“The secret to happiness is being glad about what you have while working toward making changes for an even better life. Any of us, in any situation, can be happy. Let’s explore the possibilities together.”

~Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Marriage Counselor, Author, International Speaker, Media Expert



Dr. Robert Puff has been successfully counseling individuals, families, organizations, and businesses for over twenty years in and around Orange County. His counseling has helped thousands find happiness…

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Dr. Robert Puff, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.

Dr. Robert Puff, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, international speaker, marriage counselor, and life coach who has been successfully counseling individuals, families, organizations, and businesses for over twenty-five years.  A contributing writer to Psychology Today with a private practice in the Orange County area servicing Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach and Corona Del Mar, he is recognized as one of California’s leading therapists and mental health management experts. His approach to life and to therapy is holistic, encompassing thoughts, emotions, physical health, nutrition, and relationships.  He teaches people to let go of their negative thinking patterns, manage their stress, heal from traumatic experiences, develop their spirituality, and succeed in life beyond their expectations.  Dr. Puff holds a master’s degree from Princeton and a second master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller.  He taught as an adjunct professor at Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology and has worked as staff psychologist at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Sepulveda V.A. Medical Hospital, La Puente Mental Health, and St. Jude’s Medical Hospital.

Dr. Puff has given thousands of media interviews and frequently appears on national TV and radio talk shows. His books have been on the bestseller lists atAmazon.com. How to Live a Positive Life: The Art of Living Well, has been the #1 bestseller at iTunes books in the “Self-Improvement” category. He co-hosted the weekly international Web-TV program, The Holistic Success Show, which is viewed in over a 200 countries. He also hosts The Happiness Podcast, with weekly podcast on how we can all find happiness.

The books he has authored include:

  • Getting It Right: A Guide to Healthy Relationships
  • How to Live a Positive Life: The Art of Living Well
  • Anger Work: How to Express Your Anger and Still Be Kind
  • Holistic Success: How to Dance through Life with the Abandon of a Child and Skill of a Master
  • Raising Healthy Children and Teenagers
  • Living a Positive Life
  • Reflections on Meditation: A Guide for Beginners
  • Success Beyond Your Imagination: Working in the Zone
  • Holistic Health
  • Meditation for Health and Happiness: The Art of Living Well
  • The Everything Guide to Anger Management
Dr. Puff consults with businesses and nonprofits on a variety of topics, including personal and work relationships, depression, parenting, stress and anger management, workplace stress management, meditation, healing from trauma, and success. He is available for speaking engagements, personal and marital counseling, and workplace consultations. He can also be reached at DrPuff@cox.net

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#58 Happiness – Treating Life as a Permanent Vacation

In this Happiness Podcast episode, Dr. Puff explores how when we treat everything in life as temporary and don’t cling to things, like when we are on vacation, then happiness will be our reward. To learn more, visit http://www.HappinessPodcast.org

The post #58 Happiness – Treating Life as a Permanent Vacation appeared first on Happiness Podcast.

Author: Dr. Puff
Posted: November 7, 2014, 10:41 pm

#57 Happiness – Henry David Thoreau’s “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify”

In the Happiness Podcast, Dr. Puff explores the importance of keeping our life free so that we have time for happiness. As Henry David Thoreau said in Walden, “Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.” To learn more, go to http://www.HappinessPodcast.org

The post #57 Happiness – Henry David Thoreau’s “Simplify, Simplify, Simplify”appeared first on Happiness Podcast.

Author: Dr. Puff
Posted: October 26, 2014, 9:29 pm

#56 Happiness – Finding Happiness and Living Well with the Ongoing Challenges

In this Happiness Podcast, Dr. Puff examines how we can live well even with the ongoing challenges of life by letting go of the expectations that there won’t be anymore challenges.

The post #56 Happiness – Finding Happiness and Living Well with the Ongoing Challenges appeared first onHappiness Podcast.

Author: Dr. Puff
Posted: October 10, 2014, 9:31 pm

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Dr. James Seghers, M.S., Ph.D. (PSB # 36493)

Dr. Seghers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Kent State University, and is a registered Psychological Assistant* with the California Board of Psychology. He has practiced counseling and psychotherapy since 2004. He has a background in psychological research, and has published scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences. Clinically, he has been affiliated with the Rehabilitation Institute of Southern California, Straight Talk Inc., Summa Health System, and, most recently, the Cleveland VA Medical Center.Dr. Seghers has diverse therapeutic and assessment experience. He has worked with children, adolescents, adults, seniors, couples, families, and groups from a variety of ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. He is experienced in addressing clinical issues related to anxiety, traumatic stress, depression, substance addiction, and psychosis. In addition, he has successfully worked with an extensive range of presenting concerns, including work/career dissatisfaction, bereavement, chronic pain, relationship problems, parenting difficulties, sexual and combat trauma, and generalized malaise.Dr. Seghers is a holistic psychotherapist, adhering to an integrative approach based on empirical science. He emphasizes psychological factors (thoughts, emotions, behaviors), interpersonal connectedness, healthful eating, and physical activity. He adopts a contextual perspective in conceptualizing psychological concerns, while emphasizing here-and-now experiences, choices, meanings, and beliefs. Dr. Seghers views human experience as an inherently creative process, and works to empower his clients to create meaningful and fulfilling lives through committed action based on personal values. He is an avid photographer, nature enthusiast, and meditation practitioner, and has been happily married for seven years.*Dr. Seghers is supervised by Dr. Puff, and is a registered Psychological Assistant (PSB # 36493)

Contact Dr. Seghers:

(949) 892-7065



Dr. Taryn Neal, B.A., M.A., Ed.D

Dr. Taryn Neal is a registered Psychological Assistant* with the Board of Psychology. Dr. Neal has practiced counseling and psychotherapy in various clinical and hospital settings since 2007. Dr. Neal has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington, a Masters of Arts degree from Argosy University in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctor of Education degree from Argosy University in Counseling Psychology. She has successfully worked with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems, parenting difficulties, stress, and trauma. Additionally, Dr. Neal is certified in Prepare-Enrich for premarital and marital couples seeking assessment and counseling in their relationship. She has been happily married for several years and has successfully helped individuals and couples improve their relationships and marriages.Dr. Neal utilizes a holistic approach both in her personal and professional life by helping individuals in therapy. She believes in the importance of encompassing the thoughts, feelings, and emotions as well as physical health, nutrition, and relationships of an individual. Dr. Neal has a significant background in research on eating disorders, the benefits of exercise and improvement in quality of life. Her dissertation title is “An exploration of mental health, exercise and quality of life in Orange County.” Additionally, she adheres to the whole person and believes every person can meet their fullest potential through healing and growth. Dr. Neal provides a safe, comfortable, and trusting environment to explore thoughts, emotions and behaviors. Dr. Neal’s holistic approach provides healing from the past, living in the present, and looking forward to the future.**Dr. Neal is currently supervised by Dr. Puff and is a registered Psychological Assistant (PSB# 35820)**

Contact Dr. Taryn Neal:

(425) 829-5435


Fawn Gonzales, LCSW

Fawn Gonzales is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker dedicated to providing high quality mental health services and support to individuals and families representing all incomes, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, spiritual beliefs, and abilities. Fawn earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and holds a Master’s degree from Portland State University. She also provided counseling and class instruction at Linfield College.Our desire for connection, capacity to heal and the underlying humanity in our diversity shapes Fawn’s belief that our relationship(s) to ourselves and with one another can be rich and less difficult. Fawn’s approach appreciates strengths and empathetically challenges the struggles that get in the way of satisfying relationships. Fawn views her role as therapist and coach to be collaborative and built on a bond of trust and empathy.Emphasizing the importance of balance and utilizing a body based and person centric view, Fawn addresses issues related but not limited to: Problems in relationships, Parenting support, Out of control feelings and behaviors, Anxiety / Depression, Life transitions (eg, marriage, divorce, adolescence, college, empty nest, death, menopause, aging), Problems at work or at school, Various forms of discrimination, Trauma / Sexual Assault, Grief and loss, Workplace problems, and Stress management.Fawn has served youth and adults in a variety of settings and is trained in a multitude of therapies. Fawn is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor as well as an Endorsed Parent Child Interaction Therapist. Fawn works with transitional age youth and has served families in residential, wilderness therapy, intensive and outpatient settings. Strengths of Fawn’s work include assisting adults in becoming self fulfilled and mindful, as well as helping couples build purposeful and meaningful relationships.For further information please visit:


Contact Fawn:

(541) 944-7711