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How are you doing with all of the media attention on sexual assaults?

Written by Dr. Christopher Marquart, Psychological Assistant supervised by Dr. Katja Pohl While sexual harassment, battery, and assault undoubtedly take place all over the country and the rest of the world, it doesn’t seem too surprising that Los Angeles is

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Resilience

Many of my previous writings have been focused on loss and trauma and the recent fires in Northern California are certainly relevant to these topics. However, just as it can be important to acknowledge and identify trauma or understand the

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SUPPORT AFTER A MAJOR TRAUMA

Between devastating natural disasters, events like the mass shooting in Las Vegas, and reports of an active shooter on the USC campus yesterday (which now may have been based on a false report), it can seem like traumatic events are

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Change

The passing of Labor Day, and the weather beginning to cool off (as much as it does in Los Angeles) mark the transition from Summer into Fall. This transition naturally leads to many necessary changes in the daily routines of

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Traumatic Ripple Effects Of Hurricane Harvey

Written by Dr. Christopher Marquart, PSB 94022615 A mentor of mine used to say that, “life will mess with your mental health.” Hearing about the recent event of Hurricane Harvey is a perfect example of life events that can even

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Grief, Loss and the Holidays

The approaching holiday season is often a time of celebration, but for those who are grieving the death of a loved one it can intensify the many complex feelings they are having as they go through the grieving process. Even

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Is this election triggering sexual trauma memories?

This election is like no other and is stirring up concerns all over. Just this morning, at Starbucks, I overheard a woman talking on the phone about last night’s debate and how offended she felt about Donald Trump’s comments about

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Beating Addiction In The Industry

As a transplant to Los Angeles, it took some time to understand “The Industry” and the life associated with it. It looks glamorous to many but it is a very hard world, with lots of pressures, expectations, very high stress,

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Depressed in Santa Monica

Do you no longer find pleasure in life? Drive through traffic without noticing the world around you? Feel numb, hopeless and alone? Depression can make you feel like a stranger to yourself and make you do and think things that

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Trauma

Going through a traumatic event can be life changing, often leaving individuals feeling devastated and alone. A trauma is defined as an event or threat that causes you to feel in danger of serious physical harm. This includes near death

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