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About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor, Licensed Psychotherapist, Author, Esalen & Kripalu Workshop Facilitator

“Succession”… or… Lifestyles of the Rich and Sexually Deviant

There’s no such thing as a sexual relationship. ~ Jacques Lacan On Season 1 of “Succession” viewers witnessed… the sado-masochistic whip-mark welts on Logan Roy’s back Roman masturbate into a glass window overlooking the city Connor convert his prostitute into a girlfriend Shiv cheat on her husband Tom attend a drug-fueled, sex-positive bachelor party/rave [...]

2019-09-12T18:07:57-07:00September 10th, 2019|Film Reviews|Comments Off on “Succession”… or… Lifestyles of the Rich and Sexually Deviant

Why You Think The Shit That You Think: A Book Outline

Each person has an individual epistemological paradigm that constitutes what s/he considers to be “normal.” According to much of Western psychology, these paradigms exist in our unconscious minds. Phenomena outside of these paradigms are often viewed as strange, frightening or absurd when they impinge on our conscious minds. However, I believe that effective literature, [...]

2019-09-18T07:19:30-07:00September 7th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on Why You Think The Shit That You Think: A Book Outline

Why Isn’t There Already An Algorithm to Predict School Shooters?

Scarlett Lewis, whose son Jesse was brutally murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, forwarded me this article last week entitled “Op-Ed: We have studied every mass shooting since 1966. Here’s what we’ve learned about the shooters” On their website called The Violence Project, Doctors Jillian Peterson and James Densley aggregated a list of factors [...]

2019-08-15T07:25:54-07:00August 15th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on Why Isn’t There Already An Algorithm to Predict School Shooters?

“Conceiving with Love” by Denise Wiesner: Book Review

Denise Wiesner’s new book “Conceiving with Love” will change the way you think about sex. It is a whole-body approach to creating intimacy, reigniting passion, and increasing fertility. Although this book was specifically written for couples who have been trying to conceive through natural means and using Western reproductive technologies like In Vitro Fertilization [...]

2019-07-05T08:05:53-07:00July 5th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Conceiving with Love” by Denise Wiesner: Book Review

“Open Wide” by Melissa Ambrosini: Book Review

Let go of your expectations and Open Wide to the possibility of thing unfolding in other — maybe more magical — ways! Stay Open Wide! ~ Melissa Ambrosini Melissa Ambrosini is the most passionate writer I have ever read. Her book, “Open Wide,” is both delicious and practical. It picks up where Mrs. Ambrosini’s first book, the bestselling [...]

2019-06-25T08:36:58-07:00June 25th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on “Open Wide” by Melissa Ambrosini: Book Review

Woke and Broke: Why Every Millennial and Gen Z-er Needs to Read “Kids These Days”

“…owners always think of workers as just another cost to be reduced.” ~ Malcolm Harris Of late, my psychotherapy practice has been flooded with millennials in various stages of crisis asking how they got into this situation and why they feel so burnt-out and betrayed. The first book that I recommend for them is [...]

2019-06-24T10:37:25-07:00June 18th, 2019|Book Reviews|Comments Off on Woke and Broke: Why Every Millennial and Gen Z-er Needs to Read “Kids These Days”

How Would You Feel If You Saw an Angry Mob in the Google Parking Lot Dragging Google Executives from Their Teslas and Marching Them Towards a Guillotine?

Could the United States of America be heading toward a violent revolution like the French Revolution of 1789–1799? What is the tipping point that would cause you to do whatever necessary to protect and feed yourself and your family? How does it make you feel when you learn that billionaires such as Warren Buffet [...]

2019-06-07T08:24:32-07:00June 6th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on How Would You Feel If You Saw an Angry Mob in the Google Parking Lot Dragging Google Executives from Their Teslas and Marching Them Towards a Guillotine?

The Problem With Ayahuasca

Humankind can not bear very much reality ~ T.S. Eliot Over the past six years, I have received numerous calls asking if I — as a licensed psychotherapist — recommend working with plant medicine to treat sundry traumas and/or resultant afflictions. In addition, I have seen many patients who have asked me to help them integrate what they [...]

2019-05-12T09:35:03-07:00May 4th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on The Problem With Ayahuasca

At Some Point In Time Your OCD Was a Solution to a Problem

Something happened. It didn’t feel right. The event was traumatizing. It was a problem. And your mind — possibly your infant mind or adolescent mind — said, “That was awful. I’m never going to let that happen again.” Then it tried an array of potential solutions to insure that that traumatic event never occur again. Now it is [...]

2019-05-02T19:04:10-07:00May 2nd, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on At Some Point In Time Your OCD Was a Solution to a Problem