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© 2013-2020 by Jesse Whittle-Utter


1919 Addison St. Ste. 301 Berkeley, CA 94704

jes.rwu@gmail.com  |  Phone: 510-740-8024 | Fax: 651-855-5287



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January 21, 2019

·Early in my training as a therapist I attended a workshop by psychologist, professor and author Nancy McWilliams. The subject (What Happened To Our Shared Understanding of Mental Health?) took aim at how the mental health profession has largely embraced the medicaliza...

January 14, 2018

Have you ever had symptoms, beliefs and behaviors that you can’t explain, and because of that, blame yourself for them? In my practice, I encounter this frequently. I will meet people who suffer from some combination of low self-esteem, depression, substance abuse, chr...

September 23, 2017

I remember in graduate school, it was in a relatively inconsequential class that I learned one of the most valuable guiding principles about therapy and human change. I can’t even remember now what the class topic was. But I remember the professor posing the following...

Neuroscience is a complex field that is very different from therapy, although the two are overlapping more and more as research in both arenas becomes more robust and abundant.  Still, neuroscience speaks in a very different language – mapping brain parts and functions...

One of the most common frustrations my clients experience in their romantic relationships is feeling like their partners possess scant emotional intelligence. I’ll often hear things like, “He just gets really logical when I’m telling him how upset I am” or “I’ll reques...

November 16, 2016

On Moving Forward After Trump’s Election

It has taken a full week before I could ground myself enough to address the monumental loss many of us experienced with Trump’s election: loss of our identity as a country with decency and compassion; loss of progress; loss of ou...


Summer is the time in the U.S. when we come closest to relaxing. This is partly cultural, partly environmental and partly commercial. Culturally, we recognize–(though to a much lesser degree than Western Europe )–that taking extended periods of time away from customar...

Sleep problems are so ubiquitous that hardly anyone talks about them anymore. Of course, we think, everyone is overworked and over-stimulated; modern life blah blah blah; I would love more and better sleep, but what can you do?

I’ll talk about this attitude more in my n...


Imagine this: you’re out of college and graduate school, you’ve found a career that  you love,  and a nice apartment or house in an expensive city that promises many cultural rewards and social opportunities.


Perhaps you have a partner, or are trying your hand at...


In relationships it can be hard to know when to stand up for what we need, and when to surrender.


Long-term committed relationships only work if we accept our partners for who they are, but they also only work if both people are willing to bend for one another. Where...

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What Happened To Our Shared Understanding of Mental Health? Thoughts From a Preeminent Psychologist – Part I

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