Blog Articles | Los Angeles Psychotherapist Dr. Bill Cloke - Part 12

August 12, 2021

You Say Potato and I Say Potahto – How Can We See the Same Thing So Differently?

Ben and Nancy were at home one evening when something happened that shook them up. This was not the first time either. The weekend had gone well, they cooked dinner together, danced, talked, made love and were in excellent spirits…
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October 9, 2021

How Not to Cheat

Marriage is simply hard work. But the good news is that attitude is everything. The Toltec Empire lasted from 300 to 600 BC and included the Pacific Coastal Chiapas and Guatemala, the Yucatan Peninsula, and much of Northern and Western…
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October 27, 2021

What We Know About Trauma

In some way or another most of what we do in psychotherapy is related to some form of trauma. Most anxiety, panic, depression, and personality disorders are trauma related. We seem to feel that trauma survivors are an exceptional group…
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November 15, 2021

What is This Thing We Call a True Friend?

“A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.” Jim Morrison We tune into a commercial and a group of “friends” are laughing and high fiving each other. Yes, it’s another football Sunday and a beer commercial…
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January 14, 2022

20 Relationship Rules

There are some general rules for relationship health that if you follow them your happiness level should improve tremendously. 1. Compassion, understanding, respect and empathy are essential. Avoid: Criticism or contempt. Also avoid: 2. Blaming or shaming. 3. Defensiveness. 4.…
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February 28, 2022

The Five Essentials for a Happy Relationship

"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it.…
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