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About Ira Israel

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

“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

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
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