Can we comment on the opinion piece?
1. Schizophrenia is often easily treated with medication and sufferers often require much less therapy than Anxiety and Depression sufferers.
2. Anxiety and Depression are very serious illnesses with complex interplay between nature and nurture, physical, psychological and emotional - even spiritual. Depression is one of the leading causes of disability and death - and I feel the illness deserves a lot more respect than what this psychologist gives it. Anxiety is also a debilitating, horrific illness and it too deserve the standing of a serious illness. (I do realise there are shades and grades and different etiology in these illnesses).
3. I have a very different perspective about therapy than what this psychologist does. I see that therapy can be a legitimate personal growth tool for people who want to be the best people they can be, achieve the most they can with their lives, and feel the best they can within themselves.... personal growth is an ongoing journey without an end point throughout the lifespan to me.
4. Sure there is bad therapy, but I think there is probably more people who need it who aren't engaged in it than the other way around. I see therapy as tapping into our capacity to transform ourselves as people - and that is all we have control of, in changing our lives, so why not learn the tools?
5. Could be a thinly veiled advertisement for his services? ie "My colleagues are crap, I accept that, I'm really good thou - my clients don't even need a full session". I'm not saying he is saying that, it just could come across that way.
6. The mentally ill often need to see both pdocs and tdocs. Often there is room for both professions to understand what the other profession does. Sounds simple but both can be guilty of not realising that they are equal partners in a treatment team and that working together with the client will usually bring much better outcomes. I think insultated consulting is no good for either profession.
I'm really happy for people to disagree with me as I understand we all have such diverse experiences and perceptions. Thanks for posting medved, I enjoyed reading it.