How to Be Your Own Hero & Leave Your Victim Behind

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.” -Paulo Coelho How often do you say things out loud or to yourself like: “He makes me feel stupid!” “I’m depressed because she is always criticizing me.” “I would be […]

ADHD Drug Misuse Skyrockets–What are the Alternatives?

The public has been bombarded in the last few years with news of the dangers of many well-known psychiatric medications. One of the latest health scares of the past few years has been the abuse and misuse of Adderall, commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder, among college students. Adderall, an amphetamine, is one of several […]

New Frontiers of Psychotherapy

On March 13th, the Family Therapy Institute of Santa Barbara sponsored a workshop with nationally known child psychiatrist Scott Shannon, M.D., entitled The Future of Psychotherapy: New Frontiers in Complementary & Alternative Treatments for Kids, Teens, & Families. The seventy plus attendees were riveted by the wealth of experience and information Shannon packed into three […]

Laughter Really Is the Best Medicine

“The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” -Voltaire Although we have known instinctively for millennia that laughter, like crying, can be a powerful antidote to pain and suffering, the scientific world is finally catching up. According to the American Association for Therapeutic Humor, laughter may have a direct […]

The Hard Truth About Happiness

“I just want to be happy!” Young and old, male and female, rich and poor, we utter these six simple words. If you ask parents what they most want for their kids, they say the same thing—“I just want them to be happy.” Why is this precious human emotion so available to some and so […]

Breaking Free from Your Victim Story

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.” -Paulo Coelho How often do you say things out loud or to yourself like: “He makes me feel stupid” or “I’m depressed because she is always criticizing me” or “I […]