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Linda Esposito, LCSW
Linda Esposito, LCSW is a psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA. To learn about getting on the other side of anxiety, subscribe to the blog for mental wellness updates.

Entries by Linda Esposito, LCSW

Forget Co-Parenting With a Narcissist and Do This Instead

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Things I found myself saying during therapy sessions this week:

It sounds like there's no middle-ground, and this causes you to alternate between feeling hopeless, and thinking that if you just increase the volume and intensity of your communication, your ex will respond favorably.
Whenever we lose a relationship --...
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The Art of Being Calm

(2) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 10:18 AM

What makes for good art? According to San Francisco gallery owner Cheryl Haines: "Clear intention, unwavering dedication, patience, perseverance, self awareness, and the drive to make for yourself and no one else." The same goes for "good calm," too.

Whether you suffer from occasional anxiety, generalized anxiety, or its more...

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Dealing With Difficult Family Gatherings

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Because, holidays.

'Tis the season. The "family season," that is. Whether you're dealing with one, or seven contentious blood relatives, these indispensable tips will help you turn out a terrific holiday gathering. Or at least a tolerable one.

1. Stop trying to fix Uncle Joe.
Some people...

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The Bullying Facts Every Educator Needs to Learn

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Everyone has a story about bullying. Most of us have been both the bully and the victim of bullying. As a therapist for teens, I've seen the devastating effects year in and year out. I've also witnessed my fair share of well-intentioned, but misguided educators toss around best...

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Contemplating the One-Two Punch of Divorce

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 1:56 AM

A divorce is like an amputation: you survive it, but there's less of you. ~Margaret Atwood

Divorce is devastating on many levels. The shot to the heart takes your breath away, and leaves you doubled-over as if you were punched in the gut. And that's just for starters...

When in...

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3 Steps to Manage Stress Like a Boss

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:21 AM

Stress hurts. If you're feeling overwhelmed, under-productive and sleep deprived, chances are you could benefit from taking charge of your stress levels right now.

It's no secret we're more stressed out than ever. According to the 2013 Stress In America survey, most adults do not believe they're...

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The Secret to Changing Rebellious Teens

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Whether your teen has issues with substance use, bullying, failing grades or running away from home, one thing remains constant: If you want your child to change, you must change first.

And if you're rolling your eyes right now -- hear me out.

Parenting teens is like parenting toddlers --...

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What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

(1) Comments | Posted January 2, 2014 | 2:53 PM

At a school district where 61 percent of its student population qualifies for the federally funded free or reduced lunch program, it's not surprising if San Francisco Unified gives pause to "public education and academic excellence."

High numbers of minorities and families living in poverty aside, their Academic Performance Index...

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7 Practical Tips for Parenting Digital Natives

(5) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 4:49 PM

"What are your recommendations for balancing technology use with socializing face-to-face?" This question was directed to a panel of psychologists at our recent high school PTA meeting. A universal parenting dilemma in our social media landscape, if ever one existed post-1999.

The evening's discussion began with adolescent brain development and...

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The #1 Reason Angry Couples Stay Together

(204) Comments | Posted November 8, 2013 | 3:17 PM

Have you ever observed a hostile couple and thought, why do they stay together?

If so, read on.

When I started out as a rookie therapist over a decade ago, I had more questions than ever about human behavior. It was a case of the more you know, the less...

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