(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 ]
(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.)
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 ]
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 ]
Would 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 ]
The majority of my bipolar disorder coaching practice involves a crisis situation where I help family members and partners get a loved on into treatment. In over 50% of the situations, the person with the illness is a heavy pot smoker which fuels the episode.
I have a plan I use and it WORKS, until we run into law enforcement that simply have no idea what they are up against when they go to the door of someone who has a mental illness.
In the past three days, I’ve worked with clients to locate the loved one who is ill so that we can send help. In every situation, the police arrive and the person with the illness 100% talks them out of this help. I have faith that law enforcement can change where needed. There is training out there!
One parent [ Read More ]
Here’s a pic from last summer. I’m lying on the hammock with the greatest person I have ever met in my life- my nephew David.
He has taught me so much.
He turned 13 this year and the inevitable changes are happening in our relationship. When he turned 11, I started talking with him about the changes he would experience as he became a teenager so that I could prepare myself for when nights at home with Auntie Wee would not be a priority.
I believe we can talk to kids from a very young age about emotions and behaviors so that they can learn empathy, compassion, self belief and personal strength as they get older. I started teaching David about bipolar disorder when he was four. I wanted him to understand his Auntie Wee even if he could not intellectually express [ Read More ]