Psychotherapy for Psychosis

If you have experiences associated with psychosis, whether they are good or bad, you have probably been influenced by the history of institutionalization that works to suppress your experiences. I have created this site to help myself and others change the way psychosis is treated in the clinics and public. I spent years learning to suppress, but feel that in treatment there needs to be safe places where people don’t get punished for having these experiences.

Instead of promoting symptom suppression, we need to refine public understanding of what psychosis is: something to which most of us can relate. We need to open up dialogue about the emergency state and to challenge the medicalized cultural delusion that these experiences lead to irreversible brain damage. Finally, we need to learn to call upon to shamanic teachers who know how to live well with psychosis for help.

As someone with over twenty years of experience as a provider, I am still haunted by the fact that six years in, I found myself warehoused for three months in a state hospital. The two years of crisis I went through during and after my incarceration was a challenge. In fact, it was so bad, I wrote an award-winning book about it.

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.

Ode to a Cockroach

I can see you skittering through my soul. I can see blood pulse through your kidney corpse. Dripping live cells into some fertile hole For upon human life your presence torques Blood pressured fear. And the multitude Abandon city and sleep on sheets clean. You sit in your puddle of Raid and laugh And will […]

Multi-Culturism in the Hacienda of Mental Health

Back when I was just a yuppie, I learned a few points of wisdom about working through stigma. I needed mentors to help teach me how wrong stigma is. Now,  I want to pay forward some of  what I learned outside the class room  to some mental health academics and administrators who may not have […]

Spiritual Emergence in the Muddy Waters of the Mental Health System

What was emerging now was different than anything I had experienced prior. I had just gotten support from relationships I had built over the past year at the Quaker meeting-for-worship. Maybe my situation at work had been getting whispered about among my friends. Maybe my spirit was exuding a sense of desperation. Either way, I’d […]

On a Writer’s Need for Acknowledgement

Ever since I finally, at the age of forty-three, published some of my writing, I’ve found that I am particularly prone to pain again. Ever since, each morning I have woken up driven to find ways to get people to read my book. A year and a month later, I have primarily had to pay […]

From understanding psychosis to helping people bounce back

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. 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 are not going to find commonly accepted ways to treat schizophrenia, like medication or psychiatric incarceration. Instead, you will get educated about what lies behind the disorder and how a broader definition can lead to eclectic treatment strategies.

 

The way to schizophrenia treatment is through exploring and redefining the experiences of psychosis

 

Once diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia himself, licensed psychotherapist, Tim Dreby, strives to provide support for those who experience distress due to psychosis by sharing his story and creating a treatment modality that respects psychosis as an oppressed culture. There are ways to help people with schizophrenia without warehousing and using related behavioral control!

On this site Tim Dreby sells his book, Fighting for Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions to open the eyes of those who believe that psychosis is irreversible. His publication aims to show you the world full of extraordinary experiences and covert realities from an ex-patient’s perspective. 

If you want to learn more about compassionate psychosis treatment models, be sure to challenge social stereotypes. You can buy Tim’s award-winning memoir or set up six-hour training in the Bay Area! Do not hesitate to Contact us with any questions!