Westside Therapist is a group psychologists (psychotherapists) providing psychotherapy counseling. We are also a psychotherapy resource for adults and teens living in the Santa Monica area. We service the greater LA area with the majority of our clients from West Santa Monica, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood and other area of Southern California. We can help with addiction and recovery, depression, anxiety and relationship issues. In the Santa Monica area, finding the right psychotherapist (psychologist) can make all the difference.


It’s Not About The Sex is a podcast based on the book by the same name. Psychotherapist and author Andrew Susskind examines issues such as shame, grief, narcissism, and codependency to demonstrate how people use out-of-control sexual behavior to cope with broken heartedness. Each podcast offers fresh perspectives and strategies for clinicians, those in recovery from problematic sexual behaviors as well as families and loved ones.

Ep. 1 Couples & Addiction — Leslie Quinn, LMFT

Ep. 2 Chemsex — David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW

Ep. 3 It's Not About the Sex — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 4 Emotional Sobriety — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 5 Sex Coaching — Dr. Patti Britton

Ep. 6 The Gratitude of Loss — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 7 EMDR Therapy — Claudia Lewis, LMFT

Ep. 8 Shame Resiliency — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 9 Is 12-step the Only Option? — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 10 Narcissism & Sex Addiction — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 11 Group Therapy & Sex Addiction v Nancy Sobel, PsyD

Ep. 12 The Rhythm Within — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 13 Regulating the Nervous System — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 14 Formal Disclosure — Marty Simpson, LMFT, CSAT

Ep. 15 Cultivating Contentment — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 16 Treating Partners — Carol Jeurgensen Sheets, LCSW, CSAT

Ep. 17 Sexual Healing — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 18 Childhood Trauma and Sexual Healing — Jan Bergstrom, LHMC

Ep. 19 Breaking Down the Walls — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 20 Somatic Experiencing — Blair Smith, LMFT, SEP 

Ep. 21 Codependency and Boundaries — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 22 Prodependence — Robert Weiss, Ph.D., MSW

Ep. 23 Meaning, Purpose and Legacy — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 24 Relationship Coaching for Betrayed Partners —
Rhonda Milrad, LCSW, SEP

Ep. 25 Coping with Covid-19 — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 26 Career Coaching and Recovery — Daisy Swan

Ep. 27 Forgiveness and Addiction — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 28 Healthy Sex — Alexandra Katehakis, Ph.D.

Ep. 29 Guided Relaxation — Andrew Susskind

Ep. 30 Psychopharmacology and Addiction Recovery —
Matthew Goldenberg, D.O.

Ep. 31 Self-Compassion and Mindful Recovery — Jen Davis, AMFT

Ep. 32 Covid-Stamina — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 33 Queer Codependency — Grace Riddell, LICSW and
Barry McNinch, LMFT

Ep. 34 Anger as an Ally — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 35 Inner Child Recovery Process —
Eddie Capparucci, LPC, C-CSAS, CPCS

EP. 36 Obsession and Love Addiction Revisited — Susskind and Merlino

EP. 37 Sexual Boundaries for Professionals —
Tracy Zemansky, Ph.D., CSAT-S

Ep. 38 Home for the Holidays — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 39 DBT and Recovery — Elle Michele, LMFT

Ep. 40 Catch Your Breath (a 4-minute exercise) — Susskind

Ep. 41 Brainspotting — Roby Abeles, Psy.D.

Ep. 42 The Resilience of Recovery — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 43 Trauma and Addiction Recovery —
Tom Pecca, MA, LMHC, CSAT, CTT

Ep. 44 Working with Hurt — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 45 Straight Men Who Have Sex with Men — Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Ep. 46 Taming the Inner Critic — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 47 Out of Control Sexual Behavior —
Douglas Braun-Harvey MFT, CGP

Ep. 48 Grounding Exercise — Susskind

Ep. 49 Reimagining Midlife — Buck Dodson

Ep. 50 30-Years in Review: 1991-2021 — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 51 Fantasy as a Survival Strategy — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 52 Polyvagal Theory & Internal Family Systems —
Terra Holbrook, LCSW, CADC, CSAT

Ep. 53 Sex Addiction No More — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 54 Addict America: The Lost Connection —
Dr. Carol Clark

Ep 55 Sex, Money and Power —
Debra Kaplan, MBA, CMAT, CSAT-S

Ep 56 The Opposite of Addiction — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 57 The Curious Voyage — Cynthia Schwartzberg, LCSW

Ep. 58 Intimacy Avoidance — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 59 Lonely for the Holidays — Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 60 The Eating Disorder Trap — Robyn Goldberg, RDN

Ep. 61 Guided Imagery — Susskind

Ep. 62 Examining the Five Love Languages —
Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 63 Current Research Behind Compulsive Sexual Behavior —
Dr. Shane Kraus

Ep. 64 Assessing Problematic Sexual Behavior —
Bill Herring, LCSW, CSAT

Ep. 65 A Peaceful Place Guided Meditation — Susskind 

Ep. 66 Chinese Medicine and Trauma — Dr. Lucy Postolov

Ep. 67 Unresolved Trauma and Sexualized Drug Use —
Mellissa McCracken, CADC-II

Ep. 68 Demystifying Group Therapy —
Susskind and Merlino

Ep. 69 A Day at the Beach Guided Imagery — Susskind

Ep. 70 Cutting Edge Treatment for Chronic Pain — Dr. Mel Pohl

Ep. 71. The ABCs of Dual Diagnosis — Susskind and Merlino 

Ep. 72 Psilocybin? Ketamine? MDMA?: Cutting-Edge Therapeutic
Approaches — Dr. Eva Altobelli

Ep. 73 Brainspotting: A Step by Step Approach — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 74 Gut Health and Addiction — Dr. Edison DeMello

Ep. 75 Interview with Sue Merlino 

Ep. 76 Self-Compassion Break — Susskind

Ep. 77 Positive Psychology and Coaching — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 78 Sexual Integrity — Dr. Steven Davidson 

Ep. 79 The MindTravel Experience — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 80 The Reigniting Intimate Connection — Linda Landon, PCC

Ep. 81 Got Consultation? — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 82 Beyond Anti-Depressants: TMS as an Alternative —
Dr. Martha Koo

Ep. 83 Visioning — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 84 Visioning Exercise — Susskind

Ep. 85 Mission: Joy - Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
— Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 86 Practical Psychotherapist — Joni Lavick, LMFT

Ep. 87 The Mystery of Men’s Group — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 88 Core Roots & Sustainable Healing — Mariya Javed-Payne, LCSW

Ep. 89 Receiving Love — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 90 The Role of Community in Recovery — Nate Larkin, M.Div 

Ep. 91 Window of Resilience — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 92 Moving from Suffering to Savoring — Dr. Carlos Canales

Ep. 93 Guided Meditation for Working with Difficulties — Susskind

Ep. 94 Happy, Silly, Wise — Claudia Lewis, LMFT  

Ep. 95 Five Years Later — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 96 Becoming an Executive Coach — Klifton Fehr, LMHC

EP. 97 Navigating Depression — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 98 Understanding Motivation for Change — Michael Vigorito, LMFT

Ep. 99 Guided Breathing Meditation — Susskind 

Ep. 100 Porn Literacy — Diane Gleim, LMFT 

Ep. 101 Holiday Tips — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 102 Consensual Non-Monogamy —
Mellissa McCracken, CADC, CSAT-C

Ep. 103 Visioning 2024 — Susskind

Ep. 104 The Over-Controlled Temperament - Dr. Tom Murray

Ep. 105 Lovingkindness Meditation — Susskind

Ep. 106 Virtual Book Launch Celebration — Susskind

Ep. 107 Sexual Recovery: From a Nightmare to a Love Story —
Steven Wolt

Ep. 108 Emotional Resilience — Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 109 A Grief Memoir - Jen Davis, MA, CLC

Ep. 110 Living with Loss - Susskind & Merlino

Ep. 111 Attachment Assessment DIY - Joni Lavick, LMFT

Andrew's Guest Appearances

Andrew Susskind‘s Nugget
    It’s Not About the Sex

Couch Time with Janet & Suzi
    It's Not About the Sex

Conversations from the Couch with Leah Briick
    Talking about Connection

The Guiding Compass Podcast with Sandra Kushnir
    Healing Intimacy Issues that Lead to Compulsive Behaviors

Gay Men's Life Lab with Buck Dodson
    Deep Healing in Sexual Recovery

Life in Recovery Podcast with Ren Koi
    Andrew’s Story

Sober Nation with Jonathan Sylvester
    It's Not About the Sex

Sex, Love and Addiction with Robert Weiss, PhD, LCSW
    Healing Trauma and Addiction through Connection

Sex Help with Carol the Coach with Carol Juergensen Sheets, LCSW
    Sexual Compulsivity is Not About Sex

Inner Voice — Heartfelt Chat with Dr. Foojan Zeine
    From Isolation to Intimacy

Porn Brain Rewire — Dr. Trish Leigh and Andrew Susskind
    It's Not About the Sex

The Addicted Mind Podcast — By Duane Osterlind, LMFT
    It's Not About the Sex

Psychodynamics, Sexual Compulsivity and Positive Psychology — Graeme Daniels with Andrew Susskind
Getting Real About Sex Addiction

Andrew Susskind’s Nugget — David Clemen with Andrew Susskind
Recovery Nuggets


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