I’ve been trying to post a comment on this blog: “A Call for Change” at http://therapyconsumerguide.com/
but it never gets past moderation.
My comment goes like this:
What about just not bothering with therapy any more? There is no good evidence proving that therapy achieves better results than what people can manage on their own. Most people get by without therapy anyway. So why not call off the experiment?
And can we kill, once and for all, the myth that one of the big problems in therapy is that clients’ expectations are too high? That clients expect therapists to magically cure them? Where is the evidence that a significant number of clients actually do this? What if most clients have quite reasonable expectations, like “I’m having trouble with problem X, I’d like to manage it better, this therapist claims to be an expert in problem X, so perhaps they will have some good insights and suggestions”? What if their expectations are realistic and therapy STILL fails them? What if problem X is a difficult, painful, human-condition sort of thing for which there is no particular cure? And the best anyone can do is muddle through it? What are the odds of a therapist saying THAT to a prospective client?
OK, I admit that is a lot of questions for one blog comment. But you see what I’m getting at – the client might not be the reason for a therapy failure. That strikes me as a reasonable thing to say.
Ironically, that blog’s purpose is to open a public dialog about the effectiveness of therapy. That post even says this:
All of the above is only a small part of what needs to be acknowledged and addressed in psychotherapy if this profession is to survive, which, I believe, it should, because of its tremendous potential to help people heal and grow. This potential is largely unfulfilled, and the main barrier to its fulfillment is the unwillingness of professionals to acknowledge that there are some serious problems in the field that need to be addressed. As the 12-step says, the first step to healing is to break the denial and the profession has not made this step yet. (emphasis added)
So why not allow the comment to be posted? My theory: despite its purported aims, the blog isn’t really about an open discussion of therapy. The basic usefulness of therapy CANNOT be questioned, only the various ways of doing and thinking about therapy.
Just like a cosmetic surgeon doesn’t want everyone thinking they look fine the way they are, a therapist doesn’t want people thinking they can figure out their problems by themselves.
I’m also guessing that the blogger doesn’t want people alerted to the existence of this blog. People can write me off as an internet nutjob, but the reading list (that damned reading list! not to mention the links) is much harder to ignore. And once those little seeds of doubt get planted…