ARTICLE: Harmonizing the Parts of us

It can be pretty crazy-making when the various internal voices in our heads don’t agree with each other. Sometimes it’s obvious what’s happening, and sometimes not. When that happens there’s just an unidentifiable sense of discomfort. We’ve all got different … Continue reading

ARTICLE: The Fourth Wave of Behaviorism: ACT, DBT and Nondual Wisdom

“Out of the One comes the Two. Out of the Two comes the Three.   Out of the Three comes the One as the Fourth.” — xiom of Maria Prophetessa[1] “The fourth wave knows itself as the ocean.” — Ram … Continue reading

ARTICLE: Start-Up Stress and Anxiety

San Francisco has some unique Mental Health needs… and I’m not even thinking about the guy on your bus this morning. We are a city of incredibly successful, innovative people, especially within the realm of software and technology. And, our … Continue reading

ARTICLE: Acceptance and ACT

If you are struggling with thoughts and emotions that are hard to control, then ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) may be helpful. ACT cleverly teaches you to first notice, then accept and even embrace your thoughts and feelings.  It helps … Continue reading

BLOG POST: The Feeling of Feeling Good, Part 1, Examining the Nature of Wellbeing

How do we know if and when therapy is working for us? What is that sense of health and wellbeing that we are looking for? What does wellness actually look and feel like? While the answer can be very different … Continue reading

ARTICLE: Depression as “Transphilic

I’ve coined a new word, or rather, a new definition of a sort-of new word:  “Tansphilic”.  Meaning “loving of, having an affinity for, transformation” (from trans, “beyond,” and philic, “loving, affinity for”).  My contention here is that depression itself is … Continue reading

BlOG POST: Therapy is a strange relationship

When the going gets tough in life, though we may have close friends or family by our side, there are generally limits to what we feel comfortable confiding. These limits, arising from concerns about ourselves and our confidants, may cause … Continue reading

BLOG POST: I Just Attended an Intensive Training with David Burns, MD

I just attended the David Burns CBT Intensive training and feel incredibly rejuvenated and inspired. It was eye-opening to hear him share stories of clients who had endured 15-20 years or more of unsuccessful therapy and were transformed within a … Continue reading

BLOG POST: When words aren’t enough: Silence in therapy

I’m going to go ahead and reveal a secret that therapists have: Sometimes we don’t know what to say. Are you surprised to hear that therapists, who spend all day talking to people, are sometimes stymied by language? After all, … Continue reading

ARTICLE: A Biography of Joy

People in distress don’t come into therapy to talk about feeling happy. Clients need someone to hear and see their pain. They need to know they are not alone. They want to develop insight and change behavior. They want relief. … Continue reading