What kind of a psychologist would do such a thing in public? Is this
what being a “media-friendly” psychologist means? Has my profession
really sunk this low? Well, no. No worries on that account. I checked
to see if he was a psychologist in New York, a title that requires a
license and a doctorate in psychology, and saw that he was not.
However, a Jonathan Albert is licensed as a mental health counselor,
which is a masters-level degree that does allow the use of the title
of “psychotherapist” which is how he is described in the Times.
In my experience, most people seek therapeutic help for discrete, treatable issues: they are stuck in unfulfilling jobs or relationships, they can’t reach their goals, are fearful of change and depressed as a result. It doesn’t take years of therapy to get to the bottom of those kinds of problems. For some of my patients, it doesn’t even take a whole session.
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