Tim Dreby is an award-winning author, a licensed and practicing therapist with a master’s in counseling psychology. He is a peer who experienced symptoms of schizophrenia later in life. We talk about this time in his life including how it was useful to have his knowledge of the system as he navigated coming out of the hospital after his ‘break’ or ’emergency’. Now he has “come out” about his experiences and ‘special messages’. He not only facilitates groups but has created a curriculum around the language of psychosis. What a fantastic opportunity to work in the medical world and have such a clear understanding! Or is it more of a burden?
Listen as we talk about all this and much more.
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Here we talk about our experiences that might get labeled as psychotic, including voices, mania, paranoia, and unusual beliefs. As part of this, we may use strong for salty language, at times possibly triggering topics may come up. We do not shy away from topics like suicidality, abuse, trauma, or non-traditional spiritual beliefs. The purpose of this is not for the shock or to focus on the negative but to acknowledge the events and our whole self as part of our healing.
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