Dr. Edelstein has an in-person, Skype, and telephone therapy practice in San Francisco and Mill Valley, CA. He is the author of Three Minute Therapy, a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems, for which he has been awarded Author of the Year. The book was a Quality Paperback Book Club/Book-of-the-Month Club Selection, a Behavioral Sciences Book Service Book Club Selection, and an Albert Ellis Institute Selection. His book, Stage Fright, includes interviews with Robin Williams, Jason Alexander, Melissa Etheridge, Maya Angelou, and others, relating their personal experiences and wisdom in coping with performance anxiety. Rational Drinking: How to Live Happily With or Without Alcohol presents concepts, tools, and strategies for overcoming compulsive drinking. His latest book, Therapy Breakthrough, is a history and critique of the psychotherapy movement from Sigmund Freud to Albert Ellis.
In his practice, Dr. Edelstein specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and addictions, and is one of the few practitioners of REBT in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was also the San Francisco SMART Recovery Professional Advisor and occasionally leads meetings in San Francisco.
Dr. Edelstein lectures nationally and internationally, appears on radio and television, and is published in psychological journals. He wrote the advice column, "Ask Dr.Mike,” which appeared in the Mensa San Francisco “Intelligencer” and "In the Know."
Dr. Edelstein was a Training Supervisor and Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. He holds a diplomate in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy from the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists, and is on its Board of Advisors. He is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. He is a Certified Sex Therapist and has served as a Consulting Psychologist for the National Save-A-Life League, Inc., the oldest suicide prevention center in the United States.
REBT is a modern approach to overcoming emotional and behavioral disturbance. It focuses on the present and demonstrates how to take an active role in recovery. It helps clients identify the unrealistic beliefs at the core of their psychological problems and gives them powerful tools they can use to change their thinking and dramatically improve their lives.