Psychotherapy can be almost as damaging as bad drugs. Many of us ‘former patients’ have had terrible experiences with therapists. We have gone in, begging for help, baring our souls . . . and receive less than nothing in return. So many psychotherapists are in it just for power plays of their own. We have been screamed at, degraded, told we were ‘unloveable’, and have basically been blamed for causing whatever problems which caused us to seek out therapy in the first place. The damage this would cause a child in a psychotherapist’s office boggles my mind. The problem is that if you have a problem, our society has the knee-jerk reaction of saying: “Go get therapy”. This has to end. What has to start is a realization that too many psychotherapists are very abusive, & power-hungry. Besides drugs & psychotherapy, there should be alternatives for children (& adults) to get help. Perhaps peer-support groups, where there is ‘openness’ and trust as basic guidelines. That no one is to be degraded, or shamed.