69.1% of Mental Health Providers agree they need psychotherapy themselves

I  think all mental health providers should be mandated to undergo their own contuining psychotherapy, or participate in a peer consultation group as a licensing requirement, much the same as most are required to complete ceu’s. A certain nunmber of hours would have to be logged each year and signed off when the mental health provider renews their State License.

There are just too many Mental Health providers that are currently in practice that have never received a single hour of therapy themselves, and are capable of doing a great deal of harm due to their counter tranference issues. While a mental health provider continuously attending therapy sessions or participating in an ongoing peer consultation group ( as  did my last  therapist ), is not a guarantee of ethical and competant practice , it would create at least a small factor of assurance for clients that a mental health provider continues to work on their  “own stuff”. There are very few Therapists out there chose to become a Mental Health Provider without having a considerable number of significant life issues to work through themselves.

It seems many mental healh providers agree ,at least on the pre licensure end,   according to a poll taken by goodtherapy .org that asked  “Are you in favor of state licensing boards requiring pre-licensed interns to undergo psychotherapy as part of licensure requirements, assuming all potential issues are addressed and adequately resolved prior to implementing such a requirement?”

Here’s a link to the results: http://www.goodtherapy.org/201103-poll-results.html#

I’d like to see a poll of how those currently in practice who responded to the poll feel about receiving mandated therapy or peer consultation themselves !  Consumers interested in persuing this line of regulation can contact their State Representative and ask them to work on making positive change for the mental health consumer by revising the requirements for Mental Healh Provider regulation to include mandated continuing psychotherapy or peer consultation hours.


“yoga kitty”

A bit of therapeutic humor! (esp.for cat lovers!)


Finding a sane therapist and those to run from!

Every now and then I run across an article about choosing a therapist that I think is worth posting here in my blog as generally a person looking to enter the therapeutic process is not in the clearest state of mind, and may not be capable of making the best decision for themself. So by posting these links/articles I hope to reach those who may be ready to “take a leap of faith in the unknown” of psychotherapy, and provide them with recommendations by others who have been there!

The article is titled Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Selecting a Therapist and it was written by  Mark Sichel, LCSW



Repeat after me….work shall not interfere with my free time !!!

So it’s one of those “work assignments” that brings me back to my high school days in terms of avoidance and procrastination! Yes… the “assignment” “es muy importante” and can lead to an increase in salary.My inner perfectionist is putting it off until tomorrow when I will “get it right”, my inner jock has developed a sudden absolute obsession with watching serial games of the NCAA Basketball tournament and my inner health freak has had to get to the gym, My inner child wants to watch the spring flowers emerging from the earth, and my inner chef wants to create the most delicious, long, and complex recipe for dinner which involves a trip to at least two stores for ingredients. My inner housekeeper is also feeling quite fond of getting the laundry done, and well….my blogger is blogging!

….ANYTHING other than that damn work assignment!!!
My inner rebel is screaming in shocking decibels that WORK SHALL NOT INTERFERE WITH MY FREE TIME….and I’m siding with her!

Wish me luck…..were going to have a party and watch the tournament! Monday is another day!


To Reap Psychotherapy’s Benefits, Get a Good Fit


A slightly dated, but informative article on the therapeutic relationship from the new York Times (2007)

Americans seem to like psychotherapy. Whether it’s for the mundane conflicts of everyday life or life-threatening illnesses like major depression, psychotherapy is widely viewed as a healthy, if not harmless, pursuit.

Yet unlike most other medical treatments, psychotherapy can take considerable time. An infection can be cured in days, but remission of severe depression or anxiety disorder usually takes weeks or months, and a personality disorder typically requires years of intensive psychotherapy.

So if the outcome may be months or years away, how can a person tell whether his psychotherapy is any good?

It’s harder than you’d think. For one thing, people… (to read more click the above link)


Connecticut Department of Public Health Quarterly Action Reports

Here’s a link to a report on some  “select”  Licensed Health Professionals in Connecticut.


The volume of hairdressers, and nurses still amazes me! So does the very low count of Mental Health Professionals…one LPC, and one Psychologist, who was mentioned as he “completed his probation” for incompetance/negligence…feel safe?
….and I still wonder what an embalmer can do wrong!


“License to harm” Mental health Standards from Seattle


….and I thought Mental Health Care standards were low in Connecticut! These from Washington are staggering!