Across Diagnostic Categories!
Whether you are a sufferer, survivor, provider or loved one, I am most 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.
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!
- Receiving excitement, profound interest and wisdom when you share experiences.
- Having supporters who are eager to relate, share similar experiences and tell stories from their own lives.
- Looking forward to being revered for your wisdom because of what you’ve been through.
I direct my practice towards people with public insurance and do not currently have a private practice.
I support people who have extraordinary experiences and as a result do not have an easy time changing the way they think or feel. Many who have extraordinary experiences know it, but some may not. Many may feel at odds with society as a result.
With over twenty years of experience working with people in the mental health system, I have developed a unique approach to addressing the needs of people who experience external and internal trauma. They may receive what I have come to term, special messages.
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 it is for the person who has engaged in heavy substance abuse, the whole world becomes full of clues and triggers that remind the addict of their addiction, message receivers experience a host of triggers that alert them of 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 contact with the mental health system.
I think special message information is real, valuable and has purpose, but it can lead many people into distress and conflict with others. It can also lead to extended periods of crisis during which messages are trusted more than anything else. During crisis large amounts of loss can ensue and a person can be marginalized.
Some examples of special message experiences are things like:
Sensing the thoughts of another,
Having others be able to sense your thoughts
Seeing clues of conspiracy in media,
Seeing clues in words,
Seeing clues in numbers,
Seeing clues in the world that surround you.
These types of experiences go together like letters in the alphabet to create distinctive universes that can teach individuals a lot. I do not believe people who receive special messages are not hopeless or broken!
My approach has developed through running innovative groups over the past ten years. During this time I have not only worked with people who get special messages, I have learned to share my own special message experiences in ways that are helpful to others. Special messages work has successfully brought together people across the diagnostic spectrum to work together. From labels of schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or bipolar to labels associated with depression, PTSD, or disassociation, a lot can be learned from other people who share special message experiences.
I find that groups that honor this taboo subject help people collaborate, create a culture of support, and inspire each other to move forward.. 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.
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