Jewish Journal


March 3, 2010



Our motto is “IF YOU’VE GOT A PROBLEM, WE’VE GOT AN ANSWER” and every day we will try to fulfill that pledge. We decided to start this website because life is stressful and complicated. We hope we’ve created a place where people can feel safe as they seek out some guidance and support. People know us from television and radio as kind and truthful advisors who are willing to tell it as it is. We know as complicated as issues become, we can cut to the heart of a problem using a firm but gentle touch mixed with humor and optimism. We’re confident that two minds are better than one in resolving life’s problems. 

- Marcia & Dr. Rick

Marcia Brandwynne has had a distinguished career in broadcasting as an Emmy-award winning television news and talk show professional, both locally and nationally. In addition to her extensive on-air work, she’s also been a news executive and headed up Carol Burnett’s production company. After a successful broadcast career, Marcia made a transition to become a Certified Life Coach. She received her coaching certification at the Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, CA, and is trained in the theory and practice of Authentic Happiness, developed by Martin Seligman, Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her specialty is in positive psychology and adult transitional development. Marcia has a private coaching practice, The Brandwynne Company, based in Los Angeles.  Email her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Dr. Rick Shuman is a licensed psychotherapist. His knowledge and proficiency translates to likability and friendliness; speaking in clear and simple terms even when addressing complex problems. Dr. Rick was the Clinical Director at the Century City Hospital in Los Angeles and currently is on the advisory board of Our House, a grief center for children who have lost a parent, and for parents coping with the loss of a child. Dr. Rick is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and completed his doctoral work at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rick has been a guest on CNN, CBS Radio, Fox, “Extra” and is a recurring guest on “Oprah.” He maintains a private practice in Westwood, CA.  Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Marcia and Rick started their working relationship at KTLA, the Tribune station in Los Angeles.  Marcia, as Executive Producer of the popular morning news, hired Rick to be the resident Psychologist. They morphed into working together on-air, creating a web series called Sound Advice with Marcia and Dr. Rick. The well-reviewed series which the L.A. Times called “snappy and engaging” was picked up by ABC’s HD Network and has since become a daily half-hour series called Advice for Life.

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