Archive for April, 2013

ronnie levine

April 26th, 2013

Last weekend was the Annual Spring Conference of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles, and it was another fantastic opportunity to immerse ourselves in groupwork.  We invited Ronnie Levine, PhD to moderate the experientially-based conference, and I was fortunate enough to be asked to lead a small group as well.

Dr. Levine (“Ronnie”) was trained in the modern analytic tradition of  group therapy developed by Lou Ormont in New York, but her style of leading groups is solely hers.  She is quite active in developing connections with all groupmembers while the clients are also encouraged to develop honest relationships with one another.  Watching her lead the demonstration was inspiring and encouraging as she has a very genuine, almost humble approach to conducting the group.  It was an intimate conference with approximately 50 participants, and I believe everyone left the 2-day experience with something to take back to their practices.  I also had the good fortune to be in one of Ronnie’s groups at AGPA (the national conference) last year, and I’m left once again with gratitude and admiration for Ronnie as one of my clinical influences.

The Bridge Workshop: Up & Running

April 6th, 2013

On the weekend of March 15-17, I was very fortunate to be part of the clinical team for the inaugural Bridge to Recovery weekend intensive.  Not only was it a really meaningful and  exhilarating experience for me as  a workshop leader, but the 9 participants all drove down the hill with new tools toward their “recovery”.  Many of the participants have a background in 12step recovery but many of them were simply there to focus on their codependency (aka external dependency) and most of all their relationships with themselves and others.

The Bridge is located on a very beautiful and healing ranch above Santa Barbara (near the Los Padres State Forest) and it’s a very tranquil and comfortable sanctuary from the hustle-bustle of our day to day lives.  If anyone is interested in more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly or call the Bridge’s intake department at