The Possible Risks of Psychological Counseling

Psychological Counseling Can be Risky and Dangerous by Causing Another trauma

I would say, it is not definitely beneficial to talk over painful or traumatic experiences repeatedly during the route to self-recovery.  Demand people to retell terrifying traumatic events can be absolutely dangerous.

Retelling negative experiences might exacerbate trauma, which strengthens the terrible memories in the brain through repetitive behavior of talking and recalling.

As depressed people recall their former painful memories, they are seemingly experiencing the same disaster over again. Further, studies found that retelling a terrible experience may not release or explode bad energy, which might even build up negative energies instead.

More and more researchers found that survivors of horrible events feel worse after going through counseling.  

According to Jim Wood, professor of psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso, the most serious problem is that its norms grossly pathologize normal, healthy people. Wood pinpoints that studies show that 70 % of people with no psychopathology will come out as if they are seriously disturbed. In a sense, a counseling psychologist might analyze people’s worries or trauma in a pathological approach.

As much as 38.4% of people found their unpleasant memories resurfaced after retelling.[1]

If we faith dictate our emotion and behavior, do the patients who undergo psychological counseling are led to believe they have mental disorders?

There were people found themselves suffer from more serious problems with sleep, stress and anxiety after going through counseling. They feel more depressed, dejected and hopeless after talking therapy.


I suppose the psychiatry professor and the so-called professionals are doing harm to the survivors by victimizing their life experience by throwing improper compassion and pity. I would say, some counselors might behave as if he or she is descending to the survivors without awareness. It would be harmful to showing a patronizing or superior manner toward someone’s pathetic condition by preaching cliché or big lessons.

It’s never easy to give comfort. I was a typical perfectionist. And the most soul-healing sentence I ever heard is “ With scars, it will lead you to find the one who truly loves you.” It gives a positive meaning to the scars, and it comes from my mother


What can be done? How to help the survivors of a traumatic event? Those who witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event are desperate to build a sense of connectedness, and people around them should help them to build hope for the future.

Those who witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event are desperate to build a sense of connectedness, and people around them should help them to build hope for the future.

# Rule 1: Don’t victimize their life experience.

Help them interpret their life experience with positive meanings. The connections of interrelationship would be helpful to help people go through life troubles or life crisis.

#Rule 2: Do not ask people to tell the sad disturbing stories repeatedly unless they need your help.


Negative Thoughts Harms Neuroplasticity in Our Brain

Repetitive behaviors and thoughts alter the state of the circuitry in the brain.


The brain forms neuronal connections and neural traits based on your repeated mental states and repetitive behaviors and way of thinking. In other words, our day-to-day behaviors have measurable effects on the brain’s structure and its function.


When our desire is satisfied, the brain releases dopamine in which help establish the connection between neurons. And meditation helps self-directed neural remodeling, which means depression or brain defects can potentially be reversed.


Dopamine does assist in building neuronal connections Dopamine, a feel-good neurotransmitter, gives pleasure and it is an essential component for neuroplastic change.


Any negative emotions produce more negative nerves, ranged from Fear, worries, anxiety and depression and anxiety disorders, all of which cause damage or negative plasticity to the brain.


Mental disorders are highly related to the negative neural plasticity in our brain including schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, epilepsy, etc.


As brain function deteriorates, the symptoms of premature aging come into being. In other words, negative neuroplastic changes are often judged as signs of aging. Altogether, our mental state dictates the performance of our neural plasticity.



#Rule 3: Treat them as an equal rather than a patient.

I suppose some patient sense invisible indirect prejudice-oriented judgments or roundabout blaming from the counseling psychologist. Indeed, many counseling psychologists cannot relate to the patient’s wounded mind if they never encounter similar life experiences. 


#Rule 4: Respect and Love. 

#Rule 5: Do not heal a person’s mental wounds by pills.

Chronic depression can potentially make a person cognition degenerate. The circuit begins to shrink and the growth factors that stimulate the brain decreases, even the cells shrink and lose its vitality.



Do not retell the bad happenings repeatedly more than once. It does you and your brain no good.

Personally, I would say never share the small troubles to people around you only if you can make it a joke and laugh over it. If a problem troubles you for two days or more, or if it too much for you to bear alone, then you should find someone trusty who happens to be a rational creature to share your worries.

Do not retell the bad happenings repeatedly. By doing so, it would damage your brain by instilling too much negative energy successively. Never remind your brain too much of the past bad happenings.

Life is too short. Trials could be the tests from God to make you stronger. Once you overcome your greatest fear, you would never be beaten or troubled by trivial stuff anymore.  Walk away from the past shit. If you are safe and sound, there’s no tragedy. Do not victimize yourself. Never. 


Those who suffer from depression are potentially the ones who are dread of people’s harsh judgment and most of them suffer from trust issues simultaneously. Thus, what are the potential dangers of psychological counseling and therapy?

  • The psychologist or the therapist might be judgmental to the patient’s wounds consciously or not.
  • The therapist and psychologist are just common people. They are not saints and they are not God. They can’t read people’s mind. For sure, they could never feel what their patients feel. Significantly, if the psychologist doesn’t have similar experiences, they might find it hard to relate the pain, suffering and disappointments of the patients. And it would definitely hard for them to build connections with the patients. In other words, the patient might find self-isolation during counseling
  •  And the patients might feel unsafe to retell or reveal their past and wounds to the psychologist or the therapist. For those who suffer from mild to moderate depression, they have a relatively higher chance to experience betrayals through interpersonal relationships. Accordingly, relationships troubles are the main source of people’s worries and anxiety.
  • For those vulnerable depressed people, they might find it hard to rebuild trust in any relationship. Any offensive glance or slightly offensive comments might not hurt average people but would do harm to the serious depressed ones. For those vulnerable people, they are suffering from self-denial and even self-hatred to an overwhelming extent. Many of them are emotionally and physically drained. They are the ones who desperate to earn recognition and love and self-confidence but failed. They are the ones who need to feel the warmth of being loved. 
  • Questions toward psychotherapy profession

There are studies found that some clients’ state of mind deteriorated after courses of treatment. One of the reasons is that some clients might feel betrayed or hurt by the comment of their psychologist or therapist.

  • Most people deal with different levels of stress or anxiety on their own. generally speaking, only those who suffer from a major depressive disorder(MDD) seek help from the counseling.
  • There’s an argument that if some patients hadn’t had the therapy, they could not survive either. In this viewpoint, is misplaced counseling is but another form of delayed death or suicide? Indisputably, counseling treatments might not be effective or helpful for everyone.


“People who received psychological debriefing exhibited more severe symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder than controls [….] and critical incident stress debriefing, in particular, was potentially harmful,” quote from Magdalena Szumilas, Yifeng Wei, and Stan Kutcher from Canadian Medical Association Journal.

There are many gray areas which limit social relationships between therapist and client

  • Are the therapists allowed to build relationships with their clients, including friendship or business dealings, such as lending money to a client?
  • Can the therapist keep the privacy of therapy for a lifetime without telling anyone for the sake of the patient’s wellbeing?
  • In Dr. Pope’s view, few therapists take their client’s complaints about former therapists seriously.


Here are the thought-provoking questions: Would the psychotherapists take use of the trust of the clients? Would the therapist and patient provoke another outburst or traumatic event? Would the patients feel offended if the therapist asks them to correct their character or let go of their wounded past? Would the patients be blamed for being pessimistic, ungrateful, weak or depressed? Are there ways for the psychologist and patient deepen their relationship and connection? Would it proper for the psychologists to share their personal similar experiences or secrets to their patients? How to ensure a good outcome of therapy? Can the pills able to help the patients overcome mental health crisis? How does it feel to tell your troubles or big secrets to a stranger who happens to be a doctor?  Are people able to trust your doctor after betrayed by many loved ones? 

Anti-depressants can be life-saving in many cases but it’s definitely not a good option in the long term, which is fit for emergency usage in my viewpoint. 

There’s a piece of heated controversial news in Taiwan that a famed female psychological counselor is exposed to abuse the trust of her clients and clinch more than 100 million TW dollars from the clients.
Yes, she exploits the professional relationship with her patients. Indeed,  she is the patients herself who might suffer mental sicknesses, such as her irresistible attachment to desire and wealth.
Generally, vulnerable patients are more likely to give full trust to their psychotherapists. It’s human nature that we intensify our relationship with someone after we reveal our weakness to him or her.

What are the possible solutions to replace psychological counseling? 

1) pets therapy 

2) painting therapy 

3) food therapy: Seek the advice from the nutritional therapist to see if your body is insufficient of some vitamins and minerals which might lead to depression.

4) physical therapy: power walking for 1.5 hours every single day+ massage+ weekly acupuncture session+ yoga+ meditation  

5) Try to be a volunteer and help others in need. 


What are the best elements to prevent depression? 


2. Do not indulge in the past or old trauma. Do not trap yourself by the past. 

3. Do not ask for love but try to be a caregiver. Embrace the role of caregiver would give you more strength than ever. 

5. Never let fame and wealth be the chief reason for your happiness. 

6. Never make other people’s mouth determine your self-worth. 

7.  Never label yourself as a victim. Do victimize yourself or life experience. That’s a key decider. 



The potential dangers of Misjudged counseling and Talking therapies

Cognitive behavior therapy is recommended in preference to pills for people who suffer from mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Nevertheless, a major new study into psychological therapies and counseling reveals incorrect or poor-quality care can do more harm than good.

Prof Glenys Parry, chief investigator of the government-funded AdEPT (Adverse Effects of Psychological Therapies) study, said that there needs to be greater recognition of the potential for counseling to make people worse. Prof Glenys Parry asserts.” Most people are helped by therapy …has also got the ability to make things worse if it is misapplied or it’s the wrong treatment or it’s not done correctly,


Parry and her colleagues at Sheffield University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) and the Department of Psychology analyzed data routinely collected by therapists as well as the results of clinical trials. They found some therapists had a lot more clients whose state of mind deteriorated than others.

There have been widespread reports of “transgressive behavior” by therapists who abuse the trust of their clients, but less so about poor-quality support.

Prof Glenys Parry pinpoints that there has always been the risk of a “therapist misbehaving. But we are talking about something much broader than that – not just a very, very small minority of people who fall into the hands of somebody who’s not practicing properly. I’m very keen that we grow up as a profession and start to look at these issues. If airline pilots said we get some people who crash, we’d all be worried about it. We have got to learn from when things go wrong.”


Talking Therapy does not work for everyone

A website quotes words from different clients who feel more terrible after undergoing a talking therapy.

  1. “I was coming out of therapy with no skills to deal with the emotions that it brought ou
  2. “I was starting to feel like I was at fault for not making it work.”
  3. “The therapist verbally attacked my character and told me I was being over the top. The next week she said she was sorry for what she had said while also blaming me for provoking the outburst!”

One of my cousins works as a counseling psychologist. One time I tend to seek help from him. But it proved that I was deadly wrong. I was dating a Japanese boy as a Taiwanese. Both of us were students and we have to work hard to keep the relationship going by getting more money from part-time jobs. My BF insisted to join a wedding ceremony in Hokkaido which definitely cost a lot. Generally, people joined the wedding ceremony in groups. I was with him. But he barely talked to me but spent most of his time talking to another old acquaintance who happens to be a female friend. I tend to entertain myself by taking lots of photos and checking the photos. Most of the time, my Boyfriend preferred to speak English with me to practice his English. The fact is that I would classify myself as an introvert that I am passive in social gathering for the past decades. My Japanese was not good enough and I fail to start a conversation with people nearby. As I said, people in the same table were gathered as groups, either in 4 or 2. As I retold the story to my cousin who is a counseling psychologist, he blamed me for not starting a conversation with other Japanese. He made me feel bad about myself. But as I retold the story to my aunt, she said there is nothing wrong with me. She thought my BF was too selfish that he should take more attention to me rather than just having fun with his female friend.


[1]After learning new things, short-term memory and long-term memory are simultaneously formed, but they are controlled by different neural circuits in the brain.


Painting Therapy: Visualize your fear, sorrow and depression in painting. 

I love the idea that someone visualizes you fear and depression into a painting, which might help you to get more clarity of your inner troubles. Most of us are not keenly aware of the multi-layered emotional ebb flow of ourselves.  As I watch the video, there’s an idea pops up: The beauty of the shadow. 

As we draw or write, we found ourselves able to create someting out of nothing and it might help a person to lift its sense of sel-value as well. 

More: Illustrating through depression  link 

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