Le Canal de la Santé – The Channel of Health
Very helpful indeed. It’s confirmed my own intuition about the roles of
psychotherapy and self-therapy for myself, and given me a lot to think
about concerning my self-therapy in the coming year.
Thanks for sharing Daniel! :)
Great insight I always had the feeling that therapist where not really
helpful because most of them don’t recognize how childhoods affect who you
Will summarize it for you: ‘Looking for a good psychotherapist? Odds say
you better try to become one, than to find one.’
I would like to see more of these podcast style videos from you. I think
you have a lot of very useful things to say.
Helpful and entertaining =D
This was very helpful and insightful, Daniel. I hope you produce more
videos like this in the near future. I always learn from your thoughts on
A thorough critique of psychotherapy and some useful thoughts regarding it.
I watched it yesterday, and my observations and deductions are similar.
Daniel, as expected, you have lots of valuable issues to discuss and you
present them quite well. I would not need to read the glowing comments,
but they are certainly gratifying that your effort is taken seriously by
Since you have made so many videos, I am sure you have some
sensitivity to the following comments. Talking straight out on video is
not the same as one giving a live lecture. People are unaware consciously,
but they are receiving 60 bursts of light a second. No matter how engaging
the material may be, the mind goes numb unless it gets some variation.
Even classic Hollywood Alfred Hitchock has said the most boring thing in
film is TWO people talking. Consequently, when he did have two people
talking, he danced with them.
I found I could give you my fullest attention only after seeing your
60 minute work in five bursts. The problem with that is I likely missed
the wholeness of your message. In the future, you could consider how to
give the viewer a few breaks during your meaningful rant.
Anyway, thanks and I am sure you will keep going deeper with your
I’m curious how many therapists you have seen in session? I know this is
just a casual youtube video and not a scientific article, but the number of
people you say are intent upon acting on your advice makes me want to make
sure your advice is definitely based in concrete facts. Confirmation bias,
frequency illusion, availability heuristic, whatever you want to call it,
it’s important that a generalization about an entire field not be made
based on some poor examples in one person’s limited experience.
You say Freud isn’t a good example of a therapist like there was any idea
that he WAS a good example of a therapist. This makes me curious about
what school the therapists you have known are from, and what they (and I
suppose you?) learned in their counseling program. Psychology is the
youngest of the sciences, so just as Ptolemy may have figured out some
insightful things early on but does not know everything about astronomy as
we know in the modern era, so it is for Freud and psychotherapy, or even
psychology in general.
It’s interesting that you make the comparison between therapists and
oncologists, but not any other doctors. Certainly a lot of bad doctors
exist, just as certainly a lot of bad therapists exist, but just as
throwing off the whole idea of going to see someone for a medical problem
because many doctors are terrible would be an extreme reaction, discounting
the whole field of therapy because of some terrible therapists is also
You also described the role of a therapist as being to help someone help
themselves, rather than to receive direct help, and you said this like you
had been taught or led otherwise initially. That is exactly the role of a
therapist. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to do the self-therapy you
describe, without first receiving some guidance. Recall the mental status
examination, and how some clients just do not have the insight or judgment
about their situation to begin to entangle it themselves. And sometimes
the information needed is just not accessible to people.
borderline features…..narcissistic defensive style….
Even though you might of critiqued psychotherapy, i found so much belief in
myself and pursuing a career in psychotherapy. Being human, remaining
human, i.e. fallible,vulnerable,courageous. i think we all need to be able
to cry/morn, time to heal and reflect. Technology evolves so quickly these
days but as humans we don’t match this evolution of tech and we(humans) are
left behind. Even someone who does absolutely nothing all their lives when
dead will contribute to the collective by providing to the funeral home,
church service, headstone and bring people together. Not everyone can be
helped but everyone will help Eventually.
one question i didn’t ask, or statement i have and what your thoughts might
I believe that religion has a lot to do with peoples problems, critical
thinking! I one is religious they are following a rule book and have left
their own thoughts behind in favour of external guidance. No courage to
possibly lose. And when one does wrong by another to talk to an invisible
friend to forgive them instead of the person they wronged.
eloquently spoken common sence
Have a look at this app love what you said I coloured all my emotions and
noticed what my themes were and when they came up in me . Didn’t try a
change them ! Or switch them off ..do like acceptance and commitment
therapy professor kelly g Wilson recovering addict and admits it ….I work
towards my values I think people like you and Kelly our on the right
direction thank you x
i want to add, that i did a lot of work with your self-help-tips like
journaling and that was very helpful for me. For instance what you say
about the family of origine as trap, and about the internal dialogue.
Cool guy, must be fun to spend time with you
This is incredibly apt and well put, and speaks a lot to the question I
have myself been bringing up in my mind about my therapist (of about 6-7
months.) I have been thinking a few of the same things, but without the
experience or confidence to confirm any of my thoughts. Certainly, I would
fall under the category of “oh, maybe my discontent with the sessions and
our relationship is primarily my issue… certainly this is more likely,
because I am only young and I have no proper experience or understanding of
how these things are and I still have a ways to go with my journey of self
discovery.” The sessions have been a little uncomfortable, in ways I
haven’t always been able to pin down. Also, the issue that I cannot always
fully identify the sources of my behaviours has given cause for more
self-doubt. It is no doubt some kind of symptom of my parental
relationships though, so for every bit of counter-evidence there’s another
counter to *that* evidence.
What a very confusing enigma. I’m just trying my hardest not to succumb to
confirmation bias by avoiding making any assertions in the first place,
although this video I feel might have helped me a lot by equipping me with
more detailed knowledge. I’d sure like it if I didn’t have to spend so much
on therapy and just do it myself! Thanks for the video Daniel, it was a
very fun and thought provoking one :).
I think you had some good points but I didn’t watch it all because you talk
too much! Please be more succinct, you clearly have some understanding.
Thank you very much…this is so right…and useful.
This is the best film that I have seen on what psychotherapist is and how
to spot a bad therapist. thank you SO MUCH for that piece at the end on how
mental illness (diagnosis) is not real and how some therapists buy into
that. I wish more therapists were honest about the DSM diagnoses and how
“treatment” is billed for by the label (diagnosis) and is for insurance
purposes only. People need to know this.
I like this dude I really do 😀
Hi Daniel. I was wondering if you had any experience with a Gestalt
Enjoyed this, thankyou.
Hi Daniel, thank you, Interesting stuff. I am studying to become an LCSW
now, and am very attracted to Carl Roger’s ideas. I was diagnosed with
bipolar dx at 18, and am now 46. My mother, aunt, brother and nephew also
have bipolar disorder. I also endured childhood trauma and have had
intensive therapy for many years which has been amazingly helpful and
healing. I tried to go off of my medicine for 1 1/2 years but ended up in
the hospital. My medicine has helped me focus and calm down enough to look
at my issues, and has kept me stable enough to pursue my dreams. The
premise of your comments about meds is puzzling. I realize the U.S. is
overly medicated, but some of us appear to need it. How would you respond
to this? I hope to hear something.
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