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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.

Six Daily Questions to Ask Yourself While Social Distancing

BY BROOKE ANDERSON APRIL 13, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, and efforts to “flatten the curve” through physical distancing intensify, many of us find ourselves quarantined at home. The physical isolation and sudden departure from familiar routines can be jarring and disorienting. Settling in for the possibility of an extended shelter-in-place order, I ...
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3 Active Strategies for Engaged Listening

February 12, 2019 • By Cedar Barstow, MEd, CHT Can you recall an experience of being in a conversation with a friend or at work where people were talking “over” each other? Interesting things might have been said, but you may not have been able to follow the conversation or truly connect with ...
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Sparking Joy: A Mindfulness Practice for Everyday

BY WILLEM KUYKEN NOVEMBER 6, 2019 Mindfulness involves several attitudes of mind that are pivotal to the transformation and liberation of the mind: befriending, compassion, joy and equanimity. These qualities are seen as the foundations of all our development as we embark on a path of mindfulness practice. They are seen as being potentialities and ...
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Why Mindfulness Isn’t About Control

BY ELISABETH GOLD AUGUST 27, 2020  At this time of the pandemic, I hear many psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health practitioners recommending that people “focus on what they can control.” “We need to control this virus.” “Doctors are working hard to control the coronavirus.” This advice irks me, and the word “control” ...
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8 Effective Tools for Staying Focused and Getting Stuff Done

Posted Aug 22, 2020 By Traci Stein Ph.D., MPH What do innumerable Zoom meetings, an unceasingly stressful new cycle, a pandemic, working from home, a steady stream of smart phone alerts, and general uncertainty all have in common?  Each of these strains our ability to feel centered, focus, and get things done. ...
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When All You Can Do is Breathe

By  Jodi Harris “Don’t try to change anything at all, just breathe and let go. Breathe and let be… in your mind and in your heart, give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is, and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.” ~Jon Kabat-Zinn ...
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Why I Appreciate Simple Things in Life After The Coronavirus

By Maxim Dsouza “It’s not a bad idea to occasionally spend a little time thinking about things you take for granted. Plain everyday things.” ~Evan Davis Let me go back in time. Not too long, but only six months ago when the virus outbreak hadn’t occurred yet. I was cursing the ...
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Three Ways Acceptance Helps You Work with Difficult Emotions

Welcoming and letting tough emotions be—instead of pushing them away—might be the key to riding out unpleasant experiences. BY ZINDEL SEGAL MAY 18, 2016 People often stumble over the concept of acceptance as an approach for dealing with difficult emotions and mind states. In mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) groups that I’ve led, this ...
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Choosing Gratitude and Optimism

By Gregory L. Jantz Ph.D. Gratitude is the antidote for toxic things that come into our lives. Simply put, gratitude fosters optimism, which strengthens hope. That’s why it’s hard to imagine more effective soul medicine than gratitude. The list of things we can and should be thankful for—even in our darkest ...
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When You Dance with Discomfort, Surprising Things Can Happen

By Denise McKen “I wish for a world where everyone understands that discomfort is the price of legendary. And fear is just growth coming to get you.” ~Robin S. Sharma For years, I felt like the most incredible dancer. Whenever I heard music, no matter where I was, I would start ...
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