Much like fitness, the more therapy experience a patient gets the harder it becomes to find good therapy.

This inverse relationship of integrity ends up inadvertently punishing those who dedicate their lives & attention to niche learning.

Weightlifting is a good example: become fluent enough at olympic lifting, mediocre trainers actually become a threat to your own integrity & safety.

The same applies to mental health services. It relates to the bell curve & finding yourself among the top 1-10% of education in any given subject/service.

After 20 years studying mental health services (MH) firsthand, I find mostly half-baked mediocrity. And so in essence, my own hard work gets in my own way, as I stand a resourceless clown among a sea of jokers.

Welcome to the catch-22 of mental health services: most of it is rubbish, and the only one who loses among this rubbish are the patients.

Mental health providers at least get paid. Patients do the paying, in many more ways than one.

Remember that liking your mental health providers is not the same thing as getting good services. In fact, many times the personality veil is used to excuse/omit doing the real work/reps: aka enablers.

Good therapy should get a little contentious as you push the bounds of self awareness. If it’s not, you may be wandering uselessly among enablers, just like lazy workouts at the gym.

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