This post is a critique of mainstream mental health and what can be done to improve it.
Apologies upfront; this is a soapbox rant. I’ve worked in the mainstream mental health field and it’s appallingly bad. I’ll tell you why.
First it might be helpful if you know a bit about me.
I worked for thirteen years at the Behavioral Health Clinic of our local hospital until 2013 when I retired. Actually the new CEO made hospital-wide cutbacks – and I was one of them. But I was 69 years old and it was time to leave.
Now I could relax into the home based counseling practice my wife Amy and I now have.
I have no degrees and no university training, except for one psychology semester, which explained to me why this field was rotten to the core.
Continue reading What’s wrong with mental health?
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Why doesn’t some therapy or technique always work? Maybe we’re not doing it right, maybe there is something wrong with us, and of course maybe it’s a lousy technique. But given that there are so many workable techniques out there I have come to the conclusion that doing almost anything will work if the person is receptive to change.
I have made up, (or “spontaneous intuitive insight” as one of my kinder clients has said) a new method in the middle of a session just because I felt like doing something different, and it’s worked just fine, sometimes brilliantly.
So if it’s us, what is it and can it be fixed? And, just as important, what is the state we are seeking to attain that makes us susceptible to beneficial change?
What does a “perfect” session look like?
Continue reading “It’s not working!” (Part 1)
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I make bread, and I’ve just kneaded some dough and set it out to rise, and making bread is a useful analogy to knowing when a session is “done”.
I used to have a bread-maker but after fifteen years the motor packed in. I thought of popping down to the local WalMart for a new machine but I was in a “simplify” frame of mind and decided to give it a go at making it by hand.
I now enjoy kneading the dough by hand it can be therapeutic: I can work out my frustration, or I can use the time to practice patience – or I can simply be kneading dough, with nothing added.
Continue reading “Are we done yet?”
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I came across this article the other day about using the drug propanolol to help the brain get over being traumatized at unknowncountry.com (a great website for news on the edge).
A comment to that post (which I agree with) says:
“Two therapies – EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) have successfully treated phobias for decades – without drugs.”
Amy and I have been successfully treating traumas, PTSD, phobias and compulsions since the 1960’s. The techniques we learned back then still work very well and now we add in EFT and other energy therapies to make them even more effective.
I worked for ten years in a hospital behavioral health center helping people with severe abuse recover completely from their trauma.
So why is PTSD still a thing?
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This blog is about why we are ministers in the Church of Healing Energy, and why what we do is called pastoral counseling.
Being pastoral counselors is more than a protective umbrella under which we may freely practice our healing arts – it’s about how we see you and how we get good results.
When I (Rod) was employed at our local hospital Behavioral Health Unit the clinical director, and good friend, Dr. T. and I would spice up otherwise deadly boring clinical staff meetings with interesting discussions.
One of our exchanges was about consciousness and chemistry.
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The Clarity Meter: What is it? Is it still a thing?
I received an e-mail the other day from Altered-states.net advertising the Clarity Meter and it reminded me that we used a similar machine in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s to detect areas of disturbance or trauma in the client; and, when the trauma was treated, checking to see that it has been successfully resolved.
The meter is a skin galvanometer and measures changes in skin conductivity – with what ease or resistance electrical impulses move throughout the body.
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