It is a dream of mine to operate a private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco for individuals in the bay area. I currently practice at Highland Hospital Outpatient Psychiatric Services which rests in Oakland and takes many forms of insurance. If you contact us I may be able to arrange to see you there depending on insurance.
I have developed this website to support changes I foresee as being possible in local treatment. I hope it may benefit readers and potential clients. You can read up and see if you think my services would be supportive. There is a lot of information available about my lived experience here; thus, I think it is prudent to emphasize that the focus of my psychotherapy services is you and your lived experience.
There are many reasons to seek supportive psychotherapy services from me. Whether you are:
- fighting against institutionalization and trying to manage a special message emergency,
- struggling with relationships or life transitions,
- facing discrimination at work,
- feeling culturally marginalized or oppressed by mainstream norms
- traumatized by having to keep your internal process secret,
- suffering from depression and anxiety that doesn’t seem to ever go away,
- struggling to support a person who is suffering in an emergency,
- or experiencing family strife because of labels like schizophrenia or crazy,
Specialized support may help!!!
With over twenty years of experience working with people in the mental health system, I have developed a unique approach to working with people enduring mental health challenges.
Across Diagnostic Categories!
Whether you are a sufferer, survivor, provider or loved one, I am almost certain that when we look across diagnostic categories that more people relate to these experiences than you think!
What Will People Think?
When a person first experiences a psychosis or special message emergency, many think a threshold has been crossed from which there is no going back. Often, associates presume the worst possible outcome and go on with their lives as if the sufferer no longer exists. Those that do persist to provide support are terrified of the associated experiences and stereotypes and want the person returned to normal before irreversible damage occurs
Often, the focus of treatment is overly protective reality checks and behavioral control. Many experts do not know what to do and utilize an institutional system that does not work and can make things worse. They may vastly underestimate what the sufferer can learn and accomplish
What’s Really Going On . . .
Meanwhile, sufferers go through some incredible/catastrophic experiences and feel compelled to persist to understand because their life depends on it. Perhaps they learn to hide what they’re going through. They may long to share with someone who understands, but many who seem to understand only make the conspiracy better or worse. The alarm, disinterest, or ridicule of others can be really profound!
- Receiving excitement, profound interest and wisdom when you share experiences.
- Having supporters who are eager to relate, share similar experiences and tell stories from their own lives.
- Looking forward to being revered for your wisdom because of what you’ve been through.
THERE ARE MANY TERMS:
I prefer the term,
One in ten people hears voices alone. Everyone has dreams, receives interpersonal impressions from body language, senses intuitive knowledge, and has the capacity to learn from symbolic associations!
In a crisis, these special messages experiences can dominate your life. But with support and mastery, a person can transform and come out of the crisis!
What do I mean, special messages? People who receive special messages have a host of experiences that give them special information that others might or might not pick up on. Much like it is for the person who has engaged in heavy substance abuse, the whole world becomes full of clues and triggers that remind the addict of their addiction, message receivers experience a host of triggers that alert them of alternate realities. Such realities can be pleasant but often are grim. I’d argue that a lot of people aren’t adept at managing it when these kinds of realities come up and the result is contact with the mental health system.
I think special message information is real, valuable and has a purpose, but it can lead many people into distress and conflict with others. It can also lead to extended periods of crisis during which messages are trusted more than anything else. During the crisis, large amounts of loss can ensue and a person can be marginalized.
Examples of Special Messages are things like:
Sensing the thoughts of another,
Having others be able to sense your thoughts
Seeing clues of conspiracy in media,
Seeing clues in words,
Seeing clues in numbers,
Seeing clues in the world that surround you.
These types of experiences go together like letters in the alphabet to create distinctive universes that can teach individuals a lot. I do not believe people who receive special messages are hopeless or broken!
My approach has developed by running innovative groups over the past eleven years. During this time I have not only worked with people who get special messages, but I have also learned to share my own special message experiences in ways that are helpful to others. Special messages work has successfully brought together people across the diagnostic spectrum to work together. From labels of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or bipolar to labels associated with depression, PTSD, or disassociation, a lot can be learned from other people who share special message experiences.
Groups that honor this taboo subject create a culture of support, that inspires participants to collaborate. I believe that groups that mix people who are still in crisis with people who are getting to the other side are ideal.
Additionally, I have had success training message receivers to help them work in mental health. I believe our voices to be very needed in the field.
If you or someone you love has had contact with the mental health system that has left you/them feeling misunderstood, punished, and suppressed, my specialized services may be just what you are looking for. Please do not hesitate to send your interest and inquiries.