Sex Therapist Atascadero CA

Our thoughts are incredibly powerful; they keep us connected or they drive us apart. When was the last time you monitored the emotional quality of your thinking about your partner? Giving people the benefit of the doubt, giving up the need to be right, and looking for what is loveable in your partner will help you to choose thoughts that sustain a loving atmosphere.

Ms. Liz Johnston
Liz Johnston, LCSW
(805) 787-0106
1124 Nipomo St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in California
26 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Aging, Career/Employment Concerns, Depression, Dissociative Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Pain Management, Parenting Issues, Physical Illness/Impairment
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Disabled, Alzheimer's, Caregivers, Chronic Illness, Brain/Head Injured
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Larry Galpert, PhD, ABPP
(805) 781-0217
1540 Marsh St., Ste. 260
San Luis Obispo, CA
Specialties
Addictions or Substance Abuse,Anger Management,Depression,Divorce,Impulse Control Disorders,Loss or Grief,Personality Disorders,Relationship Issues,Trauma and PTSD
Gender
Male
Education
Doctoral training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; clinical internship at Eastern Virginia Medical Center (Norfolk, Virginia); post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Insurance
Yes

Mr. Benjamin Elfant-Rea
(415) 787-3932
1540 Marsh St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Specialties
Substance Abuse, Gay Lesbian Issues, Divorce, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Georgia
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$80 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Ms. Marcia H Bronstein
(805) 317-4493
679 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Divorce, Loss or Grief
Qualification
School: San Diego State university
Year of Graduation: 1986
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Average Cost
$110+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Matthew Chirman
(805) 543-5060
San Luis Obispo, CA
Practice Areas
Clinical Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Couples & Family, Sexual Abuse Recovery, Depression/Grief/Chronically or Terminally Ill
Certifications
National Certified Counselor

Mr. Benjamin Elfant-Rea
(415) 787-3932
11573 Los Osos Valley Rd.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Specialties
Divorce, Addiction, Anxiety or Fears, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Georgia
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 7 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Carol Maxwell
(805) 246-7483
679 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
Specialties
Divorce, Relationship Issues, Loss or Grief
Qualification
School: Cal State University
Year of Graduation: 1980
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$100 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Renee Haas
(805) 467-7192
956 Walnut St.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Qualification
School: Pepperdine University
Year of Graduation: 2002
Years In Practice: 9 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Any PPO accepting non-network providers

Ami Grace Magnani
(805) 285-3954
679 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
Specialties
Divorce, Child or Adolescent, Depression
Qualification
School: California State Unviversity, Fresno
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 10 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Average Cost
$100 - $110
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Hansen Julie S
(805) 423-4028
819 12th St # 208
Paso Robles, CA

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Making Love Sustainable: Small Steps toward Intimacy

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By Wendy Strgar

The earth`s atmosphere is stabilized by a very thin ozone layer which keeps temperatures on the planet in check. If you haven`t already seen Al Gore`s An Inconvenient Truth, I urge you to do so. It crystallizes the fact that the fragility of our atmospheric conditions requires a renewed commitment to a sustainable way of living. It has changed how I think about what really matters on a daily basis.

The greenhouse effect and fragility of our atmospheric conditions provide a sound metaphor for how the language of sustainability translates to the concept of making love. We already know that small daily changes can make a huge difference in our planet`s well being, but did you know that the same can be said about daily loving acts in a relationship?

Sustaining an atmosphere for love to grow starts with how we think about our partner, both when we are together and apart. Your thoughts when you`re apart set the tone for the time that you spend together. In turn, the quality of your time together is influenced by your ability to talk to each other. Both of these factors define the quality and quantity of touch and intimacy in a relationship.

Our thoughts are incredibly powerful; they keep us connected or they drive us apart. When was the last time you monitored the emotional quality of your thinking about your partner? Giving people the benefit of the doubt, giving up the need to be right, and looking for what is loveable in your partner will help you to choose thoughts that sustain a loving atmosphere.

The art of conversation is yet to be fully discovered between the sexes. Men and women have very different ways of expressing and listening to each other. Begin your work in this area with this sensitivity and don`t take missteps personally. The goal of talking should be to develop a sense of communication; sometimes that means engaging in conversations that may not be particularly interesting to you, but will promote an atmosphere of togetherness.

Being together doesn`t mean always going on dates, but it is nice to take time away on occasion to really be with someone. However, on a daily basis, creating an atmosphere of togetherness can be accomplished through small acts: Instead of reading the paper, offer to help with dinner. Sharing a funny story, recounting part of your day or offering to listen to your partner`s day are all more sustainable choice than turning on the television.

And don`t forget about physical intimacy. Touching and sharing your entire body with your partner provides both the height and the depth of what a loving relationship can offer. It is the glue that holds couples together during their most challenging moments, and yet it is not the answer to a troubled relationship, rather it is the response to the work of sustaining a relationship.

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