Does the title of this article hint just a bit at my ire? I have had in my office recently patients who have shown the courage (and desperation) to continue to try to find help even after having been failed, even harmed, by the professionals to whom they were referred. Frankly, I am amazed at that courage when I hear of the extent of the incompetence they endured. My patients are not file numbers, they are not diagnoses, they are not appointments. They are people, sentient, hurting, and urgently looking for help. They are you and me, people you love and would never knowingly harm. Yet there are psychiatrists, psychologists, and medical practitioners who, with the promise (and credentials) to heal, unconscionably cause further harm. It is imperative that you are armed with knowledge in how to detect the difference between them and competent, experienced, compassionate healers.
Marilyn Miller, MS, LPC ~ Psychotherapist
...Delighting every day in helping people find peace in their lives, relieving anxiety, depression, and promoting self-care.