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J. Peters writes on his lived experience, and also brings his story into his work. J blogs daily on his site mentalhealthaffairs.blog and for other sites around the United States and Europe, bringing his passion for mental health to consumers everywhere.

The Benefits and Limitations of OMH Prescribed Treatment in Mental Health Settings

Clinicians, you’ve heard this before… & hopefully you know the rules.  Depending on your program, The office of mental health prescribes rules for the practice of treatment. The rules encompass

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Lessons from the American Revolution, King George iii & the Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

“Would you Forgive?”  – Lois Einhorn, PhD During my most tormented days, angry and bitter over lost personal battles I sat in a lecture class centered around forgiveness, empathy and

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Instincts & Your Actions as a Professional: The “Gut” feeling in Practicing Therapy

What happens when there is no clear answer. You don’t know what to do. What’s at stake? Your reputation. The future health of your client. Your peer, friend, colleague in

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Living in Two Worlds: Boundaries and the Art of Self-Disclosure

Co Authored by Sabrina Johnson LMSW & Max E Guttman LCSW Dualities. Binaries: Mental Health has them. There are no answers per se to unpacking every aspect of its complexities

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Addendum to the House Negro & Peer Professional: Not all Allegories are Created Equal 

Today, a new neoinsitutionalism in mental health systems and powers that tell us we need to stay in treatment infefinately keeps us from questioning why we aren’t totally free from the shackles that once bound people with a diagnosis to the beds in chains.

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How we Heal and Recover: Our Dreams, Language & the Power of Transformation

“My dream was to become an English professor…” Words can move nations to war and enact peace between bitter long standing enemies. Words are the most powerful metaphysical device known

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The Power of Support

Written by Sabrina Johnson LMSW & Max Guttman LCSW This article is intended to showcase the power of support for people with a medical and psychiatric condition. We all need

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Mental Health & Higher Education

Too many people carrying a mental health diagnosis in higher education are subject to discrimination, unfair and disproportionate disciplinary action & premature expulsion from campus life. While colleges have services

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Can I Spit in your Lemon Cake?

During my first inpatient psychiatric experience as an adolescent I discovered that snack time was a crucial part of the day. Not only did snack time break up a monotonous

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Misunderstanding Social Work and the Helping Professions

Help! During one of my first supervision’s as a social worker I was asked what I like about being a therapist. I replied: helping people.The psychologist providing supervision replied: that’s

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Recovery Now Opens its Doors in Mamaroneck NY

We’re open! In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, Recovery Now will open its doors this Wedneday May 17th in our very first office-based location for psychotherapy & mental health

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Community Mental Health Re-Discovered: Volume ii

Together, in our lifetime, we will witness the last discharge of a person with a mental health condition from a hospital and make psychiatric prisons a thing of the past.

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Assisted Out Patient Treatment (AOT) & Kendra’s Law

Court mandated Mental Health treatment and/or Assisted Out Patient Treatment known as AOT is a hotly contested topic in recovery and on a larger level mental hygiene law. I have

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Hope & Recovery

Create your action plan this very moment and get started walking your path to recovery now, today!  We all have it. We all need it to survive in this world.

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Total Recovery

  Everyday will be a fight. Everything a weapon in your arsenal against your illness.  Everything moving in the wrong direction? Is your health falling apart? Let’s be frank. Nobody

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The Peer Professional and the House Negro

We’re not sick anymore and we’re still not  equal in the system that calls us peer professionals When reflecting on my time in the peer movement in mental health I

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For Parents: Do you have a child transitioning to High School with Anxiety?

If you are a student, or the parent of a student transitioning to high school that is feeling stressed or anxious, this article is intended to help you feel a

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The Relapse Prevention Plan

We all have “setbacks”. I like to think of setbacks as learning moments. There are many ways of discovering new ways of understanding relapse, the re-activation of symptoms & your

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The Mental Health System’s Most Broken Aspects

For most of us served by its auspices, we just call it the system. There are many systems serving consumers with services and its people with “benefits” (e.g. social security,

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Stigma: an Evolution and an Ending

  Fear, paranoia, discrimination, and unabashedly hostile attitudes are held against people carrying a mental health diagnosis. Stigma is alive today. This article is designed to arm readers with a

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Problem-Solving Anything and Everything: Tool Kit 

“Houston, we have a problem” – Apollo 13 Everyday a new challenge comes our way. We sometimes welcome our challenges, and sometimes, they surprise us when we least expect it.

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The New YOU!

We grow, evolve, and develop everyday. A diagnosis, a label, problem or challenge that surfaces in our life doesn’t mean your situation is any worse than it was before the

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The Holidays! Getting through the Holiday Season when you aren’t Feeling Too Cheerful

The holiday season comes around every year. For some of us, the holidays are timely reminders of what’s wrong in our lives instead of what we do have to celebrate.

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Allies in Recovery: The Point Person 

Therapists, Case and Care managers come and go, but your recovery must go on and continue through staff changes with your provider and mental health agency. This article is intended

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Getting the Most from Therapy: Allying with Your Therapist

If you’re receiving services for a mental health diagnosis, there a few things you should know about how to ally with your clinician to benefit the most from your treatment.

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