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Redefining "Psychosis"

Whether you are seeking my therapy services, my training for professionals, or just looking for a good read, congratulations! Reaching out for help with the “P” word is an exceedingly humble thing to do. I hope to turn the topic into something of which you’ll want to be a part.

I argue that if you want to better understand social reality in the modern world, you need to better understand what is being progressively understood as neurodevelopmental syndromes associated with psychosis and trauma. I believe these issues afflict a significant portion of the people who struggle with mental health challenges across diagnostic divides. Many people who are impacted by these experiences are able to lead healthy lives; and yet the way we treat many in the modern world traumatizes many to become devastated and isolated.

If you have these types of mental health challenges, you have probably been influenced by a culture and a history of institutionalization that teaches you to suppress all experiences associated with psychosis. I have created this site to help myself and others change the way mental health challenges related to trauma and psychosis are treated in the clinics and public. A survivor of these experiences myself, I spent important years learning to suppress, but feel that in treatment there also needs to be safe places where people don’t get punished for having these experiences.

Reconstructing A Culture

About 3.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia in the U.S. alone. Moreover, many other diagnoses also involve experiences related to psychosis. For example, of the 5.7 million U.S. individuals who suffer from bipolar, 70% experience psychosis during mania and 50% experience psychosis during depression. Include other related experiences associated with trauma like disassociation and hypervigilance as well as intuitive knowledge experienced by individuals who experience chronic oppression from other neurodevelopmental disorders, and you get a much bigger slice of the mental health challenge pie.

Current estimates are that one in every ten people hear voices worldwide. Deprived of support, most of these people must fight to regain control of their minds in silence because most treatment modalities don’t give professionals the tools they need to accept and explore psychosis. Statistics suggest sufferers are more likely to recover if they reside in societies of the third world.

On this website, you will get educated about what lies behind a broad spectrum of “disorders,” and how a broader definition of psychosis can lead to eclectic treatment strategies. If you want to learn more about compassionate psychosis treatment models, be sure to challenge social stereotypes. 

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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.

Treatment?
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.

Overcoming Stigma in the Workplace

Coming out Mad, as a professional with a Marriage and Family Therapy License has been a rocky journey over uncharted, and lawless terrain. I share my experience to help embolden others who have experienced trauma, stigma, and institutionalization to be mentally transparent and come out in an authentic manner in their therapy practice. I believe […]

Radically Different Techniques

Eight years ago when I read about the Hearing Voices Network in Europe, I thought it was a dream. There seemed to be no better way to challenge the mainstream myths that psychiatry promotes. I wanted to make it come true but I didn’t know anybody.  Bearing a very contained two and a half year […]

The Longings of Lonliness

Working against the constant spank of summer, Loneliness negotiated a groove into the hard rock Although it seemed so pointless. I do not know how this project was initiated. Nor do I know how he came to inhabit this mountain top; But I did watch him grind skull against earth’s flesh The nose hoeing, the […]

Towards More Honest Ways to Teach Counseling Theories

I’d like to think that if therapists like me who have been farting around with psychotherapy for twenty years or so, might be able to improve the way counseling theory is taught in graduate school. Ideally, I would like to support the development of theory that address social ills. I have found myself feeling this […]