NAIKAN AND MENTAL ILLNESS

For over ten years I worked very closely with people who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness.  That work, which proved to be immensely rewarding, was prompted by a family member’s personal experience with mental illness.  Through that event, I was suddenly exposed me to a world that I had known nothing about and confronted with a mental health system that was misguided and ineffective.  This experience launched me on a mission to find a more compassionate and empowering way to respond to the needs of those facing mental illness.

Today I’m going to speak to you about my experience using Naikan and Morita Therapy with those who have a serious mental health diagnosis.  In my role as director of a psychiatric rehabilitation program, first in New York and then in Vermont, I had the opportunity to integrate Japanese Psychology, both formally and informally, into the therapeutic community through classes, groups, practice exercises, individual s...

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