Keep Ther­apy Safe

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Just Williams -

See­ing a ther­a­pist was once some­thing that most peo­ple – par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple – would never coun­te­nance, and never ad­mit to. But in re­cent years, at­ti­tudes to men­tal and emo­tional health have changed and this is no longer true.

Qual­i­fied psy­chother­a­pists and psy­cho­an­a­lysts do an in­valu­able job in help­ing those in vary­ing states of emo­tional dis­tress. There has been a pro­lif­er­a­tion of al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies – from ayurveda to crys­tal heal­ing – of­fer­ing treat­ment for a range of mal­adies, so­lace, or a way to ne­go­ti­ate the pres­sures of life. Many are ben­e­fi­cial, some of ques­tion­able worth but neg­li­gi­ble harm. Oth­ers are to­tally bo­gus. This is the world of ‘buyer be­ware’, a world where the fraud­u­lent charlatan and the mis­guided be­liever can flour­ish.

Any­one can set up in busi­ness call­ing them­selves a ‘life coach’, ‘holis­tic healer’ or, in­deed, sim­ply a ‘ther­a­pist’, with­out the need for any train­ing or qual­i­fi­ca­tions, even though they may be deal­ing with vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with a range of emo­tional prob­lems.

The ef­fects of the wrong kind of ther­apy can be dev­as­tat­ing, caus­ing un­told mis­ery for fam­i­lies, par­tic­u­larly when so-called ‘treat­ments’ in­clude deeply con­tro­ver­sial prac­tices such as dream anal­y­sis with a view to ‘re­cov­er­ing’ re­pressed mem­o­ries of abuse.

If you have been af­fected by is­sues raised here, write to your MP to re­quest the law be changed to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from any form of ther­apy by un­qual­i­fied prac­ti­tion­ers.

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