Bonnie Burstow is a #RadicalFeminist #therapist #professor #author
& fierce #antipsychiatry #activist
. I'm SO GRATEFUL 4 her work which I drew on when I was training to be a psychotherapist bcuz my schooling was indoctrination into the harmful mainstream biomedical model of human distress.
I used Bonnie’s 1992 book “Radical Feminist Therapy” like a bible in my psychology training, because most of the stuff I was learning was disappointing, concerning & not useful knowledge that made sense to my heart & spirit when it came to helping people with mental, emotional and spiritual distress, which is a normal part of the human experience.
The ever-growing popularity & #normalizing
of #mental #emotional #spiritual #distress
as so-called #mentalillness
is deeply troubling & harmful to most ppl that get caught in the snares of this dehumanizing treatment model.
Bonnie is so #radical
(a good thing! It just means getting to the ROOT of something), that she launched the first of its kind anti-psychiatry #scholarship
at the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute of Education (OISE). About this desperately needed view and education, Bonnie says:
"I'm hoping this scholarship will spur alternative ways of arranging society so that we aren't inventing diseases or brain-damaging people, and there is a greater acceptance of difference," says Burstow. "We need to work out problems together rather than bring in experts. I'm looking for the creation of something far more #egalitarian
For more on this bold, ground-breaking & desperately needed perspective & framework, see this article and interview with Bonnie: