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By: Ginger Clark, Ph.D., Co-President


A student sat in my office, talking about applying to doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology.  She said, “I need to come up with a way to sell my theoretical orientation using new language, because everyone has told me not to say that I come from a Humanistic perspective.”  It seems that telling a doctoral selection committee that you are “Humanistic” today, is what telling them that you were “Eclectic” was 15 years ago: Meaningless.  But, why?

By: Lauren Ford, MMFT; Executive Board Member


Adolescents are remarkable. They are charged with navigating enormous internal and external changes, all the while balancing academics, family obligations, sports, school clubs, leadership activities, community service, and active social lives. In western, post-industrial cultures, adolescents are learning what it means to have more responsibility, they are learning how to cope with labile emotions, and they are continuously trying on different identities or personal labels in an attempt to define themselves as individuals within a social context. Does this sound exhausting? Well, it is.  Being an adolescent is hard work (It should also be mentioned that it is just as hard to be the caregiver of an adolescent – but this a subject for a different article).

By Monique Chhabra, MMFT

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” - Carl Rogers

This past weekend, I found myself overcome with a bout of irritability, sadness and insecurity.

It was a wonderfully sunny and calm weekend in Santa Monica, I was trying to enjoy the weekend with my partner, but something was in my way. As I tried to relax, laugh and just be at ease, it became harder and harder to do so. The energy that I was feeling was getting in the way of my enjoyment.

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