My Mission Statement

I resolve

that when I differ with colleagues' ways of doing therapy I will learn to respectfully say, "I disagree," rather than being confrontational right from the start:

I resolve

not to use pathologizing or labeling clients ('she is just a borderline') as a therapy shortcut or as a way to ease my own countertransference, doubts, anxieties or fears.

I resolve

to place clinical and ethical integrity above my fear of attorneys, licensing boards and lawsuits. To do this, I am committed to identifying the difference between rigid or fear-based risk management practices and ethical risk management that is based on client care and clinical integrity. That may mean, when ethically and clinically appropriate:

I resolve

to educate myself about neurodiversity, and to view neurological differences as valuable and interesting rather than as problems to be cured. I will not shame or pathologize people with atypical neurological makeups:

I resolve

not to pathologized transpeople or gay people:

I resolve

to support healthy lifestyle interventions, such as proper nutrition, sleep, exercise, and mindfulness.

I resolve

to object to the excessive medication of children, whose brains are developing and vulnerable:

I resolve

to educate myself on which parts of DSM-5 are in place so that pharmacological companies can make more profit, and which parts can be clinically helpful.

I resolve

to let go of the myths or delusion of the "power differential" that implies that all therapists are powerful and all clients are vulnerable, dependent and helpless.

I resolve

to stop being part of the "Victim Industry":

(Zur, Ofer, 2013)


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