As awareness spreads about there being something wrong with existing approaches to “psychosis” aka “madness,” interest grows in exploring what to do instead…This conference promises to stand out in terms of the variety of voices, perspectives, approaches and traditions that it will bring together to focus on the deeper issue of how helpers can best understand and interact with those experiencing what is called psychosis. … [click on title to read and view more]
Open Dialog, the Finnish treatment approach for psychosis that has extremely high success rates without medication, is beginning to grow in the US. This is an opportunity to get training from the founder at a retreat center in New Mexico; it’s expensive, and space is limited so it’s by invitation, but if you are interested… Continue Reading →
On Marian’s blog we see another perspective: Will writes in his piece at Beyond Meds that he is “leaning towards championing open dialog alongside soteria as a viable model we all should learn from.” Here is, in short, why I for one lean towards championing Soteria above Open Dialogue. (go to Marian’s blog to read… Continue Reading →
Alice Walker is known for her fierce, poetic writing and her politically charged ideas. She opened up to a Jungian analyst in front of a live audience at the Rubin Museum of Art, one of our partners in the Talk to Me series. Walker and the Jungian analyst, Harry Fogarty took part in “The Red… Continue Reading →
I have some introductory remarks here, but below them is a video that explains the difference between gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance and Celiac disease. If people have any of these issues at play eliminating gluten can be a very good thing for their over all health and well-being.
I’ve heard people “poo-poo” the importance of diet for mental health issues and they use the argument that if programs like Soteria and Open Dialogue can heal those with “schizophrenia” it’s not very credible that diet has much to do with it. I find this argument rather lacking since, first of all, we don’t see a 100% recovery rate even in these programs. 15 to 20% remain unwell. What if diet were changed in these folks in addition to offering psycho-social supports? Also, being that we’re holistic beings, more than one thing can be causing dis-ease in our body/mind/spirit. We might find that attending to something psycho-socially gets us back on our feet and functioning, but we don’t feel REALLY good until we attend to diet and exercise etc. Black and white thinking doesn’t serve anyone here.
These pages I link to below have lots of additional links and are also represented in the drop-down menus at the top of the page and will be there permanently.
Readers share their experience with Beyond Meds: Who is this site for?….
Chemical imbalance myth and biopsychiatry links….
Open Dialogue: Alternative Care for Psychosis….
Meditation, not all bliss and roses…
I am continually growing the navigation system to access the archives at the top of the page. Check back often.
Eugene Gendlin was a student of Carl Rogers and probably the single most important influence in the development of what we now call “somatic” or body-oriented therapies (Reich of course as well as others but I’m talking about the contemporary form body oriented therapies take). As the trauma discussion gets more and more medical and… Continue Reading →
From the time he was 19 until 21, having swallowed over 5,000 pills of these psych-drugs, at some 650 mg/day, completely drugged, my son was in a shape worse than before his admission to hospital. Then, via your website, we learned about OPEN DIALOGUE, we traveled to Lapland in Finland to meet the innovators. Today, our… Continue Reading →
The URL everyone knows and loves is back. Here is an updated navigation menu for saving and/or sharing. Navigating close to 6,000 posts gets complicated!
By Will Hall The highly popular US Buddhist teacher Noah Levine was recently barred from teaching by the Spirit Rock Buddhist retreat where he trained, and his authorization as a teacher revoked by his mentor, Jack Kornfield, one of the world’s leading Buddhist teachers and leaders. Levine, author of Dharma Punx and celebrated for his… Continue Reading →