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Over 30 years of experience: Individual, Couples, Family Therapy, Children, Teens, and Adults, Psychological Assessment, Expert Witness

Specializing in the treatment of: Life Dissatisfaction, Depression, Worry, Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Food and Weight Issues, Stress Management, Grief and Loss


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An Inside Look at Therapy in La La Land

a book by Barbara Cadow, Ph.D.

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: An Inside Look at Therapy in La La Land, 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.