Dr. Adrianne Ahern, a Del Mar clinical psychologist, has developed a four-step process called "Snap Out of it Now!" that rewires the brain to harness its power to meet one's goals in every area of life. The author of two books, "Snap Out of it NOW!" (June 2007) and "Back in Charge!" (June 2009), Ahern's method is showcased on a 90-minute KPBS program that has been aired on PBS stations nationwide.
Drawing from 15 years of clinical work, executive coaching (including six years at the Scripps Hospital in La Jolla), and her own spiritual practice, Ahern developed tools that bridge the disciplines of psychology, psychophysiology, and the art of natural healing using meditative breath work.
A graduate of UCLA, Ahern earned two master's degrees and her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in Berkeley/Alameda. She sees clients at her practice in Carmel Valley.
What brought you to Del Mar?
I love living in a beach community. Living in Del Mar, so close to the ocean, gives me the feeling that I can always jump into the surf even on the busiest of days. I grew up familiar with old Del Mar, and I still love it!
What makes this town special to you?
I love the casualness of the town, the friendliness of its residents, and most of all, the sight of the dolphins playing in the surf!
If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in the area?
I would love to snap my fingers and make it so that all of Del Mar residents could live so close to the beach that they could listen to the waves crash on the sand at night.
Who or what inspires you?
My husband's smile inspires me! I am also inspired by the uniqueness of each wave in the ocean — its rhythm and movement, size and force, color and fluidity — which reminds me of the uniqueness of each one of us as human beings, and our connectedness with each other. In my therapy practice, I keep in mind the following quote by Buckminster Fuller: "Everyone has the perfect gift to give the world, and if each of us is freed up to give the gift that is uniquely ours to give, the world will be in total harmony."
If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?
I would have at my table my husband Barry, my spiritual mentor Kathleen Woeber, my oldest brother Kevin, Albert Einstein, Carl Jung, Rumi, and Julia Child (with whom I've had the great pleasure of dining before!). The chemistry of this group would provide me the most joyful of experiences!
Tell us about what you are currently reading.
I have three books open: "Transcending the Levels of Consciousness" by David R. Hawkins, M.D, Ph.D.; "Energy Medicine for Women" by Donna Eden; and "Rumi's Little Book of Love" by Maryam Mafi and Azima Melita Kolin.
What is your most-prized possession?
My most-prized possession, I must say, is my California clinical psychology license, which allows me to be in service through my therapy practice in Carmel Valley.
What do you do for fun?
I love hiking the multiple trails at the Torrey Pines Reserve with the waves crashing on the beach below! I am a fair-weather surfer, so I love to surf 15th Street (with occasional forays to Windansea in La Jolla) in the spring and summer, and I love to downhill ski in the winter!
Please describe your greatest accomplishment.
I would have to say that beyond my degrees and professional accomplishments, my greatest accomplishment has been to continue on the path of self-discovery, where I find myself emerging within the realization that the limiting beliefs that have determined how I feel about myself, no longer need to control how I react. By not identifying with these beliefs I am open to truly discovering my own uniqueness — my desire to help others discover their own uniqueness.
What is your motto or philosophy of life?
A basic truth with which I have lived my life is that I must try to do my very best, but in the end I rely on my faith in God. As my father always told us: "Work as if everything depended on you, pray as if everything depended on God.
My mottos are "Live by choice, not reaction," and "Face it or get chased by it!"