This essay from the NYTimes is a bit of an eye-opener for anyone who is thinking of going into private practice. Due to people seeking less therapy and using more psychiatric drugs alone (massive pharma marketing campaigns encourage this), we are now at a point where many therapists can’t get enough referrals to survive. Meanwhile, many people in need of help can’t get it because they don’t have insurance, have high deductibles and copays, or have very little coverage for mental health with their insurance policy.
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Yes, and therapy is needed more than ever. Psychiatrists are under pressure to see a volume of patients and they hardly even have time to adjust the meds. Getting well is a spirit, mind, body, community interaction. It takes time and a relationship– two things that get lost in the rush to profit.