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Rod Louden, Psychotherpist
My approach is unique in that I combine the ideals of Narrative Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to create a powerful process. From the Narrative perspective, it is our relationship with the problem that is the problem. Thus, the problematic relationship, not the person, is the problem. And because it is a relationship, the dynamics of the relationship can be changed. For example, many people have a relationship with fear. Fear may say, "Don't take a risk because you'll lose everything."
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Well, fear is a liar. Fear wants you to fail. Thus, it is the relationship with fear, and letting it influence ones journey through life, that is the problem. I help to change the dynamics of the relationship from negative to positive thereby liberating people from their problems (I also refer to problems as monsters, hence the title of my book Monster Relationships).
The central feature of CBT is that thoughts come before feelings. Therefore, negative thoughts create negative feelings and positive thoughts create positive feelings. You can see how negative thinking will only "feed" the relationships with problems. Thus, by helping people identify problematic relationships and the negative thinking that keeps these relationships alive, a powerful platform for making positive life changes is created.
I have been practicing in Woodland Hills since 2003. I am a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, 1983, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles in 1995. I am a Board Certified Professional Counselor through the American Psychotherapy Association. I also hold a vocational degree in music from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. I am the author ofMonster Relationships: Killing the Beasts that are Killing Your Relationships and was selected to be a contributing author to 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Vol 3, along with Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the … fame), Ken Blanchard, Les Brown, Bryon Katie and others.
My main influences are Michael White, David Epston, Deepak Chopra, Piero Ferrucci, David Burns, and Eckhart Tolle.
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Over the years, I have written thousands of post session letters to clients. These letters help to keep clients and I focused on the work at hand and creates a bridge of thought between sessions.
In 2006, I was selected to be a presenter at the annual conference of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists where I shared my thoughts on this unique and powerful therapeutic tool.
Welcome to Rod Louden,
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
21243 Ventura Blvd., #203 Woodland Hills, CA 91364