More on intuition.
I recently blogged at Online Therapy Institute about the responses we received after announcing the launch of our new course, Certified Intuitive Practitioner. We received many positive responses but we also received responses from people who were not supportive of the credential. The negative feedback mainly came from licensed mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed counselors and social workers.
So I have been pondering and I have come to this not-so-firm conclusion.
It seems that licensed mental health professionals either
1. use intuition, possibly even calling themselves an Intuitive, and that is fine because they have a license that allows them to “practice.” Intuition, as well as other complimentary healing alternatives can be included in their offerings because they make it fit within their scope of practice,
2. think Intuitives are the true nutcases that need their counseling and psychotherapy services and anyone using intuition in conjunction with an alternative healing modality that does not require a license should not be helping anyone because they haven’t paid their dues or been in school long enough or jumped through enough hoops,
3. anyone who uses intuition as part of their practice, licensed or not, is a charlatan and of no use in the helping professions.
If you use your intuition, you should have a license to do so,
If you use your intuition and you don’t have a license, you are a nutbag*,
If you use your intuition, licensed or not, you are a nutbag.
The fact of the matter is, there are many complimentary treatment modalities that don’t require a license or even a certification. The credential we offer only requires a high school diploma, an assumption that one has intuition, and the willingness to learn. I am guessing some mental health professionals who received the announcement of the course were insulted to have been lumped in with the likes of “that bunch.”
Whatever the reason for the puzzled and somewhat hostile response, I thought I would just list a few examples of mental health professionals here who use and value their intuition as part of the tool box they draw upon.
Countless examples exist.
Ann T. McCluskey
Frances E. Vaughan
Susan Barbara Apollon
DeeAnna Nagel (that’s me!)
Linda J. Philpott
Julie V. Brockman
Rose Marie Scherschel
someone who is a little bit crazy, a little bit squirrelly~ Urban Dictionary