Therapy Consumer Guide Is:
A personal blog discussing various mental health topics with the emphasis on the critique of the current mental health system and how it could be reformed in order to better address the needs of the consumers. A particular focus is given to psychotherapy a.k.a “talk therapy” a.k.a counseling due to the fact that I, the blog’s author, am most familiar with this particular service due to my professional and consumer experience.
Therapy Consumer Guide Is Not:
- An online therapy or an emotional support service
- A place to receive a professional advice of any kind
- An advocacy project
- A formal consumer “guide”, as the name suggests (see the explanation below)
The term “guide” in the website’s name should not be interpreted as a set of instructions for consumers on how to deal with the existing mental health system. Therapy Consumer Guide is a “guide” in a sense that it provides information containing my and other people’s personal and professional experiences with the mental health system and personal views based on those experiences. This information is given for educational purposes only and all the website’s visitors should use it at their own discretion.
Responsibility to the website’s readers
I, as Therapy Consumer Guide’s editor, author and creator, assume no responsibility for how you, the visitor, use the website’s content.
Therapy Consumer Guide has no commercial purpose. Any advertisement found on this blog, as well as a small donations “buy me a coffee” button, serve a sole purpose of covering website’s hosting and maintenance expenses.
I take reasonable care to make sure that the facts I present on this website are accurate. However, the subject of mental health is not an exact science and, therefore, it has very few indisputable facts, at least at this time.
The amount of knowledge accumulated by neuroscience and psychological science up to date is very scarce by comparison to how much we still don’t know and how much we need to know in order to provide adequate mental health services.
With such little factual data, many mental health problems are often conceptualized by professionals through their personal belief systems rather than scientific research. Under those circumstances, it is difficult to separate facts from opinions, which leads to situations where some opinions become so mainstream among professionals that they are claimed to be facts without any scientific basis for such claims.
With the current state of affairs in the mental health industry, my responsibility to my readers is to make it clear that it is not my goal to strive for factual accuracy of the content of this website. I want to repeat that Therapy Consumer Guide is a PERSONAL blog where I present my and other website contributors’ PERSONAL views and experiences. Personal opinions and experiences, unlike facts, by definition, are not required to be supported by evidence. Therefore, I, as the website creator, editor and author, am under no obligation to give you any factual evidence for any view expressed on my website.
Any factual inaccuracies you spot on this website were made by omission with no intention to misrepresent the facts and to mislead the public.
All materials on Therapy Consumer Guide are copyrighted. The authors of the original content hold the copyright of the content they have produced. Their permission is required for copying, publishing or distributing of any of the content posted on Therapy Consumer Guide.
Links to other online resources
All links to other online resources are for informational purposes only. They are not endorsements of views and opinions expressed on those online domains nor are they endorsements of the domains themselves.
All comments are moderated to keep the discussion constructive and respectful. A valid email address is required for submitting a comment. Your email address will be kept private and will not be provided to anyone without your permission. Anonymous comments, including those with non-verifiable emails will not be posted.
If you want to use Therapy Consumer Guide as a platform to share your ideas or experiences related to psychotherapy and mental health, you are welcome to submit your original essay/article or to send a request to be interviewed. Please, be advised that I no longer accept anonymous submissions, including personal stories. Here you can contact me regarding guest writing guidelines.
Please, do NOT submit articles that advertise your service, business, practice or the organization you work for. Also, please, take enough time to browse through Therapy Consumer Guide to understand what this website is about in order to see if your article would fit its purpose. Do not submit materials that are not organically consistent with the content and the purpose of Therapy Consumer Guide.
The views reflected in guest posts are those of the guest authors and do not necessarily reflect my personal views on psychotherapy and mental health. I reserve the right to reject any guest’s submission for any reason.
This disclaimer is subject to change anytime without a notice in order to keep up with the website’s development.