I spent 20 years working as a Ph.D. clinical psychologist, followed by 15 years working as a Fortune 500 organization development management consultant. For the last nine years, since moving to Asheville, NC from my home in Chicago, I have done a variety of day jobs to make a little extra money and keep a structure to my day, out with people, while pursuing my real work of writing. I also personally struggle with serious bipolar disorder – well managed these days, but still often very painful. See the adjoining page for a brief history of my journey with bipolar disorder.
Some factors that make me a good person to write and teach about bipolar disorder:
- fifteen years of wrestling with the disease myself, employing in my healing many different modalities of therapy, personal growth and spirituality
- training in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) and 20 years of clinical practice
- have offered professionally many forms of personal growth practice
- taught meditation extensively in the 70’s
- also, during the same period, taught holistic health extensively – and was on a board that launched a holistic health clinic
- taught my own model of Empowerment Training in the 80’s
- a few years ago, developed, taught and wrote extensively about my own model of non-dualism as applied to spirituality and personal growth, which I called Life Lived More Deeply (llmd.blogspot.com)
My aspiration and intention is to devote myself full-time to several activities related to my personal mission to help others who struggle with this terrible disease:
- finish and publish three books related to bipolar disorder: my memoir, a general book for healers and survivors on the integrative model of healing from bipolar disorder (much of the material for which will appear in this blog) and a self-help workbook for people recovering from this disease.
- public speaking on all this material.
I have two other passions in my life:
- ecstatic dancing. See my other blog – danceintegrity.com.
- my 37-year-old son Terry, his lovely wife Alma, and my adorable brand-new (May 27, 2013) grandbaby Aila. They live too far away, in Louisville Ky (seven hours from here), but I have found a great couch-surfing situation and go to see them every couple of months. I intend to be a real and positive – liberating – force in this little girl’s life.