Are We Getting Anywhere?

A client says, “I come in week after week and complain about the same thing. Do you ever get tired of my complaining? Are we getting anywhere?” These two questions are critical to the process of psychotherapy. Both questions are intertwined, linking and conflating assessment of psychotherapy progress with the client’s need for approval and more »

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Terms of Endearment: Rupture, Empathy, and Repair

On more than one occasion, I have left home after an early morning argument with my wife needing to clothe myself in the comfort of therapeutic garb and do for others what seems so difficult to do for myself: break the “doer/done to” cycle of he said/she said. So I prepared for my first client more »

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Can a Leopard Change its Spots?

Changing personal belief systems, narratives of how one sees the world, is the last thing that most people would think could be beneficial. Individuals have an implicit set of beliefs that organize their perceptions of the world and ground their reality, particularly how they see themselves and others. These beliefs are woven into the fabric more »

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Turning 60: Adolescence Revisited

As I dip into the sixth decade of my life with the growing consciousness of one who is aging, an awareness that frequently startles itself with the longing to be young, I feel the impossibility of summation or balance in my thinking, and a ground swell of questions and contradictory thoughts. This dilemma in contrast more »

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Therapeutic Effectiveness

“Believe those who are seeking the truth, doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide  In The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: Delivering What Works, second edition, the author’s review decades of psychotherapy outcome research. The findings clearly affirm the value of psychotherapy. The research indicates that 80% of individuals who receive psychotherapy benefit in more »

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Larry Brooks, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist
License # PSY 8161

138 N. Brand #300
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 243-0839


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