Q: Are you “against” the use of (S)SRIs and other prescribed psychotropic drugs?
A: I don’t feel it is up to me to take a stance either “for” or “against” the use of these drugs for anyone but myself. When I began to learn about the lack of supporting scientific evidence that these drugs actually correct any kind of chemical imbalance, it really called into question for me when/how/why they get used and what it is they are actually doing in the body. However at the end of the day I believe each one of us is the expert of our own experience, and that means each one of us gets to decide whatever course of action feels like the right one.
Q: You write in your blog about working with herbs. Are you a practicing herbalist?
A: Yes, and no. I am very much a practicing herbalist in my own life and with my own loved ones, and my work with herbs in these ways continues to be a huge part of my healing journey on many levels. At present though, I do not offer herbal health consultations and I am not able to make herbal recommendations beyond sharing my own experiences in blog posts and such. I encourage you to explore the world of healing herbs for yourself, if it’s something that you feel called to.
Q: I would like to learn more about prescribed psychotropic drugs and withdrawal. Where can I start?
A: Two of my favorite resources are https://www.survivingantidepressants.org/ and https://withdrawal.theinnercompass.org/.
If you’re brand new to this whole world, I’d suggest starting with these websites. Additionally, there are some good books available on the subject. Some of my favorites are: “Anatomy of an Epidemic” by Robert Whitaker; “The Emperor’s New Drugs” by Dr. Irving Kirsch, Ph.D; “Withdrawal from Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs” eds. Peter Lehmann and Craig Newness (available for purchase here only: http://peter-lehmann-publishing.com/); “Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric Drugs” published by The Icarus Project and Freedom Center (available for free at http://willhall.net/comingoffmeds/). Finally, I think the documentary Medicating Normal is a must watch for everyone. More info about it here: https://medicatingnormal.com/.
And of course, you can always book a consultation session with me!
Q: Can you give me specific advice or direct instruction about tapering my prescribed psychotropic drug(s)?
A: No, I cannot. Giving specific advice or direct instruction would be practicing medicine without a license. What I can do is share information and experience with you, as well as questions to consider asking yourself and your medical provider, in order to help ensure you are well-informed. When we are well-informed we are better able to make decisions that we feel good about and that are in alignment with our needs. Ultimately, any medical decisions are solely between you and your licensed medical provider.
Q: How do counseling/psychotherapy and coaching/consultation differ?
A: The main difference between the two is that therapists treat past traumas, mental health diagnoses, addictions, and work with clients around serious relationship issues or abuse, whereas coaches do not. Both therapists and coaches can provide education, and work with clients to change limiting beliefs, reframe past experiences, set and achieve goals, make life changes, and increase emotional wellbeing.