Author Archives: jamesmatter

About jamesmatter

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in private practice in San Francisco. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples, with focus on substance use and abuse and co-occurring disorders (having both a mental illness and an addiction).

I’m Alive: Keep It Simple, Care for Self

Sorry for the long absence. When I find a good way to write about it while still maintaining appropriate professional boundaries (a good topic right there) I will. In the mean time, my basic approach is in the title, and … Continue reading

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Mental Health Awareness Month

  Recently I was with a group of people getting involved with Mental Health Awareness Month by discussing the question, What is mental health?” As the only full time professional there, I thought it would be good to remain silent and … Continue reading

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Acceptance, Action, Self-Compassion

I can never get enough of this stuff. I don’t have time to add some of my own thoughts right now, but I can’t let this one pass without passing it on: it’s always helpful to accept yourself, especially when … Continue reading

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Stigma, Mental Health, Addiction, Cannabis

THIS INFORMATION  UPDATED May 16; see bottom of the post.. IF YOU SEE THIS NOTICE THE MATERIAL POSTED MAY CHANGE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, PLEASE CHECK BACK. Mental illnesses and addictive disease are sometimes lumped together under the category “behavioral … Continue reading

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Your Sense of Self is Behind the Times

I was reminded about this when I saw a post on NPR about insects changing their behavior situationally. It turns out that shy, solitary grasshoppers turn into swarming locusts under stress. Same critter, amazingly different behavior. I first identified the issue … Continue reading

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Take Good Care of Yourself

  I have had a couple of things I have been working on, don’t have anything I feel ready to publish just yet, but ran across this from Center for Greater Good on how getting enough sleep is good for your … Continue reading

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The Parable of the Shopping Cart

Have you ever gone to a supermarket, gotten a shopping cart, started to push it up the aisle, and realized that it tended to pull to the right (or left)? It’s like a car that needs the alignment done. At … Continue reading

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