It sickens me that people will accept [Teal Swan’s] excuses without understanding how true certified, licensed professional mental health workers would respond and act.

I grow more and more concerned by Teal’s followers acceptance of her pretending to be a therapist, or have any credentials whatsoever to call herself one.  She takes on individual and couples “therapy” and a woman died.  She claims that the woman was dependent, so in Teal’s mind her solution was to break that cycle by not “feeding into it.”  What a joke.  There’s a reason why people go to school to learn how to help people, ESPECIALLY suicidality because it’s complicated. Doing the opposite of what you think is right is NOT a “technique” and it sickens me that she claims that to her that was “doing everything she could.”

Second, if a therapist goes on vacation, especially with a suicidal patient, you would NEVER leave them without a contact person.  NEVER EVER.  You would have a backup.  Or you would do the decent human being thing and refer them to someone who is a better fit therapist or post pone your damn vacation.  Teal is NOT the victim in this, and it sickens me that people will accept her excuses without understanding how true certified, licensed professional mental health workers would respond and act.  What a disgrace.

Heidi Hansen
United States