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I’m Robert, a licensed clinical psychologist based in Southern California, and author of the bestselling Hardcore Self Help book series. I also host a weekly podcast where I address reader questions and interview others in the mental health field.

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Episode 109: Family Doesn’t Support Therapy, Facing Rejection, Making Friends

Episode 109: Family Doesn’t Support Therapy, Facing Rejection, Making Friends

Hello, friends!! Today’s episode is a question and answer session. I think it turned out pretty well despite some annoying flooding that happened in my office this week. Here are the questions that I answer in this week’s episode:

  • What can I do about my step-mother who does not support me being in therapy?
  • How can I make friends in college?
  • How can I build a thicker skin when facing rejection?

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May 17, 2018 0

Episode 108: Quinn Gee on Black Mental Health

Episode 108: Quinn Gee on Black Mental Health

I have a great interview with Quinn Gee of Magnolia Mental Health for this week’s episode of the Hardcore Self Help podcast. She is a therapist, business owner, and all around badass. We talk about how she got into therapy, her own identity development, what it’s like being a therapist, and some concepts related to black mental health. It was a great talk. 

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May 10, 2018 0

Episode 107: When You Can’t Get Rid of Depression

Episode 107: When You Can’t Get Rid of Depression

For this week’s episode of Hardcore Self Help, I’m talking about when you just can’t get rid of depression. You’ve had depression for a long time and you’re sick of it. You’re tired of feeling exhausted, upset, irritable, and hopeless. Maybe it’s even gotten to the point that you have seen a therapist and agreed to take psychiatric medication. Maybe you’ve even been hospitalized because of it. Despite your best efforts, though… the depression still lingers. It still holds you back and you just can’t seem to shake it the way that the books say you should be able to. I know it’s frustrating, but there is hope still. In this post, I will talk about some options when the normal interventions don’t seem to work and you just can’t get rid of depression.

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May 3, 2018 0

Episode 106: Interview with the Muslim Hippie

Episode 106: Interview with the Muslim Hippie

Today’s episode is a very interesting interview with “The Muslim Hippie” herself, Sakinah. I love this interview for several reasons. First off, we covered some great topics and Sakinah was totally open and real about her struggles with severe mental illness. It was also a very authentic picture of how you can persist and do cool things like a podcast interview in the context of your mental illness. Sakinah second guessed whether the interview was good quality because she was just coming off of an episode and felt that her thoughts were scattered. Regardless of this, I think that she did an amazing job and serves a a great model of having mental health issues AND kicking ass. Enjoy!

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April 26, 2018 0

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