Psychotherapist Discusses Normalizing and Treating Mental Illness

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Comprehensive book by Charles E. Williams, Ph.D. now available through Xlibris

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Xlibris, the self-publishing services provider, announced today the release of Normalizing and Treating Mental Illness: The Attainment of Wholeness. Authored by Charles E. Williams, Ph.D., this book points out the various manifestations of mental illness, the causative and related variables, and the containment and treatment possibilities.

In this book, Williams argues that mental illness does not just happen. Whereas physical disabilities and developmental disabilities can occur at birth, mental illness and personality disorders come about within a complex process of human development. He also emphasizes that the mind, body, and spirit are renewed through appropriate therapeutic, pharmacological, and medical interventions. Other topics of focus are religion and religiosity in mental illness; the interstitiality of diagnoses, symptoms, and dynamics in mental illness; and the variables of human development in relation to personality and personality disorders. Techniques of intervention including individual therapy, group therapy, case management, advocacy, and day treatment are also foci of discussion.

“It is my contention that in our life span most of us experience dynamics somewhere within these extremes. No one is totally mentally healthy, as no one is totally mentally ill. . . We all, at some points in our lives, experience some form of mental malaise. How we deal with it is the key,” the author says.

A comprehensive read, Normalizing and Treating Mental Illness provides much insight on a misunderstood mental condition. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to

About the Author
Charles E. Williams, Ph.D., is an African-American social psychologist who is now in retirement but still keeps himself active as a freelance licensed psychotherapist in New York City. His lifelong interest has been in mental illness and developmental disabilities. In the past, he worked an adjunct professor at Fordham University in New York City, the College of New Rochelle, and Empire State University. Dr. Williams has done a great deal of work in the Harlem community as he worked at the Sydenham Neighborhood Family Care Center, the Arthur C. Logan Memorial hospital, and the Washington Heights-West Harlem Community Mental Health Center. He worked for many years as an associate director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community Mental Health Center in Brooklyn. He was also the program supervisor for Catholic Charities Community Support Systems and a consultant for the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. Additionally, he specialized in child psychotherapy with the Child Development Support Corporation in Brooklyn where he treated children who were experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. He has also worked as consultant, advisor, and therapist at such agencies as the Haitian Community Health Center, United Cerebral Palsy Association, and the Salvation Army. He is the author of one book, A Mighty Fortress: The Black Church as Ancestral Foundation for Black Survival and Civil Rights. Dr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science Degree and his Master of Social Work Degree from New York University and he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Normalizing and Treating Mental Illness * by Charles E. Williams, Ph.D.
The Attainment of Wholeness
Publication Date: March 23, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 211 pages; 978-1-4568-6337-1
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 211 pages; 978-1-4568-6338-8
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-6339-5
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.

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