The Problem We See

There is a deeply troubling trend in psychotherapy training and policy that emphasizes a view of emotional distress as a disease. This trend leads to factoring out the importance of relationships, categorizing human problems mainly in terms of symptoms or superficial forms of diagnosis, and viewing medication and short-term, structured, manualized, or automated treatments as first-line remedies. These policies and practices undermine the core elements of successful mental health treatment, serving the commercial needs of Big Pharma and health insurance companies ahead of the needs of individuals and families.