Some people believe that if rock gods, movie stars and producers, professional athletes and heiresses can’t find happiness, then they will never find it.  After 30 years of practicing psychology with the people “who have it all” in Los Angeles, I realized that my work with the rich and famous provides a unique opportunity to help the average person discover new paths to happiness.  The mansions in Malibu, garages full of cars, closets stuffed with designer clothes, and royalties for a lifetime are not enough to make this privileged group happy.

My book, Rich and Famous but not Happy: Lessons from the Real-Life Struggles of Celebrities, enlightens the general population about how to cultivate a more rewarding life by sharing some of the real-life dilemmas faced by these celebrities. With personal stories from these therapy sessions and my interaction with clients, Rich and Famous but not Happy illustrates what does make people happy and offers tools to realize true happiness. 

My work with the rich and famous provides a unique opportunity to help the average person discover new paths to happiness. Most people would rather listen to what a cultural icon has to say rather than a psychologist.  For that reason, I offer a glimpse into celebrity life by using actual dialogue from treatment sessions designed to help my famous patients find more fulfillment in their lives.  My guidelines on how to achieve happiness come from the newly emerging field of positive psychology, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, evolutionary psychology and contemporary psychoanalytic theory in addition to the observations of my very affluent patients. They are easily applied to the general public. In short, this book is a “how-to” manual on happiness using plain language and enticing examples from well-known personalities. Of course, names are not disclosed and details are changed to protect my clients’ privacy.

The projected audience for this book includes people who cannot get enough of reality television, magazines filled with celebrities, and Internet gossip sites.   The majority likely will be women of all ages.  It also will appeal to the scores of people who fantasize that money and fame will make them happy.  In addition, if people seeking a happier existence pick up this book in the self-help section of the bookstore or the Internet, the title could pique their interest and make them feel less alone in their discontented state.

    The following video clip is from a presentation of my work to several groups of psychology professionals.  An actor plays the role of my patient.

Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.

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Lessons from the Real-Life Struggles of Celebrities

a book by Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.

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The Author
	Barbara Cadow, Ph.D. obtained her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University and has been licensed to practice psychology in California for 35 years. Dr. Cadow has more than 25,000 hours of psychotherapy experience, far surpassing Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000-hour standard for success from his book, Outliers. She assesses and treats patients with a variety of diagnoses, but specializes in people who have everything but are not happy.
	Dr. Cadow has been quoted in dozens of newspaper and magazine articles (New York Times, Newsweek, Time), has appeared on radio and television (“ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” CNN, KNBC), and talk shows. A sampling of topics she has addressed includes co-star love, the pressure on the offspring of the rich, body image, and trauma from talk show appearances. She has published professional articles in national psychological journals and presented papers at national and local conventions on many topics, including depression and body image. 
	She is on the attending clinical faculty in psychology at the University of Southern California, teaching classes and supervising the psychotherapy cases of graduate students. Dr. Cadow also has presented numerous workshops and seminars to the faculty, staff and students at USC on stress management and quality of life.  In 2010, she was appointed to the California Board of Psychology by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a professional member and later Vice President, where she served in public forums on psychological issues around the state. She has regularly lectured to organizations, universities and state board groups. 

Recent presentations based on Rich and Famous but not Happy:

Monday, April 20, 2015.  Encino, CA
	Los Angeles County Psychological Association Brown Bag Lunch Series
	“Applying Positive Psychology Research to Integrative Psychotherapy.”

Saturday, April 25, 2015.   San Diego, CA
	California Psychological Association Annual Convention
	Paradise Point Hotel and Spa
	“Rich and Famous but not Happy: Integrating Positive Psychology Research 	into Clinical Practice.”

© Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.  2015