I strongly recommend you not hire him..
I experienced Dr. Marvin Todd, of Sacramento, CA, as a
narrow-minded ideologue, a disrespectful know-it-all.
He refused to listen. He regularly interrupted me
about every 3rd sentence. He dismissed me, saying
"No! It isn't true!", and "Whatever you just said!"
He regularly wasted my time and money with trivial
disclosures covering everything: his family, his
friends, neighbors, and something about a dog.
He was highly confrontational, plowing right
through client boundaries, client protests,
leaving one feeling injured and betrayed.
He would agree to your description of what
he did, but never apologizes nor admits that
he'd done anything wrong. Thus you're left with
the impression that he considers it his right
to act this way, notwithstanding your protests
or boundaries. He showed no empathetic concern.
He repeatedly insisted that there is nothing wrong
with a family member who beat other family members
nearly to unconsciousness for years. I get that
a client's negative thinking can cause problems.
It does NOT follow that EVERY problem is CAUSED
by the client's negative thinking. I get that
positive thinking can make a difference. It
does not follow that this is the only difference
that can be made. If it were so, than therapists
could be replaced with cheer leaders and pep rallies.
Dr. Todd of Sacramento (there are others by this
in the country) wielded an ideological hammer,
pounding on me as if to drive me into his dogma.
This is not therapy. It is indoctrination into
his narrow ideology. If cognitive behaviorism
is modeled after Socratic dialogue, than Dr. Todd
fails this completely. Socrates didn't interrupt
and fail miserably to listen. The opposite is true:
you can't discuss or dialogue without truly
listening. Therefore he can not hide in some
interpretation of cognitive theory or technique.
Failure is failure, and his approach is the
opposite of the Socratic dialogue it ought to be.
"... When men seem more than ever to confuse wisdom
with knowledge, and knowledge with information,
and try to solve the problems of life in terms
of engineering, there is coming into existence
a new kind of provincialism..." T. S. Eliot
Irving Howe explains that, "ideology can...
blind men to simple facts, make them monsters
by tempting them into that fatal habit which
anthropologists call... reifying ideas."
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