It wasn’t that bad. But it was kind of amazing. In that is this really happening to me right now sort of way.
There are a few things near and dearth my heart, personally as professionally. The psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation hover at the core of my interests and support structure. I practice and I have a therapist. I imagine hanging my own shingle one day and teaching meditation. These are things that have wen in my life for a long time. I just spent 100k maneuvering the first hoop to clinical licensure.
Right. We know this.
So, over our first ore date phone call, imagine my enthusiastic surprise when homie was both a therapist and teacher of mindfulness. Awesome.
While he was upfront with his slight exaggeration in height, he did not through any flags as to his… Alternative career path.
Now, I am open to alternative education, clearly, and even more open to doing things in your own way. I am not open to when the alternative path infused with a little patriarchial dismissal for standards of training/licensure leads to unethical hand services. (alright, that was a mouth full).
Let’s quickly run trough the list of homie’s assaults:
He has never been in his own therapy
His interest in therapy started 18 months ago, he now has a full case load of 80 sessions a month
He charges exorbitant rates for his “sessions” (since it would be illegal to call it therapy)
He has a BA and competed a “couple of month” CBT intensive
He teaches meditation and mindfulness. No, he does not have a teacher or a personal practice.
He “teaches” people how to respond with emotional Intelligence in his sessions, by telling them how they they should have responded. To that point, he tells them that they are emotionally UNINTELLIGENT.
I couldn’t make this s*** up. He is like my arch ethical nemesis. It was a fantastic opportunity to practice my rebuttal skills.
It mad me mad but most loudly, protective of his clients and students. I only hope that regardless of my feelings about his path, that they do well in his care and through his instruction.as of they don’t, this xxxxx doesn’t turn turn them off to therapy and meditation for good. And for this guy, maybe he will see the light and do a wee bit more self development before he places his healing ways on the public.