago, and it's always been one of the highlights of my week. Being witness to men supporting other men is a rare occurrence in our world today and as the honesty, trust and intimacy continues to deepen, the members of the group experience more and more honest, satisfying relationships in their overall lives. Currently, I have two available openings, and as many of you know, I enjoy working collaboratively with other professionals to provide more clinical perspective to our mutual clients. Please let me know if you have any questions—the group meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 7-8:30pm, and the fee is $75 per group.
Doors Opening, Doors Closing:
After more than 2 years of residential workshops healing codependency and trauma, the Bridge to Recovery in Santa Barbara has closed their doors. As many of you know, I was involved in the development of their weekend workshop series, but unfortunately, the program has chosen to consolidate back to its original campus in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Although it's a bittersweet ending for me as I say goodbye to the ranch perched high above Santa Barbara, the love and gratitude will live on. I especially want to thank John Stenzel for inviting me to be a part of the program, Rawly Glass and Terra Holbrook as my clinical role models and my interns, Annabel, Maria and Eddie who freely gave their time and energy to the weekend intensives. Warmly,
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