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Welcome! You’ve discovered the author and psychotherapy website of Tim Dreby. I yearn to change the way experiences associated with psychosis are greeted in the clinics, the public and in your consciousness. Thank you for checking in. Whatever challenges you might be facing, I think you will find things in my writings and my work that will help you on your journey.

In psychotherapy, I offer innovative solutions for complex challenges. Perhaps you have reached out for help and got burned. Maybe it seems like there is no safe place to talk about your problems. Or maybe it’s just you are trying to help a family member but just don’t know what to do. When there is no simple answer for anxiety, depression, social exclusion, abuse, emotional pain or addictive behavior, perhaps it is time to go a little deeper.

I have a twenty-five year career in the mental health system and am an award-winning author. I’ve learned things from books, but at this time in my life, I tend to veer towards stories, experience, and my connection with the universe. When things like complex and generational trauma are behind your suffering there may be an array of syndromes to be explored. These may include not only learning and interpersonal challenges, but also dissociation, psychosis or hearing voices. It can be good to work with someone who is fully vested and knowledgeable about these challenges!

Whether you are seeking my therapy services, my training for professionals, or just looking for a good read, congratulations! Reaching out for help is an exceedingly humble thing to do. You are not nearly as alone as you may think.  Simple acceptance is often the first step towards transforming your life.

 

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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.

Joe’s Deli

There is a quiet stillness every night After dishes have been washed in the sink, Surfaces wiped down, the floor moped, the grill Scraped clean, and utensils like the spatula Placed neatly on aluminum foil. The day’s work Is over and Joe can go home to rest. Joe’s intrinsic sense of order does rests In […]

Viewing Myself through the Healing Voices Documentary

The Healing Voices documentary is a bold collaborative effort to recreate the public perception of people who hear voices or experience altered states. At a private viewing, amid a room of like-minded individuals there is cause for all of us to rejoice. We all sit engaged, excited, and proud as concepts and materials that we […]

Gentrification and Displacement in Oakland California: An Inside-Out Perspective

Watching Buzzards Swirl: It has been my honor and privilege to work for fifteen years on an urban inner-city psychiatric unit that is currently being targeted for closure by a hospital system that is facing a budget crisis. There is a proposal on the table to merge our program with its suburban counterpart, taking away […]

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 […]

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