I wish to thank the professors and students of Gdansk University for
inviting me to your beautiful city. I hope that you will find this
talk interesting, and that you will attend the demonstrations of
systemic psychology that I will present later this evening.
Success in any field can be inhibited by behaviors and
symptoms generically called mental illness. These symptoms can affect people of
all ages, races, cultures and class. They range from acute, short-term distress
to chronic, long-term impairment.
Acute, short-term symptoms are often associated with
identifiable stressors. The most common symptoms result from physical stress,
such as dehydration, infection or exposure to poisons, toxins or stimulants.
Acute emotional stress may also result from overwork or a relationship change.
The symptoms of chronic stress may appear to be independent of
identifiable stressors. Although attributed to genetic factors or biochemical
imbalances, many symptoms of chronic mental illness appear to be associated with a personís relationships.
Most people can solve their problems, even severe problems,
without professional assistance. The steps by which most people naturally and
spontaneously solve relationship problems are the basis of our systemic coaching.
We offer an existential approach
to life and death, freedom and bondage,
responsibility and consequences. We
coach people to find their sense of life
and deal with senselessness by
as part of the totality of human existence.
We offer systemic diagnosis for relationship
behavior, and effective relationship solutions for many symptoms
diagnosed as mental illnesses. We evaluate a
personís history, behavior and subjective experience of time,
emotions and relationships.
Individual Systemic Coaching Flowchart
About Mental Illness
Biological perspectives of mental disease describe mental
illness as body processes, whereas psychological perspectives emphasize a
personís history and environment. Some people appear to inherit a vulnerability
to mental illness.
People who are unable to care for themselves may require
institutional treatment. These people can be referred to appropriate health
professionals for evaluation, psychometric testing and treatment.
We acknowledge that both psychobiology and environment play
important roles. We perceive people as products of their genes, of their
families and of their cultures. Our personal histories shape the manifestation
of our genetic and biological factors.
A general question is, "How do you
want to make sense of your life?"
. Depression .
Anxiety . Bipolar
Diagnosis of Mental Illness
Behaviors that violate societal rules are often perceived as
signs of mental illness. However, behavior considered deviant or sick in one
culture may be perceived as normal in another. Some states of consciousness that
may be diagnosed as mental illness in the West may be valued as essential human
experiences in Eastern cultures.
with people who have died is part of our systemic coaching.
In the west, if you talk to "dead people", you
are crazy! In old Hawaii,
if you don't talk to dead people, you are crazy!
At the end of a busy day - have you ever sat and gazed at a
wall mindlessly? I have, and probably you have too. It's a normal reaction to
stress. In addition, most people acknowledge periods when their ability to cope
was limited by an emotional stress reaction to overwork or a crisis. Life crises
are often associated with mental health symptoms in otherwise healthy people. We
coach people to manage the crisis - and then symptoms may magically
US immigration law expressly excludes from citizenship
application all persons with histories of hospitalization for mental problems.
What is the difference between normal and hospitalized? The usual answer
is that a normal person copes with abnormal conditions in a timely
manner. We find that normality only exists in a defined context.
What is normal in one context may be abnormal in another.
Many health professionals refer to the Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV) or the International
Classification of Diseases (ICD). Both the DSM and ICD define mental
illnesses by unique symptoms and characteristics. However, the described
symptoms often overlap and differ from person to person, and people may
simultaneously display more than one set of symptoms.
We ask people what they want; we
help people define their goals and which relationships influence their
goals. We coach people to identify their relationship
and emotional challenges in an appropriate sequence.
Then we help people follow these steps.
Mental and physical problems
often vanish during our work,
without specific interventions.
Disorders . Personality Disorders
. Adjustment Disorders
Contact us to manage emotions and
solve relationship problems.
We help people build success and healthy
Coaching, Counseling & Soulwork Therapy
I thought you were just
another therapist - but you were not just. Not even. Not only.
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