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About Ira Israel

Licensed Counselor & Licensed Psychotherapist

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 [...]

2018-09-03T09:40:40+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Are Lacan’s therapeutic interventions viable for all psychotherapists or just for a cadre of psychoanalysts?

The Magic of Esalen

Last year, a week prior to my Esalen workshop, I received a call from a woman in Colorado. She informed me that her daughter was in a “bad way” — suffering from depression and anxiety and not having tools to navigate challenging circumstances. The woman thought that my “Cultivating Meaning and Happiness through Mindfulness and Yoga” [...]

2018-09-10T20:41:49+00:00August 29th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on The Magic of Esalen

Desirée Patterson: Making Art, Making A Difference

While attending The Other Art Fair in Los Angeles, I came across Canadian artist Desirée Patterson’s compelling and enlightening work. Ms. Patterson’s primary medium is photography and she is dedicated to creating compositional works that draw attention to humanity’s dance with the natural world in order to raise awareness about the dire importance of [...]

2018-06-15T19:21:45+00:00April 20th, 2018|Music & Art Reviews|Comments Off on Desirée Patterson: Making Art, Making A Difference

Esther Perel is the Jimi Hendrix of Psychology

“Oh, those Greeks! They knew how to live. What is required for that is to stop courageously at the surface, the fold, the skin, to adore appearance, to believe in forms, tones, words, in the whole Olympus of appearance. Those Greeks were superficial – out of profundity. And is not this precisely what we [...]

2018-06-15T19:03:15+00:00March 18th, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Esther Perel is the Jimi Hendrix of Psychology

How The Internet Engendered The Fall of Consumer-Based Capitalism and the Rebirth of Democracy: A Brief History of the Future

“I ordered the navy to recover the wreck to bury those brothers and sisters of ours who otherwise would have remained at the sea bottom forever,” Mr. Renzi said. “I did it because we Italians know the value of the word ‘civilization.’” New York Times: Italian Navy Recovers Ship Containing at Least 300 Migrants’ [...]

2018-02-21T18:48:10+00:00February 2nd, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on How The Internet Engendered The Fall of Consumer-Based Capitalism and the Rebirth of Democracy: A Brief History of the Future

Does America End With A Bang Or A Whimper?

“The end of apartheid should have been a fucking bloodbath by any metric in human history and it wasn’t. The only reason it wasn’t was because Desmond Tutu and Mandela and all these guys figured out that if a system is corrupt then the people who adhere to the system and are incentivized by [...]

2018-01-04T16:58:09+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Psychology|Comments Off on Does America End With A Bang Or A Whimper?

Are You a Love Addict?

(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 obstacles—he’s rich [...]

2017-12-11T08:47:45+00:00December 11th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Are You a Love Addict?

Chelsea Handler Syndrome

(Excerpted from the book How to Survive Your Childhood Now That You’re an Adult: A Path to Authenticity and Awakening) Human beings enjoy testing boundaries. Think of all the classic comedies you love: many of the jokes revolve around people gently testing the norms of propriety and then being slapped on the wrist and [...]

2017-12-07T17:57:46+00:00December 4th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Chelsea Handler Syndrome

How to Find the Best Therapist for You

When looking for someone to help you overcome whatever is holding you back from leading a productive life full of positive, loving relationships, it is beneficial to understand the differences between Psychiatrists (M.D.s), Psychologists (Ph.D.s &, Psy.D.s), and Licensed Psychotherapists (LCSWs, LMFTs, & LPCCs). Psychiatrists are the only therapists who can prescribe medication (the military, [...]

2017-12-03T07:09:05+00:00December 3rd, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on How to Find the Best Therapist for You

Why All Children Should Say That Their Parents Did The Best They Could and All Parents Should Tell Their Children That They Could Have Done Better

What if I forgave myself? I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have? What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it was what I wanted and needed to do? What if I was [...]

2017-08-24T07:09:29+00:00May 25th, 2017|Psychology|Comments Off on Why All Children Should Say That Their Parents Did The Best They Could and All Parents Should Tell Their Children That They Could Have Done Better