Guest Blogger Tara Rolstad: Parenting Children with Mental Health Disorders. It Gets Better!

Tara book signing 2 13 15(Note from Julie: Tara and Dave’s book, No Really, We Want You to Laugh: Mental Illness and Stand Up Comedy Transforming Lives was just nominated for an independent book award.)

Unique, alone, and never-ending.

When I started my journey seven years ago walking alongside family members who lived with mental illness, I was pretty sure those words would always define my experience.

My husband and I had become foster parents for two nieces, and I became legal guardian of a third, and we helped my parents as they took in a fourth. It wasn’t long before the severity of the girls’ PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, depression and anxiety became clear.

We who had known nothing, really, about mental illness would eventually become skilled advocates, experts in DBT, CBT, and OHCHWGA. (That last one? [ Read More ]

Accepting New Family Member and Partner Coaching Clients

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(I’m back to coaching after taking a brief hiatus for a move. I will answer all of the current queries in the order received. Please read below for more information on my coaching. I specialize in crisis coaching that eventually becomes a management plan for the whole family. My work is extremely discrete. I never share my client list and offer help even when change feels impossible.)

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Over five years ago, I started coaching partners and family members of people with bipolar disorder as an addition to my writing career.

I never thought I would find work that I enjoy as much as I enjoy coaching. I feel at home with the parents and partners as I have been where they are- and I remain calm during the crises that many of my clients are going through while we are [ Read More ]

Bipolar Disorder Affecting Your Relationships?

black cat white catYou are not alone! I often read through my past articles for Bp Magazine. I’m reminded that my bipolar disorder management plan is daily. I just moved to Europe. I’m staying with a friend in a beautiful, quite and very remote English village. Well, remote in my city girl way of thinking! I planned carefully for this move. I did all I needed to do to prepare MYSELF. Well guess what? The biggest skills I needed when I got here were my relationship skills! What are your greatest strengths as a friend? Julie

Here is the start of the article called Bipolar and the Relationship Trap from Bp Magazine:

Recently, a friend asked me, “Julie, why don’t you write a book about bipolar disorder and relationships?” “I already did that with my first book for couples where one person has bipolar,” I replied. [ Read More ]

Julie A. Fast Bipolar Disorder Coaching News 2016

As many of you know, I’m fulfilling a life long dream and moving back to Europe in 2016. My work will stay the same with one change- I’m not currently taking long term coaching clients.

For now, I’m offering a one time 90 minute session where we tackle one problem. I like this format. I ask clients to send me their situation and we choose one problem to face and fix. I have worked with partners who are not sure to stay or go, parents who want help getting a child off marijuana, parents who have a child who is having trouble in school and just a few days ago, a client where the mother wanted to let her daughter get more out in the world now that her bipolar disorder is more under control. Click here to visit my coaching page for more information. Please note that [ Read More ]

Concerned about a Loved One with a Bipolar Disorder?

b fatherWould you like to get help for a loved one with bipolar disorder? This post talks about my coaching pracice for family members and partners of people with bipolar disroder and other mental health disorders including schizo-affective disorder, anger and anxiety disorders and personality disorders.

Julie, who do you coach in your family and partner coaching? Do you ever work with people who have bipolar disorder?

I hear these questions a lot. First of all, I do not coach people with bipolar disorder. I recommend my books for those with bipolar disorder and encourage people to get a strong health care team. I LOVE writing books for, speaking with and talking to people who have bipolar disorder, but in order to keep the situation [ Read More ]

Bipolar Disorder and Thanksgiving Part One…………..

 

Let’s Make Thanksgiving Great This Year!

 

 

There is a commercial on the radio where I live here in Portland, Oregon that always makes me laugh. It says… ‘Beware of the holiday horrors! Buy all of your holiday presents now, the day after Thanksgiving and save yourself the stress of waiting until the last minute!” Oh, it sounds like torture to me! When did Thanksgiving become so much about Black Friday sales? In case you didn’t know, Black Friday is a sales day after the Thursday Thanksgiving. It’s called Black Friday because it’s a day businesses can make enough money to balance the books instead of being in the red!

 

As a person with bipolar disorder or a [ Read More ]

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