PTSD and Trauma

Trauma and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) The overwhelming, continual and repetitive FEAR associated with experienced TRAUMA can lead to PTSD from a VERY young age… and it is VERY treatable.   What makes something traumatic in a clinical sense? Trauma is when a system (our human body/mind system) is overwhelmed and can’t process […]

Suicide Prevention – Stop the Stigma

A Message of Hope. How could people with huge societal success and with access to the best in medical resources believe this was their only way out? The recent high profile deaths due to suicide have me enraged and I just had to speak out and UP about the stigma surrounding mental illness. It’s been […]

Violence – We’re Safer Together

Violence does not discriminate, it is witnessed in all cultures, genders and in countless human environments world-wide. What is the cause of this human phenomena and how do we even attempt at putting a much needed end to the incidence of violence if we do not fully understand the cause for such acts witnessed across […]

ReTHINKing Mental Wellness: Technology and Treatment

A lot has been said how using technology (largely social media) can bring some users feelings of isolation and loneliness (as well as jealousy, inadequacy, etc.), yet there are also ways technology is being utilized to enhance the lives of those dealing with mental illness. There is even hope that soon technology will be able […]

Community Care

The Power of Community (while living with mental illness) “Healing is impossible in loneliness; it is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing. To be healed we must come with all the other creatures to the feast of Creation.” – Wendell Berry Living with mental illness is difficult. Some days are harder than others, and […]

Sexual Predators

A clinical response to sexual predatory behavior. I practised some discretion before writing this blog, as I am well aware this subject involves many complex issues and difficult feelings. I commend the incredibly powerful and courageous individuals for standing up and being counted on this issue, and for challenging this behavior. As we witness numerous […]

A Portrait of Family Dynamics

What do you think a family is? How would you define family functions? What is its purpose and role? In this blog I take an abbreviated look into the dynamics of family for a 2-part series being live recorded with iCAAD Events for Facebook Live Tuesday 23 Jan and 20 Feb, 2018 at 8 PM […]

New Year, New You

Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? And what can we do to be successful at keeping them? The tradition of making new year’s resolutions dates back to 153 b.c., when the Romans named each month of the year. January was named after Janus, the early Roman god with two faces, one looking forward and […]

Practical Music Therapy

You’re standing on the metro platform underground. You can hear someone behind you talking on the phone loudly, completely unconcerned they’re in public. The guy across from you is clearing his throat and coughing, a young mother is struggling to keep all her kids from squirming and whining, and well, a lot is happening. Then […]

Everyone’s Story Starts Before Treatment

My recent tour across the U.S. brought me to some of the nation’s finest treatment facilities in addiction and substance abuse. During my #USTour2017, I arranged to visit an elegant, privately owned estate in Silver Springs, Florida, The Guest House Ocala, where I had the esteemed honor to get to know and interview industry leaders and […]