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.
- 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"
- Dr. Brenner's website www.gailbrenner.com
- Award-winning Book The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life on Amazon