Using “Schizophrenia” to Find A Soul Mate:

 Finding a relationship when you struggle with mental health challenges can be hard for a host of different reasons. Depression, anxiety, addiction, and interpersonal struggles can make relationships very challenging. There is stigma attached to each of these conditions and many avoid contact and fail to see other great qualities that the sufferer brings to … Continue reading Using “Schizophrenia” to Find A Soul Mate:

Why Lived Experience and Curiosity Deserve Your Respect:

  Sometimes I think therapy practitioners and mental health administrators don’t really think about what they are doing when they adhere to industry standards in trying to promote mental health for those marginalized in the mental health system. Whether working in the mental health system, administering mental health programs, or working out of their own … Continue reading Why Lived Experience and Curiosity Deserve Your Respect:

Ways Self-Disclosure Can Help Cross Systemic Cultural Barriers and Help People Who Experience “Psychosis”

I have found that artful self-disclosure is a needed skill for cross-cultural work in psychotherapy. I am writing to assert and justify the use of self-disclosure particularly for people who experience “psychosis” in which complex cultural barriers appear to be present.   Historically, it has seemed that many in the psychotherapy establishment have tended to … Continue reading Ways Self-Disclosure Can Help Cross Systemic Cultural Barriers and Help People Who Experience “Psychosis”

Demystifying Complex Trauma for Therapists

We all know that ending a secreted abuse and getting public support is an important element of healing. Indeed, it is nice when society comes to the rescue as they did to victims when the world trade towers fell. When victims sense they are supported there is more opportunity for resilience, heroism, and healing.   … Continue reading Demystifying Complex Trauma for Therapists

I Wash My Hands 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 … Continue reading I Wash My Hands in the Muddy Waters of the Mental Health System

Beneath the Suds and Psychiatric Labels

Warning: Graphic Content   “I have heard real stories,” said my female therapist, “of men doing graphic and horrible things to women. I don’t think based on what you just told me, there is any justification for any accusation whatsoever. I think you have been saying a lot of hurtful things.”   I figured my … Continue reading Beneath the Suds and Psychiatric Labels

My Story of Mental Health Warehousing

I was a skinny and reluctant social worker when I first started out. I was working through an eating disorder. Initially, I didn’t really believe that taking home a middle-class salary for nickel and diming those less fortunate was my idea of contributing to the world.   I guess, I’d gotten the idea that that … Continue reading My Story of Mental Health Warehousing

Understanding and Respecting Black-Market America As a Social Work Practitioner

I have not found that book learning and on-the-job-training gave me the tools I needed to understand and help people. Instead I have had to use experience, curiosity, and following my own spirit or moral compass. Now, I think this is largely because I didn’t understand the realities of black market America with compassion. Without … Continue reading Understanding and Respecting Black-Market America As a Social Work Practitioner