I am now a clinical mental health student intern counselor at GETME: Gestalt / Experiential Therapy of Maine. I will see clients at GETME until May, 2021. I work with adult individuals and couples who reside in Maine. I receive regular extensive supervision and training as I learn the evidence-based treatment modality of Emotion-Focused Therapy. To explore working with me, contact my supervisor Tom Kubasik, LCPC at getme.org.
Here is a short 22 minute powerful introduction to the substantial and profound recovery being experienced through the U.S.A. Hearing Voices Network.
I will be facilitating a screening and discussion of the film Crazywise at Amistad in Portland, ME on March 21, 2019 at 5-7:15pm.
This is an amazing film. Director Phil Borges had interviewed around 40 shamans from all over the world and found they got their start in similar ways. In their teens or early 20’s they started hearing things others did not hear and seeing things others did not see. They were identified as having a special gift or sensitivity and had mentors to train them how to use their abilities as shamans to help their communities. He draws a comparison with the much different treatment for the same experiences that young people in the West receive from the mental health system.
For resources related to the film:
There is a good Ted Talk by Phil Borges while in the process of making the film with over two million views. It was posted February 23, 2014 titled Psychosis or Spiritual Awakening: Phil Borges at TEDx UMKC.
There is a great interview of Ekhaya, one of the subjects of the film by Madness Radio and posted October 1, 2017. The interview touches on some of the training she underwent to become a shaman.
Phew! I just finished Diagnosis and Treatment Planning, my toughest class. I hate not only the idea of writing people off with labels, but the pressure to think in terms of them never recovering and writing plans from that perspective goes against my hope for everyone to find freedom to be just who they are.