Bad Therapy v. Good Therapy

"How do I know the difference between bad therapy and good therapy?" This listener wanted to know our hot take on the new book "Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up" by Abigail Shrier.

As counselors who believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship, we were curious to find out what this author had to say about therapy.

Some of the concerns Shrier raises are:

- the over diagnosing of children with mental health disorders

- therapeutic practices that have an unhelpful focus on feelings

- a growing lack of parental involvement that requires "experts" to treat children for normal life struggles.

Shrier's book addresses a potentially polarizing topic as she questions some of the prevailing practices and ideologies within therapy, particularly in regards to the impact on kids.

John, Lynn and Austin all weigh in on these concerns, talk about the role a therapist can play in a person's life, and distinguish the difference between bad therapy and good therapy.

Thankfully, good therapy - and good therapists - do exist! But we think you should read the book and be an informed parent on this important topic.

Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren't Growing Up by Abigail Shrier

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