Crazy Therapies

Meet Beth: A therapist-led Beth to believe that more than one hundred entities, otherworldly beings trapped between life and death, had invaded Beth’s body and were causing all her problems.

Meet Rose: She was rolled inside a cotton rug that simulated the birth canal. After struggling to free herself from a birthing exercise, Rose was fed milk from a baby bottle by her psychologist.

Meet Harold: During his first therapy session, Harold was hypnotized so his therapist could learn about his past experiences. Harold was later told by his therapist that as a young man Harold had been abducted by aliens, taken on board a UFO, and his sperm was used for experimentation. These are just some of the people you will read about in “Crazy” Therapies, a startling exposé of the alternative philosophies and practices that can be found in today’s ever-growing psychotherapeutic marketplace. While it is true that millions of people are greatly helped by various types and schools of therapy, each year thousands of vulnerable and unsuspecting individuals go to and trust practitioners who persuade clients to go along with various unfounded and fanciful methods. Generally these enthusiastic, and perhaps ill-trained, therapists are themselves convinced of the healing powers of an array of techniques, some dating far back into time, that range from hilarious to hazardous.

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Dr. Janja Lalich
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Dr. Janja Lalich

Janja Lalich, Ph.D. is a researcher, author, and educator specializing in cults and extremist groups, with a particular focus on charismatic relationships, political and other social movements, ideology and social control, and issues of gender and sexuality.