Archive for April 2018

My wonderful audience, I hope you listen to this show and share it.   Psychologist Bob Foltz and I talk about what really matters in helping relationships and how important they are in every aspect of our lives.  Sharing what I know about relationship is where my own work is moving because I feel it’s the most important issue in every one of our lives--how we relate to each other, whether in professional therapeutic relationships or in friendship and family life.  As Bob reminds us, we can best measure the satisfaction we have in life by the quality of our relationships.  Fame, wealth or success in fulfilling our ideals as contributors to society can build our self-esteem and make us proud, but it cannot make us fully satisfied and even happy with our lives; only wonderful personal relationships can do that.   Even in formalized therapies, it is the caring relationship that ultimately matters.  My goal is the liberation of people-helping-people from the confines and corruption of professionalism and to make the know-how of relationship and helping one another available to everyone. 

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My guest is Chuck Knapp, MA, cofounder of Windhorse Integrative Mental Health in Boulder, Colorado.  He and his group bring kindness, thoughtfulness, and a rich background of experience to helping people otherwise labelled “chronic” by contemporary institutions.  Windhorse is one of the best-kept secrets in the field for people and their families who have suffered in the prevailing mental health system.   While not excluding people who want medication, Chuck explains that Windhorse will treat people and their families who wish to avoid or to withdraw from psychiatric drugs.  Like all the best therapeutic approaches, especially for profoundly wounded people, it tailors treatment as much as possible to the family.  Of course, you must explore and evaluate Windhorse for yourself--I have no personal or professional experience with it--but I honor the soundness of the family-oriented principles, combined with respect for the individual, that it seeks to implement.

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I open this show with a manifesto:  That the actions of people helping people can and should lie outside the conventional designations of psychiatrist, psychologist, or even counselor and therapist, and these activities should not be subjected to government control and licensing.  I believe that humans and humanity have survived throughout our evolution with helping relationships, including helping each other with all kinds and degrees of emotional struggles.  I briefly describe my new course that will be available early 2019 in which I will focus on people learning to help each other, whether they are psychiatrists or former psychiatric patients, or people who are functioning well or barely at all.  We are all the same in that we struggle to have a good life, and all of us can do our best to help one another.  Today’s guest Daniel R. Berger illustrates my manifesto.  He has training  in counseling and he knows more about conventional psychiatry that most psychiatrists do; but he has not been captured by professionalism. He acts on his Christian beliefs by being his own kind helper, a man who breathes his Christian faith into everything he does, from his trenchant and highly informed critique of modern psychiatry to his Biblical approach to helping people with even the most serious emotional overwhelms, including psychosis.  I hope this hour with me and Daniel Berger will further open your mind and heart toward a better a life, and to a vision of how much better off the world will be without mental health authorities and professionals capturing the field people helping people.

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