Listen to the latest episode of my podcast and/or read a shortened article version - your choice! (Though I highly recommend the podcast).
We All Use Something is an episode about the what, when, where, and why of our substance use and a revolutionary approach to substance abuse treatment called Harm Reduction Therapy. Most of us use something - be it drugs/alcohol, food, exercise, gambling, Facebook - to try to cope with difficult feelings. Maybe we want to feel less of something or more of something else. So how can we help ourselves manage our coping strategy so it doesn't lead to bigger problems than the ones we were trying to solve in the first place. Let's put morality and labels like "addict" aside and explore our use from a curious and compassionate lens. A lens that says, "you are the expert of your life."
I am so pleased to share that my new podcast, A Therapist Walks Into a Bar, has launched. This is a really important project to me because it allows me to get super creative with how concepts of therapy, healing and personal growth get out into the world. Sitting in my office I don't get to reach the people who aren't coming to therapy. But going to bars and talking to random people? NOW we're getting somewhere! So check out episode 1 and please come back for more (you can sign up for the newsletter on the website and/or subscribe in iTunes or any other podcast streaming app to stay in the loop).
Episode 1: Seeing White explores the process of white people waking up to white privilege, how this process impacts people of color, and what white people can do to be better allies against racism and oppression. This episode features interviews with:
Zara Zimbardo, MA
Adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies and co-founder of The White Noise Collective.
Allegra Lucas, MA, MFTi
Marriage and Family Therapist Intern at the San Francisco Marriage and Couples Center, Diversity Committee member at SF CAMFT, and diversity educator.
Most of these posting are excerpts from my podcast A Therapist Walks Into a Bar and articles I've written for Psyched in San Francisco Magazine I credit my words with the teachings of many people in my life, from authors I've read to friends, family, colleagues, and clients. These words represent my interpretation and synthesis of the things I'm learning. Topics vary but inevitably come back to the same thing: building awareness around how we interact with ourselves and the world around us.