Discerning Incompetent or Greedy Mental Health Professionals
If you want to use a mental health professional, you need to be aware that it’s like shopping around for a good hair stylist or a good contractor.
You need to do your research, check whatever mental health equivalent to YELP review exists online, ask friends who they would recommend… because just as there are lazy, greedy, or incompetent hair stylists and contractors out there, so too is this true in the world of psychiatrists and psychologists.
Is any of this to say that because there are some incompetent hair stylist or contractors out there you should never, ever hire or visit a hair stylist or contractor, and instead, do all your own hair cuts or re-modeling?
No. I am not saying that at all. I’m not saying that any more I am saying that nobody, nowhere, should ever visit someone in the mental health profession. If you think visiting a therapist may be of benefit to you, then you should doctor shop around, make an appointment to see one, and go see one. I’m not saying otherwise.
I’m just saying be aware there are incompetent people out there in all professions, including the mental health field – this is something I have experienced personally, have read others discuss it online and in books, but this truth, sharing this reality, really offends some people, who want to falsely believe that all mental health practitioners and any and all forms of therapy or medications are the solution for everyone for whatever problems they are facing.
These types of people drop into my blog here when I make posts that critique psychology, psychiatry, or anti-depressant medications, or to post articles that expose flaws with those things, to lecture me I am not positive, happy-clappy, or nice enough about any of it. Why should I be happy-clappy about any of it, when I did in fact have lousy experiences with different mental health professionals I saw for over twenty years?
You gotta love how these “Fans of Psychology” just want to instantly flush TWENTY YEARS OF LIVED, FIRST HAND EXPERIENCE down the toilet, as though it amounts to nothing, because it does not support their view on their pet topic.
I saw any where from 6 – 7 mental health professionals over a 20+ year period in approximately three or four different states. And they all failed me.
One wonders why “The Psychology Fans” bother to read this blog or post to it to begin with – is there some sort of ‘Reverse Scientology Cult’ I’m not aware of, consisting of people that run around blogs deriding anyone who speaks the least bit ill of secular psychology and psychiatry?
Funnier still is that some psychologists whose books I’ve read say the very same thing as I’m telling you here and now.
I have read books by some psychologists and psychiatrists who warn the reader towards the end of their books to “shop around” for a mental health doctor, because not all doctors have your best interests at heart.
Not all counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists are qualified to treat you, not all are skilled or talented at their profession, and again, this according to material I’ve read by psychologists and psychiatrists themselves.
One therapist lady, who specializes in verbal abuse, spends a chapter in her book telling you what to look for and what to avoid when doctor shopping.
This counselor says in her book on verbal abuse there are some therapists (and psychiatrists) who are arrogant jerks who assume they know better than you what is right and wrong for you. She tells you to avoid this type of “know it all” doctor.
This therapist author whose book I read explains you need to find a MHP (Mental Health Professional) who will guide you on your journey and help you to find the truth for yourself, rather than browbeat you to live life their way.
To reiterate, it’s not just me (and only my opinion) telling you and informing you that some MHPs are dangerous, sloppy, greedy, or Quacks – it’s other MHPs saying this.
I even provide a list further below with links to pages, some by mental health professionals, who critique their own profession and who give you lists of what to look for so you can avoid incompetent psychologists or psychiatrists.