This Friday my focus is taking a look at what it means to Re-humanize Mental Health!
The field of psychology and psychiatry has a long and arduous history and it is important to take a look at the growth, development and implementation of mental health therapeutic study, research, diagnosing and care over the last several decades.
Now more than ever, it is critical that we focus on seeing human beings holistically and recognizing the unique variables that impact and influence what we call mental health. Society, culture, environment, family system, friend group, nutrition, physical fitness, sleep, spiritual health, time in nature, etc. To truly understand ourselves and our fellow humans, we need to expand our view of mental health to see the whole person, biopsychosociospiritually.
And even more important we need to recognize how our language, verbiage and cognitive narratives about mental health impact our holistic health in general.
Dr. Bruce Levine received his PhD from the University of Cincinnati and is a practicing clinical psychologist often at odds with the mainstream of his profession. Dr. Levine focuses on where the arenas of society, culture, politics and psychology intersect.
In the below video, Dr. Levine focuses on psychiatry’s four recent crushing losses of scientific credibility reported by the mainstream media, societal reasons why psychiatry persists despite its loss of credibility, and effective activism to rehumanize mental health!!
Video: Bruce Levine on “The Anti-Authoritarian Movement to Rehumanize Mental Health”
Also, go check out the amazing work from MAD IN AMERICA…editorials, education, articles on science, psychiatry and social justice!
Last but not least…..We are beyond excited to announce our March 31st MAGIC MUSIC ROOMS event open to the entire community for free!!!
Parents, youth, families, professionals, everyone come out and let’s connect and support each other!!!!!!!!!!
Alison Robins has been helping local families connect with developmental support services, parenting support, and specialty resources for more than a decade. With her intimate knowledge of what families need to thrive, particularly during times of critical need, she is able to provide empathetic and practical guidance on how to navigate the landscape of mental and physical healthcare to families with neurodiverse children.
As our Cosmic Lamb Director of Outreach, Alison brings joy and passion to advocacy, fundraising, and the organization of special events. Through community outreach, her work as a certified Intuitive Healer, and sharing her experience as a mother of two daughters, Alison is a fundamental part of our ability to holistically aid our neighbors on their journey of Family.
Joining the Eternal Strength crew all the way from Nashville, Tennessee is Abbey Crane— a singer, songwriter, musician, and author who has a passion for finding opportunity to foster connection and growth.
A graduate of Belmont University with formal studies in music and entrepreneurial business, Abbey is a beautiful example of balancing diligent work with deep attunement. We at Eternal Strength experience her net of loving kindness being cast wide throughout her community.
Abbey understands what it means to stay open to life’s organic course, and that finding our own individual psychic health is possibly our most sacred artistic process. We are so thankful to have Abbey as a part of our Eternal Strength family.
Hailing from rural Southwest Georgia, Emily H. is a creative entrepreneur and community advocate that has made Atlanta her home base for the last half decade.
Emily is a graduate of The University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art and is passionate about engaging and advocating for marginalized people groups—from building meaningful spaces within the Atlanta queer community to publicly speaking for the consideration of children experiencing neurodiversity, Emily is all about fostering an environment where people can truly hear one another.
Emily has been primarily influenced by 1960’s color palettes, time spent with her grandparents, and modern Southern culture. . . She is a bright light and constant source of joy—we are so thankful to have her at Eternal Strength!
Mike is a Therapeutic Mentor here at Eternal Strength Youth Center. Mike has spent the last several years transforming every aspect of his life.
He has been on the path to his highest self and he isn’t afraid to be completely transparent and share his truths, experiences, and philosophies for anyone who wants to heal themselves.
He brings an intense, raw, yet fun energy to his work with youth and young adults that makes him able to really connect with them. Mike is a true light worker and healer.
Andrew is an amazing therapeutic mentor here at Eternal Strength. Andrew has been with us since the earliest days and continues to offer sacred space for youth from all walks of life. Andrew’s personal experience of growth and development allows him to align with youth maneuvering a wide range of challenges and adversity.
Andrew is calm, engaged, confident and caring in all he does and loves to provide guidance, support, mentorship and care for youth and families. Andrew has a vast amount of past experience working in the mental health field and in arenas of substance abuse and recovery.
Andrew is a beautiful soul with top-tier character and brings a blend of heart-felt empathy and accountability to all he does.
Smitty is a holistic healer on all fronts. Smitty weaves his psycho-spiritual exploration and practices into his therapeutic work with clients and families in a woven tapestry of authentic alignment and connection.
He believes in the importance of creating and carving unique and individual sacred space for each human soul he works with. His heartfelt connection to nature, body/mind attunement and meditation allow him to offer mind/ body/ soul guidance and support to all youth on their journey of growth.
Smitty has worked in numerous facilities providing psychotherapy to individuals and families struggling with a multitude of challenges, i.e. substance abuse, addiction, depression, anxiety, and many other arenas.
Smitty is an ally to families and clients moving through the journey of developmental growth and brings his authentic voice as a holistic healer to provide empowerment, guidance and insight for all those he works with. Also, he’s got one of the best mustaches in the world and can outrun a cheetah
Ashley is a Registered Art Therapist (ATR) and clinical therapist relocating from Nashville, Tennessee. Ashley is a graduate of Florida State University’s Master’s of Art Therapy and clinical mental health counseling program and has experience leading group and individual treatment in the prison setting, schools, and acute and long term psychiatric care.
Since living and working in Nashville, her focus has been primarily in the hospital setting— specifically inpatient psychiatric care— serving those with persistent mental health diagnoses and substance abuse who are in active crisis. After serving clients in these settings, Ashley opened up a private practice to work with individuals and families in a more dynamic, holistic setting, in order to serve those looking for a place that could effectively aid them in experiencing wellness that is tailored to the individual’s needs.
Ashley’s goal is to foster a community using art therapy’s naturally dynamic and person-centered process to give clients the control and empowerment needed to process and explore their ideas in a flexible and non-threatening way.
After several years in private practice, Ashley has moved to the Atlanta area to join the team at Eternal Strength Therapeutic Youth Center to further expand person-centered work with teens and young adults.
Ashley specializes in working with creative young people navigating new mental health diagnoses or mood and anxiety disorders that have a long history of treatment or psychotherapy as well as young adults who desire autonomy but are not currently equipped for independent living.
We are beyond blessed to have this incredible, beautiful soul as part of the fam.
Kara Morrissey, our Clinical Director at Eternal Strength, is passionate about creative living and psychic expansion through empathetic connection and symbolic expression. Kara was raised moving between far West Texas and rural Southeast Alaska, both regions teaching her about connection between natural ecosystems and the spectrum of human relationships.
Kara has spent the last seven years working in a range of settings including acute psychiatric care on the community and state hospital levels, forensic mental health, juvenile justice, substance misuse & amp; recovery, and residential rehabilitation. Each of these settings have illuminated the structure of current healthcare, showing points of strength as well as deep cracks in the system’s integrity.
Kara is passionate about supporting a culture within Eternal Strength and beyond that is person-centered, humanistic, and believes that no experience goes to waste.
Kara Morrissey is a graduate of The University of Georgia, Florida State University, and is a Registered Art Therapist, Clinical Psychotherapist, and trained practitioner of brainspotting.
Tai is compassionate, insightful, creative and a natural therapeutic healer. Tai views his role in this world as a bridge of the creative self to a spiritual path.
He works with the inspirations and intent of others to build an atmosphere of sacredness to help manifest a result charged by those forces.
His artistic and esoteric approach to this life creates an amazing space for the people he works with. We are more than blessed to have him on the team.
Our founder, Dr. Weston Robins, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a visionary leader in the realm of Radical Youth Work. Dr. Wes has been an advocate both in practice and in academia for a truly humanistic and person-centered approach since he has been in the field– serving youth across levels of care from emergency stabilization to finding their own purpose and spiritual path.
Dr. Wes has spent more than a decade dreaming of a place where youth and clinicians can experience mutual liberation and come into greater mental freedom together, a center where the binds of standardized sociological pressures are cut away and every youth’s inner wisdom can rise up as an undimmable beacon of light and joy.
Dr. Wes serves the team at Eternal Strength with the same value system as he does the families that come to the center, building sacred space, bolstering each individual’s divine strengths, and creating space for synchronicity and enlightenment.