LEAP – Dr. Xavier Amador

Spotlight On Mental Health

Sometimes people with mental health issues have ideas about illness, medication, treatment, etc. that are different from the family’s ideas.  The psychologist Dr. Xavier Amador has created a very useful way of communicating in those situations.  He calls it LEAP – Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner.  By far the best way to learn about it is by reading his book “I’m Not Sick I Don’t Need Help”.  For a quick primer, our wonderful Becky Hynes has created a reference sheet.  You can find it here. Dr. Amador also has numerous videos out, like this one.