We have a great team for our Education Program. Below is a brief outline of the team along with links to detailed pages about each member. Our courses are certified for Continuing Education Units by the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#4050).
Tom Wootton - Bipolar Advantage
Tom Wootton is the author of The Bipolar Advantage and The Depression Advantage in both book and video, and Bipolar In Order in book, video, audio book, and eBook. He developed new concepts that he integrated into the first Bipolar In Order workshops in 2002. Since that time he has developed a series of workshops dealing with depression and bipolar. He has been considered a leading consumer advocate and speaker and has been giving talks to consumer groups, mental health leaders, and doctors. He is giving keynote speeches to conferences nationwide on mental health.
Tom's approach to dealing with mental illness and his professional and engaging speaking style have made his talks a 'must' for consumers, family, friends, mental health workers and therapists.
Tom specialized in advanced, accelerative learning systems for many years, which he taught to corporations and schools. He worked in development and training for many internet technology companies. His clients included: Visa, PeopleSoft, Network Associates, HP, Cisco, Baan, Ford, Nortel, Deloitte Consulting, KPMG, Lucent, Sage, Ericsson, Fidelity Investments, British Telecom, NSA, AT&T, Charles Schwab, Nokia, Siemens, EDS, and many more worldwide.
Mental health clients include NAMI organizations nationwide, Kaiser Permanente, Orange County Behavioral Health, Riverside County Older Adult Services, San Bernardino County Behavioral Health, Mental Health Associations throughout California, and DBSA at state and national levels.
Arsalan Malik, MD
Dr. Arsalan Malik is a psychodynamic psychiatrist in private practice in Santa Monica and West LA in addition to his role as Clinical Instructor, UCLA Department Of Psychiatry And Biobehavioral Sciences. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic and Baylor College of Medicine. During that time he served as the on-site chief resident of the Menninger Clinic where he specialized in addressing the complex medical, psychiatric and substance use difficulties of high achieving individuals no longer functioning successfully in the workplace and/or at home. He developed his special interest and expertise in the treatment of mood and co-occurring personality disorders at this time using a comprehensive and integrated, multidisciplinary treatment approach. This comprised psychoanalytically informed hospital psychiatry, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mind Body medicine, and Psychodynamic Individual and Group Therapy. Dr Malik also holds a Clinical Fellowship in Adult Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from the Center For Psychoanalytic Studies.
"I follow an evidence-based practice, but also recognize the limitations of the current medical and psychiatric research model to explain complicated mind-brain phenomena. Generalizability of findings from ideal study populations to the individual is also not always apparent. Overall, I have found medications help, but are rarely the only solution for individuals. Psychotherapy seems to have gone from being the rule to being relegated to the backburner as drugs occupy an increasingly pivotal role in patient care. I endeavor to find a middle road paved by plain old psychotherapy, in addition to biological treatment methods including medications, to help my patients find deeper meaning in their lives and their symptoms, and satisfaction in their relationships."
Maureen Duffy, PhD
Maureen Duffy is a professor of counseling and family therapy and a practicing couples and family therapist. She is highly regarded in the marriage and family therapy world and is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, The Family Journal, and The Journal of Systemic Therapies. She is the Co-Editor of The Qualitative Report, a journal dedicated to qualitative research and inquiry. She is also the Co-Editor of the "Family and Health" column in The Family Journal. Maureen is a co-founder of the International Institute for Human Understanding and of Open U - a new adventure in education for anyone interested in increasing their understanding of interpersonal and inter-cultural relations.
She has presented her work at major professional conferences regionally, nationally, and internationally. In 2006, Maureen was an invited speaker at the Oxford University Round Table on the Psychology of the Child. She is the author of numerous publications in family therapy and qualitative research and her current interests are in the areas of positive psychology, applications of neuroscience to clinical work with couples and families, neurofeedback, and group behavior in the workplace.
Maureen is fascinated by how the brain is shaped by what we think and do and by how often we think and do it. She takes very seriously the fact that the brain changes throughout life and that the direction of those changes is influenced by the quality of our relationships, our behaviors, and our thoughts and feelings. Maureen is personally and professionally committed to breaking the link between the diagnosis of a mental illness and the taking on of the traditional identity of a mentally ill person. She believes that mood disorders like bipolar and major depression are brain disorders, not personal identities, and not primary careers. Her work also extends, with humor and compassion, to the parents and friends and families of those diagnosed with mood disorders.
Michael R. Edelstein, PhD
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)/Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dr. Edelstein has an in-person and telephone therapy practice in San Francisco. He is the author of Three Minute Therapy, a self-help book for overcoming common emotional and behavioral problems, for which he has been awarded Author of the Year. The book was a Quality Paperback Book Club/Book-of-the-Month Club Selection, a Behavioral Sciences Book Service Book Club Selection, and an Albert Ellis Institute Selection.
In his practice, Dr. Edelstein specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and addictions, and is one of the few practitioners of REBT in the Bay Area. He is also the San Francisco SMART Recovery Professional Advisor.
Dr. Edelstein lectures nationally and internationally, appears on radio and television, and is published in psychological journals. He writes the advice column, "Ask Dr. Mike," which has appeared in the Mensa San Francisco Intelligencer and In the Know.
Dr. Edelstein was a Training Supervisor and Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute. He holds a diploma in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and is on the Board of Advisors of the National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists. He is Past President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. He is a Certified Sex Therapist and has served as a Consulting Psychologist for the National Save-A-Life League, Inc., the oldest suicide prevention center in the United States.
REBT/CBT is a modern approach to overcoming emotional and behavioral disturbance. It focuses on the present and helps clients take an active role in their recovery. It helps clients identify the unrealistic beliefs at the core of their psychological problems and gives them powerful tools they can use to change their thinking and dramatically improve their lives.
Rochelle I. Frank, PhD
Shelly Frank received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University, and completed her clinical training at the Yale Psychiatric Institute. She specializes in evidence-based treatment of clinically complex emotional and behavioral disorders in adolescents and adults, and also has expertise with couples and families. Dr. Frank completed post-graduate training programs in dialectical behavior therapy, prolonged exposure therapy, and cognitive behavioral analysis system of psychotherapy. She has over 20 years of experience across treatment settings.
Dr. Frank was a supervising psychologist within the New York State Department of Mental Health, and in San Francisco was the chief psychologist for a residential treatment program before becoming the clinical director of Family Mosaic Project, during which time she served on numerous policy and programming committees within the Behavioral Health Services division of the Department of Public Health. In addition to her private practice in Oakland, Shelly conducts clinical research on self-monitoring and emotion regulation, and is on staff at Gateway Psychiatric Services.
Dr. Frank is an assistant clinical professor in the Clinical Sciences Training Program at U.C. Berkeley, and in the Department of Psychiatry at U.C.S.F. School of Medicine. Shelly also is an adjunct professor of clinical psychology at Argosy University and a clinical supervisor at The Wright Institute, and is past President of the Alameda County Psychological Association.
Scott Sullender, PhD
Scott Sullender is an ordained minister, a licensed Psychologist (#8931) and a Diplomate with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. He has over 35 years of professional experience as a pastor, pastoral counselor, organizational executive, psychologist and author/writer. He has made a specialty of providing psychological and career assessments for Protestant ministers and seminarians. Scott serves as the chief administrator of The Lloyd Center. In addition to his work with counseling and assessments, Scott is the primary instructor in the center's Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling program. Consequently, he holds the rank of Associate Professor of Pastoral Counseling at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Len Van Nostrand, M.A., LMFT
Len Van Nostrand, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001, is the co- founder and owner of Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling. A Graduate of Antioch University, he has maintained a thriving practice for over twelve years, motivated by his passion for offering alternative and customized therapy for those seeking help with relationship, trauma and substance abuse concerns. He has been an advocate for Tom Wootton's work and the Bipolar IN Order concepts since 2007. Full Spectrum contributes expertise and an integrative perspective that is sure to help create success.
Len's treatment approach is informed by a somatic perspective. He recently completed an exciting training in TRE (Trauma/Tension Release Exercises) with David Berceli. He is also highly trained and skilled in EMDR, and offers it to appropriate clients as a component of the therapy sessions. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative approach to therapy which includes elements of cognitive behavioral, experiential, psychodynamic, and body centered therapies.)
Len offers solid direction for parents of "adult children" who are having difficulty "launching" from the home to an independent and healthy lifestyle. He works with parents in a non-judgmental way to help them develop healthier boundaries and an age-appropriate relationship with their child.
Len is skilled in working with men's issues and is active in the process of initiation of men into adulthood. He is certified in hypnotherapy and is also a member of the Motivational Interviewing Trainer of New Trainers Organization (MINT). He has received extensive training with William Miller, the brilliant mind behind Motivational Interviewing, which is practiced throughout Full Spectrum Recovery and Counseling.
Caitlin Slutzky MFTI
Caitlin Slutzky is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (Registration # 61229). She earned her MA from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and completed her certification in Gestalt Therapy through the Gestalt Institute of the Rockies. She has extensive training in the treatment of trauma and addictive behaviors – drawing from somatic-based therapies, motivational interviewing, mindfulness practices, experiential processes, systems perspectives, bioenergetics, and developmental models. By way of her education and clinical experience, Caitlin has honed her skills for working with trauma and abuse, sexual abuse and sexual assault, addictive and compulsive behaviors, depression and anxiety, family therapy, and grief.
Caitlin is an experienced family therapist, working primarily with families whose children engage in self-destructive behaviors. Caitlin also loves working with military service members and veterans, specifically those who may have signs of PTSD and who are having difficulty assimilating back into civialian life (rebuilding relationships with loved ones, finding meaning in their work, and making sense of their time in the field). She has co-facilitated retreats for female service members (combat and non-combat) through The Women's Wilderness Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
Benjamin Z. Noréns, M.A., MFTI
Benjamin Z. Noréns is a registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (Registration # 66605). Ben completed his Master's degree at Naropa University in Boulder, CO and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with an emphasis in Psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Before arriving at Full Spectrum, Ben acted as clinical Team Leader and Psychotherapist at a residential treatment facility in Boulder CO. He supervised residential counselors, and managed therapeutic teams, treatment interventions, and goals.
Ben's therapeutic expertise is informed by his past clinical work as a trauma research provider, middle school counselor, residential treatment psychotherapist, private practice psychotherapist, and group facilitator for a program specializing in the treatment of early childhood sexual abuse. Ben has worked with national and international health programs since 2005.
Ben is experienced with a range of populations including: adolescents, adults, seniors, and people addressing addictions, eating disorders, depression, chronic pain, trauma, abuse, sexuality, severe mental illness, and existential issues of meaning. Ben utilizes an integral therapeutic approach incorporating elements of motivational interviewing, cognitive/behavioral, somatic, depth psychology, and strength-based approaches.
Galen Garbarino-Wilson, M.S., LMFT
Galen Garbarino-Wilson has worked in the field of addictive and compulsive behaviors since she started working as a therapist in the late '90's. Galen has provided direct therapeutic services to individuals, youth and families in multiple settings in Santa Barbara including; the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Project Recovery's Adolescent Treatment Program and El Puente Continuation School.
Galen completed her MS degree in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Cal State Northridge. She enjoys program development and has conducted community trainings on the issues of adolescent development and substance abuse prevention and treatment for adolescents, Motivational Interviewing and moderated an Eating Disorders Panel in the recent past. Most recently, Galen has completed Level II training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and is completing her consultation hours for certification. Areas of specialization include: Adolescent Treatment, Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Interventions, Compulsive Behaviors, Trauma utilizing EMDR, Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and Clinical Supervision.
Galen most enjoys working with individuals and young adults in the transition of making better choices and living healthier and more productive lives.
Dr. Candida Condor, PsyD, MFT
Candida Condor, Psy.D. is a psychotherapist specializing in individual & couples therapy. With many years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Ryokan College specializing in the treatment of Stress and Trauma, she is currently working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are Stress Use & Management, Anxiety & Depression, Trauma, Health Management & Conflict Resolution.
She has a special interest in supporting couples to turn conflicts into agreements, to create loving relationships, and to revitalize their relationship. In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Dr. Condor is the creator of the following tools for growth and healing: Engaging the Healer Within, The Developmental Repair Kit, and Letting Go - Being Free. She is the founder of Missing Curriculum.com - an interactive resource center teaching life skills that you didn't get growing up. These tools are designed to build a solid psychological foundation, enhance communication and facilitate insight.
Dr. Condor is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With humor, compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Gloria E. Gesas, LCSW
As an experienced therapist for over 20 years, I have helped clients suffering from a range of issues including: anxiety, mood disorders, depression, life transition, and relationships. I use a comprehensive approach, by blending different psychotherapy methods to facilitate a client's awareness of self and empowerment towards change. My clients can gain the coping skills to address their issues and live happier, more meaningful lives. Prior to my private practice, I was employed at a Family Service Agency where I facilitated women's therapy groups, bereavement groups and provided therapy to individuals, couples and families.
I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process, and the client wants to be assured that s/he will be seen in a supportive, non-judgmental, safe, and confidential setting. I use a blend of different models suited to the client's needs. These include: Voice Dialogue, Cognitive Behavior, Short term.
I treat individuals, couples and families.I am available daytimes and some nights and Saturdays.
Ms. Arva Rose, MA, MFT
I help individuals and couples understand how and why they find themselves in painful circumstances, and how they can learn to get out of them. For more than twenty years I have treated individuals and couples from 17 to 71(+) with problems ranging from depression to panic attacks, performance anxiety, Troubled Marriages, friction with parents and children or dysfunctional sex lives. I treat each person with whatever modality is most appropriate for him or her: I'm trained in cognitive behavioral; certified in hypnosis; Experienced in spirituality, sexuality, insight or solution or family oriented techniques.
I see each person fully; I create an environment that is completely safe; I pass no judgment and I answer any questions I can. If it's your sex life, or your mother-in-law, once you figure out HOW your psyche works, how relationships work, you can be the person you want to be and in the relationships you want to have. People in healthy relationships simply live longer, better lives. I also help create Ethical Wills so clients can share their life's wisdom with loved ones even after death.
Brian is the creator and presenter for the Bipolar Advantage Mind Skills Workshops. Since the early 1970’s, he has brought meditation to thousands of people across the world. He is a management training development expert to many international corporations including Shell International Petroleum, IBM and Imperial Chemical Industries and has founded 2 businesses specializing in learning skills. His work with the British Civil Service during the 1980’s in organizational transformation seminars and stress management workshops were widely acclaimed.
Brian is one of the founders of the economic localization and sustainability movement and runs seminars for community leaders in the US and Europe who are preparing for peak oil and climate change. His passion for Mind Skills began in the late 1970’s. As one of the originators of mindmapping, his advanced memory, creativity and personal change training has inspired thousands of people in business and public settings to reach their full potential. He is also a strategic advisor to some internet start up companies in California who are creating the next generation of software for the emerging 3.0 semantic web.
Peter Russell, MA DCS
Peter Russell is a fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, of The World Business Academy and of The Findhorn Foundation, and an Honorary Member of The Club of Budapest.
At Cambridge University (UK), he studied mathematics and theoretical physics. Then, as he became increasingly fascinated by the mysteries of the human mind he changed to experimental psychology. Pursuing this interest, he traveled to India to study meditation and eastern philosophy, and on his return took up the first research post ever offered in Britain on the psychology of meditation.
He also has a post-graduate degree in computer science, and conducted some of the early work on 3-dimensional displays, presaging by some twenty years the advent of virtual reality.
In the mid-seventies Peter Russell joined forces with Tony Buzan and helped teach "Mind Maps" and learning methods to a variety of international organizations and educational institutions.
Since then his corporate programs have focused increasingly on self-development, creativity, stress management, and sustainable environmental practices. Clients have included IBM, Apple, Digital, American Express, Barclays Bank, Swedish Telecom, ICI, Shell Oil and British Petroleum.
His principal interest is the deeper, spiritual significance of the times we are passing through. He has written several books in this area -- The TM Technique, The Upanishads, The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, The Consciousness Revolution, Waking Up in Time, and From Science to God.
As one of the more revolutionary futurists Peter Russell has been a keynote speaker at many international conferences, in Europe, Japan and the USA. His multi-image shows and videos, "The Global Brain" and "The White Hole in Time" have won praise and prizes from around the world. In 1993 the environmental magazine Buzzworm voted Peter Russell "Eco-Philosopher Extraordinaire" of the year.
James W. Jordan, Jr.
Mr. Jordan is the Executive Director for NAMI Pennsylvania. He has been Executive Assistant to the Governor of Michigan; a Deputy Secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Health; and a Vice President in North Broward Hospital District. He has served as the Director for the Department of Health and Rehabilitation and the Department of Health and Public Safety in Essex County, New Jersey and Broward County, Florida.
During the past twenty years he has managed a 1,200-bed psychiatric hospital and a 330 bed geriatric center. He has managed a drug treatment program; 110 bed psychiatric treatment and rehabilitation program; and a sexual assault treatment program. Mr. Jordan established and operated industrial and occupational medicine programs and established two adult level 2 trauma centers and one pediatric trauma center. He designed and managed numerous health care programs ranging from trauma systems to primary care and community programs.
Mr. Jordan established the Michigan Refugee Relief Fund, which raised funds to purchase food, medical supplies, and medical personnel.
Mr. Jordan holds a master's degree in clinical psychology and participated in the Senior Management Program for State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In addition, a scholarship at Nova University was named for Mr. Jordan in recognition of his contributions to health care.
Vincent F. Caimano, Ph.D.
Vince founded Depression Recovery Groups (www.DepressionRecoveryGroups.com) to help depression sufferers through live web conference meetings. The mission of DRG is to help accelerate the full recovery of people who are living with depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety by providing self-help education and peer support that enhance the care of licensed healthcare practitioners.
Vince holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis. While not specifically trained to work as a therapist, Vince's education in psychology and social science research has helped him to work with hundreds of participants support groups and skill-building programs. His experience, training and study of depression have fueled his passion to help others deal with these issues in a supportive environment. He has found great fulfillment in seeing these individuals move to regaining their energy and hope.
Prior to developing Depression Recovery Groups, Vince founded Human Performance Consultation, Inc., a management consulting company that focuses on leadership development and human resource strategy. He has also been an consultant with Accenture, Towers Watson and a HR executive at Hughes Electronics.
Denise K. Hughes, MA
Denise is a Financial Coach, based in the Bay Area, with a national clientele. Her mission is to educate and support women and men, in achieving their full financial potential, for themselves, their families and for generations to come.
She teaches others how to grow healthy money mindsets while practicing financial behaviors that lead to financial independence. This is accomplished through on-line content, webinars, teleseminars, group and one on one coaching.
Journalists have rendered Denise an expert in matters relating to: love and money, the psychology of money, couples and money and mastering personal and business finances. Denise is frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Advisor Magazine, Reader's Digest, Parenting Magazine, San Jose Mercury News and California Women's Magazine.
She authors a monthly e-zine for boomer women at www.50fabulous.com. Make Mine a Million, a national organization with a mission to grow women's business revenues to at least one million dollars, appointed Denise as their designated Financial Coach in 2008.
She was an invited speaker for the NorCal 2009 Financial Planners Conference and has done multiple workshops for the Silicon Valley Financial Planning Association.
Denise's unique style and approach are the outcome of an educational background consisting of a Graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, CA, a Certificate in Financial Counseling at the Financial Recovery Institute in San Rafael, CA, and a Certificate in Interactive Guided Imagery from the American Holistic Nurse's Association. Denise also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
Justin Liu, MD
Dr. Justin Liu completed his undergraduate premedical training at the University of California at Berkeley, graduating with honors. Dr. Liu received his Medical Degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford University. Dr. Liu is Board-Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. For 5 years, Dr. Liu served as the Chair of Back & Trauma Rehabilitation for St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco, California. During that time, he played an active role as a Clinical Professor for the Stanford University Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program.
Dr. Liu currently serves as the Medical Director of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California. In both the inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Liu coordinates a multidisciplinary team of rehabilitation therapists, physicians, nurses, and neuropsychologists to help create therapy programs custom-tailored to each patient's individual needs.
As featured by CNBC, CNET, KTVU-2, KRON-4, AsianWeek, FLYP Media, and Ebony Magazine, Dr. Liu has successfully implemented use of the Nintendo Wii to help treat patients who have sustained various neurological injuries. Dr. Liu continuously strives to further develop the field of "Wii-Hab."
Ruth Leyse-Wallace, PhD, RD
Dr. Leyse-Wallace has practiced clinical dietetics in psychiatric hospitals, treatment programs, outpatient clinics, and in private practice for more than twenty-five years.
Her clinical experience includes practice at The Menninger Foundation (Topeka, Kansas), Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital (San Diego, California), Sierra Tucson (Tucson, Arizona), HCA Willow Park Hospital (Plano, Texas) and Osawatomie State Hospital (Osawatomie, Kansas).
In addition to her interest in mental health and the PsychoNutriologic Person, her special areas of clinical interest include the nutrition-focused physical examination, eating disorders, and alcoholism.
Her professional activities also include writing (Linking Nutrition to Mental Health: A Scientific Exploration and The Metaparadigm of Clinical Dietetics: Derivation and Applications) and producing educational materials as well as lectures and workshops for professional and public audiences. She served as an adjunct faculty member at Mesa College in San Diego, California.
Ruth's education includes a PhD from the University of Arizona in 1998, a dietetic internship with a master's degree from the University of Kansas, and graduation with Phi Kappa Phi honors and a B.S. degree from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Leyse-Wallace now lives in Alpine, California.
Patrick is a life coach to those who are depressed and those who care about them. He has a Master's Degree in English Literature and another Master's in Developmental Reading. After leaving a career in education as a dean of instruction for a college, he went into five years of depression that ranged from moderate to major and for a time one step beyond major. It is this experiential familiarity with depression, as well as taking Tom Wootton's 38-hour Bipolar in order suite, that make him a successful coach for those in depression.
Additional learning of depression during those five years came from his contacts with psychiatrists, psychotherapists, counselors, spiritual guides, and supportive friends. He is now an active NAMI member (National Alliance for Mental Illness), is a practitioner of inner healing, is involved in various depression support group discussions with NAMI and LinkedIn, and writes a blog called triumphoverdepression.org, for which he does much research on depression.
Patrick has written a book called Too Late in the Afternoon: One Man's Triumph Over Depression, which can be found on amazon.com and other on-line book sites. It was when this book was published that he stepped out of the black box of depression and into eventual stability, greatly aided by the teaching of Tom Wootton, whose holistic approach to turning depression and bipolar disorders into depression and bipolar in-orders brought him into a place where he can now master depression instead of depression mastering him.
He feels blessed by his triumph over depression and has become a coach to be a blessing to others.
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"Bipolar In Order provides the essential message that symptom reduction or elimination is far from the main goal of adaptation and intervention. Sure to challenge traditional thinking, this important work is integrative and wise."
- Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept of Psychology, UC Berkeley
"Bipolar IN Order explores the positive value of mania and depression, linking it to Eastern traditions of mental discipline, while at the same time appreciating the need for warranted medical diagnosis and treatment."
- S. Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Mood Disorders Program, Tufts Medical Center
"Tom is doing something no one else is really doing. He is turning a serious mental illness on its head and suggesting that by accepting rather than fighting the disorder, people with bipolar can identify and access their strengths and lead lives that are not only satisfying but productive beyond their wildest imaginings... Tom is ahead of the pack. He is staking out new territory and leading the way in showing people with brain-based disorders like bipolar that it is possible to live richly."
- Maureen Duffy Ph.D., Professor and Chairperson, The Counseling Program, Barry University
"Tom's message-and approach-is a welcome antidote to many, popular ideas about mental illness. He integrates sound, evidence-based tools (such as self-awareness, self-care, and medication) with an especially humane perspective. Too often, in having to accept their condition, people end up feeling pathologized-reduced from a full person to a label. But Tom looks beyond the diagnosis to help people embrace-and accept-the best parts of who they are, instead of reflexively dismissing their feelings and experiences as a simple manifestation of illness. I can't think of a more important ingredient to living with bipolar disorder-or any mental health difficulty."
- Craig Malkin, PhD, Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
"Near the end of my five years of major depression, I started the Bipolar Advantage on-line education program suite of courses - Concepts, Assessments, Assembling Tools, and Plan for Success. My knowledge of bipolar and depression conditions was expanded a thousand-fold, and this led me to come out on the other side of depression. I now have the wisdom and tools to put my depression in order and keep it in order. I have been a student of depression and bipolar for many years, and this course is the most comprehensive and useful treatment I have found on the internet or in bookstores. Tom Wootton has been blessed to put his bipolar condition in order, and now he is sharing that blessing with the rest of us."
- Patrick Day, Buffalo, MN, USA
"The general functionality assessments are wonderful! Why has nobody asked these kinds of questions before?"
- Larry Reilley, Oakview, CA, USA
"I was desperate for help and Bipolar IN Order delivered. I learned how to identify my feelings, the changes in my thinking during mood swings and my initial reactions to them. Realizing I had a choice in how to respond instead of just reacting was pivotal. This tool, combined with others, has morphed into a great practice for self examination in the IN Order stages. It is one of the components that taught me discipline and self-control throughout my journey to Bipolar IN Order. What I've learned will serve me well for the rest of my life. Life is finally good."
- Jeanette Chiapperino, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
"[Bipolar IN Order] takes existing medical care and augments it to a promising new level for all patients and their loved ones. The combination of accessible information and executive level presentation is a very exciting development. His work in the field offers the most logical and exciting path to success in mental health today."
- Paul Cumming, San Diego, CA, USA
"For years I've been working with people that have struggled to live with the affects of bipolar disorder. Often they live in the hope that medication will cure all, or they've learned to inhibit themselves from trying new things in case they experience an extreme mood change. But I have always believed that there is another, more satisfying, way to live with bipolar, and that's why I'm really excited by what Tom and his team are doing at Bipolar Advantage. The online course is really comprehensive, with clear, interesting information which really does offer a different point of view of living with bipolar. The course can help you enhance your abilities by setting realistic goals and getting the right support when you need it, and ultimately, it will teach you to live an unbound life and not be shackled by an emotional, cognitive and behavioural life sentence that many health professionals would lead you to believe is the best you can hope for. I have no trouble recommending this course to anyone that has bipolar."
- Drew Coster, Psychotherapist, Surrey, UK.