Author Archives: Ron Unger

About Ron Unger

I am a licensed clinical social worker and therapist who works with people diagnosed with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, using a respectful and skill building approach called cognitive therapy for psychosis. I also talk and teach seminars related to this approach. You can read more about me and about how I became interested in this field by going to my blog, recoveryfrompsychosis.org, and clicking on the tab "about Ron Unger."

Why Does Treatment for Psychosis Sometimes Hurt More Than It Helps?

While the experience of psychosis can be highly distressing, many who recover report that the treatment was often worse than the psychosis itself. What is it that goes so wrong with treatment, and what could we do to improve efforts … Continue reading

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Rethinking “Delusions”: Envisioning a Humanistic Approach to Troublesome Beliefs

When people are told they have “psychosis,” it’s usually because they are experiencing one or both of the following: “hallucinations,” defined as sensations that don’t seem to have any physical cause, and “delusions,” defined as beliefs that don’t agree with … Continue reading

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Finding Meaning in States Some Call Mad

When we relate with each other, a key thing we long for is to have the other see meaning in our experience, while we notice and reflect on the meaning in theirs. But when people are seen to be “mad” … Continue reading

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Don’t React – Choose How to Relate to Distressing Voices!

“Don’t React – Choose How to Relate to Distressing Voices!”  is the subject of a webinar that was presented by Dr. Mark Hayward on 6/20/19. (See the link to the complete recording below.) This webinar presents a very practical way … Continue reading

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Recovery Versus Mad Pride: Exploring the Contradictions

I’ve been intrigued by the way the battle against mental health system oppression has drawn on two important and powerful ideas – which happen to contradict each other! One is the idea that people can “recover” from mental health problems.  … Continue reading

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Helping People To Constructively Engage With Voices

When people have problems with voices, the most common recommendation they are given is to try to avoid them – to take drugs to make them stop, to simply ignore them, to use distraction, or similar approaches. But these strategies … Continue reading

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Starting with Immediate Experience: A Presentation by Isabel Clarke

What would it look like if mental health providers were trained to be both deeply humanistic, AND very efficient at helping people identify and cope with the issues at the core of whatever their difficulties might be, including psychosis? It … Continue reading

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Finding Meaning in “Madness”

When someone is “mad” or “psychotic,” should the people around them try to make sense of their experience and of what they are saying? Or should the person be taken to professionals who will listen only in order to diagnose … Continue reading

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Call for Proposals, ISPS-US Confererence: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wholeness in Extreme States

The Call for Proposals is now open for the ISPS-US 17th Annual Meeting/Conference: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Wholeness in Extreme States November 9-11, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Deadline for Proposals: May 21, 2018 More information about the Annual Meeting Call … Continue reading

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Promoting Healing After Psychosis

What does it mean to heal after a psychotic episode? Is it just about trying to “get back to normality” and to suppress any further “psychosis” – or does something deeper need to happen? In 1996, Sean Blackwell had his … Continue reading

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