Introducing The Church of Psychotherapy

Although I have dealt with the Church of Biological Psychiatry at one time or another on this blog, there is another religion in the mental health field that I haven’t dealt with in a major way. I’d like to try to correct that error of omission if possible. The religion I am referring to is the Church of Psychotherapy.

Psychotherapy, the practice at the heart of this religion, is all about talk. It is, as it has been put, talk therapy. I’m not completely opposed to talking things out. Sigmund Freud, an early prophet of the church, was big on insight coming of these talks. Insight that I feel could be used to correct instances of faulty logic, especially when this faulty logic involves spilling your guts to a priest of psychotherapy.

Doctors of this divinity compare very favorably with disciples of the goddess Venus in her most terrestrial manifestations, that is, psychoanalysts like prostitutes charge money for their services. You’ve got an elite doing for you for a fee what any friend would do for you for free, if you had any friends. Lack of friends is a primary reason some people utilize the services of a priest of this religion.

1 in 5 people, according National Institute of Mental Health propaganda, have a “mental illness”. Priests of the Church of Psychotherapy are not as inclined to believe in “mental illness”, a cardinal principal in the Church of Biological Psychiatry, but they do all believe in Psychotherapy, that is, in talk. Most of the 1 in 5 people alleged to have a “mental illness” are thought to have what is referred to as a “minor mental illness”. The Church of Psychotherapy has been more instrumental, it is thought, although this is not universal, in treating people with “minor mental illnesses” than in treating people with “major mental illnesses”.

“Minor mental illnesses” were introduced as neuroses by early prophets of the Church of Psychotherapy. Some of the converts to this religion think, despite the 1 in 5 statistic from the NIMH, that 100 % of people of the world are (or “have” in a more updated contemporary lingo) neurosis. Okay, so if 1 in 5 have been caught, that leaves 4 in 5 running around loose.

Priests in the Church of Psychotherapy have to make a living somehow, and what better way to “earn” your keep than to make your spiritual calling a way of life? That’s right! If 100 % of the people are “sick”, just as the Christian church is fraught with sinners, 100 % of the people would be in need of the services you offer. Good deal, huh, for a practitioner of this faith?

Unfortunately for the Church of Psychotherapy, the Church of Biological Psychiatry upset their applecart with the release of the DSM-III in 1980. Psychotherapy, from the absolute necessity it once was seen as being, by this act was rendered something of a luxury again. The Church of Biological Psychiatry, much more adamant about maintaining the divide between “sick” and well, thinks more drastic measures necessary, and these drastic measures come to you courtesy of the pharmaceutical industry.

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2 Responses

  1. It has always seemed vaguely creepy to me to have two people on either side of a desk (or coffee table or whatever) being designated either sane or insane, depending on who has the PhD and who has the label. Same with psychiatry, I guess.

    • Good point, Francesca. There have been though people on the client side of the desk with both doctorates and psychiatric labels but, of course, they remain exceptions proving the general rule. Although advanced academic achievement doesn’t rule out a psychiatric label, the more higher education you have, the less likely you are to have been a patient with a serious psychiatric label. It takes a lot of time and determination to earn another degree, on top of a medical degree, and equally it takes a lot of endurance and time to weather psychiatry on the receiving end, time that interferes with educational pursuits, for many of the folks that have been there. One pursuit, in this case, often seems to interfere with, or invalidate, the other. The success of the psychiatrist, in other words, is often dependent on the failures of his or her patients. When this artificially manufactured need for treatment on the client’s part is seen in the context of oppression and social control, the only real solution can mean making a complete break with psychiatry, or liberation. I don’t happen to think either the Church of Psychotherapy nor the Church of Christianity are a big improvement over the Church of Life on the street.

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