mental health for real people


I’m Dr. Duff

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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Powerful Mindfulness Breathing Exercise

Powerful Mindfulness Breathing Exercise

I do a lot of different things in therapy, because I should. In my opinion, that’s how I can provide the best care. Different strokes for different folks and I see MANY different folks in my office for psychotherapy. When you work with people with everything from postpartum depression to acute panic disorder or even schizophrenia, you should have a lot of different tools in your therapeutic bag. As I continue to build my therapeutic tool box and have opportunities to work with different types of individuals, there is one breathing exercise that I keep coming back to. In fact, I give it to almost all of my clients at some point.


January 22, 2015 1

How to Use the Miracle Question

How to Use the Miracle Question

I want to share a powerful tool with you today. This is one basic question (a series of questions really) that you can ask yourself to help guide you toward making important changes in your life. This is a tool that many therapists use with their clients and one that has served me really well professionally. The tool that I’m referring to is called “the miracle question.”


January 18, 2015 0