Are you a mental health professional looking for refreshing ideas for your practice? Would you like to understand more about voices, visions, extreme states and other unshared realities? Do you want new tools and vocabulary for working with clients who have such experiences?
I offer consultations for peer support specialists, counselors, therapists and prescribers. Many professionals tell me my ideas enhance their practices and are well-received by the people they serve. I am an idea factory - my expertise has been gained both in and out of the classroom.
I have earned my stripes. I've been through extreme states myself and have been hospitalized and forced to take medication. Over the next five years I turned what was perhaps the most challenging experience of my life into a gift for my community. I have taken (and withdrawn from) psychiatric drugs. I know the language of mental health but also speak as a psychiatric survivor.
In my work as an HVN group facilitator I have sat in thousands of amazing conversations between experiencers of extreme states as well as their supporters. I know what works and what doesn't. I have learned what only can be gleaned from personal experience. What I know cannot be taught.
I am confident my experience and ideas can help you do your work even better.