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Episode 28: “A Dog of Many Names: Reinventing Oneself at Any Age” (Part 1)

Dr. Patti Britton and Doug Green discuss Reinventing Oneself at Any Age part 1

Episode Summary

In this chatty episode, author and youth psychotherapist, Doug Green, shares the story of his love affair with his beloved dog, Shirelle, and how she provoked a worldwide movement! In many ways, Doug is the last person you’d expect to appear on this program. He works primarily with kids, and his two books are about dogs! Where Doug’s work figures into this podcast is in his own journey. Doug has had to reinvent himself numerous times, due to career challenges, moving between continents, and new discoveries of what he most wants and treasures in his life. The conversation begins with his own career evolution, his tale of a special dog in his life, and the repercussions that followed. Part two is coming soon!

Presenter Bio

Doug Green, MFT, LPCC, RDT, is an author, director, teacher, and psychotherapist. More specifically, he’s a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Los Angeles, where he specializes in helping kids and teens build lives they can be proud of. He runs the website, where people around the world get advice from the point of view of a friendly, smart, lovable, non- judgmental dog.

He is the author of the acclaimed book The Teachings of Shirelle: Life Lessons from a Divine Knucklehead, detailing the wisdom he learned – psychological, philosophical, and spiritual – from his ridiculous mutt. His latest book, A Dog of Many Names, is his first novel. Find him at: