Fighting For Freedom in America: Memoir of a “Schizophrenia” and Mainstream Cultural Delusions A transformational
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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.

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.

American Shamenz In the System; And American Shamenz Out

Tin Man thinks of the ancestral quilt that hangs in his wife’s suburban guest room. His auntie gave him the quilt because he was named after his great grandfather whose name is stitched in the quilt. Nevertheless, Tin Man considers himself the black sheep of his family. Tin Man is the oldest cousin among nine […]

Using My Recovery from “Schizophrenia” to Manage Job Insecurity

With Upcoming Program Closures Announced, How Confident Should I Feel? A few years ago, a co-worker said, “We could come into work tomorrow and the job might not be there for us! That’s why I always try to put family first!” My job of fifteen year was there for me before I got married and […]

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 […]

The Need to Plan for Your Loved Ones Recovery (Part One)

In the United States, when a person has what is often referred to as a first break, the courses of action that get taken against them may end up being a crime against their humanity. While there can be very diverse responses from family and friends, there is the unfortunate tendency to turn to the […]

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