Ecstatic dance heals (and what it looks like when it’s happening)

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Dancing is a practice and discipline. The ecstatic aspect can be light or dark. People might cry either in despair or in joy on the dance floor. Anything goes. You can curl up in the fetal position in a corner and cry or leap as high as you can while running in circles. I have spent time sitting cross-legged in meditation or laying on my back with my feet up the wall. Feeling the vibrations of dancing feet and loud music while lying flat on the floor is quite nice too. The practice involves letting the body do what it wants to do. All while wonderful music pulsates around us as well. It’s a liberating and lovely celebration every single time I partake and that holds true whether I’m in a good mood or not because this is a place where any mood is okay. It’s a safe and beautiful space to feel and emote as we need to among others who allow for that which is human to unfold to music and movement. … [click on title to read and view more]

Champion of the psyche and renegade therapist

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Therapy is set up to help the “disturbed.” Sometimes the psyche upsets us in order to allow us to go further…mental health care is thus misguided in that it tries to get rid of distress. We need to instead come to understand why the distress is there. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Part 2, healing journey: Attn: mental health professionals of all stripes

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It’s okay to let your clients leave you without declaring them resistant to your care. They know better than you do when they are ready to work and with whom. It should not be assumed that just because they walk out of your office they are not finding their way even as they take that […]

Shaking Medicine with Bradford Keeney

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I really enjoy Bradford Keeney and have read some of his books. He calls himself a recovering psychotherapist. His methods now are more shamanic in nature.

A Crazy Camp Idea

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What if instead of psychiatric hospitals, we created spirit-healing camps?

Irresponsible therapy as sorcery

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Sorcery – the Seven Arts (Salvador Dali, 1957) You may find it remarkable that I am classifying therapists with sorcerers.  There is a fine line between the Healer who heals and the one who, due to ignorance, may cause harm.  In working with patients, I have found that archaic language and images are the best […]

Soul in Crisis: why cultural healing must replace the “mental illness” fiction

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Image from Jung’s Red Book A bunch of links to book excerpts by Maureen B. Roberts PhD. She is a Jungian therapist who values the spiritual and transformative dimensions of what is so often labeled mental illness. She also supports nutritional and dietary support of our holistic wellbeing. I’ve posted this a couple of times […]

Therapy Tales cartoon for Beyond Meds

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I’ve met all sorts of wonderful people on twitter. @woundedgenius, author of Therapy Tales (@therapytales on twitter) is one of those people. A cartoon genius, wounded or not. I was touched and moved to see a ‘toon inspired by my work. Despite never having been under the care of a prescribing psychologist, I have worked […]

Open Dialogue — Alternative Care for Psychosis In Finland Developed By Jaakko Seikkula

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By Will Hall Over the past two decades, Dr. Jaakko Seikkula’s hospital team in Finland has advanced and refined “Open Dialogue,” a family and social network approach to first episode psychosis care, and this way of working has garnered widespread attention for dramatically improving outcomes. Open Dialogue de-emphasizes US-style pharmaceutical intervention and instead establishes a […]

Paradoxical Theory Of Change

This essay from a gestalt therapist, The Paradoxical Theory of Change, addresses a central idea in gestalt: attend to what you are actually doing, in the present moment, as the pathway to do something different. Gestalt is one of the influences in the school of psychology I study, Process Work. Check out Gianna’s recent video […]

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