About Movies and Mental Health

Joseph Burgo, Ph.D.has practiced psychotherapy for 30 years, holding licenses as a marriage and family therapist and clinical psychologist. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA and his masters and doctorate at California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles. As an instructor, he has taught graduate students in psychology and supervised their training in community counseling centers. He is also a graduate psychoanalyst and has served as a board member, officer and instructor at a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association.

He spent 13 years in individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.  As a writer, he has published two novels, both works of genre fiction released some time ago and now out of print. He formerly wrote a column on parenting for a small syndicate of newspapers in the Los Angeles area and helped develop content for the World Bank’s website, the Development Gateway.  He also writes a psychotherapy blog where he discusses personal development issues and provides guidance for people who want to continue to grow after the end of psychotherapy.  Feel free to visit his site, After Psychotherapy Blog

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Marla Estes lives and works in Ashland, Oregon. In 2010, she founded The School of the Examined Life, through which she teaches, mentors and facilitates classes and workshops that examine relationships, life-stages, and emotions through the lenses of personal experience, theoretical writing, self-help insights, and film. She has found film to be a powerful lens through which people can better understand themselves and others.

Marla received a Masters in Transpersonal Studies in 2005 from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California. Currently she is teaching courses both in her private studio and at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, and is working on several book ideas about the transformational power of film. She has created programs for high school students on such topics as paradox, gender issues, assumptions, black and white thinking, romantic love, and shadow. In addition to her contributions to Psych Central, Marla is a frequent contributor to the “Daily Tidings” and JPR radio.

Visit Marla’s website at www.marlaestes.com.

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Last updated: 13 Jun 2011
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 13 Jun 2011
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