Below are examples of “spiritual teacher” Teal Swan’s psychotherapeutic practices. They are dangerous and unethical and display Teal’s lack of degree, license, and specialized training in trauma therapy.
Trauma, fractured, dissociation & implanting memories
Teal was cited and issued a Cease and Desist Order for practicing mental health therapy without a license for a Completion Process (CP) session on 2/22/17. Teal conducted CP for treatment of social anxiety. However, the citation did not include Teal diagnosing the client with dissociative identity disorder, and her attempt at treating it. Teal uses the formal words used in DSM-5 associated with this severe disorder including dissociating, fracturing and integration. She also made leading and suggestive statements while conducting her process. This is how false memories are made. Teal has done this many times. See this page on how dangerous false memories can be. Example quotes and commentary below:
I’m going to suggest something to you in this memory that you have when you were younger. You got into a situation that was distressing enough for you that you’ve most likely dissociated from your body – which is why you’re experiencing the memory from third-person. (17:36)
This situation when you’re in this crib – you’re feeling insignificant – feeling like you’re alone like everything’s black and dark and scary. It’s completely right to feel like you want to get out, and like, you’re trapped right now. You’re experiencing a secondary peak of emotion. You feel that it’s perfect. (23:41)
Above are two examples of Teal suggesting to the client what happened to her – which is equivalent to saying what happened, as fact. The second quote Teal says what the client thought, felt and believed as a baby in a crib. Teal was not using the “reframing” technique. And if she was, she was not clear about it. The woman could potentially believe something traumatic happened to her as a baby when nothing ever did. This can be damaging as it can implant false memories, and it keeps the client from processing their own experiences because Teal filled in the blanks.
What that is, is that you’ve become really good once you go into freeze of dissociating. Well so that’s pretty common. You have two choices when that happens, either you direct yourself back to the emotion or you go into the dissociative feeling itself. (11:06)
You’re experiencing an aspect of your memory and most likely it was this sensation that caused you to dissociate. (15:05)
What I want you to do is to separate. So, now it’s almost like you’re going to fracture and you’re going to be the adult self within the scene with that little baby. So, you’re standing next to that crib and you can see her. (27:19)
That is a symptom of these early life experiences when you’re in a state of trauma you get those sensory hallucinations and then you dissociate usually as a result of that sensation. So, we’re undoing what dissociation did, and therefore undoing this old memory right now as we speak. (16:12)
You most likely fractured. So, there’s not just one baby in the scene there’s a lot of these other aspects of you that went off to try to cope with it. Some of them might be in the room . . . you’re sending out a beacon to these fractured aspects of this baby and which is really you. And you’re saying okay I realize that at this moment it was so traumatizing that you went away, but we need you to come back. (33:34)
Now, I want you to send me off on an errand where I’m going to collect these other aspects of you that fractured off. So watch me go go get them and go say ‘look you’re safe now’. It’s almost like they were hiding from the situation kind of like refugees. (36:35)
Teal makes the assumption that the client went through trauma, and dissociated or fractured as a child, and believes this is the reason why the client has social anxiety. To dissociate or fracture means that the person went through severe trauma at a very young age, and is suffering from dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder as an adult. Teal is not qualified to make such assertions, leading to a serious diagnosis. Not only that, but in a one-hour video with someone she never met before, while also misleading over 400K subscribers about psychology.
[Since this incurred a citation, title is redacted for client privacy], 8/28/16
Source: Teal Swan
Repressed & potential false memories
Teal believes those with mother issues, are the most challenging, but the issues will bring enlightenment the quickest. By Teal making this assertion, it could break familial ties as they could search for what is wrong, even if there are no issues. Even more troublesome, is that Teal implants in the mind of the follower, there is trauma that she does not remember between her and her mother. This is an example of how false memories develop. Learn more about false memories.
Teal: You going to experience the most extreme separation from your source essence that you can possibly experience if you’ve got the mother wound. That puts you faster on the path to self awareness than any other path. (41:27)
Guest: It’s like, what I don’t understand because, like, my mother was seemingly caring and everything.
Teal: Nuh uh
Guest: But like, I remember being happy up until about age four, and then everything started slowly going south, and then like, bam! (41:57)
Teal: What if I told you that there’s a hell of a lot more [childhood trauma] you don’t remember? (41:56
Behind Teal’s Paywall: Miami Workshop 2015 (40:00), 8/28/16 *
Source: Teal Swan
Teal’s mental health “treatment”: Imagine suicide
As a part of Teal’s psychotherapeutic “treatment” as she describes it, she has her guest imagine her death, prompted in gory detail. She also suggests that imagining her suicide is a “fantasy”. This is not the only time. And it is not the only time where she shows no sign of empathy when a guest shares that a loved one attempted, or committed suicide, while grinning throughout the dialog. Teal manages to make showing no empathy a normal thing, while eliciting laughter from the audience at inappropriate times.
Teal: I want to walk you through a process. Are you open to it? I want you to imagine dying. I mean, literally take yourself there, and tell us how you did it. This will be good. This is a controversial treatment. I was going to warn you guys in advance, but like, this is what saved me from my suicide attempts of which I had several when I was younger [grins].
Guest: So, you’re saying…
Teal interrupts: I want you to involve us in your fantasy.
Guest: So you’re saying imagine dying?
Teal: How did you kill yourself? I mean, are you… are you the kind of person who is so passive that you would just let yourself get sick and die, or are you the kind of person who would take yourself out?
Teal prompts the guest to describe her (violent) suicide with no consideration for the guest and audience – whether they can handle or not. It is worth noting that Teal claims that she cannot see, or hear about violent acts due to her alleged ritual abuse. The guest goes on to talk about her relationship with her mother, and then shares:
…my father just, uh, tried to kill himself. This is actually the year anniversary today… which is a little weird. Um…
Teal interrupts: Oh it’s perfect timing! [Teal smiles big – laughter from the audience]
Behind Teal’s Paywall: New York Workshop (Part 1)
Watch Excerpt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO_BRP4Bwyc&t=27m30s*
Misleads, Generalizes, Redefines, Solution is Suicide
In this excerpt, Teal has a one-one-one psychotherapy session with a client, and advises on the topic of alcoholism:
So, let’s understand alcohol in the first place. What alcohol does and I’m literally going to sum it up for you in ten seconds. Alcohol gets rid of pretense that’s what it does. So most people and this is absolutely the case with an alcoholic. You’re gonna meet they are — I mean deep levels of loneliness. Like, the most intense levels of loneliness you can possibly experience. The type of loneliness, I mean, loneliness doesn’t even make it. I mean as a word, it should be replaced because underneath many of these addictions including loneliness. The type of isolation that a person is experiencing, is so incredibly acute that, that word doesn’t cut it. It’s like suicide would be better.
Teal misleads people by stating the source of alcoholism is loneliness. This is a generalization that is not true. Another common generalization that Teal makes throughout her talks, is stating “most people”. In her mind, humanity thinks, feels and believes the same things. Most disturbing about her statement, is that she believes loneliness does not adequately describe the level of pain one feels as the source of substance abuse, that the better solution of recovery could be too difficult to reach, and that suicide would be the better solution. Followers will say it was taken out of context (which it was not); making this statement outright, is egregious.
Online Workshop Sep 2017 Alcoholism