The Assumptive Worlds of Psychopathy VIII: Embracing Shame and Guilt—Unraveling the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

The Assumptive Worlds of Psychopathy VIII: Embracing Shame and Guilt—Unraveling the Stigma Surrounding Mental Illness

Today, Linda lives in a residential treatment home, and she now dependent on others to do most things for her such as meals, cleaning, personal hygiene, finances and medications.  Even though the disease is too far along for her Mother, Christy holds onto the hope that a cure for Alzheimer’s will happen soon, so other families will not have to endure this sad and cruel disease.

Polarity and Life

At the annual gathering for the Professional School of Psychology in 2019, Dr. Maggie Cary provided a fascinating lecture on the subject of polarity and how and where it plays out in our lives. She had each student physically walk a figure 8 she had taped to the floor, to fully immerse themselves in the exercise. In doing so, they learned that every value we hold has an upside or positive, but in contrast to that positive or upside, if you were to only honor that portion of the value, without balance or harmony there will always be a negative waiting on the other side of the 8.

In walking this loop, Kendell and Christy had a full circle, or full circle eight moment of insight. Although they fully embrace a mindset of Hope, they both realize it must be done with provisions and balance. If for instance Kendell neglects to take her medication, exercise, or eat a healthy Lyme diet, she will become gravely ill again. On the other hand, if she were to over focus on her medication and sickness and why she is taking that medication living solely in a chronic state, she loses all the health benefits she has created by having a healthy mindset and nurturing the hope she has.


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Lewis And MunzerChristy Lewis holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has counseled for a combined 17 years in several clinical and medical settings and has offered career/life coaching for an additional 10 years. Christy is also Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback through BCIA, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance organization. Prior to working in private practice settings, Christy worked in Psychiatric and Rehabilitation hospital settings. Additionally, she worked in career transition/outplacement settings helping clients with their career transition needs. Christy Lewis currently works and is the director at her own private practice setting, The Biofeedback, Education, & Training Center, PLLC, where she combines counseling with a variety of training modalities to individuals of all ages who need help with issues ranging from severe emotional turmoil to people who are working on taking their personal growth to a higher level. Specifically, she has extensive experience working with kids, teens, & adults who have anxiety, depression, ADHD, frustration/anger issues, behavioral issues, and pain management. Kendell Munzer was born in Peekskill NY in 1973. In 1997 she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College. In 2002 she earned her M.A in Counseling from Mercy College. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree in Psychology at The Professional School of Psychology. Kendell works as a part time substitute teacher for the Charleston County School District. The majority of this work is spent working with behaviorally challenged students. She also works part time growing a local Kitchen and Bath business she and her husband have recently opened. Kendell has an extensive background as a Behavioral Specialist and has conducted many staff trainings and seminars. Presently she resides in Mt. Pleasant SC with her husband and two children. When Kendell isn’t at work she enjoys, photography, travelling, skiing, and spending quality time with her family.

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