Max E. Guttman, LCSW
Max E. Guttman is the owner of Recovery Now, L.LC, a private mental health practice in New York City. Through his work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, therapist, and disability rights advocate, Max fights for those without a voice in various New York City care systems. He received a ‘2020 Bearcats of the Last Decade 10 Under 10’ award from the Binghamton University Alumni Association.
‘I knew my illness was so complex that I’d need a professional understanding of its treatment to gain any real momentum in recovery,’ Guttman says. ‘After undergraduate school and the onset of my illness, I evaluated different graduate programs that could serve as a career and mechanism to guide and direct my self-care. After experiencing the helping hand of my social worker and therapist right after my ‘break,’ I chose social work education because of its robust skill set and foundation of knowledge I needed to heal and help others.’
‘In a world of increasing tragedy, we should help people learn from our lived experiences. My experience brings humility, authenticity, and candidness to my practice. People genuinely appreciate candidness when it comes to their health and Recovery. Humility provides space for mistakes and appraisal of progress. I thank my lived experience for contributing to a more egalitarian therapeutic experience for my clients.’
Cynthia’s Final Farewell
Actually, Cynthia, I’m on a cruise ship in Puerto Rico
That’s Kim, I thought. Shameless to the end. Revisonless.
What does best practices mean when it comes to Mental Health treatment?
who are these webinars and conferences for anyway?
Psychotic Break Survival Skill Kit: Mild Impairment😬
More importantly, are you experiencing symptoms of psychosis?
The Psychology of Robocop 2
The psychological makeup of Robocop.
Reflections on Neesa’s Blog article: How My Schizoaffective Disorder Helps Me Help Others
So, I was just reading an article by Neesa Suncheuri called: How My Schizoaffective Disorder Helps Me Help Others In this article, the author likens the side effects (no pun intended) of not working and responding to the impact of paralyzing mental health symptoms as a strength. This […]
Wales High High School: First Diagnosis (A First Look🤓)
Introduction Sometimes a school crisis erupts on a high school campus unexpectedly. Other times, there a slow build up of tension before the crescendo, and that crescendo can be hate speech, or any number of incidents. Twenty years ago, in Wales Academy, I was a student in crisis. […]
2010-2020 A Decade of “Returns” and New Directions
As 2020 fast approaches, I can’t help but think its necessary to reflect on what was the most ambitious, self-directed, and awe-inspiring ten years of my life. There wasn’t a moment I would re-live, so much to celebrate, and nothing I’ll ever be able to forget. The decade […]
is Mental Illness a disability?
So, I want to pose a question: is a mental health disorder a disability? I suspect the answer to this question hinges on how disability is contextualized. There are several ways of going about thinking about disability. I want to focus on the purely academic conversation out there […]
The Old, the New & the Next Steps in the Mental Health Movement
The system is broken. We all know it. We all preach it. When reflecting upon my experiences, both personal, and professional, I remember this short exchange between myself and a big wig, a clinician-craft, in the system of care. “You’re not easy to serve” the director of care […]
In Response to the Mighty
So, I read an article today on the Mighty titled: “I’m not high functioning- and I’m okay with that”. So, this is more complicated than it seems, to quote the article. In the DSM 4, the GAF or Global Assessment of Functioning, attempts to capture the ability of […]
From The Revisionist: Rise of the Prosumer
“In the future, further work should deconstruct categories of medicine, psychiatry, and social work and encourage strength based approaches that will supplant new-institutionalization and create a new gold standard in treatment” (Maxwell Guttman, Mental Health Diagnosis: Axioms, Continuum, and Future Directions) 2018 “Congratulations, Jacques, on your publication!” Jonas, […]
Why we Adapt
When my illness first struck in 2003 and then again in 2008 I was extremely bitter and angry.
The Benefits of Taking Inventory
Planning for the future means knowing what went wrong and why,?
What exactly does it mean to be a peer?
The peer world is divided. Okay, so that’s not news. Either are the divisions within the mental health community on how to best advocate and push for better health care. However, are we really as divided as it seems? Or are we overlooking fundamentally important aspects about providing […]
J. Peters has always been “Watching”
I want to make it very much known to all that read this, that J. Peters has always been watching, long before he put any University on Watch. Indeed, during history’s most decisive and defining moments, I’ve always been there, gazing upon the events as they unfolded… I […]
Lost Chapter of UOW: Bombs over New London University
The next step in Contesting Admission seemed rather obvious to me. Pummel the English Department into submission. In the words of President George W. Bush, this will be “shock and awe”. The plan was simple. Bombard the department with paperwork over all kinds. Inundating them with busy work […]
The Kindness Rocks Project
The Kindness Rocks Project, founded by Megan Murphy, is about discovering the beauty and profound possibilities of hope in acts of kindness, and has become a grassroots movement. Megan Murphy is the author of A Pebble For Your Thoughts and goes on to explain her work in her […]
Who exactly is J. Peters?
putting “language on notice” (University on Watch, J Peters) from now until the end of time
In Solidarity with J Peters
Known as University on Watch day, February 28th, honors the legacy of J. Peters in academe. In 2008, J. Peters put New London University “on watch”, forever altering the English language and the Humanities in Higher Education. Mr. Peters wanted nothing more than to move on to higher […]
Behind the Mind with Kevin Meiselman
On episode 7 of Behind the Mind, Max Guttman joins the show to share his experiences with schizophrenia and details the adversity he overcame to live a happy, healthy and productive life. He also shines light on the common misconceptions about schizophrenia and the manner in which the disorder can be treated. This was one of the most inspirational stories I have ever heard, and I can’t thank Max enough for his bravery and willingness to help me reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The future of J. Peters and the next book
There is no mistaking it. The Revisionist, the third installment in the J. Peters series has run into excessive costly delays, and is now, fully stalled. This is not writers block. The story is simply unfinished. J. Peters life has not run its course yet, and the narrative […]
This is the Ending I Always Wanted to Write for University on Watch
The dew on campus was moist with retribution. Jacques Peters kneeled on on the grass and felt the wetness of the grass between his fingers. “It’s over, I’ve won” Jacques whispered to himself. Jacques eyes were firmly fixed on the bottom of the Bartle Library tower by the […]
A Nation Divided Learns to Heal
The Psychological Occupation of France In 1940 France fell to overwhelming German military superiority. The fall of France however and the unfolding French surrender are two very different stories. In Versailles the stage was set for the most elaborate conspiracy that ever existed to divide and conquer the […]
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