Affordable Care, Accountability: Whither Autonomy?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) hangs uncertainly over the environment. Increased regulation and consolidation of care is most likely the future and will create a different landscape for health care providers, particularly psychotherapists. California has already received millions of dollars from the US government to set up a health insurance exchange that will be the more »

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The Difficult Profession: A Plea for an Extreme Measure of Tolerance

It is a challenging and unique aspect of our profession to have one’s professional identity so intimately linked with one’s personal self. The therapist’s identity is an amalgam of professional role that is intertwined with a personal sense of self.  The professional and the personal dimensions of self are variables in a complex non-linear equation more »

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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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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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