Anyone else read a T's credentials and think it's exaggerated?

Ice_Fire

MyPTSD Pro
I'm looking for a new T. I've been out of therapy for 6 years. Probably at least 2 of those years it's been long overdue. My old T isn't an option for various reasons so I'm looking for a new one. I've found a guy based in my city and I've sent an email off to him. He replied this morning and I read all his rules and his style and blah blah. Seems a good fit, he's a trauma specialist, a CPTSD one at that.

But, I'm a cynical old soul. He seems to have alphabet soup after his name and I'm kind of struggling to believe that most of it isn't mumbo jumbo nonsense. It all checks out but I'm struggling a little with the fact he seems to have specialised in trauma; fair enough. But he appears to have so much training, in all sorts of techniques and be members of so many different things that I'm wondering if he actually has any method at all?

Or is it really just that he is very well qualified post-grad and has done all this because he feels a one size fits nobody approach isn't the way to do it. Therefore he's done everything he reasonable can do in order to tailor the therapy experience? I dunno.

I know nobody here can answer that, but what I'm really asking is, would you be cynical too? or see it as a positive?
 

whiteraven

MyPTSD Pro
who doesn't exaggerate their credentials/resume/vitae curriculum?
*raises hand*--It would never even occur to me to lie (which is what an "exaggeration" is) on something like a resume or CV. Never.

But there is a difference between lying and presenting yourself/writing your resume or CV in a way that both matches the language of your field and highlights the most important aspects of your resume.
A counselor who does this is committing a very serious ethical violation.
Very true. In my opinion, though, anyone who does this is ethically bereft. Therapists (and other healthcare providers) can certainly get in tons of trouble over it!
 

Friday

Moderator
For me I always have an escape plan, I’m probably the only one who identifies the emergency exists before getting comfortable in a movie.
LMAO… You might be surprised then, that I’ve always run into at least a few other people not only noting locations, but scouting them (taking them to see where they go, how, before returning). 😎 I have to assume that there are likely others who are repeat customers who already know and have no need to.

Personally, though, I prefer drive ins.

When I’m not curled up in bed wih my tablet, instead, but making an outing of it. The show secondary.
 

Freddyt

MyPTSD Pro
....on the other hand - I remember a guy head office hired a few years ago. He had every IT Certification in the book.

Couldn't do a thing in the real world......no practical skills at all.

When I went into this I found the psychologist association website, googled everywhere to see if I could find anything about my T. As ALWAYS check people who post negative comments - if all you find is negative from them - ignore. If positive, check too and see if there are only 5 star reviews......

For some people finding the right T is a struggle because you need to find a personal connection to help establish trust. That's where a good T shows up in your first visits - Do you feel comfortable? Do they let you know the process? Do they work on making a personal connection with you?
 

Roland

MyPTSD Pro
One thing that bother me a lot, is a therapist being “qualified” to treat so many conditions. Check what they specialize in and don’t believe them if they “specialize” in everything. Ask what they are most comfortable and successful in treating. Take cues like if their bios says their goal is to help lgbtq+ black men, and you’re not in that category, don’t go to them because they won’t treat you the same as their “preferred client group” and “preferred issue”.
 
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