The psychologist who’s saved my life
I started practicing therapy in the mid-1990s.
I worked with people who had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, PTSD, borderline personality disorder, panic disorder, and panic attacks.
The symptoms were not always evident.
My patients had never had a psychotic break.
But I saw them often.
I also saw some who seemed completely normal.
Some of my patients told me they’d never had problems with their emotions.
Others had had bad periods or were feeling suicidal.
My clients were not psychotic.
They were just different from their peers.
For them, my therapy was therapeutic and healing.
But there was something about me, something I loved and cared for that I didn’t know until I was 30 years old.
It was my unique perspective on the world, something that I could relate to and that I was able to share with people in a way that others couldn’t.
It is what I know as “the outsider.”
In therapy, my unique approach to mental health, a diagnosis I would eventually get from a specialist in addiction medicine, was what drew me to my current practice.
And it’s what has enabled me to help others, too.
When I started therapy in 2005, there were fewer people in the U.S. who were addicted to drugs or alcohol than there are today.
My practice was primarily focused on treating substance abusers.
People who were in the throes of addiction and had lost the ability to control their lives or who were on the brink of suicide were my first clients.
I could see them in the mirror, and it wasn’t easy.
I struggled to talk to them about how their problems had made them who they are.
My approach to treatment was based on a philosophy that the most important part of therapy was understanding and helping people.
In my view, the most difficult part of any therapy is the first time the therapist gets to see the patient, and that is when I have to make some tough decisions.
What I realized as I began to explore the relationship between mental health and addiction was that it was not a binary choice between addiction and mental illness.
There are different types of addiction.
The type of addiction I worked on at the time was one that could not be separated from the other.
In other words, the patient’s problem with the drug or alcohol was an addiction to the drug.
Addiction, as we now know, is an ongoing process of learning, adapting, and overcoming.
For the patient who was struggling with substance abuse, the process of recovery and change was more challenging than it was for a person who was not addicted to the substance.
And I was no exception.
As a psychologist and as someone who has spent decades working with people with mental health issues, I can tell you that there are many mental health professionals who think that there is no such thing as a mental health disorder, or that mental health is something you can just overcome or get over.
I have never heard a psychologist say this.
I know of no psychologist who says that it is possible to have an addiction without having mental health problems.
So, in this context, I decided to start a separate practice focused on helping people who needed help with mental illness, but who did not meet the criteria for addiction.
The idea that you have to have a mental illness to be an addict is not new.
In the early 1990s, there was a widely-circulated piece in the New York Times titled “A New Paradigm of Addiction: Why You Have to Be a Narcissist to be a Psychopath.”
It described the role of a narcissist as a narcissistic individual who “is in a perpetual state of narcissistic euphoria, where his or her actions are motivated by the belief that one’s success will bring them pleasure.”
It then goes on to describe the process by which a narcissism can be cultivated and strengthened.
The piece described how the “sensory-sensitivity, hyper-focus, and self-aggrandizing” characteristics of narcissists can help people avoid the unpleasant and debilitating consequences of their behavior.
The article suggested that the use of these characteristics in one’s life can also make one a good person.
The piece said: I am not saying that people with narcissistic personalities are incapable of making bad decisions.
I am saying that it takes a great deal of psychological work to make a good decision.
What’s the problem?
When I look back, I’m not sure what I believed then.
The fact that I believed that was part of the challenge.
And that challenge, along with my unique view on how to treat the symptoms of a mental disorder, led me to see that the only way to treat a mental disease was to work with people, even if they had never suffered a physical illness.
That is the approach I take when I practice online therapy.
The problem is, I have no idea how to teach people to do that.
And so I started a new practice