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Dr. Rubin Khoddam On: The Importance of Holistic Mental Healthcare

Rubin Khoddam, Ph.D. (@drrubinkhoddam), is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in treating addiction and trauma and mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Rubin started COPE after growing his private practice and recognizing the need for quality, evidence-based mental health care. He sits down with John R Miles to talk about the importance of holistic mental healthcare

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And so we extrapolate these really big and strong beliefs to the world at large, oftentimes in the context of trauma. And what we hope to see is one taking each of these stuck points and breaking it down to recognize, one, let’s contextualize it, because oftentimes, in the context of the trauma, those weren’t stuck points, those actually made sense, and something made you feel safe and protected and did protect you.

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What We Discuss With Dr. Rubin Khoddam About Holistic Mental Healthcare:

  • How he is helping people learn ways of rescripting their life and engaging in more effective behaviors whether that be related to their addiction, past traumas, depression, work stress, or relationship difficulties.
  • The benefits patients receive of going through evidence based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and the potential limitations.
  • How he helps trauma patients confront their stuck points in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and regain feelings of safety, trust, power, esteem, and initmacy.
  • The difference between CPT and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD and the advantages of applying each one.
  • Dr. Rubin Khoddam discusses how he provides Acceptance and Committment Therapy for empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility.
  • Have any questions, comments, or stories you’d like to share with us? Drop us a line at [email protected]m!
  • And much more…
EP 85 | Holistic Mental Healthcare | Dr. Rubin Khoddam | Passion Struck Podcast
EP 85 | Holistic Mental Healthcare | Dr. Rubin Khoddam | Passion Struck Podcast

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More About This Show On Holistic Mental Healthcare with Dr. Rubin Khoddam

During our interview, I asked Dr. Rubin Khoddam why everybody experiences trauma differently and his advice on how to approach our stuck points.

Dr. Khoddam explains, “Our trauma keeps us on alert, it keeps us activated, it keeps us hyper-vigilant, it keeps us on guard, it keeps us anxious, it keeps us irritable because we want to protect ourselves that God forbid if something else happened, that I can be prepared for it.

And so part of what makes it hard to reach out for help is because then it’s taking that very thing that I’m working so hard day at night to have to not look at not to see not to acknowledge it’s, it’s me actually looking at it straight in the face and saying, Alright, time to deal with you. And my advice to people is, it’s, it’s not also as scary as it might seem.

Yes, it’s work. Yes, it takes time. And also, it’s not an essay about being thrown into the deep end. Maybe it’s just about, you know, dipping your toe in the water a little bit. And then after you dip the toe, perhaps it’s the foot, maybe the foot becomes, you know, the calf and so forth. So that it acclimates you because in the same way, if you go scuba diving, diving, and you don’t, you know, slowly go up, the pressure will get to you, and you get the bends, right.

So you have to adjust to each level that you’re at slowly. And trauma treatment is in some ways the same way where you want to take it one step at a time. And I think if you think about all the way you have to go, it becomes overwhelming. But if you focus on that first part of the road before the curve hits, that’s all you got to get to, and then there’ll be another curve path set where you could just get to that one piece, then that would be then that’s all you got to do. And then we’ll worry about the rest from there. But let’s just focus on this here.”

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About This Episode’s Guest Dr. Rubin Khoddam

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Rubin Khoddam, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in the treatment of addiction and trauma as well as mood disorders, such as anxiety and depression. Dr. Rubin started COPE after growing his own personal private practice and recognizing the need for quality, evidence-based mental health care. He has personally handpicked each team member and psychologist at COPE and is passionate about helping those who come to COPE learn the skills, tools, and insights they need to be able to do their life’s work.

In addition to his work at COPE, Dr. Rubin is also a psychologist and team lead on a 30-bed track at a residential treatment facility at the West Los Angeles VA Hospital helping individuals begin their recovery journey free of substances. He supervises psychology and psychiatry trainees and is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. Although currently a Bruin, Dr. Rubin earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California (Fight On!) after graduating cum laude from the University of California, San Diego with his BS in Psychology.


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