Category Archives: Resources

Goals for 2017

Here’s an oldie but not-baddie: the New Year’s Resolution worksheet I once-upon-a-time put together for residents at the 28-day crisis program where I used to work. It’s been posted here before, but…it’s a new year again, so here it is.

Sometimes resolving to take on new, better behaviors just sets you up for disappointment. There’s some wisdom in abstaining from the whole process. But, if you’re going to give resolutions a shot, the worksheet can be helpful in getting them structured. It asks, what are your goals for the coming year, what are behaviors would you like to change, what are attitudes do you hope to adjust. Then, once narrowed to resolutions, you’re prompted to break each item down into steps. “So you want to ____________; what’s the first action you have to take to get there?”

It was helpful for the residential program folks. It could help you too.

Either way, Happy New Year!

Guided Meditations

Another source of free guided mindfulness meditations emerges:  Spotify.  Here are a few collections that showed up in a search there. Plenty more where these came from. Enjoy.

Judith Day – Introduction To Mindfulness Meditation

Jon Kabat-Zinn – Mindfulness Meditation For Pain Relief

Richard K. Nongard – Mindfulness Meditation Techniques: Guided Meditations to Help You Master Mindfulness

Elisha Goldstein Ph.D. – Mindful Solutions For Stress, Anxiety, And Depression

Jack Kornfield – Guided Meditations For Difficult Times

Free Couples Therapy (if you’re 55+)

Good deals dept.–relayed by Lynn McFarr of the CBT Society of Southern California:

Free marital therapy for couples over the age of 55
Hello all, We are providing free marital therapy for adults over the age of 55 as part of a research study at UCLA. Couples will receive up to 16 sessions of IBCT, supervised by Andrew Christensen, Ph.D. If you have clients in the Los Angeles area that may benefit from this service, please contact Meghan McGinn at for more information.

What’s IBCT?  “Integrative Behavior Couple Therapy.” Explanation here.

About Depression

An infopage from the New York Times all about depression.  Symptoms, causes, treatment.

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods.  True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for an extended period of time…

The NYT’s Health Guide index is here.

Free CBT L.A.

It’s that time again:  the free CBT clinic at the Southern California Counseling Center runs from 2 to 6pm today, August 1st.  My quick interview with clinic founder, John Tsilimparis, is here.  [UPDATE: SCCC’s Free CBT Clinic no longer operating.]