On June 16th, 2011, the Ridgefield (CT) Lyme Disease Task Force and the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association co-sponsored a follow-up seminar for mental health practitioners on the Impact of Lyme Disease on the Brain. In addition to serving as program chair of the event, I served on a panel, helping mental health practitioners understand the complexity and severity of tick-borne disease, and how they can best serve their clients.

The 2010 ILADS conference, held at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City, NY on October 15-17th, included a day-long breakout session: “Brain Dysfunction and Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Tick-Borne Diseases.”

I spoke on the topic “Psychotherapy and Family Therapy: Moving Past Traditional Clinical Practice to Creative Treatment.” Included in my presentation were two cases demonstrating the value of a multi-disciplinary team approach. I co-presented on these cases with Charles Ray Jones, MD and Judith Leventhal, PhD.

The Ridgefield (CT) Lyme Disease Task Force, together with the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, sponsored a full day of training for mental health practitioners on September 24, 2010 at the Leir Retreat House in Ridgefield, CT.  I was program chair, and spoke on the topic “Psychotherapy with Lyme Disease Patients: Moving Past Traditional Clinical Practice to Creative Treatment.”

Mental health practitioners who work with chronic Lyme disease patients need to understand the illness in order to provide the most effective help to patients and their families.  My presentation, as well as those of the other speakers, addressed the specific problems and unique needs of patients with tick-borne diseases.

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