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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 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

Episode 7: Spouse with Depression, Breaking Down Walls, and Getting Over a Breakup

In this episode, I answer three super awesome questions that all have to do with different aspects of relationships.

1- How to cope with a severely depressed spouse when you are prone to depression and anxiety yourself.

2- How to break down the walls that prevent you from truly connecting with other people.

3- How to “get over” the loss of a relationship.


As always, you can reach my at or via email

April 27, 2016 3

Episode 6: Mike Billstrom on Unexpected Mentors, Overcoming Adversity, and Becoming Obsessed with Self-Improvement

This episode features a great interview with a new friend, Mike Billstrom from Mike talks about how he had to grow up very quickly to overcome an extremely turbulent upbringing. He found himself in the throes of depression, anxiety, and terrible self-esteem. That is until he found inspiration in the most unlikely of places…

April 20, 2016 4

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