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Learn how it’s possible to be happy right now and that suffering is optional in this interview with Gail Brenner.

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Gail Brenner, Ph.D. is a psychologist and author who joyfully shares insights about discovering that suffering is optional. She is the author of The End of Self-Help: Discovering Peace and Happiness Right at the Heart of Your Messy, Scary, Brilliant Life now available on Amazon.

Her work as a therapist emanates from aware presence overflowing with possibility. Problems are seen as opportunities; the illusion of the separate self as a doorway to enduring happiness. Stories are honored, while fierce and loving investigation invites their dissolution. Gail has special expertise working with older adults and their families, bringing clear seeing and compassion to the transitions of aging, death, and dying. Her work offers a bridge between everyday human challenges and the deepest spiritual understanding that can set you free.

As a member of the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, she helped physicians develop communication skills. She consults with staff of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities about aging, dementia, and caregiving and has given numerous presentations to the community at large on these topics.

Find Gail at, where she offers articles, conversation, and free guided audio meditations,. Sign up for her mailing list to receive key insights from her book, The End of Self Help.



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