Writing, Training, Psychotherapy . . .

inspired by lived experience

Are you looking for 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 am a psychotherapist with a twenty-five year career in mental health and an award-winning author.  When things like complex and generational trauma are behind your suffering there may be an array of syndromes to be uncovered. 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.

Reconstructing A Culture

I have developed unique tools and specialization working with psychosis and trauma across diagnostic categories. I always start with where you are at and utilize a host of resources, but perhaps my perspective and ability to normalize and understand experiences that trigger psychosis and trauma will support you in unique ways.

About 3.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia in the U.S. alone. That is only about 1% of the population. But what I am asking you to do is consider that 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 portions of the 7-8 percent of the population who experience related experiences associated with trauma like disassociation and hyper-vigilance. And don’t forget to mix in of some of the 9.1 percent of the with personality challenges and 14.8 percent with substance abuse challenges. And lastly, forget not many of the 15% of U.S. individuals who experience chronic oppression from neurodevelopmental disorders. Overall, we start to talk about a much bigger slice of the mental health challenge pie than we initially were.

Current estimates are that one in every ten people hear voices worldwide. Deprived of support, most people with voices or other triggers for psychosis must fight to regain control of their minds in silence because treatment modalities don’t give professionals the tools they need to accept, explore and problem solve. Generally, this does not happen in long term incarceration. In situations where that is part of the equation, I am particularly good at helping people heal. Statistics suggest that people with these challenges are more likely to recover if they reside in societies of the third world even when access to medication is limited.

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

Practice

 

638 Webster St, Suite 210C, Oakland, CA

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.

Upcoming Training and Workshops

In the upcoming months I will be doing a number of training/workshops that I wanted my supporters to know about. First I will participate in a panel discussion in a panel discussion at UCSF from 10-11:30 on Wednesday, September 9th representing the hearing voices network perspective. Then, later the same day I will be utilizing some portion […]

Writing for Mental Health: Six Basic Considerations

I like to think that I could recommend writing to some other people who have been subjected to a diagnostic labeling process that diminishes their hopes and potential. Indeed as emotional tension pulses through my back and appendages, I have found few other outlets that are there for me like the mixing and mastering letters. […]

A Vulgar Marxist Beat

Belizaro’s old Ford pickup Strained to cross the deep ruts It has gauged into me, Grinding its wheels Across my soft black earth. The truck coughed an echo Against my silent countryside, Carrying in it An empty-hearted American boy Who had come to see My fields of working men. Wheezing to a halt, Its echo […]

Evidence Based Practice in Community Mental Health: Part Two

Looking further at evidence based practice, I want to use professional experience to look at how putting-the-cart-first treatment translates into wasted public dollars and second class services. In this article, I take myself out of the State Hospital, and insert myself thirteen years later in the ranks of the mental health workers.  Not only are we […]