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Alison Alison from Portland Maine wrote on September 17, 2018 at 5:45 pm:
I recently watched your video "why I quit being a therapist" and it helped me in terms of being in the process of quitting my job-though I am not a therapist, I have worked for 13 years in homeless shelters/domestic violence, supported housing for "chronically" homeless, and briefly in mental health, with people who have experienced extreme and often chronic trauma. While not in a clinical capacity I have often been in the position of crisis worker as I was often on the 'front lines". I agree with what you said about the MH field, the liability focus and drudgery of many people in the field. Overall I have loved the work I've done but am taking a break-perhaps for good. Stomach problems, feeling too drained, etc. now I am going to do all the yoga I want, backpack and hike and eventually find a way to do something that feels meaningful again. But it is a bit of a loss of identity which is king of ridiculous. day three of unemployment! in a coup;le weeks ill prob start cleaning hotel rooms or something. Here's to breaking free! "let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pool of what you really love, it will not lead you astray"-Rumi
JS JS from new york city wrote on September 16, 2018 at 6:23 pm:
Just came out of social work school and started working in the city... your video "Why I Quit Being a Therapist" is playing as I write this and it's ringing a lot of bells for me. Your comments about parallel process w/r/t supervisors simultaneously pathologizing supervisees and clients is exactly what I've been experiencing, from my field placements to my current job. It's recently been "suggested" to me by my supervisor to 1) teach one of my clients about boundaries because he's "creepy", 2) consider that one client who is personable and likes to talk with other staff is actually just manipulative, and therefore has a personality disorder, and 3) to find a way to medicate a client who doesn't want it, but insurance won't do X if he isn't participating in psychiatric services so... It's an iron hand in velvet glove industry - no surprise there - but I'm actually less confident about being able to navigate this game than I was when I was working outside social services, in a more "cutthroat" line of work. Thanks for being on the other side and open about your experiences. Helps me to see that the current tunnel I've entered doesn't necessarily have to go on forever!
Elle Elle from Osaka wrote on September 12, 2018 at 7:54 am:
The song video of The Seeker’s Ballad is really lovely and that song will stick in my mind along with the image of the walk that turns into a dance. It was very interesting watching your vid about stopping being a psychotherapist too. Thank you! I mainly stick with comedy these days but I’m glad I happened on your channel. Have you seen Martin Shaw of the Westcountry School of myth annd storytelling? He would love you cos he is wild truth too.
Roy Khater Roy Khater from Santa Monica wrote on September 9, 2018 at 11:44 pm:
Daniel: I have some thoughts I'd like to share that I feel are very relevant and fundamental to overall human development and self-mastery. Perhaps one of the most overlooked, or at least underrated, aspects of human life and behavior is "socialization." Social identity precedes self-identity. Social consciousness precedes self-consciousness. To master and fully realize self-identity and self-consciousness, social identity and social consciousness first have to be mastered and fully realized. All living animals in nature are similarly endowed with a certain degree of social consciousness. But, unlike humans, they do not have the capacity for self-consciousness or self-identity. Before self-consciousness and self-identity can be fully realized and mastered, the deepest realities and truths of human socialization and human social existence must first be fully comprehended, internalized, experienced, emotionalized, and then ultimately mastered and manipulated in the service of self-realization and self-consciousness. As far as psychology is concerned, "social psychology" is one of the most important, fundamental, and relevant realms of psychology to be explored. The profound, universal, and historical process of socialization that an evolving organism is subjected to on its path toward sophistication and superiority is, for whatever reason, marginalized and diluted as an object of analysis of human behavior and human nature. The modern experience of "individuality" is historically novel, and we're most likely just barely scratching the surface of human individuality and emotional independence. Again, I believe that most, if not all, natural human "pathologies" are, directly or indirectly, related to the issue of socialization. If I permit myself a dramatic and speculative example: Take Jesus Christ, and his doubtless complex relationship with his Jewish people at the time. The Jews were (and still are) the most "socialized" group of humans in history. For reasons that perhaps aren't entirely clear, and that are much better suited to a scholar or expert on Jewish history or Jewish life, the Jews' long history is such that they collectively subjected themselves to a profound, severe, and even pathological degree of social cohesion and social connection among, within, and between themselves as Jews. And I think this process (of "socialization") finally culminated in a social convulsion and rupture within Jewish life, and that social convulsion and rupture was Jesus himself. It was almost as if the Jewish people had reached some kind of social limit or social boundary, or some kind of social cliff edge, among and between themselves, as the product of their long and self-imposed hyper-socialization. A type or personality or character like Jesus could only have emerged from a community of people like the Jews. Why? Because he could only have emerged from a place and reality and experience of profound, severe, and pathological socialization, of "over-socialization", whereby some element of natural "individuality" was repressed, suppressed, or constrained (and which, remember, can only be constructed on top of socialization, even perhaps at the expense of socialization). The connection and relationship between human psychology and human socialization is, I strongly believe, so deeply entangled, that it's almost impossible to separate them as processes. There are so many different dots to connect here that I simply don't have enough time right now to go through it all. But, I'd like to again restate the most fundamental point here, that hopefully partially reveals and exposes the nature and truth of human self-identity, self-consciousness, and self-realization: Technically speaking, socialization and social identity and social consciousness form the natural basis and foundation of self-identity and self-consciousness. If the former aren't fully mastered and seized, the latter can't hope to be.
Sandra Sandra from Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina wrote on September 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm:
Hi! First thank you for sharing your experience in the video "why I quit being a therapist". It looks like you did your work in that area and you did GOOD! I'm also a social worker and therapist and feel many of the things you wrote. The mental health system in my country is still not that bad. There is no regulation, which is bad, but I can be more free and less pressured by system. That means that there is more pressure inside because I need to watch and self regulate. Beside therapy I have many other obligations (other job, family) since I don't work full time in private practice. That certainly helps to have space and time to change focus. I've heard many stories of horror from my clients. I held them, some tears escaped, some nights were not slept. I also believe that there is no way a therapy can heal if the client doesn't feel that you are there fully. Being distant and not affected is not just impossible but wrong. One thing that kind of protects me is the fact that I have so many personal horror stories, from which I have survived and healed, largely thanks to therapy that sometimes was not even that good. I continued to go so I got something. This helped personally but provided lessons for me as a therapist. What I strongly feel is lack of support and the same problems regarding clients with difficult problems and no money are finding me more and more . Unfortunately, healthcare in my country does not cover psychotherapy so you can imagine how this goes. Working in totally dysfunctional society, dealing with war traumas on all levels, many social problems and challenges I wonder when will I start thinking about career in lets say gardening 🙂 With all that said, I still enjoy it very much and it gives meaning to my life. I just wanted to chat with you with this entry. Good luck with your work, from what I saw on your web page you still do therapy 🙂 Just listening to you was therapeutic. It provoked the best remedy there is "I'm not alone". Thanks!
Luisa Luisa from Kutza wrote on September 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm:
Hey Daniel, let me introduce you to myself, I'm Luisa from Berlin, ex psychology student and artist & songwriter. I saw your video on why yiu quit beeing a therapist I was really inspired by an idea that came to my mind, it was so obvious to me, that I actually think, that you might came to that idea yourself: Pls make a documentary just about traveling and talking to people. Call it truthtraveler. Put it on Netflix. (Like 'the dark tourist' just seeking the truth of humans) - One of my friend and colleage is a pretty good music supervisor and I am deep into music business, so if you ever wanna do it....I am game regarding the musical outfit. That was my little vision I wanted to share with you. Great work and keep on doing what you do, you're doing it great. Greetings from Berlin, Au Revoir Luisa
Scott Scott from Sydney wrote on August 31, 2018 at 8:57 am:
Hi Daniel I just want to say thank you for being such a compassionate professional. Good luck on your journey through life
Gregory Golden Gregory Golden from Boca Raton wrote on August 30, 2018 at 8:33 pm:
Dear Daniel, Thank you so much for putting together the documentary on treating psychosis in the context of a supportive family. The honesty that you have regarding your own motivations and experiences provides an opportunity for your viewers to let down their guard and communicate about the truth as it relates to the practice of psychotherapy. So much of what you say is on the mark. Thank you so much for everything. Greg Golden, Psy.D Psychologist Boca Raton, FL
Jennifer Ese Jennifer Ese from London wrote on August 24, 2018 at 4:23 pm:
Dear Daniel, I respect your presence on Youtube so much and have been so inspired by your film on Schizophrenia. I want to thank you for all the content you have made on mental health. I am starting my journey on healing from childhood and recent traumas, and will be attending one to one therapy very soon. Once I'm healed, I know I will look back on your videos knowing that you contributed to my personal healing. I'm only 20, but I strongly resonate with your content and I'm so thankful and grateful to the universe that I found you. You are a very special guy, and I wish you all the best on your journey to enlightenment. Hopefully we both can make it. Lots and lots of love from London!!
Lefteris Lefteris from athens wrote on August 15, 2018 at 9:30 am:
Can i verify i resolved my traumas by not dreaming anymore distorted (from censorship) dreams ?
DAVID ALLEN DAVID ALLEN from McKinney wrote on August 6, 2018 at 2:28 pm:
You might like this; THE BIG PICTURE MY THEORY OF EVERYTHING (7-5-2018 and last updated 8-6-2018) dallentx@msn.com HUMANS OR HOMO SAPIENS ARE: • Humans are intelligent great apes. • We evolved from many different and some now extinct species as hunter gatherers over 6 million years and only in the last 10,000 years have we formed modern societies including different forms of government, separate countries, states, cities, suburbs, and even unique neighborhoods. • Our lives can be divided into stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence, early, middle, and late adulthood and eventually old age. We all are born and we all eventually cease to exist and die. • Reproduction or more specifically the sexual act that can lead to reproduction is our primary, and most dominant, instinctual guide or motivation. Testosterone is our most influential hormone and greatly affects many of our individual behaviors. These behaviors can be modified by our other basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter and sometimes by our individual spiritual needs. The male testosterone level, and therefor it’s influence, fortunately decreases with age such that by his late fifty’s most (not all) males can exert intellectual control over testosterones influence on their behavior. • Most of us do not ever consider ourselves mentally ill. We sometimes suspect we are not normal, but ‘mentally ill? Not me!’ However, mental illness affects all of us at some point during our life. Sometimes it is a temporary illness, but it can affect most of our life. Approximately 10-30% of us satisfy the criteria for a diagnosable personality disorder if we look hard enough for the signs, symptoms, and behaviors. This is likely to increase with time. These personality disorders are one of the ways the subconscious mind copes with childhood psychological trauma. • Almost everyone is psychologically traumatized or damaged as a child, most often unintentionally, by the members of their family of origin! Even those people we meet who we think are remarkedly well-adjusted. Most of these traumatic experiences are buried in our subconscious and we live our lives in a dissociated state that mimics enlightenment. Only a very small percentage of us work thorough the four stages of resolving our emotional traumas and reach the final stage of enlightenment. Our parents are the ultimate source of most of our emotional pathology! They, in turn, can blame their parents; the grandparents can blame their parents; and so on. This cycle is continuous and likely extends back to the origin of our species. The parentally inflicted psychological trauma or damage may have been intentional or, more commonly, completely unintentional. Unfortunately, the result is the same! Very few of us ever commit, have the financial resources, and the desire to do the introspective, extremely frustrating, extremely painful, and prolonged inner emotional work that is required to heal! To finally break the generational cycle of parentally inflicted trauma or damage. Instead, we tell ourselves and promise ourselves and our spouses (if there is one) we will be better parents than our parents were to us, without having done the necessary work to heal. A lot of people tell themselves their parents did the ‘best that they could.’ The few of us that commit to heal their inner emotionally damaged selves, unfortunately, often have already had children, unintentionally caused them damage, and now finally realize what has occurred. Ninety-five plus percent of the population could easily be classified as the walking wounded. It doesn’t have to be this way. Emotional healing leads to enlightenment. Enlightenment is beautiful and exhilarating. • Men tend age much more gracefully while women tend to age very poorly when it comes to sexual attractiveness. Unlike most males a female’s sexual attractiveness lasts around twenty years-- one fourth of her life expectancy. Women after age thirty-eight to forty years of age rapidly become sexually undesirable. By age fifty 99% of females are sexually unattractive to most males! This is a disconcerting observation! I easily can recall distant memories of intense sexual attraction for a specific woman when she was 20-25 only to find myself perplexed by finding myself sexually unattracted to the same woman by her different physical appearance when she had reached 38-45 years of age. Mother-daughter pictures confirm this observation. This 180-degree rapid change in sexual attractiveness is nothing short of profound and extremely depressing! Sexual attractiveness for women only lasts approximately 20-25% of a woman’s lifespan. Having personally witnessed this has significantly changed the way I interact with sexually attractive women. • In the USA our forefather’s chose capitalism as our economic system of trade and wealth accumulation. Because of the great depression capitalism was modified to be fairer to those society deemed less competitive and or those with a physical handicap. Thus, today we practice a modified capitalism. However, the conservative movement is rapidly leading us back to pure capitalism! The increasing financial inequality is a characteristic of this reality. • In the USA our predecessors also chose Christianity and to a lesser extent Catholicism as the predominate religions. In modern societies religion is best defined as a taught unrealistic belief system which then, for those believers (the faithful) serves as a coping mechanism for life’s difficulties and its inherent uncertainties. Organized religion strongly attracts the uneducated, the feeble-minded, the disadvantaged, those prone to authoritarian beliefs, sociopaths, con-men, and con-women. All forms of religion are susceptible to various degrees of radicalization. In this country we have chosen to call those affected by religious radicalization fundamentalist Christians. They tend to be a subset of a very religious group known as evangelicals. However, in predominantly Muslim countries, where the predominate religion almost always is Islam, those members of the religious group who have become radicalized are often known as radical islamist’s. Thus, in the USA we have a radicalized group called fundamentalist Christians and in Muslim countries we have a different radicalized group known as Islamic radicals. Lastly, the various religious dogmas tend to have their greatest effect on the young (immature secondary to age), uneducated, disadvantaged groups, and those prone to develop an authoritarian personality trait. • As hunter gathers we are motivated to form smaller groups often based on family of origin, marriage, religious beliefs, level of education, profession, wealth, special interests, and geographic location primarily to gain a perceived economic, spiritual and/or a reproductive advantage. • When our individual interests align we can easily form strong personal bonds. After these bonds form we can easily overlook newly identified character flaws. However, when our personal interests change over time the prior strong personal bonds can become strained and can even break. Afterward, these newly identified character flaws can no longer be ignored! Once close allies can with time become enemies! • Most, if not all of us, are capable of both very good and very bad behavior! Humans are after all great apes. We as a species can be barbaric to one another or extremely kind and commonly express all behaviors in between. • Every human being is unique! Genetics, nurture, physical attractiveness, circumstance, religious exposure, experiences, luck, culture at time of birth, education level attained, and wealth all contribute to various degrees to our make us unique. • The individual best defines for themselves a successful life. Often, a successful life for one person is not a successful life for someone else! • Each of us is presented with a unique set of problems throughout our lives. The problems are not equally dispersed. In other words, life is not fair! For me the members of my family of origin have caused me the greatest psychological harm during my life! I cannot overemphasize this. Most of this harm was unintentional, but still equally harmful as if it had been intentional. My father has Asperger’s syndrome and my mother has dependent personality disorder. Everyone except my sister has suffered because of their profound lack of parenting skills. My sister, 15 months older, inherited Asperger’s syndrome. After my sister and I both eventually left home, my younger brother was alone living with my psychologically dependent mother. This had a profound effect on him. He eventually became my mother’s surrogate husband and continued to live alone with her until his mid-thirties. Consequently, he developed a severe case of narcissistic personality disorder that has negatively influenced his adult life and ended any chance we as brothers may have had at an adult relationship. The disorder dramatically worsened and became malignant after my grandmother’s death in 2008 and immediately thereafter my DPD mother became his devoted enabler. I currently have a NO CONTACT policy regarding every member of my family of origin. This policy was implemented in 2014 at age fifty-three or four years ago and has been extremely beneficial to my mental health! I have had problems with C-PTSD, alcohol use disorder, victim mentality, validation of the extreme psychological trauma caused by my father’s relocation to become my neighbor, extreme animosity toward authority figures, and sudden unexplainable severe dysarthria. My mental health has significantly improved since initiating the NO CONTACT policy with every member of my family of origin (FOO). In other words, I have BROKEN AWAY from my parents and my FOO. I still consider the policy of NO CONTACT the best description of the relationship with my brother. Again, I cannot overemphasize the negative effect my FOO has had on my life! As more time passes the less I think about them. I have not, nor ever will forget, but I hope one day I think about them only a few times a year. To me the less I think about them the more AUTHENTIC I become. The ‘authentic me’ represents an EMOTIONALLY HEALED me and FREEDOM. • I define success for me as free-time, ability to continuously work on projects (usually associated with my home, but also art and intellectual pursuits), and ability for continued, daily self-reflection, and acquiring new skills. According to this definition I have attained my goal of living a successful life. However, it was NOT the life I envisioned for myself when I was a young man. I am only coming to accept it for what I have achieved during the last 1-2 years. D. Allen
Tina Shuangyu Wang Tina Shuangyu Wang from Wuhan China wrote on August 6, 2018 at 4:19 am:
Hi Daniel, I’ve been watching your YouTube videos recently. They were all so authentic that I felt like I finally found someone who think so similarly on this planet. Your documentary Open Dialogue of Finland psychology therapists is also a great inspiration to me. It’s never too late to see there IS hope and there are groups of people that are truly wise that can do things makes sense. Their existence can be a great inspiration.
Steve Filkins Steve Filkins from Midwest City wrote on August 1, 2018 at 2:02 am:
I came across your YouTube presentations and subscribed and find your talks very interesting and you are pleasant to listen to. Would be interesting to meet in person someday. You may visit my YouTube to hear me play piano.....I see you play guitar. Congrats on expanding yourself into new skills, understandings, and fun in life.
S P S P wrote on July 29, 2018 at 8:10 am:
Hi Daniel Your film about 'Healing homes' is just so very good. I really start to cry thinking about it! Will share it around
Meg Meg wrote on July 23, 2018 at 1:16 am:
Daniel, I want to thank you so much for sharing your experience. I happened to stumble across your video 'Why I quit being a therapist' on You Tube and what you say is absolutely spot on. I have worked as a counsellor for many years in the mental health field in Australia (private practice) and have suffered continuous burnout for all of the reasons you mention. I agree with your suggestion that listening (and the burden of helping) is something that should be shared amongst communities, not assigned to a percentage of people who are paid to carry the load of many. This is a flawed and unsustainable system. Like many others in this field, my passion for helping has morphed over time into an avoidance of my own life and the things I truly value - and yes, it is impossible not to take client issues home with you. I completely understand the notion that, as therapists, we assist the people we meet to fly free, often at the expense of remaining in a cage of our own making. Your final reason brought me to tears, because I have been trying to put into words what this career choice has taken from me (despite what it has given) and what it stands to take if I continue. I find myself sitting in sessions thinking 'but when is it my time?'. Well, I think my time is now. Thank you for your insight and encouragement.
Asma Sultana Asma Sultana from Toronto wrote on July 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm:
Hi Daniel I just wanted to say in brief that how amazing you are and I am feeling lucky myself to find you. I will write you a long message very soon, till then take care and much love for you. Peace! Asma
Alex Alex wrote on July 21, 2018 at 7:20 am:
would you ever consider doing a video on borderline personality disorder, or the concept of personality disorders in general? I have been diagnosed with BPD 8 years ago, since then I have been in and out of therapy. Around 4 years ago i went less and less and was working more in a way which you describe in this video series about self therapy, which helped me much more than therapy. I was forced into therapy, all the while being an active artist, also a writer. No one ever REALLY considered that my work as visual artist and writer could be a vital part of my process. Since I shifted my focus on internally working on myself and also stopped focusing on the diagnosis I have been doing much better. Considering the stigma attached to BPD and other personality disorders, I think it would make an interesting video/discussion. To my knowledge there are 255 combinations of criteria that constitute an analysis of BPD, then you are told basically you are emotionally unstable, hard to handle, angry, empty, people make BPD seem like a terminal illness and paint you in some pretty dark colors. So does this label really help? I don't think so. By now I have become much more open, calm and trusting and found ways of dealing with abandonment issues and rage. Therapists have mostly been a hindrance on this path. I don't say they are always, I am sure most have been well meaning and some do great work, I won't tell anybody not to try therapy, but the whole system of analysis, medication and therapy has made me worse (for example, I gained a benzodiazepine addiction which rendered me completely fucking useless for 2 years), while I was left picking up the pieces. Your critique of therapy made a lot of sense to me, liking your channel! All the best.
Lita Lita wrote on July 11, 2018 at 11:27 pm:
Hi Daniel, Thank you for your honest videos on psychotherapy and therapists. Everything you said was spot on for me. As someone who works in the field, I often wondered if I was the only one who saw that some therapists weren’t that good. When I befriended some of my therapist co-workers, I noticed that they were toxic and lacked empathy. I would feel sad that clients weren’t getting the empathy and care that they deserved. It’s a bit taboo to say that some therapists aren’t good, because people don’t want to admit it. Your videos are excellent. I am sure you have helped many of your former clients!
Gail Gross Gail Gross from Fort Pierce, Florida wrote on July 10, 2018 at 1:03 pm:
Everything you said about being a therapist resonates with me. I was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor and often felt “actualized” in the intense world I found so fascinating, that I became unhinged. Journaling is not something I have set my mind to—I have many obsessions that prevent me from being free and happy. I, too, need to separate from my older sister who is a fundamentalist Christian with what I think are crazy impediments from leading a happy life. Thank you for the Alice Miller plug—I will look her up.
Yigal Fisher Yigal Fisher from Netanya wrote on July 7, 2018 at 3:46 am:
Dearest Daniel, I met your videos this morning for the first time, and feel so so grateful - you are for me a strengthening beautiful soul. I feel that the more I listen to you, the more my courage grows to be who I feel I am. My story in short, I am an Israeli, proffessional orchestra violinist in my past, a "spiritual teacher" (another label......) these days. I use eye radiation reading, healing and Astrology to try help people. So, if you feel it right for you, I am in your service, on the house. I wish you greater happynes and a long continuation of enlighting this "messy" world. Yours, Yigal Fisher
Verena Verena wrote on June 30, 2018 at 6:23 am:
Interesting. I like your perspective - and your way of seeing the world. I like people who can think for themselves and dare to question the generally accepted 'truth'. If you asked me out I would probably say yes 😉
Lynne Lynne from Washington DC wrote on June 29, 2018 at 11:04 pm:
What are your thoughts on this newly floated “oppositional defiance disorder”? I had a coworker casually mention to me on the recent diagnosis of her two year old nephew due to his inexplicable lack of cooperation with his parents. I was baffled- my mother always referred to “the terrible two’s” when speaking of her children, as if to say it is about the age children truly begin to understand the power of the word “no” in combination with hellish temper tantrums. Reasonable discipline and growing seem to do away with it. I was shocked to hear the basic testing of limits and roles that children do is now being pathologized. But I have no expertise and perhaps they are referring to something else.
Ellen Sigesmund Ellen Sigesmund from 14 Tresillian Road Toronto Ontario wrote on June 28, 2018 at 2:20 pm:
I just heard your Why you left Therapy video and about your personal trauma. My trauma situation is complex and multifactorial but all is better now. If I told you the story, you would never believe me. We have overcome the impossible. You are incredible and have a special gift. Thank you for sharing.
Cloe Cloe from Godalming wrote on June 27, 2018 at 2:11 pm:
Hi Daniel Your utube postings have really interested me as I have recently had similar treatment and I am unsure of something in this would it be possible to engage with you for my own help?
maria maria wrote on June 25, 2018 at 10:59 pm:
Dear Daniel, Watching your videos has changed my life. There aren’t enough words or ways to say how much. These brought me to your website. This is where I learned about self-therapy. I’d never heard of self-therapy. I’d read some things on self-help from various authors now and again but nothing was very helpful. But your book on self-therapy “From Trauma to Enlightenment” is completely different. As I read it, things started to happen. And thank you for saying that self-therapy can be done in many ways. If you had said that it could only help by writing in a journal or reading lots of books I wouldn’t be where I am now. Self-reflection, self-questioning and inner dialogue are what I find most helpful. But your videos are what started me on this path. In them, you often speak gently and always respectfully, which means the world to me. I believe it’s why people are responding to you. Please keep them online for all to see. Your films are incredibly moving and beautifully done. It’s my hope and belief that these can and will begin to change the world. All I know for sure is that because of your generosity my own inner world has begun change, and I’m finding the person I once was long ago. I need to say thank you for your openness and honesty about talk therapy and especially therapists. My experience with these has not been good - they were harmful, to say the least. These made my already difficult life so much harder. You’ve said the truth about them, things I’ve always thought and felt but didn’t know how to say, and it wouldn’t have mattered if I had because no one I knew would have understood. But now I have hope. Thank you for giving me hope. I hope your website will always be there for me and all who need it. I’m forever grateful. You’ll never know how much. maria
Daniel Daniel from Melbourne, Australia wrote on June 15, 2018 at 2:10 am:
Hi Daniel, I recently stumbled upon your video 'Childhood Trauma and the Process of Healing' on YouTube. I really appreciate your honesty and courage in sharing with the world your truth. I identify wholeheartedly with denial as a foundational stone in my family system, and I've removed myself from the dysfunction, only to find it lonely, isolating, and a place where one can be easily misunderstood. I thus identify, too, with 'healing as hell'; I'm 31 and going through my own version of it; I feel like a my heart's on my sleeve, and the my sleeve's rolled up! There's something Kafka-esque about recovery, no? About 3 years ago I became a friend of Bill's, and have since commenced work in mental health in a consumer/survivor capacity (and seen the limits - and lies - within the industry). I'd say I've got recovery fatigue, and I wonder, is this something that you've experienced too? It's hard, I think, to maintain courage in the face of an unpopular worldview, and few worldviews are less popular than the idea that childhood abuse and neglect are rife within our culture. Because who wants to be labelled parent-as-perpetrator? Equally, who wants to sit through, or be present to the fear and loathing one felt in childhood at the hands of their parents? I struggle to know my vocation, but I've sure devoted a considerable portion of my life to the construction of a avoidant, comfort-seeking personality. I've got my work cut out for me healing my trauma, I suppose. Anyway, I'm rambling. I wanted to get in touch with you and express my gratitude, which I've done. Thanks bro. Daniel
Sheri Sheri from Mt shasta wrote on June 12, 2018 at 10:56 pm:
Hi Daniel. Have you read any of psychologist, Arthur Janov books? The 'Feeling Child' and 'Primal Healing' are so in-line with your view of healing our traumas from childhood.
Monica Sanchez Monica Sanchez from Hatfield wrote on June 9, 2018 at 5:44 am:
Dear Daniel, -you remind me of a voice I had inside of me and a person I was long ago. That person was not accepted by anyone that I knew and that was absolutely devastating to me. The only way to survive was to remain in pretense by living in denial. The way I did that was creating so much loud clamering that I could no longer hear the voice while simultaneously changing who I truly was to fit in and be accepted by the people surrounding me. Thanks to you and other truth seekers I am finding that divine voice within me and who I truly am before the world made a mess of me. I am SO grateful you are being you today. It is helping me be me. ❤❤❤❤
Maria Maria wrote on June 7, 2018 at 2:47 am:
Your films speak truths that need to be heard. Everyone’s experience needs to be respected protected, even when it is hard for others to understand - not pathologized and medicated. It’s about respecting every person’s dignity.
Maria Maria wrote on June 7, 2018 at 1:19 am:
Dear Daniel, Your words have remained true over time to me. Thank you for validating what I’ve always sensed to be true. I’m forever indebted to you..