A Therapist is a Fiduciary
A true therapist understands and accepts that persons consulting him or her do so because they are in pain or confusion and therefore are vulnerable.
A true therapist, especially one who is licensed, understands and accepts he or she is a powerholder in the relationship and has, in legal terms, duty to protect the client from further harm and also ensure the client does not lose whatever agency and autonomy he or she already has. Confidentiality of the clients communications must be protected, as well.
New Age therapists very often refuse to face that they are powerholders and will instead foster the unrealistic belief that their clients are their friends, and ignore that their clients are vulnerable and in need of protection. This stance can initially give a suffering client a sense of false empowerment and feel quite nice, but long term, the clients actual experience of powerlessness, of victimhood of being done to
is denied by such a therapist, and actual therapeutic process cannot take place.
Here are some quotations from Lilienfeld and Lohr.
What is a problem is that most of us dont know the rules by which real therapists operate.
The average American knows something about the rules of baseball, and can see when an umpire is failing to identify and call out foul balls.
But most of us dont have an equivalent awareness of the basic rules of psychotherapy and that leaves us quite vulnerable when in need of help. It was just sheer dumb luck that I stumbled in to work with a therapist who was trained on the scientist practitioner model and who did not expect me to take care of his emotions.
First, concerning Core Energetics:
The Pathwork Teachings « Personality & SpiritualityThey were channelled in the 1950s, 60s and 70s by a woman called Eva
Pierrakos, and ... Eva's husband went on to develop the Institute of Core
Energetics.personalityspirituality.net/articles/the-pathwork-teachings/ - 89k - Cached - Similar pages
Core Energetics--a discussion here
You are under no obligation to meet your therapist in person if you want to end the relationship. Sending a letter by registered mail is fine.
Two, you are under no obligation to respond to phone calls, emails or letters.
No is a complete sentence.
If you are up to it, you can even go whatever department in your state that oversees licenses and disciplinary hearings for therapists and research your therapist, just in case he or she has a track record. Doesnt need you have to make a complaint, but it can be very interesting just to do the research and find out if your therapist has had trouble before. And even to see if your therapist is licensed, and in good standing.
By the way...Core Energetics is a marriage of Bioenergetics & The Pathwork- so it's a mish mash of body oriented psychotherapy and channelled teachings of the pathwork.
'"Core" is relatively small and has mostly flown under the radar. But I think it needs to e looked at. They charge big bucks and some of the main therapists have no credentials , (other than their own CCEP- Certified Core Energetic Practitioner)and are engaging in dangerous psychological practices
Final benefit of doing this research is--by doing it one is taking an active, adult stance in relation to an authority figure. That by itself is a great thing to do. It can be anxiety provoking so make sure you have good friends for support. (I did this myself when researching my family.)
Lielienfeld, Lynn and Lohr have a chapter on New Age Therapies that is worth looking at.
Lielienfeld, Lynn and Lohr have an overview on problems raised by New Age Therapies. These are not tested using double blind methods, and too often are tied to the mere personal charisma of the therapist.
A licensed therapist has to minimize potential risks and maximize potential benefits.
That means a licensed therapist cannot use therapies that are not tested.
A licensed therapist offers the chance of incremental change and modest relief, but not of massive transformation.Duties of Licensed Therapists
A licensed therapist's legal and professional duty is to provide treatment modalities that have a tested track record of being beneficial significantly greater than can be accounted for by placebo effect.
Two the benefit of the therapy must exceed current therapeutic methods.
THree the benefit must exceed the risks
Four, it has to be appropriate to the needs of the counselee.