Dan Edmunds, Ed.D., B.C.S.A., DAPA is an existential psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in the Scranton/ Wilkes Barre area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is a frequent speaker to various support organizations and conferences. Dr. Edmunds' is a leading expert in existential/relational approaches to extreme states of mind and autism/developmental differences. He is the founder of the International Center for Humane Psychiatry, an emancipatory movement for human rights in the mental health system and the Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) Autism Acceptance Project. Dr. Edmunds is the author of " The Meeting of Two Persons: What Therapy Should Be" This book addresses the need to validate experience and explores the role of oppression and the social, familial, and political factors leading to distress. Dr.Edmunds is also the author of "Being Autistic: An Approach Towards Understanding and Acceptance." Dr. Edmunds has spoken on a number of radio and television programs on existential and critical psychology, human rights in the mental health system, autism acceptance, and social justice issues. Dr. Edmunds is Board Certified in Sexual Abuse Issues via the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association.
Exploring relational/existential approaches to extreme states of mind (schizophrenia and other psychoses, bipolar) and autism/developmental differences that consider the experience of the individual and is based on self determination and dignity. Dr. Edmunds shares some stories of true recovery from extreme states through a process of 'joining in' and creating a common healing ground.