Andrew Susskind

Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP, specializes in the following areas: relationships, sexual addiction recovery, addictions, trauma and codependency, grief and loss, and mid-life transitions. Andrew is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting Practitioner, and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Social Welfare degree from UCLA. Andrew has worked with individuals, couples, families and groups in his practice. Speaking, writing, and training are dimensions of Andrew’s ongoing desire to learn and grow. He gives presentations to numerous post-graduate training programs and community organizations and has taught medical students in the UCLA School of Medicine Doctoring Program.

Cultivating Contentment (Part 1)

I think I’ve always struggled with happiness although I do have some fond memories with neighborhood friends when I was a kid. On the inside of my home I saw a lot of suffering that showed up as competition, criticism and envy, just to name a few painful ingredients. My childhood was not a happy time of my life, but somehow I managed to shut the door to my bedroom and create a mini-sanctuary equipped with . . .

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The Rhythm Within (Part 1)

Having grown up in the 70s in a turbulent family, I found creative ways to cope with the chaos of our home. First of all, I worked really hard to make good friends. As a matter of fact, I was adopted by at least four families before the age of 12. I also tried to be as busy as possible and do all of my homework and my chores. Except for stopping long enough to watch the innovative sitcoms of the 70s such as All in the Family, M.A.S.H. and the Mary Tyler Moore Show, I was always on the go. Doing, achieving and perfecting became my survival strategies to avoid the sadness, hurt and anger within me. If I did enough, achieved enough and perfected enough, somehow . . .

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