Psychiatry With Soul - Alternative Treatments for Mental and Emotional Distress

Schizophrenia

"Our greatest blessings come to us by way of madness, provided the madness is given us by divine gift."
~ Plato, Phaedrus

Schizophrenia . . Soul in Crisis


Dr Maureen Roberts helps sufferers and carers who are seeking natural, soulful and re-empowering alternatives to hospitals and psychiatric drug 'treatment' for schizophrenia.

What we call ‘schizophrenia’ is usually an acute psychospiritual crisis, involving personality fragmentation, turning inward, a loss of a sense of self, and extreme empathy and sensitivity to surroundings. It’s a kind of ‘dreaming awake’, where the world of dreams, myth and vision takes the place of outer reality. From a soul-centred vantage point, it's also a bit like drowning. The whole unconscious opens up and swallows the sufferer, who must then learn to swim, often with the aid of a competent 'lifesaver' who's been there (i.e. explored and survived the hazardous labyrinths of the unconscious) and so knows the road.

A compassionate response to schizophrenia as 'soul in crisis' cannot be bottled into pills, or learned out of a textbook. It is an art requiring care and heart. What works, makes sense and re-empowers is what helps by sufferers' own accounts. A compassionate, empathic approach to therapy recognizes that growth can occur through psychosis, or 'spiritual emergency' as a natural process of 'dis-integration' which can lead to rebirth.

Maureen’s soul-centred approach is a non-authoritarian, heart-to-heart relationship which involves drawing on the healing potential within the patient's psyche, as it expresses itself in dreams, visions, artwork, voices, physical symptoms and altered states of consciousness. Since schizophrenia taps into the collective unconscious and its powerful and sometimes disturbing energies, effective therapy usually involves working with mythological and spiritual themes, symbols, experiences and imagery, with a view to reintegrating the wandered, or dissociated fragments of the personality.

Grounding is also vital in order to earth the process in daily routine, contact with Nature, exercise, attention to diet, self-care, ritual and/or tangible creative expression. What C. G. Jung called 'active imagination', a form of visualized inner dialogue, can also (for some patients) help 'rewire' the mind and regain a sense of focus, direction and personal identity.

While there is no known ‘cure’ for schizophrenia, as an acute crisis it can - with the right kind of support, environment and nutrition - be worked through wholistically with the help of a range of natural therapies, including depth psychotherapy, psychoshamanic healing, residential crisis care, homeopathy, drama and art therapy, acupuncture, polarity therapy, reflexology, remedial massage, diet and orthomolecular/nutritional medicine.

An initial consultation (half hour minimum) is needed to determine whether an ongoing therapeutic relationship is feasible. Typically, therapy involves exploring a sufferer's personal story in a quiet, safe setting, addressing their unique needs and concerns, and re-evaluation from a soul-centred perspective. Sufferers are treated with sensitivity, kindness and respect, and demeaning terms such as 'mentally ill', 'delusional', or 'disturbed' are never used. We work together to discover whatever 'journey toward reintegration' is helpful.

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Testimonials : What sufferers and relatives say


"Dear Dr Roberts, Thank you so much for the wonderful information you have provided through your website. My son has spent 4 months in hospital diagnosed with schizophrenia. If the treatment he was given had worked, we would be satisfied that all was well, but he is no better now, 10 months after diagnosis. We are concerned about the effect of the medications and can't find a way out of the drug treatment he is on. He is still inactive and socially withdrawn, but now the medication sedates him. We have no confidence that the drugs will help in the long run and feel they will possibly be very harmful. Our son's behaviour leads us to believe he may be experiencing a spiritual crisis."
~ Denise [New South Wales]


"I came across the Schizophrenia page on the internet and for perhaps the first time I feel I have found some information that resonates with what I have always believed concerning schizophrenia. I have been torn between wanting to urge my mother to take medication, and empathizing with her own feelings (denying that the medication works). I have always felt suspicious of traditional clinical treatment of 'mental illnesses' like these. I feel that your approach is exactly what I have been looking for."
~ Seth [CA 92714]


"I have been diagnosed as schizophrenic by psychiatrists. I have been out of hospital and have not taken any medication for 2 years. The psychiatrist is now trying to force me to take medication. I have practised spiritual and shamanic teachings and am trying to avoid having my body and mind polluted by these chemicals. They say they are 'caring' for me. Is there any help I can get to put an end to these people chasing after me and trying to 'treat' me? I am a very gentle person; I meditate every day and just want the people on this world to be more spiritually minded. The psychiatrist is trying to justify this as being my 'illness'.
~ Todd [South Australia]


"I have been recently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and am currently being treated by mainstream psychiatry. I am forced to take medication, but object to taking any mind-altering substances.  I believe in your alternatives. I do not like mainstream treatment because all they do is drug patients with toxic drugs. I have no confidence in my psychiatrists and have not opened up to them to tell them of my experiences."
~ Frank [Victoria]


"Dr Roberts, Could it be that many of these doctors are as sick as the patients they are trying to help, but just don't know it? Schizophrenia, one symptom in a long list of symptoms brought on by a sick world. I read your summary on schizophrenia and related to it completely."
~ Steve [schizophrenia sufferer]

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Cautionary Note: No-one should stop taking any psychiatric drug without the support of a competent non-biopsychiatric medical practitioner.