Law & Ethics training for 1 CE this Friday. Join us!

Law & Ethics training for 1 CE this Friday.  Join us!

Join Mind Therapy Clinic for 1 CE Law & Ethics Training: Professionalism, Boundaries and Privacy.

When:
Friday, August 11, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Where:
Corte Madera Town Center, Community Room, 200 

Presenter:
Terence Patterson, PhD

RSVP here  (seating is limited).

For questions, please contact Jacqueline Perlmutter, Director of Professional Relations, 415-846-8409.

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Complimentary CE Luncheon 8/18: Helping trauma clients develop gratitude and purpose.

Complimentary CE Luncheon 8/18:  Helping trauma clients develop gratitude and purpose.

Join us for a complimentary educational CE luncheon to learn how to help trauma clients develop gratitude and purpose with our guest presenter, Stephen Wright, MA, LCPC, RDDP

Individuals struggling with trauma are hurting and therefore experience the world from an egocentric, self-oriented perspective. This seminar gives practical insight into helping a client move from that self-oriented perspective to a more altruistic and purposeful life which can improve outcomes in recovery. 

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MARIN SPOTLIGHT - Developmental Trauma in Wounded Families: Clinical Approach

MARIN SPOTLIGHT - Developmental Trauma in Wounded Families: Clinical Approach

Join Kenneth Perlmutter, PhD, Head of the Family Treatment Services at Mind Therapy Clinic, for a delicious lunch and clinical conversation about family systems and developmental trauma on July 12th at our Marin location.

Dr. Kenneth Perlmutter is a nationally recognized behavioral healthcare expert and educator. His family workshops have offered hope and healing to more than 3000 struggling family members, and his lectures and training sessions have been attended by hundreds of clinicians. His recent publication on developmental trauma in Wounded Families is available on Mind Therapy Blog.   

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When mental disorders mask a real medical problem...

When mental disorders mask a real medical problem...

Here are several recent articles on the linkage between mental disorders and physical problems, highlighting how crucial it is to accurately diagnose and have multi-disciplinary team of medical experts involved in the treatment.

When Anxiety or Depression Masks A Medical Problem

OCD Linked To Inflammation In The Brain

Gut Bacteria Linked to Bipolar Disorder

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A Day of OCD - Visualizing Mental Illness

A Day of OCD - Visualizing Mental Illness

This illustration helps to visualize, mental illness is unique for each individual.  The specific and intimate nature of this drawing reveals something essential that a list of symptoms simply cannot express.  Process through data visualization and art within a group setting or individually can be a powerful tool for communication and understanding within oneself and with others.

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CA Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) Selects Mind Therapy Clinic as a Training Site

CA Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC) Selects Mind Therapy Clinic as a Training Site

Each year, our clinic provides internship training opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral candidates in clinical psychology.  The selected interns are trained by expert clinicians in specific areas of treatment such as severe mental illness, eating disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, ADHD, addiction and trauma.  

CAPIC is an association of doctoral academic programs, internships and postdoctoral programs recognized by the California Board of Psychology as a pathway to licensure to practicing clinical psychology.  We are delighted that the organization as selected us as one of their training sites.

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New! Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Groups starting in San Francisco

New!  Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) Groups starting in San Francisco

After receiving overwhelming requests from our clients and partners,  Mind Therapy IOP groups are now starting at our San Francisco location starting May 30, 2017.  Initially, this program will be available three evenings per week - Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays from 6pm to 8:50pm at 2299 Post Street, Suite 104B - and is designed to accommodate clients with busy day schedules.  

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Complimentary Experiential Workshop: Break the cycle of shame and anxiety.

Complimentary Experiential Workshop:  Break the cycle of shame and anxiety.

Join us Monday evening, May 15 in the MindTherapy Clinic classroom for an experiential workshop on healing the core of addiction by Francois Benoist, founder of The Exclusive Hawaii addiction treatment center. 

For clinicians and clients.

This workshop is open to anyone suffering from addiction, an eating disorder, anxiety, or trauma, as well as mental health professionals who want to learn the tools of Experiential Engagement Therapy. 

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EEG can Help Doctors Diagnose Attention Disorders

EEG can Help Doctors Diagnose Attention Disorders

Harvard Medical School suggests electroencephalography, or EEG can help diagnose attention disorders.  Attention deficit disorder (ADD), with or without hyperactivity, affects up to 5 percent of the population, according to the DSM-5. It can be difficult to diagnose behaviorally, and coexisting conditions like autism spectrum disorder or mood disorders can mask it.

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Welcome Jeffrey DeVido, MD, a new psychiatrist at Mind Therapy Clinic!

Welcome Jeffrey DeVido, MD, a new psychiatrist at Mind Therapy Clinic!

We are pleased to announce, that as part of our continued plan to provide exceptional mental health care to our clients, we have added a new psychiatrist to our team.

Jeffrey DeVido, MD joins our growing team of talented clinicians at Mind Therapy Clinic.  Dr. DeVido earned a Masters in Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School before entering medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He went on to complete adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry training at Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals at Harvard Medical School.  

In addition to his work at Mind Therapy Clinic, he maintains a teaching faculty appointment at UCSF's Department of Psychiatry and continues to teach, lecture, and publish on a wide array of psychiatric conditions. 

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New! Anxiety Group Therapy

New!  Anxiety Group Therapy

Starting this month, Mind Therapy Clinic is offering Anxiety Group Therapy on Fridays 10:00 am.  While anxiety is a natural, normal response to threatening situations, more than 40 million US adults suffer anxiety symptoms when there's no real threat.  

In this group, Mind Therapy Clinic's  Amelia Howard-Smith will facilitate members to gain a better understanding of the thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate anxiety symptoms and build coping skills and confidence in a comfortable and safe environment.  

Sign up for Anxiety Group.
More on Amelia Howard-Smith.
About Anxiety Treatment at Mind Therapy Clinic.

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Psychotherapist Arin M. Bass Joins Mind Therapy Clinic Team

Psychotherapist Arin M. Bass Joins Mind Therapy Clinic Team

"My own journey of recovery guided the way into my work with individuals who experience eating disorders...  I believe a trusting therapeutic relationship and building positive coping tools are essential to recovery." - Arin M. Bass, M.A., LMFT

Mind Therapy Clinic welcomes Arin M. Bass, a licensed Psychotherapist who earned her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from The American School of Professional Psychology. She has been practicing since 2010, and for the past several years, her focus has been with adolescents, adults and families in a clinical setting attending to the issues of eating disorders,  body image issues, substance abuse,  and co-morbid diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, and suicidality and self harm.  Arin utilizes a multidisciplinary theoretical perspective with emphasis on Client-Centered, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Dialectical Behavioral and Family Systems models.

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Welcome Christine Valdez, PhD, PTSD/Trauma Treatment Expert

Welcome Christine Valdez, PhD, PTSD/Trauma Treatment Expert

Mind Therapy Clinic welcomes Christine Valdez, Clinical Psychologist and PTSD expert to the team. Dr. Valdez is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in empirically supported treatments for trauma-related issues, including post-traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety. She specializes in individual and group therapy for adults who have experienced interpersonal trauma.

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New! Therapeutic Meal Group for Disordered Eating Recovery

New! Therapeutic Meal Group for Disordered Eating Recovery

The therapeutic meal group is part nutrition education and part culinary skills development designed around a coached meal and post-meal process group. Even as recovery progresses, many people encounter difficulties at meal time such as trying new foods, preparing their own food, and implementing skills from intuitive and mindful eating. This group intends to bridge that gap and act as a laboratory to learn about and practice new skills and discover the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that show up during meals that may be inhibiting progress in recovery.

To register for this group, contact us at info@mindtherapyclinic.com.

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Mind Therapy Clinic welcomes Katherine Dittmann, MS, RDN, Nutrition Therapist.

Mind Therapy Clinic welcomes Katherine Dittmann, MS, RDN, Nutrition Therapist.

It is with pleasure we welcome Katherine Dittmann, MS, RDN, to Mind Therapy Clinic.  Katherine is a nutrition therapist specializing in eating behaviors and disorders, and has worked the full spectrum of eating disorder treatment for a decade.  Katherine uses a food-positive and pragmatic approach, weaving in concepts from yoga and mindfulness to help people connect with the body and eat with more ease. Katherine is a certified Mindfulness-Based Yoga Therapy for Eating Disorders teacher, certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher, and former chef.   Learn More About Katherine.

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Understanding Holistic Trauma Treatment - Education Event 1 CE

Understanding Holistic Trauma Treatment - Education Event 1 CE

Learn how traditional therapeutic methods including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy can be integrated with non-traditional therapies, such as yoga, neurofeedback, meditation to help resolve the implicit memories associated with trauma.  

This workshop for 1 CE is suitable for clinicians at the intermediate and advanced level.

Guest Presenter:  Adriana Westby-Trend, PhD,Clinical Director, PCH – Psychological Care & Healing, Residential and Outpatient Treatment, Venice, CA

Date/Time:  Friday, March 17, 11:30am to 1:15pm

Location: Il Davide – 901 A Street, San Rafael

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Categories of Traumatic Experience - by David Campell

Categories of Traumatic Experience -  by David Campell

We've covered single incidents of trauma exposure in our Trauma Series to date.   But, as we know other kinds of traumas can be repeated and enduring such as domestic violence, military combat, or living in a war zone.  These can have an even more pervasive effect than a single incident trauma since the mind/body may not have time to settle before the next threat occurs.   

An even more insidious form of trauma is that which occurs during the critical developmental years of a child, thought to be 0-6 yrs of age [3].  When an event in childhood is overwhelming it elicits the same survival circuit as in adults.  But for a child, an experience of overwhelm does not require the same magnitude of threat that it would take for an adult to feel overwhelmed, due to their vulnerability and lack of survival resources. 

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