Well, my problems were created when I hired a licensed and trained master of social work therapist 20 years ago. I have climbed my way out of a huge hole, and am not out yet due to the tangible damage done by this qualified therapist. In my long struggle, I have tried everything from the most qualified PhD that you could imagine to the "charlatans" that you mention. Most of the qualified practioners are scarier and more damaging than the tea leaf readers. I'v also tried tarot, crystals, and clairvoyants, you name it. I've run into a PhD w/o dissertation who was legitimately practising psychotherapy while he was getting his PhD from the back of a match book. I've run into the other quasi sort of licensed types too. The MAs, guidance counselors, and other sorts of certified sorts or counselors who are just hanging out their shingle in the hope of being legit. In the end, it's all about the same, whether you are among the most qualified in the world or a Reiki practioner. I wouldn't knock the fringe or the alternatives altogether, the ones that create an altered state much like hypnosis, although I must say as many times as I have tried hypnosis it's never produced an altered state for me. I did try it for weight loss, and I gained ten pounds. But, I guess the point that I am trying to make is that some of the alternative stuff has worked much better, in fact has been the only real help that I received. There's something to chi and/or an altered state. Right now, I am really impressed by acupuncture. Give it a try. You can take my word for it after 20 years of research and experience I'm a bit of an authority.
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