We pay a lot of attention to CAM and pseudo sciences masquerading as medicine, and we pay a lot of attention to weird beliefs, but there's not a lot of talk about the funny business rampant in the practice of psychology.
For example, I think there is something to relaxation exercises and meditation; it is possible to eliminate all the spiritual crap from meditation and what's left is a practice that many people find beneficial.
Therein lies the crux. Once we eliminate all the spiritual crap from meditation, we're left with this; deep breaths in a comfortable, relaxed, stress free environment with either little to no sounds or reassuring sounds, thinking about calm things, chilling the fuck out as the mind flakes it and checks out for a bit. And that's great, and I'm all for calling it what it is and doing just that, but show me a single therapist who doesn't wrap this up in nonsense mysticism or some ridiculously trendy pop psych flavor of the week sugar coating.
I hope you find something that works for you.
I appreciate the well wishes and advise, but, as I'm sure you can understand, after 27 years I've seen and heard and done it all, or at least given it the old college try. There are support groups and boards for gestures of support, I appreciate it, but we're all a little beyond that; we're dealing with a crazy ass field of kooks without much oversight or quality control. Don't get me wrong, you've suggested some very proactive and effective tips to weed out some quackery. There is a lot one can discern from a business's or practitioner's site and advertising, or from a quick Google search, or from customer reviews. Hell, even walking into a waiting room can reveal a great deal (hint; if it's a bit much with the feng shui or if there's a portrait of L. Ron Hubbard, or Jesus, or statues of Hindu deities everywhere, don't walk out, RUN). Taking a gander at their bookshelf during a consultation appointment can also provide some insight. I'd also suggest advice from, or a referral from your regular doc or medical health provider(s), if he/she/they see eye to eye with you or know what you're after, sometimes he/she/they may know someone, or know someone who may know someone. Advice and recommends from friends is often valuable, sometimes helpful, sometimes not so much. The input I've gotten about counseling and counselors from my secular/sciency/skeptic pals and from my MD and RN buddies of an evidence based persuasion is essentially the same input I give to others; they (consolers) are all nuts therapistproject.org
is a great idea, but I immediately foresee a few problems; 1) therapists seeing no purpose in advertising to a perceivably invisible market, 2) no conceivable way for this to get off the ground, grass roots or word of mouth, 3) it seems, kooky and kookier and pandering to the prevalent faith of a community is really really
good for business, and red crossed out graphics over crosses, stars and crescents, and stars of David is really really
bad for business, which brings me to 4) even if some therapists do register, what we're going to see are huge regions without any therapists available, and maybe a few here and there near some, and just some, urban/metro areas. I hope I'm wrong about that last point.