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About Ira Israel

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

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

Instead Of Going On Another Date, I’m Just Going To Find A Woman Who Doesn’t Want To Have Sex And Buy Her Dinner*

According to The Atlantic, we are amidst a sex recession; the flows of the sexual revolution are ebbing; intercourse as recreation is receding from our crazybusy lives. Sexual empowerment? Go fuck yourself! People in 1st world countries are making the beast with two backs less and less. Post-postmodern civilization and its discontents. Consumer-based surveillance [...]

2019-04-29T17:09:59-07:00April 12th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on Instead Of Going On Another Date, I’m Just Going To Find A Woman Who Doesn’t Want To Have Sex And Buy Her Dinner*

Los Angeles Foreplays Itself

I do an average of 1–2 speaking engagements/book signings per month and usually receive 2–3 entreaties following each show. (Although I teach classes about human consciousness, since pedagogy has devolved into infotainment I refer to my interactive lectures as “shows” because I use jokes, magic and mentalisms to elucidate the foibles of perception.) Once [...]

2019-04-05T18:55:35-07:00April 4th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on Los Angeles Foreplays Itself

10 Reasons You Would Benefit From Therapy

10. You feel betrayed by the American Dream, which now feels like an albatross of debt (monthly mortgage, school loan & credit card re-payments) and financial responsibility weighing you down so much that you have little time to do anything but work work work and extinguish one fire after another. 9. You feel betrayed [...]

2019-03-15T10:22:01-07:00March 12th, 2019|Psychology|Comments Off on 10 Reasons You Would Benefit From Therapy

How LinkedIn and Instagram Became Teeming Parades of Fetid Hawkers

If you have an old fashioned, old school, old economy “job” in an office with health insurance and retirement benefits, then this article may be incomprehensible or impertinent to you. However, if you are part of the new “gig-economy” you may find this article incendiary. That is not my intention. My intention is to [...]

2019-02-13T18:18:27-07:00February 13th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on How LinkedIn and Instagram Became Teeming Parades of Fetid Hawkers

Are You Codependent?

(Excerpted from the book How To Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re An Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening) How do most romantic couples find and show love and affection, as portrayed in film, television programs, literature (romance novels in particular) and music? Most find love by overcoming what seem to be insurmountable [...]

2018-12-12T18:03:14-07:00December 15th, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Are You Codependent?

New Esalen Workshop: “Accident Winners and Lottery Victims”

For many many years I have been teaching workshops at the Esalen Institute entitled “Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga.” And I also have publicly stated on many occasions that I don’t think anyone can teach anyone older than 12 years old anything; the best we can do is inspire students to [...]

2019-02-23T17:25:08-07:00September 24th, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on New Esalen Workshop: “Accident Winners and Lottery Victims”

Best Psychologist

I have heard that putting on a show is 'the art of stopping people coughing', and I do rather like the idea. ~ Derren Brown At the University of Pennsylvania I was privileged to study sociology with leading sociologists such as Philip Rieff and Elijah Anderson, yet would argue that the most astute sociologist [...]

2018-12-09T11:27:28-07:00September 16th, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Best Psychologist

Are Lacan’s therapeutic interventions viable for all psychotherapists or just for a cadre of psychoanalysts?

Although Noam Chomsky called Jacques Lacan “a conscious charlatan,” bookstores in France have stacks of books devoted to the years of weekly seminars Lacan taught in Paris from 1953 until his death in 1981. If you do not already know, Lacan was a post-modern French psychiatrist who taught about consciousness from a primarily philosophical [...]

2018-12-09T10:40:47-07:00September 3rd, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Are Lacan’s therapeutic interventions viable for all psychotherapists or just for a cadre of psychoanalysts?