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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.

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 […]

Using Leverage in the Treatment of Madness

When I was in psychosis, or what I prefer to call the message crisis, I was extremely angry when my family used leverage to force me into treatment. For starters, they contacted the police and supported a three-month hospitalization that kept me from seeking asylum in Canada. I concluded that they were a mafia family […]

How to Work with Issues of Mental Health Warehousing as a Professional

Early in my career as a social worker, I couldn’t even see the phenomenon of mental health warehousing let alone know how address the issue in a relationship. My college texts had promoted the mainstream eugenic presumptions associated with mental illness. I didn’t know what was needed to recover from things like psychosis, personality disorders, […]

A Need for Providers who Specialize in “Psychosis.”

A Need for Providers who Specialize in “Psychosis.” I was hired straight out of college into work in the counseling field. I started to work with an adult mental health population at my second professional job at the age of twenty-three. Since that time I have been increasingly focused on how to make therapeutic engagement meaningful […]

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