"We took our children to Dr. Peterson during a traumatic time in our lives. Far from being helpful, she actually increased their anxiety and in the end they did not want to be in a room with her. We were very lucky to get them away from her before permanent damage was done."
mindfulness, family therapy services, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) ...
"We had a complicated case, where different households didn't agree on whether a child was transgender. The child was telling one house they were trans (my house), and telling the other house (my ex) that they were not. Janet took their side, and when one of my children came to me crying saying that their dad has to give me "all their money" it turns out Janet told him to tell her that! WTF! She never told me she advised him to go against the parenting plan, which clearly states that the kids should never be told about the financial or custody arrangement! That's not just stupid, it's DAMAGING! She has a master's degree (somehow), for god's sake. We went in front of a Commissioner for contempt because he violated the parenting plan, and the Commissioner agreed with me, that she should have NEVER told him to say that to our daughter. How damaging. Then I find out that Janet told my ex that I "may have Munchausen" and she should "call CPS"... what the hell? Because my kid is telling me he's trans, I should have CPS called? Are we living in the dark ages?
Keep your family FAR FAR FAR FAR away from her. She's dangerous. I'm filing a complaint with the dept of health. She needs to not have children (or anyone) in her care."
Therapy, in a mental health context, includes a broad range of treatments designed to help people feel and function better in their daily life. It usually involves talking to a professional to gain insight and coping skills for stressful life events. Some of the fields that may be included under 'therapy' are:
Psychology, or the scientific study of the mind, including the science behind human development and cognition, mental health, memory, perception, and intelligence.
Psychotherapy, or 'talk therapy,' where patients talk to a therapist in order to problem solve and learn new ways to handle difficult issues in their lives.
Counseling, which is sometimes used interchangeably with psychotherapy, and is very similar. It is also a type of 'talk therapy,' but it tends to be more short-term, and it can be provided by professionals without medical credentials, such as spiritual advisors. The goal of both counseling and psychotherapy is to improve a patient's well being by helping them navigate difficult situations in life.
Substance abuse therapy, or rehabilitation, which often uses a combination of medication and talk therapy for treatment. Substance abuse therapy may include coping skills, life skills training, family therapy, or behavioral therapy to learn new ways of reacting.
The use of mental health therapy is extremely common and safe, and it is an effective tool in supporting people who are struggling with life changes, unwanted feelings and behaviors, or difficult circumstances in their lives. If you are feeling stuck with an issue or circumstance that is troubling, therapy can be a very healing way to be guided past it to a more positive future.