ComPsych, the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAPs) reports that requests for therapists are up 20% in the last three months. Biggest worry: Money. So let me get this straight – workers are concerned about mortgages, college tuition, collapsing stock prices, and the threat of losing a job – so they are asking for a therapist?
I have a Masters degree in clinical psychology – but really. Why would someone go to a counselor for money concerns? I’d recommend they go see someone with money. If you want to go to a higher level of success in a particular area, find someone who is already performing at the level at which you want to perform. What’s up with this? Why would I want someone to help me stop worrying? I can just bury my head in the sand if that’s the desired goal.
If I have a problem with my 500SL I’m going to go to someone with a proven track record of fixing these fine machines – not someone who will help me stop worrying about the problem. If I’m struggling with my marriage I’m not going to go to a divorce attorney to help me bury the cause of the problem — I’m going to schedule time with someone who has the best marriage I’ve ever seen. If I’m worrying about money I’m going to find someone who has knocked it out of the park financially already.
Seeing a therapist seems to be a variation of The Emperor’s New Clothes – let’s just pretend we have no money worries – and feel better in the morning.