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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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Recently on the Duff the Psych

Episode 11: Impostor Syndrome, Codependency, and Upset Stomach

I really liked the questions in this episode. Quite a variety here. Please forgive my more subdued voice – I had a long day full of talking. Anyway, here are the questions that I cover:

1 – How to overcome the impostor syndrome (feeling like you are a fraud).

2 – How to have good relationships when you have intense, codependent tendencies.

3 – What you can do about upset stomach with anxiety.

As always you can send your questions to or email

May 25, 2016 0

Episode 10: Shannon McFarlin on Talkspace and Internet Therapy

This is a super interesting interview! I got a chance to speak to Shannon McFarlin who is a therapist from Talkspace. Talkspace is one of the biggest platforms for internet-based psychotherapy for an affordable price. I do private online therapy, but I was not familiar with larger platforms like Talkspace, so this was totally enlightening for me. I walked away with a very positive impression.

If you or a loved one is thinking about trying out online therapy, check out and be sure to visit Shannon and say thank you over at

May 18, 2016 0

Episode 9: Touch in Therapy, Bringing up Baggage, and Changing Therapists

Got another episode full of very thought provoking listener questions for you today. If you would like to add any thoughts to my answers, tweet me @duffthepsych and I will retweet you! The questions in this episode are:

1. Is it okay to hug your therapist?

2. When should I bring up my bumpy relationship history with my new partner?

3. Should I change therapists?

As always you can send me questions on twitter at or you can email me at

May 11, 2016 0

Episode 8: Lindsay Istace on Rage Yoga and Being Zen as F**k

In this episode, I interview Lindsay Istace who is the creator or Rage Yoga ( You have probably heard of Rage Yoga already since it blew up on the news and social media. It is an alternative approach to yoga that strips away the BS and encourages you to release your inner tension through the use of a few choice expletives and “fist unicorn” additions to your normal yoga poses. This was a really insightful interview and I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

Please take a minute to check out all things rage yoga:

As a reminder, you can always reach me with feedback or questions at or

May 4, 2016 0

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