Articles by Elizabeth Fox Butler, PsyD

Elizabeth Fox Butler, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist helping introverts and people with sensory processing sensitivity (a.k.a. highly sensitive people) heal from anxiety, eating disorders, and relationship conflict. Elizabeth also specializes in multicultural issues, such as the impact of ethnic, gender, and sexual orientation diversity on relationships and daily activities. After years of health-based training focused on physical illness, addiction, and communication skills, Elizabeth integrates behavioral interventions with emotional balance and coping skills. Rather than claiming to know the “quick fix,” she utilizes steadily paced progress; this allows time to practice new coping skills and sustainable long-term change. Elizabeth is an introvert and highly sensitive person herself. She learned self-acceptance and healthy living through her clinical training, professional guidance, and personal lifestyle changes. She is passionate about destigmatizing mental illness through sharing her story and embracing others who struggle. Visit <a href="www.pleasantonpsychologist.com">www.pleasantonpsychologist.com</a> to learn more.

Mental Illness Stigma: A Therapist’s Perspective

Mental Illness Stigma: A Therapist’s Perspective

I can’t even count the number of times I’ve watched friends’ and family members’ facial expressions drop and felt a chilling silence upon mentioning various forms of mental illness.

These are open-minded people. They are willing to talk about politics, religion, drugs, and other controversial topics. But they withdraw when the topic of mental illness comes up.

I don’t start these conversations to cause a ruckus. Instead, I want to honestly talk about the impact mental illness has on individuals and society as a whole. Our mental health system is dysfunctional and we need to address it head-on if we hope to change anything. This entails embracing mental health as an acceptable and appropriate subject.