Our Practice

Sasha Ginsburg and Erin Lotz were born and raised in Los Angeles. They met working together in 2010 as therapists at Cedars Sinai Medical Center, teaching Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and using it to treat patients struggling with many different diagnoses. After sometime, they discovered that was a huge gap in the field of Mental Health and they decided to launch a clinic in West Los Angeles dedicated to teaching DBT individually and in group settings.

How to survive chronic pain, one moment at a time

By Deborah Barrett Ph.D., LCSW Strategies from dialectical behavioral therapy that help with chronic pains. Once we accept the reality of the current moment (however unpleasant it may be) for what it is, and not what we wish it were, we can turn our attention to ways to improve it. The following suggestions ...
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To Thine Own Self Be Kind: Eight Random Acts of Self-Kindness

The world can be a cold and cruel place, and as such, every display of warmth and goodness makes a difference. Performing random acts of kindness for those around you—such as opening doors, offering to help carry groceries, giving free hugs, or buying a cup of hot coffee for a stranger—can trigger ...
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The Gap Between Knowing And Doing

By Debbie Hampton Although the difference between the two words is just a few letters, the gap between knowing and doing can be as wide as a universe. After the break up of my eighteen year marriage and the end of a subsequent three year relationship, I found myself in ...
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How to Be Present and Peaceful When You Can’t Stop Thinking

By Blon Lee “Rather than being your thoughts and emotions, be the awareness behind them.” ~Eckhart Tolle When I first started practicing Zen (or presence), I used to believe I could become completely thoughtless. Making my bed, no-thought. Washing my hands, no-thought. Walking around, no-thought. Imagine the spiritual experience! But ...
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Social Media Dharma

By Chris Towery I know it sounds crazy, but Facebook has actually deepened my Buddhist practice. And I’m not talking about the numerous Buddhist-based groups, discussions, videos, and podcasts housed on the social media site. While that stuff has enhanced my intellectual grasp of the dharma, I’m referring to something more ...
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Mindful Tech: Learn the benefits of breathing through your inbox.

BY Wendy Joan Biddlecombe Agsar You’re used to watching your breath on the cushion, but what about when you’re cleaning out your inbox? In his new book, Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives, David M. Levy offers lessons in single- and multi-tasking when engaging with technology and encourages readers ...
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The Power of Pausing: Why You Should Give Yourself a Break

By Cedar Barstow, MEd, CHT There is power in a pause—a lot of power. When asked why he played so well, piano virtuoso Artur Schnabel responded, “I handle notes no better than many others. But the pauses; that’s where the art resides.” A pause is simple, almost invisible. What does a ...
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Why Understanding Mindfulness Doesn’t Make You Mindful

By Sarah Swenson, MA, LMHC As a therapist, I often hear from clients that they’ve read mindfulness books or downloaded apps. I ask if they find them helpful. Usually, there’s a micro-gap between my question and the answer. I interpret this gap to mean, “well, not really,” though I most often ...
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6 Ways the Limbic System Impacts Physical, Emotional, and Mental Health

By Zawn Villines The limbic system is a set of brain structures that plays a role in emotions, particularly those that evolved early and which play an important role in survival. Research has linked the limbic system to feelings of motivation and reward, learning, memory, the fight or flight response, ...
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20 Cognitive Distortions and How They Affect Your Life

By GoodTherapy Staff Our circumstances don’t define us. Regardless of what happens in life, we always have the power to choose our attitude. So what’s the difference between someone who remains hopeful despite experiencing great suffering and the person who stubs his or her toe and remains angry the rest ...
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