Can we now all agree that long-term talk therapy is important? Can we as a culture value the powerful opportunity to explore the inevitable complexity of one's mind and emotions in a safe relationship -- especially with an appropriately trained therapist?
There's a huge emphasis placed on how we cope with stress, anxiety and mental health challenges in our lives. Everyone has a different way of determining the difference between release and reinforcement.
Much of what is known about therapists is derived from unflattering cinematic depictions. One might surmise we are a group of mostly unworthy professionals who routinely act out in ways illegal and unethical.
Within most adult folks there is an inner wisdom that would offer great assistance in resolving the impasses of our life. Therapy is about accessing our inner, innate wisdom, not replacing it with someone else's.
We should start referring friends to good therapists, unashamedly, the way we would refer them to a good dentist. For now, I thank my own, and hope that others find their own path to wellness, no matter what anyone else says.
If a psychiatrist's goal is to make large amounts of money, utilizing the systemic flaw of writing prescriptions for powerful medicines to patients he barely knows, he should leave the field of medicine.