The fourth pillar undergirding psychotherapy is the therapist: a specially trained and experienced individual who can assist the patient in his or her search for insight. This pillar forms the basis for what is by some estimates a $200 billion per year industry. By one estimate, nearly 80% of Americans have at some time sought the help of the psychotherapeutic industry. Freud and his modern counterparts maintain that the individual cannot attain insight and mastery on his own. He requires the guidance of a professional, skilled, credentialed--not to mention extremely well-paid --expert. The therapist supposedly possesses special knowledge that enables him or her to interpret the overt, the symbolic, and the cryptic expressions of the unconscious, to explain a client’s problems, and to suggest a solution. (Such claims find their source in the occult. It is a fantasy that man can know the heart of man, something God alone knows: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings" - Jeremiah 17:9-10.)
The therapist-expert will, of course, have been trained by other experts and belongs to a special group of people who possess secret psychological knowledge and skill…or at least that is what we are supposed to believe. This knowledge enables the therapist to predict what he will find at the source of a client’s problems. While numerous theories of psychology have come and gone, common to all of them is the pillar of the therapist who is the facilitator of self-cure.
One of the hallmarks of psychotherapy is that no specific form of treatment has proven to be consistently superior to any other, whether it be person-centered therapy of Carl Rogers or Abraham Maslow’s self-actualization. How does the industry explain that? “If a multitude of different systems can legitimately claim success, then their diversity may be illusory and they share core features that in fact are the curative elements responsible for therapeutic success.” The “core feature” identified most often is simply the presence of the therapist, the “therapeutic alliance”, the “beneficial therapist qualities”, the “provision of a rationale for the client’s problems”, and “the creation of positive expectations” which the therapist provides. [Source: The Encyclopedia of Psychology, pp. 255-256]. Who the therapist is, what he believes, and what he does isn’t nearly as important as the fact that he is there, and that clients see him as having the ability to provide answers.
The best word I can think of to describe all of that is 'gobbledygook.' As psychologist Roger Mills the situation in an unusually forthright article entitled “Psychology Goes Insane. Botches Role as Science”,
“The field of psychology today is literally a mess. There are as many techniques, methods, and theories around as there are researchers and therapists. I have personally witnessed therapists convince their clients that all of their problems come from their mothers, the stars, their bio-chemical makeup, their diet, their lifestyle, and even the ‘kharma’ from their past lives.”
I have long found it difficult to understand how so many people--especially Christians and particularly ministers who ought to know better!--have been duped by the psychotherapeutic industry. I have heard many Christians claim they needed "professional help", or pastors who have sent counselees to supposed "experts" because they themselves weren't "qualified" to help, completely unaware of just how unscientific, subjective, and even dangerous it is to put our lives in the hands of people who deny God. It doesn’t seem to bother people--although obviously most people aren't even aware of it--that Carl Jung, a student of Freud, relied on a “spirit guide”, or that Carl Rogers was a humanist who espoused Spiritism and even consulted the Ouija board and was involved in necromancy. Rogers’ crowning achievement was the discovery of love. But who would trust him when he spoke about love? In his description of the man of the future, he wrote,
“The man of the future…will be living his transient life mostly in temporary relationships…he must be able to establish closeness quickly. He must be able to leave these close relationships behind without excessive conflict or mourning.”
What?! Love is the most dominant theme of scripture. 1 Corinthians 13:8 states that, “Love never fails.” How does that compare with Rogers’ ludicrous claim that love must be "temporary"? There have been Christian psychologists (talk about an oxymoron) who claim they never really understood what love was until they were exposed to Rogers! There is something profoundly wrong when a person can think the self-serving, carnal ‘love’ espoused by Rogers is somehow superior to the unconditional, undying love of God. My suggestion would be that they put down Rogers and pick up their Bibles--and I couldn't be more serious about that.
Psychotherapists are purveyors of a system that has far more in common with false religion than science. God warned Israel not to trust in man but to trust in Him alone:
“Thus says the LORD,
‘Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind
And makes flesh his strength,
And whose heart turns away from the LORD.
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
And whose trust is the LORD'.”
The psychotherapist attempts to help us know ourselves apart from knowing God. The proper order is reversed. The only way we can become what God wants us to become is by knowing Him. In knowing God, we come to know ourselves. Job didn't know himself until God revealed Himself to him. Peter saw himself when he looked at Jesus after he had denied Him three times. Paul refused to put any confidence in the flesh. The difference is the psychotherapist encourages us to put ourselves on the throne of our lives, whereas we Christians are to allow God to assume His rightful place on the throne of our hearts.