Alternative Therapies: Alternative To What?

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Over the course of my forty years of practice as a psychotherapist, I have witnessed dramatic changes to the landscape of the mental health profession. Models of therapy that were once considered mainstream have fallen out of favor and innovative models, once frowned upon, are now part of the established tradition.

Allied with the mission of Psychology Tomorrow Magazine, Alternative Therapists Directory considers all mind/body/spirit interventions to be equally viable means for producing positive change along with more “accepted” forms of psychotherapy. There are myriad narratives for healing as well and innumerable means of intervention for every life dilemma. Choosing a helping practitioner should be informed by knowledge regarding the widest range of models and methods available.

The invention of Psychology as a discipline originated from the imaginations of highly creative thinkers such as the Freuds, Jung, Rogers, Beck and many others who did not rely on “scientific” research to evolve their practices. We admire and appreciate the originality and creativity of practitioners who, like their forefather/mothers are as much interested in the art as the science of psychology.

However, Alternative Therapists Directory challenges the overzealous trend in psychology toward legitimizing itself with questionable science that labels, categorizes and codifies human behavior with research often funded by pharmaceutical companies. Instead, we understand that “symptoms” are an inherently creative, subjective solutions to life’s myriad dilemmas and cannot be reduced to diagnostic categories.

We also recognize that there are less capable practitioners with questionable practices in every tradition who may make matters worse, including traditional psychiatrists who overuse medication and condemn patients to life-sentences with a diagnosis.

Knowledge empowers us. The intention of Alternative Therapists Directory is to provide as much information as possible to help you make the best choice.

Stanley Siegel
Psychology Tomorrow Magazine

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  1. I was so pleased to see this acknowledgement of viable alternatives. I hear all too often that treatment centers or other resources are “individualized,” but it is more of a newly acquired catch phrase. While many proclaim that they recognize and understand the importance of one’s personal recovery and individualized treatment, they shuffle the client into the “assembly line” at whatever point they happen to be in at that moment. Alternatives are not only proving to be effective, but paving the way for many who thought recovery was beyond their scope has now become a reality, on their terms, which is what works. Other advantages to alternatives is that it creates a checks and balance and that pressure of holding treatment centers and others accountable are getting people thinking. For the first time are being held accountable and navigating through a paradigm shift in thoguht, theory and methodolgy, to one that works. GIve people viable options and they will take them.

    Shira Goldberg, host of The Addiction Show and a sober/recovery coach. &

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