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582 Market Street
Financial District, CA, 94104

415.851.0560

San Francisco psychologist and psychotherapist, Dr. Laura Kasper, provides providing individual psychotherapy, couples counseling, and marriage counseling and relationship counseling in her private practice in SoMa/Financial District San Francisco.

Dr. Kasper provides therapy and couples therapy to adults in San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Silicon Valley.

 

Resources | Psychotherapist SF | Dr. Laura Kasper

This is a space for me to share ideas, books, articles, apps, anything I'm reading or thinking about that is interesting to me and I believe is part of the conversation to help clients live authentically and have more satisfying connections with themselves and others.

Ideas

This is a space for me to share ideas, books, articles, apps, anything I'm reading or thinking about that is interesting to me and I believe is part of the conversation to help clients have more satisfying connections with themselves and others.

NYTIMES Article: Do Your Friends Actually Like You?

"Friends are people you take the time to understand and allow to understand you" is a great definition of friendship from this article in the New York Times. The authors talk about how developing the capacity for intimate relationships changes our biology in ways that improves our health and helps us regulate anxiety. 


Video: Robert Waldinger

What keeps us happy and healthy as we go through life? If you think it's fame and money, you're mistaken. According to psychiatrist Robert Waldinger - it's healthy relationships. In this TED talk, he shares three important lessons learned from the study as well as some practical, old-as-the-hills wisdom on how to build a fulfilling, long life.


This is a great piece in the Atlantic Monthly about some of the most important qualities in a healthy, long-term relationship, according to one of the leading researchers in the field, Dr. John Gottman. The article notes that kindness and generosity are key, differences in how calm or triggered you get with a partner says a lot about the trust and intimacy that exists in your connection, and how you respond to one another's 'bids' for closeness are important to building up or chipping away at your connection.


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION RESOURCES

Here are some ideas and resources for those who wish to experiment with mindfulness: 

Headspace - This is a great app for people completely new to mindfulness and who want a good introduction to the concepts and simple guided practices.

Spirit Rock - This is a local meditation community in Marin and retreat center to get some practice meditating with others and to create community.

DharmaSeed - This is a great resource for anyone wanting to download talks on specific topics in mindfulness and buddhism for free.


ARTICLE: THE LIKELY CAUSE OF ADDICTION HAS BEEN DISCOVERED, AND IT IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK

This article offers an interesting take on addiction, framing it more of an issue of lack of connection, loneliness, and the ability to have and sustain healthy relationships. 


BOOK: MATING IN CAPTIVITY BY ESTHER PEREL

This book is helpful to couples struggling with how to maintain passion in the context of long term monogamy. She offers some interesting perspectives on the interplay between our needs for autonomy and dependence, and how those interact with eroticism. It's not a "how to" book, but more helpful to stimulate conversation and exploration for yourself or with a partner. 


PODCAST: HOW TO COMMUNICATE BETTER IN CHALLENGING DATING SITUATIONS

I joined hosts Karen and Phillipa, broadcasting live at the Katzen Art Center on Valentines Day to discuss improving communication in common uncomfortable dating situations. I begin providing my perspective and advice around 8 minutes 30 seconds into the discussion. We touch on the importance of expressing your feelings while honoring the other person's positive qualities.