Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., is a clinical and health psychologist with a private practice in Mill Valley, CA. She also has an academic and research background and provides workshops for the public and health professionals. She helps clients and providers address the effects of life stress on relationships, self-care, health, career, and parenting. Dr Greenberg applies her knowledge of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and Affect Regulation to promote growth and resilience. She was a Professor at Alliant International University, San Diego and a Research Psychologist at the VA Medical Center, San Diego. She was also a consulting psychologist for the Slim in Seven program at the Bay Clubs in Marin and San Francisco. She has served on the Editorial Boards of Health Psychology and Annals of Behavioral Medicine and as a Special Interest Group Chair of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr Greenberg has published more than 50 research articles, chapters, and conference abstracts, in journals such as Pain, Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, the Journal of Psychosomatic Research and Biofeedback & Self-Regulation. She was a reviewer of national guidelines for treatment of chronic pain. Dr Greenberg has written chapters for various edited books, including Positive Psychology Explorng the Best in People (Praeger), the Handbook of Health Psychology & Behavioral Medicine (Guilford), and the Writing Cure (Guilford) among others. Born in South Africa, she came to the US in 1986 to study Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook, University.She subsequently completed Postdoctoral study in Health Psychology at the City University of New York. Missing the warm weather, she moved out to California, where she has lived happily ever since. She has a husband in biotech, a daughter in Middle School and is an active, engaged parent. Her next life goal is to make her knowledge accessible to a broad audience via webcasts, e-books, seminars, and books.
"Life is not a matter of having good cards but of playing a poor hand well" Robert Louis Stephenson. This blog explores how we can manage our lives so as to make the most of the hands we've been dealt. Can we find ways to transform life stress & trauma into positive motivation? What are the ingredients of a healthy, balanced life? And how can we express our most authentic selves to contribute to a better world?