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Coming Off Psych Drugs: A Meeting of the Minds












The facilitators for
this project were
covered in NEWSWEEK
magazine and are
persons of integrity
in this field.
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 Exciting research illustrates the common roots to these various conditions. Endocrine, immune, even gastrointestinal systems affect our nerves. Discovering what you can do for and by yourself, along with what tests and/or integrative practitioner to see…this can be quite a project. You need a coach!

In the late 1980’s I took my graduate degree in Religious Studies (Religion and Personality) from the University of Kansas, along with trainings in hypnotherapy, and put out a shingle. I enjoyed several years working with primarily women and college students on sexual abuse issues, eating disorders, and healing childhood trauma. The work turned spotty when I became a mom of two, one shortly thereafter diagnosed with autism.

She was, and still is, the harbinger of great change in the way I look now at “mental” health and behavior. I was catapulted into studies of nutrition that helped her immensely—and did the same for me.  The effect of targeted diet and detox to heal the mind was the science I never saw coming, nor did I expect it would work such transformation upon our lives. I’ve detailed the journey in my book, Lunacy Lost: A Memoir of Green Mental Health.   

When the kids were small I studied meditation, and learned the deep value of a practice of mindfulness. Psychotherapy was also developing an interest, and today there are various schools of therapy that incorporate these techniques. I’d tried—and shied away from--meditation for years, never knowing why. But the clarity I gained through working with the body finally allowed me to “get it.” I still find the two—nutrition and meditation—make a happy marriage of approaches.

A few years ago I met a simpatico soul, Dr. Tyler Woods, a psychotherapist in Arizona developing classes for the Mindhance Learning Center. Her Holistic Mental Health Coach program launched me anew, and the certification with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners provides a link to others. I began working with people from a new angle.

Always a nature gal and student of ecopsychology, the growing yet eclectic art of ecotherapy inspires me as well. I have been fortunate to work with persons in the great outdoors, where Mother Nature seems to enhance the experience.

At this time I am expanding my practice to welcome a few more clients some afternoons & evenings. Last year I was hired as a Job Coach and during the day work with high school and transitional students with disabilities all over the community. This is rewarding work, though my ability to affect their needs holistically is not part of the position. My students are fantastic, giving me a window onto the world my own daughter with autism will soon navigate. They leave me energized for my Natural Mind Coaching clients.

There are openings some weekday late-afternoons and evenings, and on Saturday afternoon. Rates are affordable compared to traditional psychotherapy; packages lower the price to less than the cost of a massage. I have contacts with holistic physicians locally and nationally that I draw on, and 25 years of serving groups and individuals in northeast Kansas. Live or phone coaching: I work with folks all over the continental US. Free consultation: suewestwind@yahoo.com.

It was good to have a table at the Lawrence school district’s annual health fair, a big event that sported a wide range of health-focused concerns. There were nurses poised to give flu shots, a table by Natural Medical Care (naturopathic physicians Drs. Khosh and Beneda), and just about everything holistic--or not--in between. Talked to many interested persons, sold some books, and informed of the plan to work with the district wellness coordinator to present some Natural Mind courses for school district employees. Stay tuned!

Hooray for the much-needed spring rain and days that actually resemble the season we’re in, yet dips in mood can persist from “this time of the year.” Here in the heartland, the snow was not so long ago. We need to feel the sun’s rays on our skin, but the peak time’s not yet in full swing. Here’s a concise article to point the way to an uplift:

Balance your vitamin D intake with vitamin A: not only good for the eyes, it beats back infections of many kinds. Think flu fighter: this doc will convince you…

Both British and Canadian researchers have noted that first generations immigrants (FGIs) from the Caribbean often exhibit a unique psychosis that turns out to be a Vitamin D deficiency. The BBC reported the need for all Asian children in England under the age of two should have supplementation. “People with darker skin are at greater risk of vitamin D deficiencies because increased pigmentation reduces the capacity of the skin to manufacture the vitamin from sunlight.”Humans of all colors are united in the need for vitamin D in cold and cloudy climes—especially given that diets may also be deficient. Living in a high-latitude country (far from the Equator) means paying attention to one’s intake of vitamin D.
Sue Westwind MA, Holistic Mental Health Coach AADP

I’m excited to be helping out with the Alternative Mental Health Newsletter, the voice of Safe Harbor and www.alternativementalhealth.com. Interviews, book reviews, and review of relevant research have made this a useful vehicle for many a lay person to stay informed about options for healing. I learned much interviewing Dr. Josh Friedman, a holistic psychologist in Omaha—his journey from training in psychoanalysis to a practice of integrative psychotherapy was a brave one. Anyone may subscribe to the free ezine: email dstradford@aol.com

...and by the way...

My book, LUNACY LOST: A MEMOIR OF GREEN MENTAL HEALTH, is now on Kindle. It's half the price of a hard copy!


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