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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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Episode 13: Daughter with Anxiety, Sex Addiction, and Therapy Terminology

First off – super sorry about the technical glitches this past week. Had to switch to a new webhost because my old one (rhymes with shmost shmator) was being incredibly unhelpful in getting my site back up. That said, we should be in the clear now!

This is a Q&A episode. You all send in some fantastic questions this week and I am super excited to share them. Here’s what I cover in this episode:

-How can I help my daughter who seems to have anxiety like mine?

-Do I have sexual addiction or is my conservative background blowing things out of proportion?

-How do you deal with differing terminology in therapy?

As always, you can reach my on twitter at or through email

June 8, 2016 0

Episode 12: Angel Giuffria – Amputee, Actress, Bionic Badass

This week I interview the lovely, talented, and down to earth Angel Giuffria. Angel is a congenital amputee who is missing a large portion of her left arm. She has used prosthetics all throughout her life and currently uses a bionic arm, which allows her to grip and rotate her hand. We cover all sorts of interesting topics, so please enjoy our wide-ranging interview.

Currently Angel is keeping quite busy by working as an actress, informing the masses through public speaking, and grinding out the rest of her graduate school program. Find more of Angel on twitter at or on her imdb page at

June 1, 2016 0

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

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