Professional Psychological Therapy

It is a dream of mine to operate a private practice that accepts all forms of insurance. Whether I provide psychotherapy in San Francisco, Oakland, or both, I vie to provide independent consultation to affect change in  the delivery of local services. 

I currently provide psychotherapy services at Highland Hospital Outpatient Psychiatric Services (OPS) which rests in Oakland and takes many forms of insurance. If you need therapy in Oakland, I may be able to arrange to see you there depending on insurance.

I have developed this website to support changes I foresee as being possible in local treatment for a broad spectrum of disorders. You do not need to face labels of PTSD, personality disorders, schizophrenia, dissociation identity disorder, neurodevelopmental disorders or bipolar alone! It doesn’t matter what they say, individual psychotherapy can help!

There are many reasons to seek my services. Whether you:

  • need therapy for treatment resistant depression and anxiety;
  • are experiencing an emergency, and fear losing more and feeling worse;
  • need to process ill affects of institutionalized care;
  • believe psychotherapy for schizophrenia can help;
  • are struggling with Complex PTSD, relationships or life transitions;
  • face immigration or legal discrimination at work, home, or in the community;
  • find yourself culturally marginalized or oppressed by mainstream norms;
  • fell burdened by having to keep your internal process secret;
  • are struggling to support a person who is suffering and in an emergency;
  • or are experiencing family strife because of labels;

You do not need to be alone, specialized care can help!!!

With over twenty years of experience working with people in the mental health system, I have developed a unique approach to working with people enduring mental health challenges. Do not hesitate to contact us to inquire about services or training.

My approach has developed by running innovative groups over the past eleven years. These groups started by attempting to redefine psychosis, however I found that many people who didn’t identify with psychosis were helped when they audited the group. Special messages work has successfully brought together people across the diagnostic spectrum to work together. From labels of schizophrenia, asperger’s, schizoaffective, or bipolar; to labels associated with depression, PTSD, or disassociation, a lot can be learned from other people who share special message experiences.

Groups that honor this taboo subject create a culture of support that inspire participants to collaborate. I believe that groups that mix people who are still in crisis with people who are getting to the other side are ideal.

Additionally, I have had success training message receivers to help them work in mental health. I believe our voices to be very needed in the field.

If you or someone you love has had contact with the mental health system that has left you/them feeling misunderstood, punished, and suppressed, my specialized services may be just what you are looking for. Please do not hesitate to send your interest and inquiries.

THERE ARE MANY TERMS:

PSYCHOSIS,

COMPLEX PTSD,

EXTREME STATES,

ATTENTION DEFICIT

ALTERNATIVE REALITIES,

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE,

ASPERGER’S SYNDROME

HYPERVIGILANCE

HEARING VOICES,

DISASSOCIATION,

MADNESS,

 

I prefer the term,

SPECIAL MESSAGES

One in ten people hears voices alone. Everyone has dreams, receives interpersonal impressions from body language, senses intuitive knowledge, and has the capacity to learn from symbolic associations!

In a crisis, these special messages experiences can dominate your life. But with support and mastery, a person can transform and come out of the crisis!

What do I mean, special messages? People who receive special messages have a host of experiences that give them special information that others might or might not pick up on. Much like the person who has engaged in heavy substance abuse, the whole world becomes full of clues and triggers that remind them of their addiction, message receivers experience a host of triggers that alert them of trauma or alternate realities. Such realities can be pleasant but often are grim. I’d argue that a lot of people aren’t adept at managing it when these kinds of realities come up and the result is depression and anxiety and contact with the mental health system.

I think special message information is real, valuable and has a purpose, but it can lead many people into extended periods of crisis during which messages are trusted more than anything else. During the crisis, large amounts of loss can ensue and a person can be marginalized.

Examples of Special Messages are things like:

Uncanny intuitions,

ESP,

Sensing the thoughts of another,

Having others be able to sense your thoughts

Premonitions,

Hearing voices,

Visions,

Dreams,

Tactile torture,

Interpersonal feedback,

Seeing clues of conspiracy in media,

Seeing clues in words,

Seeing clues in numbers,

Seeing clues in the world that surround you.

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. Those that do persist to provide support are terrified of the associated experiences and stereotypes and want the person returned to normal before irreversible damage occurs

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

What’s Really Going On . . .

Meanwhile, sufferers go through some incredible/catastrophic experiences and feel compelled to persist to understand because their life depends on it. Perhaps they learn to hide what they’re going through. They may long to share with someone who understands, but many who seem to understand only make the conspiracy better or worse. The alarm, disinterest, or ridicule of others can be really profound!

Imagine

  1. Receiving excitement, profound interest and wisdom when you share experiences.
  2. Having supporters who are eager to relate, share similar experiences and tell stories from their own lives.
  3. Looking forward to being revered for your wisdom because of what you’ve been through.

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