I have extensive experience in working with individuals diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness such as Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. I can work with individuals in treatment on symptom management, but also like to combine this with goal acquisition. I help people form realistic and attainable goals that would make them have a fulfilling, productive future. For many people, these can be issues such as going to school, working, independent living, establishing friendships, and entering into romantic relationships. I find that hopefulness for the future helps to increase motivation to better manage symptoms and adhere to treatment and medications.
I also have experience as a family specialist for families with a loved one with a diagnosis of mental illness. I can help families to better understand their loved one’s symptoms and course of treatment, in addition to working on ways to help families help loved ones maintain motivation. Other issues to work on may include items such as family communication skills. Research has shown that individuals diagnosed with a mental illness have a much better prognosis when family and friends are involved in their treatment. Families are an integral part of the treatment team!
Keeley Teemsma, MA, MSW, LCSW