Websites I recommend to clients

In today’s world, rounding out your therapy with independent research and reading is easy. The following are links to blogs and sites of theorists whose work I like to follow and which inform my own therapy practice.

The Gottman Relationship Blog — The Gottman Institute is dedicated to combining wisdom from research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families, and relationships.

Dr. Dan Siegel — Dr. Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center.

Brene Brown — Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

Pia Mellody — Pia Mellody, Senior Clinical Advisor for The Meadows and Clinical Consultant for Mellody House and Dakota, is known and respected as a preeminent authority, lecturer and educator in the fields of addictions and relationships.

Dr. Sue Johnson — Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy.

Books I Recommend to Clients


  • Mindsight: The New Science of Personal Transformation by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
  • The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown


  • Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.
  • Parenting From the Inside Out by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. & Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.
  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish
  • Always My Child: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Your Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, or Questioning Son or Daughter
by Kevin Jennings
  • Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman


  • Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch, Ph.D.
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John M. Gottman, Ph.D. & Nan Silver
  • Get Closer: A Gay Men's Guide to Intimacy and Relationships by Jeffrey N. Chernin, Ph.D.
  • Lesbian Couples: A Guide to Creating Healthy Relationships by D. Merilee Clunis, Ph.D. & G. Dorsey Green, Ph.D.
  • Sexual Intimacy for Women: A Guide for Same-Sex Couples by Glenda Corwin, Ph.D.


  • The Heart of Addiction: A New Approach to Understanding and Managing Alcoholism and Other Addictive Behaviors by Lance M. Dodes, M.D.
  • Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody
  • Facing Love Addiction: Giving Yourself the Power to Change the Way You Love by Pia Mellody
  • Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men by Robert Weiss


  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Lewis Herman
  • The Velvet Rage: Overcoming the Pain of Growing Up Gay in a Straight Man’s World by Alan Downs
Crisis and Support Lines

24-hour Suicide / Crisis Hotline — 1-800-833-2900

Domestic Violence Hotline — 1-800-978-3600

(Southern California Only) Child Abuse Hotline — 1-800-540-4000

12 Step Programs (local affiliate)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) — (310) 474-7339

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — (323) 933-5395

Al Anon — (818) 760-7122

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous (SLAA) — (323) 957-4881

Debtors Anonymous — (310) 822-7250

Other Free Resources

SMART Recovery Los Angeles (drug and alcohol addiction recovery) — (213) 986-6259

LGBT Support Services (housing, legal, career, mental health and HIV)

Chrysalis (career services)