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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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Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is more than just a therapeutic technique; it’s an entire theory of human psychology. And, without trying to, it incorporates tenets from many different evidence-based schools of psychotherapy such as Psychodynamic a...

 Do you know your love language?


The idea of Love Languages was conceived and popularized by Gary Chapman in his bestselling book, "The 5 Love Languages". As a therapist, I find many self-help books to be under-informed and oversimplified when it comes to understanding...


There are many ways people in the Western world define themselves: through accomplishments and successes; ethnic, community and cultural affiliations; character traits, spiritual concepts, geographic locations, historical lineages…the list goes on. It seems obvious th...


I would like to write about an issue that comes up frequently in my sessions, namely, the question of where a “healthy” adult should derive their sense of worth (or self-esteem, loveableness, intrinsic value—there are many more names for it). The answer is obvious, ri...

February 7, 2016

I recently attended a fascinating lecture by Eric Plakun, MD, entitled “Psychiatry’s False Assumptions (And The Price We Pay For Them)”. It was refreshing to hear a medical doctor point out some of the bias and distortion that takes place in the world of psychiatry and...

January 10, 2016

Perhaps you have heard that our internal state if often reflected in how we hold and move our bodies - whether we like it or not. (Freud famously quipped, "if his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips.") Such unsconscious expressions of our mood can shape ho...

November 30, 2015



In my earlier posts, I discussed the unprecedented social, cultural, and economic pressures teens face today. In this post, I will explore the positive and negative impacts of new technologies (especially social media and smartphones) on teen mental health.


Have You...

October 30, 2015



Fifteen years ago, many conscientious Americans were concerned about the “digital divide” in the United States: The inequitable access to the internet along class lines, and the impact this would have in perpetuating privilege, poverty and educational disparities. T...

September 30, 2015


To read Part I of this series, click here.


Teens today have incredible opportunity—made possible by technology—to access knowledge, form community, find support, discover and express themselves.  Think of any teen you know: do they have an active presence on at least...

September 15, 2015

Depression is often confused with many other psychological states - sadness, melancholy, ennui, and grief, for instance - but it is actually quite different than those. Certainly, when we are depressed we may feel waves of sadness, melancholy, or boredom; but those are...

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

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