Autistic Empowerment

This article shares an empowering, relationship based approach towards supporting autistic and developmentally different persons.

Exploring Non-Western Therapies and Spirituality

There is a need to gain a better awareness of non-western therapies for emotional healing.

Listening to Experience

We need to create a place of sanctuary for those in distress. We need to enter their world, validate their experience, and understand the dynamics that shape who and what they have become.

Powerlessness in the Mental Health System

The mental health system today often only reinforces the powerlessness that many already feel. We need a system of understanding, compassion, and liberation.

The Invention of 'Illness'

The medical model has failed to understand human experience. It has failed to address social injustice, poverty, and oppression which often lie at the root of emotional distress. We must create a mental health system that embraces the whole person.

Creating Places of Sanctuary for Seriously Distressed Teens

There is a need to create places of sanctuary for adolescents in serious distress. We must come to understand the need for respect and dignity and the powerlessness that many feel.

The Candlelight Golf Tournament

A story of a journey with a young man experiencing an extreme state of mind.

They Do Not Look Autistic

There is a need to offer an approach that embraces and supports autistic persons in a dignified way.

DSM: Diagnose Something for Money

The DSM5 will only further label and pathologize common human experience.

Creating a Common Healing Space

Often those in extreme states experience intense fear. We must be willing to validate experience and create a common healing space of compassion and understanding. We must help one to overcome this fear by interacting with them in an authentic way.

Are You Anti-Psychiatry?

Often when I have challenged the bio-psychiatric model, I have been asked if I am 'anti-psychiatry', so it is necessary to clarify my vision of a humane mental health system.

A Puzzle Piece? The Need for a New Symbol for Autistics

There is use of the puzzle piece as a symbol for autism, but the implications of this symbol may cause some dilemmas.

Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Autism Acceptance Project

There are two approaches to autism, one to eradicate even if by force and coercion, and the other to embrace and seek to understand the person and help them navigate through the mainstream.

Hopeful Signs of a Paradigm Shift

There have been encouraging developments showing that the bio-psychiatric paradigm is unraveling.

Relational/Existential Approach to Support Autistic Persons

In Northeastern Pennsylvania, consultation is being offered in regards to one of the few programs to offer a relational/existential approach to autism. This article explains this more dignified way of supporting autistic persons.

Family Dynamics and Distress

The patterns of familial communication and dynamics are explored in regards to their impact on emotional distress.

Respect for Autistics

Many programs are based on seeking to alter autistic persons rather than accepting and understanding.

Creating A Common Healing Space

Often the mental health system has failed to pay attention to the experience of individuals and has become locked into a reductionist medical model. We need a model that promotes self determination, dignity, and acceptance of autistic persons and those in distress.

Distress and the Breakdown of Community

Society itself is sick, yet it seeks to pathologize those who would react to this sick society, and it offers them its technologies, it offers them its drugs, to numb them into accepting things as they are rather than to actively protest and change the injustices that exist.

Extreme States and the Human Condition

With many technologies at our disposal, sometimes we fail to simply embrace our common humanity.

World Autism Day and Relational Approaches

There is a need for relational and existential approaches to autism that respect the self-autonomy and dignity of the person.

Embracing the Experience of Others

We can find a connection to those in distress and autistic persons simply by seeking to accept, understand, and realize our common humanity.

More Destructive Than Lies

There are patterns of mystification and seeking to change narratives that lead people to serious emotional distress.

What We Must Do To Restore Compassion to Mental Health

The medical model is mechanical and reductionist. We need a model of compassion and true human understanding.

The Birth/Death Cycle and the Sacred Space Between

Those who experience extreme states of mind often experience existential death and are trapped in infantile mindsets. They are unable to exist the realm between which we call life and are dependent. But it is possible for breakdown to be transformed to breakthrough.

Society and Distress

We need to explore the social factors that lead to emotional distress and have the courage to address them and find recovery in relationship between us.

The Autistic Experience

An autistic self advocate shares his experience, dreams, vision, strengths, and challenges.

Being Autistic: Acceptance and Understanding

There has been grave misunderstanding of autistic persons. It is time to go beyond autism awareness to acceptance.

From Spiritual Crisis to Spiritual Awakening

Exploring situations of extreme states of mind and finding ways to move from breakdown to breakthrough.

Meaning in the Madness

The establishment's misguided approach to 'recovery' from extreme states and what we need to learn and know.