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(196) Mike
Tue, 14 March 2017 14:14:49 +0000
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Nice movie: open dialogue.
Good luck!
M.

(195) Cheryl Jonas
Wed, 8 March 2017 13:39:53 +0000

I have been hoping for many years, Daniel, to thank you. We met once, at Windhorse in Northampton in 2009, as I recall it. You were there to film, or check it out for filming, for use in a documentary about best alternative practices around the world in mental health care. We chatted, I gave you a ride to a nearby town where you wanted to attend a conference about/for those who hear voices. As we drove we exchanged the stories of why were each at Windhorse that day. In response to my story, you told me about and gave me the name and phone# for practitioner in the Chicago area, a Dr. D.G., who you thought would be the ideal person for the individual at the center of my story of why I was at Windhorse. When I called his office a couple of days later, he took my call and was so generous with his time and his knowledge. He recommended books and counseled realistic expectations. It took 7 years before my person found the courage to see him, but it was the match you thought it would be. He has helped this person back into a robust, meaningful life. You've never known it, but by your actions that day you helped save the life of one deeply hurting individual, as well as the well-being of the loved ones who cared so much about that individual. That very individual, a person of exceptional ability, is in turn, helping others. I gave you a ride, and you gave me a lifeline. Thank you.

(194) Maggie
Thu, 2 March 2017 06:22:37 +0000

Hi,
I've spent 35 years finding out what happened to make me as weird as I am. I've used a lot of modalities and have the full picture. What a trip!
But I'm still left with a couple of things I don't know what to do about - except to accept them, I guess. But I've come so far and I hanker to be normal.
I've always found dealing with OPs 'face' weird - why do they refuse to accept themselves? Yesterday I realised the best way I found as a child to protect myself was to go energetically invisible.
Another repercussion was that my adrenal glands never functioned well enough to give me libido. Which made my teen years weird, and relationships in my 20s and 30s petered out when I failed to lust.
My other bug-bear is my complete lack of knowing what love is . My parents failed to bond with me, and the only touch I got was my father's sexual abuse. Hence a lifetime of Stockholm Syndrome.
Oy vei!
Does anyone know how to heal from all that?
No shock or hurt or chronic fatigue left - just the blasted repercussions.
Oh, and the ex who is just like my dad and is best described as a pathological narcissist!
An external uneasiness to add to my internal dissatisfactions.

(193) AntonyEnTD
Wed, 22 February 2017 18:16:04 +0000
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Actually i looking for some sollutions to common sleep disorders

(192) Ciara
Sun, 19 February 2017 15:14:24 +0000

I just wanted to thank you a lot! Found your anti psychiatry songs online and then kinda found your website. It is great to have people caring about real issues. Psychiatry in my eyes is pseudo science. I wish people who have problems were really helped and not just drugged up and locked up against their will. This is not how things should be and obviously how is someone going to trust the people around them if they don't know who really helps them and who just stereotypes and locks them away?
Obviously it all has to do with Trauma, I also think so. I personally don't think that things like depression are sicknesses by itself but rather symptoms. With saying that it is just a chemical imbalance that cannot be cured they ignore the root causes and the person itself. This doesn't help anyone except the corporations and institutions that profit from it.
It is great to have people like you who are really experienced and being active for human rights. Thanks a lot! Peace!
Ciara

(191) Penny Walker
Tue, 10 January 2017 23:45:21 +0000

No more Xanax! I've broken the cycle of Xanax going on six months now. I got so tired of my Rx being screwed up by the doctor's office or delayed at the pharmacy. Tired of freaking out not sleeping because of these mix-ups. I was DONE! I had been taking 10 mg for over 7 years and was terrified at trying to quit. I was taking 10 mg. and went down to 5 mg without too much trouble. Stayed at 5 mg. for a month. Broke those in half, the best I could, and took 2.5 mg for a month. I took a deep breath and stopped. A couple of rough nights but after the third night I slept like a baby. I sleep normally now. Deep, wonderful, restful sleep. No more Ambien for me. The fear is gone. There is sleep without drugs. I feel so relieved and on top of the world.

(190) Maiia
Mon, 9 January 2017 08:38:15 +0000

Hi, Daniel.
My name is Maiia, I'm from Russia.
I'm severely traumatized person. And I want to help myself very very strongly. Yesterday I found out your website at first time.
And I saw you sell your book From Trauma to Enlightenment: Self-Therapy in Twelve Steps. I really want to read it, but, actually, I don't have money to buy it and I don't have opportunity to pay by paypal. Could you send me, please, your book free to my email?

(189) Nancy
Sat, 31 December 2016 22:42:42 +0000

Hi Daniel,

I've been searching far and wide for life on mars, and for me you're the first sign of it. People are terrifyingly good at pretending they grow and change...you're one of the few people I've come across whom I believe actually does, and whom I believe would be willing to let go of every attachment when push comes to shove.

In my journey I came to a lot of the same extreme conclusions as you. I don't trust people with kids, or spouses, or people who haven't left their families behind. (Though in all honesty, I'm also very weary of people trying to rescue the world, which does make me wonder about you. This is where I lose everyone. People are always trying to "save" or "help" me to avoid saving themselves)....

Nancy

(188) Matthew Drake
Sun, 20 November 2016 16:56:02 +0000
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Daniel,

I've used audio from one of your videos for an illustrated piece on my channel, Illustrated Philosophy. Feel free to share if you find value in it.

https://youtu.be/vf6T45YbACU

Matthew

(187) Michaela Fliborova
Mon, 3 October 2016 12:42:22 +0000

Hi!
here Michaela from the Czech Republic!
Thank you so much for videos with Open Dialogue!! Great material to know and watch!
Currently I'm studying in Finland, I'm plannig to write diploma thesis on topic Open Dialogue..I would like to do research on some cetres, where is Open Dialogue working..
Can I ask for any advice, how the centres find? Cause it's really hard to find that centres with Open Dialogue..
Thank you for any advice!
Wish you a lot of luck and bless to your life!
Michaela Fliborova

(186) Marsha
Fri, 16 September 2016 13:43:02 +0000

I really enjoyed listening to your fresh new approach to childhood trauma. Hoping to hear more. The world needs to hear your healing perspective.
Peace and blessings.

(185) Emi aran
Wed, 14 September 2016 19:16:58 +0000

hello daniel!
i came acrros your amazing video on you tube and i must say that it felt like someone is articulating my feelings and thoughts so clearly and i just want to thanke you deeply for it . i my self is in a proces of self finding and reconncting i wondering if you have an up coming lecture in nyc or where is possible to get intouch with your work and writing .
thanke you and a lot of love to you

(184) Michael
Wed, 14 September 2016 14:21:08 +0000
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I just found the book Peace Pilgrim and enjoyed your review of it:

https://www.amazon.com/review/R3LBS3RN835XKO/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0943734290

(183) Sabine
Tue, 13 September 2016 11:37:32 +0000

Hello Daniel.
I love youre documentary "Take this broken wings". But i have one question about. The Reporter tell us about a study from the who in terms of the medication and recovery. I can´t find it. Please tell me, where i can get the study. Wanna use it for my psychiatriclessons. Also i need the study for a doctor in our hospital, because he don´t belive me.
Thx a lot!
Best wishes
Sabine

(182) eliza eller
Fri, 9 September 2016 15:02:05 +0000
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Hi Daniel,
Can you write me? I am seeking downloadable versions of the TRAILERS of your films.
THANKS and peace,
Eliza

(181) Ove
Mon, 5 September 2016 08:57:28 +0000
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Hi Daniel,

we met some years ago in Stockholm at your lecture at Magelungen. Hope you are well.

I have a tip for you for your next movie. There is a great group called Urkraft in Skellefteå, Sweden who work with Supported Education with about 100 participants. They do amazing work in getting people back on track. Their attitude is similar to Open Dialogue. If you are interested, contact me for next step. The project leader is Katrin Lundmark, and I have met with Peter Brännström.
See urkraft.se

The projects name is Texas and they support people with mental illness back to school and work. Wonderful, wonderful work.

All the best from Ove Valodius
I studied the last 3,5 years at university to become a social worker.
Mail: ove.valodius@hotmail.com

(180) Franco
Wed, 24 August 2016 10:12:35 +0000

Hello Daniel

I wonder if you could read the book by Alice Miller's son Martin and what you think about it. It seems that as a mother she was not very sympathetic with her son, even at times when she had already written her best books. The book wasn't translated in English yet, I think. But maybe you understand enough German?
Always following you on your way (as far as possible)!
Franco


(179) Petr Bakalar
Mon, 22 August 2016 12:11:34 +0000

Dear Daniel,

recently I came across your video where you talk about your experience with training in psychotherapy; it came as a revelation to me – I have always had the same feelings – the stiffness, the absence of humor, the inability to get out of the box, the middle-age church like rules.

Thanks for that, finally somebody has formulated and summarized something I have in mind.
Not only the content, but also your personality seems likeable and well-composed (good energy, no air of narcissism etc.)
I am looking forward to see your other things, because you are exceptionally sound and sincere.

In return: There is a very snappy question one can use as a diagnostic tool when speaking with people in power, kind of a final countdown:
“How could a person in your position misuse his/her power? And how do you personally combat these temptations?”

And a real-life joke. Once my therapist asked me, what kind of relationship I had towards authorities. I replied: “I can´t judge it, I have never met any.”

Best and thanks once again,

Petr


(178) Azucena
Wed, 17 August 2016 05:09:44 +0000

Soy Azucena, de Zaragoza, España.
Estoy interesada en el sistema de recuperación de psicosis sin medicación utilizado en Noruega.
Tengo un hijo de 25 años diagnosticado de varios trastornos, ahora no toma medicación, y pasa el día en su habitación, cortándose e la realidad, y yo su padre no me rendiré, y buscaré hasta hallar lo que le pueda ayudar a salir y poder vivir de otra manera.
Estoy dispuesta a hacer lo que haga falta y si hay que viajar a Noruega para la recuperación no dudaría en hacerlo.
La esperanza y el amor a mi hijo es mi fuerza, y mi perseverancia mi ayuda.
Muchas gracias por tu atención, y espero tu respuesta.

(177) J
Sun, 14 August 2016 23:28:20 +0000

Dear Daniel
thanks for your website and your videos. I just watched "A formers therapist s critique of psychotherapy." I can relate to a lot of your insights and observations about the field and about the people in it. But still, its nice to hear someone pointing it out so clearly. I am a therapist myself (since 8 years) and what interests me is this: you talk a lot about persoal growth and evolving as a person / and the way you talk about it could be misunderstood (in my eyes) in such a way that you pull all the wisdom out of yourself, which then would be kind of self-centered and self-focused. I wonder it you have any spiritual practice which helps you evolving as a person? I m only curious since this has been part of my experience about a fundamental aspect missing in therapy. And I also wondered if you ever read Eugene T. Gendlin? For me he has been also very inspirational, since he rarely or not at all talks about content and only about getting in touch with yourself (the felt sense) and start to feel your emotions and find out what is really going on. I like your description of a therapist as an artist and a healer. I think Eugene Gendlin is definitely both. Anyway, it has been really interesting to see the video and I am curious to watch more of them.
Thanks so much for your inspiration and for your work!
Jenny

(176) CharlotteCook
Sun, 14 August 2016 17:20:38 +0000

I am working on a site about childhood trauma.
I agree with you, I think.I am not pro but have been actively mending my life since I became aware at 20 years old. I am 68. Having read spirit centered books first ,to heal, I have used yoga, movement therapy, chanting, sounds like Tibetan bowls and drumming. I have used acting process to get in touch with deeper feelings. After meditating for several months I received information from that dimension also on healing. My dreams have been helpful . I want to say, you have expressed it clearly, even if I did not hear the words neuroscience or pathologies. I once told myself , humans must be educated and be required to pass a psych test before being allowed to procreate. I believe in the last 30 years I have put me squarely in opposition to society and it's insane political correctness when it comes to " accepting " behaviors of other cultures in America . Crazy to me is not acceptable. Yet daily men want me to accept violation of personal boundaries because it is considered okay now. I didn't vote for that. I accepted the challenge of healing myself and gave up every comfort for the authentic me. Not going back any time soon. Keep up with the videos, thank you.

(175) A Younger Brother
Fri, 12 August 2016 21:06:05 +0000

You have a future with YouTube.

Much better future than HemiJeep19. That's for sure.

You're not a criminal.

You're not a fired Cop.

You can't juggle.

You're not a heart-broken CEO.

You can't prank people.

You're just like Sonny Ferguson.

And that's a compilment.

You and Sonny are the next Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.

(174) charlotte hagins
Tue, 31 May 2016 21:56:00 +0000
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Hi, I'm really connecting to your writing/blogging. I appreciate your voice and the path you've chosen. I'm an art therapist, but I struggle with the westernized view... I don't think I'm burned out, but I feel the oppressed by the poor (or greedy) management of our mental health system (North Carolina). Right as you left mental health, I entered this field. I wrote my thesis on various multicultural techniques that would guide my approach to creating a safe and artful space with clients. I don't know if you've come across "Ntu Psychotherapy," but it was a resource I'd found helpful. Basically, from the Afrocentric view, isolating a person in a room for an individual session takes away one of the most valuable resources: community healing. Anyway, I am very glad to have found your website as a resource for motivation/inspiration. I'm writing a small self-help book about portraiture/self-portraiture for self-reflection. I would really like to reference your writing/work (I sometimes paint portraits of other people who've opened my mind in some way).

"...the mountains are as transient as the clouds,"
Charlotte



(173) Peter Ansari
Wed, 27 April 2016 08:12:58 +0000
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Dear Daniel,
I really love your movie about the open dialogue in Finland. Allthough I am more interested in depression than in schizophrenia. I am writing a book on depression and I would like to know if you allow me to cite from your movie.
Of course I am giving your full name and the name of the movie - event the internet link.
... and I am writing in german.
So please tell me, if that is alright for you, because the publishing house needs this information.

Many thanks
Peter Ansari

www.depression-heute.de


(172) Zhi Li
Sat, 16 April 2016 02:56:58 +0000

I am a student from China,also a man called mad by psychiatrists.And I am interested in the work you have done.My qestion is how do you cure the disease.And could my disease be cured in China?By the way, are you Christian?Waiting for your reply.

(171) Suzanne
Tue, 5 April 2016 20:06:00 +0000
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Hi Dan,
Thanks for your beautiful work! You are a major inspiration. I have shared your videos (Take these broken wings, and the Finland and Swedish approaches) with so many people.
I know you get asked this a lot, but do you know of any personal healing and transformation centers, therapists or spiritual teachers in the USA that are not focused on medicating people, and focused on helping them live in a more healthy way; reducing depression, anxiety and intrusive thoughts. A place that utilizing diet, exercise, yoga, expressive arts, spiritual development and trauma release work, that are non-profit or not predominantly profit focused in the USA?
There has to be some innovative work going on somewhere in this country, that may not be on the Internet but is happening due to someone's dedicated spiritual and personal development work. I would like to to work with them. I have many skills to offer. So if you know anything now, or you hear of anything in the future, please keep me in mind. I am a licensed mental health practitioner, who knows there are better alternatives than medication and am looking to join with others to offer a healing community or center. (I am currently in California, but willing to relocate for the right situation.)
I don't know if you know this, but Esalen Institute was originally founded by Dick Price and Michael Murphy. Dick was from a wealthy family, studying at Harvard, when he became deeply depressed. He was hospitalized by his family against his will, and given all the "top treatments" of the day, "electroshock therapy" insulin shock therapy." etc. It was all so traumatizing and barbaric, that he swore he would create something different. They were doing some very radical approaches at Esalen in the beginning. That place has since become a lot more conservative and profit oriented. I know you have to deal with financing such a place, but as one of my mentors expressed it: "money is a very important, secondary consideration." Celebrating the music in all our hearts!
Blessings on Your Journey,
Suzanne

(170) Mary Reid
Wed, 30 March 2016 11:12:10 +0000

i wonder if you are aware of Bruce Alexander, Gabor Mate , Jerome S. Bernstein, and Stephen Levine? Your work is a prize. These men helped me immensely Bruce in particular. He became my friend. You would connect in an important way that would illuminate so much of this very difficult work we must do on trauma.

(169) Ania
Thu, 24 March 2016 00:17:14 +0000

Hi Daniel, I found your and some of your work on YouTube and I find it refreshing. While there are some ideas I don't quite agree with you on, I am generally impressed with the work that you do. And actually I am writing with a (possible) strange question. I live in Los Angeles, but I am relatively new here (it's been 9 years, but it's still feels like "new"). I haven't been able to make many real friends or true connections. I have made a couple, but after reading your book, I even question how real they are. So I was wondering maybe you could connect me to some people in LA are who share your "phylosophy" (I guess you could all it that), or simply your ideas. I am not active on Facebook, so the best way would be to email me. I would really appreciate your ideas on the subject.

(168) Damien Cardamone
Sat, 19 March 2016 00:09:33 +0000

Hello, I'm writing from Australia in regards to stopping antipsychotic medication. I am looking online for places that offer support stopping taking medication, I experience side effects everyday for 2 years on Clozapine. I've been taking other antipsychotics for about 20 years. The sideffects have really hit me on Clozapine the past two years. I'm offered no support or alternatives to medication, I'm actually on a cocktail of mood stabilizers and anti depressants as well.
. I would like to slowly stop taking medication but I am looking for some strategies before I jump into it. Do you know of any literature or advice in stopping or anyone you know of in Australia?
Regards
. Damien Cardamone.

(167) gypsy
Sat, 27 February 2016 08:22:59 +0000

I recently stumbled upon your work. It gives me a little hope. I am so stuck right now. The ironic thing is that my own brother is a very well to do psychiatrist and does not talk to me. I'm very sad about that but I realise my mental illness makes him uncomfortable. Such a shame. I have been on medications for years and trying to get off of them but there is just not enough support and I am poor. Poverty and mental illness goes hand in hand it seems and without love and family it requires even more strength and determination. lately I am finding it extra hard. I have no voice. But I want to thank you for giving people hope. Thank you for making people like me feel worthwhile. You are a blessing.

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