• Alexandra L. Adame
  • Matthew Morsey
  • Ronald Bassman
  • Kristina Yates


The coauthors summarize the circumstances that brought them together to write a book about psychiatric survivors who are also mental health professionals. Outlining the distinction between expertise by training and expertise by experience, this chapter presents goals for dialogue, shared understanding, and the development of therapeutic ways of working with others based on the authors’ own experiences as patients and clients. This introductory chapter centers on the authors’ dual identities as mental health professionals who have also been on the receiving end of services, and discusses the ways in which they understand the intersection of those experiences on their lives and work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexandra L. Adame
    • 1
  • Matthew Morsey
    • 2
  • Ronald Bassman
    • 3
  • Kristina Yates
    • 4
  1. 1.Seattle UniversitySeattleUSA
  2. 2.Private PracticeSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Private PracticeBoulderUSA
  4. 4.RetiredOaklandUSA

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