The Journey to Enduring Happiness with Dr. Gail Brenner

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In this podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Gail Brenner, a licensed PhD psychologist and the author of the amazing book, "The End of Self-Help." Dr. Brenner draws from her own experience to help others as they travel down their own path to enduring happiness.

Dr. Brenner and I spoke about why traditional therapy is often inadequate and the huge impact turning our attention inward through mindfulness and meditation can have. We may not be able to control our thoughts but we can control what we do with them. Once we learn to do that, we will soon discover how to trust and enjoy life more fully.

Listen in as we discuss specific techniques that can help you overcome fear and embedded patterns that cause suffering. You'll also learn more about Dr. Brenner's book and how it can help you enjoy enduring happiness once and for all.

About Doctor Brenner

Gail is a licensed Ph.D. psychologist with over 20 years of experience offering psychotherapy. She works as a therapist and invites people to return to their essential wholeness, to shed false identities and realize the truth of who they are. Problems are seen as opportunities; the illusion of the separate self as a doorway to enduring happiness. Stories are seen through and emotions met with the deepest acceptance. She works with people individually and holds monthly group meetings.

Gail received her B.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University and Ph.D. from Temple University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Florida and a clinical internship at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

1:02 Introducing Dr. Gail Brenner
  • Dr. Brenner’s personal search for happiness

5:34 Psychotherapy and the search for identity

  • Why traditional therapy is inadequate
  • Presenting a new approach

11:41 Mindfulness and meditation

14:00 Dr. Brenner's journey to enduring happiness

  • Suffering as a motivator
  • Turning attention inwards

18:43 Sensitivity and its challenges

24:17 Learning to trust life

  • Asking questions
  • Welcoming experience and feelings
  • Expanding attention

32:42 Support from like-minded individuals

34:20 Handling fear

  • Recognizing patterns
  • The “golden moment”
  • Meditation techniques

39:25 Helping others overcome negative thoughts

  • Addressing the fear of the unknown
  • Embodying a different way

45:05 Dr. Brenner's book, "The End of Self-Help"

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  1. Kimberly Wilson
    Kimberly Wilson says:

    Thank you so much for podcast. I found it to be informative and enlightening.

    I would like to share a little about how I discovered Oneness.

    Throughout my adult life, I have been in ‘therapy’ in an attempt to relieve anxiety and depression. Each session, I was encouraged to relive the reasons that brought me to the therapist for help. Re-living these painful experiences and concentrating on who did ‘x’, who said ‘y’, who didn’t provide ‘z’ when I needed it, did nothing to bring me the peace and relief that I needed. My anxiety was often validated by the therapist who assured me that I had real reasons to feel the way I was feeling. Each session, it was the same scenario; Talk about what happened to me but no tools given to deal with it. I felt as if I was wallowing in the pain of the past. After a while, I came to the realization that ‘x, y, and z’ weren’t the problem. The ‘problem’ was ME. I couldn’t change what had happened to me but I could change how I dealt with it. When I made this self-discovery, I ended my sessions with these therapists and concentrated on affirming that I am NOT those feelings. I made the decision to try my best to live in the moment and not let the thoughts from the past and resulting depression/anxiety define who I was. I admit that I am not 100% there; but am much closer than I have ever been in my life. Until recently, I didn’t realize that the name given to my self-discovery was Oneness. Now, as a student of Oneness, I devour all the information and tools that I can find in my journey to a life well-lived.

    Oneness has been such a blessing to me and I thank you both for sharing how we all can live joyfully and mindfully.

    Peace and all good things.

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  2. Gail Brenner
    Gail Brenner says:

    I so resonate with your post, Kimberly. I personally had the same experience as do many of my clients. Traditional therapy takes stories and symptoms as real, which is why it is only a temporary fix at best. Getting to the heart of the matter involves questioning everything, including symptoms that seem so valid. And when you do, as you have discovered, you realize that holding onto these symptoms is optional. Your beautiful story is one of clear seeing and resilience.

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  3. Sara
    Sara says:

    Thank you so much for this amazing podcast! It was so helpful for me to learn how beneficial meditation and living mindfully can be in leading a happier life. Looking forward to the next podcast!

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    • Michael Seng
      Michael Seng says:

      Sara,

      Thank-you! Please subscribe to the next Oneness Approach podcast via “iTunes” or “Stitcher” to receive our next podcast. If you ever have questions for me or Dr. Brenner place it in the comment section and we will get right back to you.

      Take Care,

      Dr. Seng

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    • Michael Seng
      Michael Seng says:

      Carol,

      Yes, Dr. Brenner is one of the best and as she taught us… things have changed… for the better!

      Take Care,

      Dr. Seng

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