25 thoughts on “A Former Therapist’s Critique of Psychotherapy: Daniel Mackler Speaks”

  1. 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! :)

  2. 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
    are. 

  3. Will summarize it for you: ‘Looking for a good psychotherapist? Odds say
    you better try to become one, than to find one.’

  4. 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.

  5. 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
    things.

  6. A thorough critique of psychotherapy and some useful thoughts regarding it.

    I watched it yesterday, and my observations and deductions are similar.

  7. 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
    many people.
    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
    work.

  8. 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
    hasty.

    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.

  9. 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. 

  10. one question i didn’t ask, or statement i have and what your thoughts might
    be.
    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.

  11. https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/icme/id731374416?mt=8

    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 

  12. 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.

  13. 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 :).

  14. 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.

  15. 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. 

  16. 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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