When Therapy Goes Wrong


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Therapy can be an uplifting and helpful experience, but what are the signs of a destructive therapist.

Courtney James wants you to remember one thing when you start reading her book; she doesn't hate therapy. The new book When Therapy Goes Wrong is not designed to be a treatise against the practice, nor is it written with a desire to discredit the thousands of therapists and counselors in the United Kingdom who do good and important work. What the book sets out to do, and succeeds very well at doing in the process, is highlight the red flags of what kind of damage a poorly trained therapist may do.

Courtney James witnessed first hand how destructive therapy can be if a patient is in the wrong hands. Initially seeking assistance for a fear of flying, James soon found herself at the hands of "Michael." With little experience having therapy sessions, James was not prepared to understand that many of the behaviors exhibited by Michael were either unethical or just plain creepy. She details the horrific violations of doctor/patient confidentiality, Michael's refusal to follow standard therapy protocol, and his creepy text messages that asked her for sex at his office. It then goes into the horrifying reporting process where her very valid concerns were not taken seriously and only the bare minimum was taken to protect patients who visited Michael.

When Therapy Goes Wrong does not just tell James' story. She includes the brief stories of two other individuals and how they fell prey to predatory therapists who took advantage of their vulnerability, and how they got out. James' includes important terms, information about legitimate therapies, and areas to watch out for when looking for a new therapist. The book focuses on practices in the United Kingdom, but readers in other countries will likely see a pattern like this in their own country if safeguards and licensing aren't in place. Overall, Courtney James advises people to seek therapy, but just make sure to do it cautiously and get out if needed to.

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Education worker and (hopefully!) author. I have a special interest in mental health and talking therapies and love books from all genres, but especially non-fiction psychology, neuroscience and social interest. view profile

Published on October 26, 2020

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Psychology

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