Julie Miller's Mental Health Blog

I listen (occasionally only) to some of the psychologists and therapists on TV talk shows, either with their own show or commenting on some subject on someone else’s show.  Don’t even get me started on Dr. Laura.  Generally speaking, I find the information from these individuals is overly simplistic or too black & white.  Issues people are struggling with are hardly ever cut and dried, and a 2-minute soliloquy is hardly even helpful to the person with the problem or someone listening who can relate .

I think it’s irresponsible to offer a glib opinion in this manner.  And, is doing psychotherapy on TV really an ethical practice?  Maybe we can’t call what we see on some psychologist’s talk shows actually “psychotherapy,” but wow – give me a break.  These one-hour “fix it” shows can leave one with the impression that all you really need to fix your problem is to get some bossy know-it-all to read you the riot act and you’ll clean up your act.  Yes, sir, with a salute, and all is hunky dory.

Not so much.

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